Voice of the Fan

Access helps promote new league

Whether a startup league can consistently attract viewers will be decided as the inaugural spring season of the Alliance of American Football plays out, but it has already made a big impact in how pro football games are televised. We’re in the middle of the second week of play for “the ...

Mailbag

AAF gets passing mark on its inaugural weekend I attended the inaugural Alliance of American Football game between San Antonio and San Diego at San Antonio. A few other takeaways: The pace of the game was great. Not a lot of down time, and it seemed like continuous play at times. ...

Saint Francis will miss Haigh

I’m writing about Joe Haigh retiring from the Saint Francis women’s basketball program. I have known Coach Haigh since he got here 10 years ago. People were not happy with the way they played and he coached. That’s their problem. There were, for sure, people that enjoyed seeing ...

Brady takes place alongside Jordan

In 1998, I was sitting center court in Salt Lake City, Utah when Michael Jordan hit “The Shot.” “The Shot” won Game 6 of the NBA championship for Jordan’s sixth title, cementing his “Greatest of All Time (GOAT)” status. Sunday, I was extremely fortunate to be in attendance in ...

Romo showing uncommon foresight

The Super Bowl provides the biggest stage to date for NFL analyst turned media darling Tony Romo, and the CBS Sports color commentator seems poised to maintain the success he has enjoyed during his first two seasons on the job and, especially, during the AFC Championship Game. Romo, the ...

For Saints, what goes around …

I’m happy that the New Orleans Saints aren’t going to the Super Bowl. I remember back in 2009 when they won the Super Bowl and then for the next two-three years, they started paying a bounty to players who hurt players on the opposing team. What were they thinking? Albert Einstein ...

Fear not: Serena, Federer will be back

MELBOURNE, Australia — Tempting as it might be, don’t write off Serena Williams or Roger Federer just yet. Sure, both are 37, and they’re showing their age. Yes, both are gone from the Australian Open, each with a loss to a far-younger opponent. Williams exited Wednesday in the ...

Fandom: Dylan Johnson

Name: Dylan Johnson Age: 24 Residence: Altoona High school: Great Commission College: Mount Aloysius My favorite sport: Basketball I usually attend games with: My family Favorite high school team: Great Commission Favorite college team: North Carolina Favorite pro team: ...

For PSU hoop fans, patience thin

As I watched the Penn State basketball game against Minnesota, why did I think near the end: Here we go again? Yes, the Nittany Lions played very hard and usually stay in the game, but at the end, we know a timeout will be called, and inevitably things go bad, and there’s another Big 10 ...

Dissecting NFL final four voices

Four teams take the field for two NFL conference championship games this afternoon, but the best team working might be in the broadcast booth — specifically the Fox Sports booth. Play-by-play man Joe Buck and analyst Troy Aikman have put together their busiest and best season. This ...

Altoona decision lacks clarity

“It’s not about wins and losses.” That’s what Altoona Area School Board member Rick Hoover said in the Jan. 8 Mirror article about the decision to reopen the Altoona football coaching position. That might be one of the strangest statements I’ve read or heard without telling the ...

Fandom: Mark Frederick

Name: Mark Frederick Age: 52 Residence: Duncansville High school: Altoona My favorite sport: College football I usually attend games with: My family Favorite high school team: Altoona and Hollidaysburg softball Favorite college team: Penn State Favorite pro team: Oakland ...

PSU performances raise doubt

Help! We Penn State fans have no idea where this football program is headed. Fourth-quarter collapses, special-teams mistakes, difficulty beating the upper tier Big Ten teams, a mediocre bowl record and a number of players declaring for the draft, with some possibly a little too early, ...

Off-field drama drags down Steelers

Some cities might like talented “me-first” players, but Pittsburgh is not one of them. The region’s fan base still maintains a blue-collar, steel-mill mentality despite an economy that long ago shifted to high-tech innovation, cutting-edge medicine and service jobs. That is why the ...

Coaching let down Penn State

James Franklin made a decision with 4:20 left in the Citrus Bowl, losing by six points at the Kentucky 14, to go for a field goal. He did this thinking his defense could get one more stop to win or tie the game. Why not go for the first down or the win there? The worst thing that could ...

Citrus TV crew touches up Franklin

Perception can become reality depending on how the media delivers a message and in the case of Penn State football coach James Franklin that probably means his game management skills took another hit as a result of the VRBO Citrus Bowl. A late-game TV shot seemed to catch the coach looking up ...

Responder Bowl lacked response

Most college football bowl games are a combination of all-around junket, charitable/community event, television programming and sponsor activation. At their heart, though, they’re a TV show, what happens on the field matters little. That was made crystal clear four days ago when ESPN ...

B-A, Tyrone soccer co-op has hit goal

Sifting through some old boxes, I came across a bunch of clippings from a debate that kind of dominated this Sunday space for several weeks: Bellwood soccer. It’s been 10 years since my friend Bob Crook and I presented our case to the school board only to be shot down on our first couple ...

PIAA should return to Altoona

It’s been 21 years since the PIAA unceremoniously took its football championship games away from Altoona and moved them to Hersheypark Stadium. From 1992-97, Altoona’s Mansion Park Stadium was the host for the PIAA championships. Altoona lost the games to Hershey for the 1998 season, ...

Thursday night football is a winner

By Barry Wilner The Associated Press Thursday night football is here to stay, even if it’s gone for the rest of 2018. In past years, some — make that many — would have said “good riddance.” That would be misguided this year. First off, Fox’s presentation generally was strong ...