June 16, 2010 |
THE PHOTO THAT accompanies this story was snapped 8 years ago on an unbearably hot day in Memphis, Tenn. With a few hours on our hands before the Mike Tyson-Lennox Lewis bout that evening at the Pyramid, I persuaded Dad to drive out with me to Graceland, the extravagant estate where Elvis Presley wallowed in barbiturates and peanut butter-and-banana sandwiches. Given Dad was doing a book on Tyson, and that it would deal to some degree with the excesses of fame, it seemed like a good place to pick up a few odds and ends that could possibly work their way into his narrative.
May 2, 2010 |
At 7,000 feet, we are above the clouds; there's a bright blue sky and brilliant sunshine above, but when we look down, we can see nothing but the snow-white tops of the swirling clouds. A common enough experience for a mountaineer, but not for a passenger on a train. Particularly a train pulled, puffing and hissing, by a struggling antique steam engine. The engine was built by the North British Locomotive Co. of Glasgow, Scotland, in 1881, and here it is still clanking away, 129 years later, around the heights of the Himalayas.
October 24, 2008
Falcons (+9) over EAGLES (FOX29) Has this town ever seen a better day? The Phils gunning for a victory in Game 4 of the World Series while the Eagles look to get back over the .500 mark. And just to add a little spice, Atlanta's rookie QB Matt Ryan is representing Penn Charter. Wow! Pinch me. Don't wanna be a black cloud in the middle of all this, but we have to take a light lean to the Falcons as a big, fat nine-point underdog. Sure the Birds laid a 40 spot on San Francisco before the bye week, but, the key words in that sentence are "San Francisco.
February 28, 2008
ACT 44, the state legislation passed last year that gives SEPTA a stable source of funding, has been considered a watershed for the beleaguered transit agency. But what eventually happens to SEPTA could really be in the hands of people like those punks who last week beat up four students on the Broad Street subway and stole an iPod. Or the guy who, after he was caught smoking and riding between cars on the Broad Street subway, broke away from the cops and pulled a gun. SEPTA police shot him in the shoulder.
April 7, 2002 |
The NBA's Eastern Conference is so turbulent that on Monday and Tuesday, riding a two-game losing streak, the 76ers actually moved up two spots in the standings. Seem crazy? The East is a beast. Want more? The Boston Celtics are going to the playoffs for the first time since 1995, which was the last time they played in Boston Garden. Pat Riley's streak of 19 consecutive playoff appearances is likely to end because in the last four weeks his Miami Heat have gone 3-9 against conference rivals.
March 30, 2001 |
Robert Person tried to find the silver lining in the rain-filled black clouds hanging over Ed Smith Stadium yesterday. Manager Larry Bowa didn't see any. Person, this spring's hard-luck Phillie, suffered his third rained-out start after the skies erupted in the top of the third inning against Cincinnati. He left his final start of spring training having thrown only 25 pitches. Between rain and the torn shoulder labrum that scratched him from a scheduled start on March 17, he's managed just one start since March 12. But Person, who was scheduled to throw somewhere between 90 and 100 pitches, said the lousy weather could work in his favor come Tuesday, when he makes his 2001 debut against the Marlins.
December 9, 1997 |
In less than eight hours, it would be time for practice, but Eric Lindros couldn't close his eyes. The TV glowered at him from across the room. The images flickering there came from the Flyers' 3-0 home loss to Boston, one of the ugliest in recent memory. The Wednesday game had ended at 10:03 p.m. Now, four hours later, Lindros was home, reliving the embarrassment through the Comcast SportsNet rebroadcast. The Flyers' captain was finding answers no easier to come by than sleep.
April 28, 1997 |
Terry Francona didn't strike a match, but with a few comments yesterday that sounded extremely premeditated, he attempted to light a fire under a struggling pitcher, Bobby Munoz. "It's not do or die for him," the Phillies' manager said. "But it is time for him to step up and say, 'I'm going to help our ball club win a game.' " The timing of Francona's comments was understandable - Munoz was scheduled to make his fifth start of the season tonight at the Vet. But several hours later, rain forced the postponement of yesterday's Phillies-Reds game at Cinergy Field, leading Francona to shuffle his rotation.
September 7, 1996 |
She was a ravishing beauty with eyes toward a bright future. But a night on the town ended in tragedy early yesterday morning in Kensington. Sabina Bustillo-D'Onofrio, 23, apparently drank too much during a night out with girlfriends. While riding home, Bustillo-D'Onofrio stuck her head out the car window to vomit, her mother said. Almost instantly, her head was crushed when the door of a parked car suddenly opened. "She didn't know what hit her," her mother, Sabina D'Onofrio, said last night while heaving with tears.
November 2, 1995 |
After a while, it's hard to care much about Hermann, the lead in The Queen of Spades. He mopes around on stage for a full three acts bringing a black cloud - sometimes literally - wherever he goes. "What a pathetic creature I am," he sings. Pathetic, indeed. But Hermann is not alone. Misery loves company, and he's got plenty of it in the Metropolitan Opera's smart new production of Tchaikovsky's not-always-so-smart opera. Everybody has something to kvetch about in The Queen of Spades.