December 3, 2008
CHRISTINE Flowers' recent op-ed parody of Poe's "The Raven," which she used to lament the Eagles' loss to Baltimore, inspired me, a longtime Latin teacher, to take another tack: I sing of McNabb, with apologies to P. Virgilius Maro (Virgil) I sing of arms and McNabb, who came a decade ago to Philadelphia and the shore of the Delaware; so much buffeted on the gridiron by violent teams and through cruel fans' unforgiving wrath, enduring so many injuries, until he should rebuild his reputation at last and bring his talents to the walls of another place, leaving behind a mixed and storied legacy.
August 17, 2010
DON'T EXPECT Donovan McNabb to diss Eagles fans. Yesterday, a reporter tried to ask McNabb a question about being unappreciated in Philly. But McNabb would have none of it. He interrupted the reporter saying, "I would not say that. I would not say that. " The reporter then asked the new Redskins quarterback how he has been treated by fans in Washington. "It's exciting to be received well, but obviously being in the league for a long time, they want to see results [from me]
December 30, 2003
TO DONOVAN McNabb: Every time I see you being interviewed, you bring up the fact your selection in the draft got booed. It shouldn't have happened, and for the 10 billionth time, we're sorry. We realize your feelings were hurt, but for $112 million people can come to my house and boo me. Matter of fact, for that kind of money, I'll bus them in. You really need to forget it and move on. If you want to use it as motivation, that's fine. But the Philly fans will never truly warm up to you if you continue to whine.
March 30, 1987 |
Syracuse lead guard Sherman Douglas has no problem with the idea of guarding Steve Alford tonight when the Orange plays Indiana for the NCAA championship. The jet-fueled, 6-0 Douglas is only a sophomore, but he probably feels he can guard anybody after the success he had shutting down Providence's Billy Donovan Saturday in Syracuse's surprisingly easy 77-63 semifinal victory. Donovan came into the game averaging 26.5 points and 8.5 assists in the tournament. But Douglas made him look invisible with his man-to-man pressure.
June 2, 2007 |
For Billy Donovan, it's the perfect mix: the money, the team, the location. After leading the University of Florida to two straight NCAA titles and building a budding dynasty in 11 years at the school, he's off to the NBA, ready to coach the Orlando Magic. "I feel like I've got great passion," Donovan said yesterday. "I feel like I've got a tremendous work ethic. I feel like I love the game. I know I'm going to work very, very hard at that, and I am excited about that kind of challenge.
March 10, 1997 |
It was a love fest in several senses when Donovan, the '60s Scottish hippie troubadour, performed a solo acoustic show at the Theatre of Living Arts on Saturday. For starters, the man received a standing ovation just for walking on stage amidst a hail of fans' camera flashes. And the affection was clearly reciprocal. For instance, during ballads from Donovan's new album, Sutras - which he sang while cross-legged on a platform in a cloud of incense - every breath he carefully exhaled in his still-resonant tremolo seemed to have loving intent, without any of the baggage often associated with "being loving.
June 2, 2007 |
For Billy Donovan, it's the perfect mix: the money, the team, the location. After leading Florida to two straight NCAA titles and building a budding dynasty in 11 years at the school, he's off to the NBA, ready to coach the Orlando Magic. "I feel like I've got great passion," Donovan, 42, said yesterday. "I feel like I've got a tremendous work ethic. I feel like I love the game. I know I'm going to work very, very hard at that, and I am excited about that kind of challenge.
August 16, 2013 |
DONOVAN McNABB just doesn't get it. No matter the subject, he doesn't seem to grasp the situation. On his NBC Sports radio show on Tuesday, McNabb said that quarterback Robert Griffin III was being "brainwashed" by the Redskins. Griffin, the 'Skins' second-year franchise QB, is recovering from a torn ACL and is itching to get back on the field. But the Redskins are trying to be the voice of reason, telling RGIII, "Whoa, big fella, let's not rush things. " It seems McNabb wants to counsel the young man. But it seems the young man does not want to be counseled by McNabb.
November 30, 2005 |
Over dusty years I ask you: What's it been like being you? - Donovan, "Epistle to Dippy" Spying Donovan in the corridors at Sirius Satellite Radio in Manhattan is a bit like seeing one of those Japanese soldiers emerge from the jungles of the Philippines decades after the war has ended. He looks like a man disconnected from the flow of time. Forty years after the release of his first hit, "Catch the Wind," a song that vaulted folk music into the vanguard of pop, Donovan still cuts a pixieish figure, shoulder-length hair framing his creased yet boyish pug face.
March 25, 2014 |
ROME - He's Philly's man in the Vatican, and he has close ties to all five counties of the Philadelphia region. The Rev. Bill Donovan, the fifth of eight children, grew up in Havertown's St. Denis Parish in Delaware County and went to Archbishop Carroll High School in Chester County. He taught at St. Charles Borromeo Seminary, Montgomery County, and at Archbishop Wood High School in Warminster, Bucks County. He now works for an employee of the Archdiocese of Philadelphia. In January, Donovan became Archbishop Charles Chaput's liaison to the Pontifical Council for the Family, which is planning the enormous World Meeting of Families that could bring Pope Francis to Philadelphia in September 2015.