December 12, 2013 |
IN THE NFL, they don't really pay wide receivers to block. No agent goes to the bargaining table with a list of blocking stats, or film clips of his client freeing the running back for a long gain. "They don't," 30-year-old Jason Avant agreed yesterday. "But I'm trying to win. I've got enough money. " Avant and fellow wideout Riley Cooper have played an underappreciated role in helping make LeSean McCoy the NFL's leading rusher, with 1,305 yards on 261 carries. Both were strong blockers in Andy Reid's offense, often in helping extend pass plays; Reid didn't run the ball nearly as much as Chip Kelly, who likes to stretch the field and needs good blocking on the perimeter.
September 12, 2013 |
Don't expect Michael Vick to block after handoffs in the read-option as he did in Monday's 33-27 win over the Washington Redskins. Don't expect him to suddenly slide as an act of safety, either. Eagles coach Chip Kelly said Tuesday that Vick's blocking was not by design. He will instruct Vick not to block in those situations. "We're going to constantly coach it, emphasize it with him," Kelly said. "There's a lot of things I saw out of Mike that we've emphasized since I got here that we're happy with, other things we're still working on, other things he needs to work on. " But sliding is one area in which Kelly conceded that Vick will not change.
August 5, 2013 |
When Janelle Robinson used a hair-removal kit from the Home Shopping Network, all she wanted to remove from her birthmark was hair. Three months later, she learned there was something else to remove: melanoma. It spread throughout her left leg, even after four surgeries. Then in March, Robinson joined a clinical trial for the drug lambrolizumab; since then, her tumors have nearly disappeared. "Words can't even express what I felt," Robinson said. "I knew my blessing was coming.
October 3, 2012 |
After the Eagles offense faltered for most of its first four drives, Andy Reid and Marty Mornhinweg dialed up a ball-control game plan that balanced the play calling and had their receivers run shorter routes to offset an offensive line that wasn't giving Michael Vick much time in the pocket. It worked splendidly in terms of producing yards, keeping Eli Manning off the field, and ultimately beating the New York Giants, 19-17, Sunday night. But it did not necessarily play into the Eagles' strengths in terms of getting into the end zone and won't likely be sustainable over the entire season.
September 28, 2012 |
Jordan Hill benefited last season when fellow defensive tackle Devon Still received all the double-team attention that Penn State's opponents could throw at him. Now it's Hill's turn. The Nittany Lions' 6-foot-1, 292-pound senior finds himself encountering two blockers on virtually every snap. Running plays tend to flow away from him. But he knows there's a positive in all the trouble he must endure. "When they game-plan to double-team me, it's a good thing because it has to leave somebody open," Hill said this week.
March 2, 2012 |
She was a singer. She was a dancer, too. She was a cheerleader, not an athlete. She was a ballerina, not a basketball player. She also was the tallest girl in her class, with strong hands, light feet and a competitor's heart buried beneath that nail-polished, eye-lined, girly girl exterior. "I didn't realize how competitive I was," Brandi Harvey-Carr said. Harvey-Carr's remarkable transformation - call it "Extreme Makeover: From Aspiring Diva to Division I Athlete" - has everybody from her schoolmates to her coach to her father shaking their head in amazement.
January 7, 2012 |
John L. Fischetti, a physician who was involved in studies for new cardiac drugs, died Tuesday, Jan. 3, his 85th birthday, of bladder cancer at home. In 1979, after a career as a cardiologist at Brooklyn Hospital in New York, Dr. Fischetti joined ICI, now AstraZeneca, in Wilmington. For the next decade, he was involved in devising and supervising studies for beta blockers and vasodilators for heart patients. In 1989, he became a group director at SmithKline Beecham, now GlaxoSmithKline, in Philadelphia, where he was involved in several cardiac and antiviral drug studies.
December 13, 2011 |
His persona doesn't match his game, but it has continued to work out remarkably well for C.J. Aiken, St. Joseph's 6-foot-9, 200-pound, high-flying, rim-rattling sophomore center. Aiken has already made his share of bring-the-house-down dunks and has become the nation's leading sultan of swat. Yet for somebody with such a flamboyant game, Aiken's personality is the polar opposite. Despite making one spectacular play after another for a 7-3 St. Joseph's team already closing in on last season's 11-win total, Aiken treats each highlight play with indifference.
October 17, 2011 |
MARIE Blocker seemed to have been born to serve others. For one thing, there was the career she chose - nursing. And then, there was her role in her North Philadelphia neighborhood, where her door was always open to anyone who needed a listening ear and wise guidance. Marie Blocker, a licensed practical nurse for four decades whose career took on special challenges during her 25 years at the Philadelphia State Hospital at Byberry, and the matriarch of an extended family for whom she was the guiding spirit, died Oct. 10. She was 96. Working at Byberry must have afforded Marie with unusual experiences, because the ancient instituton was often in crisis, the subject of numerous investigations of mistreatment of the mentally ill. But she liked being there, even though she had to take two buses every day from North Philadelphia to the far reaches of the Northeast.
August 16, 2010 |
Twelve minutes into her audition at prestigious Roosevelt University in Chicago, pianist Karina Kontorovitch's worst nightmare came to pass. She couldn't remember what to play next in Dmitri Shostakovich's Prelude and Fugue No. 15. So she went back a few measures to redeem herself, only to get stuck in the same spot. Very upset, she thanked the panel and walked out. A year later, after getting into Northwestern University's Bienen School of Music as a graduate student, she was introduced to a "little orange pill" that she says helped launch her professional career.