October 19, 1999 |
Bishop Shanahan football coach Paul Meyers turned and looked at the remarkable scene behind him. "Amazing," he said. Not really. Not yesterday. The 400 fans, the band, the cheerleaders, the booster club selling all sorts of food and merchandise - all this was expected for Shanahan's first home game in 32 years. Meyers still was impressed. The Eagles, who beat Oxford, 36-14, had 300 fans show up for their Sept. 13 junior-varsity season opener at West Chester East.
October 8, 1992 |
Buddy Ryan, the man credited by many with turning around Eagles football in Philadelphia during his five stormy years as the team's head coach, was back in the area Monday night to share his views with patrons at the Outback Jack nightclub in Langhorne.
April 28, 2015 |
LIKE ANY PLAYER on a high school football field, Rasheed Bailey used to harbor those big thoughts. He'd catch himself daydreaming about playing in large, loud college football stadiums at Penn State, Ohio State, Michigan, Oregon, Notre Dame. Then the bubble would burst, reality would seep in and he'd look around to find no one knocking. Bailey played for Roxborough High School, in the tough-and-tumble Philadelphia Public League on Friday afternoons. As a tight end. In a Wing-T offense that primarily ran the ball.
August 8, 2013 |
NEARLY 50 YEARS ago, Jerry Wolman did not actually own everything in Philadelphia sports - it just seemed that way. Wolman owned the Eagles, which he bought in 1963 for the fabulous sum of $5,505,000. He owned Connie Mack Stadium, where the Phillies played their games. He part-owned the Flyers and the Spectrum along with Ed Snider. It was an unprecedented empire in Philadelphia sports. The irony, of course, is that the empire was eclipsed decades later by the one built by Snider, the former protégé and partner whom Wolman blamed for failing to help rescue him during the financial crisis that cost him both teams.
December 2, 2011
SEATTLE - Most weeks, the Eagles stink on Sunday. They have been known to lay an egg on Monday night. Now we can add Thursday to the list. Clearly, the only day this team cares about is Tuesday. That's payday. There can be no illusions after this horrible, 31-14 loss to the Seattle Seahawks. The Eagles are not a better football team than their record says they are. They are 4-8 because they are awful. It's one thing when Bill Belichick and Tom Brady come to town and slash you to ribbons, which is what happened on Sunday.
August 10, 1990 |
Eagles fans who like beer with their football will be able to get it at Veterans Stadium this season - but they will pay more, get less and face added rules. The beer ban at home games, imposed last year following rowdiness at a Dec. 10 Eagles-Cowboys game, was lifted earlier this month after it was determined that the city could not break its long-term contract with the Vets concessionaire, Ogden Allied Services Corp. The concessionaire estimated the ban would cost it $1.5 million a year in lost revenue.
September 4, 2008 |
DONOVAN MCNABB grew up in the Chicago area, in what he calls a different sporting enviornment. Traditionally, talk radio there hasn't been anything like the controversy-of-the-day approach that has propelled WIP, McNabb said, though he feels it is becoming more like that now. McNabb was asked if sports is as important to the psyche of Chicago as it is to Philadelphia. "I don't think so," he said. "Here in Philadelphia, families get together on Sunday [around the Eagles]. That's something they take pride in - I've heard that from numerous fans.
February 29, 2012 |
James F. Brockson Sr., 80, of Prospect Park, a retired General Electric Co. employee and a civic activist, died Sunday, Feb. 26, at home of complications from Parkinson's disease. On July 4, 2005, Mr. Brockson received Prospect Park's Citizen of the Year award, recognizing almost 40 years of service to the borough. Mr. Brockson cofounded the Prospect Park Youth Club in 1967 and served as president. He coached the club's senior boys' traveling baseball team for many years and also coached bowling and basketball teams.
December 7, 2012 |
EVERY SUMMER, Brent Celek and his brother Garrett, now a rookie tight end with the 49ers, get together and talk football. Now in his sixth NFL season, Brent plays the role of mentor. If he is as good a teacher as Garrett says he is, he will probably spare his brother any lessons born of this season of Eagles football. Like many of his Eagles teammates, this year has been one to forget for Celek. Whether dropping passes or absorbing bone-crunching hits, the veteran tight end has not been his reliable self in months.
September 7, 2012 |
IT'S A BIG DEAL, this retiring as an Eagle. Brian Dawkins, worn out and regal, did it. Brian Westbrook, bless his heart, took his knees out of the game in green, too. In fact, at the ceremony to officially mark the end of Tra Thomas' career, the running joke was: "When is Donovan's retirement as an Eagle going to come?" Sooner than later, it appears. The NFL Network announced Wednesday that McNabb will join the network this season. As an analyst. Not as a quarterback.