Sunday Sports MailBag

PSU Altoona should add wrestling

It is exciting to see Penn State Altoona athletics moving forward in their NCAA Division III sports programs.The women's softball team is ranked No. 5 and the baseball team is having a fine season. This is especially thrilling being that Penn State's main campus is within 40 minutes of ...

Sunday Sports Mailbag

I'm disappointed the proposal to change the regulations on delayed harvest areas was shelved by the Pennsylvania Fish and Boat Commission.It didn't get much support because most anglers, including myself, don't really care where people fish or what is on the end of their lines. Why is it so ...

Sunday Sports Mailbag

Last week, Paul Newberry made his case why Roger Clemens, Pete Rose and Barry Bonds should be in Baseball's Hall of Fame.I sort of agree.Pete Rose, his gambling troubles aside, is a no-brainer. His baseball records were achieved by his God-given natural talent and abilities alone, not by ...

PSU’s extension of Chambers curious

Recently, the college basketball ranks have been switching coaches like guys sometimes switch their underwear.Coaches like Rick Barnes of Texas and Steve Lavin of St. John's and others have or had winning records but were still replaced and will surely will be rehired as Barnes was at ...

Broadband needs MLB, NHL

I would like to see Atlantic Broadband add the MLB Network and NHL Network to the cable lineup.I know local sports fans would love it.Terry Smith, Altoona

Record will be forever ‘Young’

Any baseball fanatic knows, America's favorite pastime is all about records, and someday these records should and are made to be broken.Below is a list of my top five all-time records which I believe may never be broken - from least likely to never:5. Rickey Henderson, stolen bases (1,406): ...

Soccer referee against use of instand replay

This is my response to last Sunday's column by John Leicester about video replay in European "football."I've been involved in youth soccer in this area for 32 years, 28 as a referee. The "beautiful game" is played in such a way as to allow the match flow with minimal interruption, except for ...

PSU hoops future bright

When you look at this year's Penn State basketball team, only one player will stick out, and that's D.J. Newbill. But a closer look, and you notice how young this team is.In two or three years, this could be a very good team. With Shep Garner and Geno Thorpe leading the guards along with ...

Plight of PSU hoops

I liked last week's letter by Byron Lasser.Yes, there are people out there whose heads are buried in the sand about PSU basketball.What we are seeing today in America is the lowering of standards and establishing a new norm for success and a mentality of give the coach more time.Athletic ...

PSU satisfied with state of its hoops

As another Penn State basketball season is slowly coming to an end, I would like to ask the question, "Have they improved the past few years?"I guess the answer depends on whom you are asking.Some will say, "yes" because they used to lose by 15 points, and now it is much closer. Some will say ...

King ‘more than a baseball coach’

Eddie King's recent passing will leave a huge void in the lives of all who knew him.Coach King will no doubt be remembered as a great baseball coach and teacher in the Northern Bedford School District. But King was more than just a baseball coach and enthusiast.He was an awesome neighbor, ...

NFL needs to revisit its rules for overtime

After watching the Seattle Seahawks' impressive win over the Green Bay Packers in the NFC championship game two weeks ago, I started to question the NFL's overtime rules.As the Seahawks won the coin toss, they received the ball first in overtime, scored a touchdown within two plays, and with ...

PSU enemies ‘lie within’

Thirty months ago, Louis Freeh, as an agent for the Penn State Board of Trustees, said that Penn State's culture placed football above the welfare of children.We all know that is not true. Even Freeh and his clients) knew that was not true. But what they do think is true - in fact, what they ...

BG success a true family effort

It was very inspiring to see what seemed to be most of Blair County in Hershey, watching a group of young men succeed at something they - as a family, as brothers?- worked towards since the fourth grade.Some would say you don't see it very often, a bunch of young kids, starting at such a young ...

Coverage stirs BG memories of ’68

A few weeks back an article was printed in the Mirror that paid tribute to the fine Bishop Guilfoyle-Altoona Catholic High School football tradition.In particular, sports journalist Philip Cmor listed the 1967 9-1 Bishop Guilfoyle football team as one of 16 best BG-ACHS football teams.He ...

Performance boosts PSU outlook

Congratulations to the Penn State football team for an exciting win in the Pinstripe Bowl.I'm especially happy for the seniors. So what lessons were learned from that game? Or perhaps what one important lesson was learned from that game?In my opinion, it was that when you develop a game plan ...

BG handled Clairton with class

Violence should not be rewarded with a trophy.Congratulations to the Bishop Guilfoyle Marauders for bringing home the gold.Their team and coaching staff showed to all Pennsylvania athletes that restraint, respect for each other and to walk away from violence displayed character and morals.It ...

Franklin’s first year raises doubt

In response to frequent correspondent Les Hart, who says it is too soon to evaluate Penn State coach James Franklin, I believe we have some disturbing indications already.I'm disgusted at hearing that every Penn State loss was due to the weakness of the offensive line, which has gradually ...

Judgments on Franklin premature

After reading the Mirror's sports mailbag this past Sunday morning, I cannot understand some fans' reaction to the Penn State football season.In my opinion, Will Walk's evaluation of the new coaching staff is very premature and quite frankly, at this point, clearly uncalled for.I think this ...

Unimpressed with Franklin’s debut

They say that everyone has an opinion, and here's mine as it pertains to this years Penn State team and coaching staff:James Franklin and his staff are unquestionably the worst Penn State fans under age 80 have ever seen.Entering Saturday's game with Michigan State, this team has shown no ...