Sunday Sports MailBag

Browns haven’t bypassed Steelers

As a Steeler fan living outside Pennsylvania, I often get a much different take on things from the national sports media. In 2019, no theme in that conversation is bigger than the idea of the Cleveland Browns winning the AFC North. I understand even the Las Vegas oddsmakers have been ...

YMCA program inspires young runner

I’m in seventh grade at Hollidaysburg Area Junior High School, and Saturday, I competed in my first District 6 Track & Field competition. Throughout grade school, I tried to find my sport. I played flag football, wrestling, baseball, soccer, you name it. They were not the right fit for ...

Huge contracts show skewed priorities

This letter is in response to the articles covering Mike Trout’s $430 million contract with Los Angeles Angels. One of the most disturbing facts about our capitalist nation is the misappropriation of funds directed to the salaries of entertainers. Everyone should agree that the value an ...

Millen return a Blue-White highlight

Most spring football games are boring as offensive plays are “vanilla.” But some 61,000 Penn State fans were treated to something very special in last Saturday’s Blue-White Game. There was former All-American lineman Matt Millen doing color analysis for the Big Ten Network. What was ...

B-A title fuels community pride

The shrill of the volunteer fire whistle cut through the cold and rainy night air like a knife. Normally, a call to duty for the local firefighters is a concern, but on this night the blast was a call of celebration. Twice in as many years, the Bellwood-Antis High School girls basketball ...

Chambers lucky he’s at Penn State

I never want to see anyone fired who is doing what they believe is their very best. All or most coaches feel that way, and that is part of a coach’s makeup. However, these Division I coaches in the major sports such as football and basketball are paid a very attractive salary. If they can ...

Chambers leading strong finish

I know there was a lot of heat for Penn State to get rid of men’s basketball coach Pat Chambers. But consider recent events with six victories in the last nine games, including four of the last five going into today’s regular-season finale against Illinois. After starting out 0-10 in ...

Reasons to end Sunday hunting ban

After reading Wayne Campbell’s commentary in the Mirror (Feb. 22, “Compromise: Let’s share outdoors”), I thought your readers deserved to hear some Pennsylvania specific facts about Sunday hunting. I found it curious as to why Campbell would attempt to confuse readers by using a ...

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AAF gets passing mark on its inaugural weekend I attended the inaugural Alliance of American Football game between San Antonio and San Diego at San Antonio. A few other takeaways: The pace of the game was great. Not a lot of down time, and it seemed like continuous play at times. ...

Saint Francis will miss Haigh

I’m writing about Joe Haigh retiring from the Saint Francis women’s basketball program. I have known Coach Haigh since he got here 10 years ago. People were not happy with the way they played and he coached. That’s their problem. There were, for sure, people that enjoyed seeing ...

For Saints, what goes around …

I’m happy that the New Orleans Saints aren’t going to the Super Bowl. I remember back in 2009 when they won the Super Bowl and then for the next two-three years, they started paying a bounty to players who hurt players on the opposing team. What were they thinking? Albert Einstein ...

For PSU hoop fans, patience thin

As I watched the Penn State basketball game against Minnesota, why did I think near the end: Here we go again? Yes, the Nittany Lions played very hard and usually stay in the game, but at the end, we know a timeout will be called, and inevitably things go bad, and there’s another Big 10 ...

Altoona decision lacks clarity

“It’s not about wins and losses.” That’s what Altoona Area School Board member Rick Hoover said in the Jan. 8 Mirror article about the decision to reopen the Altoona football coaching position. That might be one of the strangest statements I’ve read or heard without telling the ...

PSU performances raise doubt

Help! We Penn State fans have no idea where this football program is headed. Fourth-quarter collapses, special-teams mistakes, difficulty beating the upper tier Big Ten teams, a mediocre bowl record and a number of players declaring for the draft, with some possibly a little too early, ...

Coaching let down Penn State

James Franklin made a decision with 4:20 left in the Citrus Bowl, losing by six points at the Kentucky 14, to go for a field goal. He did this thinking his defense could get one more stop to win or tie the game. Why not go for the first down or the win there? The worst thing that could ...

B-A, Tyrone soccer co-op has hit goal

Sifting through some old boxes, I came across a bunch of clippings from a debate that kind of dominated this Sunday space for several weeks: Bellwood soccer. It’s been 10 years since my friend Bob Crook and I presented our case to the school board only to be shot down on our first couple ...

Solomon deserves recognition

An 82 to 85 winning percentage for a coach in any sport should get you some recognition. Do it for a stretch of 20 years, and if you were a coach in one of the major sports such as football, basketball, etc. they would probably name a stadium after you. However, in the sport of swimming, ...

Rural schools need own league

First, I find the Altoona Mirror to be very insightful with the Thursday, Nov. 15 presentation of the boundary schools (public schools) vs. the non-boundary schools (private schools) for sports purposes within the PIAA. Namely, that the article was presented on the obituary page as the PIAA ...

Michigan trip less than enjoyable

From the moment that my family and I arrived on the campus of the University of Michigan, we were treated kindly and even welcomed. We spoke to several Michigan fans as we walked and shopped their beautiful city. One gentleman took a family photo for us and asked if we were being treated ...

Penn State needs more than talk

I have never written a letter to the editor in my 72 years. Given that fact, I find it necessary to write regarding the present Penn State football team. First, I would like to point out that I do not have the necessary skills to evaluate the coaching ability of any coach, but I was in ...