June 20, 2016 |
The NBA Finals will conclude on Sunday, Father's Day, an ironic end date for what has become a Mother's Day sport. Though one 2013 study suggested the trend may at last be abating, pro basketball, for a variety of complex sociological reasons, is played disproportionately by young men who never had dads in their lives. That's why, when there's a McMansion to be gifted or a postgame shout-out to be made, the NBA parent who typically gets the call is mom. Maybe a more fitting fare for Father's Day would be Game 7 of the World Series.
November 11, 2015 |
BOCA RATON, Fla. - Former Phillies closer Billy Wagner was among 15 new candidates on the Hall of Fame ballot for next year that was released Monday. Ken Griffey Jr. and Trevor Hoffman highlight the new additions. Among those remaining on the ballot from previous years are former Phillies starter Curt Schilling, Mike Piazza, Barry Bonds, Mark McGwire, Roger Clemens, Jeff Bagwell, and Tim Raines. Wagner, 44, converted 422 saves over a 16-year major-league career spent predominantly with the Houston Astros, Phillies and New York Mets.
August 27, 2015 |
CURT SCHILLING has never been afraid to let people know what he's thinking. Whether it's wearing a towel over his head while Wild Thing botched another save, or outing trolls making nasty tweets about his college-bound daughter, Schill gets his point across. Yesterday, he went strikingly too far. The former Phillies and Red Sox ace posted a tweet on his Twitter account @gehrig38 that included a graphic of Adolf Hitler making an arm-extended Nazi salute. The pic was accompanied by text that read "It's said only 5-10% of Muslims are extremists.
August 7, 2015 |
SOME NATIONALS fans might not have liked the Jayson Werth giveaway item they got at the ballpark last night. But if they give it some time, it'll grow on them. Growing, after all, is what Chia Pets do best. Last night's promotion, given to the first 20,000 to attend the game against the Diamondbacks at Nationals Park, was a Chia Pet likeness of Werth that grows a full, grassy beard. It ought to look great next to previous Werth giveaway items, including last year's garden gnome.
April 11, 2015 |
Shane Victorino was asked Thursday night if he still felt like a Phillie after two full seasons in Boston, including one that ended with a parade down Boylston Street celebrating the second World Series title of his career. The question was intended as a joke in light of the latest Papelgate incident that surfaced Wednesday night in the home clubhouse at Citizens Bank Park. The Flyin' Hawaiian opted to answer seriously and he essentially said something similar to what Phillies pitcher Jonathan Papelbon had told the Boston Globe, which predictably triggered another in a series of controversial episodes involving the highest-paid closer in baseball.
April 2, 2015 |
MONICA LEWINSKY is back, and this time, at least, not as a victim. She ended her 10 years outside the spotlight in the June issue of Vanity Fair with an essay about her life post-White House scandal. She wrote, "I turned 40 last year, and it is time to stop tiptoeing around my past - and other people's futures . . . (What this will cost me, I will soon find out.)" So far, it seems to have cost her very little. In fact, showing her brave - if more mature and more beautiful - face is earning her some respect.
March 5, 2015 |
Schilling vs. the Trolls Former Phillies pitcher Curt Schilling , furious, took up arms against two men he said were marauding his daughter Gabby via Twitter. On Feb. 25, he'd congratulated Gabby for getting to pitch for the Salve Regina University Seahawks softball team in Newport, R.I. The social-media reaction, mostly happy, included some gross and indecent messages. Schilling outed the messagers as one Adam Nagel of Brookdale Community College in Lincroft, N.J., and another man later identified as Sean MacDonald.
February 16, 2015 |
Pitchers, catchers, and a bunch of guys the Phillies spent the offseason trying to trade will report to spring training Thursday. Contrary to popular belief, this team is going to be a contender. No, they are not going to be in the National League East race or even fighting for one of the league's two wild-card spots. They will, however, compete for the title of the Most Awkward Spring Training in franchise history. If you think that's an easy pursuit, you must have forgotten some of the absurd things that have happened in the past under the palm trees in Clearwater, Fla. Sure, that first Ryan Howard news conference of the spring is going to be uncomfortable for both him and the media.
January 9, 2015 |
CURT SCHILLING took to Twitter hours after appearing on a Boston radio station to tweet he was kidding when he said his right-wing views cost him votes in the recent Baseball Hall of Fame election. Damage control? Let's just say that Schilling, not known as a funny guy, sure sounded serious when he appeared on WEEI yesterday morning. On Tuesday, the former Phillies ace received 39.2 percent of the Hall of Fame votes, well short of the 75 percent needed to get to Cooperstown. The four players who were selected - John Smoltz, Pedro Martinez, Randy Johnson and Craig Biggio - all received more than 450 votes.
November 15, 2014 |
STANDING IN the Society Hill Sheraton last night as one of the inductees into the Philadelphia Sports Hall of Fame, Darby-born Geoff Petrie had come a long way from his days at Springfield (Delco) High School. Petrie, a 6-4 point guard and shooting guard, graduated from Springfield in 1966 before going to Princeton to play for coach Pete Carril and then to the NBA, where he played six seasons with the Portland Trail Blazers and was an All-Star in 1971 and '74. But before all of that, the 66-year-old Petrie knows that his love of the game was forged in the Philadelphia area.