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Fandom: Joe Landolfi

Name: Joe Landolfi Age: 69 Residence: Altoona High school: Bishop Guilfoyle College: UMass My favorite sport: Basketball I usually attend games with: My friends Favorite high school team: Altoona and Bishop Guilfoyle Favorite college team: Duke Favorite pro team: Boston ...

Robison blazed trail at Altoona

John William “Bill” Robison, also known by his friends as Billy, Willy, Rob or Robby, died Feb. 26. Robison and I graduated from Altoona Area High School in 1971 and were members of the Mountain Lion football team. During our junior year, I had the pleasure of watching from the sidelines ...

Baseball’s sticky situation

By Jay Cohen The Associated Press MESA, Ariz. — Gaylord Perry threw a spitball. Joe Niekro had an emery board and a piece of sandpaper. Whitey Ford used his wedding ring. Pitchers have been tinkering with the ball for years in search of an advantage, skirting and — occasionally — ...

How about order in (Astros) court

Rob Manfred’s actions regarding baseball’s latest scandal mirrored the country’s attempts to quarantine the coronavirus, a pathetic attempt to prevent the spread of his sport’s contagion from infecting spring training games where fans lather themselves in SPF-50 then fork over top ...

Voice of the Fan guest column: Lions adding to basketball history

I read with great interest and enthusiasm Neil Rudel’s Feb. 15 column, “Nittany Lions jumping through high hoops” that focused on the recent, long anticipated resurgence of Penn State men’s basketball. Let’s face facts: For most of the 21st century, Nittany Lion hoop ...

Jaffa perfect host for Altoona-BG

I am writing about Mike Boytim’s column Sunday (“BG deserves homecourt edge, too”) on the Bishop Guilfoyle-Altoona basketball game. As a former Marauder of the class of 1975, we were the first BG team to play Altoona at the AAHS Fieldhouse. The year before, as was tradition, we ...

Self-preservation rules college football

By Ralph Russo The Associated Press College football needs to place a moratorium on the use of the words loyalty and commitment. Everybody involved, coaches, administrators and, yes, even players have ceded the right to demand it from others. “I think what we have created is a ...

Powerful messages for women

What a week it was. Sports headlines should have been dominated by preparations for the Super Bowl, but instead, the biggest show on earth was overshadowed by the tragic death of Kobe Bryant, his daughter and seven others in a California helicopter crash. In the days that followed, Bryant, ...

Newton-Carolina: Mum’s the word

By Steve Reed The Associated Press CHARLOTTE, N.C. — While Cam Newton remains optimistic about his chances of playing for the Carolina Panthers next season, the team is remaining mostly silent on the quarterback’s future. “He’s rehabbing, that’s all I can say,” Panthers general ...

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Name: Mike Allison Age: 42 Residence: Altoona High school: Altoona College: Penn State Altoona My favorite sport: Basketball I usually attend games with: Family and friends Favorite high school team: Altoona Favorite college team: A tie between Penn State and North ...

At 89, writer ends ‘super’ streak

MIAMI — Jerry Izenberg can still write, as anyone who reads his columns in the Star-Ledger in New Jersey knows. Just the other day he wrote a good one about an aging sports writer who has been to every Super Bowl since the first one in 1967. That sports writer won’t be in Miami this week. ...

Rodgers, Manning QBs to admire

Aaron Rodgers had a dream to make another Super Bowl, but it wasn’t to be. Fans will remember his legacy of performing that magic touch of coming from behind to win so many times. He has been my favorite professional quarterback as he’s been a person of integrity and role model for so ...

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Name: Tara (Nader) Wood Age: 48 Residence: Altoona High school: Bishop Guilfoyle Catholic High School Class of 1989 College: Shippensburg University Favorite sport: Basketball I Usually Attend Games with: My husband Scott and kids (Scotty, Alex, Lauren and Kara) when they aren’t ...

BTN continues to pay off for PSU

It’s a big night of back-to-back Penn State action Friday on the Big Ten Network. A home hockey game against Notre Dame (6 p.m.) starts the evening and a wrestling match at top-ranked Iowa (9 p.m.) completes the doubleheader. Sure, football drives BTN — the popularity of that sports ...

Helmet safety needs out-of-box ideas

As a retired engineer who continues to view the world of sports analytically, I am frustrated to see the evolving destruction of my favorite spectator sport, American football. I’m a father of two sons and the grandfather of three grandsons. I see with dismay, that my wife and my son’s ...

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Name: Terri Henshaw Kelley Age: 50 Residence: Altoona High school: Bishop Guilfoyle class of 1986 College: Slippery Rock My favorite sport: Football I usually attend games with: My kids, Aidan and Mackenzie, if they aren’t participating in the sport Favorite high school team: ...

LSU takes its place in history

The walk down historic Bourbon Street towards the SuperDome for the National Championship Game between LSU and Clemson was unlike any other that I have made to a stadium. Tens of thousands of fans wearing purple and gold and orange and white paraded through the French Quarter hoping for the ...

Half-full stadiums won’t stall bowls

By Eric Olson The Associated Press Six bowls this season had their smallest crowds on record, with section after section of unoccupied seats a yawning indication of just how little buzz there can be for the long, long list of postseason games on the schedule. Half-empty stadiums? Teams with ...

CFP responsible for its own delay

College football’s championship game between Clemson and LSU kicks off Monday night — 15 days since they won their respective semifinals — and that break was probably good for the teams’ health, just as the Monday night timeslot should be good for ratings. Still, a two-week plus break ...

Stern committed to ‘what was right’

By Tim Frank (Editor’s note: Altoona native Tim Frank worked closely with ex-NBA commissioner David Stern for more than two decades. He offers his perspective to the Mirror on Stern, who passed Wednesday at the age of 77.) When the phone rang, you knew you had to be ready. If ...