September 16, 2015 |
ATLANTA – Wasn't it hilarious Sunday night, watching the Giants and Cowboys outblunder each other? Nearly fell off the couch laughing, didn't you? That would be the same couch you tried to heave through the living room window at halftime last night, with the Eagles – so obviously the cream of the NFC East, until they actually had to go out and play -- fortunate to be down "only" 17 points in what became a 26-24 season-opening loss to the host Atlanta Falcons, who began the evening as slight underdogs.
September 15, 2015
IF THE EAGLES don't score three or four touchdowns tonight, I'll be shocked. If their pass rush can't pressure Matt Ryan enough to keep the defense from being killed by the deep ball, I'll be surprised. So I think the Eagles will win. But if they lose a sloppy, high-scoring opener to what looks like it'll be a decent team, in the Georgia Dome, where Ryan has been very hard to beat, with Sam Bradford playing well and staying healthy, well, life would go on. Prediction: Eagles 30, Falcons 23.
September 11, 2015 |
LINEBACKER Marcus Smith and tight end Zach Ertz both returned to the Eagles' practice field yesterday. But how much they will play Monday night against Atlanta, or even if they'll play at all, remains to be seen. Smith missed the final three preseason games with a hamstring injury. Ertz missed the entire preseason after needing surgery to repair a core-muscle tear. Smith, who was supposed to be the backup outside linebacker behind starters Connor Barwin and Brandon Graham, said he has been working with Shaun Huls, the team's director of sports science and reconditioning, to "get my endurance back so I can do everything in practice.
September 10, 2015 |
It was minutes after the Pennsbury boys' soccer team dropped its season opener to Father Judge last week, and Justin Chapuis was already thinking about how he could have prevented the two goals from ending up in the back of the net. The senior center back blamed his fitness - he wasn't yet in midseason form - for the first Judge goal. In a few more weeks, he added, he would be able to run back and stop the ball before it crossed the goal line. You can forgive Chapuis and the rest of the Pennsbury back line for thinking every game should be a shutout - it is what they are used to, after all. Father Judge's two tallies were the first the Falcons had given up in a while.
June 12, 2015 |
BLEAK AND painfully earnest, "Aloft" is a story with a mystical bent and an important parenting tip: If you're going to leave your children alone in a pickup while you're off in the woods overseeing a healing ritual, don't leave the key in the ignition. Really. A gloomy feature by Peruvian director Claudia Llosa (2010's Oscar-nominated "The Milk of Sorrow"), "Aloft" time-travels between a late 20th-century landscape where everybody looks impoverished and scared and a here-and-now where everyone looks, well, not that much improved.
May 24, 2015 |
FIFTEEN STORIES above Center City streets, Arthur F. McMorris held a 21-day-old falcon in front of him and wedged a finger into the bird's screeching mouth. The bird's mouth looked healthy, its eyes bright and its talons strong. The only problem was that the chick and its three sisters were crawling with mites. For McMorris, peregrine falcon coordinator for the Pennsylvania Game Commission, the fix was simple - a bit of insecticide powder and the nestling would be on its way. The check-up was part of a banding process held yesterday in the City Hall tower, an event led by the game commission for the past five years.
March 20, 2015 |
THE ANNOUNCEMENT by San Francisco 49ers linebacker Chris Borland earlier this week that he is retiring after just one season because he's worried about the effect football could have on his long-term health has once again shone the spotlight on player-safety in the NFL. But the league seems reasonably pleased with the progress it has made in recent years in making a naturally violent game much safer than it once was. During a conference call...
November 8, 2014 |
With his team holding a one-point lead with a little more than two minutes to play, Patrick Finn thought of last year. Last season, Pottsgrove allowed a late fourth-quarter touchdown and lost to Academy Park by a point in the District 1 Class AAA football semifinals. Friday night, Academy Park drove the ball to the Pottsgrove 28-yard line, trying to take the lead in this year's quarterfinals. Finn, a Pottsgrove defensive tackle, lined up for a third and 22, and couldn't help but see the similarities between the games.
November 8, 2014 |
FALCONS FLYING away from their nest under the Girard Point Bridge in 2011 caused a flap, but the lasting furor has been the alleged fibbing over who did it. After almost three weeks of testimony in a federal courtroom, jurors yesterday began to hear closing arguments in a case involving three defendants and whether they lied to federal authorities. On trial are Nikolaos Frangos, 38, the boss of the Liberty-Alpha Joint Venture, which was refurbishing the double-decker bridge that carries Interstate 95 over the Schuylkill; George Capuzello, 43, a painting foreman; and Mikhail Zubialevich, 42, a worker.
October 29, 2014 |
ON THE AFTERNOON of June 4, 2011, one of the peregrine falcons nesting on the Girard Point Bridge was "flying around in distress," a falcon observer told a federal jury this week. Two workers were close enough to reach out and touch a nest box under the bridge, Art McMorris testified. "The bird continued to fly around, then it landed on an outrigger," a projecting beam, where it could watch both the nest and the workers, McMorris said. McMorris, of the Pennsylvania Game Commission, was hired to monitor the falcons by a general contractor on the bridge-refurbishment project.