January 3, 2014 |
METAIRIE, La. - The Saints' defense earned unwanted recognition last season as the worst in NFL history, suffering through a campaign of mistakes, miscues and misery. Opponents enjoyed career moments against the 2012 defense, which allowed 440.1 yards per game. The only conundrum during the Bountygate-tarnished Saints season was their 7-9 record, which spoke to the offense's ability, as well as the defense's inability. Fast forward to this week. Most of the same guys excel in the Saints' fourth-ranked defense, which the Eagles will face tomorrow night in an NFC wild-card playoff at Lincoln Financial Field.
December 20, 2013 |
KYLE LONG and Chip Kelly weren't together very long, one season at Oregon in which Long only started four games. But Kelly was "very, very important in helping me find my way down the right path, as a football coach and as a man," Kyle told Philadelphia-area reporters during a conference call yesterday. "[Kelly is] somebody who puts great emphasis on who you are as a man. Obviously, it's a good thing if you can block an inside zone to the right, on a read option, but it's [important that]
December 11, 2013
CAN I CONFESS? There was one time when I got into credit-card trouble, and it scared me quite a bit. I had a department-store credit card. I was just starting out as a reporter for the Baltimore Evening Sun . I wanted some nice clothes for work and a few items for my newly purchased condominium, which I bought a year out of college. I ran up $500. Today that amount may not seem like much, but for me it felt like $5,000. When I opened the statement and saw that my charges were that high, I panicked.
December 6, 2013 |
HARRISBURG Philadelphia developer Nolen Properties has plowed millions of dollars into restoring two historic but long-neglected properties in Mount Airy. Today the firm is almost done converting one, the historic Nugent Home, built for retired Baptist ministers, into affordable housing for senior citizens - a project budgeted at $17 million. The company had hoped to take advantage of a new state historic preservation tax credit to get a small measure of financial relief, maybe as much as $500,000.
November 28, 2013 |
A potential stumbling block to the rapid takeoff of online gambling in New Jersey - where casino sites opened to the public Tuesday - is the refusal of many banks to allow gamblers to deposit money into online casino accounts with Visa cards. A 2006 federal law cracked down on such transactions, forcing banks to put rigorous systems in place to weed them out. Though they are legal now in New Jersey, Delaware, and Nevada, many big banks continue to snub Internet gambling. "For seven years, banks have been conditioned on the ramifications and the penalties associated with accepting illegal Internet gaming transactions," said Joseph Pappano Sr., vice president and managing director at Vantiv Inc., which is processing Visa and MasterCard transactions for online gambling in all three states.
November 25, 2013 |
Boardwalk Empire , the hit HBO series about Prohibition-era Atlantic City, was filmed not at the Jersey Shore, but on a boardwalk built in Brooklyn. Silver Linings Playbook , the Oscar-winning feature film adapted from a book set in South Jersey, was shot over the river in Philadelphia. Though Silver Linings director David O. Russell and actor Bradley Cooper - a Philadelphia native - had wanted to film in Philadelphia, "certainly things set in Jersey would tend not to go there right now," said the film's coproducer, Mark Kamine.
October 25, 2013 |
IN ITS FIRST five games, Temple scored 29 first-half points. The Owls have 46 in the last two, since true freshman P.J. Walker became their starting quarterback. Saturday against Army - in their first win since beating the same Cadets 11 months ago - the Owls (1-6, 0-3 AAC) scored on their opening drive for the first time this season. And they didn't have a penalty on that possession, another first. The next step takes them to SMU (2-4, 1-1) tomorrow. "I felt like we were finally able to get out of our own way," first-year coach Matt Rhule said.
October 25, 2013 |
CRITICIZE Michael Vick for whatever you like. Say he locks on receivers, telegraphs passes, runs too readily, forces passes, fumbles. He won't anticipate receivers coming open and will only throw to wide-open targets. He doesn't always recognize blitzes. He prefers the big play to the safe play. Say that it took him a decade to commit to learning his own offenses, and it took him even longer to polish his mechanics, which occasionally revert to their playground roots. Criticize him for all of that, but at least give him this: He's tough as a $5 steak.
October 20, 2013 |
Temple University's credit rating could be downgraded because of the financial problems of the university's affiliated health system, according to a report by Moody's Investor Service. Moody's said it might cut the rating, now Aa3, unless the university can "separate" itself from Temple University Health Systems or take other steps to stop the hospitals' "deep operating deficits" from draining the university's cash. This situation is one of the challenges facing Temple University president Neil D. Theobald, who was inaugurated Friday.
October 9, 2013 |
Due to a huge response to Friday's column on avoiding identity theft, we're revisiting the subject, with additional ways to opt out of preapproved credit-card offers. Credit-card companies buy and sell your personal information, so opting out of their prescreened credit-card offers is no easy task. In fact, they make it downright difficult. Still, there are several ways to opt out of receiving credit-card offers that otherwise can jam your mailbox. One is by telephone - the number we included in last week's column - and that automated telephone service immediately asks for your Social Security number.