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O'Brien never embraced PSU

January 5, 2014 Bill O’Brien took the Penn State job not knowing of NCAA sanctions, or at least not the severity of those sanctions, but he did accept the position after the Sandusky scandal. more »»

Titans the toast of Tussey Mtn.

December 29, 2013 Every once in a while, a team comes along and performs much better than anyone expected, and in the process, generates enthusiasm and attention for the whole area. more »»

Mirror missing mark on pro soccer

December 22, 2013 I promised Neil Rudel several years ago that I wouldn’t do this, but then again the president said you could keep your health insurance, so I guess another false promise is nothing big. more »»

Spartans' win a Christmas present

December 14, 2013 I saw last two quarters of Ohio State vs. Michigan State game when it was 17-17. more »»

Bowl system too watered down

December 8, 2013 Once again the NCAA will allow money to talk when it comes to the bowl game pictur. more »»

PSU football needs marketing boost

December 1, 2013 I’ve come to enjoy the changes to PSU football with Bill O’Brien at the helm, but I’d like to see: 1) Christian Hackenberg keep the defense honest by tucking the ball and running (then sliding) on... more »»

Hunters provide valuable service

November 3, 2013 The writer in last week’s Mailbag expressed the premise that bowhunting (and later she added rifle hunting as well) is crue. more »»

Forever asleep at the wheel

October 27, 2013 Baseball and radio have a long, important history. I grew up listening to “the Gunner” (Bob Prince) and the “Possum” (Jim Woods). I still use radio even when the Pirates are on TV. more »»

Pirates have turned the corner

October 13, 2013 Although it was disappointing to watch the St. Louis Cardinals defeat the Pirates on Wednesday night, this season has been tremendous for area baseball fan. more »»

Greed takes fun out of games

October 6, 2013 While watching the Pirate game on Tuesday night, I immediately thought of my parents when I saw and heard them say that Game 2 against the Cardinals would only be on the MLB network. more »»

Spare credit for PSU brass

September 29, 2013 Sorry, Neil Rudel, but Rod Erickson in particular and Dave Joyner to a lesser degree deserve zero credit for what happened Tuesday. more »»

Let's keep uniform colors uniform

September 22, 2013 I think that there is a better explanation to the issue Philip Cmor discussed in his column last week. more »»

Rekindle PSU passion

September 9, 2013 Simply stated, the electricity needs to be put back into Beaver Stadium on game day. These non-conference games will be a good prelude to the Big Ten schedule. more »»

Delany should practice what he preaches

September 1, 2013 In the Friday, Aug. 23 Altoona Mirror, an article told how Big Ten football players received a message, straight from the top, about how they should carry themselves as college athletes. more »»

Army vs. Navy, service academies are special

August 25, 2013 Ever since I was old enough to watch college football, my inaugural game was the Army vs. Navy game. more »»

Senior games lose Golden touch

August 18, 2013 This letter is about swimming in the Golden Games and how it has changed over the past three years. more »»

Hoping Pirates can turn back clock

August 4, 2013 I got my wish with the Pirates standing pat at the trade deadline this year. I guess they learned from their mistakes of the last two years. more »»

Missing old days ... and doubleheaders

July 28, 2013 Growing up in the late 1960s, in eastern Pennsylvania, my baseball buddies and I would look forward to spring training every March with high hopes of our favorite Major League teams making it to the... more »»

O'Brien oversteps his boundaries

July 21, 2013 Wow: One year on the job, a nice raise and now Penn State football coach Bill O’Brien seems to be diving headlong into the stuff that I believe he should stay away from. more »»

NBA should create 'thug of the year' award

July 7, 2013 I can’t believe the arrogance of the NBA. In an attempt to change their thug image, they have come up with a yearly Maurice Stokes/Jack Twyman Awar. more »»

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