Voice of the Fan

Chambers has PSU on the right track

Penn State men’s basketball coach Pat Chambers appears to have turned the program around. He has changed the culture of a losing program to some semblance of respectability and competitiveness in the Big Ten. Last Saturday at the Palestra on the University of Pennsylvania campus, Chambers ...

Steeler pregame show worth listen

Getting ready to watch the Steelers-Kansas City Chiefs playoff game tonight? Before you do, listen. Seriously, find the Steelers pregame show on radio, about 45 minutes before kickoff if you can, and listen to the question-and-answer session with Steelers coach Mike Tomlin and Steelers.com ...

Game saw great sportsmanship

Commentary I enjoyed reading Neil Rudel’s comments about the Rose Bowl, but there is one thing that I’d like to see mentioned. The sportsmanship between the Nittany Lions and Trojans was the best I’ve seen anywhere in quite some time. In a day when most athletes, especially in ...

Fandom

Commentary Name: Tony Miller Age: 49 Residence: Altoona High school: Cambria Heights College: Penn State University My favorite sports is: Football I usually attend games with: My wife, Carol, and my kids, Jason and Casey Favorite high school team: Altoona Favorite college ...

Time for postseason awards

It’s the first day of 2017, and that’s just enough time to take one last look back at 2016 in terms of sports television with my selections for the best individuals and moments of the year. Here we go: Best studio show: “College GameDay,” ESPN. The show remains, by just a smidge over ...

Altoona’s 1962 team turns back clock

In the fall of 1962 for 14 weeks, 51 young men started on a journey that continues to this day. It has been 54 years since those young men completed, and competed, on the football field. Their record still stands as the last undefeated football team at Altoona Area High School. We all live ...

Coach can’t taint BG achievement

Does everyone realize what an incredible feat Bishop Guilfoyle has accomplished in winning three straight PIAA football championships? Instead, too many people have dismissed this as a private school with unimaginable recruiting powers. Even the Clairton coach made reference to this among ...

PSU maximizing its exposure

Kudos to Penn State coach James Franklin and his team for how they’ve dealt with the media in the aftermath of the Big Ten Conference championship game and leading up to the Rose Bowl. Their message has been one of determination, focus and thankfulness. They’ve embraced the opportunity, ...

FANDOM: Tim Nagle

­Name: Tim Nagle Age: 54 Residence: Hollidaysburg High school: Bishop Guilfoyle Catholic College: IUP My favorite sport: Basketball I usually attend games with: My wife, Linda and my son Matt Favorite high school team: Hollidaysburg Favorite college team: Stanford Favorite ...

Mailbag

Lions need to act       ‘like they’ve been there’ One cultural aspect of Penn State football under Joe Paterno that I believe eroded under Bill O’Brien and continues to erode under James Franklin is the “act like you’ve been there before” culture. Hand the ball back to ...

Money driving football playoff

Commentary What I can see and hear from all of the pundits, PSU had zero chance to make the four-team dog-and-pony show, no matter whom, no matter what. With that said, the system is better than it was, but it’s still based on style points and bias. Ohio State and Michigan, for a ...

Will ‘Hall’ door crack for Selig?

Commentary Everything about baseball got bigger during Bud Selig’s reign as commissioner. What’s important to remember is how. Because the same outsized contributions that earned him entry into the Hall of Fame should crack open the door wide enough for stars from the super-sized era ...

Branca passing stirs memories

Ralph Branca, the Brooklyn Dodgers pitcher who died last week at 90 years old, will always be remembered as the pitcher who threw the pitch to Bobby Thomson of the hated New York Giants. Thomson hit a “bloop” home run (285-footer) into the left-field stands in the old Polo Grounds in New ...

PSU shoud get used to Fox

After two postseason firsts for Penn State in one game Saturday night — playing in the Big Ten Conference championship game for the first time and playing in game broadcast by Fox for the first time — fans can expect more of the latter over the next six years. Fox picked up the broadcast ...

Fandom

Name: Joel McElhinney Age: 43 Residence: Altoona High school: Altoona, class of 1991 My favorite sport: Football I usually attend games with: My buddies or my daughter Favorite high school team: Altoona Favorite college team: Penn State Favorite pro team: Steelers My favorite ...

Franklin, PSU have earned trust

Commentary I wrote to the Mailbag back in January of this year, expressing my unconditional support for James Franklin, despite the many naysayers who claimed that his coaching style may not be a good fit for Happy Valley. This followup is not intended to serve as an, “I told you ...

Fandom: Greg Meloy

Name: Greg Meloy Age: 31 Residence: Pittsburgh High school: Altoona College: Pitt My favorite sport: Football I usually attend games with: My wife, Kim Favorite high school team: South Fayette Lions Favorite college team: Pitt Panthers Favorite pro team: Pittsburgh ...

Shelton concert gets first gauge

Tickets for the first-ever concert in Beaver Stadium go on sale to the public Wednesday, and we’ll get a better sense then of the response to the lineup led by Blake Shelton, Chris Young and Big & Rich for the July 8 event. With the concert eight months away, it simply might be too ...

Saint Francis completes journey

Once a doormat, football team caps amazing turnaround On Sept. 14, 1996, the Saint Francis football team traveled to West Long Branch, New Jersey, to face Monmouth in the first-ever Northeast Conference football game. The Red Flash lost to the Hawks, 46-17. To say that the going has ...

Finally, Cubs banish their curse

Commentary They’ll relive the game for generations, these Cubs fans, talking about the magical night in Cleveland when the skies opened up and the curse of the Billy Goat was buried once and for all. Somewhere along the way the stories will be embellished, as if that is even possible. ...