April 18, 2016 |
Six brothers, one coach. That's the shorthand on one of the more remarkable stories in the history of South Jersey football. But that hardly begins to tell the tale of the half-dozen Selverian siblings and late, great Pennsauken High School football coach Vince McAneney and the heyday of the Indians program. "A golden time," Rich Selverian, the eldest brother and helmet-less trailblazer, said of the era in Pennsauken football from the late 1970s through the early 1990s. The six Selverians - Rich, Jeff, Mark, Greg, Arthur, and Kurk - along with their parents, Stephen and Sandra, will be honored at the South Jersey Football Coaches Association's annual Hall of Fame banquet on the eve of the Adam Taliaferro Foundation's all-star football game June 29 at Rowan University.
April 15, 2016 |
James Levine, leader of the Metropolitan Opera in New York City since 1976, has announced his retirement, according to a statement from the opera company. The statement said Levine would retire after the current season because of health reasons. Levine, 72, was to have conducted a series of concerts in Philadelphia in February - his first such appearances here in 20 years - but had to cancel them. He has been battling Parkinson's disease and seeking to adjust his medications so he could continue to conduct.
April 6, 2016 |
None of the 76ers were surprised that Allen Iverson was elected Monday morning to the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame. "Who else was going to be in there?" Nerlens Noel said following Monday's practice. "He's one of the greatest ever to do it, especially as a 6-foot guard in the NBA and the way he was able to put on a show night in and night out. "He was Philadelphia's greatest. I think he was more than deserving. " Iverson joins Darrell Garretson, Shaquille O'Neal, Sherryl Swoopes, John McLendon, Tom Izzo, Zelmo Beaty, Yao Ming, Cumberland Posey and Jerry Reinsdorf in the Class of 2016.
April 6, 2016 |
HOUSTON - Being a supporter of Allen Iverson through the years was not - as the man himself suggested Monday - always an easy position to hold. Whether it was family, friends, teammates, coaches or fans, the ride they took with Iverson always alternated between exhilarating and exasperating and back again, and often very quickly. It was a thrill ride for sure, and now it has ended, at least the basketball part of it, with Iverson's impending enshrinement in the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame.
April 6, 2016 |
The moment has finally come for Griffin and Sabine to meet in person. Introduced in the 1991 best-seller Griffin and Sabine: An Extraordinary Correspondence , author Nick Bantock's famous literary couple have expressed their intense, life-sustaining love in hundreds of love letters across six epistolary novels. A singular, peculiar couple who have never actually met, Bantock's lovers return this month in The Pharos Gate: Griffin & Sabine's Lost Correspondence (Chronicle Books)
April 6, 2016
DO NOT misinterpret this, because I completely believe that Allen Iverson deserved to be a first-ballot Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame inductee. The player known as "The Answer" is a four-time NBA scoring champion and was one of the toughest on-the-court competitor I've ever seen. With Iverson having 11 All-Star selections on his résumé, being a 26.7 points career scorer and establishing himself as one of the most iconic athletes of recent times, it was only appropriate on Monday that he joined Shaquille O'Neal, Michigan State head coach Tom Izzo, former USA Olympian and WNBA pioneer Sheryl Swoopes, former NBA and Chinese star Yao Ming and Chicago Bulls owner Jerry Reinsdorf, among others, as Hall of Fame selections.
March 11, 2016
I'm a firm believer that there's no better way to discover a new town than from a bar stool, and that was never better illustrated than my trek last weekend to north-central Pennsylvania. This big-city boy has lived in Philadelphia nearly his entire life, never bothering to venture a mere two hours to the small towns that cling to the Susquehanna River and its western branch. Places like Berwick, Shamokin, and Mifflinburg. But offer me a beer and, well . . . That's the idea behind the River Rat Brew Trail linking nine breweries in Columbia, Montour, Northumberland, and Union Counties - the state's midsection, where old coal mines give way to rolling farms and game lands.
March 7, 2016 |
Former Eagles offensive lineman Al Wistert, who played on the 1948 and '49 NFL championship teams, has died at 95, according the University of Michigan, where he played. He played in 95 games, starting 62, between 1943 and 1951, and was voted all-pro eight of his nine seasons. He was named to the NFL's first Pro Bowl team in 1950. His No. 70 was retired in 1952 and he was inducted into the Eagles Hall of Fame in 2009.
March 2, 2016 |
Muriel L. Hons, 73, and her husband, John A. Hons, 71, of Wallingford, respected figures in the advertising industry, died Monday, Feb. 22, within seven hours of each other. Mrs. Hons died of complications from leukemia first diagnosed in 2014, Mr. Hons of complications from a cardiac arrest he had sustained on Jan. 14. Each was being treated on a different floor at the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania. Mr. Hons was on life support and unaware of his wife's condition, but Mrs. Hons knew her husband was critically ill, said the couple's son, Charles M. He was sad to lose both parents at the same time, but Charles Hons said he felt relieved that neither was left to mourn the other.
February 26, 2016
OPEN LETTER to Ryan Howard: Dear Ryan: I love you. Most Philadelphia baseball fans still love you, but some feel you are close to overstaying your welcome. Retire, Ryan. Please. You are one of two remnants of the glorious 2008 championship team that ended Philadelphia's humiliating, 25-year championship drought, bringing us psychological and emotional relief. You gave us j-o-y. Others we loved - Cole Hamels, Brad Lidge, Jamie Moyer, Jimmy Rollins, Chase Utley, Pat Burrell, Shane Victorino, Jayson Werth, Matt Stairs - have moved on to one greener pasture or another.