February 3, 2010
WHAT GOOD is a driving law if it doesn't cover all the distractions? What about the GPS? You have to actually look at it while navigating. Then there's my pet peeve - I have on occasion counted the cars with a dog in them while leaving my seashore resort of Sea Isle. Unbelievably, one out of every five had a dog, either licking the driver's neck or hanging out the window. I had difficulty seeing the notorious "lapdogs" because they were well cuddled by the driver. Our legislators just can't get it right, can they?
April 8, 1992 |
The 76ers might be also-rans in the record that measures nothing but wins and losses, but they are still near the league lead in distractions this season. Credit diversions such as a bar fight, a street fight, two dozen suspect injury-list transactions and a disavowed autobiography. There's some competition for the honor - big competition - and tonight, as they continue their attempted tightrope act to the postseason, the 33-42 Sixers play a team whose gaze they should recognize.
September 26, 1996 |
So what's really wrong with the 1-3 Dallas Cowboys? Do they miss suspended wide receiver Michael Irvin and injured tight end Jay Novacek that much? Has their defensive line, which is without tackle Russell Maryland, deteriorated so much that it can't stop the run? Is Emmitt Smith so banged up that his best days are behind him? Eagles coach Ray Rhodes says none of the above. The Cowboys' problems, he insists, are mostly mental, as is often the case when apparently solid teams go sour.
January 18, 2004 |
This time, the week leading up to the NFC championship game was different for Eagles defensive end N.D. Kalu. This time, there was no hoopla or pregame pep rallies. This time, there was nothing but preparation and a sprained foot, which won't keep him from playing tonight against the Carolina Panthers. Kalu said weeks ago that he felt the Eagles were too distracted by outside influences as they prepared for last year's NFC championship game against Tampa Bay. He vowed then that he would not make that mistake again if he got the chance, and he stuck by his word.
March 6, 2008 |
Listening on a cell phone, even with a headset and free hands, can make a driver as dangerous as a drunken one, a new study suggests. Researchers have previously explored this territory, but Carnegie Mellon University scientists tried a new tack: They looked at the brain. They used brain imaging to show that listening to a cell phone significantly reduces the brain activity that occurs during undistracted driving. This drop in brain function increases driving mistakes - such as weaving out of the lane or hitting a berm on the shoulder of the road.
November 20, 2011 |
When a team never loses, it's easy to be overconfident. When a team never loses, a multitude of distractions often accompanies the success. In the case of Conestoga, it all has coach Dave Zimmerman a bit worried. But maybe Zimmerman's general disposition is one of slight paranoia when it comes to his boys' soccer team. It's a team that will play for a PIAA Class AAA state championship Saturday in Hershey; a team that has not lost a game in more than a year; a team ranked No. 6 in the nation by ESPN and No. 1 in Southeastern Pennsylvania by The Inquirer; a team that, the coach said, must shut out all the outside noise: The fervor of adoring parents, the pressure from schoolmates, and all the chatter on Facebook and Twitter.
October 1, 2010
EVERY DAY, millions march into liquor stores and stumble home from bars in the wee hours. Lives are destroyed. Homes are broken into pieces. Children suffer, but later replicate. This is, however, if the drunk doesn't drive. Thousands are dead in Pakistan. Unemployment is at 10 percent. The proud promise of a presidency is at a 38 percent approval rating. Thirty-three percent of all African-American males are in jail. But, the big story today (ABC News) is that Lindsay Lohan and Paris Hilton are guilty, again!
March 16, 2009 |
As a freshman, Dante Cunningham observed what life was like the last time Villanova played an NCAA tournament game at the Wachovia Center, with all the cell- phone calls, e-mails and demands for tickets, tickets, tickets. So as the Wildcats prepare to return to the big arena in South Philadelphia for the 2009 NCAA tournament as a No. 3 seed in the East Regional, Cunningham knows the Wildcats' focus must be steely with all the craziness around them. "That's something that, as a senior, I have to teach the younger guys," the Villanova forward said yesterday after the Wildcats watched the NCAA selection show at the Connelly Center on campus.
January 31, 2004 |
A television news van was in the parking lot, and a cameraman sat under one basket last night at Archbishop Wood High during the Catholic League Northern Division girls' basketball game between the Vikings and St. Hubert. Along with Cardinal Dougherty, the teams have battled all season for the division lead. But last night the spotlight was on St. Hubert for a different reason. In a televised report Thursday, a former team member accused the St. Hubert staff of verbal abuse.