September 29, 2010 |
Oddly, the jitters are still there. Even after all these years - 32, if you happen to be counting - Merrill Reese wakes up on Sunday during the NFL season with the same churning stomach that he had when he stepped in for Eagles play-by-play announcer Charlie Swift, who committed suicide with two games remaining in the 1977 season. It was there then and it was there two Sundays ago when the Eagles played the Lions in Detroit. "I still get excited doing this," Reese says. "My love for the job is as great now as it was then, perhaps even greater.
August 31, 1991 |
Verse, extemporaneous/Merrill Reese/Dec. 2, 1990: Eagles ball, inside their own five. Cunningham is back. He's being trapped! He ducks under three men! He's looking! He's rolling! He's heaving it deep down field for Barnett, Who leaps and HAS IT! AT THE FORTY! AT THE THIRTY-FIVE-THIRTY! TWENTY-FIVE-TWENTY BARNETT'S GOING TO SCOOOOOOOOOOOOOORE!!!!!!!!! That voice! Something about its range, resonance and timbre fits snug in the sonic dimensions of an electrically amplified speaker, particularly the tinny, softly hissing speakers of an old radio or transistor, from whence it emerges disembodied, just like voices from the golden age of radio.
October 26, 2005 |
Even while working as an extra in an Academy Award-winning movie as a youngster, Eagles radio announcer Merrill Reese had football on his mind. Reese appeared in The Greatest Show on Earth, which won for best picture of 1952, and his fondest memory consists of having a catch with one of the actors in the film, who played a clown. The actor happened to be Jimmy Stewart, whom Reese knew only as the man nice enough to have a catch with him during lunch breaks. "I thought he was a great guy with a good arm," Reese recalled.
November 21, 2006 |
The news yesterday of the death of former Eagles strong safety Andre Waters saddened those who knew the hard-hitting defensive back, who was known for his tenacity on the field and generosity off it. Mr. Waters, 44, was found by his girlfriend at his home in Tampa, Fla., early yesterday, dead of a self-inflicted gunshot wound. The medical examiner's office confirmed that he had shot himself in the head. Mr. Waters had just completed his first season as defensive coordinator for Fort Valley State in Macon, Ga. "He was a great teammate, a hell of a player," said former Eagles coach Buddy Ryan in a phone interview.
January 14, 2009
Who: Eagles vs. Arizona Cardinals What: NFC Championship Game When: Sunday, 3 p.m. Where: University of Phoenix Stadium, Tempe, Ariz. Records: Eagles (9-6-1, 2-0); Cardinals (9-7, 2-0) TV: Fox, with Joe Buck, Troy Aikman, Pam Oliver and Chris Myers Radio: WYSP (94.1-FM), WIP (610-AM), with Merrill Reese, Mike Quick and Howard Eskin. AFC Championship: Sunday, Baltimore at Pittsburgh, 6:30 p.m. (CBS) Super Bowl: Sunday, Feb. 1, Tampa, Fla.; AFC vs. NFC, 6 p.m. (NBC)
August 7, 2000 |
If you ever heard Jack Edelstein speak in public, chances are you didn't know what the heck he was talking about. But that's OK. Chances are he didn't either. "He was the king of double-talk," said Michael Nathanson, a nephew. "He'd start talking and you'd think he was making sense. But, after a while you would realize that he really wasn't saying anything. That was his shtick. " Edelstein, a longtime Eagles football statistician and master of gobbledygook who hobnobbed with the rich and famous and kept 'em laughing at hundreds of celebrity roasts and charity events in the Delaware Valley and elsewhere, died of liver cancer on Friday at his home.
September 3, 2009 |
Records: Eagles 1-2; Jets 1-2 When: Tonight, 7 o'clock Where: Giants Stadium, East Rutherford, N.J. TV: 6ABC, with Kevin Reilly, Herm Edwards, Hugh Douglas and Dave Spadaro Radio: WYSP (94.1-FM), WIP (610-AM), with Merrill Reese, Mike Quick and Howard Eskin Preseason history: The Jets lead the preseason series, 18-10. Next for Eagles: Regular-season opener at Carolina on Sept. 13 3 THINGS TO WATCH 1. Michael Vick: He's likely to play considerably more this week, and in a more conventional quarterback role, giving fans (and coaches)
September 26, 1990 |
If this keeps up, it might not even pay to park the car. Two nights ago, the Phillies beat the Expos in 2 hours, 9 minutes. Last night, the Phils lost to the Cardinals in 2:02. These quick games mean one thing: The Phils' pitching, so suspect at the beginning of the year, is showing tremendous improvement. Instead of issuing a lot of walks and giving up a lot of runs, the pitching of late has been downright phenomenal. In the last five games of this homestand, the Phillies have allowed just nine earned runs in 53 innings, for a toothpick-thin earned run average of 1.53.
April 21, 1998 |
Ken Stevens, general manager of WYSP-FM, said the Eagles' front office never told him to put a clause in Garry Cobb's contract forbidding the TV and radio personality from criticizing the football team's management. Stevens, whose station carries Eagles games, said he added the clause himself because of promises he made to the team a few years ago when he negotiated radio broadcast rights. "I want my teams to mutually agree on a broadcast team," said Stevens, who also heads stations that broadcast Washington Redskins and Baltimore Ravens games.
August 27, 2009 |
When: 7 p.m. Where: Lincoln Financial Field Gates: Suite and Club gates open at 5 p.m. Stadium gates open at 5:30 p.m. Parking: For lots in the sports complex, $20 for cars; $40 for oversized vehicles. TV: ABC6, with Kevin Reilly, Herm Edwards, Hugh Douglas and Dave Spadaro Radio: WYSP (94.1-FM) and WIP (610-AM), with Merrill Reese, Mike Quick and Howard Eskin Preseason history: Jaguars have won all three preseason meetings. Next for Eagles: Final preseason game at Jets on Sept.