Sunday Sports MailBag

Sunday Sports Mailbag

Having lived through the complete history of professional football, I can say that although they retain some rules of the game, it is obviously no longer a sport. Through most of its history, players were ejected for unsportsmanlike conduct and therefore avoided such actions. On the very ...

Sunday Sports Mailbag

Patriots have advantage with added motivation A neat story in the NFL has emerged on Chris Hogan, a former Penn State lacrosse player  now a football player with the New England Patriots. I am really happy for him. As for today’s big game, I am taking New England over the Atlanta ...

Reforms could end signing-day circus

The first Wednesday of February in college football has become a celebration of hat-picking suspense and hopeful speculation. Schools use national signing day to excite their fans, market the program and impress future recruits with a flashy welcome. On one day, thousands of high school ...

Chambers has PSU on the right track

Penn State men’s basketball coach Pat Chambers appears to have turned the program around. He has changed the culture of a losing program to some semblance of respectability and competitiveness in the Big Ten. Last Saturday at the Palestra on the University of Pennsylvania campus, Chambers ...

Game saw great sportsmanship

Commentary I enjoyed reading Neil Rudel’s comments about the Rose Bowl, but there is one thing that I’d like to see mentioned. The sportsmanship between the Nittany Lions and Trojans was the best I’ve seen anywhere in quite some time. In a day when most athletes, especially in ...

Coach can’t taint BG achievement

Does everyone realize what an incredible feat Bishop Guilfoyle has accomplished in winning three straight PIAA football championships? Instead, too many people have dismissed this as a private school with unimaginable recruiting powers. Even the Clairton coach made reference to this among ...

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Lions need to act       ‘like they’ve been there’ One cultural aspect of Penn State football under Joe Paterno that I believe eroded under Bill O’Brien and continues to erode under James Franklin is the “act like you’ve been there before” culture. Hand the ball back to ...

Money driving football playoff

Commentary What I can see and hear from all of the pundits, PSU had zero chance to make the four-team dog-and-pony show, no matter whom, no matter what. With that said, the system is better than it was, but it’s still based on style points and bias. Ohio State and Michigan, for a ...

Franklin, PSU have earned trust

Commentary I wrote to the Mailbag back in January of this year, expressing my unconditional support for James Franklin, despite the many naysayers who claimed that his coaching style may not be a good fit for Happy Valley. This followup is not intended to serve as an, “I told you ...

Be careful about reducing stadium

Commentary Penn State athletic director Sandy Barbour stated she wants to reduce the capacity of Beaver Stadium to 100,000 (NitWits, Oct. 16, 2016), for a better fan experience. If she had her druthers, there would have been 7,000 fans denied the opportunity to experience the PSU-Ohio ...

Janocko, Tiracorda a cut above

Commentary There has not been enough said about the fine coaching this area has in our local sports programs. Although winning is always the goal in any game, it is not the primary focus of a good coach.  Building character, discipline and teamwork is the most important objective in the ...

Competitors chip away at ESPN

Commentary Since 1979, sports fans have mostly known one and only one outlet for sports on television: ESPN. In point of act, nobody really knew about ESPN during those first few years of its existence, but it quickly built a following and filled a niche. As earlier brand names, ...

Altoona in need of new affiliation

Watching Altoona’s heartbreaking loss to Pittsburgh Central Catholic again reminded me of the recurring questions such as why are we in the WPIAL and why isn’t the athletic council reviewing options? It is well documented where our illustrious athletic director, Phil Riccio, stands on the ...

Give Franklin credit for improvement

Why does the Sunday Sports Mailbag consistently publish anti-James Franklin letters?Is it simply to provoke readers so they will be compelled to respond?Well, if this was the case, your scheme was successful.The Mailbag frequently publishes letters from a gentleman from Texas who recently ...

PSU job would still attract candidates

Cory Giger provided another good commentary in the Sept. 26 Mirror that essentially supports James Franklin as head coach for the Penn State football team through the 2017 season.With all due respect to Giger, who is much closer to the program than I am, I personally don't think things are ...

Tyrone doesn’t need artificial turf

I've been a Tyrone Area High School football fan for 70 years.Through rain, snow, ice and cancer, I've been in the stands - home and away - and watched the rise and fall of crowds. The caravans that set records at Hershey are now a trickle of booster-club parents and loyal old guys like me.I ...

Disgruntled Penn State fan: ‘We stink’

Here are my observations after watching the Penn State-Pitt game:n We stink. We allowed 350 yards rushing and were way outcoached.n James Franklin has a moral victory for the comeback, but he blames the interception at the end on having wrong personnel in game. Well, who's responsibility is it ...

Let Cora success be defined on merit

I read an excellent commentary ("Ready for the show") in the Aug. 29 Mirror by Cory Giger.Giger's point was that Joey Cora, the Altoona Curve manager, is ready and deserving to be a big-league manager next year while pointing out that there are no Latino managers in the major leagues ...

Pitt brass busy selling ‘fool’s gold’

As a former football player and graduate of Pitt, my journey has led me to believe the current Pitt brass is still selling fool's gold when it comes to supporting and sharing the dreams of the entire Pitt football nation of winning a national championship.Unlike most universities, Pitt is among ...

Incident puts cloud on Notre Dame

Many fans around here have no time for Notre Dame, and the same is true that the South Benders have no time for the Nittany Lions.It is nothing new. Simply, we abhor each other like we do with boys from Ohio State, Michigan and Michigan State.And let's face it: Notre Dame has a model program ...