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October 18, 2014 | By Mike Sielski, Inquirer Columnist
Along the Eagles' sideline Sunday night, an NFL Films camera and microphone caught Chip Kelly at a moment of candor and insight. The Eagles were about to commence their 27-0 thrashing of the Giants, and Kelly tossed two sentences to a practice-squad player that were anything but throwaway lines. They cut to the core of his approach as a head coach. "Culture wins football," he said. "Culture will beat scheme every day. " If Kelly's still-brief time in the NFL has done nothing else, it has shown how closely he follows that precept and how important the distinction between culture and scheme is. Kelly put it in football-specific terms, but what he said could as easily apply to the head of a corporation, or the principal of a school, or an editor overseeing a newsroom.
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February 11, 1987 | By Joe Logan, Inquirer Staff Writer
Overhead, on two giant TV monitors, images of Super Bowl XXI flickered in the darkness of the editing room. There went New York Giants running back Joe Morris, cutting left, then right. Just below, watching Morris' every move, two film and sound editors perched before one of the most sophisticated audio boards money can buy, silently sliding control buttons. And about 35 feet away, tucked in a soundproof recording booth, Pat Summerall, CBS's premier football play-by-play man, glanced down at his script.
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May 15, 2014 | By Bonnie L. Cook, Inquirer Staff Writer
Victoria Ellen Denenberg, 69, of Merion, archivist for the NFL's treasure trove of game footage, died Monday, May 5, of cancer at the Abramson Center for Jewish Life. Ms. Denenberg began her career at NFL Films in 1966 as an assistant to the league's business manager. She handled a variety of duties before becoming the manager of its film library. In that role, she oversaw the cataloging and archiving of all footage shot by NFL Films camera operators. NFL Films was located initially in Philadelphia, but when it moved from Center City to Mount Laurel in 1980, she helped guide the transition.
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December 19, 1997 | By Joe Wojciechowski, INQUIRER CORRESPONDENT
Florence football players will always be part of The Pit. Now, The Pit will be part of NFL Films lore. Florence will be part of Sunday morning's NFL Films Presents -Traditions, a show on different high school traditions across the country that will air on Channel 29 at 10:30. The Florence segment runs about seven minutes, and shows different scenes of the tiny town shot during Thanksgiving week. The interviews show the pride that the players, coaches and fans have for their team and town.
NEWS
September 21, 2005 | By Sally A. Downey INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
Arthur Spieller, 79, of Broomall, who won six Emmy awards as a cameraman for NFL Films and who filmed every one of the first 31 Super Bowls, died of heart failure Sept. 19 at home. The first title game was in 1967 between the Green Bay Packers and the Kansas City Chiefs in a matchup that was called, at the time, the NFL-AFL World Championship Game. The next season, Mr. Spieller worked the NFL Championship game that was to become known as the Ice Bowl. The game - in Green Bay, Wis., between the Packers and the Dallas Cowboys - was played in temperatures that reached 15 degrees below zero.
ENTERTAINMENT
April 28, 1995 | By Desmond Ryan, INQUIRER MOVIE CRITIC
The Philadelphia Festival of World Cinema has a well-deserved reputation for searching out worthwhile movies from every corner of the globe. This year the organizers looked in the end zone. One of the highlights among the festival's dizzying array of movies is a salute to NFL Films, the Mount Laurel-based company that began 30 years ago with one hand-held 16mm camera and now flourishes as a dominant sports-media conglomerate. It has, of course, long been acknowledged that NFL Films and the many pioneering and innovative techniques it developed to put the viewer in the action on the field and catch the emotions on the sidelines played a key role in pro football's rise to its current popularity: Just compare the modest hoopla that surrounded the first Super Bowl with the extravagant January spectacle it has become.
NEWS
November 20, 2012 | BY JOHN F. MORRISON, Daily News Staff Writer morrisj@phillynews.com, 215-854-5573
IF YOU WERE going to follow John Facenda on the air, you had to have a great voice. Maybe nobody could match the legendary Facenda, whose familiar baritone was called the "voice of God" when he broadcast for NFL Films. But Jeff Kaye brought it off. After Facenda died in 1984, Jeff became the voice of NFL Films, lending his own sonorous baritone to the pro-football features of the Mount Laurel, N.J.-based company. Maybe not quite God, but close to it. "I can say to this day, when I look at some of the shows Jeff narrated over the years, I am still fascinated by the way he told a story," said Kevin McLoughlin, director of post-production for NFL Films.
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April 14, 2009 | By Bob Brookover INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
The sadness wasn't confined to the offices of Citizens Bank Park or the world of baseball yesterday. News of Harry Kalas' death also hit home and hit hard across the river at the NFL Films home office in Mount Laurel. Steve Sabol, the president of the company founded by his father, Ed, in 1962, left work in the early afternoon only to return when he learned that Kalas had collapsed and died a few hours before the start of the Phillies' game against the Washington Nationals.
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September 23, 2012 | By Bill Lyon, For The Inquirer
The spiral is perfect, the ball launched by a buggy-whip arm, and it arcs in majestic slow motion across a cobalt sky. Two are in lockstep pursuit of it, receiver and defender, each calculating where their thunderous intersection will be reached, and you see them rising and grasping as one, and it is all so real that you swear that you are, well, there. Right there! And Steve Sabol would smile a smile of modesty and satisfaction and lean back and thank you. On behalf of NFL Films and its gazillion Emmys, we thank you. To quote the song: Nobody does it better.
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October 18, 2014 | By Mike Sielski, Inquirer Columnist
Along the Eagles' sideline Sunday night, an NFL Films camera and microphone caught Chip Kelly at a moment of candor and insight. The Eagles were about to commence their 27-0 thrashing of the Giants, and Kelly tossed two sentences to a practice-squad player that were anything but throwaway lines. They cut to the core of his approach as a head coach. "Culture wins football," he said. "Culture will beat scheme every day. " If Kelly's still-brief time in the NFL has done nothing else, it has shown how closely he follows that precept and how important the distinction between culture and scheme is. Kelly put it in football-specific terms, but what he said could as easily apply to the head of a corporation, or the principal of a school, or an editor overseeing a newsroom.
NEWS
August 19, 2014 | By Edward Colimore, Inquirer Staff Writer
  The pose is typical - the way many people remember him on the football field, always ready to capture the action. His eyes scan the ground as though waiting for the next play, the next classic shot. And his video camera, like an extension of his body, is perched on his right shoulder, prepared to record impossible catches and colliding giants. A bronze figure of Steve Sabol, the late president and co-founder of NFL Films, was unveiled last week during a private ceremony outside the company's Mount Laurel headquarters.
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June 6, 2014 | BY TOM MAHON, Daily News Staff Writer mahont@phillynews.com
NFL COMMISSIONER Roger Goodell isn't going to like this: Variety reports that West Philly native Will Smith will star in a film about concussions in professional football. The news comes a week after another group of former NFL players filed a complaint in U.S. District Court in Philadelphia claiming the league knowingly failed to inform them there was a link between concussions and long-term health problems. That came on the heels of a class action - also filed in Philly - in which a $765 million settlement, reached by the league and former players last August, was declined by a judge who said it wasn't enough money to last over the 65-year span of the suit.
NEWS
May 15, 2014 | By Bonnie L. Cook, Inquirer Staff Writer
Victoria Ellen Denenberg, 69, of Merion, archivist for the NFL's treasure trove of game footage, died Monday, May 5, of cancer at the Abramson Center for Jewish Life. Ms. Denenberg began her career at NFL Films in 1966 as an assistant to the league's business manager. She handled a variety of duties before becoming the manager of its film library. In that role, she oversaw the cataloging and archiving of all footage shot by NFL Films camera operators. NFL Films was located initially in Philadelphia, but when it moved from Center City to Mount Laurel in 1980, she helped guide the transition.
SPORTS
January 27, 2014 | By Frank Fitzpatrick, Inquirer Columnist
Like hot-dog wrappers on the windy New York Sunday they swear they'll never forget, they have scattered. But no matter their current locale, members of Cardinal Dougherty High School's 1962-63 marching band will be watching closely next Sunday when Super Bowl XLVIII takes place in New Jersey's Meadowlands. The last time an NFL championship was played in the wintry Northeast, the Philadelphia high school band was present, its members freezing their saxes off in the glow of Yankee Stadium bonfires.
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November 25, 2013 | By Bob Brookover, Inquirer Columnist
A decade ago, Scott Graham appeared destined to become the next voice of the Phillies, the broadcaster who was going to replace the irreplaceable Harry Kalas. As it turned out, Graham did eventually replace HK, albeit not as the voice of the Phillies. He also honored his friend with an Emmy Award-winning documentary. The way it all happened is still hard to believe, Harry. "Worlds change and situations change and you have to adapt to what you have in front of you," Graham said last week during a break in his seven-day-a-week schedule that has made him the most ubiquitous voice in the NFL. "The entire thing was disappointing, but there was an opportunity there to grow and, fortunately, it has worked out that way. " Graham's career has not grown.
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November 25, 2013 | By Bob Brookover, Inquirer Columnist
A decade ago, Scott Graham appeared destined to become the next voice of the Phillies, the broadcaster who was going to replace the irreplaceable Harry Kalas. As it turned out, Graham did eventually replace HK, albeit not as the voice of the Phillies. He also honored his friend with an Emmy Award-winning documentary. The way it all happened is still hard to believe, Harry. "Worlds change and situations change and you have to adapt to what you have in front of you," Graham said last week during a break in his seven-day-a-week schedule that has made him the most ubiquitous voice in the NFL. "The entire thing was disappointing, but there was an opportunity there to grow and, fortunately, it has worked out that way. " Graham's career has not grown.
SPORTS
August 23, 2013 | By Marcus Hayes, Daily News Staff Writer
CHIP KELLY might really be a genius. Kelly mind-melded the Eagles into thinking he is the greatest football mind this side of Bill Belichick, and, for all we know, he is. The Eagles believed it so that, after he spurned then, they called back, begged him to leave college and paid him outlandishly. Kelly immediately installed his Machine Gun offense, which so flouts conventional operations that the NFL's top ref swore to impede it. Now, Kelly not only has reinvented the wheel, he's letting Michael Vick drive the car. You know, the most controversial athlete since Muhammad Ali. Brilliant.
SPORTS
July 24, 2013 | By Stan Hochman, Daily News Staff Writer
WANT TO SEE Jim Bunning throw that last strike past John Stephenson, Father's Day, 1964, Shea Stadium, perfect game, 27 up, 27 down? In black and white, although the joy is Technicolor, Bunning jubilantly pounding his fist into his glove, where the rainbow ends. Want to watch Doctor J hover like a helicopter against the Lakers, rock the basketball and then soar up, up, up eye-high to the rim, and thunder it home? Closeups of Chuck Bednarik, Ron Hextall, Jim Konstanty? Norm Van Brocklin throwing a touchdown pass?
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February 8, 2013 | BY TOM MAHON, Daily News Staff Writer mahont@phillynews.com
SOME GUYS have all the luck. Sex.com is offering to match Patriots tight end Rob Gronkowski's base salary of $3.75 million if he films a sex scene with porn star Bibi Jones. Why Jones? Well, the two have a fleeting relationship of sorts. In 2011, Jones posted photos of her and Gronk on her Twitter account. Apparently, Jones is planning a comeback in the adult film business - who knew she was gone? - and wants Gronk to help relaunch her career. A news release from the site reads: "In light of Bibi Jones' return to performing in adult films, Sex.com would like to offer Rob Gronkowski a chance to perform with her in a scene once his forearm has healed.
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