January 31, 2015 |
A few minutes after 9 p.m. Eastern time on Saturday, in a 2,300-seat symphony hall in Phoenix, the Pro Football Hall of Fame will reveal its 2015 class of inductees. Among the 15 finalists for induction is Marvin Harrison: a Philadelphia native, an alumnus of Roman Catholic High School and Syracuse University, a wide receiver who caught 1,102 passes over his 13 seasons with the Indianapolis Colts, a player who rarely so much as spiked the football after any of his 128 touchdown receptions and who guarded his privacy with such ferocious secrecy that he remained a mystery even to those teammates who knew him longest and best.
January 30, 2015 |
BILL "SKIP" Singletary has been named the new head football coach at George Washington High, replacing longtime Eagles coach Ron Cohen. Cohen, the Public League's winningest coach, stepped down earlier this month with 12 league titles to his credit. Last season, Washington won a playoff game before falling to eventual Pub champ Ben Franklin in the AAAA semifinals. Singletary, who starred at Temple as an offensive guard, has been an assistant under Cohen for 20 years. "It's definitely an honor and a privilege to be selected as the head coach at Washington," said Singletary, who was a varsity coordinator at various positions for 12 years and head junior varsity coach for 8. "I was told that I'd have to have broad shoulders because it will be a hell of a task," he continued.
January 22, 2015 |
Bruce B. Daniels, 83, of South Harrison, a member of the International Horseshoeing Hall of Fame and owner of the former South Jersey School of Horseshoeing in Mullica Hill, died of an aneurysm at a daughter's home in Fort Myers, Fla. on Dec. 30. In 2008, South Harrison Township, where he had lived since 1952, named him its Person of the Year. "He got a plaque at our Community Day," Municipal Clerk Nancy Kearns said. "He was a wonderful person," she said, "and did a lot of good for the community.
January 19, 2015 |
One way to measure Sam Jacobs' basketball career is by his own skilled and savvy work on the court. Another is by his uncanny ability to lead otherwise pedestrian programs to unprecedented heights. But perhaps the best is by the company he kept - especially among opponents. Jacobs, a former Cherry Hill West and Cornell University star, will be inducted into the South Jersey Basketball Hall of Fame on Feb. 15. It is a well-deserved recognition of a career marked by surprising team success as well as individual prowess.
January 8, 2015 |
THE EMAIL buzzed onto the screen of my phone. Subject: Phillies Statement. The first instinct was one that is beaten into any lifelong reporter: What did I miss? Unlocking the phone, my mind burned through the possibilities. A trade? A free-agent outfielder? Relocation to Havana? Exhale. "With regard to Pedro Martinez . . . " Of course. Pedro. Five years ago, he burned through our atmosphere like some oddity from space, crash- landing in Clearwater en route to Citizens Bank Park and 12 starts that feel like they took place forever ago. Yesterday, he was voted into the Hall of Fame by the Baseball Writers Association of America, the only proper end for one of the most dominant careers the sport has ever seen.
January 7, 2015 |
When I look at the baseball Hall of Fame ballot I received about a month ago, I see 19 names that, without any investigation of their careers, I believe have the statistical credentials to be elected. Some of my fellow members of the Baseball Writers Association of America might even see more, but balloting rules allow you to vote for only 10 of the 34 players listed. I voted for none of them. Don't worry; it did not impact the process, because, as I write this, my ballot still sits on my office desk in front of me. It never made it to the mailbox, so it was not counted among the results that will be released Tuesday.
January 5, 2015 |
LEGENDARY basketball stat man Harvey Pollack was in critical but stable condition at Hahnemann University Hospital yesterday after a one-car accident on New Year's evening in Center City. Pollack, 92, the 76ers' director of statistical information, was driving his car in a parking garage after being a judge for the Mummers Parade. His car hit a wall, and Pollack suffered a broken hip, ribs, pelvis and jaw along with facial lacerations. He underwent hip surgery yesterday. "I'm surprised he just didn't walk out of the car and brush himself off," 76ers coach Brett Brown said from Phoenix, where his team played the Suns last night.
January 5, 2015 |
Archbishop Ryan's George Todt has added another honor to his illustrious career. Todt, Ryan's longtime boys' soccer coach, will be inducted into the Pennsylvania State Soccer Coaches Association Hall of Fame on Jan. 31 and receive the association's Honor Award. The decision was announced Friday. Former Strath Haven coach Mike Barr will also be inducted. For 44 seasons, Todt and Ryan were the epitome of excellence in not just the Philadelphia Catholic League but all of Southeastern Pennsylvania.
December 22, 2014 |
Certain homes, like certain people, have an instant presence, a distinctiveness that's easier felt than explained. And on a Collingswood street that faces the town's expansive Knight Park, set on a rise, stands such a house. It was built in 1907 by Newton Baker Taylor Roney, who would later establish a legacy as a developer in Miami Beach with his Roney Plaza Hotel on Collins Avenue, a glamour destination early in the 20th century. The home Roney built in Collingswood, originally in the Victorian style, has gone on to become a haven for former Collingswood Mayor Michael Brennan and his wife, Jean, who treasure its legacy of longtime owners.
December 13, 2014 |
Chris Rock established himself as one of our foremost comics with his 1996 HBO special, Bring the Pain . Nearly two decades later, he proves he's also a brilliant filmmaker with Top Five , a stunning, joyous, big-screen comedy written and directed by and starring the 49-year-old Rock. An innovative take on familiar material, Top Five is an exquisitely paced, rich, idiosyncratic, satirical, yet deeply moving free-form comedy about a Hollywood star who is shadowed for one day by a New York Times reporter.