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January 18, 2016
B.G. Kelley is a Philadelphia writer Butterflies as big as bats seized my stomach as I sat in the Palestra locker room waiting to lead the Temple Owls onto the court to meet the Villanova Wildcats in a City Series Big Five game. I could hear the nearly 10,000 fans screaming, anxiously anticipating the arrival of both teams to the polished floor of the Palestra. It was Jan. 16, 1965, and it was the most important game of the season for my teammates and our coach, Harry Litwack, a seminal figure in Philly basketball who would later be inducted into the Basketball Hall of Fame.
SPORTS
January 18, 2016 | By Bob Brookover, Inquirer Columnist
Head coaches, like presidents, should have speech writers. If they did, it sure would be cool to be Doug Pederson's guy. Mr. Head Coach, here's what I came up with for your pending introductory news conference with the Eagles at the NovaCare Complex. I got some help from the trainers and doctors, so you can read it over and tell me what you think.   Introduction: OK, injuries. (Clear throat for effect) Chip Kelly had a broken offense, a tired defense and quite a few personality quirks.
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January 8, 2016 | By Chris Melchiorre, For The Inquirer
The players had to laugh. It was the first thing they noticed when they walked into the visitors' locker room at Paul VI. "We don't know who did it or why it was there," Alexis Santarelli said. "But somebody drew a picture of Mickey Mouse on the board in the locker room. " "It was like he followed us home," Elizabeth Radley added. The Bishop Eustace girls' basketball team didn't literally expect to bring Mickey Mouse back with them from a recent holiday tournament in Disney World.
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January 6, 2016 | By Bob Cooney, Staff Writer
"LET'S TURN this around. " Those were the optimistic, albeit unrealistic, words of Elton Brand as he entered the locker room Monday after talking about returning to the 76ers organization. Those words were what fans wanted to hear when he signed that huge $80 million, five-year deal in the summer of 2008. Now, they are just a comment to draw a laugh. The Sixers brought back the 36-year-old, 17-year veteran forward Monday, not for his diminished on-the-court skills but to be a leader in a locker room where many were too young to see Brand play his two seasons at Duke.
SPORTS
January 6, 2016 | By Jeff McLane, STAFF WRITER
The last time Riley Cooper touched the football this season it glanced off his left hand and fell to the turf at MetLife Stadium and the Eagles were forced to punt. It probably was the last time he was targeted as an Eagle. If so, it was a fitting way to go out. The Eagles gambled on third down late in the game and Sam Bradford went to Cooper, who had run a post route. The ball was thrown a touch high, but the timing was off. Cooper didn't look back at his quarterback until the last moment and the ball ricocheted off his outstretched hand.
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January 5, 2016 | By Mike Sielski, Inquirer Columnist
EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. - For the first time in three years, Sam Bradford had walked off the field after his final game of an NFL season, and he kept walking - through a tunnel to the visitors' locker room at MetLife Stadium, from the locker room to a news conference area, from behind that podium back to his locker. The room had quieted some by then, his teammates dressing quickly to board the Eagles' team bus and begin their offseasons, and Bradford paused before leaving to consider a question that, for all the tumult of these last four months, he never allowed to define him or his career.
NEWS
January 2, 2016
By Marc Bookman Pennsylvania Supreme Court Justice Michael Eakin was suspended on Dec. 22 by the Court of Judicial Discipline for his part in the email scandal engulfing the commonwealth. His defense was telling. "Perhaps my demeanor was 'one of the boys,' " he told the court. "But what I sent was to people who were 'one of the boys.' It was in the locker room. " Lawyer Samuel C. Stretton, a purported expert in legal ethics, supported the locker room theory of defense. "There isn't a judge alive - or a man alive - who hasn't looked at pornography or laughed at an off-color joke," he said.
SPORTS
December 31, 2015 | By John Smallwood, Daily News Columnist
ON SOME LEVEL, Sam Bradford must wonder that he can't catch a break. After the Eagles disappointing loss to Washington on Saturday night, the Eagles quarterback, who will be a free agent at the end of the season, said he wanted to stay in Philadelphia. Bradford talked about stability and not wanting to go through the process of learning a new offense again. He said he believed he would have that here. Then Tuesday night, head coach Chip Kelly, the guy who handpicked Bradford to direct this offense, got fired.
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December 31, 2015 | By Marcus Hayes, Daily News Columnist
BY ALL RIGHTS, Lane Johnson should be Chip Kelly's greatest ally. Johnson is not a disaffected castoff casually lobbing oblique accusations of racism. The right tackle is Chip Kelly's first draft pick, a cornerstone of the team, young, capable and utterly fearless. Johnson also is pathologically honest; a chronic truth teller; the George Washington of Eagles players. Kelly's three-year stint is indefensible for a straight shooter such as Johnson. On Wednesday, he shot Kelly straight through the heart.
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December 14, 2015 | By Mike Sielski, Inquirer Columnist
Chip Kelly and Rex Ryan were geniuses at different times for the same amount of time: two years. That's how long each of them had atop that pedestal before the rest of the NFL knocked them off. If you're a head coach and want to be a genius for more than two years, you'd better have Joe Montana or Tom Brady as your quarterback. Otherwise, there will be a reckoning, and it will be humbling. Kelly's reckoning, of course, began in the final four weeks of last season, his second with the Eagles, and has continued through the first 12 weeks of this one. His up-tempo, simplified-playbook approach to offense doesn't catch opponents off guard as often as it once did, and his reliance on a rigorous sports science program has at times inspired eye rolls from at least some of his players.
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