Sunday Sports MailBag

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 ...

Mountain lion spotted in Bedford

On July 15, while hunting for groundhogs on the Ron Dively farm in Bloomfield Township, Bedford County, two friends, Dwight Hartman and Dave Smith, were walking along a grown-up fencerow at about 7:30 a.m.Smith had the only rifle, and Hartman was periodically glassing the area ahead for ...

Sunday Sports Mailbag

After reading Neil Rudel's article ("Griping doesn't help Penn State," July 28"), I think he is missing two important points with James Franklin and Sandy Barbour's comments.High schoolers are telling Penn State that other Big Ten schools are negatively recruiting against them.Prospective ...

Don’t shift blame to Paterno

This letter is in response to Joseph Cavrich's letter last week, "Let's be open: PSU still stained."I am one of the thousands in the corner of Jay Paterno and other former Penn State football players and alumni. We shall continue to defend Coach Paterno, as we well should.Who knows him better? ...

Let’s be open: PSU still stained

This is an "open letter" to Jay Paterno:As we quickly approach the five-year anniversary of the breaking of the tragic Jerry Sandusky story, we were subjected recently to yet another "open letter" from you, which followed "open letters" written by PSU President Eric Barron in May and July of ...

Sunday Sports Mailbag

The summer of 1977 was the first year for the Iron Masters Golf Classic. At that time, the format was a two-man match play tournament. After approximately 25 years, the format was changed to a two-man best ball tournament involving three days during the last week of July. This year the event ...

Pro softball team wears Pittsburgh spirit

I went to my first ever Women's National Professional Fastpitch (NPF) softball game on Saturday July 2.Our youngest granddaughter (11 years old) plays and really enjoys softball so I thought it would be a great opportunity to take her to a game at a higher level then she has ever seen ...

Don’t underestimate Crosby’s value

Despite Sidney Crosby's average of 1.33 points per game - the fifth best in NHL history - the Pittsburgh fan base has criticized his latest performances as subpar for a player with a $102 million contract.They argue that trading Crosby to clear cap room would be beneficial for the hockey ...

Stout, Ardrey are unsung heroes

In Altoona and small communities like ours, there are people who volunteer, help and serve for the greater good.More often than not, they do their work quietly and without recognition.I would like to acknowledge the years and hard work that Tom Stout has put into keeping the George B. Kelley ...

Hack gets fresh start

Hack gets fresh startI couldn't be happier for Christian Hackenberg being drafted by New York Jets.The thing to remember is the Jets looked at his freshman year under Bill O'Brien. They came to realize the new system under James Franklin, the offensive line and losing receiver Allen Robinson ...

Blue-White transportation falls short

I arrived at Penn State last Saturday for the Blue-White game around 9:15 am. to find a parking place close to the stadium in order to participate with the Alumni Blue Band.Last year I had to park over at the soccer intramural fields and had to walk the distance. At age 76, I am not a good ...