June 13, 1991 |
Pop Richards couldn't be more certain. There wasn't a doubt in the world. He was absolutely, positively convinced that Peg was the right girl. So he gave her the back of his hand. The left one. It seemed only natural. After all, Peg gave Pop her hand 40 years ago. "People always say that when you're young you should never get a tattoo of a girl's name unless you're absolutely certain she's the one," laughed Pop. "Well, after 40 years, six kids and 12 grandchildren, how much surer could I be?"
June 3, 1992 |
As Central's Korrey Henderson entered the final 100 meters of the 1,600- meter run, he trailed Overbrook's Anthony Carter by a couple of strides. About 50 feet from the finish, he switched into high gear and overtook Carter. He had just enough time before crossing the finish line to raise his arms in celebration. He then trotted to the infield, out of breath and smiling as his teammates cheered from the stands. "I was tired, but it felt real good," Henderson said shortly after the race.
August 18, 2008 |
Susan Francia was the first to realize it was over, to throw her arms in the air and start an American celebration. "I looked over and saw the finish line," Francia said later. "The rest of the boat was still rowing. I put my oar down. I was done. " An Abington High graduate, Francia first ventured to Boathouse Row when she was a sophomore at Penn. By her senior year, she was an all-American. Barely more than five years after she got in that first boat, she is at the top of her sport, on the gold-medal-winning U.S. Olympic women's eight with coxswain.
December 15, 1997 |
In the week or so that it lingers in the mind, fans may remember that the 20-17 loss that ruined the Eagles' 1997 season beyond repair yesterday was notorious for shoddy defense. The Eagles gave up more than 200 rushing yards for the second straight week. The Falcons averaged 5.9 yards per carry. The Eagles managed five sacks of Chris Chandler, but he burned them for 210 more yards, and a touchdown, through the air. The Falcons converted 13 third downs into five first downs and sustained one infernal 17-play drive for 10 minutes and 10 seconds, until it began to rival the Broadway run of A Chorus Line.
November 15, 1989 |
Is it any wonder Americans are so confused about who is doing what to whom and where in Central America? One week we're being chided for scoring lowest on our knowledge of basic geography among the 10 countries polled by the Gallup Organization for the National Geographic Society. The next week a cable TV newscast shows us a modest assortment of rebel guns and ammunition in El Salvador, while a voice-over gravely asserts that the whole lot was seized "on the road connecting El Salvador with Nicaragua.
May 31, 1993 |
Someday, perhaps, during the opening hours of faraway combat, enemy soldiers may confront the awful specter of a new American warrior. Before them would be a fearsome, 6-foot-7 robotic figure, swathed in titanium, with heavy-duty infantry weapons mounted beside its helmet, its malignant silence broken only by the hiss of escaping carbon dioxide gas. It would be TALOS - named for the bronze, stone-hurling sentry of Greek mythology - and...
April 29, 2000 |
The unparalleled pitching depth of Gloucester Catholic was once again demonstrated in an anticipated showdown that turned into a rout. After learning that righthander Josh Copskey would likely miss at least three weeks with mononucleosis, Gloucester Catholic received six strong innings from junior righthander Jeff Mazzola during yesterday's 12-3 win over Woodstown in a Tri-County Royal Division game. Gloucester Catholic, ranked No. 1 in South Jersey by The Inquirer, is now 13-0 overall and 4-0 in the Royal Division.
March 8, 1998 |
One year later, the moment still resonates through Terry Francona's mind. There he was, a first-year big-league manager about to begin the regular season when, like sniper fire from a rooftop, injuries struck down five pitchers and forced them to the disabled list. So it's no surprise that Francona isn't sweating the six-arms-for-five-spots pitching riddle that sits before him this spring. "If we go through spring training with everyone healthy, then someone is going to get nosed out," Francona said.
August 18, 1991 |
Yo, Pods! You got a few minutes to talk about the pitching staff? "Nah. Go talk to the guys. They're the ones who've done it. " And with a wink, a grin, and a drag on his cigarette, Johnny Podres - baseball's version of Greta Garbo - trudges away in characteristic fashion, his cap pulled low over his eyes, his body bent forward at the waist, like a man braving a 30-knot head wind. Podres can trudge, but he can't hide. He may prefer to work behind the scenes, but his handiwork is evident whenever Tommy Greene throws his new rising fastball, whenever Jose DeJesus changes speeds, whenever Bruce Ruffin stays aggressive, whenever Terry Mulholland throws a change-up to a power hitter in a clutch situation.
January 28, 2004 |
A mechanic at a Cumberland County seafood-processing plant was in critical condition last night after both his arms were ripped from his body by a piece of machinery, authorities said. John W. Lackey, 26, of Bridgeton, had been defrosting a piece of heavy equipment at Surfside Products on Monday morning when he backed into the gear box of a conveyor belt, said Trooper Jaime Ablett of the New Jersey State Police. The belt started up suddenly, and Lackey's work jacket became caught in the gears.