May 14, 2015 |
I'm not paid to be a role model. ... Parents should be role models. - Charles Barkley The suspension of New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady, winner of the last Super Bowl and a virtual lock to one day be inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame, is the latest development in an ongoing conversation about cheating in sports, and even Americans who are uninterested in athletics should pay attention. The National Football League on Monday suspended Brady for the first four games of next season for orchestrating or knowing about a scheme to deliberately deflate footballs, making them easier to throw during last season's AFC Championship Game against the Indianapolis Colts.
May 4, 2015 |
Frank Olivo, the Santa Claus who got pelted with snowballs at the Eagles game that winter day in 1968, died Thursday, April 30, at Kindred Hospital Philadelphia-Havertown. Mr. Olivo, 66, of Glenolden, had battled heart disease, diabetes, and other ailments for 25 years, and had been seriously ill since mid-January. A South Philadelphia native, Mr. Olivo, known as "Frankie," was a barber, worked for years in the casino industry in Atlantic City, sold cars, and was in the mortgage business.
December 9, 2014 |
Julius Erving , the airborne forward who led the 76ers to the NBA championship way back in 1983, is 64 years old, and still hustling. Last week, his Dr. J Enterprises cut a deal with Anthem Media Group , of Toronto, New York and Los Angeles, to help sell its Fantasy Sports Network (FNTSY) to such video giants as Comcast, DirecTV and AT&T , and find marketing partnerships with pro leagues and advertisers. Anthem also owns fantasy-sports site RotoExperts.com , combat-sports-oriented Fight Network , SportsGrid.com (sports commentary)
November 23, 2014 |
Andrew Gardner was a member of the Texans for three years, and in just 10 games for the Eagles this season he has already played five times more than he did in Houston. The offensive lineman has seen action in eight games at three different positions and is likely to earn his third start of the season when the Eagles host the Tennessee Titans on Sunday. Gardner began the practice week as the first-team right guard while Matt Tobin recovered from a concussion. Tobin was cleared to return Thursday and has been a full participant since, but he has been with the second team and could stay there if Gardner performs well in his place.
November 9, 2014 |
Ray Rice, his wife, Janay, and his attorneys have had their say in front of an arbitrator. Adrian Peterson's punishment - reckless assault of a child resulting in a $4,000 fine and 80 hours of community service - has been settled in a Texas court. Now we wait. Rice's appeal of his indefinite suspension by NFL commissioner Roger Goodell will drag on a while longer. Barbara Jones, the former federal judge who served as the arbitrator, still has to make a ruling, and that could take a week or maybe even two. Even when Jones does rule and even if she rules in favor of the former Baltimore Ravens running back, Rice's case is complicated.
October 5, 2014 |
Austin Davis has an arm and he'll have the football in his right hand Sunday afternoon at Lincoln Financial Field, so he'll also have a chance. Maybe he'll be the next Joe Webb, the last little-known undrafted quarterback to come into the Linc and pick apart the Eagles, leading the Minnesota Vikings to an unlikely victory in the infamous Wuss Bowl in 2010. Maybe Davis will become something more than the next Webb. Maybe he'll emerge as the St. Louis Rams' second coming of Kurt Warner, who is arguably the greatest undrafted quarterback in NFL history and certainly among the league's most amazing stories.
September 22, 2014 |
DeMeco Ryans was born and raised in Bessemer, Ala., a small industrial town in the center of the state. Its namesake invented a process to mass-produce steel, but it's perhaps best known now as the birthplace of Bo Jackson. When people talk about the child-abuse charges filed in Texas against Minnesota Vikings running back Adrian Peterson, about a culture that could empower a father to strike the inside of his 4-year-old son's legs with a tree branch until they bled, Bessemer is the kind of place they mean, where a boy's roughest justice could come at the hands of a parent.
September 18, 2014
ISSUE | JOBS Ex-Im primes pump As a Washington insider, Heritage Foundation president Jim DeMint seems to think he knows how to run our businesses here in Philadelphia ("Let the Ex-Im Bank expire," Sept. 9). While he may have experience owning a small business, his marketing firm didn't export - which explains why he seemingly doesn't understand that Ex-Im, rather than a form of corporate welfare, means jobs in Philadelphia. In Pennsylvania, Ex-Im Bank supports 285 exporters, 179 of which are small businesses.
September 15, 2014 |
Based on the last several days, the NFL's inactives on Sunday will include Self Control, Moral Clarity, and Common Sense. As weeks go, the NFL just had a doozy. In substance and appearance, it might have been the worst in the league's history. TMZ obtained and released the security video of Baltimore Ravens running back Ray Rice in an Atlantic City casino elevator, knocking out his wife, Janay, with a left hook. With that, the outrage that already had been simmering over NFL commissioner Roger Goodell's meek two-game suspension of Rice finally reached a bubbling boil.