November 20, 2015 |
THE 9-YEAR-OLD boys of the West Philadelphia Tarheels Pop Warner football team - who have an 11-0 record this season that includes nine shutouts - have been fighting hard with the belief that if they won regionals, they'd get to play at Walt Disney World. But now, it's their parents who are fighting hard for them after a midseason decision, by national Pop Warner officials, to change the region's Mitey-Mites' playoffs to an invitational, killing the undefeated team's dream of playing at the Magic Kingdom.
November 19, 2015 |
1. Archbishop Wood: 10-0 2. Imhotep: 10-0 3. St. Joseph's Prep: 7-2 4. Haverford School: 10-0 5. Malvern Prep: 8-2 6. La Salle: 6-3 7. Northeast: 11-0 8. Simon Gratz: 9-2 9. West Catholic: 7-4 10. Del-Val : 6-5 Also considered: Ben Franklin (8-2), West Philadelphia (6-3), Penn Charter (5-4), Prep Charter (6-2), King (6-4). On Twitter: @AceCarterINQ
November 14, 2015 |
Like the rest of Temple's football team, running back Jahad Thomas isn't much of a numbers guy. But the number he is about to approach is hard to ignore. When No. 21 Temple visits South Florida on Saturday in an American Athletic Conference game with much at stake for both teams, Thomas will be on the verge of joining some select company. Since Temple first fielded a football team in 1894, the Owls have had a running back rush for 1,000 yards in a season 12 times, accomplished by nine players.
November 12, 2015 |
THE ONLY TIME Temple's football team has ever won an outright conference crown was 1967, when the Owls went 7-2, 4-0 in the old Middle Atlantic, where they had to beat out Bucknell, Hofstra, Delaware and Gettysburg. That was three years before Wayne Hardin arrived in North Philly. Six years ago, they were co-champions in the East Division of that other MAC (Mid-American). But they didn't play in the title game, because they lost the head-to-head tiebreaker at Ohio in the finale. And that's it. As coach Matt Rhule has said, there's not a lot of trophies in their trophy case.
November 12, 2015 |
EVERY COLLEGE that relies on the revenue generated from college football or basketball programs should take keen interest in what just happened at the University of Missouri. In an act worthy of the spirit of the Montgomery, Ala., bus boycott during the civil rights movement, more than 30 black players brought down the university's president, Timothy M. Wolfe, and chancellor R. Bowen Loftin by simply saying they would no longer participate. Whether or not you agree with the result of this student protest, it was a clear example of the football players recognizing the influence they had over the university and using it to effect change.
November 12, 2015
THAT'S AMAZING, what just happened at the University of Missouri. Tim Wolfe, president of the University of Missouri system, resigned Monday. From a distance, he looks like a leader who had lost his last follower. He had ignored warnings and pleadings on the flagship campus in Columbia, Mo., that the university needed to deal forcefully with a series of racist incidents. Even as demonstrators confronted him at the homecoming parade, and as one student went on a hunger strike, Wolfe did his best to avoid the crisis.
November 10, 2015 |
MISSOURI'S football team had a picture-perfect response to the university's handling of recent racial tensions on campus. On Sunday, head coach Gary Pinkel tweeted a photo of the the players arm-in-arm with the message: "The Mizzou Family stands as one. We are united. We are behind our players. " The team has reportedly decided not to play until university president Timothy M. Wolfe steps down or is removed. For several months, groups at the school have been protesting racist acts on campus.
November 6, 2015 |
Christian Hackenberg admits that last year, he often played "outside of myself trying to do something great" for the Penn State offense with his arm. That usually consisted of a pass into heavy coverage that would be caught by the opposing team. The Nittany Lions quarterback threw 15 interceptions in 2014, tied for first in the Big Ten, and vowed at some point that he would take better care of the football when he returned to the field for his junior year. The difference has been striking.
November 1, 2015 |
The heft of the following day's Inquirer - as big and bulky as a medieval Bible - symbolized how newsy Saturday, Oct. 29, 1960, had been. On a day reporters described as "rainy, raw and bleak," President Eisenhower delivered a major address at the Bellevue-Stratford hotel, citing both the accomplishments of his outgoing administration and the reasons Americans should support the Republican hoping to succeed him, Richard Nixon. With the presidential election just 10 days away, the Democratic candidate, John F. Kennedy, also was in Philadelphia that Saturday.