November 19, 2014 |
Eric Lindros and John LeClair, two-thirds of the Flyers' famed Legion of Doom line, will enter the team's Hall of Fame before Thursday's game against Minnesota at the Wells Fargo Center. "Eric has been such a big part of my career, and to have him standing right there next to me will be quite immense," LeClair, who lives in Haverford, said in a conference call with Lindros and reporters Monday. "Philadelphia is where I played my best hockey," said Lindros, whose long feud with the organization ended a few years ago. "The fans in Philadelphia are extremely passionate.
November 16, 2014 |
The sports-celebrity machine has adapted to the ever-quickening pace of change. In 2014, heroes rise and fall with rapidity, like those desert flowers that emerge in the morning cool and by nightfall are dust. In a Dish TV commercial, endlessly repeated this football season, Brian Bosworth and Heath Shuler trade on their falls from fame. Terrell Owens clone Chad Ochocinco now plays football in Canada, a status synonymous with invisibility. T.O. himself was sued for divorce earlier this year, two weeks after his first marriage.
November 14, 2014 |
Four decades after their last basketball game, Theresa Grentz and her Immaculata teammates were back in the spotlight Thursday night, posing for pictures, shaking hands, and smiling a lot before their induction into the Philadelphia Sports Hall of Fame. "It's amazing, and it's so nice that all these people still want to remember us," the 62-year-old Grentz said at the reception that preceded the Hall's annual Sheraton Society Hill banquet. First, there was the 2009 film, The Mighty Macs , about their improbable run of three national championships.
November 13, 2014 |
I always thought it ironic that Frank Dolson had so much trouble standing still. For someone whose impressive body of work was a constant plea for the world to stop, he seldom was able to do so. He swayed as he talked, bounced nervously on his toes like a boxer, always seemed to be running off to greet an old friend or meet a new one. Dolson's long career as an Inquirer columnist spanned several revolutions - in newspapers, in cultural attitudes,...
November 8, 2014 |
When former Temple great Paul Palmer visited Temple before he enrolled their as a freshman in 1983, no one knew much about him. He had no Division I offers. In fact, according to Palmer, even the Division II schools that he had spoken with had only shown marginal interest in the 5-foot-9, 165-pound-pound running back with the questionable grades from Winston Churchill High School in Potomac, Md. "When I got to Temple's campus I didn't have anything in terms of offers," Palmer, now 50, said.
November 6, 2014 |
A few years ago, Tiffany Beveridge was contemplating whether she wanted to have a third child. Instead, she gave birth to a Pinterest board. Titled "My Imaginary Well-Dressed Toddler Daughter," the page on the visual social-networking site was a place where the Landenberg resident and mother of two boys, ages 11 and 16, could simultaneously indulge her longing for gorgeous girls' fashions and lampoon the culture the kiddy-couture images encapsulated....
November 1, 2014 |
DICK ALLEN, a former MVP and seven-time All-Star, was announced as one of the 10 candidates eligible for induction to the National Baseball Hall of Fame through a veterans committee. Any candidate that receive votes on 75 percent of the ballots cast by the 16-member Golden Era Committee will earn election into the hallowed halls of Cooperstown. This winter, the veterans committee is selecting from players and executives whose contributions came during the "Golden Era," from 1947-72.
October 29, 2014 |
JACK RAMSAY WAS the godfather of Saint Joseph's basketball and one of the greatest teachers the sport has ever known. His coaching tree is legendary. Besides his own Hall of Fame coaching career that accounted for 1,098 wins, Ramsay's tutelage was obvious as many of his players - Jim Lynam, Matt Guokas, Jack McKinney, Paul Westhead, Jim O'Brien, Harry Booth, Jim Boyle, to name a few - went on to have successful college and/or pro coaching careers. The good doctor passed away this past April.
October 12, 2014 |
Ray K. Metzker, 83, widely considered one of the nation's greatest photographers, died Thursday, Oct. 9, after a long illness. A spare and somewhat laconic figure, Mr. Metzker came to Philadelphia in 1962 to teach at the Philadelphia College of Art - now part of the University of the Arts - and fell in love with the shadow-streaked streets of the old city. Known for his black-and-white images of the urban streetscape - a man walking past the Fidelity Bank building, a woman captured by a shaft of sunlight, a sailor in whites stepping into an ominous shadow - Mr. Metzker walked the city decade after decade, finding the remarkable in the ordinary and the powerful in the most fleeting.
October 10, 2014 |
RAHEEM BROCK (Dobbins Tech) and Dan Klecko were teammates on the defensive line at Temple for a couple of seasons at the turn of the century, and then again with an Indianapolis Colts team in 2006 that won the Super Bowl. So now maybe it's only right that they're part of the six-person class being inducted into the university's Athletics Hall of Fame, a group that also includes the late football coach Ray Morrison (1940-48). They'll be introduced - along with field hockey's Michelle Murawski (1997-2000)