Sunday Sports MailBag

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 ...

Folks chiding Franklin should have ‘Hart’

I feel compelled to respond to the incredibly negative and irrational opinions of Les Hart in regards to the PSU football program.Recently, Hart said James Franklin had a "snake oil salesmanship personality" and was "phony."Hart and others overwhelming message boards and sports radio shows ...

Sunday Sports Mailbag

I knew when defensive coordinator Bob Shoop took that interview with Tennessee that it was not good for Penn State, and my hunch was proven right.What did we learn? That coaches in any sport will lie against what they said just before.Shoop loved Penn State and would never leave this program, ...

Franklin setting a new PSU standard

James Franklin - unequivocally - is the worst football head coach in Penn State history during my time.I can go as far back as Rip Engle and Joe Paterno. I would have to check out the football coaches before to see if Franklin was equal to or worse than their predecessors.This man has a total ...

Attitude against Guilfoyle troubling

I've just finished reading Angela Keating's letter in the Sunday, Dec. 20 Mirror.I find it very disheartening that there are people in this town who would stoop to denigrating what is so obviously a class program in Bishop Guilfoyle's football team.High school athletic recruiting has been going ...

Nassib feel-good story nice reward

For former Penn State walk-on Carl Nassib, his talents and hard work were rewarded when he was named the recipient of the prestigious Lombardi Award and Hendricks Award.His hard work and tenacity to play in the NFL someday have come closer to reality.He truly epitomizes the role of the underdog ...

Proud mom defends BG’s program

Over the past two years, I've repeatedly heard "Bishop Guilfoyle recruits players so that's why they are so good."I just heard it in the grocery store line this past week. The fact is practically all of these boys have played together in flag football since they were little.Sam and Bryan Kozak ...

Walker pays for MLB’s Asian influence B

With the Major League Baseball Winter meetings in Nashville recently concluded please allow me to rant about one of my least favorite baseball subjects.That would be the signing of Asian baseball players to Major League Baseball teams.The Pirates traded away popular second baseman Neil Walker ...