July 10, 2007
HOW CAN Bill Conlin write that column about "Frauds, flops and flakes" and not put Darren Daulton and Pat Burrell on the flop or fraud list? What did both do after signing big contracts? Nothing. And before? Also nothing - they might have put up big numbers but they were empty ones. With runners in scoring position, they stunk. Daulton was a good clubhouse guy, but I want a player who can hit .300 for what he was being paid. Pat is just bad to the media and the fans. Craig Hartzell, Fairless Hills
July 8, 2007 |
The all-star break arrives today. Sounds like a good time to hand out some first-half accolades, for entertainment purposes of course. National League MVP. At age 23, Milwaukee's Prince Fielder is living up to the hype he received on his way to the majors. And he's doing it as the leader of a first-place team. Entering the final weekend before the break, he led the NL in homers (27), was second in RBIs (66), third in extra-base hits (48) and sixth in runs (59). His .604 slugging percentage was second only to Barry Bonds'.
July 16, 2006 |
Some of the players joining the Eagles this season will see plenty of playing time. Some will see plenty of bench time. Others won't make it to the regular season. Here's a list with some of each (with position, year, and previous team): 81 Jason Avant WR, Rookie, Michigan He wears Terrell Owens' number. But how well will the fourth-round draft pick - who was third on Michigan's all-time reception list - replace Owens' numbers on the field? 56 Shawn Barber LB, 9th season, Kansas City Chiefs The Eagles hope the 31-year-old, in his second stint in Philadelphia, still has what it takes to improve their defense.
June 15, 2006 |
It was a very good year for Katie Morton - in a number of ways. A shortstop on the Hammonton softball team, Morton helped lead the Blue Devils to the NJSIAA South Jersey Group 3 championship game. The top student in a class of 344, Morton also was named valedictorian. The senior with a weighted grade-point average of 6.2 also took home more than $5,000 in scholarship money at the senior awards assembly. She also was accepted at Yale, where she hopes to play softball for the Bulldogs.
April 30, 2006 |
On a recent morning, the great hall of the National Constitution Center was so filled with the cacophonous shouts of massing schoolchildren, teachers, chaperones, tourists and guides that the echoing cascade would have done the Palestra proud. Who would have thought that this was the entrance to a Ben Franklin exhibition? Old books! Yellowed vellum! Oil portraits! It's safe to say that the final week of the centerpiece exhibit marking Franklin's 300th birthday has been jam-packed.
April 1, 2006 |
If you ask Coatesville senior guard Amber White to describe herself as a basketball player, she isn't likely to talk about the points she has scored, the assists she has handed out, or the steals she has made - although she can rattle off those impressive numbers. She will simply tell you that she is a competitor, she always wants to win, and she is always trying to do her best. You get the idea of what kind of competitor White is when you look at her statistics. Although the Red Raiders struggled this season - they were 14-11 - White scored 675 points and finished her high school career with a school record 2,529 points.
March 15, 2006 |
It had to happen sometime, Oxford coach Sean Harvey said to his team. He likely repeated that to himself last night, even as the other team kept running players off the bench, and all of them seemed to know how to shoot from beyond the arc. "I told our team that I don't fault our defense. I'd tip my hat to them if they kept making three-pointers," a relieved Harvey said after his Hornets survived a Southern Lehigh air attack en route to a 63-58 victory. "You just hope that they can't do it for the entire game.
February 6, 2006 |
Lansdale Catholic girls' basketball coach Maggie deMarteleire recently won her 300th game. Her father, Jim Algeo, the head coach of the Crusaders' football team, has compiled 268 victories in his illustrious career. Her younger brother Dan, the football coach at Cardinal O'Hara, has two Catholic League division titles - and can only dream about the kind of numbers put in the win column by his father and sister. Is there pressure to get near the 100-, 200-, 300-victory club before his coaching career is over?
November 3, 2005 |
Buoyed by record profit, Sunoco Inc. said yesterday that it would invest $1.8 billion over the next three years in its oil refineries, with an emphasis on increasing capacity by 11 percent to one million barrels per day. The announcement came as the Philadelphia company reported that third-quarter net income tripled to $329 million, from $104 million in the same period a year earlier, as gasoline prices spiked after Hurricanes Katrina and Rita....
September 22, 2005 |
Warning: The team in black and silver coming to Lincoln Financial Field on Sunday is armed, extremely dangerous, and in desperate need of a victory. It's not just that Randy Moss will be lining up on the other side, although he alone makes the Oakland Raiders far more lethal than the pitiful Bay Area team the Eagles dismantled last Sunday. Review the Raiders' two losses and you'll find that they have played pretty well against two tough opponents. Against a Kansas City Chiefs team that destroyed the New York Jets in Week 1, the Raiders lost by six points.