Sunday Sports MailBag

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 ...

Rhodes kept life, coaching on track

Congratulations to Coach Steve Rhodes on his outstanding three-plus decades of coaching and teaching in the Altoona Area School District. Coach Rhodes was also the athletic director at both Roosevelt and the Altoona Area Junior High School. The athletes and students who Rhodes came in ...

Mailbag

Penn State recruiting continues to open doors Several weeks ago, I wrote a letter in which I felt Saquon Barkley’s success and personality would be a magnet that would lure more four-and five-star football recruits to Penn State in the present and future. It is already paying off ...

James belongs in class by himself

Amidst LeBron James’ recent dominance in year 15 of his career, the Michael Jordan vs. James argument has ramped up to an all-time high. Jordan was obviously a great player, but, regardless of how the current Eastern Conference finals against Boston turns out, James has surpassed or will ...

Barkley will fit perfectly with Giants

As a follower of New York Giants football, I was hoping they would not stay down for long during several lean years. I prayed that Penn State’s Saquon Barkley would be the answer to restoring the Giants back to contention if they would select him, and he would be there when the Giants ...

Browns need to draft Barkley

There is no question that the Cleveland Browns need help at all positions. They have been at the bottom of the NFL for the past few years and this past season became just the second team to go winless. Over the past two seasons, the Browns have an abysmal record of 1-31. Many people ...

Writer eats crow served by Chambers

It has been since 2009 that the Penn State basketball program has won the NIT. But this one has to be the best one. I have been a big critic of coach Pat Chambers for the last three years and felt his time to go was overdue. Boy, how wrong I was. Evidently his time as an assistant ...