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August 29, 2014 | BY TOM MAHON, Daily News Staff Writer mahont@phillynews.com
THE NFL wants teachers to use fantasy football to educate young students, according to a recent report. The knee-jerk reaction, of course, is to scoff at what is surely a marketing ploy. But upon further review, the idea has merit. Mark Waller, the chief marketing officer of the NFL, told the Wall Street Journal that the league is interested in helping improving students' math skills. "It's a complex game, fantasy," said Waller. "You should be able to learn a lot, particularly around math.
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September 2, 1999 | by Myung Oak Kim and April Adamson, Daily News Staff Writers
Alone in his room for days at a time, the scrawny teen retreated into a fantasy world of violent video games and Dungeons and Dragons. Donald Anthony Traub, known to family and friends as Donny, preferred his computer screen to playing sports with neighborhood boys. The only time he ventured out was to shoot fake guns at other kids in the woods. He was a middle-school honor student, one of his former classmates and neighbors recalled yesterday. But his source of pride was in the mall arcade, where he could beat anyone at Street Fighter II, a complex game that involves dueling against an imaginary opponent.
NEWS
October 22, 2009
This is the true story of 12 tweets picked to appear in a column to find out what happens when 140 characters stop being polite and start getting real. Or something like that. The Reali-ty of Fantasy World. All were sent to twitter.com/aroundthehorn. And they're real, fantasy face. N to the O. That would be like Hugh Hefner asking if he's violated the "too-many-hotties-in-one-mansion" rule. If Donnie Brasco taught us anything, it's that there are friends of mine and friends of ours.
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February 19, 1996 | By Dick Polman, INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
Charles Croteau, a custodian, sat with his coffee in a doughnut shop yesterday, and explained the facts of life: There's the New Hampshire presidential primary, which is just some kind of "fantasy world," a TV show filled with "a lot of bickering. " Then there's the real world that he sees with his own eyes. And like a lot of people in this town that's down on its luck, he can't connect the two worlds. Which is why he said: "When we get into that booth on Tuesday, and look at those fellas who are running, we'll probably revert back to that game we played when we were kids - Eenie, meenie, minie, moe. " This bellwether Republican bedroom community - the fourth-largest in the state, just 20 minutes down Interstate 93 from Manchester - is still reeling from the aftershocks of the corporate downsizing that struck southern New Hampshire in the early '90s.
NEWS
September 10, 1996
SADDAM HUSSEIN: A UNIFYING FORCE Ah, Saddam. There is nothing quite like that infamous face, and the evocative accompaniment of Peter Arnett once again sending reports from Baghdad on CNN, to rally Americans and inspire them with a sense of foreign-policy purpose. It is the face of The Enemy. Since the collapse of communism, America has suffered from a shortage of compelling enemies - except in the fantasy world of this summer's blockbuster movie, "Independence Day," which invented a super-enemy from outer space.
ENTERTAINMENT
January 12, 2007 | By GLENN WHIPP Los Angeles Daily News
Ask Guillermo del Toro if he was like Ofelia, the Alice in Anything-but-Wonderland heroine more at home in the fantasy world than the grim reality in "Pan's Labyrinth," and del Toro will answer before you finish the question. "I am like that little girl right now," he said, laughing. "I think the 'fantasy world' is actually more tangible than the false world we create out of the mundane things in our own lives. " The Mexican filmmaker has been devouring fairy tales and fables his whole life, and he showcases variations of some of his favorites in "Pan's Labyrinth.
NEWS
April 9, 2008
TO GAR Joseph at Clout: Could you please knock off the stupid "cult member" cheap shots at Obama's supporters? It's stupid, it's trite, and it's also untrue: Speaking as a 38-year-old parent, homeowner and taxpayer who supports Obama, and who's been voting for 20 years, it's personally offensive and denigrating for you to describe voters like me as mindless cultists. After eight years of a president who has gone out of his way to divide the country on partisan lines, including rallies at which only his most hard-core supporters are permitted to attend after signing loyalty oaths, and at which protesters are harassed by the Secret Service, you have some nerve describing Obama's campaign as "a totalitarian cult.
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April 8, 1993 | Los Angeles Daily News
Macaulay Culkin, whose base salary for "Home Alone 2" was reportedly $4.5 million, is getting a 75 percent raise for his next starring role. Culkin will be paid $8 million for MGM's "Getting Even with Dad," a studio spokeswoman confirmed earlier this week. He will star as a youngster named Timmy who blackmails his ex-con father into shaping up. The film, being directed by Howard Deutsch, is set to begin production in July with a target release date of spring or summer 1994. Culkin, 12, is said to be making about $5 million for the movie he currently is filming, "The Good Son. " His salary for "Home Alone," which became the third-highest-grossing film of all time, was reportedly $100,000.
ENTERTAINMENT
May 24, 2001 | By ANNE R. FABBRI For the Daily News
THREE EXHIBITIONS at the Institute of Contemporary Art, University of Pennsylvania, are fun and funky. "East Meets West: 'Folk' and Fantasy from the Coasts," organized by Alex Baker, now associate curator at the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts, presents colorful paintings and sculpture by six young artists from Philadelphia (Joy Feasley, Jim Houser and Clare Rojas) and San Francisco (Chris Johanson, Scott Hewicker and Margaret Kilgallen). Feasley creates autobiographical mixed-media paintings that concern her relationships and travels.
NEWS
March 2, 2004 | By Kathy Boccella INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
After completing high school at age 15, in a remote part of Montana, Christopher Paolini was just another geeky teen with nothing going on - until he decided to write a fantasy book. Now, thanks to Eragon, the story of a farm boy who discovers a dragon's egg, he's a best-selling author with one million books in print, a movie in the works, foreign publication rights in 29 countries, and a contract to write two more books in what he calls the Inheritance trilogy. Not bad for a kid who led a sheltered life growing up in a 1911 farmhouse along the banks of Montana's Yellowstone River.
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September 19, 2014 | By Ed Barkowitz, Daily News Staff Writer
THERE IS A scene in the old TV show "M*A*S*H" where Charles Winchester, the rich snob from Boston, chuckles because some farmers in the United States were wiped out by a tornado or something. Winchester owned stock in the farmers' direct competitors and the disaster resulted in a windfall for the heartless doctor. "They have their interests," he sneered. "I have mine. " When star players get suspended or go on injured reserve or whatever, there is an opportunity for fantasy leaguers to pounce on the misfortune - often by grabbing that player's direct backup.
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August 29, 2014 | BY TOM MAHON, Daily News Staff Writer mahont@phillynews.com
THE NFL wants teachers to use fantasy football to educate young students, according to a recent report. The knee-jerk reaction, of course, is to scoff at what is surely a marketing ploy. But upon further review, the idea has merit. Mark Waller, the chief marketing officer of the NFL, told the Wall Street Journal that the league is interested in helping improving students' math skills. "It's a complex game, fantasy," said Waller. "You should be able to learn a lot, particularly around math.
SPORTS
October 19, 2012 | By Ed Barkowitz, Daily News Staff Writer
THE FIRING of Juan Castillo wasn't the first significant development of the Eagles' 2012 season. Not even close. The first real sign of trouble came in the offseason when star left tackle Jason Peters ruptured his Achilles' tendon. Twice. When starting center Jason Kelce got hurt, the linemen were shuffled around so much it looked like Charlie Manuel's lineup in the middle of June. Playing the part of cleanup hitter Hector Luna was new center Dallas Reynolds. Anyone else wonder whether Castillo could have done a better job patching the line together?
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September 1, 2012 | By Ladd Biro, For The Inquirer
In a perfect fantasy world, my starting lineup this season would feature Aaron Rodgers, Arian Foster, LeSean McCoy, Calvin Johnson, Greg Jennings, A.J. Green and Rob Gronkowski. That would be the same perfect world in which my teenagers never argue with me, Scarlett Johansson stalks me and my six-car garage can't accommodate my Lamborghini collection. Alas, since our fellow owners are unlikely to cede the entire first round to us, we'll simply have to work smarter to assemble the most dominant team in our league.
ENTERTAINMENT
July 19, 2011
DEAR ABBY: "Keeping It Real in Laguna Beach, Calif.," who is embarrassed by the dialects of his Southern relatives, should learn some Southern hospitality! Yes, we may say "Ma and Pa," "y'all," "yonder" and "I reckon," but we would not laugh or be embarrassed if a California relative came to visit. We'd be overjoyed and welcoming. "K.I.R.," get off your high horse and get over yourself! If you visited, we'd show you around town, take you to see friends and relatives, and smother you with affection.
NEWS
October 31, 2010
Grief over the way the city now is As a former resident of Oxford Circle and current homeowner in Fox Chase, I have sentimentally mourned the closing of neighborhood small businesses - stores whose owners and employees catered to a shopper's specific needs or desires. They were the stores on the "avenues" - Castor, Cottman, Frankford, and Rising Sun. Many of these businesses closed due to economic constraints but, today, they're closing due to crime. I recently drove on Rising Sun Avenue to the jewelry store my family has frequented for 25 years, but couldn't get in. It was blocked by yellow crime-scene tape.
NEWS
May 16, 2010 | By Jim Buchta, MINNEAPOLIS STAR-TRIBUNE
ORLANDO - After two days of being shaken, stirred, and overstimulated, I needed a break. So I was relieved to wander into Epcot's upscale Les Chefs de France, which reminded me of the bistros I'd recently visited in the real Paris. Everything from the imported French staff to my favorite French spring water made me forget for a few minutes that I was in Orlando. As my waiter served me a perfect croque monsieur sandwich, I watched as the maitre d', Amelie, pushed a food cart down a nearby aisle.
NEWS
October 22, 2009
This is the true story of 12 tweets picked to appear in a column to find out what happens when 140 characters stop being polite and start getting real. Or something like that. The Reali-ty of Fantasy World. All were sent to twitter.com/aroundthehorn. And they're real, fantasy face. N to the O. That would be like Hugh Hefner asking if he's violated the "too-many-hotties-in-one-mansion" rule. If Donnie Brasco taught us anything, it's that there are friends of mine and friends of ours.
LIVING
June 19, 2009 | By Virginia A. Smith INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
Watching Natalie Bauder skip through her garden, hair flying, light as a sprite, one thing comes to mind: Alice. She's Alice in her own little Wonderland. Her Wonderland's in Wyndmoor, but it could be anywhere. Natalie loses herself in it with intensity, as 6-year-olds do, playing with her imaginary friends, Buzzy and Rudy, putting on one-girl shows about nothing at all, and tearing around the spiral path as if she's Alice tumbling down the rabbit hole. "The White Rabbit says, 'I'm late, I'm late, I'm late for a date,' " Natalie confides in a sing-song, "and if they're really late, the Queen of Hearts will chop their heads off!
SPORTS
October 17, 2008
AMERICA'S TEAM is teetering on becoming America's Mess. The Cowboys are 4-2, but the star quarterback is banged up, the star wide receiver is cranky, and the rookie running back has a hamstring problem. There also was a big trade and a suspension that has indefinitely relieved Cowboys fans of Pacman Fever. So here's a look at the happenings in Dallas recently and an attempt to untangle what they mean to us in fantasyland: Quarterback Brad Johnson was the week's hottest free-agent pickup in light of Tony Romo's busted pinkie.
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