Dan Gross: Eagles squelch 'Gonzo'?

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Posted: September 21, 2011

AS SPORTS TEAMS GO, the Eagles are known to reporters as being the organization that complains the most about coverage and threatens to block access, or otherwise intimidate press outlets. The newest example of this could be the team's most brazen and apparently sucessful campaign of intimidation thus far.

Sources say that the Eagles front office approached Comcast SportsNet and said that the team didn't want John Gonzalez covering the team in any fashion. Gonzalez, who left the Inquirer for CSNPhilly.com over the summer, hasn't said a word about the team on the website, or posted about the Eagles on Twitter, where his musings have included football games such as Temple/Penn State coverage.

Gonzo, as he was dubbed at the Inquirer, declined to comment, and referred our inquiry to Comcast SportsNet spokeswoman Maureen Quilter, who said, "Comcast SportsNet and CSNPhilly.com have plenty of Eagles coverage with Ray Didinger and Reuben Frank on the digital side and Derrick Gunn on the TV side . . .. If we need John to write about the Eagles he will."

Asked again, specifically, whether the Eagles had complained about Gonzalez, Quilter replied: "We talk with all the teams, including the Eagles, all the time. And as a good business practice, we don't share those conversations with the public."

If Gonzalez upset the team, it likely was through his Inquirer columns. Asked if the Eagles had ever complained about Gonzo, Inquirer sports editor John Quinn said, "Every organization at some point complains about coverage and columnists."

Eagles spokesman Rob Zeiger says that the team "made no such request" about Gonzalez not covering the team.

Oswalt incognito

Roy Oswalt, wearing a non-Phillies baseball cap, went mostly unrecognized by fans as he ate a sandwich Saturday afternoon at Tony Luke's (Front &

Oregon).

Bravo for Dolan

Peggy Dolan, founder and executive director of Ambler's Kelly Anne Dolan Memorial Fund, will be seen on an episode of Bravo's "Real Housewives of Beverly Hills." KADMF, which helps families with seriously ill, physically or cognitively challenged children, is one of two beneficiaries of proceeds from the AMOREphosis jewelry line co-created by "Real Housewives" cast mate Camille Grammer, a former Playboy playmate and ex-wife of actor Kelsey Grammer. Dolan was taped attending a launch party in Beverly Hills several months ago. Check out more about the charity, celebrating its 35th anniversary, at dolanfund.org and you can see the jewelry at amorephosis.com.

Music men

NBC 10 Creative Group's Gabriel Antonini is finishing up the title track for filmmaker David Von Roehm's documentary "Take Me Home," about South Jersey's Karen Talbot-LaSasso and her efforts to save 130 animals from a Chattooga, Ga., kill shelter.

Local musician Skip Denenberg wrote the song, which features Yes frontman Jon Anderson, Steely Dan guitarist John Herington, John Carter Cash and nearly a dozen local musicians.

Black & Big collaborate

Mount Laurel native comedian Jay Black, who just finished working on a "Police Academy" remake, is wrapping up another screenplay with 94WIP's Big Daddy Graham about the Jersey Shore. Big Daddy, meanwhile, performs Saturday at the Comedy Cabaret at Poco's (625 N. Main), in Doylestown.

Rumor has it . . .

After more than a year of work, Rumor is ready to open on the lower level of what had been Roy's (15th & Sansom). The 10,000-square-foot club, from managing partner Mark Marek, formerly of G Lounge and the Leverage Hospitality Group, features four bars over three rooms with a huge VIP area and private party space. Rumor will be open Wednesday through Friday from 8 p.m. to 2 a.m., and Saturday from 9 p.m. to 2 a.m. For more info, visit rumorphilly.com.
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