Colin grew up in Sharpsburg and Aspinwall and attended Fox Chapel Area High High School. He graduated from West Virginia University and then came back home to write for the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. While there, he covered the Pirates, area college football and basketball, and the prep sports scene. Colin joined The Fan when it launched in February 2010 as a weekend show host. He also serves as a featured sports columnist for CBSPittsburgh.com.
What do you say? What can you say?
James Harrison will be a Steeler again.
Hold your applause. Syracuse University didn’t do the right thing. Far from it.
One guy is a Pittsburgher. One guy is an adopted Pittsburgher. Both guys are tough to beat — on and off the floor.
Over this past week, my compadres and I with The Fan Morning Show spent the days at McKechnie Field dissecting and scrutinizing the Pittsburgh Pirates as they go through the rigors of Spring Training.
You had to be skeptical. I know I was. It’s OK to admit if you were too.
From this place to that place.
The Pirates announced Monday that first baseman Pedro Alvarez missed the last few games with discomfort in his right elbow caused by a mild hyperextension on a swing, as the club put it, “a few days ago.”
Can’t bring myself to think about it that much. And, even more, I can’t bring myself to envision how it would look.
It is during times like these — around the NHL Trade Deadline — when we are reminded that sports fandom isn’t steeped all that much in reality.
If you try to force a connection between the despicable terrors committed by Jerry Sandusky and some Penn State students raising money for pediatric cancer, you are nothing more than an ass going out of your way to look for trouble.
This really isn’t all about James Harrison.
The season of self-renunciation is upon us. Oh yes, Lent.
Pirates pitchers and catchers report Wednesday, and so begins the long trudge through Spring Training, on through summer and, hopefully, a third consecutive trip to the Major League Baseball postseason in October.
At this point, this isn’t about winning and losing — this has to be turned into a teaching point.