June 5, 2016 |
SAM BRADFORD has completed three weeks of OTA work since ending his failed jailbreak. One big question when Bradford came back to the Eagles was how he would approach his role as "starting quarterback with an asterisk" - the asterisk being, "almost certainly only for 2016. " With the Eagles looking toward one final week of work before dispersing until training camp starts in late July, Bradford seems to allay concerns. "Same old Sam," wideout Josh Huff said Friday. "He's been a leader in the huddle, been a leader in the meeting room, and he's demanding perfection out of each and every one of us. " Eagles coach Doug Pederson, who reiterated Friday that Bradford is his No. 1 quarterback, was asked whether Bradford has separated himself from backup Chase Daniel and rookie Carson Wentz, the player the Eagles traded up to draft second overall, spurring Bradford to want to start anew elsewhere.
June 2, 2016 |
NEAR THE TOP of the list of spectacular things we haven't seen yet has to be the meeting room for the Eagles' quarterbacks. "We have a really good room," Sam Bradford said Tuesday. "We've got an awesome quarterback room," Carson Wentz said, minutes later from behind the same NovaCare auditorium lectern. "I've been a part of some pretty good quarterback rooms . . . and I feel like this one is going to be a really good one," Chase Daniel told reporters. An anonymous insider confirmed both accounts.
May 12, 2016 |
ROSEBUD, S.D. - Her hands didn't shake when she took the microphone, nor did her voice tremble when she spoke. Yufna Soldier Wolf had waited a long time to speak to these people from the Army, these men and women from the federal government, come all the way to this Indian reservation on the far southern edge of South Dakota. It was their turn to listen. Across the room stood a portrait of a boy, Soldier Wolf's great-uncle. He was 14 when he died at the Carlisle Indian Industrial School in Pennsylvania, after being taken from his Northern Arapaho family and tribe.
April 4, 2016 |
David L. Cohen fit right in while delivering luncheon remarks to a crowd of business leaders in an ornate Center City meeting room. It was the subject matter from the Comcast senior executive vice president and chief diversity officer that at first glance might have seemed incongruent to the well-heeled audience. "I've been asked to talk about a topic that is very important to me personally - and to Comcast - but that is not necessarily a topic we often hear discussed here at the Union League," he began.
February 10, 2016 |
SAN FRANCISCO - Terrell Owens didn't make the Pro Football Hall of Fame Saturday, and a lot of people understandably want to know why. Owens, who is second all-time to Jerry Rice in receiving yards (15,934), third all-time to Rice and Randy Moss in touchdown catches (153), and sixth all-time in receptions (1,078), didn't even survive the first cut of modern-era finalists during the nine-hour meeting of the Hall's 46 selectors, getting whacked along with kicker Morten Andersen, running back Edgerrin James, safety Steve Atwater and guard Alan Faneca during the first secret-ballot reduction vote, which pruned the number of finalists from 15 to 10. Not much surprises me, but Owens' quick elimination did. I had an up-close-and-personal look at the five-time All Pro's major behavioral shortcomings during his all-too-brief stint with the Eagles in 2004-05.
October 26, 2015 |
The Eagles' starting defensive linemen warn against visiting their meeting room, and it's not because the room is occupied by a group of 300-pound men who do not want intruders. The warning is a form of public service: The room smells. Fletcher Cox, Bennie Logan, and Cedric Thornton make up what has turned into one of the most formidable defensive lines in the NFL. But when they meet during the week, it's not the opponent that causes uneasiness. It's gas. "We laugh and we fart the whole time," Logan said.
June 10, 2015 |
It's officially safe to carry signs to School Reform Commission meetings. Three former Philadelphia teachers have settled a civil-rights lawsuit they filed against the SRC, Commissioner Bill Green, the city, and others, splitting $32,500 in what they say were First Amendment violations. At a crowded and contentious February SRC meeting, officials confiscated placards from Lisa Haver, Ilene Poses, and Barbara Dowdall. City police also removed Poses from Philadelphia School District headquarters after she refused to surrender the sign she wore around her neck.
March 1, 2015 |
Susan Funck got the horrible news on her 47th birthday - Aug. 27, 2012. Her 13-year-old daughter, Hannah Duffy, had a brain tumor. A biopsy later confirmed that the tumor was malignant. It would be fatal. Funck swore from the beginning that she would tell Hannah the whole truth about her diagnosis. Over the next year, Hannah confronted her mortality, sometimes tearfully. She also scored a winning soccer goal in double overtime two weeks after her biopsy. She laughed and celebrated.
February 11, 2015 |
When the Erlton Bowl opened in the Ellisburg Shopping Center in 1961, Delaware Township was soon to be renamed Cherry Hill. The space-age bowling center on Kings Highway near Route 70 quickly became one of the township's leisure destinations, especially after fitness guru Jim Correa's gymnasium was added on a few years later. And in the early 1970s, "Uncle Al's Lounge" inside the Erlton Bowl hosted Bruce Springsteen - then so unknown, his last name was spelled in newspaper advertisements as Springstein - in concert.
December 25, 2014 |
Marcus Smith has a plan for his first offseason as an NFL linebacker, which is more than can be said about his first regular season as an NFL linebacker. He wants to get bigger, stronger, harder. He weighs 260 pounds now, but "I don't look it," he said. "I want to be able to look it, be faster and more explosive than I was coming into it. " Smith sat at his locker for a while Tuesday, talking about his rookie year with the Eagles. It would be kind to say he has not made much of an impact.