Sports Columns

Why are the Penguins fighting for a playoff spot?

The Pittsburgh Penguins came out of their bye week Saturday in a position that no one would expect the winner of the last two Stanley Cups to be — on the outside looking in for a playoff spot. A 4-1 win over Detroit on Saturday swiftly pulled them back into a wildcard spot in the extremely ...

10-year contracts are just simply too long

Imagine your boss wanting to give you a long contract with the company. It doesn’t matter what profession it is, whether that’s a construction worker, janitor, billionaire playboy. It really doesn’t matter. Long-term contracts are nice, but picture your company offering you a 10-year ...

Happy Mother’s Day & thank you to all

I graduated college because of my mom. I am a writer because of my mom. While God gave me the tools to use the English language, my mom forged those tools into reality. It was the fall of 1981, Thanksgiving break, when I told my mom that I was homesick and not going back to college. ...

Feelings to Tribe changed over time

My father was correct all those years ago when he told me that my taste buds would change. Growing up, I had an immense disdain for broccoli and tomatoes. Now, I find them tolerable and can eat them regularly. I’m still working on bananas and egg whites. What my father did not tell me ...

The Gift could keep giving for Bucs

The Pirates season could have started better, but it could have definitely been worse. Flirting around the .500 mark at the end of the first month of the season is a position that many people thought the team would be in right now. However, Pittsburgh may have recently received an unexpected ...

The line between life and sports is thin

My heart breaks for Todd Heap and his family. My heart breaks for the family of Mikayla Focht. Will can all be so fortunate to have people talk about us after we’re dead the way those within the Pittsburgh Steelers organization talked about Dan Rooney. I listened to Jim Rome interview ...

Not a Lexi thing

The list of what’s wrong with TV viewers calling in potential rules violations on professional golfers is rather extensive. It came to light again Sunday when someone with nothing better to do e-mailed the LPGA and said that Lexi Thompson allegedly did something wrong the previous day. The. ...

Kids and what is expected

Two really good college basketball coaches talked within the past week of kids, adults and parents. Pretty enlightening stuff. Geno Auriemma has been the head coach of the UConn women’s basketball program since 1985. The Huskies have 11 national championships and are going for their ...

Life around the wide, wide world of sports

I think I have seen about a half-dozen adults thrown out of high school basketball games. That’s about a dozen too many. I’ve witnessed fan bases whine about the number of fouls being called. Yes, the same fan bases who were complaining when it was 8-2 or 9-1 against their team, had ...

Happy trails at Montour

Because it’s still January, local gyms and health clubs are likely filled with people who made New Year’s Resolutions to get in shape and loose some pounds. As the treadmills and ellipticals are in overdrive, there’s still an outlet that remains wide open. Our local outdoor trails ...

Turn the page

We get 365 chances to turn the page this year. That’s a lot of opportunities to go left, right, stay straight, throw a U-turn, travel in the fast lane, the carpool lane on just cruise as a nice speed in the right lane. We wake up every morning making choices — some calculated, some on a ...

It’s the most wonderful day of the year

For some, Christmas Eve is the busiest day of the year. Right now, thousands of people in the Tri-State Area are running out to do some last-minute shopping. Even more people are wrapping those last-minute gifts. Maybe, this newspaper will serve as last-minute wrapping paper. There is so ...

‘When the angels had left them and gone into heaven’

While they were there, the time came for the baby to be born, and she gave birth to her firstborn, a son. She wrapped him in cloths and placed him in a manger, because there was no guest room available for them. And there were shepherds living out in the fields nearby, keeping watch over ...

Setting a standard

Noriana Radwan made a really poor decision. No, she didn’t hit someone like Joe Mixon. She didn’t punch a pregnant lady like Tyreek Hill. Radwan was a freshman in the UConn women’s soccer team and the Huskies had just defeated the University of South Florida to win the American ...

It is more than a punch

Joe Mixon punched Amelia Molitor. Knocked her down and, basically, out. On July 25, 2014, Mixon walked into Pickleman’s Cafe on Campus Corner at the University of Oklahoma one day after his 18th birthday and walked out 24 seconds later. During his short visit he got into an altercation ...

What’s in a name?

Until the Cleveland Indians reached the World Series, the hottest topic surrounding the team for the past five seasons has been their incriminating mascot, Chief Wahoo. Love him or hate him, he’s been thrust into the national spotlight for his potentially offensive demeanor. Native American ...

There are worse ways a football game could end

I still have people talking to me about the 24-21 win by Bishop Hartley over Steubenville in the Division IV state championship game on Dec. 2. “What do you think?” they ask. “It was a great high school football game.” Too many people want to find a scapegoat. “Big Red should ...

The BCS was more fair than current system

Six years ago, as a junior in college, I took a public speaking class. The twice-a-week course allowed us to brainstorm ideas for a speech on Tuesday, then deliver it on Thursday. One week, though, the assignment was amped up. For a de facto final exam, we had to write and present two ...

Can the Pirates be the Pirates without ’Cutch?

Most fairweather fans and national baseball writers can agree that the Pittsburgh Pirates became legitimate contenders by playing in the 2013 Wild Card Game. By defeating the Cincinnati Reds on Oct. 1, 2013, the Pirates proved they belonged at the top of Major League Baseball. Personally, I ...

A big hire ahead for BL

Buckeye Local High School has a really important hire coming up. The Panthers will be looking for their third head football coach in three years. I know not everyone understands the importance of this next move. But, it’s a big deal. A real big deal. “I am a big believer that ...