November 2, 2015 |
The NFL sent a memo to all 32 teams in late September asking their employees to refrain from making public comments about the officiating. The league admitted in the letter to being concerned that the criticism could "draw significant and unwanted public scrutiny. " Perhaps the logic was that the officiating crews do just fine all by themselves drawing significant and unwanted public scrutiny. The memo itself was infuriating, because it warned teams it should not share things they have been told by Dean Blandino, the third-year vice president of officiating.
October 2, 2015 |
IN AN UNORTHODOX theft last week, a man stole a papal flag from outside a Southwest Center City house just days before Pope Francis' visit to the city. Although the theft was not of biblical proportions, police have released a video of the culprit and his cohorts in a crusade to get them identified. "It would have been great if as soon as he touched the flag it just burnt up in his hand," Lt. John Stanford, a police spokesman, said of the blasphemous thief. According to police, about 6:30 a.m. Sept.
September 2, 2015 |
WE'RE CALLING BS on the NFL. Yesterday, in response to the release of a trailer for the film "Concussion" starring Will Smith, the league issued the following statement: "We are encouraged by the ongoing focus on the critical issue of player health and safety. We have no higher priority. We all know more about this issue than we did 10 or 20 years ago. As we continue to learn more, we apply those learnings to make our game and players safer. " What a crock. The film stars Smith as Dr. Bennet Omalu, who discovered chronic traumatic encephalopathy, or CTE, while doing an autopsy on the brain of Steelers center Mike Webster in 2002.
August 30, 2015 |
When World War II Navy veteran Marvin Hume died in April at 94, people wondered whether his family would continue his 40-year tradition of sunset flag-lowering ceremonies that use the casket flag of a different veteran each day of summer. But to his son Larry and the rest of the family, there was never any question of continuing the moving, patriotic, and just a wee bit Jersey Shore kitschy (cue Kate Smith) ceremony near by the little empire of gift shops and a restaurant they own at the tip of the Cape May Peninsula.
July 12, 2015 |
Rejoicing over the removal Friday of the Confederate battle flag from the South Carolina Capitol, leaders of the national NAACP said that their annual convention, beginning this weekend in Philadelphia, was coming at an extraordinary time. The flag that symbolized segregationism was lowered just hours before officials with the century-old civil rights group discussed the planned visits of two living presidents and the U.S. attorney general to the five-day gathering. Given the convention's theme - "Pursuing Liberty in the Face of Injustice" - and the recent tragedies underscoring the nation's stubborn racial divisions, removal of the flag after the recent church massacre of nine blacks in South Carolina was foremost on leaders' minds Friday.
July 3, 2015 |
FLAG SHORTBREAD COOKIES If you want extra-fancy, dip the backs of these babies in melted bittersweet dark chocolate. 12 ounces unsalted butter, softened 1 cup 10X sugar 3 cups all-purpose flour 1/2 teaspoon salt 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract Red and blue colored sugars Combine butter and 10X sugar. Stir in flour, salt and vanilla. Mix thoroughly. Chill. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. On a lightly floured surface, roll and cut dough into rectangular shapes, or press in a shortbread mold.
June 29, 2015 |
MONTGOMERY, Ala. - Last week, as their 23-day tour of civil-rights landmarks was about to begin in the Washington office of U.S. Rep. John Lewis (D., Ga.), the Anderson Monarchs learned that nine black churchgoers had died in a South Carolina massacre. Three days ago, when the Philadelphia youth baseball team's vintage bus stopped two blocks down Decatur Street from the hilltop where Alabama Gov. George Wallace once defiantly declared "Segregation forever," they saw that, for the first time anyone here could recall, no Confederate flags flew at the Alabama capitol.
June 28, 2015 |
The 76ers are close to making a decision that will dictate center Joel Embiid's immediate and long-term future, general manager Sam Hinkie said in a news conference Friday. Hinkie said that another surgery has not been ruled out, and that he can't see Embiid playing for either of the Sixers' two summer league teams. Embiid, 21, missed what would have been his rookie season after surgery last June to repair the navicular bone in his right foot. In March, nine months after his injury, Hinkie said Embiid had a CT scan that "looked right on schedule.
June 27, 2015 |
The National Park Service is removing all Confederate flag items on sale throughout the federal park system. The action, announced Thursday in the aftermath of the shootings of nine African Americans in Charleston, S.C., applies to merchandise in bookstores and gift shops, said Jonathan B. Jarvis, park service director. "We strive to tell the complete story of America," Jarvis said. "All sales items in parks are evaluated based on educational value and their connection to the park.
June 26, 2015 |
WYOMISSING, Pa. - The doors are locked at Valley Forge Flag Co. Employees must ring a newly installed doorbell and wait outside the dark tinted windows for someone to let them in. Inside, phones are ringing. The Berks County flag manufacturer, one of the nation's largest, has been fielding angry calls since making headlines Tuesday when it announced it would no longer make the Confederate battle flag. The decision came in the wake of the June 17 killing of nine black church members in Charleston, S.C., and growing public opposition to a flag seemingly embraced by alleged shooter Dylann Roof and others as a symbol of white supremacy and slavery.