Sunday Sports MailBag

Steelers scrape bottom by adding Vick

It was very disappointing to see the Pittsburgh Steelers, a team I have respected, scraping the bottom of the character barrel in signing Michael Vick.Vick flagrantly broke animal abuse laws with a total disregard for the lives of countless numbers of dogs that were killed or severely injured ...

‘Souped-up’ bats are recipe for injury

I am one of the many who enjoys watching the Little League games on ESPN this time of year.I'm not alone, as Little League now has the upper hand in the relationship with TV, as we now see regional games as well as the games from Williamsport, and both sides know the ratings are good.Am I the ...

Refs admit mistakes; can Franklin?

I read Cory Giger's article on James Franklin a couple of Sundays ago.Giger listed many positive attributes of Franklin and countered those attributes with questions about Franklin's coaching ability, especially against the top coaches of the Big Ten.I yield to Giger on his evaluations since ...

PSU season awaits, so do questions

I love James Franklin. We've seen how dynamic and energetic he can be on the recruiting trail and as a representative of Penn State.And unlike Bill O'Brien, he fully understands that he's not coaching a 7-on-7 team and actually needs offensive linemen. Here's what I'm most curious about: Can he ...

Names on PSU jerseys helpful

My husband is 92 years old, and I am 84.We have always been big fans of Penn State football. When former coach Bill O'Brien had players' names added to their shirts, it made an amazing difference.It was like learning to know the team on a more personal basis and not by just a number.We think ...

Meeting Rose a lifetime highlight

I would like to comment on the article John Mehno had the nerve to print in the Altoona Mirror on Sunday, June 28 about the visit of Pete Rose to the Wild Things Stadium in Washington, PA.Mehno said, "It would be the saddest thing you would ever see."The saddest thing I've ever seen was Mehno's ...

Meredith was PSU ambassador

I enjoyed Neil Rudel's column on retiring Penn State ticket manager Bud Meredith.I'd like to share a few interactions from the old days.Bud was a caring, compassionate and professional ticket manager. From my interactions with him, the words "customer service" were part of his core value ...

A unique view of “Deflate-gate”

America's quarterback, Tom Brady, took his Celtic good looks and gold plated resume to the Big Apple and knelt before the high altar of the NFL, to seek absolution from sins for which he avows innocence.Brady seeks dispensation from a four-game suspension for his role in Deflategate, a playoff ...

Pharoah couldn’t run with Secretariat

I read Ira Kaufman's column (Pharoah's triple crown a sight to behold") last Sunday, and I think we're the complete opposite.I am a New York City native and currently reside in Bedford. If Kaufman left out the name of American Pharoah, I would have thought he was talking about the incomparable ...

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Pitch clock 'a start'I liked baseball when the games lasted two hours and 45 minutes or less. Today, baseball bores me.The 20-second pitch clock is a start and can't be reduced much more. What needs to be introduced is to shorten the amount of time between half innings.It is currently two ...

Franklin doesn’t want tough schedule

I am writing about Penn State football scheduling. Both Neil Rudel and Will Walk provided thought provoking articles on that subject in the past few weeks.I am not sure how much influence Bill O'Brien had on the PSU's schedule in the two years he was there.However, his priority was to begin ...

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Patriots' legacy taintedAs a fan of the New England Patriots going back to when Coach Bill O'Brien was the offensive coordinator and then becoming the head coach at Penn State, I don't understand why Tom Brady would stoop this low.He had to know what happened with the balls being deflated in ...

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 ...

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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 ...

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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 ...