March 21, 2010
Jon Runyan officially announced he's running for Congress. I did the same about four years ago. It wasn't easy. Lots of hand-shaking and baby kissing. (Note to Runyan: Ask permission before doing the latter; gets awkward when you just lean in without warning the mother.) Would Runyan make a good politician, and how do you think he'll do in the race? Well, let's see. He should be willing to "tackle" the difficult issues and "protect" his constituents from bills that shouldn't "pass.
May 29, 1991 |
Mike Schmidt was on the cover of the March issue of Business Philadelphia magazine, his two hands wrapped around a hoagie instead of a baseball bat. In an accompanying article, Schmidt discussed his life after baseball with Maury Z. Levy, the magazine's editor, and noted that he hasn't enjoyed the marketing success he feels he deserves. Why? Not enough glitz, according to Schmidt. "Occasionally, I get a little jealous that I'm not as easily marketable as an Andre Agassi because he's not married, he wears that off-the-wall (bleep)
June 27, 2011
THE COUNTRY is in economic quicksand, and no solution is in sight. Infusions of literally trillions of dollars, the nonstop printing of cheap money and the president's refusal to rid himself of advisers whose advice has proven ineffective have put the U.S. economy in an intractable position. Only two industries are thriving - pro sports and gambling venues. How long can they dodge the bullet? The Great Depression was canceled by World War II. It's a different ballgame today.
December 16, 2009 |
Chase Reynolds broke his own school record - and matched another - during Montana's 24-17 victory over Appalachian State on a cold and snowy Saturday at Washington-Grizzly Stadium. But those marks don't hold much water for the junior running back, who has his mind on other things right now. "They're just records," Reynolds said after the win. "They don't mean anything to me. There's a game we've been shooting for, and that's this Friday. That's all I'm concerned about. " Against the Mountaineers, Reynolds carried 23 times for 193 yards and two touchdowns to lead his team into the FCS title game for the second straight season.
May 17, 1986 |
Sidney Moncrief originally had planned to play every other game in the Eastern Conference final series between the Milwaukee Bucks and Boston Celtics. But the Bucks' star guard, who has been bothered by a painfully torn heel, is considering changing that timetable this afternoon in Game 3 at Milwaukee Arena. "Our strategy, because we're down 0-2, I don't know if it's going to have to be altered or not," Moncrief said. "What we're looking at is if I can run and be effective.
November 21, 1994 |
Randall Cunningham is most definitely in a three-week funk that easily could have produced a three-game losing streak were it not for Lady Luck three Sundays ago against the Arizona Cardinals. The Eagles' quarterback was out of it for much of yesterday's 12-6 loss to Arizona, completing 17 of 44 passes (with four drops by receivers) for 151 yards (110 net) with another costly interception. The offense has scored just 30 points the last three weeks and Cunningham is a shadow of the quarterback who performed so well against Chicago and San Francisco in the early going.
October 3, 1989 |
There are few more predictable events than the day-before-the-series media gathering. Canned questions. Trite answers. Hear no evil, speak no evil - especially about your opponent. The Toronto Blue Jays were predictably boring on the eve of tonight's first game of the best-of-seven American League Championship Series (Channel 3, 8 o'clock), and spent the time dealing out the usual platitudes. The Oakland A's, however, were sort of like, well, the old Oakland Raiders. "It's been a team effort," Toronto manager Cito Gaston said when asked to describe how the Blue Jays came from behind to catch and pass the Baltimore Orioles in the stretch to win the Eastern Division.
April 9, 1999 |
During Tuesday's "mandatory" trip to the interview room, Tiger Woods said the part of his game he's most pleased with is the virtual elimination of those dreaded "others" from his scorecards. Yesterday at Augusta National, the 1997 Masters champ hacked his way to a triple-bogey snowman on the par-5 eighth hole. So much for avoiding any whopper numbers. That dropped him to 2-over. Birdies at 12, 13 and 14 got him back into red figures. A bogey on the next-to-last hole left him at even-par 72, three behind the first-round leaders.
July 28, 1997 |
The story of some games can be revealed in a snapshot moment. For example, this scene from the bottom of the third inning at Dodger Stadium: The baseball has just jumped off the bat of Tripp Cromer. Phillies lefthander Matt Beech, quickly realizing that he has surrendered another home run, grabs his head with both arms. It is a pose that suggests frustration, dismay, a trace of anger. Click. As the first anniversary of Beech's first and only big-league victory looms ever closer, those were also pretty much the emotions that normally upbeat manager Terry Francona seemed to convey yesterday afternoon when discussing Beech's contribution to the Phillies' 7-1 loss to the Dodgers.
March 14, 1991 |
There's Lenny Dykstra, unlucky poker player, witness for the prosecution, lips zipped, brow furrowed. And then there's Lenny Dykstra, centerfielder, quintessential leadoff man, .750 hitter, hotter than a royal flush, you should excuse the expression. Back in red-striped flannels, with a shirt that fits his bulked-up chest, he rapped out three more hits yesterday as the Phillies thumped Toronto, 13-8. If the organist doesn't play "forget your troubles and just be happy" every time Dykstra comes to bat, he should be tossed out of the ballpark organist union.