March 15, 2011
KISSIMMEE, Fla. - The late Illinois senator Everett Dirksen is supposed to have once delivered this sage commentary on the federal budget: "A billion here, a billion there, pretty soon, you're talking real money. " A similar vibe is beginning to settle over the Phillies' spring training. There hasn't been any single, cataclysmic event to suggest this is no longer a team to be reckoned with. Instead it's been a steady drip, drip, drip of uncertainty that has created vague angst.
March 14, 2011
GOOD NEWS IS usually bad news for newspapers, while bad news - crime, disaster, scandal - sells newspapers. That unhappy truism explains why you so often find "bad news" on Page One. It's not that we like bad news, it's that you seem to really get a bang out of it. Not blaming you - just saying circulation figures tell us what sells . You want online "clicks"? Just mention a porn star or Charlie Sheen. That's what attracts eyeballs, not economic stories or tick outbreaks on Peruvian llamas.
February 11, 2011 |
It's hard to imagine a team suffering any worse of a kick to the stomach than Villanova absorbed at Rutgers on Wednesday. This kind of thing can linger. So that becomes the issue. As tough as it was, it's over. No one can do anything except move on. Speaking of which, fourth-ranked Pittsburgh is up next, tomorrow night at the Pavilion on ESPN. "In the Big East, you get to respond quickly," Villanova coach Jay Wright said. "So the good news is you can get it out of your mind.
January 21, 2011 |
ONE DAY AFTER finally sitting down for a chat with NFL Players Association chief DeMaurice Smith, Roger Goodell went on ESPN's "Rome Is Burning" yesterday and gave us some good news and some bad news regarding the league's labor negotiations. The good news: He thinks the two sides can work out a deal by March 4, when the current collective bargaining agreement is scheduled to expire. The bad news: The two sides will need to meet virtually around the clock for the next 6 weeks to get that done.
November 7, 2010 |
The Citizens' Crime Commission has offered an $11,000 reward for information leading to the arrest of the person who attacked Marsha Moore, a longtime community activist in Southwest Philadelphia. Moore, 52, a block captain and winner of a crime commission award, was beaten while she slept Oct. 29. She suffered fractures to her fingers and arms, and required major facial reconstructive surgery. She is at the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania. The reward could grow, John Apeldorn, crime commission president, said Friday.
October 21, 2010 |
I HAVE GOOD news and bad news related to my column last week about Matt Britt, who's suffered a decade of terrible breaks. The bad news? My right wrist is swollen like a gourd, from slitting open all the mail from readers who responded to Matt's plight. The good news? Those 200-plus envelopes contained an astounding $12,757 - ranging from $5 to $1,000 - for Matt and his three girls. That's in addition to the $10,000 raised for the Britts at a fundraiser at the North Penn VFW in Glenside on Friday night.
October 19, 2010
Some incoherent thoughts, some off-the-mark conclusions and one or two astute observations as we mourn the passing of Week 6 of the NFL season: The Eagles are 11-0 the week after their bye, which is a good omen for their Nov. 7 game against the Colts. But they have struggled the week leading into the bye, which is bad news for Sunday's game against the Titans. They are 5-6 before the bye and have lost six of their last nine pre-bye games. A lot of Eagles fans are calling for the head of Falcons cornerback Dunta Robinson for his hit on DeSean Jackson.
October 7, 2010
OUR FIRST reaction to a new report from Pew's Philadelphia Research Initiative that found the number of people moving into the city is rising faster than those moving out was . . . anxiety. Does this good news mean we're going to be forced to finally abandon the last vestiges of low self-esteem and actually start believing we live in a cool, happening city? The forces for such civic confidence have been working on us for a few years now - thriving neighborhoods, big new buildings, gains in education, and, of course, a certain October parade back in 2008.
September 27, 2010 |
The lead in the National League West has changed hands four times in 5 days. So with a week left to play, the Phillies still don't know whether they'll be facing the Padres, Giants or Reds in the first round of the playoffs. The wild card also remains up for grabs among San Diego, San Francisco and Cincinnati. About the only certainty seems to be that another late charge by the Rockies will come up short. Colorado is four games behind in the wild-card standings with just a week left to play.