August 12, 2015 |
IT'S TIME to put the hooligan label in the discard pile in the vast recesses of my co-worker's sarcastic brain. He has been using that moniker in jest for close to three decades to describe the grade-school soccer players I coach. Now that I'm finally hanging up the broken whistle, it must be stressed that there has never been evidence of hooliganism among those fine, young seventh- and eighth-grade boys from St. Martha school in Northeast Philadelphia. The kids have always been respectful, and let's say unique.
September 18, 2012
RE: "HOW TO fight 'their Islam,' " (Bykofsky, Sept. 14). I've spent a little over five years in the Middle East (Cairo, Beirut, Iraq, Amman and two other, lesser-known places). I understand the culture, the Quran, the economy and the prejudices/hatreds. I also understand there are a lot of "nice" people there not prone to violence for the sake of violence. Nevertheless, the region is prone to chaos. The violent chaos of revolt without a cause - what our ruling elite pronounced the "Arab Spring" - has yet to conclude.
August 5, 2012 |
What's the difference between British sport hooliganism and Australian sports hooliganism? In British hooliganism, the fans go wild, tear up the joint, and end up being arrested. For the Aussies, the athletes do the heavy lifting. Australian rower Josh Booth was sent home Friday for damaging two stores outside London in an apparent reaction to his eight-man crew finishing sixth - dead last - in Wednesday's final. After getting trounced, Booth and his mates went out drinking in nearby Egham and - predictably - a restaurant and engineering firm ended up with broken windows.
February 28, 2012 |
SOCCER is a breathtaking sport that features dynamic athletes and awe-inspiring action, despite what all the haters say. I futilely have been defending the sport for decades, but the detractors are absolutely correct about one thing: It attracts serious knuckleheads. This week in knucklehead news we have alleged Hitler salutes and BMW smuggling as well as the newest backyard game: toss the grenade. Guess who allegedly insulted Israeli striker Itay Shechter with Hitler salutes?
January 20, 2012 |
THINK YOU'RE having a bad day? Things could be worse. For example, you could be the unsuspecting star of an Internet video gone viral. Or you could be a resident of Allen, Texas. Or you could be on staff at a hospital in Argentina that got a shocking visit by hooligans yesterday. Let the trilogy of horror begin: * In New Orleans, an intoxicated LSU fan passed out in a burger joint after college football's national title game. Later, he and the rest of the online world discovered that someone had been filming while a man wearing an Alabama jacket plunked his genitals on the sleeping drunk's head and simulated a sex act. New Orleans police don't see any humor in the prank and are asking the public for help in identifying the Alabama fan. Good luck with that description.
August 10, 2011 |
LONDON - London yesterday nearly tripled the number of police on its streets to try to end Britain's worst rioting in a generation - three nights of looting and burning by poor, diverse and brazen crowds of young people. Scenes of ransacked stores, torched cars and blackened buildings frightened and outraged Britons just a year before London is to host the Olympics. London's Metropolitan Police force said yesterday it would flood the streets with 16,000 officers over the next 24 hours, but acknowledged that it could not guarantee an end to the violence.
July 5, 2011 |
A TYPICAL SUNNY June Saturday at Rittenhouse Square. People were walking their dogs, pushing their baby carriages, chatting on their cellphones. A pretzel vendor hawked his wares. A camera-carrying tourist from France stopped to consult his map. And then the dancing began. It started with just two people, quickly expanded to about a dozen, and soon more than 25 dancers were moving in sync to the sounds of Fat Boy Slim's "Weapon of Choice," which echoed from a boom box on the corner of 18th and Walnut streets.
June 8, 2010
LAST JUNE, THE NATIONALS made hard-throwing righthander Stephen Strasburg the No. 1 pick in the draft. Tonight, he'll make his major league debut against the Pirates. Years from now, if he lives up to all the hype, he may become the first No. 1 pick to enter the Hall of Fame. Since the advent of the baseball draft in June of 1965, no top pick has made it to the Hall, although there are some familiar names that should get there before Strasburg. The list: 1965: Rick Monday, c, K.C. Athletics 1988: Andy Benes, p, Padres 1966: Steve Chilcott, c, Mets 1989: Ben McDonald, p, Orioles 1967: Ron Blomberg, 1b, Yankees 1990: Chipper Jones, ss, Braves 1968: Tim Foli, if, Mets 1991: Brien Taylor, p, Yankees 1969: Jeff Burroughs, of, Senators 1992: Phil Nevin, 3b, Astros 1970: Mike Ivie, c, Pades 1993: Alex Rodriguez, ss, Mariners 1971: Dan Goodwin, c, White Sox 1994: Paul Wilson, p, Mets 1972: Dave Robert, if, Padres 1995: Darrin Erstad, of-p, Angels 1973: David Clyde, p, Rangers 1996: Kris Benson, p, Pirates 1974: Bill Almon, if, Padres 1997: Matt Anderson, p, Tigers 1975: Dan Goodwin, c, Angels 1998: Pat Burrell, if, Phillies 1976: Floyd Bannister, p, Astros 1999: Josh Hamilton, of, Rays 1977: Harold Baines, of, White Sox 2000: Adrian Gonzalez, 1b, Marlins 1978: Bob Horner, 3b, Braves 2001: Joe Mauer, c, Twins 1979: Al Chambers, of, Mariners 2002: Bryan Bullington, p, Pirates 1980:...
June 6, 2010
Bill Lyon is a retired Inquirer sports columnist Soccer made simple: The Beautiful Game, that's what the rest of the world calls it. It is the sport of choice for virtually the entire planet. With one notable, ahem, exception. But we do seem to be gaining (55,407 at Lincoln Financial Field for a World Cup send-off victory by the U.S. team). We're still a couple of laps in arrears, and that's our loss, although understandable because we're weaned on football and consequently have a short attention span for anything served to us that isn't overloaded with violence and offense.
October 10, 2008 |
The Express glorifies the life of football player Ernie Davis. Despite its title (Davis was known as the Elmira Express), the film is in fact a pokey local to Schmaltzville. In 1961, Davis was the first black player to win the Heisman Trophy, while playing for Syracuse University. He was the top choice in the NFL draft, but he never played in the pros, dying of leukemia at age 23. So how do you transform what is essentially a tragedy into an inspirational tale? The Express accomplishes this, quite handily, by accentuating the positive and glossing over the messy parts.