August 14, 2016 |
SURF CITY, N.J. - What happens when you tell a poet to write a poem from a painting, and an artist to paint from a poem? Will the interpretive work be more or less interesting than the poet's original poem? Will the painting created from a poetic prompt be more provocative than the painting created from the artist's own muses? Will the random pairing of poets and painters be inspired? Or forced? Like a cooking show where the ingredients are given to the chefs, or maybe an artistic version of "Who Wore It Best," the third annual Painted Poetry exhibit packs impressively expansive questions about the creative process, about inspirations, about the idea of interpretation, about whether art can be enhanced by words and vice versa, into a show squeezed into a meeting room of the Long Beach Island branch of the Ocean County Library.
August 10, 2016 |
C hris Wilson has scraped and primed the walls, but the new defensive line coach for the Eagles has just begun to paint. Wilson is teaching not only a new scheme, one that is the opposite of predecessor Jerry Azzinaro's 3-4 base front, he's changing the defensive line's mentality from reactive to aggressive. He's had to strip the players down and build them back up. And that takes time. That takes repetition. "When you're going to change mentality, you change foundations," Wilson said on Monday.
August 3, 2016 |
For a quarterback who shares a meeting room with his successor, will likely have a new employer in a few months, is learning his fifth offensive system in seven years and has the scars from two significant surgeries on his knee, Sam Bradford could be forgiven if he had a cluttered mind. But that hasn't been the case during the first week of Eagles training camp, and others around him have noticed - both with the way he's playing and the way he's acting. When first-year offensive coordinator Frank Reich was asked what has impressed him about Bradford, he pointed to the quarterback's approach to football: "He keeps it really simple," Reich said.
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.