I think that it is abominable that Atlantic Broadband did not pick up the full package of Pittsburgh Pirate games.
According to FSN Pittsburgh, there are 38 cable providers in their area; Atlantic BB is one of only three who did not pick up the package.
Is Blair County not deserving? I can't believe that Atlantic Broadband spent money to print a full page ad in a recent Sunday paper. Who do they think they are fooling? I think that all fans should contact their local municipalities and demand that they pursue a new cable provider.
I, for one, am in the process of looking for and obtaining a different service. I know many other Pirate fans who feel the same. I also worry that they may do the same thing with Penguins and other local sports broadcasts.
Atlantic Broadband is holding us hostage, as they did with the Big Ten Network. I don't think that cable users should stand for it any longer.
As far as paying more for the service, what choice do we have? When they decide to raise rates, as they just have recently, we have to pay.
Looking for satellite dish
The excuses of the local cable company have gotten to be old hat.
First it was the Big Ten Network, and this definitely is Penn State country. Now they are trying to hold us hostage again by using the Pirates as leverage.
Of course, they say that Comcast can afford to carry the Pirates without a rate increase because they are the country's largest cable provider.
Hey, if you want to run and charge with the big dogs, you're going to have to suck up some expenses every now and then, like other local businesses do, instead of laying it off on the customer every time.
I think I'll be seeing a lot more satellite dishes popping up around the neighborhoods in the near future.
NorCal teaches right lessons
John Hartsock did an excellent article on the NorCal East program.
I have been very fortunate to be around Mark Helsel and Dave Brisbin the last two years to help develop this great program.
The best thing about these two unique gentlemen is that they're not only developing your child to respect the game, they are teaching them to be a better person outside of baseball.
Yes the demand and respect that they teach is not for everyone. If you throw a bat or throw a helmet or disrespect an umpire or another player or coach, you won't be around long. My son Jordan has grown from a shy young man to a much more outgoing individual because of this experience.
I recently had a talk with a top Division I coach, and his response about NorCal players was this: "When I come to watch a player, I know he can hit. What I want to see is how he reacts after striking out or making an error.'' That's what makes the NorCal player unique in what the game stands for.
PIAA?shortchanging smaller schools
In the Sunday Sports Mailbag April 25, I read an article about Bishop Guilfoyle.
It is not BG's fault that it has a great sports program.
The District 6 committee and PIAA are at fault. District 5 and 6 should force the PIAA to change the classifications of the schools in their districts. Bishop Guilfoyle, Tyrone, Bedford, Bishop McCort and Bishop Carroll should be in one classification. Central, Chestnut Ridge and all of the Bedford County schools should be in Class A.
In the PIAA wrestling tournament, District 5 and 6 only had one state champion. It is not fair to make the students from District 5 and 6 wrestle the students from District 7 in order to make it to states. Since the PIAA is allowing Derry to drop down to AA, the District 7 schools have the advantage of being close to many of the best college programs where they can practice all year. District 10 has the same advantage.
For years, I have been saying that District 5, 6 and 9 should have their own regional in Altoona where they could send their own champions while District 7 and 10 have their own regional competition. I understand to be a state champion you need to beat the best, but you cannot expect a student from a small school that has trouble fielding a team to beat a team like Shady Side Academy year in and year out.
District 9 is the same way. Other than Ridgway, District 9 cannot compete with District 10. District 4 had several champions from the small schools in its area, but the ones that won went to different training camps at Penn State all year.
District 5 and 6 do not have that advantage. It is the same when it comes to basketball. The District 5 champion this season was eliminated in the first round by a District 7 school.
In conclusion, I feel that it isn't fair for the students who practice and give their all to not be given a fair chance to win a medal at states.
William L. Slick