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NFL has used virus precautions … sort of

The United States government has outlined identified basic, relatively easy-to-follow guidelines to minimize the chances of contracting the coronavirus. We need only look to the past history of the NFL for examples (and possible origin) of these behaviors. Social distancing Attendance at ...

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Golf being shortchanged by governor’s orders As an avid golfer, I was upset by Gov. Wolf’s recent order to shelter in place, which caused all of the golf courses in the state to close. I was particularly annoyed since this time of year, I usually either walk my home course, Sylvan Hills ...

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Snakes serve important role in our ecosystem Mention snakes, and most people will cringe in fear and disgust. Snakes are some of the most feared, misunderstood organisms on the planet. Many people think of those in movies like the ridiculous “Snakes on a Plane” film or even the vicious ...

‘They will always be the Frankies to me’

As I think back to my fondest memories of sporting events, I always return to those of Saint Francis basketball. Growing up in Hollidaysburg, we lived down the street from a local dentist, Dr. Skip Hughes, who was also a full-time basketball coach at Saint Francis. Before the days of the ...

Sports’ overindulgence an ‘icy hot’ topic

This past Valentine’s Day, the NFL felt obligated to ruin the mood for one of their own, announcing that Baltimore Ravens’ tackle James Hurst will be suspended without pay for the first four games of the 2020 regular season for violating league policy on performance-enhancing substances. ...

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Penn State’s 2020 team deserves an NCAA banner This is in response to the March 29 question of the week of whether Penn State should hang an NCAA banner for this year’s men’s basketball team. Can anybody think why the banner should not be hung? My answer is a thundering yes that ...

Blackmon, Braxton lead SFU resurgence

As the play-by-play announcer on Saint Francis men’s basketball home games, I have enjoyed courtside seats along with my broadcast partner, Bernie Jubeck, at the Stokes Center and witnessed a renaissance period for Red Flash hoops. After decades of mediocrity, the Flash of the past four ...

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Link upheld standard for area officials In my 45 years of basketball officiating, I had the pleasure to know Tom Link. My first encounter was many years ago when he was the athletic director at Cambria Heights High school and had called me to officiate junior high and junior varsity ...

Feinstein’s work among personal favorites

My best wishes for everyone to stay safe and healthy. It appears that spectator sports will be suspended for months, but I will continue my Ira on Sports show, and its focus will remain sports, even if no sports will be played. I have had coaches and players from all sports as well as ...

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Syracuse played great football, too I just read Cory Giger’s piece (March 19) on Pearl Washington and how he started following Syracuse. Giger said that Washington put Syracuse on the national map. I am sorry that none of his family members never mentioned Syracuse as the university ...

Berardinelli was ‘bear’ of a coach

“B ... Bear ... Barbell ... Beerbelly ... Berardinelli!” This was the chant echoed by many Bishop Guilfoyle football players during the 1970s to honor our iconic line coach/defensive coordinator, Lou Berardinelli, and he loved it. The chant began during my junior year and was arguably ...

NFL players should weigh options

Here in Arizona, upscale bistros that offer fresh guacamole prepared tableside are all the rage. Savvy restauranteurs know they won’t stay in business long if they select rock hard, unripened avocados from the local grocer as it results in a bland, tasteless product. The same principles ...

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, ...