February 14, 2014 |
CLEARWATER, Fla. - In the second half of their first losing season in 11 years, Phillies starting pitchers were downright dreadful. The non-Cole Hamels and Cliff Lee members of the woeful rotation were a combined 7-23 with a 7.59 ERA in 41 games. They allowed 29 home runs and walked 91 batters in 182 2/3 innings. They were unwatchable for even the most ardent of Phillies fans. With an eye on 2014, they were, as a collection of starters behind Hamels and Lee, undependable.
October 28, 2013 |
Bill McGovern remembers everything about the moment he learned Mark Herzlich might die. It was the spring of 2009. He had started driving away from a Staten Island high school, one more stop in a string of recruiting visits for Boston College's football program. He noticed a voice-mail message on his cellphone. It was from Herzlich's father, Sandy. McGovern was Boston College's defensive coordinator and linebackers coach then, and his best inside linebacker - hell, the best player on the team - was Herzlich, a native of Wayne, a graduate of Conestoga High School, a certain first-round selection in the 2010 NFL draft.
October 18, 2013 |
THE BROWNS can't catch a break. On Sunday against the Lions, quarterback Brandon Weeden tossed a boneheaded, highlight-reel interception that will likely rank among the most embarrassing plays in team history. Then yesterday, the Browns discovered that wide receiver Charles Johnson, who they signed off the Packers practice squad on Saturday, has a torn ACL and needs surgery. Apparently, the Browns didn't know about the injury until they gave Johnson a physical. Now, he'll be placed on the reserve/non-football injury list.
October 18, 2013 |
SOMETIMES, PROPER seasoning takes a season or two. Consider tight end Brent Celek, for instance. Through his first 32 games with the Eagles he managed 43 catches and 11 starts. He had 76 catches in his third season. Jason Peters entered the league as an undrafted tight end in 2004. Three seasons later, he went to his first of five straight Pro Bowls . . . as a left tackle. Not every player pops right away in the NFL. It takes time to adjust; it takes more time for some than others.
June 7, 2013
IF THE Pennsylvania Convention Center were an ocean liner, it would be taking on water and listing badly. When the $1.3 billion taxpayer-funded facility at 12th and Arch streets opened a major new expansion in 2011, the promise was that a new, improved and larger center would draw 20 to 30 large conventions a year. There are 20 major conventions in the facility this year, but the numbers drop quickly after that - down to a mere eight in 2016. This is bad news, not just for the center but for the region.
May 9, 2013 |
GOV. CORBETT has been telling his fellow Republicans in the state Senate that the legislation to privatize liquor stores is essential to his re-election next year. But a Daily News /Franklin & Marshall College Poll shows that may be a bad bet for Corbett. The poll shows that support for privatization of state-run liquor stores is slipping. And voters rank that goal as a low priority compared to creating jobs and helping the state's economy. "Voters aren't invested in it," said G. Terry Madonna, the poll director.
April 30, 2013 |
A federal auditing agency has charged that former Philadelphia Housing Authority executive director Carl R. Greene falsely certified that his agency was not using taxpayer money for lobbying and has recommended that Washington take action against him "up to and including debarment. " In a 35-page report Friday, the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development inspector general also recommended that HUD take actions against Greene under a federal anti-fraud law. Assistant HUD Secretary Sandra B. Henriquez said she would review the inspector general's report with her agency's attorneys before a decision is made on how to proceed with the recommendations.
April 4, 2013
After painful protests over school closings and other cuts, the Philadelphia School District's incomplete proposed budget is understandable but still unrealistic. Superintendent William R. Hite Jr.'s first proposed spending plan features a gaping $304 million hole in funding for the financially flailing system. The $2.7 billion budget relies on a big hoped-for infusion of new money: $120 million from the state and $60 million from the city. That's too much uncertainty in this murky fiscal climate.
January 24, 2013 |
THREE GAMES into the season and the 0-3 Flyers are rapidly approaching rock bottom. Without even playing a game on Wednesday, Peter Laviolette's squad took two nasty hits. Last year's leading scorer, Scott Hartnell, will be out indefinitely with an injury, and promising forward Brayden Schenn (see below) will serve a one-game suspension Thursday against the Rangers. Oh, and the Flyers are already without Danny Briere (wrist) and Zac Rinaldo (leg laceration) until at least the weekend.
December 17, 2012 |
Adapted from a recent online discussion. Question: Twenty-plus years ago, my husband and I used to be good friends with another couple. We grew apart over time, with different values and child-rearing philosophies. After they treated our son and me extremely rudely at a gathering about 15 years ago (not my being oversensitive, my husband agreed), we stopped seeing them. Periodically the guy would get in touch, trying to sell things to me professionally. About a year ago, he and my husband reconnected.