January 5, 2012 |
THE HECK WITH dribbling, shooting, passing and defending. For Shep Garner, Roman Catholic High's newest basketball sensation, the most challenging task is trying to keep a straight face right before the games begin. When Roman is the home team, that is. Garner's mother, Kim, is a professional singer (fronts one band; has another of her own) and . . . hey, there she is, impeccably dressed, standing right in front of the scorers' table, belting out the national anthem. "I'm laughing on the inside, but I can't let it show," said the personable Garner, a 6-2, 190-pound sophomore point guard.
October 24, 2011
Who: Standout youngster on "Majors & Minors," an adorable, heart-swelling, no-elimination show featuring 12 amazing "minors," ages 10 and up, and their "major" celebrity mentors. Airs 7 p.m. Sundays on The Hub. Age: 14 From: Originally South Philly, now East Falls School: Meredith Elementary Memorable show moment: The first time he met Brandy, Michael performed a song he wrote - and reduced the R&B vet to happy tears. Back in town: Since the show wrapped, Michael's been a regular eighth-grader, taking the bus to school and singing in the adult and praise choirs at Greater St. Matthew Baptist Church.
October 7, 2011 |
Are you ready for some fallout? This week's poster boy for political incivility is country singer Hank Williams Jr. During a frequently awkward Fox and Friends interview Monday, Williams said President Obama and House Speaker John Boehner's "golf summit" last summer was analogous to a pairing of Adolf Hitler and Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu. I think we all know who was supposed to be the Hitler figure in Williams' mind. His comment is yet another reminder that Hitler references never work.
September 27, 2011
P ASSING ALONG some city high school football tidbits . . . As of last Friday, Communications Tech senior Aasim Ragin-Nickson was a 6-foot, 307-pound defensive tackle. Now, we're about to see him on the other side of the ball. And not with the chubsters. Off the line of scrimmage a shade. "I've been coaching Aasim since middle school," said CT coach John Gossett, "and he has always been beggin' me for a carry. I'm going to give him some now. If you look at the tape, he was actually running away from people.
September 12, 2011 |
EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. - The 10th anniversary of the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks coincided with the first full day of action of the 92d NFL season, and emotions were high at MetLife Stadium, just a few miles from the World Trade Center. It was an evening of alternating tears and cheers. In honoring those affected by the worst terrorist acts committed on American soil, the NFL concluded Sunday's schedule with a prime-time matchup between the host New York Jets and Dallas Cowboys, who have long been pinned with the moniker "America's Team.
September 2, 2011 |
DAEGU, South Korea - For nearly three decades, Mary Slaney owned this territory. No American had been able to equal her success at 1,500 meters at the world championships. Now there's Jenny Barringer Simpson. With one powerful surge on the home stretch, Simpson looked every bit as dominant as Slaney once was, winning on a marvelous night for the Americans highlighted by three gold medals in an exhilarating 30-minute stretch. Simpson is the first American woman to win the world title in the 1,500 since Slaney - Decker back then - in 1983.
September 2, 2011 |
FOR A TIME, it seems, Oscar De La Hoya's life was a real drag. According to reports, De La Hoya now admits photos of him wearing fishnet stockings and lingerie are real. The politically correct thing to say at this point is, "Nothing wrong with that. " However, if a report in the New York Post is to be believed, De La Hoya thought there was. The newspaper, citing sources, reported the 38-year-old boxing legend paid ex-stripper Milan Dravnel, who was part of the shoot, $20 million in an out-of-court settlement.
August 31, 2011
THE PHILLIES have never been much for "Hey, look at us" ostentation. When in doubt, hitch a guy to a giant kite, shoot somebody out of a cannon. Bring in a senior citizen to walk a swaying wire with no net. Let the players dazzle on the field. Back when the Carpenter family owned the ballclub they purchased out of bankruptcy from the National League in 1943, the attorneys wore wax mustaches and sleeve garters. You just knew they used quill pens and kept the balance sheets in thick, lined ledgers.
July 22, 2011
The Phillies are turning back the clock with 1980s Retro Night for tonight's game against San Diego. The Phillies and Padres will wear 1984-era uniforms and former Phillies reliever Al Holland (1983-85) will throw out the first pitch. Holland also will do a pregame autograph session at the Phillies Authentics Store on the Main Concourse from 5:45-6:30 p.m. Tommy Conwell, from Tommy Conwell and the Young Rumblers, will perform several of his 1980s hits on the field before the game and perform and "Take Me Out to the Ball Game" during the seventh-inning stretch.