Sunday Sports MailBag

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 ...

Academic accountability plan needed

The NCAA and its member schools have agreed to open up the purse strings a little by agreeing to pay more to the student-athletes who make the major revenue possible in the first place.I agree with this change and can remember Joe Paterno advocating this many years ago.Years ago, I would ...

Sanderson, PSU enjoying rare air

Coming into the NCAA wrestling championships, Penn State coach Cael Sanderson wanted to win his fifth national title and the team won the title collectively.Also, with five wrestlers in the championship round, Sanderson knew Penn State could become only the fourth school in collegiate wrestling ...

Unbiased coverage is pleasure to read

While reading Jerry Pirrung's letter "Choking over Giger's coverage of SFU" in last Sunday's Mailbag, I realized how people view things differently.When Rob Krimmel got the job as head basketball coach at Saint Francis, where his father, Bob, is the athletic director, and an outside search was ...

Choking over Giger’s coverage of SFU

The March 3 article by Cory Giger was a continued low blow to Saint Francis men's basketball and personally to Red Flash coach Rob Krimmel.When Krimmel was hired, Giger wrote some things that were uncalled for. Neither the Altoona Mirror nor Cory Giger paid any of his salary; the only skin in ...

In Franco, Altoona losing role model

It was with much sadness that I read the article online of John Franco stepping down as head coach of the Altoona Area High School football team.In full disclosure, I am coach Franco's cousin.I have been away from Altoona for 30 years but have remained close to him as we grew up as brothers ...

Super Bowl, from this view, was super

I have been really amused over the last week of listening to and reading the opinions of the professional sports "experts" degrading every aspect of the recent Super Bowl.In my humble opinion, the game was great. The two best defenses in football were outstanding.This is the first time in years ...

Sunday Sports Mailbag

After the embarrassing showing of Penn State basketball team at Nebraska last Saturday night, I started thinking about Pat Chambers' comment at the beginning of this season.He stated, "This is the best shooting team since I have been at Penn State."With a 4-9 Big Ten record entering Saturday's ...

Crago part of ‘lottery’ of coaches

On behalf of the many young men of Altoona who were positively influenced by the coaching and leadership of Bob Crago, I'd like to thank the Crago family for sharing him with us.Having been a high school assistant basketball coach in the Pittsburgh area for more than 20 years, I understand and ...

Crago left an imprint for a lifetime

Words cannot express the impact coach Bob Crago had upon me as a youngster and throughout my adult life.When I played football under his tutelage, I had no natural talent and was extremely uncoordinated.He could have easily ignored me and spent his time coaching more capable athletes. But he ...

Franklin should keep on being himself

I write in reply to Neil Rudel's commentary on Jan. 17, "PSU needs patience to be virtue."There are some who have recently suggested that coach James Franklin needs to "tone down his act" and just coach football next year.I completely disagree.I am by no means an expert on what makes someone a ...