August 23, 2016 |
HE POINTS HIS BAT at the pitcher and says bring it - bring that weak stuff. This will be the indelible image of Ryan Howard in my mind, the mind of all of us here in Philadelphia who live and die with the Phils, or even those who chased that bandwagon and jumped on during the magical run. Such bad-assedness from a player was something that we hadn't seen here in the land of 10,000 losses in a long time, maybe never. With the extended bat pointed at the hurler, Howard readied to take all of Philadelphia's eyes on a magical arc to Ashburn Alley, the upper deck, or maybe to deep leftfield.
August 8, 2016 |
News of the very last VHS VCR rolling off the Funai Electronics assembly line in Japan provoked headlines and comedy show gags last week - most with a derisive "Who remembers them?" slant. But VHS (and its longtime rival Betamax) were a really big deal - revolutionizing industries, user habits, and our comfort with technology. The VCR deserved a more respectful assessment, worthy of its significant place in viewing history. My suggestions follow. The great time machine story.
July 14, 2016 |
STONE HARBOR, N.J. - Ivan Provorov lifted himself out of the water and several young fans holding a blank poster board larger than their bodies got in his way. They asked him for an autograph as he moved to the next stage of the challenge course. Another fan asked for a photo and another asked him to sign a shirt. As the young defenseman began walking away, an adult whispered to a child, "He's going to be really good. " Provorov, the seventh overall pick in the 2015 NHL draft, and more than 30 other Flyers prospects greeted fans throughout the day Tuesday as part of the team's Trial on the Isle event.
July 11, 2016
Art Carey is a former Inquirer staff writer Few experiences are more sublime than watching the break of dawn from the summit of Cadillac Mountain in Maine. At 1,530 feet, Cadillac is the highest peak on the North Atlantic coast, and for much of the year, the first spot in the United States touched by the morning sun. Cadillac dominates Mount Desert Island and is the topographical centerpiece of Acadia National Park, which originated as a national monument on July 8, 1916, 100 years ago this summer.
March 14, 2016 |
The only questions Farhat Biviji doesn't like are the ones she doesn't get asked. "If you ask it, then I have an opportunity to address it," says Biviji, an observant Muslim who emigrated from India in 1970 and has lived in Cherry Hill since 1979. "Otherwise," she adds, "I don't get my say. " A Catholic education, a Jewish godmother, and 37 years of studying the Quran have provided Biviji, 63, with a lot to say about Islam, its deep connections with Christianity and Judaism, and its place in America and the world.
February 1, 2016
Q uestion: I recently invited my sister to go out to dinner for her 86th birthday, a yearly event. Since she has several doctor appointments, I wasn't sure just what day would work for her, so I mentioned several options. On Christmas, I asked if she had made up her mind and this is the answer I received: "I don't make decisions anymore. " I bit my tongue to avoid an incident and went ahead to finalize the plans, but to me it was a slap in the face and I still resent the remark. Am I wrong for thinking this way?
December 1, 2015
AMERICA doesn't care because young black men have been demonized and are seen as less than human to some people, especially those in power. We are constantly bombarded with images and stories of black men doing wrong without context or background info unless it involves prior criminal activity. When we get stories of whites committing crime there always seems to be a built-in excuse and back story, like the teacher who was having sex with her students. We found out how lonely she was. It's a big difference.
August 28, 2015 |
JASON PETERS said quarterback Sam Bradford thanked him yesterday for Peters' strong comments condemning the Terrell Suggs hit on Bradford's twice-repaired left knee, in Saturday's Eagles preseason victory over the Ravens. The NFL decided the hit was legal and that Suggs shouldn't have been penalized. The Eagles have noted that previously, the standard seemed to be that a quarterback not carrying out a fake could not be hit. Now the standard seems to be that he is fair game for a period of time after handing off, trying to run a fake or not. Regardless, Peters and the Eagles aren't going to tolerate blatant attempts to injure their QB, and they don't seem to think they'll encounter a lot of them.
August 14, 2015 |
IF NASCAR were a kingdom, Buddy Baker would've been knighted. Sir Buddy Baker has a nice ring to it. Nah, that's not him. Baker (born Elzie Wylie Baker Jr.) was a self-described country boy. Born in Florence, S.C., he matured into an outstanding racer, with 19 Sprint Cup victories, and later was a respected and entertaining broadcaster. Following his death Monday, at age 74, from lung cancer, tributes have poured in for Baker. Racing contemporaries such as Richard Petty and Darrell Waltrip praised Baker.
July 23, 2015 |
When he arrived at Magee Rehabilitation Hospital on a winter day in 2011, all Ousmane Barry knew about his new patient was what he had read in his file. Marvin Brown. 19. Gunshot victim. Quadriplegic. Barely talking. Deeply depressed. In constant pain. After months of surgeries that mended his body only enough for him to move his head, Marvin was to be released. He was going home to a small front room in his father's house in Southwest Philadelphia. Ousmane would be his primary nurse, his caretaker.