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Michigan trip less than enjoyable

From the moment that my family and I arrived on the campus of the University of Michigan, we were treated kindly and even welcomed. We spoke to several Michigan fans as we walked and shopped their beautiful city. One gentleman took a family photo for us and asked if we were being treated ...

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Name: Jane Burget Age: 64 Residence: Altoona High school: Bellwood-Antis College: Penn State My favorite sport: Football I usually attend games with: My sons and friends Favorite high school team: Bellwood-Antis Favorite college team: Penn State Favorite pro team: ...

First half of season filled with drama

Michael Thomas reached behind a goal post to pull out a flip phone in homage to a memorable touchdown celebration of the past. Benjamin Watson used his touchdown catch to let everyone know that he and his wife are expecting — and it’s going to be twins. That was cause enough for ...

Penn State needs more than talk

I have never written a letter to the editor in my 72 years. Given that fact, I find it necessary to write regarding the present Penn State football team. First, I would like to point out that I do not have the necessary skills to evaluate the coaching ability of any coach, but I was in ...

World Series was a true ‘classic’

The World Series is named the “Fall Classic.” However, as I watched Games 3, 4, and 5 of the series in Dodgers Stadium in 80-degree, sunny weather with the mountain surrounding Chavez Ravine serving as a picturesque backdrop, it did not feel like “fall,” but the series clearly had its ...

Browns not so easy anymore

PITTSBURGH — The Cleveland Browns are in town today, and their visits have usually been as welcome as those from Santa Claus. It’s generally been a nice way for the Steelers to pick up an easy win. Maybe not now, though. The Browns still aren’t good, but they aren’t awful, ...

Raiders checking out of Oakland

By Tim Dahlberg The Associated Press Raiders quarterback Derek Carr tweeted Tuesday to, among other things, assure loyal fans he was fighting for their team and their city. To which one user with twitchy Twitter fingers fired off a quick reply. “Which city are you fighting back for, ...

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Name: Sean Isenberg Age: 20 Residence: Tyrone High school: Tyrone Area College: Mount Aloysius My favorite sport: Basketball I usually attend games with: My friends Favorite high school team: Tyrone Favorite college team: Penn State Favorite pro team: Chicago Bulls My ...

PSU, WVU team for good cause

Kudos to all involved with the Penn State-West Virginia men’s basketball exhibition game Nov. 3 in Morgantown, W.Va., that will be televised by AT&T Sportsnet Pittsburgh. The made-for-charity and scooped-up-for-TV event offers a nice feel-good vibe. While game time remains up in the ...

Sunday Sports Mailbag

Franklin will continue to improve In our professional careers, and in life, we generally improve over time with the benefit of experience and learning from our mistakes. James Franklin is a better coach now than he was in 2011, or in 2014. Similarly, he’ll be a better coach in 2023 ...

Some alerts for hunting season

Individuals planning to hunt in the state of Pennsylvania should double-check the regulations that pertain to their hunting spot. Since this time last year, Disease Management Areas 2 and 3 have been expanded and the new DMA 4 was established due to the detection of new chronic wasting ...

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Name: Hunter Ollinger Age: 24 Residence: Hollidaysburg High school: Hollidaysburg College: Penn State My favorite sport: Football I usually attend games with: My family, my girlfriend and many friends. Favorite high school team: Hollidaysburg Favorite college team: Penn ...

In Vegas, glimpse of NBA’s future

LAS VEGAS — There was LeBron James, still somewhat of a startling sight in purple and gold. And there were Kevin Durant, Stephen Curry and the Golden State Warriors, still very much the champions of basketball for now and the foreseeable future. Playing each other Wednesday night in a game ...

Penn State coaches let Lions down

Forgive me for questioning James Franklin while he continues to soothe his overgrown ego. Sorry, but I think great teams win games like the one he lost last week against Ohio State. Great coaches win those big, meaningful games. Urban Meyer wins those games. So does Nick Saban. Great ...

Wishing Millen speedy recovery

College football was missing something Saturday and will be for the rest of the season: Matt Millen. Millen, 60, the lead color commentator for Big Ten Network games, announced he would be stepping down from his position to focus on his health. The former Penn State All-American, NFL ...

PSU should keep uniforms the same

In response to Rick Weber’s mailbag letter last week about PSU uniforms, I can’t possibly express how wrong he is. The Penn State uniform is both classic and classy, projecting an admirable image every time the Nittany Lions take the field. PSU has a distinctive look that is ...

Flagging roughing passer penalty

By Arnie Stapleton The Associated Press The NFL is getting roughed up over its amplified enforcement of roughing-the-passer penalties that has generated head-scratching calls — and a season-ending injury to a defender trying to comply with the league’s mandate not to land fully on the ...

Chance meeting with Dungy finds ‘gracious, likeable’ guy

By Tim Temofonte Seeing Tony Dungy honored at halftime of the Steelers-Tampa Bay game on Monday night reminded me of a chance encounter I had with him many years ago. My wife and I were shopping at JC Penney’s in the basement at the Monroeville Mall after he had become an assistant coach ...

New MNF crew to size up Steelers

Steelers fans get their first experience with their team playing on the revamped “Monday Night Football” this week, and it should be an enjoyable broadcast — even if it might not be an enjoyable result. Play-by-play man Joe Tessitore really enjoys the “MNF” assignment and all that ...

Pitt should just focus on itself

I loved the letter from Byron Ferg in last week’s PSU Mailbag (Sept. 14 Gameday), lamenting the Pitt-PSU rivalry demise. After almost 25 years and Joe Paterno’s death, Ferg is still balling and sniffling about PSU not playing Pitt. Penn State is in the Big Ten, not the ACC. Isn’t ...