January 15, 2016
You know Woody Chandler, or at least you do if you've ever gone to a beer festival around these parts. He's the character with the Rasputin beard wearing a monk's robe and a beer-mug hat. Oh, right - we're talking beer freaks, so maybe that doesn't completely narrow it down. I'm talking about the dude who just posted his 7,000th unique check-in on Untappd, the popular social networking app for beer-lovers. That means he's tasted 7,000 different beers since 2011 - 2,000 of them in the last 12 months alone, a pace of more than five new beers every day. No, that's not the top of the leaderboard; there's one guy with more than 24,000, though skeptical observers wonder how he could have actually tasted 'em all so quickly and in so many places around the world, given the constraints of the space-time continuum.
October 6, 2015
TRACY BOYD has a longtime female partner whom she intends to marry. Seven months ago, Boyd found herself so moved by Pope Francis that she painted an impressive, impressionistic portrait of the pontiff, which she plans to donate to her alma mater, Gwynedd Mercy Academy High School. The school near North Wales, Montgomery County, is run by the same order of nuns that fired a popular lesbian teacher from Waldron Mercy Academy in Merion Station in June after complaints were made about her marriage to a woman.
September 20, 2015 |
Preston Brown is looking for his first victory as the head coach of his alma mater, Woodrow Wilson. His team is looking for its first touchdown of the season. Dom Tomeo is looking for his first victory as the head coach of his alma mater, Triton. His team is looking for its first touchdown of the season. Something has to give Saturday at noon as Triton (0-1) visits Woodrow Wilson (0-1) in a WJFL interdivisional clash on the Tigers' field off Federal Street in Camden. "We're trying to bring the excitement back to East Camden," said Brown, whose team lost to Bishop Eustace, 13-0, in its opener.
July 18, 2015
A story Friday on the death of Springfield Literacy Center teacher Scott Matsinger incorrectly identified his alma mater, Albright College. A story Friday on the decision of the Philadelphia Housing Authority to ban smoking in its properties contained an incorrect comparison. The PHA is the largest housing authority to ban smoking. Houston is a larger city than Philadelphia but its housing authority is smaller.
May 22, 2015 |
IT'S EASY TO say that Donovan McNabb is right. That Syracuse, his alma mater, has no business unretiring the No. 44, worn by Jim Brown, Ernie Davis and Floyd Little. But it's a bit more complicated than it seems. The school retired the number in November of 2005. Even hung an banner emblazoned with it hanging in the Carrier Dome. Back then, the athletic director was Dr. Daryl Gross who said, "If there was ever a number that needed to be retired it is 44. " Fast-forward to 2013 when Little - then a special assistant to Gross - brought up the idea of bringing the number back saying, "I don't agree that it belongs in the rafters.
March 20, 2015 |
PITTSBURGH - The way Fran O'Hanlon sees it, there's only one downside to coaching against his alma mater. "Most of it's been great," said the one-time Villanova guard, whose Lafayette (22-10) team will play the top-seeded Wildcats (32-2) in an NCAA Tournament East Regional opener tonight at the Consol Energy Center. "We got a lot of pub in Philly, I've been in touch with a lot of friends. Now we've got to go play the game. That's the only thing that's bad about it. " If nothing else, he's realistic.
November 12, 2014 |
Like anyone else who returns to the place where it all began, Matt Rhule will look for the familiar faces. But unlike other trips to his State College hometown, Rhule's first trip there this weekend as Temple's head coach will be more about business than pleasure. "This is a great opportunity for our football team to play a really good football team," Rhule, a former Penn State linebacker, said of Saturday's game between the Owls and the Nittany Lions. "But I really haven't given it much thought from a different angle other than preparing the team, and I don't really have a special feeling about it. " Temple (5-4)
November 3, 2014 |
BACK IN THE spring, a group of 30 parents and staff from the Philadelphia High School for Creative and Performing Arts had dinner with one of its more famous alums: Ahmir Thompson, the founder of the Roots. Conversation centered on the esteemed arts school and its needs during budget cuts. Principal Joanne Beaver attended the dinner and remembers Thompson, better known as Questlove, sharing his CAPA experience with the group. "When Questlove spoke, it was so heartfelt and genuine and downright sweet," said Beaver, in her first year at the South Philadelphia school on Broad Street near Christian.
June 3, 2013 |
Wearing a faded blue University of Arizona cap pulled down low on his blond hair and a red Wildcats polo shirt to match, Nick Foles was just another fan in the crowd. The Eagles quarterback was at PPL Park on Saturday afternoon, supporting Arizona in the USA Sevens Collegiate Rugby Championships. "Anytime I can go watch my alma mater, it's pretty neat," Foles said. After attending Michigan State his freshman year, Foles transferred to Arizona and started 10 games as a sophomore.
November 16, 2012
THE FAN in the black jacket sitting in the first row behind the Illinois State bench was displaying admirable restraint. The fan was Sixers coach Doug Collins, an Illinois State graduate. "Obviously I'm an Illinois State alumnus, but Philadelphia is my home now," a smiling Collins said at halftime of Thursday night's game at Drexel. Collins is Illinois State's most illustrious basketball player. He was the Sixers' first-round draft choice in 1973. Illinois State's home court is named after Collins and his No. 20 is retired.