Voice of the Fan

PSU Altoona squad had right mix

As one of the coaches of the 1967-68 Penn State-Altoona Campus basketball team that won the Commonwealth Campus state championship, I would like to make a few comments to add to the recent Mirror piece about the success of that great team. John Wiberg, the head coach, was my very good friend ...

Hansar set standard for Altoona

Bobby Hansard, who passed away last month, was one of the toughest, best all-around athletes to come out of Altoona during the 1950s-60s, and that is saying something because there was no shortage good, hard-nosed athletes in that era. Hansard took it to a different level. He was ...

Price’s tenure focused on life lessons

We all pass through this very brief life experience on this planet, and in doing so, we interact with, influence and affect, and in some rare instances, make an indelible imprint on others. Harold Price, who recently passed away, was one of these uniquely gifted individuals who did precisely ...

Heisman snub is not personal

Saquon Barkley was not a finalist for the Heisman Trophy, and that’s not the end the world. Nor did he “deserve” to be in New York City for the presentation. My personal belief — based largely on what the media has shared with me about Barkley during his career — was that he merited ...

Sportsmanship must remain a PSU staple

As I look back on the Penn State season, I’d like to comment on what I see as a decline in sportsmanship. Those of us used to — and proud of — 40 years of success with honor had to feel a bit squeamish watching James Franklin call timeout on the Georgia State kicker while up 56-0 with ...

Manning deserved a better fate

Eli Manning lasted a lot longer than most before being tossed onto the scrap heap that eventually claims almost everyone who has ever strapped on a helmet in the NFL. Sentimentality doesn’t go far in the league, where what you’ve done in past Super Bowls isn’t nearly as important as ...

Support helps Michaels, Hillgrove

Tonight’s Steelers-Packers game might provide a challenge for some Steelers fans, at least it does for me. It boils down to a determination of the lesser evil for coverage of the game. Specifically, will that mean watching the game on TV and enduring Al Michaels on “Sunday Night ...

Remembering one of Cove’s greats

Martinsburg High School had a life span of 57 years, from 1893 to 1950. It was first housed in what became known as the Borough Building, still standing on East Allegheny Street. In the 1930s the school played basketball in the Juniata Valley League and baseball in the Blair County High ...

Russia shouldn’t be in Olympics

There are too many examples of Soviet rules violations There’s a new series on the Olympic Channel called “Foul Play,” though unfortunately it doesn’t address what is really foul about the modern Olympic movement. For that, there’s no reason to look to the past. There’s plenty ...

Mailbag

Brooklyn fan will never forget the ‘Bums’ I am responding to last week’s letter from John Wise. There are no real true Dodger fans alive except maybe me. I’m the true Brooklyn Dodger diehard, starting in 1941 and expiring in 1958 when the love of my life deserted me to become the ...

Webb recognition long overdue

Jake Webb is finally getting recognition for his outstanding performances with the Blair County Sports Hall of Fame’s Lifetime Achievement Award. Beside his personal achievements in world strong men arena, Webb helped many former Altoona High School athletes achieve outstanding levels both ...

Mike & Mike duo will be missed

Just five days remain for what has been the best, most important national sports-talk radio show in history, and when ESPN Radio’s “Mike and Mike” signs off Friday, it will be missed. “Mike and Mike,” with Mike Greenberg and Mike Golic, airs weekday mornings from 6 to 10 a.m. on ...

PA discriminating ­against females

This letter is in response to a bizarre, error-ridden op-ed by Dave Satka (“The difficult balance of Title IX”) published last Sunday. Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972 is a federal civil rights law that protects equal opportunities in education programs. It is not, as the ...

Game 7 didn’t do Series justice

What a letdown. After six stellar games, this World Series finally ran out of magic. Not to take anything away from the Houston Astros, who claimed the first Series title in franchise history with a 5-1 snoozer over the Los Angeles Dodgers Wednesday night. For the eyes of Texas, this was ...

Game 7 didn’t do Series justice

What a letdown. After six stellar games, this World Series finally ran out of magic. Not to take anything away from the Houston Astros, who claimed the first Series title in franchise history with a 5-1 snoozer over the Los Angeles Dodgers Wednesday night. For the eyes of Texas, this was ...

The difficult balance of Title IX

By Dave Satka In the spirit of gender equality, female athletes are being encouraged and widely applauded when they compete against males. Starting with Billy Jean King vs. Bobby Riggs in the 1973 nationally televised, “Battle of the Sexes” tennis match, to 14-year-old Michelle Wie ...

‘SNF’ brings Steelers into focus

There’s nothing like a big media spotlight to further expose a team’s problems, and that could be the case tonight as Steelers travel to play the Detroit Lions on “Sunday Night Football.” After the botched national anthem effort, a somewhat typical woe-is-me response by quarterback ...

Sharing Heinz Field good for Pitt

I read the recent letter to the mailbag about Pitt football by George “Feather” Feher. It is interesting to know and gain some insight from the former Pitt player. He writes “that a shroud of stupid cover the entire Pitt football team.” This started in 1999 when Pitt, under ...

Trump’s anthem soapbox has USFL roots

PITTSBURGH — We’re still a month or so away from ski season, but I’m going to head down this particular slippery slope anyway. Official disclaimer: This is not a political statement or column. This is still the sports section, and let’s give thanks for that. But... Before Donald ...

Letter ripping PSU coaches wrong

This is a rebuttal of the letter by Jim Secriskey, published in the Sunday Mailbag on Oct. 1. I read, with great irritation, Secriskey’s comments concerning coaches James Franklin and Joe Paterno. Franklin has not been around long enough to discuss. His time will come, so let’s just let ...