March 15, 2013 |
IT HAPPENS in practice. It happens in games. Temple coach Fran Dunphy begins to instruct, recognizes whom he is speaking to, and stops midsentence. It has happened to T.J. DiLeo. It's happened to Khalif Wyatt, and Rahlir Hollis-Jefferson and of course, fifth-year man Scootie Randall. "I've been here so long I know exactly what he's going to say before he says it," Randall was saying before practice this week. "I'll be like, 'I know, I got it.' " He might not actually say this to his coach.
March 6, 2013 |
BRADENTON, Fla. - Space is tight at 90-year-old McKechnie Field, and the Phillies encroached upon the Pirates' batting practice when they began stretching Monday. Gaby Sanchez jogged past, dodging red jerseys and the batting cage. The Pittsburgh first baseman noticed Chase Utley in the pack and made eye contact. "How are these?" asked Sanchez, who put his hands on his kneecaps. Utley nodded his head and smiled. "Good," he said. Tuesday marks the three-week point of Phillies camp in this elongated spring, one defined by cautious optimism.
October 26, 2012
I'M 65, BORN and raised in Philly. When my wife retires and we opt to leave town, my main reason will involve managing my blood pressure, because driving around Philly almost always raises it. Every locale has its own cultural aspects, and over time those aspects become accepted reality. That includes a locale's driving culture. Philly's has always been in the Dark Ages. It has never been a car-friendly town. In my younger years, I knew something was wrong with the driving culture here when co-workers, having learned I'd visited New York City, would launch into a rant about "those crazy New York drivers, especially the cab drivers.
October 23, 2012 |
It was a trip down underworld memory lane, a nostalgic look back by a couple of 70-something wiseguys talking about custom-made shirts and cops on the take and laughing about the time Tony Bananas wanted to whack Ol' Blue Eyes. Yeah, that Ol' Blue Eyes. Frank Sinatra, the chairman of the board, the quintessential American saloon singer, a guy who had his own mob ties and whose career, many believe, was launched when a North Jersey wiseguy named Willie Moretti made bandleader Tommy Dorsey an offer he couldn't refuse.
October 4, 2012 |
IT WAS A bad night for a slightly-above-comatose President Obama and befuddled debate moderator Jim Lehrer, and a good night for a caffeinated Mitt Romney, but the biggest loser of the first presidential debate in Denver on Wednesday night was clear: The American people. An deeply divided electorate that craved simple and direct talk on how the 2012 White House rivals will help create jobs or reform health care instead got long, rambling and sometimes hard-to-follow riffs that did, at times, show stark differences between the candidates on issues from taxes to Medicare but lacked kitchen-table directness.
August 21, 2012 |
DID YOU HEAR the one about Kobe Bryant scoring 68 on a bunch of Chinese guys? Recently, Bryant, as he has done on many occasions, visited China, where he is that nation's most adored basketball player. He was hanging around the gym at what is billed as the Sprite China Second Annual Charity Basketball Game in Shanghai and, with his team facing a 29-point halftime deficit, decided to suit up and play against a bunch of players who probably could be beaten by the faculty at Lower Merion High School.
July 19, 2012 |
Never mind the scorching heat blanketing Atlantic City on this Saturday night. The real inferno was inside the Tropicana Casino's Planet Rose. Strippers were grinding, pumping, and pounding to the pulsating music. Bottles of booze were being guzzled, as dollar bills were stuffed into waistbands. Whistling and whooping, the crowd was on fire. A bunch of guffawing guys having their way? Hardly. Just girls gone wild, getting down-and-dirty, and lusting after the men in the SavageMania exotic male dancer show.
April 27, 2012 |
Sandy Paul is growing 14 varieties of tomatoes, 75 plants in all, in the basement of her 19th-century Burlington County farmhouse. "My jungle garden," she calls it. Actually, until very recently when she gave some away, Paul had 100 tomato seedlings down there, along with dozens of peppers and eggplants. But make no mistake: In Paul's house, as in most American gardens, tomatoes rule. Her favorite — one of them, anyway — is Cherokee Purple, a dense American Indian heirloom with smooth skin, rosy flesh, and funky green "shoulders.
January 19, 2012
WHO IS paying Will Bunch's salary - the Democratic National Committee? I just read another of his inaccurate and heavily biased polemics. The target was Mitt Romney. Bunch cherry-picked the quote to purposely smear Romney. The full and unobjectionable quote was: "You know, if someone doesn't give me the good service, then I want to say, 'I'm going to get someone else to provide that service to me.' " Surely, only a desperate Democratic demagogue like Bunch would stoop to twisting that, right?
January 16, 2012 |
BOB BRADY, member of the U.S. House and chairman of the Democratic City Committee, says he was making the best of a situation over which he had little control. It turned out well for Brady. The state General Assembly redraws the lines for state and federal legislative districts every 10 years, based on the latest census. With Republicans in control of both houses of the General Assembly and the governor's office, many Democrats felt pushed around in the remapping approved last month.