Voice of the Fan

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: ...

Man made career as gate crasher

When my great uncle, Mace Bugen, was a boy, he was crazy for sports, just like his two older brothers and all the boys in his school in Phillipsburg, N.J.And while the other boys got to spend hours on the field or on the court, Mace was excluded from playing.He grew to be only 43 inches tall ...

A special day to spend with dad

Today is Father's Day. It's a chance to tell your favorite guy thanks for all he's been and done for you over the years.It's usually celebrated with a small gift, perhaps a shirt or tie or wallet.In many cases, few words are expressed.And that's a shame.I wrote this Father's Day column a couple ...

Fandom

Name: Amanda BeattyAge: 21Residence: Three SpringsHigh School: Southern HuntingdonCollege: Hagerstown Community CollegeMy favorite sport: BasketballI usually attend games with: FriendsFavorite high school team: Southern HuntingdonFavorite college team: Ohio StateFavorite pro team: Miami ...

Fans shouldn’t lose voice on kickoff times

Every day is a day closer to college football season, and for Penn State fans who watch Nittany Lions games on TV, the schedule has already taken pretty good shape.Game times and TV outlets have been set for six of the team's 12 games. Details on the remaining games will not come until the ...

Memorable brush with ‘The Greatest’

It was the spring of 1969.I was 18 years old and finishing up my freshman year at Penn State. A lot had changed in the 12 months since my graduation from Bellwood-Antis High School.We were living in the aftermath of the Martin Luther King Jr. and Robert Kennedy assassinations. Vietnam was ...

Open coverage: Fox should improve

The U.S. Open returns to tradition-rich Oakmont Country Club outside Pittsburgh this week, and Fox Sports returns as well - no doubt hoping to perform better than it did covering the national championship last year.Part of the problem for Fox Sports last year was the rookie location (Chambers ...

Sampsell: Ali, media made perfect match

As the tributes appropriately continue to flow in the next couple of days for Muhammad Ali, it's important to provide context.He was the perfect athlete at the perfect time, connecting on an athletic and cultural level and becoming a global icon thanks in large part to the media. He was ...

Stout, Ardrey are unsung heroes

In Altoona and small communities like ours, there are people who volunteer, help and serve for the greater good.More often than not, they do their work quietly and without recognition.I would like to acknowledge the years and hard work that Tom Stout has put into keeping the George B. Kelley ...