July 23, 1991 |
In baseball, verities that appear to be as everlasting as the faces carved into Mt. Rushmore often prove in an astonishingly short period of time to have been scripted on the wind instead. That is the current gripe of Charlie Hayes, and also his best hope. One wisdom that emerged from spring training, the brainy season, was that C. Hayes was the Phillies' third baseman. Period. The only way that would change was if he somehow managed to lose it. New wisdom: He lost it. Hoo, did he ever lose it. Here are the facts, ma'am, and nothing but. The Phillies, who were off yesterday and open a three-game series against the first-place Dodgers tonight (10:35, Channel 29)
April 10, 1994 |
It's become a personal thing for Tommy Soderstrom. As the Flyers stumble to the conclusion of their regular season, Soderstrom realizes that he, perhaps more than any other player, has the ability to salvage what has become another dreadful campaign. The Flyers play the Boston Bruins this afternoon at the Spectrum in yet another must-win game, the first of three such games left on their schedule. And Soderstrom's professional reputation, as well as the club's playoff hopes, rides on his performance.
March 8, 1990 |
The Temple locker-room door opened 20 minutes after last week's forgettable loss at West Virginia to the sounds of a frustrated young player venting postgame steam. Donald Hodge had just walked away from a nine-point, six-rebound game during which the Mountaineers had played three men around him all night. The 7-foot Temple sophomore center spotted a familiar face in the WVU Coliseum hallway, and, though not allowed to do interviews, said softly: "Bad, huh?" The person nodded in agreement.
January 17, 1989 |
Don't pull a gun unless you're also prepared to pull the trigger. That bit of wisdom from the neighborhood has developed from the experiences of people who have drawn a gun and hesitated. Many have been beaten despite the weapon in hand, pistol-whipped with their own pistol, or even on the receiving end of hot lead from the gun they carried and weren't willing to fire. That's not an endorsement of carrying guns or shooting people - both of which I oppose. It's just an acknowledgment that if you put yourself on the line with a loaded firearm, you'd better be willing to pull the trigger.
April 12, 1989 |
Bad habits and losing streaks are hard to break. Sometimes they're related. The 76ers lost for the third time in four games last night, once again failing to make as many shots as they missed. With a shooter's chance to upset the Cleveland Cavaliers - a team playing with one eye on tonight's Central Division showdown against the Detroit Pistons - the Sixers couldn't make the shots. The result was a 92-90 loss, with the Sixers' total representing the fewest points they have scored in defeat this season.
December 6, 1988 |
There are signs when you're out of control. If the problem is drinking, you want one all the time, you make up excuses why you need, deserve or should have a drink. Getting that drink becomes a central focus of your life, and nothing else seems to matter. If money is where the control is lacking, bills get paid later and later, savings get eaten up, you start using credit to pay for credit, and you keep spending, keep buying, keep making more bills that you won't be able to pay. When it's emotions that are getting the better of you, you become tense and irritable.
September 12, 1988 |
My conservative friend Grump had a scowl on his face, which surprised me. So I asked what was bothering him. "Don't play the innocent with me," he snarled. I don't understand. Now that I have become a newborn Republican, I had hoped your hostility would subside. Especially with our heroes, Bush and Quayle, leading in the polls. "That's what I mean," Grump said. "You don't think for a minute that I believe there is any sincerity in your conversion. " But I am sincere - cross my heart, hope to die. "Fiddlesticks.
September 22, 1986 |
Being man is harder than it used to be. That's different from being male. Maleness requires only certain biological distinctions. Being man means learning a whole series of behaviors. For a long time, the formula for being man was pretty simple. Just provide food, shelter and protection. That's all it took to be boss, which was supposed to mean the same thing as being man. There were no standardized tests for leadership or common sense, no rating systems to gauge problem-solving skills.
October 17, 2010 |
The road the 76ers are traveling this season is narrow. It's a car's width at its widest, the margin for error nil. One slip of the wheel - a losing streak, an injury, a subpar effort - and this team will find itself on a different road entirely. If you look around the league, some teams are flying down a four-lane highway. They can swerve, slow down, drift, or speed. No matter how imprecise their route, in April they'll still be exiting for the NBA playoffs. Not your Sixers.
September 17, 1996 |
It's a good thing for Ursinus that three years ago, offensive lineman Sean Barrera just happened to be eating dinner in the cafeteria at the same time linebackers coach Pete Spurio walked in. And it's a good thing Barrera, who had never played football but was a power forward on the school's basketball team at the time, decided to accept Spurio's offer to play for the team. Behind Barrera, a 6-foot, 280-pound offensive tackle, and his linemates Saturday, Ursinus pounded out a 27-0 victory over Washington and Lee. The win gave the Bears their first 2-0 start since 1957.