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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 ...

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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: ...

Give Franklin credit for improvement

Why does the Sunday Sports Mailbag consistently publish anti-James Franklin letters?Is it simply to provoke readers so they will be compelled to respond?Well, if this was the case, your scheme was successful.The Mailbag frequently publishes letters from a gentleman from Texas who recently ...

Berman’s ESPN career winding down

One of ESPN's longest-tenured employees gets his usual primetime perch each Monday night this season, but this has been anything but business as usual for Chris Berman - and what's next for the broadcaster could be interesting.Berman has been at ESPN since 1979, joining the then one-month-old ...

PSU job would still attract candidates

Cory Giger provided another good commentary in the Sept. 26 Mirror that essentially supports James Franklin as head coach for the Penn State football team through the 2017 season.With all due respect to Giger, who is much closer to the program than I am, I personally don't think things are ...

Tyrone doesn’t need artificial turf

I've been a Tyrone Area High School football fan for 70 years.Through rain, snow, ice and cancer, I've been in the stands - home and away - and watched the rise and fall of crowds. The caravans that set records at Hershey are now a trickle of booster-club parents and loyal old guys like me.I ...

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Name: David PayneAge: 21Residence: State CollegeHigh school: Dallas High SchoolCollege: Penn StateMy favorite sport: Ice hockeyI usually attend games with: My dadFavorite high school team: Dallas High SchoolFavorite college team: Penn StateFavorite pro team: Washington CapitalsMy favorite ...

ESPN ponders Mike and Mike split

A national media-related trial balloon went up this week, and if the idea ever becomes a reality, morning sports-talk radio in the region might sound significantly different.And that's not a good thing.Usually well connected Richard Deitsch of Sports Illustrated reported the suits at ESPN were ...

Scully gave us soundtrack to life

It was in the middle of the Barry Bonds home run chase, and I was sitting with Vin Scully in the broadcast booth at Dodger Stadium.The Dodgers were playing the Giants, and Vin had been kind enough to agree to an interview before the game. I was writing a column about his views on Bonds, though ...

CBS pulls plug on its rules expert

It's early in the NFL season. Week 3 features the Steelers at the Eagles this afternoon (4:25 p.m., WTAJ-TV), so pro football fans in our region might have missed one of the biggest personnel moves of the offseason - at least in terms of the league's TV presentation.CBS relieved former official ...

Pitt-PSU tailgating a family affair

The Pitt-Penn State game went a long way to settling a few long running debates.The first debate was whether Three Rivers Stadium and then Heinz Field could ever re-create the atmosphere of Pitt Stadium with an on-campus experience.I have been to a number of Pitt games at Heinz Field, and the ...

Disgruntled Penn State fan: ‘We stink’

Here are my observations after watching the Penn State-Pitt game:n We stink. We allowed 350 yards rushing and were way outcoached.n James Franklin has a moral victory for the comeback, but he blames the interception at the end on having wrong personnel in game. Well, who's responsibility is it ...

BTN pre-game show ready to debut

The debut of "BTN Tailgate," the Big Ten Network's on-site pregame show, comes this Saturday.It will originate from the Wisconsin-Michigan State game in East Lansing, Michigan, featuring analyst Anthony Adams, the former Penn State standout.Network officials announced the sites for the next six ...

Younger generation shaping sports

Competition has moved beyond the traditionalWhat is a sport?Decades ago, the answer was pretty simple.Now, with the emergence of fantasy sports, online gaming, and the establishment of niche leagues for new and unique types of competition, the lines have blurred.I just read an article in an ...

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Name: Steve MartyAge: 44Residence: HollidaysburgHigh school: Largo High School, Largo, Fla.College: University of Tennessee at KnoxvilleMy favorite sport: FootballI usually attend games with: My wife and kidsFavorite high school team: HollidaysburgFavorite college team: Penn StateFavorite pro ...

Let Cora success be defined on merit

I read an excellent commentary ("Ready for the show") in the Aug. 29 Mirror by Cory Giger.Giger's point was that Joey Cora, the Altoona Curve manager, is ready and deserving to be a big-league manager next year while pointing out that there are no Latino managers in the major leagues ...

Pitt brass busy selling ‘fool’s gold’

As a former football player and graduate of Pitt, my journey has led me to believe the current Pitt brass is still selling fool's gold when it comes to supporting and sharing the dreams of the entire Pitt football nation of winning a national championship.Unlike most universities, Pitt is among ...

NFL pulls fast one on NBC, Tirico

It's the TV sports version of "Where's Waldo."Let's call it "There's Tirico."Proven, talented and trusted Mike Tirico moved from ESPN to NBC this summer in large part because of opportunities to cover golf (which he's done already), the Olympics (which he's done already) and the NFL (which he's ...

Brazil had moment, but at what cost?

RIO DE JANEIRO - Remember this moment, Brazil. Nothing feels better than winning.Remember how it felt on that balmy Saturday night in this fabled temple of soccer, the Maracana, when the Selecao held its nerve through 120 minutes and a penalty shootout to gain some small measure of revenge ...

Incident puts cloud on Notre Dame

Many fans around here have no time for Notre Dame, and the same is true that the South Benders have no time for the Nittany Lions.It is nothing new. Simply, we abhor each other like we do with boys from Ohio State, Michigan and Michigan State.And let's face it: Notre Dame has a model program ...