March 8, 2011 |
TAMPA, Fla. - As the lineups were introduced before the game, that line from The Usual Suspects came to mind: "The greatest trick the Devil ever pulled was convincing the world he did not exist. " Music from a different movie, Star Wars , played. For the Phillies, it was "The Imperial March. " The Yankees were introduced to the rousing music associated with the gallant rebel forces. Phillies: Darth Vader. Yankees: Bunch of Luke Skywalkers. A nifty trick by baseball's true Evil Empire, trying to convince the world the Yankees are the gutsy underdogs, battling the Big Bad Bullies from the National League.
December 3, 2010
MICHAEL VICK'S night finally ended at 12:30 this morning, a small groan seeping out as he lifted his body from a chair and stepped gingerly from the podium. This was after a long stint in the training room, that followed another superhuman performance that required what seems to be superhuman resilience. "I'm used to taking hits," he said after the Eagles outgunned the Houston Texans, 34-24, at the Linc last night. "It's not that bad. They may look harder than what they seem. But it's not that bad. If I take one and I stay down, then you know I took a good one. I'm a pretty tough guy. " How tough?
October 27, 2010 |
In his first public comments since he took a vicious hit two weeks ago, DeSean Jackson said that the collision he had with Atlanta cornerback Dunta Robinson felt like he "was in a car accident. " The Eagles wide receiver confirmed that he lost consciousness for what he believed to be "a couple of minutes. " Jackson said it took about an hour before he regained his bearings. "I was like, 'What happened?' " Jackson said Tuesday on Comcast SportsNet's Daily News Live . "Everybody was like, 'You got hit hard.
October 20, 2010 |
SAN FRANCISCO - As soon as Raul Ibanez stripped off his uniform following the Phillies' Game 3 loss Tuesday afternoon, he moved through the horde of reporters who lingered awkwardly in the visitors' clubhouse waiting for a willing interviewee, any willing interviewee. Ibanez stopped at a laptop computer and sat down next to Chase Utley, who was doing the same. The leftfielder apparently was queuing up video of previous at-bats in search of a solution to his ongoing postseason hitting troubles.
October 20, 2010
SAN FRANCISCO - The hard decision really wasn't that hard for Phillies manager Charlie Manuel. Despite days of public coyness, he appears to have made it a while ago and correctly has not wavered. Starting Joe Blanton in Game 4 of this teetering National League Championship Series makes sense. Throwing your entire starting staff out of whack in order to get Roy Halladay on the field tonight on 3 days' rest does not make sense. That really was the easy one, though. Knowing Manuel, the question of his starting lineup is likely to be the one that kept him awake last night.
October 20, 2010
Eagles right tackle Winston Justice is writing a column for the Daily News again this season. His columns appear Wednesdays. HITS LIKE THE ONE DeSean Jackson suffered on Sunday really scare you. Being on the field when something serious like that happens, your first instinct is to hope they will just stand up and shake it off. But when you see their motionless body on the ground, you know they will not get back up anytime soon....
October 19, 2010 |
Part of the draw, no doubt, is the team itself. These Phillies are a bunch of really nice, good-looking guys of all stripes who come from behind, pitch perfect games, talk about things like courage and friendship, run through coaches' stop signs, and seem to genuinely like one another. "They seem so sincere," said Joan Malseed, 54, of Fishtown. "They're not hotshots. I think that is why we're all drawn to them. There's no scandals. " Whether handed down in close-quarter rowhouses in sports-drenched city neighborhoods, embraced as a regular college ritual, or gravitated to with age, Phillies officials and ballpark regulars can attest: the serious female baseball fan has entered the mainstream in this town.
September 17, 2010
THE WIRES BUZZED with the news that Tim Kaine, chairman of the Democratic National Committee, would make a "major announcement" in a speech at George Washington University. I was one of eight columnists scheduled to talk with him an hour after that speech Wednesday. So I scanned the Internet for the text of his bombshell. There it was on the DNC website. It wasn't just on the website - it was the website. "We have a new look and new tools in our Web presence," Kaine told me when I asked about his major announcement.