November 18, 2015 |
PENN CHARTER finished this football season just an extra point shy of sharing the Inter-Ac title and completing a worst-to-first turnaround over the last two seasons. After last weekend's 45-17 win against rival Germantown Academy, the Quakers' slim championship shortcoming wasn't lost on their victorious locker room. "I think that was the first thing we said after that win," said Mike "Neeko" Hnatkowsky, our latest Player of the Week. "We were all excited to beat GA. But we got in the locker room and realized that with a couple of breaks, we could be sharing this league.
November 18, 2015 |
Penn Charter finished this football season an extra point shy of sharing the Inter-Ac title and completing a worst-to-first turnaround. After a 45-17 win against rival Germantown Academy on Saturday, the Quakers' near miss on a title was not lost on its victorious locker room. "I think that was the first thing we said after that win," quarterback Mike Hnatkowsky said. "We were all excited to beat GA. But we got in the locker room and realized that with a couple of breaks, we could be sharing this league.
November 2, 2015 |
I encountered Sid Szymanski, a fictional softball catcher, earlier this year while browsing through a poetry anthology in a Midwestern bookstore. In the "City of Tonawanda Softball Championship," Szymanski is old and alone, the substance of his life as insubstantial as his broken body. But while wheelchair-bound in a crowded New York nursing home, he still can draw solace from a memory, the long-ago night he scored the winning run in a bar-league championship. At poem's end, he is: "Mumbling and lost, wrapped "in the soft cloth of memory: "The arc of the white ball, a pearl "in the jewel box of twilight sky. " What aging sports fan can't appreciate such an end-of-life, "Glory Days" reflection?
October 30, 2015 |
COLIN KAEPERNICK is trending on several fronts. Even the Guv is weighing in. Ed Rendell, the football-crazy politico who writes a column for the Daily News' weekend edition, told Rich Zeoli on Talk Radio 1210 that the Eagles should consider trading for Kaepernick. "One thing is clear, Sam Bradford is not, in my judgment, the quarterback of the future for the Eagles," Rendell said. "What I would like to see us get at the end of the year, I'm told that San Francisco is going to be looking to trade Kaepernick, and I think, in Chip Kelly's system, Kaepernick could be the perfect quarterback because he can run. " The 49ers' quarterback reportedly has been labeled a loner for constantly wearing his headphones in the locker room.
October 20, 2015
A two-alarm fire Sunday morning rendered the clubhouse at Glenside's Lulu Country Club a total loss, fire officials said. The blaze broke out about 6:30 a.m. in the locker room of the 1920s structure on the 1600 block of Limekiln Pike, near Jenkintown Road. Flames quickly spread up through the basement, an open floor plan ballroom and through the timber roof of the 1920s structure. It took more than 100 firefighters from surrounding companies to extinguish the flames. No injuries were reported.
October 16, 2015 |
EVER SINCE his unexpected arrival in Philadelphia in March, Sam Bradford has been viewed by many Eagles fans as just a guy passing through town. Initially, they thought he was simply going to be a way to get to Marcus Mariota. Then they figured it would be only a matter of time before his twice-repaired left ACL snapped again. Now? Now they wonder if he's just a $13 million rent-an-arm who will be taking a powder after the season. Judging by the pith-poor job they have done of marketing their soon-to-be 28-year-old quarterback, it would seem the Eagles have been wondering that themselves.
October 6, 2015 |
GALLOWAY, N.J. - The more you hear from 76ers coach Brett Brown, the more you realize that he's not in denial about where the team is going this season. And you realize he's the right person to coach the team through this rebuilding process. "When you lose the volume of games we lost over the years . . . holding a locker room together [is key]," Brown said Saturday at the conclusion of training camp at Stockton University. "The pain of losing is real. So you need spirit throughout.
September 3, 2015 |
KENJON BARNER has known Chip Kelly for a long time, from his days as a high school football star, through a brief but emotionally devastating conversion into a defensive back at Oregon, through his emergence as an explosive and draftable college running back, to the last two injury-marred NFL seasons that threatened to end his dream before it began. So when he speaks about not having highs or lows, it is less a cliché than it is a life mantra. And when he uses words like maturity and character, he speaks not from that well-worn athlete's script but rather a personal eureka.
September 1, 2015 |
GREEN BAY, Wis. - Jeffrey Lurie tiptoed through the cramped visitors locker room at Lambeau Field on Saturday night, but he walked with purpose. Tucked into the corner, past Tim Tebow, Mark Sanchez, and Matt Barkley, was the Eagles owner's target. Sam Bradford had just completed a near-perfect, albeit short, night, and Lurie was ebullient as he approached the quarterback. Their conversation was a private one, but the gleam in the longtime owner's eyes as he spoke was one of optimism.
August 20, 2015 |
LINEBACKER Kiko Alonso returned to the practice field after a two-week concussion absence, but Alonso's work was limited, as was access to him afterward. "He'll be running around. He's kind of coming on," Eagles coach Chip Kelly said yesterday, before the team took the field for a light workout. "We'll ease him back in. He's missed a few things . . . I think mentally he's good, but he has been out for two weeks. So he'll go through agility drills and maybe a little 7-on-7 . . . He should be good to go by the end of the week.