June 24, 2015
ISSUE | SCHOOL FUNDING All fall down on job Although I share the view that it's City Council's responsibility to provide adequate and consistent funding for Philadelphia schools, more attention should be given to the state legislature's role in creating the problems the School District faces ("Indecent proposal," June 17). Since the late 1990s, the legislature has ducked its responsibility for adequately funding the pension fund it created and manages. To correct this oversight, the legislature has passed the responsibility for addressing pension fund obligations to local districts - which in turn have had to dramatically increase taxes and/or reduce operating costs and programs.
August 18, 2014 |
FOXBOROUGH, Mass. – Talk about cutting the exhibition season in half and expanding the NFL's regular season by two games has all but died, but we think commissioner Roger Goodell is implementing a secret plan to get the conversation going again. Apparently, his strategy is to flag the players union into submission. You'd have to be a masochist to vote against less exhibition football, especially the variety we've seen so far this summer. Through these first two weeks, there have been more flags thrown by NFL officials than you'll find outside the United Nations headquarters in Manhattan.
July 9, 2014 |
IKE REESE played quarterback. Brian Westbrook had a pass hit him in the face, and threw an interception of his own. Their team lost by 28 points. Things like this seldom happen, if ever, but they did on the turf at the Wells Fargo Center Monday night. Westbrook and Reese, along with Gary Cobb, Mike Mamula and Vince Papale played flag football against the Wounded Warrior Amputee Football Team, which came in an undefeated 7-0. The veterans ran all over the NFL alumni, 63-35, but the score is not what mattered.
June 20, 2014 |
WANT TO SEE Brian Westbrook in action again? The former Eagles running back will be among the ex- NFL players and other celebs who will play in next month's "Tribute to Heroes" Flag Football Challenge at the Wells Fargo Center. Westbrook will play for the NFL Stars alumni team that will take on the Wounded Warrior Amputees squad on Military Appreciation Night on Monday, July 7. The flag football tilt will begin at 6 p.m. and will be followed by the Soul vs. Orlando Predator's AFL game at 8. The Wounded Warriors are comprised of veteran service members use prosthetic devices.
November 26, 2013 |
STATE COLLEGE, Pa. - Bill O'Brien's youngest son, Michael, will often tell people he learned to throw a football from Tom Brady. It's hard for a 5-year-old not to fall in love with the game after having a catch with one of the greatest quarterbacks ever - who is coached by his father. Now Michael is 8, and he's still enamored with football. He watches games on TV and researches statistics afterward. His father is the head coach at Penn State, so he frequently stops by practices.
January 22, 2013
Wonderful Stan Musial The Phillies have always been my favorite baseball team, but Stan "The Man" Musial, who died Saturday at age 92, was always one of my favorite players, and his recent death greatly saddens me ("For Cards and baseball fans, Stan was simply 'the Man,'" Sunday). Stan was, indeed, just the nicest, most affable athlete ever. He gave freely of his time and rarely left his admirers until all autograph requests were "signed and sealed. " He had a big, friendly disposition, and this was ever-present both on and especially off the field.
November 19, 2012 |
First in a series on concussions in sports. Regina Green had her young and fearless days back when she played field hockey at Haddonfield High and at Georgetown. Once, she got slammed with a hockey stick to the face and needed 20 stitches. She went to a dance that night at her high school, proud to show off her wounds. Now, she's a mother and a senior nursing administrator who deals extensively with acquired brain injuries, and phrases such as informed consent have entered her vocabulary.
October 29, 2012 |
Brea, who just celebrated her 18th birthday, is considering enlisting in the Army or becoming a mechanic when she graduates from high school. In the meantime, she keeps busy with a variety of activities. A smart, shy and creative young lady, she enjoys video games, swimming, and playing basketball, volleyball, and flag football. Although she loves to cook and try new foods, her favorite is Caribbean cuisine. Brea also is interested in fashion, dance, music, and dogs. Math and chemistry are her favorite subjects in school.
June 15, 2012
IT'S BEEN an eventful offseason for the Eagles — one of the most ever during the Andy Reid era. Through trades, free-agent signings and the draft, they addressed several needs. Contract extensions to wide receiver DeSean Jackson and LeSean McCoy solved their most pressing in-house concerns. The rookie minicamp and offseason training activities went smoothly and, on Thursday, the Birds completed their final mandatory minicamp practice before training camp opens at Lehigh University in July.