October 5, 2003 |
The football helmet is more than headgear, more than a hard, shiny hat. It's more than colors and logos and decals, padding and foam. It's more than scars, scratches and scuff marks. "It's a billboard for your entire season," said Craig Rittase, a reserve wide receiver for Owen J. Roberts in 1984 and '85. Rittase, of Pottstown, is an avid collector of helmets. His collection of miniature replicas numbers about 65, including the entire USFL, some NFL throwbacks, a commemorative XFL championship helmet, and even the old Philadelphia Bell.
September 15, 1995 |
What was once weaker is now more powerful and rough, Leaving the road ahead even more tough. The killer has given pain and rage, But when will he break out of his dependent cage. - Sean Ruffing Sean Ruffing, Downingtown linebacker/slotback and poet, is, in his own words, "more than just a football jock. " "Basically, I'm deeper than people think," Ruffing said. "When I hit the football field, I'm an athlete, a jock. But off the field, I'm not the big macho type everyone expects.
June 25, 2014 |
THREE GEORGE Washington High School students were involved earlier this month in a brawl so intense that school police had trouble breaking it up, according to law enforcement and court documents. One of those intervening officers, Sgt. Daryl Giles, a 19-year veteran, died of a heart attack five hours after the June 2 brawl, authorities said. An hour or so after the fight, Giles was visibly sweating, complained of indigestion and "was popping Tums," witnesses said. He later went to the bathroom, where he was found unconscious, the district said.
December 20, 2012 |
MONROE, Conn. - When the children who survived a shooting that killed 20 of their classmates return to school in a different building, they will find things just as they left them Friday, down to the water bottles and boxes of crayons on their desks. They will have their same chairs and desks, when possible. Their classroom walls will be painted the same colors and be hung with the same pictures. The new Sandy Hook Elementary will be in a vacant middle school in Monroe, about six miles from the old school.
March 5, 1998 |
Kristin McMenamin won't be hard to spot at the state Class AA swimming championships March 13-14 at Penn State. She'll be the girl wearing the goggles and the football helmet. Well, the goggles for sure. But the football helmet is always a possibility for the Gwynedd-Mercy Academy senior. McMenamin is flamboyant, spontaneous, and not afraid to accept a challenge. She has not only made herself one of the best swimmers in Class AA but a team leader whom the Monarchs rallied around to claim their second straight District 1 Class AA title last weekend at Penn.
May 15, 1995 |
IT'S THE BIGGEST, NEWEST, A WORLD RECORD-HOLDER It's the biggest ever. At 4.8 acres, it's five times bigger than the Guinness Museum in London. It will display more than 100 of the world's best-known superlatives: full-scale models of the tallest man, the smallest bicycle, the longest car, the biggest cake. And more than one million visitors a year are expected to walk through its doors. It's big enough to qualify for the Guinness Book of Records. It's the new . . . Guinness Book of Records Museum.
October 28, 2011
NHL should push for player safety Seventy-five years ago, football players wore head protection so rudimentary that the leather football helmet has become a comic marker of a game played by the foolhardy. Today, fans cringe at the concept of a player going on the field with anything less than the best protection current technology can provide. Fifty years ago, goalies in the National Hockey League began to reluctantly don face masks to ward off potentially devastating injury, but they were doing so within a culture of players and coaches who considered a masked goaltender as "soft.
May 26, 2002 |
Madonna, Cher and Britney Spears will be in Washington Township next week. Well, not really. But celebrity look-alikes and other performers will stage a benefit show for Jonathan Dunn, a Washington Township High School senior who was diagnosed in March with Hodgkin's lymphoma, a cancer that starts in lymphatic tissue. In sports terms - the 18-year-old varsity football and basketball player's favorite language - a softball-size tumor is growing on his heart. Because of its size and location, doctors can't operate, so Dunn has been undergoing chemotherapy for eight weeks.
January 22, 2010 |
The ancient Rome of gladiators and senators, conquering armies and slaves, togas and helmets will be the focus of the next exhibition at the National Constitution Center. "Ancient Rome & America," which will run Feb. 19 through Aug. 1, will consist of more than 300 artifacts and artworks from lending institutions in Florence, Rome, Naples, and 40 U.S. institutions, said David Eisner, the center's new president. The center is curating it with Contemporanea Progetti of Florence and the Ministry of Cultural Heritage and Activities in Rome.
September 2, 2004 |
A white Villanova game jersey hangs inside the locker. A football helmet is on a side hook. Everything is there. Shoulder pads on a shelf. Some Nike football shoes and game pants. A pair of white game socks. All ready to be worn. Except the equipment is behind glass inside Villanova's football locker room. It's a tribute to a dead teammate. David Reid's locker was right in the middle of the back row. Now, it's preserved as a memorial. Reid, a 20-year-old from Medford, N.J., died in July in a swimming pool accident.