February 19, 1997 |
This year, it will be different. As a first-day-of-spring-training promise, it doesn't get any more standard than that. Players have always worked harder then ever before, have reported in the best shape of their career, are finally prepared to hurdle whatever obstacle has been standing between them and the Hall of Fame. Still, when Gregg Jefferies pulled on his uniform for the first time yesterday, two days before the first mandatory full-squad workout, those familiar sentiments almost shrieked with significance.
October 9, 2013
March 20, 1989 |
As the city's politicians prepare for the next round in the city's budget wars, they might spend some time researching what recently happened in the SEPTA negotiations. For years, SEPTA's budget problems have been almost as bad as those that threaten the city, as well as intense dislike - sometimes absolute hatred - within the SEPTA family. The unions hated management; management ignored the board; the board would go around management to cut its own deals. No more. There is a new attitude in SEPTA these days.
January 8, 1999 |
Tom Plotts met a number of tough opponents last season, but none tougher than the scale he encountered before each bout. Plotts, who is 5-foot-6, struggled before every match to make 103 pounds, and the constant weight gain and loss ultimately ended his season prematurely last year. With a new attitude and better knowledge of the aspects of weight control, the Collingswood junior is attempting to wrestle at 103 again this season. "That's where I want to go, because I think I can win a state title at that weight," Plotts said.
October 5, 1993 |
Mike Lanci couldn't believe what he was hearing. The Ridley senior stood at his locker last week and watched two students argue over which of Ridley's sports teams were contenders for Central League titles. "I tell you, it's just the football team that has a chance," one student said. "No, it's the cross-country team that'll win the league," the other said. Lanci just smiled. He wasn't accustomed to hearing people talk about Ridley cross-country. The program has been dormant for more than 20 years, with the team usually finishing in the lower half of the league standings.
September 9, 1988 |
Patti LaBelle was testing the waters at the shore on Wednesday night as she began a five-night stand at the Tropicana's Tiffany Showroom. In the coming months, she'll once again attempt to make a splash on the national pop-culture scene. After a sweet taste of success with the disco hit "Lady Marmalade" in 1975, and major inroads toward mainstream fame with the 1984 single "New Attitude" and 1986 LP Winner in You, the Philadelphia native is poised to take the plunge again and perhaps attain the superstardom she has strived for throughout an erratic 25-year career.
March 6, 2012 |
First-year Penn State men's basketball coach Pat Chambers wears one of two looks on the sideline. The first is stern - pursed lips, squinting eyes, crossed arms. The second is a little less reserved - arms often flailing or hands cupped around his mouth as he shouts to players and referees while stomping on the hardwood. Though the 2011-12 season hasn't gone as well as the Nittany Lions (12-18, 4-13 Big Ten Conference) would have liked, Chambers' demeanor epitomizes the excitement surrounding a program that has made the NCAA tournament just four times in the last 21 years.
March 30, 1998 |
It was bound to happen last year to La Salle's Jeff Huntzinger. He would play well, then botch an easy shot. He would think a little bit, and then bungle another shot. Before he knew it, Huntzinger lost his brakes, careening out of control on the golf course. He was his own harshest critic. This summer, he challenged himself to find his brake pedal and know when to pull back before he got sucked in. Now a composed, more self-assured senior, Huntzinger should be among the best golfers in the Catholic League this spring.
March 16, 2015 |
For more than 50 years, Patti LaBelle, the pride of Southwest Philadelphia, has owned center stage, effortlessly blowing her audiences away with vocal highs in "New Attitude" and "Over the Rainbow" and sultry, soul-stirring lows in "Little Girls" and "You Are My Friend. " But starting Monday at 8 p.m., the soul-music icon will embark on a new endeavor that, she admits, has her shaking in her stilettos. LaBelle will compete in the 20th season of ABC's hit show Dancing With the Stars . Her partner, Artem Chigvintsev, might have a hard time keeping up with LaBelle.
March 24, 2001 |
If you are looking for somebody to bet on this weekend in the Players Championship, you could do worse than Vijay Singh. Not only is he in a strong position - just 2 strokes behind leader Jerry Kelly - he's having a great season. He already has won twice this year overseas against Europe's best, and he looks to be peaking as he prepares to return to Augusta, Ga., in two weeks to defend his Masters title. More important, he knows the TPC Sawgrass course probably better than anyone else in the field.