Sunday Sports MailBag

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 ...

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 ...

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 ...

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 ...

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 ...

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 ...

PSU, Pitt should work out a series

I’d like to start off by saying that Penn State does not have a permanent ongoing rivalry at this time. There has been only one rivalry in my lifetime, and that has been Pitt vs. Penn State. Those of us in our 50s through 80s know that Pitt and Penn State played back in the late 1960s ...

Altoona should sell advance tickets

Can the Altoona Area School District get anything right? Kudos to Phil Riccio for getting the Altoona-Hollidaysburg football rivalry back on the schedule. Unfortunately, the good news stops there. I drove to the Mansion Park ticket office last Thursday because it was open today from 10 ...

Ohio State throws victim under the bus

The shot was heard around the Big Ten and further. Should I be surprised when it concerns Ohio State University and Urban Meyer? No. Domestic abuse of women took a major hit. Victim Courtney Smith was thrown under the bus as the Ohio State investigators did nothing for her. The lead ...

‘Howling noises’ disrupt Pirates games

I have been a fan of the Pittsburgh Pirates all my life, but I’ve lived away for 50 years. I moved back to the area in 2016 and was excited about watching Pirates games. Usually at the end of the games, some people in the stands start what sounds like howling noises. It is quite ...

Ohio State case ‘tip of the iceberg’

Well the Ohio State slogan of “Just win baby, win” has come back to haunt coach Urban Meyer and the entire Columbus and Ohio State communities. My questions, among many, are: 1. In 2015, police investigated an incident of domestic abuse of the victim. Who stopped the police report of ...

Curve, MLB know how to show class

On Wednesday, July 18 at the Altoona Curve game at noon, patriotism and the respect for our nation’s flag and veterans were at an emotional high, and my friends and I were proud to be a part of it. The Curve, as always, honor our veterans each game and this particular Wednesday’s salute ...

Ohio State continues troubling trend

I have been surprised over the years that Ohio State University hasn’t been hit with more allegations of improprieties with any of its sports programs. Well, as they say, “what goes around comes around” when a number of former wrestlers and a nursing student came forward in an ...

Moschella emphasized life’s values

I am writing to add perspective to Mark Moschella’s coaching career following his recent retirement as head coach of the Bishop Guilfoyle Catholic High School girls basketball team. To the start the season off, Coach Moschella sat us down and listed our priorities on the board. With ...

Sunday Sports Mailbag: PIAA changes are ‘decades overdue’

I most certainly support separate playoffs for public and private schools. All of my public school years were spent in District 6. Twenty years following graduation from high school were spent in the Philadelphia area, and five years after that were spent in District 4 while our son was a ...

PIAA, unfairly, governs by fear

I strongly favor a plan that would level the playing field between the PIAA’s private and public schools. As a former head coach and current assistant varsity coach of a public school for a period of 23 years, this is an issue that needs to be addressed in some form. Also having been a ...

PIAA playing field needs to be level

Imagine if our beloved Steelers played in a league in which 95 percent of the teams were limited to a geographic region for finding players and the other 5 percent of teams had no such restrictions. Those teams could receive talent from anywhere — even the areas in which the 95 percent of ...

49ers primed for Super Bowl charge

It may seem like a stretch to place the San Francisco 49ers in the Super Bowl nearly three months before the season even starts, but it appears as if things are falling into place for this team to appear on football’s biggest stage. As of now, the 49ers hold 25-1 odds to win Super Bowl ...

Moschella taught more than game

As a little girl, my greatest hope was to play for the Bishop Guilfoyle Lady Marauders. I wanted to wear purple and gold and be coached by the legendary Mark Moschella. With hard work and help from my family, one day I achieved my dream, and I could not be more grateful. Coach Moschella ...