September 28, 2007
Directed by Andy Fickman, with Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson, Madison Pettis, Kyra Sedgwick, and Roselyn Sanchez. Distributed by Walt Disney Pictures. 1 hour, 50 mins. PG (mild sexuality). Playing at: area theaters. 1. There can never be too many football movies. 2. There can never be too many Shirley Temple clones. The Rock is amiable and genuinely funny as Joe "The King" Kingman, the fish-out-of-the-gridiron who has to learn that girls don't like power shakes and that ballet is cool.
November 1, 1988 |
It could have been a night for an upset. Lower Merion had lost its last two games, and its starting quarterback in the last one. The Aces started James Pollard at quarterback, where he had taken all of four snaps this season. But Pollard knew on whom to depend whenever Lower Merion had the ball: three seniors who have carried the Aces offense all season - Kevin Mosley, Bill Chou and Michael Moses. And when it was over, Lower Merion had a 20-6 Central League victory at Haverford High, evening its league record at 3-3 and improving to 5-3 overall.
January 12, 1989 |
Bud Gardler likes to put well-rounded teams on the floor. But when the season started, given the youth and abilities of the players he had, the emphasis in the Lions' game plan looked to be on half-court offense and zone defense. Two games and two victories into the Catholic League South schedule, those preconceptions have gone out the window. Tuesday night at O'Hara, the Lions (2-0, 9-2) deployed a man-to-man defense with enough hustling intensity to hold visiting Archbishop Carroll (0-1, 7-5)
February 3, 2012
By William C. Kashatus Andy Reid, who's been with the Philadelphia Eagles for 13 seasons, enjoys the longest tenure of any head coach among the city's professional sports teams. But his inability to win a Super Bowl, an antagonistic relationship with the local media, and the growing disenchantment of Eagles fans suggest that his days are numbered. Whether he can extend his career beyond 2013, when his contract expires, remains to be seen. Still, Reid could learn a few lessons from two legendary coaches, Connie Mack and Joe Paterno.
April 18, 2014 |
JAKE VORACEK was not shy. Thinking back to the Flyers' 3-1 loss to the Rangers at Madison Square Garden on March 26, Voracek said New York defenseman Ryan McDonagh "owned" his line. "We were overthinking it too much against him," Voracek said. "He's a very smart defenseman; he reads the ice very well. He's so good at picking off passes. " With Ray Emery filling in for the injured Steve Mason in Game 1, and even less room for error, McDonagh's stout work at the blue line has forced Flyers coach Craig Berube to alter his game plan.
October 17, 1994 |
In the weeks to come, Upper Darby's football players will live by the adage that practice makes perfect. Each weekday afternoon, the Royals will listen attentively to their coaches, dedicate themselves to a game plan, and put all of their effort into not straying from it. Why? Because they have seemed to find success by those means. On a sun-filled Saturday afternoon, Upper Darby took unbeaten Ridley and turned the Raiders upside down with an eye-popping 25-0 victory that was sure to be heard all around the Central League.
September 7, 2003 |
By now, Andy Reid has worked through most of his famous notebook. The results speak for themselves: a 43-28 overall record, three consecutive playoff appearances, and two straight trips to the NFC championship game. The one hole that remains in Reid's curriculum vitae? The Super Bowl. With that final goal left to achieve, it is clear Reid will stick with The Plan he brought from Green Bay in a thick three-ring binder. But what exactly is The Plan? Some elements are obvious enough - the West Coast-style offense, a franchise quarterback - but Reid seldom reveals much more than that in interviews.
December 19, 2000 |
The School at Church Farm coach Will Frantz found out a few things about his boys' basketball team last night. One, the Griffins do have a bench capable of scoring. Two, his team may be a little deeper than he originally thought. The reason for the optimism? Church Farm played its best game of the season, ripping Devon Prep, 75-48, in a nonleague game to improve to 6-1 overall this season. The Griffins did it without starting point guard Glenn Bonsu, who is recovering from a sprained ankle, and with leading scorer Rico Negron while he is battling the flu and playing with a broken bone in his right foot.
September 4, 2014 |
The Eagles run a 3-4 base defense, and as long as Chip Kelly is head coach there is no going back to the 4-3. That may be difficult for some to hear because the Eagles historically had some of the best 4-3 fronts and some of the best pass-rushing linemen of the last 25 years. But there are different ways to win on the line, and Kelly and defensive coaches Bill Davis and Jerry Azzinaro have their reasons for favoring a two-gap scheme. One of the reasons, Kelly has said, is to combat the increasing number of teams that spread the field.
December 15, 2014 |
Before the Northwest Raiders stormed onto the field and dominated the Pop Warner National Super Bowl Championship for the "Midget" division, their star running back was listening to Drake's song "Draft Day," getting his mind in the game. Sometimes I laugh with God about how you can't stop me I'm his darkest angel, probably, but he still got me As Drake rapped about Johnny Manziel getting drafted, 15-year-old Isheem Young of North Philadelphia was getting pumped up - for his most high-profile game to date, playing at Disney World in Orlando, Fla., for the national championship, broadcast live on ESPN2.