February 22, 1987 |
Pro basketball's MVP award has been welded to Larry Bird's mantelpiece for three years now, no doubt protected by a moat and guarded by a pack of Doberman pinschers. Before this season, it seemed as if the trophy was Bird's permanent property. He had more MVP trophies than Steve Carlton had no-comments. Turns out, he may have been only renting it after all. Judging from the early caucuses, this year's MVP balloting is tilting toward Earvin Johnson, who has brilliantly waved his Magic wand to keep the Lakers levitating above the rest of the NBA with a 40-13 record.
September 3, 1998 |
There was no way Chafie Fields could hide the frustration, the anger and the disappointment he felt when he emerged from a sweaty Citrus Bowl dressing room after Penn State's 21-6 loss to Florida last New Year's Day. The fleet flanker from Mastbaum Vocational with the gazelle-like stride had figured he would be a go-to guy because Joe Jurevicius, the Nittany Lions' leading receiver, had been told by coach Joe Paterno to stay home as a result of...
February 2, 2015 |
There's a pervasive pessimism in Philadelphia that too often sours the city's progress. It's a defeatist culture most evident among sports fans who fear their enthusiasm for the Phillies, Eagles, or Flyers will always be disappointed. But it also dampens support for critical needs - like better education for children. The right mayor can change that. He or she must be able to make Philadelphians believe that their schools can be great. That task is too big for a superintendent. It requires the heavy lifting of a mayor to persuade a city to move beyond scraping together just enough cash to fill the School District's annual budget gaps.
October 11, 1999 |
It was an emotional week all around for the Pennypacker family, leading up to the Pottsgrove football coach's final game against his son, Spring-Ford lineman Ross Pennypacker. Spring-Ford won the contest Friday night, 19-14, in a hard-fought game that belied the love between the father and son. "It was a great game. We had a chance to beat them - I think we outplayed them," Rick Pennypacker said. "We double-teamed [Ross] every play. He wasn't going to beat me. " At the end of the game, the two met one last time on the 50-yard line - alone - and then returned to their respective teams.
October 10, 2011 |
Passing along some city high school football tidbits . . . Germantown's Will Parks already owned a scholarship to Pittsburgh for his cornerbacking skills and major respect for his pass-catching prowess. Then, as the Bears on Friday claimed a 24-12 win over visiting Northeast, the defending Public AAAA champ, he may have set an off-the-wall city record as a rusher. Parks posted three touchdowns while ringing up the not-so-grand total of 7 yards (on five carries).
November 26, 1997 |
A Common Pleas Court judge yesterday gave the city's Department of Records until May to record as many as 18,000 deeds, mortgages and other real estate documents that have languished for as long as 10 months. In a four-hour hearing, Judge Eugene Cohen sent a pointed message to Records Commissioner Joan Decker: Catch up by mid-1998 on filing deed transfers and other documents. The department has until Dec. 23 to devise a plan to get rid of the backlog, he said. At the same time, Cohen ruled, the department must handle "immediately" all new transactions that come into the records office in Center City.
November 4, 1997 |
As the name suggests, Ed Stefanski was once a hoophead. He remembers, back in his toddler days, being dragged to Monsignor Bonner High's basketball practices by his father, the coach, in the Catholic League championship season of 1982-83, and even serving a purpose. "Sometimes in drills," he said, "I'd stand on the court and the players would dribble around me. " These days, Ed Sr., who played at Bonner and Penn, is an analyst for Comcast's broadcasts of Atlantic 10 basketball.
June 28, 1986 |
They will come early and stay late at title insurance offices around Philadelphia on Monday, the last day of the month and a day likely to see a record number of house-sale closings at many local offices. "I honestly think that if you called any title company at this point looking for a closing on Monday, they'd start laughing," Beverly Ronca of Industrial Valley Title Insurance Co. in Philadelphia said yesterday. "Everyone is running all their clerks on overtime. " The housing market has been hot over the last several months, following the decline in mortgage rates to 10 percent or below for the first time in several years.
October 25, 1989 |
Dear Polly: As a dog owner, I have the task of cleaning up after my dog. Normally I buy inexpensive sandwich-size plastic bags, since they are easily slipped over the hand to act as a glove, then pulled off and folded or tied to be disposed. Recently I discovered the plastic sleeves the newspapers are delivered in are even better, especially if you are using an empty lot where the grass grows tall, as I do. The sleeve fits further up the arm and there is no chance of getting your arm wet from the morning dew. To keep a clean, fresh smell in your car without the expense or heavy perfumes of deodorizers, unwrap a bar of your favorite soap and stick it under the seat.