Voice of the Fan

New ESPN shows are underwhelming

You never know what you’ve got until it’s gone, and for some sports-talk fans in our region the absence of any compelling national programming on weekday mornings remains a problem — even though more options than ever exist. At one time, for nearly two decades actually, ESPN Radio ...

Writer eats crow served by Chambers

It has been since 2009 that the Penn State basketball program has won the NIT. But this one has to be the best one. I have been a big critic of coach Pat Chambers for the last three years and felt his time to go was overdue. Boy, how wrong I was. Evidently his time as an assistant ...

Fandom

Name: Luke Eberhart Age: 19 Residence: Claysburg High school: Claysburg-Kimmel High School, class of 2016 College: University of Pittsburgh My favorite sport: Baseball I usually attend games with: My family Favorite high school team: Claysburg-Kimmel Favorite college team: ...

Tiger has sports world by the tail, again

The Masters, which begins on Thursday, is the most anticipated event on the calendar for most golf fans. However, this year it really is a can’t miss event for any sports fan. For the first time in five years, Tiger Woods is competing with a legitimate chance to win his fifth green ...

Greenberg starts his new venture

He’s back, and we’ll find out if he’s better than ever. “We’re back and better than ever” was a longtime catchphrase for ESPN’s Mike Greenberg during his nearly two-decade run as co-host of “Mike and Mike in the Morning” on ESPN Radio. The show, which was simulcast on ESPN2 ...

Calling a foul on Tyrone-Central reporting

I am writing to express my disappointment in the article in the March 2 Mirror concerning the Tyrone-Central girls basketball game. While everyone is entitled to an opinion about the officiating at a sporting event, I feel that it is highly inappropriate for a writer to lead off an article ...

Big Ten jumps gun for marketing

After a dozen games over the past four days, the Big Ten men’s basketball tournament concludes at 4:30 p.m. this afternoon with its championship game on CBS Sports. The Sunday afternoon game time continues a tradition for the conference, but this season the game is being contested a week ...

Sunday Sports Mailbag

Pay college athletes like they’re employees So the FBI found out elite college hoopsters, families and second cousins were being paid. No way. Geez, Louise: This has been going on since I was in college — and I’m old. This again opens the discussion that scholarship athletes ...

Mailbag

If David Freese hasn’t talked his way out of Pittsburgh by the time you read this, I’ll tell you the real reason he wants out. Freese lost his starting job when Gerrit Cole went to the Astros, and the Pirates got third baseman Colin Moran. Moran could have started on any other team ...

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 ...