February 13, 2015
I'VE BEEN disappointed by many people in my lifetime as, I'm sure, have you. Unless we have hopes that exceed our expectations, life is a colorless and barren experience. At best, it's a mediocre slog. But when you trust someone to act honorably and then they turn around and betray you with dishonesty, it hurts. Depending upon your investment in that person and his or her place in your world, the hurt could be as fleeting as a paper cut or as painful and enduring as an amputation. By that measure, what Brian Williams did is a small bruise, one that will fade in a week or two. I had few expectations of the man who fed me the nightly news, someone who had a pleasant enough delivery, a nice face and some real journalistic chops.
November 20, 2012 |
IF YOU WERE going to follow John Facenda on the air, you had to have a great voice. Maybe nobody could match the legendary Facenda, whose familiar baritone was called the "voice of God" when he broadcast for NFL Films. But Jeff Kaye brought it off. After Facenda died in 1984, Jeff became the voice of NFL Films, lending his own sonorous baritone to the pro-football features of the Mount Laurel, N.J.-based company. Maybe not quite God, but close to it. "I can say to this day, when I look at some of the shows Jeff narrated over the years, I am still fascinated by the way he told a story," said Kevin McLoughlin, director of post-production for NFL Films.
September 23, 2012
More lockout fallout * ("Will anyone blink in time this season?" Sept. 16) These negotiations are like war. After the very first meeting, the players union should have put Crosby in front of a camera at a press conference and have him go all doom and gloom and cancel all further talks. Owners always win in this because they know the players want to play. The Pink Floyd Philly.com/Sports Donald Fehr vs. Gary Bettman. You have a better shot of Netanyahu and Ahmadinejad getting together for peace talks!
September 19, 2012 |
Steve Sabol, 69, an art history major and football star in college who combined those two passions to help transform the family business, NFL Films, into a modern mythmaking marvel, died Tuesday, Sept. 18. He had been battling brain cancer since 2011. An inoperable tumor had been discovered just days after his father, Ed, the NFL Films founder, was elected to the Pro Football Hall of Fame. A lifelong Philadelphia-area resident who never lost his accent or his boyish idealism, Mr. Sabol forever changed the way Americans view their sports.
September 19, 2012 |
Steve Sabol, an art history major and football star in college who combined those two passions to help transform the family business, NFL Films, into a modern mythmaking marvel, died Tuesday at 69. Mr. Sabol had been battling brain cancer since 2011. An inoperable tumor had been discovered just days after his father, Ed, the NFL Films founder, was elected to Pro Football's Hall of Fame. A lifelong Philadelphia-area resident who never lost his accent or his boyish idealism, Mr. Sabol forever changed the way Americans view their sports.
May 23, 2010 |
John Facenda, the legendary local broadcaster who brought the "Voice of God" to NFL Films, is often credited for the famous reference to the "frozen tundra of Lambeau Field. " Facenda, however, never said those words about the Green Bay Packers' field. Some attribute them to ESPN's Chris Berman. Others believe the originator was Bill Woodson, whose credits include voicing the opening to the TV series The Odd Couple . But everyone agrees on one thing: The tundra was indeed frozen.
October 22, 2009 |
IN 2006, JACK Huberman published a book called "101 People Who Are Really Screwing America. " Maybe he should add his own name to the list. In the heat of the debate surrounding Rush Limbaugh and the NFL St. Louis Rams, Huberman initiated a game of 21st-century whisper down the lane. But he didn't wait for the lane to mangle the message. He botched it from the start. The result is a cautionary tale about the recklessness that feeding a 24/7 media can induce. Limbaugh was No. 27 on Huberman's list.
September 21, 2009 |
The octogenarian with the still-owlish face was once a local legend, the cerebral local TV news commentator heralded as "the Socrates of the small screen. " Donald G. Barnhouse Jr. still has that sonorous voice that hints at omniscience, but no, he doesn't want to talk about his past and can't imagine why anyone on earth would be interested. ("Don't write this story," he pleads at one point.) What he really wants to talk about is . . . the Bible. Last week, as Pastor Barnhouse sat among the brightly colored kids' jackets, sneakers, and toys in his Bridgeport church hall, the church's impending consignment sale, aimed at swelling his small congregation, was a far bigger concern to him than any lost fame.
July 24, 2009 |
Sure it was Ed Sabol who created NFL Films and son Steve who helped make it such an iconic American institution that yesterday Pennsylvania stuck a historic marker outside its original Center City headquarters. But if not for Pete Rozelle, Jerry Wolman and Fritzy Siegel, that football might never have gotten rolling. Wolman, the onetime Eagles owner, gave the fledgling enterprise its first home. Rozelle, the league's longtime commissioner, insisted it remain in Philadelphia.
April 16, 2009 |
'WE LOST our voice. " What fitting words for Phillies President David Montgomery to use to express the significance of the passing of Harry Kalas. Whether singing "High Hopes" or declaring a Mike Schmidt home run "outta here," Harry had a gift. He was our voice and we will miss him. But when it comes to giving good voice, Philadelphians are lucky. Not every sports town can boast of a legend like Harry the K or a voice like John Facenda. In fact, many sports fans, news junkies and music lovers never find that specific broadcaster, news anchor or deejay to put up on a pedestal.