Voice of the Fan

Over time, ballparks evolve steadily

If you go to a Curve game or make the trip to PNC Park, have you ever thought about how, between pitches, these venues showcase an impressive array of entertainment options that include all kinds of video content and music, while offering a wide variety of food options and all kinds of other ...

Mountain lion spotted in Bedford

On July 15, while hunting for groundhogs on the Ron Dively farm in Bloomfield Township, Bedford County, two friends, Dwight Hartman and Dave Smith, were walking along a grown-up fencerow at about 7:30 a.m.Smith had the only rifle, and Hartman was periodically glassing the area ahead for ...

NFL preseason gives way to Olympics

Preseason, regular season or postseason, the NFL dominates on television, consistently pulling ratings and viewership that other programming (news, reality, scripted or sports) can only hope to attain.This preseason, though, pro football knows it must cede its TV dominance, and the league has ...

Sunday Sports Mailbag

After reading Neil Rudel's article ("Griping doesn't help Penn State," July 28"), I think he is missing two important points with James Franklin and Sandy Barbour's comments.High schoolers are telling Penn State that other Big Ten schools are negatively recruiting against them.Prospective ...

Question of the week

Do you think the Pirates bailed on this season with their flurry of trades?

Don’t shift blame to Paterno

This letter is in response to Joseph Cavrich's letter last week, "Let's be open: PSU still stained."I am one of the thousands in the corner of Jay Paterno and other former Penn State football players and alumni. We shall continue to defend Coach Paterno, as we well should.Who knows him better? ...

Fandom: Ryan Yoder

Name: Ryan YoderAge: 30Residence: DuncansvilleHigh school: HollidaysburgCollege: Penn State AltoonaMy favorite sport: FootballI usually attend games with: Bryan James, Brandon Gungon, Anne Taddei, Michele Taddei, Craig Yoder, and Ray Mackey.Favorite high school team: HollidaysburgFavorite ...

Lilly: Hall should welcome Bonds, Clemens

Ken Griffey Jr. and Mike Piazza were inducted into the Baseball Hall of Fame last Sunday.The Pennsylvania born superstars (Griffey in Donora and Piazza in Norristown) deserve their plaques in Cooperstown.Barry Bonds and Roger Clemens deserve plaques in Cooperstown, too.Sure, Bonds and Clemens ...

Question of the week

As the calendar turns to August, which Pirate has been most disappointing this season?

BTN set to resume its campus tours

It's all about access and community - that's what makes a sports-related TV channel or network successful, especially as more and more such outlets serve a specific niche - and the Big Ten Network kicks off some of its best work in that area into gear in the coming weeks.It begins July 25-26 ...

Sunday Sports Mailbag

The summer of 1977 was the first year for the Iron Masters Golf Classic. At that time, the format was a two-man match play tournament. After approximately 25 years, the format was changed to a two-man best ball tournament involving three days during the last week of July. This year the event ...

Old Timers’ games stir fond memories

Another item has been checked off my Bucket List.I have attended an Old Timers' baseball game at Yankee Stadium in New York.These Yankee get-togethers date back 70 years. The Yanks have appeared in 40 World Series and won 27 of them, so they have a bunch of players who were celebrated in their ...

Pro softball team wears Pittsburgh spirit

I went to my first ever Women's National Professional Fastpitch (NPF) softball game on Saturday July 2.Our youngest granddaughter (11 years old) plays and really enjoys softball so I thought it would be a great opportunity to take her to a game at a higher level then she has ever seen ...

Fandom

Name: Michele TaddeiAge: 41Residence: GallitzinHigh School: Bishop GuilfoyleCollege: Bucknell and Mount Aloysius CollegeMy favorite sport: BasketballI usually attend games with: Lynn, Anne, Dom and Shawn Taddei, Randy Ciccarella and Ryan YoderFavorite high school: Bishop GuilfoyleFavorite ...

Big Ten keeps relations with ESPN, too

Penn State football and basketball fans (as well as coaches associated with those programs) should take a moment this week, some slow summer midday, and email or even write - yep, by hand the old-fashioned way - a thank-you note to Big Ten Conference commissioner Jim Delany.Thanks to the ...

Don’t underestimate Crosby’s value

Despite Sidney Crosby's average of 1.33 points per game - the fifth best in NHL history - the Pittsburgh fan base has criticized his latest performances as subpar for a player with a $102 million contract.They argue that trading Crosby to clear cap room would be beneficial for the hockey ...

Mancuso carved unique niche at PSU

Most Penn State fans do not know his name, but they probably appreciate his work and know a bit more about their favorite varsity sports teams because of his dedication and talent.For the past eight years, Penn State alumnus Tony Mancuso has worked for the university's athletic department.He ...

Bayless adds to ESPN’s high-profile exits

In my world, midday afternoon television is "Unemployment TV."That's no knock to the many good, hard-working people who labor during non-traditional hours and might only get to watch TV at that time, but shows that air from late morning to early afternoon often seem to aim for the lowest common ...

Fandom: Jason Garman

Name: Jason GarmanAge: 27Residence: AltoonaHigh school: Altoona, class of 2007College: Lock Haven, class of 2013My favorite sport: Ice hockeyI usually attend games with: My wife, Michelle, and friendsFavorite high school team: AltoonaFavorite college team: Penn StateFavorite pro team: ...