October 15, 2015 |
When Vanessa, near the end of her second trimester, woke up to a bed wet with amniotic fluid and blood, she was certain this pregnancy was a gamble gone bad. She and Kevin already had one child - 3-year-old Brooke, a surprise baby who was born on Halloween. Kevin, a police sergeant accustomed to 12-hour overnight shifts, recalls feeling slammed by sleep deprivation. Vanessa missed the freedom they'd had as a childless couple, the days of sipping wine in a gondola on the way to a Napa winery.
August 28, 2015 |
JOE DAVIS picked himself up out of the gutter of drug addiction and went on to a life devoted to helping others climb out of the same gutter. In his early days, it didn't seem that things could have gotten much worse for Joe. He was a drug addict for 20 years, then was shot in the spine and rendered a paraplegic. Nothing was going right for him. He wasn't even able to kill himself successfully. Actually, it was his attempted suicide in the mid-1980s, when he swallowed 300 pills and put himself in a four-day coma, that turned his life around.
February 10, 2015 |
ONE OF THE great joys of attending a potential Herb Magee milestone is getting a pregame audience with the King in his office. After the obligatory stop at Joe's (nee Chink's), Mike Kern and I arrived at Philadelphia University last Tuesday at 4:30 p.m., 3 hours before the first attempt at 1,000 was to begin. Magee was over in Althouse Hall, where this all began, conducting a walkthrough for the game against Wilmington. It was to be his 1,397th game as head coach. It was anything but a normal scene in and around the Gallagher Center, and Magee was uncomfortable.
February 9, 2015 |
HERB MAGEE again will try to make history today, as Philadelphia University (14-6) hosts Post (9-11) at 4 p.m. in the Gallagher Athletic Center at the intersection of Henry Avenue and Schoolhouse Lane in East Falls. Magee is trying to become the second men's coach in NCAA basketball to reach 1,000 wins. Duke's Mike Krzyzewski, a fellow Naismith Memorial Hall of Famer, got there on Jan. 18 when the Blue Devils beat St. John's at Madison Square Garden. Magee's first chance to join him ended in a 72-70 home loss to visiting Wilmington on Tuesday.
February 9, 2015 |
One of his guys would let a three-pointer go from the fingertips, and Herb Magee would lean to his side as if he was trying to will a five-iron toward a pin over at Edgmont Country Club. He kept bending, but these shots didn't need his body English. The result became inevitable after five consecutive Philadelphia University three-pointers fell in 141 seconds, a festival of second-half jumpers. Another banner was unfurled from above Philly U.'s scoreboard. Magee gave it a long look, no doubt at that number "1,000" on top of his name, and the 48th-year coach kind of nodded.
February 5, 2015 |
HISTORY WILL have to wait. At least until Saturday afternoon. Everything was in place last night at Philadelphia University's Gallagher Center. The Rams were trying to get coach Herb Magee his 1,000th win, 9 days after Duke's Mike Krzyzewski, another Naismith Hall of Famer, became the first man in NCAA history to reach that number. Too bad somebody forgot to tell Wilmington it wasn't supposed to get in the way of the celebration. Ironically, it came down to a three-pointer from straightaway by Philly U's top scorer, senior guard Nick Schlitzer.
February 5, 2015 |
The place had a VIP feel. Ed Rendell sat in the front row, and TV cameras from the local stations shot footage from the corners. Some of Herb Magee's fellow coaches sneaked into the building, and 34 former Magee players were in the stands. A simple sign in the corner of the gym told the story, a printed black "1" on a white square. Philadelphia University's coach, in his 48th season in charge on Henry Avenue, on track for the 1,000th win of his Hall of Fame career, trying to join Mike Krzyzewski as the only NCAA men's coaches to hit that mark, watched a beautifully arcing attempt by a textbook shooter track toward the basket in the final seconds, a game-winner if it fell.
February 4, 2015 |
PHILADELPHIA University and Wilmington will play a women's-men's doubleheader this evening at the Gallagher Center. The women's game is scheduled for 5:30, the men's game at 7:30. The Philly U. women's team is 14-3. The men's team, which has won five straight and 10 of 11, is 14-5. Oh, and the men's coach, Herb Magee, will be going for win No. 1,000. The coach has been on campus so long that the new gym he helped open as a sophomore is now the old gym and the old school has a new name.
February 3, 2015 |
What does it take to win 1,000 college basketball games? Philadelphia University's Herb Magee, already a basketball Hall of Famer - the guy who went to college on Henry Avenue 51/2 decades ago and never left - needs one more to join Duke's Mike Krzyzewski as the only NCAA men's coaches at all levels to win 1,000 times. Krzyzewski got to the number on Jan. 25. "It's staggering," said University of the Sciences coach Dave Pauley of the win total. "Twenty wins a year for 50 years.
January 28, 2015 |
ONCE AGAIN, Mother Nature has intervened in Herb Magee's quest to become the second men's basketball coach in NCAA history to reach 1,000 wins. On Saturday, Philadelphia University's game at Bloomfield was postponed until Feb. 19 because of the threat of snow. Now, tonight's home game with Holy Family (14-6) has been moved back to Feb. 12 because of the latest storm. That means the earliest that Magee, who has 997 career victories, can get to quadruple figures is next Tuesday at home against Wilmington (5-15)