September 16, 2016 |
THOUSANDS of people are expected to take part in the PRO-ACT Philadelphia Recovery Walk on Saturday at Penn's Landing. Now in its 15th year, the event is aimed at demonstrating that people can and do recover from addiction, said PRO-ACT executive director Beverly Haberle. "We aim to show those who are active in their addiction that recovery is attainable and thriving in recovery is possible," she said. Haberle said that 25,000 people in the five-county Philadelphia metropolitan area took part in the walk last year.
September 11, 2016 |
PITTSBURGH - Coaches say they like to maintain a routine while preparing for every football game and not deviate from the norm, but that doesn't seem to have been the case this week as Penn State and Pittsburgh prepared for the renewal of their intrastate rivalry. By the time the highly anticipated game kicks off Saturday at Heinz Field, the staffs of head coaches James Franklin and Pat Narduzzi will have seen just about every formation and play ever called in the careers of first-year offensive coordinators Joe Moorhead of the Nittany Lions and Matt Canada of the Panthers.
September 9, 2016 |
WHEN 40-YEAR-OLD Andy Reid tabbed 58-year-old Jim Johnson to be his first defensive coordinator in 1999, the move seemed fraught with risk. Johnson had already been around the block a few times, had been a head coach for several colleges, and had been an NFL and USFL assistant in a few places, as well. There was a fear, very real at the time, that Johnson's résumé alone could intimidate the young head coach, or undermine him. Who would win if the older, more experienced man became insistent?
September 9, 2016 |
How did we reach this startling point? How did the Eagles suddenly find themselves flush with wide receiver talent? Just four months ago the Birds were hoping to prove the NFL wrong about Rueben Randle and Chris Givens. On Saturday, they still lacked a No. 1 receiver, but that's OK. They shed Randle and Givens because they knew first-round holdover Nelson Agholor and newcomer Dorial Green-Beckham would be on the front line with slot ace Jordan Matthews, and that Josh Huff (!)
September 7, 2016 |
The Eagles enter Week 1 of the regular season with Lane Johnson on the roster, and coach Doug Pederson expects Johnson to start at right tackle Sunday against the Cleveland Browns. Johnson has been waiting for word from the NFL on an expected 10-game suspension for a second violation of the league's performance-enhancing drug policy. "Right now, until I hear something further, Lane is my right tackle," Pederson said. Johnson said he does not know what is taking so long. The wait has been agonizing, but the tackle now gets to block for Carson Wentz.
September 2, 2016 |
PERCEPTIONS can be whatever you want them to be, although in reality they mean little. Yet they can still shape opinions, in any number of directions. Temple's football team tied a program record by winning 10 games last season, its third with Matt Rhule as the coach. The Owls started 7-0 for the first time ever and were ranked as high as 20th, the first time they'd been in the poll since 1979. And they beat Penn State for the first time in 74 years. Senior linebacker Tyler Matakevich, who had received no other FBS scholarship offers, won a bunch of national awards.
August 31, 2016 |
A YEAR AGO, Penn's football team was coming off a 2-8 season, had a new coach for the first time since 1992 in longtime assistant Ray Priore, and had been picked to finish sixth in the Ivy League, its lowest projection in 24 seasons. Then the Quakers started out 1-3, which included a win at Villanova, ranked fifth in FCS. Sandwiching that were 21-point losses at Lehigh and at home to Dartmouth. Then, a program that had dropped 15 of its last 18 proceeded to finish the season with six straight wins to end in a three-way tie for the title, its first since 2012.
August 31, 2016
In any season, there are going to be surprises, both ways. So why should the Phillies' 2016 ride be an exception? Since there weren't any expectations to begin with, I try to focus on the good ones. Which means you hope that Aaron Nola's troubles after a promising start are mostly a blip on the old radar screen moving forward. But it's a funny thing with top prospects. Some turn out to be Maikel Franco, while others become Domonic Brown. This year, who figured that Jeanmar Gomez was going to be in the mid-30s in saves with a month to go?
August 18, 2016 |
TRENTON - Gov. Christie said Tuesday that he had not expected to win the endorsement of a high-profile Democrat for his 2013 reelection campaign, a week after court filings showed that two of the governor's former allies had sought to use a business deal with Steve Fulop to gain his support. "I never had any sense - my campaign may have been more optimistic, but I never had any sense that I'd ever get Steve Fulop's endorsement, because it seemed pretty clear to me that Steve Fulop was intent on running for governor after I left," Christie, a Republican, said at a Statehouse news conference.
August 17, 2016 |
Carson Wentz might not be practicing because of a hairline fracture in his ribs, but offensive coordinator Frank Reich said that won't halt Wentz's development this summer. "It's still easy for him to grow," Reich said. "You can get the mental reps. You can still get a lot of film study and still be interacting with the players. Maybe even to more of an extent, interacting with the receivers, and talking about what you expect as a quarterback. And we certainly expect no slowing down the process as far as growing mentally.