Sunday Sports MailBag

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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 ...

Sunday Sports Mailbag

Franklin will continue to improve In our professional careers, and in life, we generally improve over time with the benefit of experience and learning from our mistakes. James Franklin is a better coach now than he was in 2011, or in 2014. Similarly, he’ll be a better coach in 2023 ...

Some alerts for hunting season

Individuals planning to hunt in the state of Pennsylvania should double-check the regulations that pertain to their hunting spot. Since this time last year, Disease Management Areas 2 and 3 have been expanded and the new DMA 4 was established due to the detection of new chronic wasting ...

Penn State coaches let Lions down

Forgive me for questioning James Franklin while he continues to soothe his overgrown ego. Sorry, but I think great teams win games like the one he lost last week against Ohio State. Great coaches win those big, meaningful games. Urban Meyer wins those games. So does Nick Saban. Great ...

PSU should keep uniforms the same

In response to Rick Weber’s mailbag letter last week about PSU uniforms, I can’t possibly express how wrong he is. The Penn State uniform is both classic and classy, projecting an admirable image every time the Nittany Lions take the field. PSU has a distinctive look that is ...

Pitt should just focus on itself

I loved the letter from Byron Ferg in last week’s PSU Mailbag (Sept. 14 Gameday), lamenting the Pitt-PSU rivalry demise. After almost 25 years and Joe Paterno’s death, Ferg is still balling and sniffling about PSU not playing Pitt. Penn State is in the Big Ten, not the ACC. Isn’t ...

PSU, Pitt should work out a series

I’d like to start off by saying that Penn State does not have a permanent ongoing rivalry at this time. There has been only one rivalry in my lifetime, and that has been Pitt vs. Penn State. Those of us in our 50s through 80s know that Pitt and Penn State played back in the late 1960s ...

Altoona should sell advance tickets

Can the Altoona Area School District get anything right? Kudos to Phil Riccio for getting the Altoona-Hollidaysburg football rivalry back on the schedule. Unfortunately, the good news stops there. I drove to the Mansion Park ticket office last Thursday because it was open today from 10 ...

Ohio State throws victim under the bus

The shot was heard around the Big Ten and further. Should I be surprised when it concerns Ohio State University and Urban Meyer? No. Domestic abuse of women took a major hit. Victim Courtney Smith was thrown under the bus as the Ohio State investigators did nothing for her. The lead ...