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It’s easy to root for guys like J-Hay, Maggi

July 8, 2014 How awesome is it that Josh Harrison made the National League All-Star team for the Pirates! He is, and forever will be, “The Man” in Altoona thanks to his wonderfully catchy walk-up song in 2010. more »»

Joyner made a positive impact

June 18, 2014 Dave Joyner is neither a villain nor a hero in the grand scheme of things at Penn Stat. more »»

Giger: Watching Gwynn hit a true joy

June 17, 2014 With all due respect to Ted Williams, I believe Tony Gwynn is the best pure hitter to ever play baseball. more »»

Washington relishes shot to help others

June 7, 2014 Coquese Washington is such a delight, plus she’s the rare individual in sports that you just know would be successful at anything she chooses to pursue in life, even if it had nothing to do with... more »»

Pride kicks in as Curve snap 10-game skid

June 5, 2014 Winning does matter to minor league baseball players, and anyone who tells you differently is flat out wrong. more »»

Giger: Leaving a lasting legacy: Gimenez has special spot in Curve history

June 1, 2014 Hector Gimenez isn’t a household name in baseball or probably even among Altoona fans, but history will forever remember him as one of the most important players in Curve history. more »»

Ex-Curve star finally hits the big show

May 25, 2014 Rudy Owens is the best pitcher in Curve history, if only taking into account how he performed in an Altoona uniform. more »»

Giger: SFU football suffers its biggest loss

May 15, 2014 Five wins. That’s apparently what the academic integrity is worth for the football program at St. Francis University. Shameful. It is incredibly difficult to win at St. more »»

Value of football scholarship is immense

May 2, 2014 UNIVERSITY PARK — A high school diploma alone will earn a worker $33,852 on average in this country, based on 2013 numbers from the Bureau of Labor Statistics. more »»

Franklin’s personality comes out in speech

April 27, 2014 James Franklin teared up about one minute into his speech Saturday night because, well, that’s just the kind of guy he is. He’s a football coach, of course. more »»

Ngoepe inspired by his late mother

April 21, 2014 We forget sometimes that athletes are people, too. They’re not just statistics on a page. more »»

Personally, Franklin a big change from O’Brien

April 15, 2014 James Franklin is going to genuinely love the next 3¢ months until fall camp begins, not just endure them the way Bill O’Brien did. more »»

Strong spring a good sign for DE Barnes

April 14, 2014 UNIVERSITY PARK — Penn State defensive end Deion Barnes sent his D-coordinator, Bob Shoop, a text message Thursday night, explaining how he’s “all about being 100 percent and totally committed to... more »»

Tommy John surgery not as bad as it used to be

April 7, 2014 Curve pitcher Tyler Sample had Tommy John surgery when he was just 15 years old, which sounds crazy, but only if you still consider the procedure to be very dangerous and career threatening. more »»

Curve OF keeping fallen friend’s memory alive

April 4, 2014 Evan Chambers, a beloved and respected member of the Pirates organization who lost his life far too early last year at the age of 24, will be with the Curve in spirit this season thanks to a good... more »»

Hometown hero caps ‘amazing day’

April 1, 2014 PITTSBURGH — Boom! Game over. Memory of a lifetime that couldn’t have been scripted better for the guy who hit it. more »»

Locke isn’t as good as first half or as bad as second

March 28, 2014 BRADENTON, Fla. — The most surprising player in baseball the first half of last season just so happened to have one of the biggest dropoffs in the second hal. more »»

Marte's extension benefits everybody

March 27, 2014 BRADENTON, Fla. — Starling Marte is rich. The Pirates didn’t overpay. One of the game’s bright young stars is locked up with a long contract. And the team’s chances to compete will remain strong. Win. more »»

Worth the wait

March 26, 2014 BRADENTON, Fla. — Twenty-nine years of long bus rides and grunt work in small towns. Twenty-nine years of cheap hotels and fast food. more »»

Allie’s power will be worth watching

March 23, 2014 BRADENTON, Fla. — I’ll never forget sitting at Blair County Ballpark on April 19, 2005 and telling Scott Franco back in the Mirror office what I’d be writing about that night’s Curve game. more »»

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