November 23, 2015 |
Like all of us, Gene had many faults. But the greatest of those may have been devotion. When my closest high school buddy and college roommate found something he liked, he didn't embrace it. He snatched it with bulldog jaws and, whether good or bad, refused to let go. We were Cardinal O'Hara freshmen when we latched onto the school's basketball team. If the two of us missed a single game in four high school years, I don't recall it. We hitchhiked to games, took buses and subways, bummed rides with players' parents.
November 21, 2015 |
The Philadelphia Marathon offers runners a survey of the multifaceted beauty of the city and the kind of supportive spectators who might just hand them a (small) beer at mile 20 in Manayunk, when they could really use one. In recent years, the race has gained runners, profits, and sponsorship. In the spirit of distance running, however, the city should be asking whether it can go farther. It almost certainly can. In ways that don't affect the experience of most runners but should matter to a city that needs every available economic boost, the race isn't keeping up. The marathon, half-marathon, and 8K, all held on one weekend, have grown more than 70 percent since 2008, as Philly.com noted this week, reaching 31,000 runners in 2014.
July 6, 2015 |
Phil Lesh, Bill Kreutzmann, Bobby Weir, and Mickey Hart were on stage at Soldier Field, 650 miles away in Chicago, jamming one last time (with friends and feeling) on gems from the 50-years-deep-and-wide Grateful Dead catalog of rootsy Americana rock, blues, and country tunes - "Box of Rain," "Bertha," "Roll Away the Dew" . . . But at the Ardmore Music Hall on Lancaster Avenue on Friday, Deadheads in tie-dyes seemed equally in the moment and part of the community, turning on and tuning in to a polished, closed-circuit video feed of the purportedly last Grateful Dead hurrah, called "Fare Thee Well.
June 30, 2015 |
It was a familiar story Sunday in Fairmount Park at the Philadelphia TriRock Triathlon. Both the men's and women's champions from last year - Cameron Dye and Alicia Kaye, respectively - crossed the finish line first in the makeshift duathlon race. Event organizers said Saturday that the 1,500-meter swim of the Olympic Distance race would be cancelled due to unsafe conditions in the Schuylkill. Instead, the pros started the race in time-trial fashion, each athlete starting 20 seconds after the previous one. Both Dye, 31, and Kaye, 31, were the first participants out of the gate in their respective divisions, painting a target on their backs from the opening foghorn blast.
June 26, 2015 |
Adapted from a recent online discussion. Question: I just found out that my long-distance boyfriend has been lying to me. He was supposed to be at a location for work for 15 weeks. Apparently, that turned to six because his job wanted him to return to go to school. That meant an incredibly difficult time for him to manage school, work, and his kids, and he said he felt a tremendous amount of pressure to see me. He thought lying to me about his location would keep me from pressuring him to see me. I'm devastated.
May 4, 2015 |
After the news broke Friday that his former allies had been indicted in an alleged plot to create traffic jams to punish a New Jersey mayor, Gov. Christie distanced himself from the scandal, casting the developments as validating his position that he had no role in the scheme. But although the charges in the George Washington Bridge lane-closure scandal didn't directly implicate Christie, some political analysts and Republican strategists say the fallout will add to the hurdles already confronting his potential 2016 presidential candidacy as he tries to gain footing in a crowded field of contenders.
April 26, 2015 |
The words of Jordy Williamsz of Villanova were simple but eloquent as he described the performance of Oregon's Edward Cheserek during their final-lap duel in the men's distance-medley relay Friday at the 121st Penn Relays. "He's good, man. He's real good," Williamsz said. Cheserek, a sophomore who grew up in Kenya, bided his time in the 1,600-meter anchor leg and passed Williamsz with about 150 meters to go, lifting the Ducks to their second straight victory in the DMR and blunting a determined effort from Villanova.
April 25, 2015 |
When Emily Lipari departed Villanova after last season having won six Penn Relays watches, she was believed to have left a hole on the anchor leg too big for the Wildcats to fill while competing against some of the best runners in the country. But as senior Stephanie Schappert expressed with her terrific anchor leg Thursday in the women's distance-medley relay: no Lipari, no problem. Schappert outkicked Stanford's Elise Cranny in the final 150 meters of the 1,600-meter anchor leg to lift the Wildcats to their fourth consecutive victory in the DMR on a cold and blustery day at Franklin Field.
April 17, 2015 |
Penn's Thomas Awad opened more than a few eyes last year, not only at Franklin Field but nationally, when he broke the 4-minute barrier in winning the Olympic Development mile run at the Penn Relays. Now a junior, Awad sounds more excited about this year's carnival because he'll be competing with his teammates on one or more of the relay teams the Quakers will enter on their home track next week. "It's the Penn Relays and it's all about running with your team," Awad said Wednesday at a news conference in advance of the 121st carnival.
March 3, 2015 |
WILDWOOD - This is a Shore town with a reputation as an almost-anything-goes kind of place - famous for its racy T-shirts sold on the boardwalk and annual debauch known as Senior Week. It is also a place where town leaders are still determining the fine line between what is acceptable behavior and what isn't. You can certainly sport one of those off-color T-shirts on a boardwalk stroll. But just make sure your pants are pulled up or you'll risk a fine under a droopy drawers law. Coming for Senior Week?