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.
April 24, 2012 |
IN BRIAN DAWKINS' prime, the most rare part of his hybrid game might have been that amazing, shark-on-the-hunt deep-coverage skill, the way Dawk could adjust, arriving just in time to help a teammate, even if he'd been in another quadrant of the field when the ball left the quarterback's hands. But that isn't what Eagles fans will remember when they tell tales of No. 20 to their grandchildren on some far-off day, when Lincoln Financial Field is awaiting the wrecking ball and all the images from the Andy Reid era look impossibly dated and quaint.
November 2, 2011 |
SEVEN-TIME TOUR de France Lance Armstrong took a shot at Cowboys owner Jerry Jones after the Eagles routed Dallas, 34-7, on Sunday night. Armstrong, a Dallas native named after Lance Rentzel, a former receiver for the Cowboy, doesn't seem to like the direction Jones is taking the team. In a tweet on his Twitter account, Armstrong wrote: "If I had a few hundred million bucks I'd buy the Dallas Cowboys then get the hell outta the way. " It's not the first time Lance has tweeted about the team.
September 12, 2011
AFTER SPENDING his usual nonstop, six-day week as Philadelphia's unofficial Mayor of Recovery, Derrick Ford stretches out on a sofa in his Roxborough apartment, turns on the Eagles game and says, "Sunday is made for football - and rest. No phones ringing. No BlackBerries going off. I watch football all day. And the Phillies, of course. " But although he spends the afternoon cheering for breathtaking running back LeSean McCoy ("Way to keep your feet, baby boy!"), nakedly emotional defensive coordinator Juan Castillo ("This guy!
June 17, 2011 |
Brandon Kirsch has been living the dream of a professional athlete, but he hasn't had to quit his day job to achieve his goal. Kirsch signed with the Soul on May 20. He will earn his first start when the Soul (5-8) play host to the Tulsa Talons (5-7) in Friday's 7:05 p.m. Arena Football League game at the Wells Fargo Center. Kirsch takes over for fourth-year veteran quarterback Ryan Vena. In a league where the average salary is $400 a game, it is not unusual for players to be employed elsewhere during the week.
April 27, 2011 |
One of the first things any athlete learns is that he has to listen to what his body tells him. Nigerian-born Hakeem Olajuwon's favorite sport as a child was soccer, but as he continued to sprout, topping out at 7 feet, it became evident that maybe basketball was a better way to go. "The Dream" won two NBA championships with the Houston Rockets and in 2008 was inducted into the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame, so the switch was more...