September 25, 2015 |
(They say it's always 5 o'clock somewhere and, well, because their schedules were a little bit hectic this week, it was 5 o'clock in Istanbul when Rich Hofmann and David Murphy got together for Birds Over Beers. Which meant that it was breakfast sandwiches accompanied by Shiner Bock (Rich) and Sixpoint Crisp (Dave) - because, if nothing else, we're all about the authenticity.) Dave: So we're sitting here, drinking beers at 10 a.m. in Center City Philadelphia. And I have to say, at 0-2, I thought there would be more Eagles fans.
September 18, 2015 |
TYREKE EVANS needs a reality check. The Pelicans guard, who grew up in Chester, told The Sporting News that his team has a legitimate chance to win the NBA title this season. Huh? Did he forget that New Orleans was swept by the Warriors - the eventual NBA champions - in the first round of last season's playoffs? What's changed since then? The Pelicans biggest offseason move was hiring Warriors assistant Alvin Gentry to replace Monty Williams as head coach. "I don't see why we can't do it," Evans said.
September 18, 2015 |
(Every week this season, Rich Hofmann will get together with a colleague from the Daily News, perhaps over a beverage, and talk about what's going on with the Eagles. This week, it's columnist David Murphy attempting to keep the populace from going off the deep end.) RICH: So, do you kick the field goal? Dave: Yeah, I think so. You have to try to go ahead there. Rich: I looked it up - teams trying to hold a lead like that at the end of games give up a score about 30 percent of the time.
September 14, 2015
ON MANY FRONTS, nose tackle Beau Allen is the rarest of beasts. His nickname is Polar Bear, both because he hails from the arctic climes of Minnetonka, Minn., and because he shares that animal's general physiology. He is without both neck and ankle - there is only so much room for definition when you pack 333 pounds onto a frame that is allegedly 6-2, give or take 2 inches (mostly take). Still, Allen was nimble enough to play competitive ice hockey through his sophomore year in high school.
August 27, 2015 |
IT PROBABLY won't look quite this breathtaking, once the season starts and opponents really game plan for Chip Kelly's offense, and most especially, for its torrid pace. Through two weeks of the preseason, the Eagles rank first in the NFL in scoring (76 points), first in offense (444 yards per game), first in rushing (182.5 yards per game) and fourth in passing (261.5). "We've done a really good job embracing tempo this preseason. Really, for defenses, this is when tempo's going to hurt them the most," Eagles center Jason Kelce said.
August 25, 2015 |
Birds' numbers have plunged sharply over the last half-century. Loss of habitat, damage from predators, and widespread use of aerial pesticides that kill their insect diet decimated the populations of common nighthawks and chimney swifts in New Jersey and across the birds' breeding range in the United States and Canada. The numbers of both have dropped by about 2 percent a year since 1966, based on bird counts in designated tracts, according to the North American Breeding Bird Survey.
August 14, 2015 |
THERE WAS enough age, injury and struggle along the Eagles' offensive line last season to warrant changes in a group that entered 2014 as the unquestioned strength of the team. Normally, though, when a team tries to rework a unit, it will sign a significant free agent or two, maybe draft a couple of guys, preferably in the early rounds. The Eagles didn't do that. They cut one of their offensive leaders, 10-year veteran right guard Todd Herremans, then did the same with left guard Evan Mathis, who wanted more money, fresh off appearing in the two most recent Pro Bowls.
August 1, 2015 |
Debbie Reindl was on her way to buy pet food Wednesday at the Centerton Shopping Center in Mount Laurel when she noticed a bird flopping in a field next to the Costco store. Reindl, 57, of Mount Laurel, went to investigate and found several geese dead or wounded, and a man armed with a shotgun. Reindl recorded what followed. She posted the two-minute, 42-second video to Facebook, eliciting cries of outrage and accusations of animal cruelty. "That is horrible," Reindl is heard saying, her voice shaking, as she records the man with his right foot planted on the wounded, struggling bird's neck.
July 25, 2015 |
Two of the funniest and most creative fellers in New Zealand, Taika Waititi and Jemaine Clement, met while they were studying theater and film at Victoria University of Wellington. Both have had interesting careers as performers and writers. Waititi is an accomplished comedian and actor. And, beginning in 1998, Clement toured with his music-and-comedy band (well, the band was really just a duo) Flight of the Conchords. HBO featured them on a comedy special in 2007 before designing a smash sitcom with them, simply titled Flight of the Conchords . In the pair's 2014 feature, the sidesplitting vampire comedy What We Do in the Shadows , they combined to create a film that truly hits comedy pay dirt.
July 9, 2015 |
Through a season of injuries, Union rookie Eric Bird hasn't gotten on the field for a Major League Soccer game. But he said he was grateful that the team allowed him to leave for a few days to attend the Women's World Cup final in Vancouver. Bird, 22, had a special rooting interest. He is dating midfielder Morgan Brian, who at 22 was the youngest member of the World Cup team. The two met while both were attending Virginia and have been dating nearly two years. "It was an extremely proud moment of mine going there," Bird said after the Union's practice Tuesday at PPL Park.