I don’t know if you have noticed but there is a major lack of firearms in local stores. Of more importance, there is also a shortage of ammunition. It is very difficult to bag a record buck without both. Of course, one can always enter the archery season with ammo that can be used more than …
The Steelers couldn’t have hand-picked a better opponent than the Giants on a Monday night for their regular season opener.
It has been some time since I fished Walnut or Elk Creek with a fair amount of success. As early as September, you would find us motoring north to the shores of Lake Erie. With good reason, we fished the feeder streams early as an attempt to catch salmon or sometimes a steelhead trout.
To play or not to play, that is the question.
I must confess, for most of my life I have thought how nice it would be to sit at the mouth of a cave on top of some remote mountain and give advice to others.
Forty years later, they are no longer adversaries or the leaders of crosstown rival football programs.
Because of players testing positive for COVID-19, Major League Baseball has had to shut down games every week since it started the season. That’s caused a lot of people to wonder how the NFL is going to get through a season, which is several months longer than what baseball is playing, witho…
I enjoy driving country roads. Not only was I watching for unusual landscapes but watching for uncommonly seen wildlife. For instance, seeing an animal that is rarely spotted in one area might be common somewhere else. While common in the mountains of Pennsylvania, a bear encounter is unusua…
Summer is zooming by and very soon will be nothing more than a plastic bag full of memories.
More than a half a century later, the legend of a pitching showdown between Richard Swinchock and Bob Clites still moves the emotions and stirs the memories of those who witnessed it.
We humans look at numbers to tell us what is desirable and/or what represents great battles. With thousands taking part, there was the great tank battle at Kiev. When one hears the number 300, he or she cannot help but be reminded of the fantastic delaying battle at Thermopylae as well as th…
These are strange times in the world of sports. Heck, they are strange times in general, so sports are certainly no different.
A couple of evenings ago, I stopped in at the Dormont-Mt. Lebanon Sportsmen Club, hoping a close friend would still be there shooting.
The journey was as memorable – maybe more – than the final outcome for the 1970 Monessen Pony League World Series team.
Government that governs least governs best. So said one of the founding fathers. The fewer laws on the books, the better for the people of the country. With that being said, I believe most people would agree with that precept. It is usually when the discussion is political but, in a way, doe…
Last week in this column, I wrote about the week during the deer rut that was given to the archers, adding onto the longest hunting season in the state. I, like many others, are asking why we are adding this week to what is already a long season? I mentioned a few statistics and tried to rea…
I would swear that this same gentleman standing at the register was in the store yesterday. After talking guns, a bit, I asked him if he had been standing in the same spot yesterday and he replied “Yep, and I hope I’m not standing in this same spot tomorrow.”
As age creeps up on a person you tend to dwell on the past more and more. It’s those memories that make us who we are and offer some future to look forward to. It’s because the book of what will be is now compact.
A Catch-22 is a dilemma or difficult circumstance from which there is no escape because of mutually conflicting or dependent conditions.
We close the book on the 2019-20 school year with this “Best of Sports” edition, a joint venture of the Observer-Reporter and The Almanac sports staffs. This is our third year for “Best of Sports,” which honors the top athletes and teams from the two publications’ coverage areas.
“And there used to be a ballpark where the field was warm and green. And the people played their crazy game with a joy I’d never seen. And the air was such a wonder from the hot dogs and the beer. Yes, there used to be a ballpark right here.” –
Sometimes I come up with strange questions and even stranger answers. This occurs mostly at night, when the hoot owls are doing what they do best – hooting. I was just lying here thinking why does an outdoors writer have to be an outdoors hunter or great outdoors fisherman to write successfu…
John Harbaugh is right. The Baltimore Ravens head coach said during an interview with a Baltimore radio station that the NFL’s coronavirus protocol is “humanly impossible” to follow to a T.
Kismet – sometimes things must happen. This is true in life, and true in hunting and fishing. A tail-hooked fish is an example of fate lending the angler a helping hand. A hitch in an otherwise great performing reel is an example of fate favoring the fish. Perhaps a tough drag should have su…
With word that pitcher Chris Archer will miss the 2020 season – if there is one – after undergoing surgery to relieve symptoms of thoracic outlet syndrome, an already bad trade in Pittsburgh Pirates history became even worse.
George Messich remembers Johnny Majors, the former head football coach at Pitt who died Wednesday at age 85, as a master motivator who cared as much, if not more, about his players and their futures as he did about wins and losses.