February 26, 2016
OPEN LETTER to Ryan Howard: Dear Ryan: I love you. Most Philadelphia baseball fans still love you, but some feel you are close to overstaying your welcome. Retire, Ryan. Please. You are one of two remnants of the glorious 2008 championship team that ended Philadelphia's humiliating, 25-year championship drought, bringing us psychological and emotional relief. You gave us j-o-y. Others we loved - Cole Hamels, Brad Lidge, Jamie Moyer, Jimmy Rollins, Chase Utley, Pat Burrell, Shane Victorino, Jayson Werth, Matt Stairs - have moved on to one greener pasture or another.
September 13, 2015 |
Here are my picks to roll, and get rolled, in Week 1. Watch 'em roll Carson Palmer, QB, Cardinals vs. Saints. Despite the favorable rushing matchup, Palmer will have to carry a big load to keep pace with Drew Brees & Co. Jonathan Stewart, RB, Panthers at Jaguars. Given the sorry state of Carolina's receiving corps, and the soft underbelly of the Jacksonville defense, Stewart should find plenty of room to roam on Sunday. Chris Ivory, RB, Jets vs. Browns. Ivory has no real competition for carries, and there are plenty of concerns about the Jets' passing game.
October 4, 2013 |
DUCE STALEY understands better than anybody what can happen to a running back who gets ridden too hard. Fourteen years ago, in just his third season with the Eagles, Staley lugged the football a career-high 325 times. It was the fourth- most carries in the league that year. He rushed for a career-high 1,273 yards, his second straight 1,000-yard season. But five games into the following season, he suffered a foot injury that put him out for the rest of the year. He came back and played five more seasons in the league, including three more with the Eagles.
September 28, 2012 |
* CALL THE MIDWIFE. 8 p.m. Sunday, WHYY 12. 'DOWNTON ABBEY" and the Olympics aren't the only TV events crossing the Atlantic this year: Starting Sunday, there's also PBS' "Call the Midwife," a six-episode series about nurse-midwives in the East End of London in the 1950s whose finale earlier this year drew 11.4 million viewers in a country of about 62 million - more than the first-season finale of "Downton. " "We all believed in the project, but we had no idea it was going to be the hit that it was," said Jessica Raine, who plays midwife Jenny Lee in a story based on a trilogy of memoirs by the late Jennifer Worth, in an interview this summer.
August 17, 2011 |
I'd like your input on a major life decision facing me this week. I need an informed opinion on what's cool among 5-year-olds as I try to choose a backpack for my soon-to-enter-kindergarten son. Kid fashion in the aggregate is easy. You can never go wrong with sparkles or cheetahs or hoods with ears. But predicting what's going to be cool at each age is a fine art. I don't want to ruin my child's public image by sending him to kindergarten with the wrong backpack. And shopping for one is as complicated as planning a moon launch.
December 17, 2009 |
Just one glimpse at Chase Reynolds reveals that he's a football player. The Montana running back's chiseled frame, thick neck, and protruding calves are giveaways. But being a football player is just a fraction of Reynolds' story. The 22-year-old redshirt junior is also a husband and a father and carries a 3.2 grade-point average while majoring in criminology. In the summers, he works 70-hour weeks at a Montana construction company to make ends meet. And that's not it. He and his wife, Kila, are expecting their second child in April.
September 5, 2009 |
Go ahead, Mr. Nonbeliever. Tell Mike Isgro he's too small. Tell the Delaware Valley College quarterback that his size prevents him from being effective. But be careful. The listed 5-foot-10, 180-pounder is known for making doubters take back their words. When it comes to playmakers, Isgro is one of the best in NCAA Division III. The senior is the main reason the Aggies are favored to win their second straight Middle Atlantic Conference title. Being overlooked "kind of does motivate me," said Isgro, a product of Absegami High School.
March 4, 2007 |
Shaq is getting ornery. "I don't foul my man," he said Wednesday, responding to Pat Riley's plea to stay out of foul trouble. "I haven't fouled my man in a while. The only time I get in foul trouble is when I . . . help. . . . We have to do a better job as a team. " Shaq is calling out teammates. "It's money time," he said. "Guys like [Udonis Haslem], they should take it personal. When I get the ball in the post and get double-teamed, they should take it personal. Everything they read, they should take personal.
October 16, 2003 |
Here's a tip on how to beat Jackie Herb in a championship tennis match. If the prize is a trophy, don't let her see it. "I won my first tournament when I was 11," Herb said. "I still remember it. There was this big trophy and I got my picture taken with it. I was so excited about getting that trophy. Before the tournament even started, I was like 'I've got to have that.' "Now, if I see a trophy at a tournament, I have to have it. If there's trophies for the top three finishers, I can't finish fourth.
October 12, 2003 |
Amy Hoyer loves the game of soccer and it shows in her play, but the senior midfielder from Northern Burlington admits to being a little fatigued this time of year. That's because in addition to high school soccer, which is usually a six-day-a-week commitment, Hoyer also works out with her club team, the Medford Strikers Scream. There isn't a heavy girls' club soccer schedule in the fall, but the teams do work out, some a few times a week. That's because this weekend, one of the biggest girls' club soccer tournaments in the country is taking place.