Voice of the Fan

Letter ripping PSU coaches wrong

This is a rebuttal of the letter by Jim Secriskey, published in the Sunday Mailbag on Oct. 1. I read, with great irritation, Secriskey’s comments concerning coaches James Franklin and Joe Paterno. Franklin has not been around long enough to discuss. His time will come, so let’s just let ...

Romo brings freshness to booth

It’s early, but the clear on-air standout of the NFL season is a rookie. CBS color commentator Tony Romo has made the transition from the playing field to the broadcast booth almost seamlessly. There’s little question about his expertise and the few questions about his approach and style ...

Charlotte writer had local connection

Sorry, but this week’s daylong-plus drama about Carolina Panthers quarterback Cam Newton dismissively answering a question from a female reporter about wide receivers running routes was much ado about nothing. Yes, Newton was a jerk, and what he said was disrespectful to the female reporter ...

Pirates in need of more pitching

The Pirates were once a team with a bright future but the mediocrity of this past season seems to point to another collapse. In 2013, the Pirates ended a 21-year drought from postseason play. A memorable Wild Card victory over the Cincinnati Reds that year, another Wild Card appearance in ...

FANDOM: Chuck Tomchick

Name: Chuck Tomchick Age: 27 Residence: Tipton High school: Bellwood-Antis College: Penn State My favorite sport: Tie, football and golf I usually attend games with: Wife, Anna Marie & son, JJ Favorite high school team: Bellwood-Antis Favorite college team: Penn State ...

Franklin follows in Paterno’s steps

In the first three weeks of the college football season, Penn State coach James Franklin has been taken to task twice by the national sports media for things he has either said or done that they found to be classless. Whether Nittany Nation finds anything wrong with his antics is up to them ...

Fandom

Name: Philip Barroner Age: 34 Residence: Bellwood High school: Hollidaysburg College: IUP My favorite sport: Baseball I usually attend games with: My wife Favorite high school team: My Glendale High School softball team Favorite college team: Penn State Favorite pro team: ...

Spotlight finds high school football

It’s certainly a good time for high school football fans in the region who want to watch a game or two on television. In fact, with a couple of different providers producing a weekly TV game, there are exactly two games a week on TV — and that’s something special. Both MeTV, a subset ...

PSU smart to cut stadium size

Penn State’s Beaver Stadium currently holds approximately 107,000 people. A recently announced renovation plan calls for a slight reduction in that number. A lot of people think that bigger is better, but I believe reducing Beaver Stadium’s seating capacity is a tremendous idea. Even ...

Boxing can’t get out of its own way

Commentary LAS VEGAS — One great fight, one lousy scorecard. Canelo Alvarez and Gennady Golovkin did their part Saturday night to make their middleweight showdown a memorable one, putting on the kind of big drama show both had promised. They traded big shots and battled for 12 rounds, ...

Pitt needs to focus on football

Now, and for seemingly the past 30 years, Pitt football has been largely irrelevant in the national picture. Coming off of an disappointing loss to archrival Penn State, it feels that Pitt is in an endless cycle of mediocrity. Recently, former Panther player George Feher made the point ...

Fandom

Name: Justin Baker Age: 34 Residence: Bellwood High school: Glendale College: Penn State My favorite sport: College football I usually attend games with: My wife, Kerry Favorite high school team: Bellwood-Antis Favorite college team: Penn State Favorite pro team: Pittsburgh ...

Falcons use defeat as incentive

FLOWERY BRANCH, Ga. — Hey, did you hear the one about Choking Awareness Day? It’s held on 3-28. Ba dum tsh! Of course, that punch line is a punch to the gut for the Atlanta Falcons, referring to the score late in the third quarter of last season’s Super Bowl when it looked as though ...

Season opens, storylines abound

Commentary The NFL season kicked off Thursday with a Chiefs-Patriots matchup and along with that opener featuring the defending champions it’s already been an eventful first week. Before the next game kicks off, Hurricane Irma has forced the Bucaneers-Dolphins game off the schedule. It ...

Fight far exceeds expectations

Commentary When I first heard the chatter about a Floyd Mayweather-Conor McGregor fight, I thought it was a joke and would never happen. Who in their right mind would believe that a boxing match between one of the greatest boxers of all time and an MMA fighter making his boxing debut could ...

Pitt needs its own stadium

As a member of the 1970 Pitt Football team that played in the greatest college football game ever at Pitt Stadium — Pitt 36, West Virginia 35 — it is my duty to report from the high deserts of Las Vegas, Nevada that a shroud of stupidity covers the entire Pitt football program. This ...

Fandom

Name: Al Mignogna III Age: 55 Residence: Altoona High school: Bishop Guilfoyle College: IUP My favorite sport: Football I usually attend games with: all my fraternity brothers who live in Pittsburgh Favorite high school team: Bishop Guilfoyle Favorite college team: ...

Kaepernick should apologize

In Paul Newberry’s commentary (Altoona Mirror, Aug. 19), he argued that Colin Kaepernick’s behavior was justified and validated by the events in Charlottesville and offered puzzlement that the quarterback has not yet found employment in the National Football League. I cannot disagree ...

Transparency needed at ESPN

Two of the bigger sports media stories this past week involved ESPN, with the all-sports network doing something seemingly silly in one instance and then, at least initially, nothing at all in the other instance. Both stories came with an impact that casual sports fans in our region might ...

Game Commission shows bias

Commentary Chronic Wasting Disease (CWD) in wild deer herds has spread within a few miles of the Pennsylvania elk restoration grounds. As a result, the Pennsylvania Game Commission (PGC) appears to be developing a blame narrative as depicted in the PGC press release issued on July 26, 2017 ...