January 19, 2015 |
Pieces of history come in all shapes and sizes, and one of the oddest shapes in the history of Philadelphia basketball is found on the third floor of Roman Catholic High School. The school at the corner of Broad and Vine Streets is celebrating its 125th anniversary this year, and so is the little gymnasium that sits atop the original structure, 66 steps from the street and a mile from the ordinary. When the school opened in 1890, James Naismith was still more than a year away from inventing basketball, so it isn't any wonder that the gym wasn't constructed with the game in mind.
January 12, 2015 |
Could a Thai kickboxing gym on Spring Garden Street be the city's next telecom incubator? The tattooed Muay Thai combatants James Gregory and David Platt think so. During one battering workout this spring, Gregory, 35, and Platt, 43, decided to execute on Platt's plan for a pay-to-use WiFi network in gentrifying Philadelphia neighborhoods that would offer an alternative to Comcast Corp. and Verizon Communications Inc. Platt, a network engineer, envisioned a "mesh" of WiFi access points through which people would access the Internet in homes and other places in the neighborhood for $30 a month.
December 31, 2014 |
SAN FRANCISCO - If you look at this plan that 76ers general manager Sam Hinkie has put together, Michael Carter-Williams is the face of it. Hinkie's first big move was getting rid of the young, All-Star point guard he inherited in Jrue Holiday and replacing him with Carter-Williams. Nights such as Saturday, in which MCW shot 2-for-20 from the floor during his team's 17-point loss to Utah, seldom happen, but there will be bad games. That is expected. But to measure him solely on his play on the floor isn't what coach Brett Brown will do. He exhaustedly uses the word "process," and Carter-Williams' growth is just that.
December 15, 2014 |
Fifty years ago, Kevin Washington walked into the Christian Street YMCA for the first time - a lanky, amiable kid who loved to shoot hoops. On Saturday night, Washington walked in again - but this time, he was the incoming president of YMCA of the USA, about to take the helm of 2,700 Y's nationally as the first African American chief executive of the organization. "This," said his old friend Barry Burwell, who first met Washington as a member of the safety patrol at Barratt Junior High in South Philadelphia, "is a big deal.
October 2, 2014
ETIQUETTE is not just about which fork to use. Perhaps more importantly, it's about your behavior and how you respectfully treat others. After all, isn't etiquette the invisible glue that holds civilized societies together? The obvious answer is a resounding yes! Unfortunately, nowhere is this loss of etiquette more apparent than at the gym. Is it the technology, permissive parenting, or are schools to blame for these obvious lapses in common sense and manners? While I can't pinpoint the exact root causes for these poor behaviors, here I endeavor to shed a little light on them.
September 28, 2014 |
Breaking a bad habit and replacing it with a new, healthier one isn't easy. Ask any habitual dieter, smoker, or prospective exerciser. One reason habits are so hard to change is "they are behaviors that get triggered by a particular situation that doesn't require you to think about them," says Russell Poldrack, a psychology professor at Stanford University who has studied habits and decision-making. "They can also be things that you keep on doing - even if you no longer get the results you used to. " Because of their automatic nature, habits are generally difficult for people to change through willpower alone.
September 25, 2014 |
A Delaware County gym teacher was arrested Tuesday and charged with sexually assaulting a 15-year-old female student in his office, officials said. William Barber, 38, of Glen Mills, taught physical education and health at Garnet Valley Middle School, where he also coached football and baseball. He was placed on administrative Monday evening, the school district wrote in a letter to parents Tuesday. The letter also described Barber as a popular teacher and the father of a 4-year-old daughter with cancer.
September 4, 2014 |
Bernard Hopkins drove south on Broad Street on Tuesday morning, breezing past Joe Frazier's old boxing gym, which has been turned into a discount furniture store. The gym at North Broad Street and Glenwood Avenue, where Hopkins' uncle took him when he was 9 years old, now advertises "knockout prices. " The brick-walled first floor - where Hopkins and most Philadelphia boxers learned the craft - is a showroom of couches and bureaus. Hopkins, the oldest world champion in boxing history at 49, plans to alter the building's future as early as next spring when the current lease ends.
August 11, 2014 |
This summer, I've gone to the gym six days a week, sometimes seven. What's my secret to staying motivated? Hot fitness instructors. I'm seeing several. I'm monogamous in romance but promiscuous with group fitness classes. I've yet to meet an ugly trainer. Phenomenal physical shape is a given, and in New York, most also work in acting, dancing, and other professionally attractive jobs. Thank goodness I'm a writer. My first fitness love was Edu. He was head-to-toe gorgeous, with muscles like a superhero.
June 19, 2014 |
It didn't bother Christian Carto that his opponent, Leroy Davila of New Brunswick, N.J., was nine years his elder and already had two USA Boxing national titles in the 108-pound division. The 17-year-old from Deptford displayed poise from the start of the national Golden Gloves championship bout on May 17 at the Las Vegas Hotel, beginning the first round with a hard left hand to Davila's stomach. "He let him know right off the bat," said Mickey Rosati, Carto's trainer. "It just set the tone: 'I'm not afraid of you. You're [nearly]