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Sunday Sports MailBag

An open door gains lesson, friend

September, 1981 — I had just settled into Lyons Hall during my second day at Penn State’s main campus (my dream school, and the only college to which I applied), fresh from a relatively non-descript, safe and clean-cut upbringing in Hollidaysburg. I was laying on my bed that afternoon ...

Dish leaves PSU fans out in the dark

For those of you TV viewers who are with Dish, Fox removed FS1 and the Big Ten Network off our TVs until Dish and Fox get their egos together and negotiate a new contract. I guess Fox wants a double-digit increase affecting FSl and BTN. So from a Penn State football standpoint, we Dish ...

New PSU traffic needs further tweaking

The problem with traffic into and out of Beaver Stadium is not an easy puzzle to solve. Years ago, Beaver Field was moved to the current location of Beaver Stadium, to allow for growth and expansion. That was 1959. The stadium held just over 46,000 fans. There was no I-99. There was no Bryce ...

Baseball statistics have gone over top

OK, I watch too much ESPN. However, sometime between another Geico commercial and recent promos for the 78th Yankees-Red Sox game on Sunday Night Baseball, I must have dozed off only to wake up in a different galaxy — a galaxy dominated by a group named the Elias Sports Bureau and the ...

Pitt is second state rivalry PSU has lost

Cory Giger is right when he states that old timers remember the Penn State-Pitt game with great affection. I was an undergraduate in the 1950s when this game, along with Penn State at Penn (which was always played in Philadelphia) were our most traditional rivalries. The Army-Navy, ...

Portage official fondly remembered

Several days ago, the community of Portage and surrounding areas were saddened by the passing of Ed Layo, a longtime and well known PIAA football and softball sports official. He was a former teacher in the Portage Area School District. He was 93 when he passed away and spent many years ...

Decision leaves Colts out of ‘Luck’

Andrew Luck’s retirement was an unexpected one and not taken very well by the Indianapolis fans, but now Luck is gone, and the Colts have a shaky future. Luck was injured multiple times in his career, including a season-ending injury in 2017. He was mentally worn out in the end, which was a ...

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Little League refreshing Little League is televised this week. Terrific players. I forget how young they are. Good sportsmanship, too. No bench clearing brawls with these players. Tune into ESPN to see good baseball. Donna Hott Hollidaysburg Letters can be sent ...

Franklin must improve on game day

Commentators at SEC media days were still talking of Penn State’s loss to Kentucky in the Citrus Bowl. This was not a SEC West team — Alabama, LSU or Auburn — but a mediocre team from the weaker SEC East. On the first series of the game on fourth and 9 from his own 26-yard line, ...

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Giger’s show provided local perspective With news this past week that Cory Giger’s radio show has come to an end due to policy changes on AM-1430, a few reflections are in order: There is no doubt that Giger tended to rub some people the wrong way. However, for 10¢ years, he provided ...

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 ...