May 22, 2015 |
Above where Sam Hinkie stood on the ballroom floor of the Midtown Hilton on Tuesday night, the large screens that displayed the results of the draft lottery were showing the beginning of the Western Conference championship round between the Houston Rockets and Golden State Warriors. All the team executives milling about and answering questions about their hopes for the future would have gladly traded the promise of tomorrow for the present tense being enjoyed by the two franchises up there on the screens.
April 27, 2015 |
Ed Marynowitz, the handpicked choice of Chip Kelly to oversee the Eagles' personnel operation, has an impressive list of former bosses who have helped form his football philosophy and prepare him for the job at hand. Marynowitz is just 31 years old and has been working in the game for only 10 years, so the way he gained that experience has almost a speed-dating quality to it. His longest stint in one job was the four years and three full seasons he spent as the director of player personnel at Alabama under legendarily demanding coach Nick Saban, whom one former assistant referred to as "the devil himself.
November 21, 2013 |
Peep was 10 when he was taken to the shelter. His family told the staff that they were moving and couldn't take the brown mutt, a boxer/pit bull mix. Now 13 years old, a senior citizen in dog years, Peep still is living in a spartan pen at the Animal Orphanage in Voorhees. At animal shelters, this is often the fate of older pets. Particularly during and immediately after the summer when the more sought-after puppies and kittens are born, older dogs and cats can languish the longest.
January 16, 2011 |
Einstein discovered that time is relative, and I bet I know where he was when he figured that one out. On an elliptical machine. Five minutes never seemed so long as when I'm on the elliptical, which I started doing again because it's too snowy to walk the dogs. The dogs don't have to do the elliptical. They just watch me, and laugh. Ruby holds the stopwatch. There is nothing I can do to make time go faster on the elliptical. I have the TV on while I shuffle my feet and pump my arms, but my eyes keep straying to the glowing digital numerals of the clock on the console.
January 23, 2009
DR. JAMES Gallagher, who is departing from the School Reform Commission, deserves public appreciation. Given the events within the district and the city over that period of time, Gallagher's seven-year term should be compared to dog years, counting for more than the actual years. He was one of the original members of the commission when the state took over the district in 2001, and helped preside over a sometimes raucous period of its reinvention. Gallagher is known for his push for charter schools, which, whatever your philosophy of education, has brought an important new level of choice for parents and students.
January 11, 2008
as of a couple of days ago, i'm now the platoon sergant for second platoon. thirty eight new guys. a lot of people have been asking me "what's it like ?" patrol in an unarmored humvee is a little like this: imagine rolling down the street at sixty miles per hour in a twelve ton freight car, equipped with a device (the fifty cal) that spits hundreds of pointy metal bricks at a couple of thousand feet per second. now imagine some yokel, taking pot shots at you with the nearest weapon of opportunity, or planting a bomb for you to run over, or planting one in a car that he tries to drive into the side of your humvee (killing himself in the process)
August 22, 1999 |
It was in the fairway of the fourth hole, where the famed Pebble Beach course first hugs the coastline of the Pacific and becomes the single most awesome, breathtaking golf course in the world, that it was impossible not to notice the almost wistful look in Skee Riegel's eyes. So, Skee, a lot of memories here? He nodded. This your favorite course? He nodded again. "Yeah," he said with a smile, "mine and about 10 million other people's. " Still, Riegel has better reasons than most.
June 23, 1999 |
Recently, my wife and I went to the home of some friends for a dinner party involving three couples and numerous pets. Our hosts are fond of animals; they have a big herd of turtles living in a decorative pond outside, and three dogs patrolling inside. Actually, one of the dogs is only slightly more mobile than a shrub; he's around 47,000 in dog years and totally blind. He may in fact be medically dead. But dogs don't get all mopey over physical disabilities. This particular dog still maintains a productive routine, which consists of every now and then getting to his feet (this takes about an hour)
May 18, 1999 |
The strange case of Dr. Mabuse pushed itself onto the front pages of France's biggest newspapers recently and, in the process, guaranteed that the doping scandal that tainted the 1998 Tour de France would haunt this year's race as well. Dr. Mabuse, in this instance, was Bernard Sainz, a horse breeder who has traveled in the shadows of professional cycling for 30 years as a trainer of sorts. French police have accused Sainz of dispensing more than just workout advice. Sainz, they say, was a major distributor of illegal performance-enhancing drugs.
August 19, 1996 |
In the Wet Boxer Race, the idea was to put the boxers on backwards, leaving a spot for the tail. And in the Poop Scoop Relay, thank goodness the real stuff wasn't used, or the race might have been a little messy. About 100 competitors met at the field outside Liberty Fire Co. No. 1 here yesterday - an 80-something-degree dog day of summer. But these "athletes" were not typical sportsmen and sportswomen. These performers would probably return the favor of a perfect ear scratch with a tail bat and face lick.