February 12, 2015 |
The blessing of being a Big Five head coach is that usually you get so many of the benefits of coaching in Philadelphia and so few of the costs. There are the cranky alumni, sure, but there are precious few talk-show callers and hot-take columnists demanding that you be fired. Philadelphia is, first and foremost, a professional sports town, and the sheer number of Division I college basketball teams in the city breaks what would be a large single fan base into factions, none of which feels all that much loyalty, if any at all, to any of its local rivals.
February 26, 2014 |
To be Irish is to have an existential dark spot in the soul, an ingrained gateway to fatal despair if it's not kept in check - which is what lies beyond the congenial face of Brian Friel's poetic, bittersweet play Dancing at Lughnasa . Though the play had an international vogue in the 1990s followed by a film starring Meryl Streep, West Philadelphia's Curio Theatre Company made a fine case for revisiting Dancing at Lughnasa at its Friday...
November 29, 2013 |
LeSEAN McCOY isn't a guy you wrap in plastic and save for a rainy day. He's one of the league's best running backs, and you put the ball in his hands as often as possible. You squeeze every ounce of production from him that you can. But there is a fine line between doing that and overworking him to the point that you risk shortening his career. As a former running back who jammed more than 1,700 touches into 114 NFL games, Duce Staley's been there and done that. But it's hard to think about tomorrow when you have to win today.
October 25, 2013 |
THE NEW coach says they need to "concentrate more. " The old defenseman, the one just demoted to the second power-play unit because of an inability to get the puck to the net, says "sometimes you think too much. " So which is it? Or is it - can it be? - both? Does 11 goals in eight games mean the Philadelphia Flyers are trying too hard or not trying hard enough? Are they thinking out there or, as it appears at times, not thinking at all? "When you're on a roll you don't think," Kimmo Timonen, the 15-year veteran defenseman, was saying after practice at Flyers SkateZone in Voorhees yesterday.
October 24, 2013 |
WASHINGTON - The political pendulum swung again for Pat Toomey last week. Cheered by the left and chided by the right for his stance on gun laws in the spring, Pennsylvania's Republican senator saw those reactions reversed last week when he sided with GOP hard-liners at the end of the government shutdown. On a high-profile vote to reopen the government and allow more borrowing to pay its bills, Toomey sided with Ted Cruz and the Senate's most conservative bloc to oppose the bipartisan deal.
October 4, 2013 |
IMAGINE, or recall, coaching a group of youngsters playing T-ball for the first time. While hitting the ball off the tee is something they could attempt almost all day long, trying to teach the other aspects of the game is quite a challenge. Training a 5-year-old to stand out in the sun and wait for a ball that never comes is a demanding task. Heads spin (literally and figuratively), attention wanes and frustration builds. Welcome to 76ers coach Brett Brown's world. The coach left for Europe yesterday for two preseason games armed with a 15-man active roster that features six players who haven't played a game in the NBA (Vander Blue, Michael Carter-Williams, Hollis Thompson, Royce White, Rodney Williams and Khalif Wyatt)
September 17, 2013 |
Where is Proust's madeleine when you really need it? Geoff Sobelle's trite exercise in nostalgia is triggered by stuff - old ice skates, wine glasses, fringed lamps, all kinds of uninteresting rubbish, all packed in boxes that reach halfway to the ceiling of the theater's enormous space. As he unpacks the stuff, he unpacks memories. We learn that the best week of his life was spent in France when he was 20; the centerpiece of this recollection was a traffic light, which he then unpacks, plugs in, and makes us wait through two rounds of red, green, and yellow.
July 26, 2013
ARIES (March 21-April 19). Getting on the same page in relationships is the challenge of the day. Someone may be thinking of you as a sweetheart while you are still working out the logistics of friendship. TAURUS (April 20-May 20). You'll derive pleasure from helping others, and you'll be rewarded with the highest esteem of your peers. GEMINI (May 21-June 21). If you're speaking more than you're listening, you're talking too much. But today, what you have to say is crucial to the group.
November 29, 2012
IT CERTAINLY looked like Andy Reid making his way down the sloped aisle from the back of the auditorium at the NovaCare. It was a walk he's made more than 200 times since he took over as the head coach of the Eagles in 1999. But something was different on Tuesday. Once he reached the podium for his day-after-game news conference, this was just a shell of the Andy Reid who had done this for nearly 14 seasons. The confidence, hubris, even arrogance Reid so often demonstrated wasn't there.
November 8, 2012 |
The best free agents were signed in April and July, and there is a veritable lack of star power in baseball's open market. Yet as 30 general managers convene in California this week, there will be talk of big numbers. The payouts from TV contracts are larger than ever. Fewer free agents will cost draft picks as compensation. There are new caps on amateur and international spending. It could yield a booming free-agent market and one that moves quickly. That is the dilemma Phillies general manager Ruben Amaro Jr. could face when he earnestly applies his winter strategy at this week's GM meetings, which run Wednesday to Friday in Indian Wells, Calif.