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Fandom: Randy Wilson

Name: Randy Wilson Age: 26 Residence: Tyrone High school: Tyrone College: Penn State Altoona My favorite sport: Football I usually attend games with: My family and my girlfriend, Steph Schmidt Favorite high school team: Tyrone Favorite college team: Texas Longhorns Favorite ...

Sunday Sports Mailbag

Patriots have advantage with added motivation A neat story in the NFL has emerged on Chris Hogan, a former Penn State lacrosse player  now a football player with the New England Patriots. I am really happy for him. As for today’s big game, I am taking New England over the Atlanta ...

PSU grad in middle of ‘super’ telecast

Sports on TV can be unpredictable, but for people watching the Super Bowl tonight there are two guarantees: First, Patriots receiver Chris Hogan will get some airtime and, second, the postgame trophy presentation will get the attention viewers expect — especially if New England wins. Rich ...

Reforms could end signing-day circus

The first Wednesday of February in college football has become a celebration of hat-picking suspense and hopeful speculation. Schools use national signing day to excite their fans, market the program and impress future recruits with a flashy welcome. On one day, thousands of high school ...

Steelers hit home run in ratings

Commentary By any measure (and there were many, according the NBC Sports public relations team), the Steelers-Chiefs divisional playoff game last week was a success. It was the most-watched primetime game on any network since last year’s Super Bowl, attracting an average of 37.1 ...

Fandom

Name: Shawn Clark Age: 39 Residence: Hollidaysburg High school: Hollidaysburg Area My favorite sport: Football I usually attend games with: My son, Dominic Favorite high school team: Hollidaysburg Area Favorite college team: Penn State Favorite pro team: Steelers My favorite ...

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 ...