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Sunday Sports MailBag

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 ...

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 ...

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 ...

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 ...

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 ...

Progress but PSU shy of being elite

There are some really concerning Penn State’s weaknesses — particularly the soft-zone pass-coverage schemes and breakdowns, and the rapidly declining play of Sean Clifford — but I will take this season and be grateful. I predicted 8-4, with a likely bowl game loss. I thought this would ...

Can Chambers finally get Lions to dance?

After watching the recent Penn State-Mississippi basketball game, I ended up with mixed emotions. After the first half, I said to myself this is the year State gets over the hump. Then ccomes the second half. While leading by 21 points with 16 minutes remaining, I felt the Lions had the ...

Penn State fans have been too critical

I’ve never seen so much whining from we Penn State fans as I have this season. And trust me, I’ve been following it all for years now. Do I sit in front of the TV on Saturdays out here in LA and scream at the TV on any number of occasions? Just ask my wife, who finds something to ...

Paterno’s call vs. Kansas still memorable

I watched Saturday’s Penn State-Minnesota game and came away with one firm conclusion: To wit, some coaches are destined to prevail at big moments on grand stages, and some are not. I was stationed in Vietnam in 1968-69 and listened to the Jan. 1, 1969 Orange Bowl game between Penn State and ...

Game day is not Franklin’s strength

P.J. Fleck had his team ready to play, and Minnesota outcoached James Franklin and outplayed Penn State. A six-man offensive line leaves one less eligible receiver. Franklin and defensive Brent Pry were clueless, and Minnesota’s receivers were running wide open by 10-15-20 yards with no ...

Gloves don’t cut it in rainy weather

About Penn State’s dropped passes in the rain at Michigan State ... I was watching an earlier football game on Saturday, and that one was in the rain. There were dropped passes on both sides of the ball. The announcers kept saying one thing over and over: “It’s those new gloves ...

Nebraska fans take pride in program

I am responding to Neil Rudel’s column (Oct. 10) on Nebraska being his favorite Big Ten road trip. My wife and I live in Vienna, Virginia, and we have lived there for decades. However, I am originally from Omaha, Nebraska, and she is from Nanty Glo. We are both Penn State and Nebraska ...

Geist did his share of heavy lifting

Rick Geist was best known to all in central Pennsylvania for his 34 years of honorable work as a politician. But his love for weight training extended long before and after that time. He was the oldest active member of Jake’s Gym from the 1960s to when it closed in 2001. He first joined ...

An open door gains lesson, friend

September, 1981 — I had just settled into Lyons Hall during my second day at Penn State’s main campus (my dream school, and the only college to which I applied), fresh from a relatively non-descript, safe and clean-cut upbringing in Hollidaysburg. I was laying on my bed that afternoon ...

Dish leaves PSU fans out in the dark

For those of you TV viewers who are with Dish, Fox removed FS1 and the Big Ten Network off our TVs until Dish and Fox get their egos together and negotiate a new contract. I guess Fox wants a double-digit increase affecting FSl and BTN. So from a Penn State football standpoint, we Dish ...

New PSU traffic needs further tweaking

The problem with traffic into and out of Beaver Stadium is not an easy puzzle to solve. Years ago, Beaver Field was moved to the current location of Beaver Stadium, to allow for growth and expansion. That was 1959. The stadium held just over 46,000 fans. There was no I-99. There was no Bryce ...

Baseball statistics have gone over top

OK, I watch too much ESPN. However, sometime between another Geico commercial and recent promos for the 78th Yankees-Red Sox game on Sunday Night Baseball, I must have dozed off only to wake up in a different galaxy — a galaxy dominated by a group named the Elias Sports Bureau and the ...

Pitt is second state rivalry PSU has lost

Cory Giger is right when he states that old timers remember the Penn State-Pitt game with great affection. I was an undergraduate in the 1950s when this game, along with Penn State at Penn (which was always played in Philadelphia) were our most traditional rivalries. The Army-Navy, ...

Portage official fondly remembered

Several days ago, the community of Portage and surrounding areas were saddened by the passing of Ed Layo, a longtime and well known PIAA football and softball sports official. He was a former teacher in the Portage Area School District. He was 93 when he passed away and spent many years ...