January 23, 2012
Amos Alonzo Stagg, Glenn "Pop" Warner, Knute Rockne, Paul "Bear" Bryant, and now Joe Paterno. The legendary Penn State coach, who died Sunday after battling lung cancer, has joined a pantheon of departed gridiron generals who pushed college football to its lofty place among America's pastimes. Even the tarnish to his reputation that Paterno deserved, for failing to act more decisively after the alleged rape of a young boy was reported to him, won't keep football historians from giving him his due as one of the greatest coaches ever to walk the sidelines.
January 22, 2012
Victor Davis Hanson is a classicist and historian at the Hoover Institution, Stanford University, and author of the just-released The End of Sparta In Greek mythology, the prophetess Cassandra was doomed both to tell the truth and to be ignored. Our modern version is a bankrupt Greece that we seem to discount. News accounts abound now of impoverished Athens residents scrounging pharmacies for scarce aspirin - as Greece is squeezed to make interest payments to the supposedly euro-pinching German banks.
January 19, 2012
AT TIMES, Aaron McKie gets that feeling again, the one he carries around in his pocket as if it is his license. Andre Iguodala feathers a pass to Evan Turner in midflight for a slam and the Wells Fargo crowd collectively hits its feet. Elton Brand hits the deck for a loose ball under his own basket. Evan Turner finishes off a tic-tac-toe fastbreak slam. Jrue Holiday goes behind his back on a drive down the lane in traffic, slamming it as punctuation, and the 15,201 hit their feet again.
January 15, 2012 |
There was a sign on the door outside the famous old gymnasium: "Camden High Basketball - Worth The Price Of Admission. " Finally, truth in advertising. Camden might not be a South Jersey power anymore, although the Panthers are moving back in that direction in a serious hurry. They might not be threats to win the program's 12th state title this March and force maintenance to repaint that center circle on the floor of Clarence Turner Gymnasium. But something is happening with this proud, old program.
December 11, 2011
A Cultural, Visual, and Personal History By Robert Hughes Knopf. 512 pp. $35 Reviewed by John Timpane Could you have a better guide to Rome than Robert Hughes? To the idea of Rome, I mean, or, closer yet, to the idea of the history of Rome? This book is a panoramic account of Rome's several ascents: pagan empire of 1,229 years; Christian empire for nearly as long; capital of art for millenniums; one of the homes of modernism; dysfunctional yet somehow influential modern citadel of corruption.
November 9, 2011 |
EVERY SON tries to one-up his father. Heck, isn't that half the fun of being a boy, especially as the years zip by and cluelessness yields to perception? Friday night at 7 o'clock, before what promises to be a large, energized crowd at Northeast's Charlie Martin Memorial Stadium, Mike Piscopo will have a chance to help La Salle High win a fourth straight Catholic AAAA football championship. Piscopo, a 6-1, 190-pound senior, makes his most significant contributions at outside linebacker.
October 19, 2011
THE ROYAL THEATER is in Southwest Center City, but three historic venues in transition are on North Broad Street: * Uptown Theater, near Dauphin. Built in 1927. Art deco building opened in 1929 as a movie house. From 1951 to 1978, known as Philadelphia's version of Harlem's Apollo Theater. Listed on National Register of Historic Places in 1982. Renovation of Education and Entertainment Tower began in August. Got $10,000 grant from National Trust for Historic Preservation to preserve theater's historic features.
October 19, 2011 |
If it seemed odd that the new owners of the 76ers would hold a loud celebration Tuesday to mark their acquisition of a becalmed basketball team that plays in a league that currently doesn't exist, then you haven't really paid attention to how these guys run their businesses. The group led by Joshua Harris and David Blitzer, two men who have done very well moving money from one pocket to the next, didn't buy the Sixers despite the fact the team operates in the red and isn't a very attractive commodity on the market.
September 23, 2011 |
Those who witness Saturday night's ATP Champions Tour Shootout at the Wells Fargo Center will see something most U.S. tennis fans haven't over the last decade - American men with Grand Slam titles. The fab four competing here - Pete Sampras, Andre Agassi, Jim Courier, and Jimmy Connors - combined to capture 34 majors. That's 34 more than U.S. males have won since 2003, when Andy Roddick took the U.S. Open. Whether this drought is the result of cyclical factors, the game's globalization or something systemic has become a popular topic of tennis debate and one that defies easy answers.