May 20, 2016
Curb your enthusiasm With the gridlock in Washington and Harrisburg, I find it ironic what politicians consider important ("Liquor laws may relax for convention," Tuesday). Are we hosting the Democratic National Convention to pick a candidate for president of the United States, or are we hosting a glorified frat party for the well-connected? Do they really need to have the bars open past 2 a.m.? Do they need to bring in truckloads of Texas liquor? If that is important, our priorities are in the wrong place.
April 1, 2016 |
CLEARWATER, Fla. - A fresh, clean suit hung inside each locker stall Wednesday morning. Spring training's final day had arrived. The Phillies broke their six-week camp with an 8-4 win over the Houston Astros. They packed their belongings in red duffel bags, departed Bright House Field on a bus, and boarded a chartered flight to Philadelphia with a bit of optimism. The Phillies believe they will win more games than they did last season. They may be a bit confident, but it is not a stretch to expect this season's team to be more competitive than the group that lost 99 games a season ago. The starting rotation is deeper, prospects could infuse energy, and manager Pete Mackanin will bring his wisdom and wit for an entire season after taking over last June.
July 13, 2015 |
Mama's got a brand-new bag. As in golf. Fore! Watch out, friends! Stay off the course. Also any adjoining roads in the tristate area. When did this insanity start? When I turned 60, and I realized that procrastination is the luxury of the young. And for the last few years, I noticed that when a golf tournament came on TV, I left it on. Not that I actually sat and watched it, but I had it on while I worked, like suburban background noise. And every time I looked at the TV, the screen showed pretty green grass.
June 12, 2015 |
After every home victory, the Williamstown baseball players would sit with their backs to the dugout fence while coach Joe Smith announced the stars of the game. Each honored player would run down the row, high-fiving his teammates. If he was a hitter, he would grab a bat and swing as part of the celebration. If he was a pitcher, he would pantomime firing a fastball for a strike. "Positive reinforcement," Smith said of the top tenet of his coaching philosophy. In his first season at the Gloucester County school, Smith led Williamstown to the best season in the history of the program.
April 20, 2015 |
THE 76ERS season ended Wednesday, many will say mercifully, after 169 days. The team won only 18 of the 82 games in a season that included a 17-game losing streak to open the season, the dealing of the reigning rookie of the year and two first-round draft picks (Joel Embiid and Dario Saric) not in uniform. But if you're keeping score, it should read like this: Brett Brown 169, Days 0. Whether it was after a lopsided loss or a nailbiting one or in the middle of a long winless streak, Brown swallowed hard, pumped his fist and said to all who would listen, "Let's attack tomorrow.
March 6, 2015 |
Jim Kenney was moving quickly through the crowded reception at a Chinatown restaurant, stopping to say hello to old friends and then to take a business card from a woman who asked to volunteer for his mayoral campaign. At the bar, a supporter gave the former six-term city councilman a last-minute tutorial on how to wish everyone a happy Chinese New Year. " Gong hey fat choy, " Kenney repeated twice, feeling out the phrasing. Then he scribbled the words on a blue cocktail napkin.
September 2, 2014 |
When Davon Tucker and J.T. Thompson walked into Sterling High School as freshmen, the Silver Knights football program wasn't a Colonial Conference championship contender. They weren't a threat in South Jersey Group 2, either. Sterling, in the three years before Tucker and Thompson and their classmates joined new coach Clint Wiley's program, had fallen on hard times: a 6-24 record, sparse crowds in the home stands on Friday nights, little enthusiasm for the football team in the school's halls.
August 26, 2014 |
James Franklin landed at University Park Airport on Jan. 11 brimming with excitement as he prepared to become Penn State's new head football coach. In the 71/2 months since, he has impressed the citizens of Nittany Nation with his enthusiasm, his energy, his sense of humor, and his skill at convincing high school recruits to come to Happy Valley. However, Franklin now faces the daunting task next weekend of actually coaching Penn State in a game for the first time. And the chips are stacked against him. This was the year that the NCAA sanctions of July 23, 2012, were supposed to put a choke hold on the Nittany Lions' program, a direct effect of the Jerry Sandusky child sexual-abuse scandal.
November 18, 2013 |
NEW ORLEANS - Often, a good basketball team will draw off the personality of its coach. That's a good sign for the 76ers, who aren't expected to become a contending team for a couple of seasons. So far this young season, Brett Brown's persona has enabled the Sixers to provide some early-season excitement that was totally unexpected during what many still expect to be a dismal season. The Sixers (5-6) have lost six of their last eight games after Saturday's setback to the Pelicans here at New Orleans Arena.
May 11, 2013 |
It's a shock at first. Then a definite relief: Susie Essman is no dragon lady. The Curb Your Enthusiasm star who plays one of the most foulmouthed, sarcastic borderline personalities on TV isn't one herself. She is, dare one say, charming. Sweet. "People are always disappointed when they meet me," Essman, 57, said in a phone chat about her stand-up act next Saturday at Congregation Or Ami in Lafayette Hill. Fans, she said, often ask her to insult them using one of the many choice - and unprintable - epithets that flow so mellifluously from her tongue on the HBO show.