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SPORTS
July 31, 2000 | By Jerry Brewer and Phil Sheridan, INQUIRER STAFF WRITERS
Tim Couch and Donovan McNabb, the top two jewels in the quarterback-rich 1999 draft, last week brushed off inevitable comparisons that have started to come their way. Just trying to learn, they said, attempting to squash any hype of their first matchup as starters last night. They will meet again Dec. 10, late in the regular season, and a more fair tale-of-the-tape will occur then. Last night, the two quarterbacks, whose shoulders bear their franchises' future, gave fans a taste.
ENTERTAINMENT
July 5, 2000 | By Jonathan Valania, FOR THE INQUIRER
Dear Phish: All is forgiven. I no longer hate you on sight. I was afraid this might happen, but Monday night at the Waterfront Entertainment Centre in Camden, the first night of your sold-out two-night stand, I saw the light. Or at least I saw others seeing the light - 25,000 people all together, each whirling dervish-like in a circle of his or her own bliss, amid the balloons, bubbles, cosmic lights and cirrus clouds of funny-smelling smoke - and that was good enough for me. Having seen firsthand the euphoric states your music instills, I can finally understand why a grown man would sell grilled-cheese sandwiches out of the trunk of his car in the parking lot, just to follow you guys from town to town.
NEWS
July 31, 2006
PATRICK J. O'Leary's letter said that to compare the struggles of blacks and gays was inapt because "gays have never been treated as three-fifths of a person. And gays have never been lynched. " As a married suburban father of three, my experience with gay people is pretty much limited to an Elton John CD and reruns of "Will & Grace," but even I can tell you that those assumptions are false. Gays are forced to hide who they are all the time because they are treated as second-class citizens.
SPORTS
July 22, 2013 | By Marc Narducci, Inquirer Staff Writer
Reading first baseman Jim Murphy is following a similar path to Darin Ruf's from last year. Like Ruf, Murphy is going deep with frequency in the double-A Eastern League. He entered the weekend leading the Eastern League with 18 home runs through 94 games. Last year Ruf, now the Phillies' starting first baseman as Ryan Howard recovers from knee surgery, hit 38 home runs for Reading, including 20 in August. Ruf had 15 home runs through his first 94 games last year for Reading. "Jim is on pace to be right there with Darin Ruf," Reading manager Dusty Wathan said.
NEWS
October 30, 1996 | By Paul Duke
It happens every four years. The presidential candidate who is lagging in the polls begins to have delusions of a late-season surge comparable to Harry S. Truman's remarkable come-from-behind victory over Thomas Dewey in 1948. That was the greatest political upset in U.S. history, because no one - the politicians, the press or the pollsters - gave Truman the slightest chance. Now, Bob Dole and his Republican lieutenants are summoning up the Truman triumph to suggest that history is about to repeat.
SPORTS
October 26, 1989 | By Tim Kawakami, Daily News Sports Writer
Load up the bulletin boards, let the bawdy head coaches roar. This here game coming up this Sunday in Denver is a big-time matchup, between two of the most exciting quarterbacks to play football in this era. The Eagles' Randall Cunningham vs. the Broncos' John Elway, a hype dream. The perfect matchup for Eagles coach Buddy Ryan, who earlier this week just happened to imply that Cunningham now was better than Elway. So, John, just how do you feel about those Ryan implications?
SPORTS
April 25, 1990 | By Kevin Mulligan, Daily News Sports Writer
He has covered 100 meters - drug-free and on two feet, not by speedboat - in 9.94 seconds. He has long-jumped 27 feet, 5 1/2 inches. He is the closest thing this country has to a World's Fastest Human candidate, and already the comparisons with Carl Lewis have been tossed at Houston's Leroy Burrell, the Penn Wood High product who will make Franklin Field his stage at this weekend's 96th Penn Relay Carnival. Though the comparisons are a little premature, they are not out of line, for not since Lewis has an American sprint champion doubled as an elite performer in another event.
SPORTS
February 27, 2011 | By Jonathan Tamari, Inquirer Staff Writer
INDIANAPOLIS - The comparison is obvious, though flawed. Joe Flacco and Pat Devlin both went to high school in the Philadelphia area and got a chance to play at a major Pennsylvania program but had to transfer to Delaware to find success. Both brought the Blue Hens to the Football Championship Subdivision title game but lost. Both are expected to make the leap from the lower-tier college division to the NFL. But they play different games and face far different prospects in the pros, at least initially.
NEWS
April 14, 2006
USING HYPERBOLE to induce an emotional reaction from Americans to gain their support for war is nothing new. For instance, it wasn't unusual to hear someone repeat the claim that the war in Vietnam was necessary because if the Communists weren't defeated over there, the Red Army would be marching in our streets soon enough. But the fast and loose use of comparisons of contemporary tyrants to Adolf Hitler by government officials is especially irresponsible and dangerous. The latest example comes from an article in the New Yorker by Seymour Hersh - a painstakingly well-researched piece that sheds a lot of light on the thinking of the administration as it pertains to dealing with Iran.
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April 14, 2016 | By Don Sapatkin, Staff Writer
The prescription-drug addiction crisis has been more than two decades in the making. Now, all levels of government are scrambling to stop a public health disaster that Pennsylvania's top drug official described Tuesday as the worst since the 1918-19 flu. Meetings in Philadelphia highlighted the urgency, with physicians gathering in the morning and a top federal drug official appearing at another panel in the afternoon. Meanwhile, Gov. Wolf announced Tuesday that all public high schools will get free supplies of the drug Narcan to reverse overdoses of opioid painkillers and heroin.
SPORTS
December 27, 2015 | By Jeff McLane, Staff Writer
It would seem unfair to compare Nelson Agholor to his wide receiving predecessors with the Eagles. DeSean Jackson and Jeremy Maclin were in their sixth years when they set career season-highs in Chip Kelly's offense. Agholor is only a rookie. But the Eagles have essentially made the comparison inevitable. They slotted Agholor into Jackson's and Maclin's old starting spot on the right and have often given their first-round pick the same number of snaps per game. Needless to say, he has fallen short.
SPORTS
August 1, 2015 | By Joe Juliano, Inquirer Staff Writer
CHICAGO - When you're replacing a player who accomplished what running back Melvin Gordon did for Wisconsin last season, the comparisons are inevitable. That's what faces Corey Clement as he becomes the "next guy" seeking to continue the Badgers' tradition of outstanding runners. And what does the former Glassboro High School star think of all the comparisons? "It sucks," Clement, sporting a wide smile, said Thursday at the Big Ten football media day. "I'm . . . tired . . . of . . . it. " On a more serious note, he continued: "It's great to be compared to him in the sense of, 'Wow, you and Melvin are on the same team,' but not statistics-wise.
NEWS
July 27, 2015 | By Scott Sturgis, For The Inquirer
2015 Volkswagen Golf SportWagen TDI vs. 2015 Subaru Outback 2.5i Premium vs. 2016 Mazda CX-5 Grand Touring: Cargo competition. Prices: The SportWagen was $31,605; the Outback was $31,535; and the CX-5 was $33,840, all equipped as tested. The Subaru started out cheapest before options at $26,995; the SportWagen next at $28,525; and the Mazda $29,470. Conventional wisdom: Edmunds says the Golf SportWagen sports "premium cabin materials and construction; more interior room; refined driving dynamics" but suffers because "sluggish automatic transmission response could carry over; TDI carries a premium price.
SPORTS
June 30, 2015 | By Jake Kaplan, Inquirer Staff Writer
Even before his two-night RBI binge at Yankee Stadium reached a level of utter ridiculousness, Maikel Franco was already drawing a lofty comparison. It was the third inning of Monday's 11-8 Phillies win when, as Franco stepped in for his second at-bat, the Yankees' broadcast flashed to a split screen. One half of the picture displayed the 22-year-old Franco, just two innings prior, lifting an 89-m.p.h. cutter into the left-centerfield seats. The other showed none other than future Hall of Famer Albert Pujols, hitting a fastball out of the same park for the Los Angeles Angels.
ENTERTAINMENT
June 17, 2015 | Gary Thompson, Daily News Staff Writer
THE STARS of the new teens-confronting-cancer movie are sick and tired of talking about that other teens-confronting-cancer movie. "It's annoying!" said Olivia Cooke, star of "Me and Earl and the Dying Girl," a movie she was already in the midst of making when "The Fault in Our Stars" hit theaters last year. "It's almost like people want to start a rivalry, or create this tension," Cooke said, during a brief visit to Philadelphia with co-star Thomas Mann. "Someone says this, someone else says that and I don't give a [crap]
NEWS
March 14, 2015 | By Jessica Parks, Inquirer Staff Writer
Gun-rights groups are planning a peaceful show of force in Lower Merion on Sunday. But in promoting the event, they seem to have spawned a war of words. The event invites gun owners from around the state to bring lawfully owned permitted weapons to Bala Cynwyd Park at 1 p.m. to protest a township ordinance that refers to gun-carrying in public parks. The ordinance does not ban legal guns from parks, but rally organizers say it is vaguely written and should be repealed. In an interview with a Main Line newspaper Wednesday, Kim Stolfer, a Pittsburgh man who founded Firearms Owners Against Crime, said the rally is about civil rights and would be "a Rosa Parks moment.
NEWS
December 7, 2014 | By Andrew Seidman, Inquirer Trenton Bureau
The legislative committee investigating the lane closures at the George Washington Bridge has compiled a report of its findings. It comes nine months after Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher, a law firm retained by Gov. Christie's office, released its own report. Here is a comparison of some of the reports' key findings, including about Christie's role. Key individuals Gibson Dunn report : "Our investigation found that David Wildstein (then of the Port Authority) and Bridget Kelly (then one of the deputy chiefs of staff in the governor's office)
BUSINESS
March 17, 2014 | By Joseph N. DiStefano, Inquirer Staff Writer
Why don't they just hire Vanguard ? The Pennsylvania State Employees' Retirement System thought some explaining was in order. PSERS needed $1.4 billion from state and local property taxpayers last year, and it expects to need $2.7 billion next year, it told legislators in February in its yearly report. That's after paying $552 million to hundreds of private investment firms - more than half the total for private equity, private debt, hedge, venture capital, commodity, and other investments you can't buy from a broker - to keep its assets from sliding farther below its liabilities.
SPORTS
February 14, 2014 | By Rich Hofmann, Daily News Columnist
THE OPENING sequence, in many ways, defined sports television in the 1960s and '70s and '80s. On Saturday afternoon, pretty much every Saturday afternoon, the familiar music would play in the background and the great Jim McKay would read these words: Spanning the globe to bring you the constant variety of sport. The thrill of victory . . . . . . and the agony of defeat. The human drama of athletic competition. This is ABC's "Wide World of Sports.
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