Voice of the Fan

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. ...

Fandom

Commentary Name: Dave Westley Age: 50 Residence: Hollidaysburg High school: Altoona, class of 1984 College: Penn State, class of 1988 My favorite sport: Football I usually attend games with: My wife, Carol, and my three children, Ben, Audrey and Rachel Favorite high school ...

Be careful about reducing stadium

Commentary Penn State athletic director Sandy Barbour stated she wants to reduce the capacity of Beaver Stadium to 100,000 (NitWits, Oct. 16, 2016), for a better fan experience. If she had her druthers, there would have been 7,000 fans denied the opportunity to experience the PSU-Ohio ...

Janocko, Tiracorda a cut above

Commentary There has not been enough said about the fine coaching this area has in our local sports programs. Although winning is always the goal in any game, it is not the primary focus of a good coach.  Building character, discipline and teamwork is the most important objective in the ...

Competitors chip away at ESPN

Commentary Since 1979, sports fans have mostly known one and only one outlet for sports on television: ESPN. In point of act, nobody really knew about ESPN during those first few years of its existence, but it quickly built a following and filled a niche. As earlier brand names, ...

Altoona in need of new affiliation

Watching Altoona’s heartbreaking loss to Pittsburgh Central Catholic again reminded me of the recurring questions such as why are we in the WPIAL and why isn’t the athletic council reviewing options? It is well documented where our illustrious athletic director, Phil Riccio, stands on the ...

Fandom

Name: Jim Kimble Age: 49 Residence: Hollidaysburg High school: Abington Heights Class of 1985 College: Penn State My favorite sport: Basketball I usually attend games with: My wife, Kathleen, and my son, Noah Favorite high school team: Abington Heights Favorite college team: ...