August 12, 2014
THERE WAS no artificial turf or an inflatable plastic Eagles head for the players to run through onto the field, when the Birds won the 1960 NFL championship at Franklin Field, their home from 1958-70. But despite those differences, the bricks and concrete were the same yesterday, as the Eagles held their final public training-camp practice in front of a crowd of about 28,000 people, in the oldest stadium still being used for NCAA football, built on the Penn campus in 1895. Legends from the past were honored, and attendees included Chuck Bednarik, Pete Retzlaff and Jeremiah Trotter, among more than 30 others.
June 27, 2014 |
THE LAST time the Eagles won an NFL championship, the game was played at Franklin Field, the team's home from 1958-70. As part of this year's training camp schedule, one of the Birds' three open practices will take them back there for what's believed to be the first time since 1970. The date is Sunday, Aug. 10, with a start time of 12:15 p.m. That's subject to change. "We are excited to have the Eagles return," said Steve Bilsky, Penn's outgoing director of athletics. "The Eagles enjoyed so many memorable moments here, and we think [it]
August 12, 2014 |
They saved Chuck Bednarik's introduction for last. He emerged Sunday onto Franklin Field through a giant, inflatable Eagles helmet. Steadying himself on a walker, the 89-year-old could not reach out to shake hands as he passed the column of current Eagles. So they went to him. Eagles linebacker Connor Barwin leaned in and said a few words. The two stood just a few yards from the spot where Bednarik sat on Green Bay running back Jim Taylor as the clock expired in the 1960 NFL championship game.
April 18, 2014 |
The men and women who run in the collegiate events at the Penn Relays face so much more at the carnival than the opportunity to compete on the track at Franklin Field for precious seconds out of a three-day, 36-hour, 250-event spectacle. There are distractions and changes from a normal track meet that tend to throw off newcomers and athletes who aren't tough-minded. Coaches like to see how their runners handle the commotion and difficulties at Penn, experiences that prepare them for future meets.
September 10, 2016 |
La Salle and Malvern Prep are set to play under the lights and in front of a large crowd at historic Franklin Field. Aaron Brady, Malvern's third-year coach, says he spent considerable time talking with Penn administrators over the last year to make the contest a reality. "It's an opportunity to play on a great field against a great team," Brady said. "It's going to be a memorable experience for the kids. " La Salle, ranked No. 6 in Southeastern Pennsylvania by the Inquirer, and No. 8 Malvern will square off at 8 p.m. Friday.
September 30, 2015 |
They were just unpacking the GPS devices from the boxes in Penn's basketball offices. For their cars? No, for practice. Every Quakers men's hoops player is going to get a tracking device for the back of his jersey. It weighs about an ounce. "I don't know if we're allowed to wear them in games or not," said men's basketball coach Steve Donahue. "We're trying to figure that out. " Miles toiled will be added to a database that closely monitors sleep and nutrition and - here's where things really get state-of-the-art - individual traits such as load and explode and drive abilities.
May 2, 2015 |
Frank Olivo, the Santa Claus who got pelted with snowballs at the Eagles game that winter day in 1968, died Thursday, April 30, at Kindred Hospital Philadelphia-Havertown. Mr. Olivo, 66, of Glenolden, had battled heart disease, diabetes, and other ailments for 25 years, and had been seriously ill since mid-January. A South Philadelphia native, Mr. Olivo, known as "Frankie," was a barber, worked for years in the casino industry in Atlantic City, sold cars, and was in the mortgage business.
June 27, 2014
Franklin Field will host one of three open Eagles practices during training camp, which begins July 25. The Eagles will practice at Franklin Field on Aug. 10 and at Lincoln Financial Field on July 28 and Aug. 3. Most practices will take place at the NovaCare Complex, where a few spectators, including season-ticket holders, will be selected to attend. Tickets for the open practice at Franklin Field will be available at PennAthletics.com/Eagles beginning at 10 a.m. July 16. The two practices at the Linc will not require tickets.
September 12, 2016 |
Filling in for injured halfback O'Shaan Allison, Zac Fernandez proved to be the X-factor for Malvern Prep in its nonleague triumph Friday night over La Salle. Fernandez, usually a slotback, carried 17 times for 94 yards and made an 11-yard touchdown catch as the Friars topped the Explorers, 21-12, at Franklin Field. Allison, a junior who rushed for 1,500 yards and 18 scores last season, sat out after suffering a shoulder injury in the previous week's 47-30 loss to South Jersey's St. Augustine Prep.