Voice of the Fan

Facts on champion Eagles get in Hart’s way

This letter is in response to Les Hart about the Philadelphia Eagles being lucky. Let’s stick to facts, Les, instead of your opinion. Fact No. 1: The Eagles defense (Brandon Graham) stripped Tom Brady of the ball on a timely play and Derrick Barrett recovered it. No luck involved. It ...

ESPN expands A-Rod’s platform

While Barry Bonds and Roger Clemens did not get voted into the Baseball Hall of Fame in January (at least in part because of their connections to performance-enhancing drugs), another former MLB player connected with “the Steroid Era,” and one who lost a year of his playing career because ...

Eagles ‘lucky’ to end up super

I felt Tom Brady was going to pull out the Super Bowl for the Patriots. Two things happened, Brady fumbled while trying to throw a pass in the fourth quarter, and the Eagles recovered. Brady is the last one to do something like that. The other oddity was the “Jesse James” situation by ...

Fandom: Cory Geishauser

Name: Cory Geishauser Age: 45 Residence: Altoona High school: Bishop Guilfoyle College: The Art Institute of Pittsburgh My favorite sport: Ice hockey I usually attend games with: My dad, Thom, and my brother, Bret Favorite high school team: Bishop Guilfoyle Favorite college ...

Game doesn’t need bells and whistles

PITTSBURGH — OK, what exactly is it that bothers you about the New England Patriots? Is it the beady-eyed coach, who vandalizes those officially-licensed hoodies by chopping off the sleeves for added comfort? Even if he’s not up to something illegal, he looks guilty. Is it the ...

Mailbag

Band tried to stop 1940 riot I enjoyed reading Neil Rudel’s story last Sunday on riot at the conclusion of the Altoona-Johnstown football game at Mansion Park in 1940. My late father, Loy, was a senior drummer in the Altoona High School band. He talked about that game often. As the ...

You can hate the Pats, but do it respectfully

PITTSBURGH — OK, what exactly is it that bothers you about the New England Patriots? Is it the beady-eyed coach, who vandalizes those officially-licensed hoodies by chopping off the sleeves for added comfort? Even if he’s not up to something illegal, he looks guilty. Is it the ...

Honest look at Chambers, Sanderson

Those weekly Penn State coaches radio shows remain good listening, whether you can catch them on radio or listen through the gopsusports.com site. They’re worthwhile listens regarding men’s basketball and wrestling because the respective coaches, Patrick Chambers and Cael Sanderson, are ...

Sunday Sports Mailbag

What is with this Les Hart always cutting down the Dodgers and the Steelers? If Hart wants to cut down a team, he should start with the Pirates and let the Dodgers and the Steelers alone. Sure, the Steelers made some bad calls, but put the blame on Todd Haley, not Mike Tomlin. The ...

Plenty of sports role models for kids

I am worried about many of our young athletes. There is far too much fighting going on at sporting events at all of the levels. I am concerned about the pros, all the way down to the pee wees and Little League ages. The rumbles with opponents, the getting furious at officials over bad ...

Fandom

Name: Nicholas Costanzo Age: 30 Residence: Johnstown School: Bishop McCort College: Saint Francis University My favorite sport: Football I usually attend games with: Family and/or friends Favorite high school team: Bishop McCort Favorite college team: I’ve become very partial ...

Could Manning find home on MNF?

One of the more prominent positions in sports broadcasting remains vacant — and even got a bit more appealing this past week. Still, who will become the next color commentator for “Monday Night Football” remains undecided. The last person in the role, Jon Gruden, left what seemed like ...

Giger story brings out best of Cabinda

Reading a recent Cory Giger article (Dec. 28) about a truly unusual college football player, Penn State linebacker Jason Cabinda, reassured me that with such graduating college athletes, our society still has a chance. Often college athletes are touted for their physical prowess and ...

Chambers recruits, but can he coach?

After watching the Penn State vs. Maryland basketball game Tuesday night, I cannot understand the coaching during the last minute. In close games, once again Penn State gets to the last two minutes, and the percentages are against them winning. Why? Is it the players or the coaching? ...

Gruden brought his own unique style

If Jon Gruden leaves ESPN and the “Monday Night Football” broadcast booth to return to the NFL and coach the Raiders, it would leave a big void for the all-sports network. Gruden’s colorful and likeable approach works well on game broadcasts. In addition, he contributes to ESPN’s ...

Chambers’ program lacks discipline

When Penn State basketball coach Pat Chambers recruited a very talented group of players from the same state championship high school from the Philadelphia area two years ago, this was the finest class he had ever recruited. After the 2015 season, he was rewarded with a two-year extension ...

Juniata’s trip to Tangerine memorable

Shortly before New Year’s day 62 years ago, Juniata College’s undefeated football team embarked on a two-day train journey to Orlando, Florida, where the Indians played Missouri Valley College in the 1956 Tangerine Bowl. The game was the culmination of the 1955 season but played on Jan. ...

Here’s catch: Rule was misinterpreted

After reading John Mehno’s article in the Altoona Mirror about Jesse James’s catch being ruled correctly, I must disagree. NFL Rules Article 3, Section C says: A player who makes a catch may advance the ball. A forward pass is complete (by the offense) or intercepted (by the defense) ...

ESPN radio making some changes

What sports-talk radio fans hear throughout our region and across the nation from ESPN Radio will change significantly beginning Jan. 2 — and that’s on the heels of big changes that were already implemented in the past few weeks. An altered morning drive show, “Golic and Wingo,” ...

PSU Altoona squad had right mix

As one of the coaches of the 1967-68 Penn State-Altoona Campus basketball team that won the Commonwealth Campus state championship, I would like to make a few comments to add to the recent Mirror piece about the success of that great team. John Wiberg, the head coach, was my very good friend ...