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Same old Pirates

May 4, 2008
The Altoona Mirror
Almost a year ago, a desperate man spent his last thousand dollars on a lottery ticket to make his house payment. The ticket was a loser, the man was evicted, and new tenants are in the house.

That desperate man was Dave Littlefield, the lottery ticket was Matt Morris, and the house, of course, is the Pittsburgh Pirates.

Well, it’s spring, and the new tenants haven’t done much to spruce the house up. No investment has been made in windows, siding or paint. The yard still has a weed problem, and the foundation still has a great big crack in it.

This house is not going to repair itself. It’s going to take a large capital investment and a construction crew that specializes in remodeling.

A coat of fresh paint won’t work, as most rooms have dry rot from 15 years of disrepair.

The sad part is, it doesn’t even appear as though the architect has started drawing up the plans.

So, once again it looks like the Pirates are destined for another season of futility. Well, at least they finally disposed of that old lottery ticket. I guess that’s a start.

Don Ciambotti


SFU should bring back Iuzzolino

I have long admired Mike Iuzzolino’s exquisite play on the basketball court and his unprecedented work ethic and determination in the sport.

After reading Cory Giger’s article in the Altoona Mirror stating Mike’s interest in the St. Francis head coaching position, I became excited and filled with hope that the university would recognize this obvious fit and open the door for his return to the Franciscan fold.

If they prudently choose, I am certain there are many like myself who shall willingly become the Red Flash faithful.

I have, with keen interest and appreciation, followed Iuzzolino wherever he has sojourned, and it is my plea that the St. Francis administration provides us with yet another opportunity to embrace success by ordaining this marriage made in heaven.

Mike Iuzzolino is one of the truly great individuals to have traipsed the campus of Loretto, and it behooves the institution to bring him home permanently to hallowed ground.

Galen Bickel


Giger right about booing

I agree completely with Cory Giger’s article concerning the booing of former Penn State quarterback Anthony Morelli.

I would hope that his future memories of his days at Penn State are not clouded by some fans’ lack of class at the Blue-White game. Perhaps the best revenge against the boobirds would be making it in the NFL.

John Hoover

Chesapeake, Va.

Rugby column refreshing

Kellie Goodman wrote a nice article on the Penn State rugby program.

I am so frustrated that our girls get no coverage by other media while teams with much lesser accomplishments do. My daughter, Annie Zeigler, has played scrumhalf/flyhalf these past three years, and it is her life’s passion. These girls have immense dedication, skill and humility.

Pete Steinberg’s commitment is impressive. He has coached this team for over a decade with no pay until this year when he has started to receive a small stipend.

And as mentioned in her story, he has taken the girls far.

Monica Montag

State College

Curve Classic a class act

What a joy it was to see all the smiling faces at the Dean Patterson Curve Classic.

Area youth got a glimpse of what it’s like to be treated like a king.

All the workers at the Blair County Ballpark, the Curve staff and Dean Patterson put on the best high school baseball tournament in the state.

I know the Central Cambria Red Devils appreciated being there.

Brian Wasilewski


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