Guest Columns

Romo brings freshness to booth

It’s early, but the clear on-air standout of the NFL season is a rookie. CBS color commentator Tony Romo has made the transition from the playing field to the broadcast booth almost seamlessly. There’s little question about his expertise and the few questions about his approach and style ...

Charlotte writer had local connection

Sorry, but this week’s daylong-plus drama about Carolina Panthers quarterback Cam Newton dismissively answering a question from a female reporter about wide receivers running routes was much ado about nothing. Yes, Newton was a jerk, and what he said was disrespectful to the female reporter ...

Spotlight finds high school football

It’s certainly a good time for high school football fans in the region who want to watch a game or two on television. In fact, with a couple of different providers producing a weekly TV game, there are exactly two games a week on TV — and that’s something special. Both MeTV, a subset ...

Boxing can’t get out of its own way

Commentary LAS VEGAS — One great fight, one lousy scorecard. Canelo Alvarez and Gennady Golovkin did their part Saturday night to make their middleweight showdown a memorable one, putting on the kind of big drama show both had promised. They traded big shots and battled for 12 rounds, ...

Falcons use defeat as incentive

FLOWERY BRANCH, Ga. — Hey, did you hear the one about Choking Awareness Day? It’s held on 3-28. Ba dum tsh! Of course, that punch line is a punch to the gut for the Atlanta Falcons, referring to the score late in the third quarter of last season’s Super Bowl when it looked as though ...

Season opens, storylines abound

Commentary The NFL season kicked off Thursday with a Chiefs-Patriots matchup and along with that opener featuring the defending champions it’s already been an eventful first week. Before the next game kicks off, Hurricane Irma has forced the Bucaneers-Dolphins game off the schedule. It ...

Fight far exceeds expectations

Commentary When I first heard the chatter about a Floyd Mayweather-Conor McGregor fight, I thought it was a joke and would never happen. Who in their right mind would believe that a boxing match between one of the greatest boxers of all time and an MMA fighter making his boxing debut could ...

Transparency needed at ESPN

Two of the bigger sports media stories this past week involved ESPN, with the all-sports network doing something seemingly silly in one instance and then, at least initially, nothing at all in the other instance. Both stories came with an impact that casual sports fans in our region might ...

LL World series makes good TV

Commentary It’s Little League World Series time on TV, and that’s a good thing. It’s not all Little League, all the time, but it feels darn close as ESPN and its family of networks committed to air 140 baseball and softball games in July and August. This past week, it was regional ...

Dark cloud looms on season

Commentary By Paul Newberry The Associated Press FLOWERY BRANCH, Ga. — It all sounded so familiar, even comforting, this rite of fall that comes in the midst of summer. The quarterback barking out the call. The grunts and thuds of giant men running into each other. The screams ...

‘Jam’ needed accurate headcount

It’s not that regional media members covering Penn State during Big Ten Conference kickoff activities last week in Chicago were intentionally incorrect, but they let a few words muddy their reporting in at least one key instance. When athletic director Sandy Barbour confirmed a concert ...

Lafferty success stirs memories

If the summer heat is getting to you, Tuesday’s story in the Mirror about Sam Lafferty’s ice hockey odyssey provided a cool and unexpected change of pace. It is amazing that a product of Hollidaysburg Area High School’s ice hockey program has been a leader on an Ivy League team ...

‘Jam’ debut something to build on

An official attendance number for Happy Valley Jam, the July 8 concert at Beaver Stadium, has not been announced by Penn State or promoters, but all involved probably should be happy with estimates of 30,000 that were shared and supported the night of the event. A little more than 24,000 ...

Pittsburgh channel gets new name

Hints of change have been coming for weeks and viewers will notice a full-fledged new look and name for the regional sports network that carries the Pirates and Penguins beginning July 14. That’s when AT&T SportsNet becomes a reality. Viewers have probably noticed small AT&T ...

Tracing Steelers’ winning culture

In Steelers country, and around the world, the name “Rooney” stands for something: excellence, integrity, vision, winning. The family is one of the most respected in all of sports, known for big-picture thinking, strong values and a culture of excellence, all of which have contributed ...

Running asserts individual freedom

On Tuesday, the local running community will celebrate Independence Day with the 43rd running of the Angie Gioiosa July 4 Memorial Race. We all owe a debt of gratitude to the Altoona Running Club for instituting this wonderful tradition, and to the Hollidaysburg Area YMCA for shepherding it ...

Franklin’s wife eases into view

Perhaps the biggest story related to Penn State football so far this offseason, and arguably one of the biggest during the James Franklin Era, was overlooked, a non-starter, for most of the media that covers the program. What attention it did get was a single photo, buried fairly deep in a ...

Hoenstine patriarch would be proud

Dick Hoenstine and I were teammates on the 1953 Roaring Spring entry in the Blair County Baseball League. Hoenstine normally played for his hometown of Claysburg, but that town’s Blair League team folded after the previous season. Wanting to continue to play on Saturdays, the only day the ...

Expect ‘12 rounds of tedium’

Commentary LAS VEGAS — The real fun will come before the fight, and what a spectacle it should be. Put Floyd Mayweather Jr. and Conor McGregor on a stage together to promote their fight and anything can happen. Put them together in a ring, though, and it’s an absolute ...

A day to celebrate with our dads

Commentary Today is Father’s Day. It’s a chance to tell your favorite guy thanks for all he’s been and done for you over the years. It’s usually celebrated with a small gift, perhaps a shirt or tie or wallet. In many cases, few words are expressed. And that’s a shame. I wrote ...