March 23, 2012 |
It is an article of faith now in professional sports. The regular season is relevant only as a means to gain entry into the postseason. First place, eighth place, top seed, fifth seed - none of that matters, as long as you get in. The St. Louis Cardinals weren't better than the Phillies or the Texas Rangers last season. They were hotter in October and that's what mattered. The New York Giants were a steaming mess in the middle of the season, but rode a wave through the NFC playoffs and into another Super Bowl title.
January 27, 2012 |
Patrick Rodgers, the self-styled Philadelphia "vampire" whose celebrated legal fight with Wells Fargo Home Mortgage garnered national headlines last year, is a big Ron Paul fan. So the music promoter with custom-made fangs is attempting to get on the Pennsylvania primary ballot as a delegate for the Republican presidential candidate. If he wins a spot, he can then go to the Republican National Convention in August in Tampa, Fla., to support Paul. Vampire. Republican convention.
August 3, 2011 |
FOR SURE, there'll be some very familiar faces at the 50th annual Philadelphia Folk Festival, returning to the Old Pool Farm in Upper Salford Township in two weeks. Seasoned perennials such as Arlo Guthrie, Tom Rush, Tom Paxton and David Bromberg are among the guests coming back for the big birthday party, along with some of their rarely here contemporaries (Levon Helm, Jorma Kaukonen) and young turks of note like the Wood Brothers, Justin Townes Earle, Hoots & Hellmouth, Dan Bern and Trombone Shorty & Orleans Avenue.
August 19, 2010
If there's comfort in the mixed verdict on former Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich, it's knowing that Philadelphians aren't alone in the uphill battle against corruption. Chicago is Philly's rival in pay-to-play politics, and it showed in the cheers for Democrat Blagojevich after the verdict. A federal jury convicted him on only one of 24 charges, deadlocking on all other counts. Blagojevich was spared a worse fate by one holdout juror. Prosecutors vow to retry the case, which includes allegations that Blagojevich tried to sell the U.S. Senate seat formerly held by President Obama.
July 18, 2010
A model of fiscal probity I had to pinch myself to be sure I was awake when I saw the signer of the letter that criticized spending stimulus money on antismoking and food programs, in part because "everybody is tightening his or her belt" and some of the proposed expenditures are "a slap in the face to those Philadelphians who lost their jobs and homes to the slumping economy. " Simply unbelievable that this message ("Put federal money where it's really needed," Thursday) is brought to us by Joan L. Krajewski, who collected a reported DROP payment of $274,587 in 2008, retired for one day, and then bounced right back onto City Council.
March 9, 2010 |
Iron Age Theatre likes its history bloody and full of highly combustible racial tension (its last production, The Life of John Henry, placed the folk hero on a Southern chain gang). Thankfully, history - and drama - are happy to oblige. British playwright Simon Gray's 1978 The Rear Column watches a quintet of Victorian soldiers and gentlemen unravel in a Congo military encampment, surrounded by inscrutable natives, gunslinging Arab slave traders, cannibals, disease and death, dutifully awaiting the return of one H.M. Stanley.
December 7, 2008 |
Anybody who has ever played ice hockey - or even pickup street hockey - knows how defenseless it feels to be trailing a play as an opponent streaks down the ice/court on a breakaway. That's why Flyers winger Scott Hartnell has become a folk hero of sorts. Even if he did make a dumb play. Anybody who has ever played hockey has felt like doing what Hartnell did in the Flyers' draining 4-3 overtime win over Tampa Bay on Tuesday. With 16.3 seconds left in regulation and the score tied at 3-3, Tampa's Ryan Malone went in on a breakaway.
May 10, 2008 |
Wag-ging his tongue Mets reliever Billy Wagner concedes he's a bit like a cranky old man, capable of speaking out at any time, against anyone, on anything. Wagner, 36, who spent two seasons with the Phils, doesn't care how anyone reacts to what he says, and that includes his general manager, Omar Minaya, and manager, Willie Randolph. He knows time is running out for his chance to be on a championship team. "I've got two years," Wagner told the Bergen Record. "I'm losing a lot of patience.
December 26, 2007 |
June 26, 2007
BET AWARDS 2007. 8 tonight, BET. DON CHEADLE AS the late great Petey Greene? I couldn't quite see it. Being from the nonofficial side of Washington, D.C. - or Chocolate City, as Petey used to refer to it - I've never forgotten this folk hero and the profound impact he made on the city of Washington during the turbulent late 1960s and '70s. Petey Greene was a street cat, as they used to say. He wore platform shoes, bell-bottoms, wide lapels and other flamboyant styles of the era. He couldn't conjugate a verb correctly if his life depended on it. But you know what, he didn't care.