January 15, 2016 |
BRONCOS (-7) over Steelers Goin' down in flames if Ben Roethlisberger can pull of a miracle with his separated shoulder and some torn ligaments. I'm dead in the water. Pittsburgh's offense lives for the vertical game, with an amazing set of speedy receivers. Short routes and little bubble screens? Nah! Not gonna phase the wicked Denver defense. And speaking of Pitt's wideouts, Antonio Brown is still not 100 percent, while running back DeAngelo Williams is still listed as questionable.
December 23, 2015
"The greatest rescue operation by a single ship in the history of mankind. " - U.S. Maritime Administration By Chris Gibbons On Dec. 22, 1950, Capt. Leonard LaRue, of Philadelphia, peered through his binoculars from the deck of his merchant cargo vessel, SS Meredith Victory, as it approached the besieged North Korean port of Hungnam. LaRue could see thousands of shivering refugees lining the harbor in a desperate attempt to escape the marauding Communist Chinese and North Korean soldiers who surrounded, and were quickly closing in on, the city.
December 2, 2015 |
THEY ARE one game out of first place. When you say it like that, it doesn't sound so bad. Forget the Eagles' 4-7 record, forget how their last two games played out and flip those easily avoidable losses to the Dolphins, Redskins and the Falcons, we might even be talking about repairing this thing in time to fend off the rest of the miserable slop that inhabits the NFC East Division. But really, what level of insanity does it take to believe they have a chance to beat the mighty Patriots Sunday?
November 24, 2015 |
In the weeks after Pope Francis blessed their ailing daughter during his visit to Philadelphia, Joe and Kristen Masciantonio probably spent more time in the cancer ward at Children's Hospital of Philadelphia than at Mass at St. Cyril of Jerusalem in Bucks County. But last week, Joe said, scans showed that a troublesome tumor in 1-year-old Gianna's brain shrank significantly after rounds and rounds of surgeries and chemotherapy, to the point where it's "basically gone. " The girl's stunning reversal of fortune - following a dire diagnosis from her doctors - led one family friend to call Gianna's encounter with the pontiff "the Miracle on Market Street.
November 24, 2015 |
The man known as Philly Jesus has launched an Internet fund-raising campaign seeking to raise $70 million to expand, perhaps even make global, his LOVE Park-centered street ministry. Mike Grant, as Philly Jesus is otherwise known, wrote on his GoFundMe page, launched Nov. 9, that he needed the millions to further his ministry. To do that, he highlighted many anticipated expenses, including: "A building/stadium for the Philly Jesus Ministry. " "A helicopter/jet for the Philly Jesus Ministry to transport the ministry from and to future speaking engagements across the WORLD to share my testimony how JESUS saved me from the dark hole of addiction and despair . . . and to spread The Gospel of Jesus Christ to every creature in existence.
November 24, 2015 |
IN THE WEEKS after Pope Francis blessed their ailing daughter during his visit to Philadelphia, Joe and Kristen Masciantonio probably spent more time in the cancer ward at Children's Hospital of Philadelphia than at Mass at St. Cyril of Jerusalem Church in Jamison. But last week, Joe said, scans showed that a troublesome tumor in 1-year-old Gianna's brain shrank significantly after rounds and rounds of surgeries and chemotherapy, to the point where it's "basically gone. " The tot's stunning reversal of fortune - which came after a dire diagnosis from her doctors - led one family friend to call Gianna's encounter with the pontiff "the Miracle on Market Street.
September 30, 2015 |
LET'S FORGET about the Eagles' quarterback question, for a moment. It's a hard thing to do, given everything we know about the importance of the position. But if our goal is to take an objective look at where the Eagles stand in the NFL's Grand Scheme, then Sam Bradford is a bit of a red herring. Through three games, he has looked much as he did during his 49 starts with the Rams: tentative in the pocket, quick to get rid of the ball, hesitant to flash the arm strength that drew raves from his teammates throughout training camp.
June 30, 2015 |
Extraordinary buzz surrounded the final concert in the Crossing's Month of Moderns Festival on Saturday: The program contained only Joby Talbot's Path of Miracles , a piece the choir first sang in 2009 and has only gained in international stature since. Torrential rain and absent SEPTA trains couldn't dampen that. Inspired by pilgrimages to the Cathedral of Santiago de Compostela (and the Iberian chants and melodies that were part of the landscape), the piece immediately emerged as a major contribution to the choral literature.
April 27, 2015 |
THEY WERE the anti-bluebloods, two self-described "knuckleheads from Northeast Philly" who were on the front lines of a horse-racing feast that began in Arkansas and moved on to Kentucky, Maryland and finally New York in the spring of 2005. It was a time unlike any in Triple Crown history, if you hung with Chuck Zacney and Joe Lerro. Others might have gotten more money out of the three races or had a horse with more residual value as a stallion. Nobody ever had more fun than the Ryan and Judge grads who insisted that absolutely everybody be a part of it. They knew instinctively it was a once-in-a-lifetime deal, and they wanted to share.
February 4, 2015 |
There are few true American heroes whose reputations haven't been tarnished with time. Deaf and blind Helen Keller and her indefatigable teacher, Annie Sullivan, are two of them. Media Theatre's production of The Miracle Worker is only the latest to introduce William Gibson's adaptation of Keller's autobiography, The Story of My Life , to another generation, but it's a welcome introduction. Gibson's take on the Keller-Sullivan relationship has seen iterations on radio, television, film (three times)