May 8, 2008 |
The sharp left onto Rosemary Hill Drive takes you up an unpaved road as steep as the Allegheny Mountains. This is R.J. Umberger territory. Two of the three homes on Rosemary Hill are occupied by the family of the Flyers center. "He could hit a baseball as far as he wanted," Umberger's father, Richard, said of the property that covers several acres. Or he could walk to the bottom of the hill, turn left, and cross over to Hereda Field to play baseball. Or go another quarter-mile to Plum High, a school that R.J. - short for Richard Jr. - attended.
July 24, 2011 |
I'm all nerves getting ready to see Althea Zanecosky. My favorite summer skirt makes me look hippy, but skinny jeans feel like concrete in this heat. And what to order when we finally meet at Chestnut Hill Coffee Co.? I've had breakfast, but could use a snack. Will she judge me if I nibble on a pastry? Will I get credit for putting Splenda in a nonfat latte? Should I slyly drop into the conversation how far I ran before dawn? Zanecosky arrives in T-shirt, shorts, and open mind.
January 6, 2012
I ADMIT THAT I am not all in yet with the 76ers, but I'm thisclose. It won't take much to pull me on to the bandwagon. That's why tonight's home opener against the Detroit Pistons is one of the biggest in years. I think the best way to describe most Sixers fans is aggressively skeptical but willing to be convinced. They're just looking for a sign, a positive step forward from this franchise that will give them a reason to give it a fair shake. The Sixers are the last team in this lockout-shortened season to have a home opener.
January 28, 2016 |
DID YOU EVER have one of those conversations that you thought would go one way but took you in a really unexpected direction? I had three of them Tuesday. And I can't believe how much better they made me feel about Philly and the blizzard that has buried us up to our whiny mouths. I'd been prickly about the snow. My street got plowed, yes, but I'm itchy from woolly scarves and sweaters and thwarted by how long it takes to slip and slide from one place to another. Poor, poor me. I needed to remember that I'd once again don breezy cotton tops and sockless flats (because, apparently, wearing summer clothes as recently as Christmas Eve, when it was 71 degrees, wasn't gift enough)
June 20, 1995 |
New Jersey goalie Pat Mazzoli makes a save against the Bulldogs' Kent Hawley in Philadelphia's Roller Hockey International home opener at the CoreStates Spectrum. Scott Hollis scored three goals as the Bulldogs (2-2-1) won, 9-5.
December 28, 2008 |
"Winter Madness," proclaimed the Internet ad. "Look at this offer," I said to my husband. "We can fly to Iceland and stay four nights for less than we would pay for a weekend in New York City. " "Book it," Doug said. So I did. Three weeks later, we were on our way to a totally unfamiliar country. I knew that the capital city, Reykjavik, had an all-night bar scene, but we rarely stay up through the news at 11. I was more than a little uncomfortable "winging it" in a cold, rocky land where the names of the towns contained strange symbols and at least six syllables.
May 8, 1989 |
It was early April when Steve Bodner parked his shiny silver hot dog cart with its orange-and-blue umbrella in the heart of Haddonfield's historic district. He had the hot dogs, buns and mustard. And a state vendor's license. But Haddonfield officials didn't see just a hot dog wagon. They saw a threat to the Haddonfield way of life. State license or no state license, they want Bodner gone. "When one comes in, five come in - the next thing you know Kings Highway is packed with vendors selling jewelry, felt paintings, vegetables," Mayor John J. Tarditi Jr. said.
October 29, 2009
MARK SANCHEZ is working to atone for his brutal transgression in Oakland last weekend. The Jets' rookie quarterback was caught on camera trying to put mustard on a hot dog and, get this, eat it, late in New York's 38-0 blowout of the Raiders. He apologized after the game, saying he didn't feel well and needed to eat something. Sanchez added that "it won't happen again. " Sanchez is trying to make up for it, though. He bought 500 hot dogs and 500 hamburgers, along with buns and rolls, and donated them to the Community Soup Kitchen of Morristown, N.J. Coach Rex Ryan said he was "disappointed" with Sanchez and his hot dog eating ways, but said the quarterback didn't mean to be disrespectful.
July 11, 2000 |
If you're one of the millions of people planning to travel by air this summer, here's some important information from the Association of Commercial Airlines: (Silence). UH-oh! Apparently the airlines are unable to give us any information at this time! Probably they are experiencing thunderstorms. No institution experiences as many thunderstorms as an airline. Huge, violent clouds surround airline employees at all times. They cannot hold company picnics because the death toll from lightning would be in the hundreds.
January 15, 1993 |
John Madden calls it "puffing up. " Others call it showboating or hot- dogging. To many people, the excessive celebrations by pro and college football players are infuriating. The worst "celebrations" are players taunting an opponent after he has been tackled. The latest entry in the "worst" category occurs when a player scores a touchdown, then takes off his helmet and opens his arms to the crowd in an "I'm the greatest" gesture. I had planned to write about television's effect on these celebrations when, lo and behold, the subject came up in conference calls this week with the commentators on Sunday's NFC and AFC championship telecasts.