October 2, 2015 |
HURRICANE JOAQUIN isn't going to be hovering over FedEx Field in Landover, Md., by Sunday afternoon - it probably won't even be up to North Carolina by then - but it could be producing enough wind and rain, for a region already soaked by previous storm systems this week, that flooding will be a concern. The NFL said yesterday evening it continues to monitor the situation and stay in touch with both teams. The NFL Network said moving the game to Detroit's domed Ford Field has been considered, but somebody would have to make a call on that pretty soon, one would think.
September 22, 2015 |
CHIP KELLY looked small and pale, standing behind a Lincoln Financial Field lectern in the aftermath of the worst 20-10 loss in the history of the National Football League. The only thing at the Linc that looked more colorless and slight than Kelly yesterday might have been his run-based offense, which totaled 7 yards on 17 carries in the most futile effort of the Kelly era - 15 carries for minus-2 yards on runs that weren't Sam Bradford scrambles. It was a game in which Dallas, already without star receiver Dez Bryant, lost quarterback Tony Romo to a broken collarbone with 9 minutes and 44 seconds remaining in the third quarter, didn't score an offensive touchdown until the final minutes, was penalized 18 times for 142 yards, and still had victory well in hand for the entire second half.
September 7, 2015 |
The celebration in the stands behind Temple's bench at the east side of Lincoln Financial Field took a while to get underway as the final minute wound down, as if the people sitting there still had difficulty believing that the Owls were going to defeat Penn State for the first time in 74 years. Similarly, the celebration on the Temple sideline also was delayed until the gun sounded and the players poured on to the field to dance around. It turned out, however, that this was the way Owls coach Matt Rhule wanted it because it showed, he said, that his team expected to win. Saturday's win might not have been a surprise to the Owls, but the way in which Temple dominated the Nittany Lions in a season-opening, 27-10 victory before a record crowd of 69,176 was totally stunning, unexpected, and something that the Temple fans who remained inside the Linc for a long time afterward may never forget.
September 1, 2015 |
FIFTY-THREE thousand people packed Lincoln Financial Field last night, and it wasn't for the Birds. It was for North Philadelphia-born-and-raised comedian Kevin Hart, who became, according to his people, the first stand-up comedian to sell out a football stadium. The show was the culmination of Hart's "What Now Tour," which has been called the most successful comedy tour in history. Hart's jaunt began in April, and included three sold-out shows at Madison Square Garden among other storied halls.
September 1, 2015 |
Fifty-three thousand people packed Lincoln Financial Field on Sunday night, and it wasn't for the Birds. It was for North Philadelphia-born and raised comedian Kevin Hart, who became, according to his people, the first stand-up comedian to sell out a football stadium. The show was the culmination of Hart's What Now Tour, which has been called the most successful comedy tour in history. Hart's jaunt began in April, and included three sold-out shows at Madison Square Garden among other storied halls.
August 21, 2015 |
Temple and Villanova will resume their football rivalry in two years. Owlscoop.com first reported that the two universities would resume the Mayor's Cup football game, most likely in 2017. A source close to the situation confirmed that Temple will play Villanova in 2017 and 2018. Villanova usually opens its season with a Football Bowl Subdivision school. This year the Wildcats will open at Connecticut on Sept. 3; they will play Pittsburgh next season. The last time Villanova and Temple played was Aug. 31, 2012, when the host Owls won, 41-10.
August 20, 2015 |
SOMEDAY, Temple may have an on-campus football stadium. But in the immediate future, the Owls will continue to play their home games at Lincoln Financial Field. Temple and the Eagles have signed an amendment to their agreement that provides the university consecutive one-year options in 2018 and 2019, according to a Temple spokesperson. The current agreement was set to expire in 2017. Temple has expressed interest in building an on-campus facility, something it has never had. The Owls played at Temple Stadium in West Oak Lane from 1928 to 1975.
August 20, 2015 |
THERE IS A strong argument to be made that the local press already has written more than enough about DeMarco Murray's practice usage, and as a member of said press, that makes it my sworn duty to write even more about it. But I'm having a lot of trouble working myself up into a lather about the whole thing, which generally is not a difficult thing for me to do. Correct me if I'm wrong, but there seems to be little dispute that . . . ...
August 17, 2015 |
IN THE SHORT RUN, Eagles fans will be disappointed that they won't see their new No. 1 quarterback, Sam Bradford, in tomorrow's preseason opener against the Colts at Lincoln Financial Field. In the long run, the bigger news coming out of NovaCare yesterday probably was that tight end Zach Ertz has undergone a surgical procedure on a "core muscle," believed to be a partial groin tear, and has been ruled out of the entire preseason. With Bradford, it seems that Eagles coach Chip Kelly is just being cautious, wanting to get the QB with the twice-repaired left ACL another week of practice reps before sending him into live action.
August 14, 2015 |
BYRON MAXWELL was barely an Eagle last May when he guaranteed to a reporter that he would be participating in his third consecutive Super Bowl this February. He based this not on the trade that had landed a former first-round pick as quarterback, or the signings of two elite level running backs, or even the fertile football mind of Chip Kelly. Nor was it about himself or any guarantee to deliver on a contract that will pay him as much as $63 million over the next six seasons. Maxwell took a look at the whole picture, particularly the mix of talent assembled in the secondary after two years of nightmarish coverage, a group whose nucleus includes three veterans with Super Bowl experience.