December 7, 2012
BUCCANEERS (-7) over Eagles With a miracle 98-yard punt return by Damaris Johnson with 0:31 on the clock against Dallas, the Birds managed to squeeze in a spread win, but that ain't gonna happen down in Tampa. Why? Turning poetic, let me count the ways. Start with Bucs QB Josh Freeman. At home, Freeman has been very special, averaging 9-plus yards per attempt with 10 touchdowns and two interceptions. Crunch the numbers and it's good for a 105.5 passer rating, the third-best at home in the NFL. And now, the reason Freeman will go wild on the Eagles: The Birds have allowed opposing QBs to complete 76.3 percent of their passes, for almost 10 yards per attempt, the last six times out. What does that mean?
February 4, 2011
WELL, I went out and spent my $1 for the new Daily News and its sports columnist, ex-Gov. Rendell. What do I get - a cover page about "booty"? Might I suggest that this is not the best way to make a good impression on your readers? Might I suggest that the many talented staff members that the DN employs could be embarrassed by this choice of a cover story? Maybe something about the protest in Egypt would have been a better choice? I guess it was "cheeky" for someone who occupies a "seat" of power at the Daily News to "rear end" this reader with such a choice of covers, but, to get to the "bottom" of this issue, I would strongly suggest that you might become the "butt" of many jokes if you continue this type of cover.
September 15, 2010
With today's fast-paced brand of retail politics, few Pennsylvania voters will get to sit down with candidates to discuss issues. But a new initiative cosponsored by The Inquirer, Daily News, and philly.com gives voters a chance to get directly involved in the election. At the 10Questions.com website, people can post questions for the candidates running for governor and Congress. The questions can come in the form of videos posted on YouTube, in addition to written questions.
May 14, 2010
The Tony Parker show Inquiring minds want to know, and the San Antonio Spurs' Tony Parker is talking. ESPN.com. says that Parker, who has one year left on his contract, wants to remain with the Spurs and is shooting down reports he wants to move to New York. On Wednesday, the New York Daily News said unidentified "close friends" of the point guard were saying he'd be open to a trade to the Knicks, should their attempts to sign LeBron James not work out. The sources told the paper that Parker and his wife would "love to relocate to New York.
May 14, 2008
HEY, DAVID STERN, your "old man" is showing. According to a story in the Cleveland Plain Dealer, the NBA commish is looking to stomp out pregame pyrotechnics, calling the festivities "ridiculous. " "I think the noise, the fire, the smoke is a kind of assault that we should seriously consider reviewing whether it's really necessary given the quality of our game," Stern said. And while the chemical smoke from the fireworks has been known to cause allergic reactions - most notably for Cleveland forward Ben Wallace, who left the first quarter of the Cavs' playoff game last Thursday against Boston due to the smoke - it has been part of the league for years.
March 18, 2005 |
Two early-bird burglars in Bensalem thought stealing at sunrise would bag a big prize. Nosy neighbors nixed that. Police say Steven Mobley, 29, of Philadelphia, and Jacklynn West, 22, of Bensalem, drove into the township's Glenn Aston section at 6:52 a.m. Wednesday to stake out a house and rob it as soon as its occupants left for work. But their first intended victim saw their green Ford pickup hit some trash cans as she drove off. She circled the block and found the truck parked in her backyard.
December 20, 2004 |
One rainy night in 1989, after trudging along a Costa Rican beach for hours, a sodden James Spotila and a friend flopped against a tree trunk to rest. Then, against the glowing phosphorescence of the water, they spotted a dark shape crawling toward them. It was a leatherback turtle, the world's largest reptile, and they watched with something akin to reverence as she dug a hole and dropped about 80 creamy white eggs into it. As she returned to the ocean, the two men caught her and duct-taped a mask to her face to capture her breath for a research project they were doing.
March 9, 2004
DEPUTY Police Commissioner Robert Mitchell was denied a gun permit because he did not pass the State Police background check. In other words, a rap sheet came back on him from a 1950s arrest, long before he became a cop in the early 1960s. Why was this arrest not detected at the time he was hired? To my knowledge, to become a police officer in Philadelphia, then as now, as part of the hiring process you are finger-printed and a background investigation is conducted. What happened in this case?
August 27, 2003
IT'S "ALL POLITICS" was Parking Authority Chairman Joe Ashdale's dismissal of a demand from state Sen. Vincent Fumo for a copy of an independent audit of the authority. But of course. Everything about the authority is tinged with politics - from before the state takeover two years ago, when the Democrats were in charge, to today, when Republicans call the shots. That doesn't make it less important to hold it accountable for how it is run. Inquiring minds of all political persuasions want to see the numbers to make their own judgments - political and otherwise - about the Parking Authority's fast-growing payroll.
August 9, 2001 |
For those wondering how much of a liability Monica Lewinsky was for Bill Clinton, the answer is in. She wasn't a liability. She may very well have hobbled Al Gore, who surely lost ground on a Clinton-less campaign trail. But she ultimately wasn't a drawback for the former President. For him she was and is - an asset. A literal asset. I'm estimating she's worth at least $6 million or $7 million to him and his agents. I'm basing my hunch, of course, on the $10 million-plus (and the "plus" is apparently a hefty one)