December 23, 2015 |
The Story So Far: Penn Comic Theatre scrambles to mount a holiday production it really needs to be a hit, while the company's founder, Gwendolyn Driver, copes with parenting struggles at home. Five days to opening night, four weeks to Christmas. . . . 'I dunno, it just seems like somewhere in the middle the funny drops out. " In the last week or so, as opening night neared, the new guy, Marshall Jefferson, had gotten less shy with his fellow cast members in Penn Comic Theatre's holiday show.
October 7, 2015 |
Once upon a time, long before Social Security and Medicare entered my life, I saw a pair of shoes that were so sexy and gorgeous that I, usually the most conservative of women, had to have them. Slick, shiny, black patent leather, they had sky-high heels by my standards, open toes, a little ruffle of black lace, and a scattering of rhinestones near the toes. Yes, ridiculously over the top. "Hideous!" proclaimed one imperious daughter. Her two sisters soon agreed. But again, this was not a rational moment; it was seduction.
October 17, 2014 |
BY THE LOOK of yesterday's practice, it will take a last-minute setback to keep Braydon Coburn from returning to the Flyers' lineup tomorrow night in Dallas. If Coburn is indeed back, who will be on the blue line with him? Flyers coach Craig Berube has made no promises to his in-flux defense corps that veteran Nick Schultz will be the odd man out, as he was on Opening Night in Boston. Consider that both a nod toward Schultz's steadying influence and a message delivered to Luke Schenn and Michael Del Zotto to step up their game.
October 10, 2014 |
BOSTON - Forget trying to make a believer of the coaching staff. The toughest part about making a leap for the NHL from Europe well into your 20s is believing you belong. "It takes a while to believe that," said Austrian Michael Raffl, who made the jump last season. Pierre-Edouard Bellemare did not believe in himself 2 years ago, when he first contemplated coming over from Sweden at age 27. In fact, he said he didn't believe he was in the Flyers' Opening Night lineup last night until it was time to take the ice against the Bruins.
April 11, 2014 |
THE WALL has been reached, but instead of running into it, Michael Carter-Williams has run right through it and is finishing this season with as much promise with which he began it. (Remember that 22-point, 12-assist, nine-steal and seven-rebound effort against the Miami Heat on Opening Night). About 2 weeks ago, 76ers coach Brett Brown, his eyes ablaze and fists clenched and in perpetual motion, said he wanted his prized 6-6 rookie to "become a point guard in all phases of the game.
September 24, 2013 |
Mark Wechter liked what he saw before the start of overtime on Friday night, and the Washington Township coach wasn't looking at the field. "Our kids were going into overtime with smiles on their faces," Wechter said. "They were saying, 'This is fun.' " Washington Township (1-1) beat Winslow Township, 33-27, when junior Christian Maiden threw a 25-yard touchdown pass to junior Frank Kahana on the Minutemen's first play in the extra session. The win was big for the Minutemen, who bounced back from a 63-19 loss to Eastern on opening night.
September 11, 2013 |
LANDOVER, Md. - The Eagles' inactives reflected Chip Kelly's strong emphasis on special teams, with five safeties and five inside linebackers suited up for the season opener against the host Washington Redskins. The only real surprise was that second-year defensive lineman Vinny Curry was not chosen. Curry, a second-round pick last year who was inactive for his first 10 games as a rookie, worked hard in the offseason and flashed in the preseason. But many observers seem to think Curry is still an archetypal 4-3 defensive end, trying to fit into what defensive coordinator Bill Davis wants to be a two-gap 3-4. Curry never seemed to move up on the depth chart in the preseason, even as he was making plays.
April 3, 2013 |
ATLANTA - It was more than two hours before game time, and the first player to emerge in the visitors dugout at Turner Field was Chase Utley. The Phillies' five-time all-star second baseman was not going to miss this opening day. Not after missing the last two. Not after starting his preparation for this season almost immediately after the end of last season. There was a look in Utley's eyes Monday as he leaned on the dugout railing and awaited the team's stretch exercises in preparation for his first opening day since 2010.
April 3, 2013 |
ATLANTA - Anybody who thinks Monday night was a reason to panic hasn't been paying attention. In fact, if you are somebody who thinks Opening Night has some utility as a tea leaf for the rest of the season - which, almost without exception, it does not - the positives may have outweighed the negatives. The second baseman with the creaky knees looked as strong as he did in his prime, knocking a 400-foot home run over the wall in dead center, taking an extra base on an RBI single, and stretching a double into a triple.
October 12, 2012 |
The Flyers are supposed to open the 2012-13 season Thursday night by facing the Boston Bruins at the Wells Fargo Center. Instead, the NHL has gone dark, and the "Negotiations to Nowhere" continue in New York City. Representatives from the league and the players union met Wednesday. Once again, there was little progress to report. The lockout has reached 26 days since the collective-bargaining agreement expired Sept. 15. Bill Daly, the NHL's deputy commissioner, estimated the league had lost $240 million with the cancellation of preseason games and the first two weeks of the regular season.