Sunday Sports MailBag

Wiberg was more than a coach

I was extremely disappointed to learn of the recent passing of John Wiberg in Jim Lane's tribute article in Tuesday's Mirror.Wiberg was everything good that was mentioned in that article. I had the privilege of playing for Wiberg from 1962-64 during the high school basketball seasons at ...

Hartsock captures Pirates’ season

John Hartsock wrote another incredible, detailed summary of the Pirate season with all its wonderful highs and heartbreaking lows.As one who followed the games on a nearly daily basis, I am in awe of Hartsock's ability to provide not only what happened but also insightful commentary as to ...

Franklin needs time to build program

This year is the great unknown at Penn State, with lots of new players, a staff in its second year and a fan base that can finally breath.Now starts the real work of rebuilding Penn State football and bringing it into the 21st century. Joe Paterno did his best at not modernizing the program, ...

Nittany Lions must be more disciplined

I noticed in multiple situations against Rutgers what I thought signaled a lack of focus or discipline by Penn State.I might understand (but still wouldn't like) this if the score was 56-0 in the third quarter, but it was only 21-0.During an injury to a Rutgers player - I think it the third ...

Can Franklin improve Hackenberg?

I read in the Mirror this past week that Penn State plans to polish quarterback Christian Hackenberg's skills.Really? And just who is going to do this?Bill O'Brien left two years ago after Hackenberg had a record-setting freshman year in the Big Ten.Along came James Franklin with most of his ...

Paterno had program in ‘good condition’

I was enjoying Neil Rudel's commentary entitled, "Paterno faced crossroads," last Saturday until I read this line:"Because of scandal-related circumstances, Paterno did not leave the program in the same condition..."My immediate thought was that Joe Paterno didn't get a chance to leave the 2011 ...

PSU fundamentals lacking under Franklin

The Penn State game against Temple on Sept. 5 was the most pathetic display of football coaching I have ever witnessed.I have tired of the dog-and-pony show of "look at the players we've signed," and look who we are.James Franklin needs to focus less on his speeches at star-studded fundraisers ...

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 ...