September 16, 2016 |
Jalen Fitzpatrick mostly remembers the silence. He was a senior wide receiver at Temple in 2014, playing at Penn State, in front of a frenzied crowd of 100,173 at Beaver Stadium. Fitzpatrick was responsible for the longest stretch of silence when he caught a 75-yard touchdown pass from Phillip Walker that cut Penn State's lead to 20-13 with 5 minutes, 8 seconds left in the third quarter. "I remember it going from really loud to really to really silent," Fitzpatrick said in a telephone interview.
September 11, 2016 |
A LITTLE OVER a week ago, Cheyney won a football game for the first time in exactly four years. The Wolves broke a 43-game losing streak with an opening 21-20 overtime win at Lincoln on Sept 1. It was their first victory since Sept. 1, 2012, when they also won at Lincoln (34-21). Understandably, coach Chris Roulhac, one of the good ones, was still basking in the glow at this week's first small-college luncheon. "Friday was a good day to be on campus," he said with a big-time smile.
September 9, 2016 |
MIAMI - On Thursday, for the second time in three days, the Phillies will start a pitcher who has attempted to reclaim his career with the addition of a two-seam fastball. Alec Asher, who will start Thursday in Washington, was told by the Phillies at the end of last season that he needed to learn how to throw a two-seamer. The sinker, manager Pete Mackanin said, gives a needed second look. Asher rode the pitch to great success in the minors this season before he was suspended for 80 games in June after testing positive for a performance-enhancing drug.
September 9, 2016 |
As lifelong Eagles fans, hope thrives despite zero Super Bowl wins and an overall title drought of 55 years. Why shouldn't it, we ask? True, there is a new rookie head coach, a new rookie quarterback, suspect talent at a few key positions, and low regard for our squad by the pundits. But it is also true that the Eagles are currently undefeated and we fans are actively engaged to help influence the outcome. We help provide one of the best home field advantages in the league.
September 9, 2016 |
I learned about the power of hope from Patty and Jerry Wetterling and all those who loved their son, Jacob. For 27 years, they never stopped hoping that one day, Jacob would come home. He had been kidnapped on Oct. 22, 1989, while bicycling with his little brother and best friend on a quiet street in the tiny town of St. Joseph, Minn. Jacob was just 11. He looked like his mom, with high cheekbones and eyes that crinkled when he smiled. His favorite food was steak, his favorite color was blue, and his sweetly goofy wit cracked up his siblings - Trevor, Carmen, and Amy. He was cherished.
September 8, 2016 |
This is not the column I thought I'd be writing about Paul Kroll. I thought I'd write a kind of "he did Philly proud" piece applauding Kroll, a gifted welterweight boxer, for his relentless, years-long quest to win a spot on the 2016 U.S. Olympic boxing team. He missed qualifying by a lone bead of sweat but left everything he had in the ring, a contender to the end. I thought I'd be sharing news that Kroll, at 21, was turning pro. That his cheering section — from his awesome parents and siblings, to the neighbors on his North Philly block, to the coaches and kids at Rivera Rec Center, where he trained —were already dreaming big about his future.
September 6, 2016 |
For months, the news about job growth has been good, at least nationally. But, until recently, it seemed as though the American people hadn't yet received the memo. Now, finally, there's a shift, with optimism on the rise, a Rutgers University study shows. Annette Reeves, 58, is feeling the mood. After many years of unemployment or underemployment, she started a full-time job in July. "I feel extremely confident," Reeves said. Like others caught in the recession, Reeves had lost her job, her house, and - almost - her spirit, a common effect of joblessness.
September 2, 2016 |
Final Four predictions 1. Alabama It's the annual quiz in Tuscaloosa - who's the No. 1 quarterback? The question hasn't hurt the Crimson Tide the last two years when they made the playoffs, and especially last year when they won it all behind one-year starter Jake Coker. This year's final two candidates are junior Cooper Bateman and redshirt freshman Blake Barnett, either of whom will throw to a very talented bunch of receivers. Alabama faces a brutal batch of road games - at Mississippi, at Tennessee, at LSU - but should still have what it takes to reach the playoffs again.
September 1, 2016 |
JUST FIVE days ago, Jake Metz was jumping around the visitor's locker room at the Gila River Arena in Glendale, Ariz., swigging champagne and celebrating the Philadelphia Soul's 56-42 win over the Arizona Rattlers in ArenaBowl 29. On Tuesday, the 25-year-old defensive end was out on the practice field at the NovaCare Complex preparing for the Eagles' final preseason game against the Jets Thursday night at the Linc. Metz, who led the Arena League in sacks (eight) and was named the league's defensive lineman of the year, worked out for the Eagles on Monday, signed a contract with them later in the day and reported for work early Tuesday morning.
August 28, 2016 |
The Phillies' minor-league coaches, instructors, prospects, veterans, and organizational fillers gathered in the spring of 2015 near the back fields of the team's complex in Clearwater, Fla. The annual meeting - which serves as an introduction to minor-league spring training - followed a season in which the Phillies affiliates combined to win just 40 percent of their games. None of the five minor-league teams finished 2014 with a record better than .500. The best team finished 10 games worse than .500.