May 1, 2015 |
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.
April 17, 2015 |
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.
October 29, 2014 |
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.
September 19, 2014 |
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.
June 23, 2014 |
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.
June 13, 2014 |
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.
December 4, 2013 |
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.
August 16, 2013 |
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?
October 16, 2012 |
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]
October 10, 2012 |
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.