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October 13, 2009
LAST WEEK'S announcement that two Catholic schools would be closing their doors had the city and neighborhoods reeling. One of our readers saw the news as a chance for a grand gesture to mark the passing. Here's the idea - which we heartily endorse - in the reader's own words: "Publics vs. Catholics. In each neighborhood in the city, these adjectives fueled great rivalries that included bragging rights, hatred and love, but most of all respect. Before the stratification of society, people from both camps lived next to each other and looked to an annual Thanksgiving Day gridiron clash for a sense of pride lasting the entire year.
ENTERTAINMENT
February 12, 1986 | By STUART D. BYKOFSKY, Daily News Staff Writer
Banned in Boston, pummeled by the Pope, "Hail Mary" is expected to be greeted by demonstrators starting Friday when it opens a one-week engagement at TLA, 334 South St. The controversial film by Jean-Luc Godard moves the story of the Virgin Mary to modern times. Mary is portrayed as the basketball-playing, gasoline- pumping teenage daughter of a gas station owner, and the girlfriend of a taxi driver named Joseph. She appears nude in a couple of scenes. Between 10 and 20 pickets demonstrated in front of TLA each of the last two weekends.
SPORTS
November 1, 1999 | Daily News Wire Services
Tim Couch threw up a prayer, and Kevin Johnson answered it. That gift from above gave the visiting Cleveland Browns their first win of a long season in the most improbable of ways. One mighty heave and one fortunate tip and one heads-up catch turned a two-point defeat into a 21-16 victory over the New Orleans Saints (1-6) yesterday. Couch's 56-yard "Hail Mary" pass on the final play of the game turned a downtrodden team's heartbreak into elation. And as they left the field, the Browns (1-7)
SPORTS
November 4, 1991 | Daily News sports writer Mike Kern from wire reports
Sure, the Atlanta Falcons were lucky. Yet, it's not as though yesterday was the first time their "Big Ben" (more commonly known as a Hail Mary) pass play capped off a fantastic finish. Heck, this wasn't even the first time it's worked against the San Francisco 49ers. Backup quarterback Billy Joe Tolliver threw a 44-yard pass into a crowd of eight players just beyond the goal line, and Michael Haynes came down with it for the touchdown with one second left that gave Atlanta (5-4)
NEWS
February 14, 1986 | By William W. Sutton Jr., Inquirer Staff Writer
City Councilmen Francis X. Rafferty and David Cohen rarely see eye to eye on issues, but yesterday they joined in protest against the controversial film Hail Mary, which is to open today at the Theater of the Living Arts. Rafferty, who is Catholic, called it "a smack in the face not only to the Catholic faith, but to Christians everywhere," while Cohen, who is Jewish, said it was "offensive to all people. " In the last several days, the Theater of the Living Arts has been deluged with more than 1,000 letters and has received about 100 telephone calls a day as a part of a campaign organized by the Archdiocese of Philadelphia in objection to the theater's decision to show the film, by French director Jean- Luc Godard.
SPORTS
September 12, 1996 | by Dick Jerardi, Daily News Sports Writer
A generation can pass and all fans of the maize and blue still will shut their eyes as they see replays of the Hail Mary pass Kordell Stewart threw two years ago getting tipped into the air. None will forget that ball landing in the hands of Michael Westbrook. They won't forget Michigan losing that game to Colorado in Ann Arbor. They won't forget it ever. They won't forget it in State College, Pa., either. That bizarre play, in many ways, changed the entire course of the 1994 college football season.
NEWS
October 26, 1997 | By Howard Goodman and Russell E. Eshleman Jr., INQUIRER STAFF WRITERS Inquirer staff writer Craig McCoy contributed to this article
The clock was ticking on the Philadelphia Naval Shipyard in the late summer of 1995, and the city's desperate play for resurrection - a deal with the German shipbuilder Meyer Werft - was collapsing, too. A week before the end, Terry Gillen saw it coming. Freighted by foreboding, with 2,000 jobs on the block, the city official looked upon a sea of faces at a union meeting. "What are we going to do with all these people?" she thought. She was still wondering when the yard formally closed, on Sept.
NEWS
February 26, 1986
The merits of Hail Mary notwithstanding, Desmond Ryan really should study his theology before reviewing a film about "the Immaculate Conception of Jesus. " The dogma of the Immaculate Conception refers to Mary's having been born without original sin, which is a separate theological issue from the Virgin Birth, which this so-called enlightened film purports to be about. J.E. Iannucci Havertown.
SPORTS
June 23, 2014 | By Kyle Phillippi, PHILLY.COM
There may not be a worse way to lose in football than on a Hail Mary. The Soul fell victim to this play at the hands of the Cleveland Gladiators with no time remaining and lost their third game in a row, 69-68, at the Wells Fargo Center. The Soul held a 68-63 lead with two seconds remaining after a 3-yard touchdown pass from quarterback Dan Raudabaugh to wide receiver Markee White. On the ensuing possession, Gladiators quarterback Shane Austin tossed up a prayer into the end zone.
SPORTS
December 2, 2000 | By Todd Zolecki, INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
That freak of nature in shoulder pads just might be the greatest football player ever in the Catholic League. Kevin Jones made a case for himself last night in the Catholic League Red Division championship game at Northeast High. The senior scored four touchdowns against St. Joseph's Prep, leading Cardinal O'Hara to a 35-10 victory. Jones jumped over some tacklers, juked others, and simply outran the rest. And that was only when he carried the ball. When he did not, he outjumped three Prep defenders for a touchdown catch on a Hail Mary pass as time expired at halftime, giving the Lions a 21-3 lead.
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May 1, 2015 | Philly Clout
IN THIS SPECIAL edition of Clout, we're focusing on Philadelphia's judicial elections. That's when local attorneys are forced to debase themselves by wading into a fetid political hot tub with fistfuls of cash before rinsing off, donning a nice black robe and taking their rightful seat on the bench. Candidates for Common Pleas Court, for instance, are expected to make a "contribution" - $35,000 should do it - to U.S. Rep. Bob Brady's Democratic City Committee in exchange for the party's endorsement.
SPORTS
April 17, 2015 | BY ED BARKOWITZ, Daily News Staff Writer barkowe@phillynews.com
IN THEIR THREE games last year, Cleveland was the baby and the Soul was the diaper. Each time, the Soul had a late lead against its division rival and each time, the Gladiators strutted off with the win. Those losses lingered like a trash bin filled with rotting seafood. "A lot of times last year, we fell short and our record [9-9] reflected that," defensive lineman Bryan Robinson said. "This year, we're trying to stay on ourselves about going the extra mile, doing the extra work.
SPORTS
October 29, 2014 | BY MIKE KERN, Daily News Staff Writer kernm@phillynews.com
VILLANOVA, ranked fifth in FCS, is coming off a huge, last-minute comeback win at then-No. 15 William & Mary. Next week, the Wildcats (6-1) face another pivotal road game at No. 16 Richmond. First, they must make sure they take care of business tomorrow afternoon at home against Morgan State (4-3). Good thing that coach Andy Talley believes he has a mature enough group to handle it. "I guess you could say this is one of those 'trap' games," he said. "I think our team knows the situation.
SPORTS
September 19, 2014 | BY AARON CARTER, Daily News Staff Writer cartera@phillynews.com
JOHN BARTRAM HIGH had just scored the go-ahead touchdown with 1:14 remaining last night against Simon Gratz when a Bartram assistant coach uttered prophetic words as the Braves prepared to kick off to Bulldogs senior Shawn Williams. "He's a home-run hitter," James Ockimey said. "He makes me nervous. " Seconds later, Williams fielded the kick at the 6 and motored to the 50. Just one problem: Yellow flags littered the field. A block in the back negated Williams' wheels - temporarily.
SPORTS
June 23, 2014 | By Kyle Phillippi, PHILLY.COM
There may not be a worse way to lose in football than on a Hail Mary. The Soul fell victim to this play at the hands of the Cleveland Gladiators with no time remaining and lost their third game in a row, 69-68, at the Wells Fargo Center. The Soul held a 68-63 lead with two seconds remaining after a 3-yard touchdown pass from quarterback Dan Raudabaugh to wide receiver Markee White. On the ensuing possession, Gladiators quarterback Shane Austin tossed up a prayer into the end zone.
NEWS
June 13, 2014 | BY JENNY DeHUFF, Daily News Staff Writer dehuffj@phillynews.com, 215-854-5218
ACCUSING THE SCHOOL DISTRICT of "foot dragging" when it comes to supporting itself financially, City Council members gave school officials a finger-wagging yesterday before voting to lend them a helping hand. City Council's Committee on Finance approved a Hail Mary $27 million in short-term borrowing for the school district to pay its bills by June 30 - the end of the fiscal year. But that number fell short of what district officials had hoped for, a loan of $55 million - the maximum amount allowed by the quasi-government Philadelphia Industrial Development Corp.
SPORTS
December 4, 2013 | BY MIKE KERN, Daily News Staff Writer kernm@phillynews.com
THE DIFFERENCE between 1-11 and 2-10 is negligible. Except maybe for the team that finished with a 20-point win at Memphis after losing four straight in which it was either tied or leading going into the fourth quarter, including two that came down to the final seconds. Particularly if you're a team that'll still only have a handful of seniors next year. To all the ones coming back, it's something. "We wanted to let people know where we're going to be headed next year," said Temple sophomore center Kyle Friend, who was on the field for every offensive play.
SPORTS
August 16, 2013 | BY PAUL DOMOWITCH
IF YOU WERE HOPING to see a resolution in the Eagles' quarterback battle last night, you went to bed disappointed. On to Jacksonville, boys! "You can put your pens down if you think we're going to name our starting quarterback right now," coach Chip Kelly said after the Eagles' 14-9 preseason win over the Carolina Panthers. After another pair of impressive performances by Michael Vick and Nick Foles, a more pertinent question than who will be the team's starting quarterback in Week 1 might be this: Does it really matter?
SPORTS
October 16, 2012 | BY TED SILARY, Daily News Staff Writer
JEREMIAH AGRIO began walking to the sideline. After all, he's not a member of Archbishop Ryan's point-after-touchdown unit, and the Raiders faced a one-point deficit in Saturday night's Catholic League AAAA overtime classic, played at Northeast High, after Mark Ostaszewski powered into the end zone on a 1-yard sneak. But then, Agrio was told to stop. And turn around. "It was such a back-and-forth game," said coach Frank McArdle. "We thought it would be fair to give our guys a chance to win. "Before the OT started, [offensive coordinator]
NEWS
October 10, 2012 | BY SARA KHAN, Daily News Staff Writer
SAMUEL Casey Carter, the man tasked with running a group that recently took control of the area's parochial high schools, has a big to-do list. "We need to increase fundraising, drive enrollment, market our schools differently and enhance our offerings," Carter said. The financially beleaguered Archdiocese of Philadelphia and a collaboration of civic and business leaders established the Faith in the Future Foundation, where Carter is chief executive, to independently manage its 17 Catholic high schools and four special-education schools.
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