December 16, 2007 |
Just about everyone in Atlanta - Falcons executives, players, fans and the local media - continues to savage Bobby Petrino, and rightfully so, for leaving the flailing franchise 13 games into his first season to go yell "wooo-pig-sooie" in Arkansas. Fine. Petrino was gutless in promising to be the Falcons coach one day, then abandoning the franchise the next. But let's not forget about two other men who deserve the blame for the Petrino fiasco - Falcons owner Arthur Blank and team president Rich McKay.
December 5, 2007 |
This is a story, all rolled into one, of local boy makes good, then comes home to his dream job. Ed Stefanski's path to president and general manager of the 76ers could have been taken by trolley, stopping at 69th Street, from St. Bernadette's parish in Drexel Hill to Monsignor Bonner High School to the University of Pennsylvania. The rest is local, too. Stefanski, named yesterday to replace Billy King, married his high school sweetheart, got started in the mortgage business, coached Bonner for a few years, worked as a college basketball television analyst, and kept his home in Wayne even after he sold the business and began working as a basketball scout for the New Jersey Nets.
August 13, 2007
Meet the luckiest man in the world. Ernie Pinckney gets paid by Turkey Hill Dairy of Lancaster to eat ice cream. He also fields questions from the curious and passionate about the frozen treats for the company's blog at http://icecreamjournal . turkeyhill.com . Pinckney, 69, whose official title is special plant project coordinator, makes sure the quality and taste of the company's ice cream are consistent. He makes sure that the chocolates are sufficiently chocolaty and that swirls of flavor are in both the bottom and the top of the container.
September 8, 2006 |
They were mostly neighborhood guys whose basketball universe rarely left the city and its immediate suburbs because they saw no point to it. After all, this was Philly, and if you could succeed on the hardwood here, you could succeed anywhere. So why leave? Geno Auriemma was one of them, which is why his dream job at the time was to be head coach of a boys' team in the Catholic League, and maybe he could become another Speedy Morris or Bud Gardler or Billy Fox. "I thought that maybe down the road I could be like those guys and coach and teach in high school," Auriemma recalled this week in a telephone interview.
April 21, 2006 |
The Eagles extended another contract this week, but it wasn't a move meant to excite the fan base. That's never going to be Joe Banner's role with the Eagles. The team president has the thankless job of managing the daily operation of owner Jeffrey Lurie's football team and also serves as a lightning rod when things don't go as planned. Last season, of course, was a perfect example of that. Despite the long hours and criticism, Banner loves his work and was more than willing to accept a contract extension that will keep him with the Eagles at least through the 2010 season.
April 1, 2006 |
Fred Hill Jr. is at the Final Four again this year, rubbing shoulders with colleagues and counterparts from around the country. The 47-year-old Hill just joined the fraternity on Monday. When the Verona, N.J., native arrived in Indianapolis on Tuesday, he was a first-time head coach whose new job at Rutgers satisfied a career goal. An added bonus is that Hill's father, Fred Hill Sr., is in his 23d season as the Scarlet Knights' baseball coach. "Growing up in New Jersey, Rutgers was the state university, and I always thought it could be a good job," said Hill, who attended Verona High and Montclair State.
March 21, 2006 |
It was a teenager's dream job, and William McBeth knew it: sitting high atop a lifeguard stand on Longport beach, surrounded by friends, strumming his ukulele and checking out the girls. Part of him was admiring those young women. Another part had more secret thoughts. "I was saying, 'I'd love to have that bathing suit,' " said McBeth, now a 71-year-old woman named Lily with a neat blond pageboy, chunky silver hoops, and a low, rumbling laugh. For seven decades, McBeth was William.
October 1, 2005 |
Brian S. Gregg had always wanted to be a small-town "Mayberry cop" and was named a full-time officer in tiny Newtown Borough a year ago today. Robert Anthony Flor of Bedminster had a long history of drunken driving and violence in Bucks County, including assaults on police officers. Yesterday, Flor, 38, dressed in a hospital gown, his face bruised and his hand bandaged, appeared before a Middletown Township district justice and was charged with grabbing a police officer's gun, then killing Gregg and wounding his colleague, James Warunek, and emergency room technician Joseph Epp at St. Mary Medical Center on Thursday night following his drunken-driving arrest.
July 28, 2005 |
A month of drama for Larry Brown ended with him landing his "dream job. " At an age, 64, when many are pondering retirement, the former 76ers coach moved ahead into yet another chapter of his itinerant coaching career yesterday when his agent, Joe Glass, finalized a contract with the New York Knicks. Brown will be introduced today as the 22nd coach in Knicks' history. Brown's agent worked out the final details of contract language with team executives. Less than 10 days after his divorce from the Pistons was finalized, Brown will be trading down in talent but up in salary and sentiment.
July 4, 2005 |
Barbara Pisanick, a paralegal for 40 years, looks forward to an inspiring transition when she retires - starting a dream job. Pisanick, 58, dreamed for years of being an elementary school teacher, but as a single mother who didn't finish college, she couldn't do it. Now, she is getting her degree part-time at Temple, and hopes to begin teaching when she is certified, around age 62. "Some friends think I'm crazy," said Pisanick, a Bucks County...