Sunday Sports MailBag

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 ...

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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 ...

O’Brien left Franklin with bare cupboard

Maybe I will be proven wrong, but given what James Franklin inherited - especially the woeful offensive line and receivers that just can't seem to get separation - it is unrealistic to expect him to produce 10-win seasons until he has time to develop his recruits.Of the almost 80 players ...

Hack character outshines performance

As someone who holds to the larger ideals that Penn State has long represented, my favorite things about Christian Hackenberg are:1) As a highly prized recruit, he kept to his commitment to enroll at Penn State during a time of crisis; 2) He stayed at Penn State throughout the crisis; 3) His ...

Parents should support coaches

I've been wanting to write this letter for many years.As a parent of two former scholar-athletes, I feel that now is the time. Too many times, parents live vicariously through their kids when it comes to sports. As a parent, teacher and former coach, I believe I have seen it all.I firmly ...

Great coaches win close games

It's too bad Penn State's game with Northwestern had to come down to the 35 vs. 9 seconds.There were plenty of other missed opportunities. Somehow the great coaches seem to win these.With our supposed secret weapon consultant in Jim Haslett, I suggest that he have a coaches clinic on how to ...

Sunday Sports Mailbag

Even though the Pirates didn't make the World Series, I still watched it this year.The main reason is because Mets' player Michael Conforto is the grandson of former Altoona residents Louis and Regina (Colobove) Conforto and the son of Michael Conforto, who played sports at Altoona Area High ...