Sunday Sports MailBag

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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 ...

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 ...

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 ...

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 ...

Pirates in need of more pitching

The Pirates were once a team with a bright future but the mediocrity of this past season seems to point to another collapse. In 2013, the Pirates ended a 21-year drought from postseason play. A memorable Wild Card victory over the Cincinnati Reds that year, another Wild Card appearance in ...

Franklin follows in Paterno’s steps

In the first three weeks of the college football season, Penn State coach James Franklin has been taken to task twice by the national sports media for things he has either said or done that they found to be classless. Whether Nittany Nation finds anything wrong with his antics is up to them ...

PSU smart to cut stadium size

Penn State’s Beaver Stadium currently holds approximately 107,000 people. A recently announced renovation plan calls for a slight reduction in that number. A lot of people think that bigger is better, but I believe reducing Beaver Stadium’s seating capacity is a tremendous idea. Even ...

Pitt needs to focus on football

Now, and for seemingly the past 30 years, Pitt football has been largely irrelevant in the national picture. Coming off of an disappointing loss to archrival Penn State, it feels that Pitt is in an endless cycle of mediocrity. Recently, former Panther player George Feher made the point ...

Pitt needs its own stadium

As a member of the 1970 Pitt Football team that played in the greatest college football game ever at Pitt Stadium — Pitt 36, West Virginia 35 — it is my duty to report from the high deserts of Las Vegas, Nevada that a shroud of stupidity covers the entire Pitt football program. This ...

Kaepernick should apologize

In Paul Newberry’s commentary (Altoona Mirror, Aug. 19), he argued that Colin Kaepernick’s behavior was justified and validated by the events in Charlottesville and offered puzzlement that the quarterback has not yet found employment in the National Football League. I cannot disagree ...

Game Commission shows bias

Commentary Chronic Wasting Disease (CWD) in wild deer herds has spread within a few miles of the Pennsylvania elk restoration grounds. As a result, the Pennsylvania Game Commission (PGC) appears to be developing a blame narrative as depicted in the PGC press release issued on July 26, 2017 ...

Details lacking on Sanderson deal

Penn State did the right thing with retaining Cael Sanderson for an extended period of time, but nothing was shared with the public about the length of his extension or the amount of money he will paid. I suspect that this was the decision of Penn State and not Cory Giger, who wrote the ...

PFBC relies on data, science

I know Walt Young has always been strongly opinionated, and I have no problem with that. However, his column on July 23 references two issues of the PA Fish and Boat Commission (PFBC) that I, as District 4 Commissioner, am very much involved in. As a state appointed (unpaid volunteer) ...

As Grenoble says, Mother Nature leads

The signs of man’s impact on the planet are plain for anyone to see. You do not need to look to global temperature, sea level rise, or melting ice. The signs have been here for as long as we have lived, and all we need do is look and remember. Has anyone seen the smog dangers in China as ...

Sunday Sports Mailbag

I’m writing to publicly acknowledge Derek Martin and the Altoona Curve for including the players of Team Shag on the field during the recent home run derby with Jose Canseco. The entire experience, from playing baseball on a professional field to hearing the cheers from thousands of fans ...

‘I am a referee,’ with feelings, too

I am a referee. I am also a father, a son, a grandfather, an uncle, a nephew, a brother and a husband. I am a veteran, a coach and a former teacher. I have volunteered in service organizations. I am a college graduate. I am a referee. I am a referee. I love the beach, I love ...

PIAA should move back to PSU

Commentary The PIAA made a mistake when it awarded the high school basketball finals to Hershey. There was nothing wrong with the Bryce Jordan Center, which was the center of excitement and also the center of the state. The next time the PIAA’s deal is up with Hershey, they should move ...

PSU must feed football, hoops first

Having read Cory Giger’s column, I totally agree with his overall assessment of the Penn State master plan presented last week for public consumption. Like it or not, you have to feed the programs that brings in the revenue first, and that would be football and basketball. Penn State ...

PSU not improving under Chambers

It is interesting to compare the coaches and rosters of the Penn State and Iowa basketball programs. Fran McCaffrey is in his seventh season at Iowa. He has never had a losing season and has gone to the NIT and three NCAA tournaments. Pat Chambers just wrapped up his sixth season with ...