September 13, 2013
FOR THE longest time, I deluded myself into thinking that the only difference between me and a Miss America hopeful was the fact that I wore glasses. Actually, I did not wear "glasses. " I wore a portable version of the Hubble Telescope. For this reason, and this reason alone, it was clear to my adolescent self that the only aisle I'd likely be strolling down was the one at Penn Fruit. But come every Labor Day, I'd suspend reality for a few blessed hours and mentally substitute my face (including all four of my eyes)
August 6, 2013 |
SO FAR, this has not been the wide-open competition for the starting quarterback position Matt Barkley might have yearned to see. Michael Vick and Nick Foles are splitting the first-team reps. Barkley gets snaps with deep reserves. That's hardly a shock; Barkley, drafted in the fourth round in April, has always been a darkhorse in the race to be Chip Kelly's opening-day starter, but he was getting some reps with the first team in the spring, and it was never clear exactly how training camp would go. "I didn't know what to think coming in," said Barkley, who had a strong, crisp passing day in yesterday's practice.
July 19, 2013 |
BECAUSE of the sometimes complicated process involved with finalizing trades in the NBA, it took 2 weeks for the New Orleans Pelicans to introduce newly acquired former All-Star guard Jrue Holiday to the fans and media in the "Big Easy. " The Pelicans had a news conference for Holiday, whom they acquired in a draft-night trade from the Sixers, last Thursday. Here in South Philadelphia, today marks a month since the Sixers picked up University of Kentucky freshman center Nerlens Noel, the sixth overall pick in the draft, for Holiday.
May 30, 2013 |
WHEN THE Eagles selected offensive lineman Dennis Kelly in the fifth round of the 2012 draft, it's safe to say that neither he nor they anticipated he would end up starting 10 games as a rookie. That's what happens, though, when three of your starters go down with season-ending injuries and the light switch continues to malfunction on your 2011 first-round pick. It often wasn't pretty. Pro Football Focus, which grades offensive linemen, had just one Eagle with a lower overall pass- and run-blocking rating than Kelly.
May 24, 2013 |
Jeremy Maclin was recently asked about Chip Kelly's offense and which skill-position players would thrive in it. The Eagles wide receiver did not mention obvious names such as DeSean Jackson, LeSean McCoy, or even himself. He singled out Damaris Johnson, the small and speedy receiver who made the roster last season as an undrafted rookie but hardly did enough to suggest a quantum leap in Year 2. Kelly's offense, though, offers a new dynamic. While details such as scheme and starting quarterback are great unknowns, the players, after more than a month of workouts, have intimated that they know enough about the offense to project.
May 24, 2013 |
CLEARWATER, Fla. - One of the more intriguing players to land in the Phillies organization out of last year's draft is an outfielder-turned-second-baseman who pitched with both hands in high school and currently rides to practice on a beach cruiser he purchased from Target. "It's actually my second bike," Andrew Pullin said as he flipped down his kickstand and took a seat in the shade on a hellaciously muggy Florida afternoon. "The first one was stolen. " Pullin is the kind of player who makes personnel men dream.
May 21, 2013 |
ROBIN LEACH , the former host with the golden voice of "Lifestyles of the Rich and Famous," will be in Atlantic City this weekend as a "Millionaire Maker" to crown the first of four guaranteed millionaires through Harrah's, Showboat, Bally's and Caesars. But Leach suggested that the winners' best move is not to take their winnings back to the slots. "Bank the money and don't spend it all at once . . . I've seen so many people crash and burn in my time, but this time I'll give some advice to stay newly rich and famous," Leach told me from his Las Vegas home.
May 17, 2013
By Jun-Youb "JY" Lee When I heard Vice President Biden proclaim to University of Pennsylvania graduates Monday, "China is going to eat our lunch," I wondered if he understood his audience. Onstage with him were Amy Gutmann, Penn's president, and Princeton professor Kwame Appiah, one of Biden's fellow honorary doctorate recipients. Both are leading thinkers on cosmopolitanism and multiculturalism. What did they think of Biden's patriotic call to serve American interests above all other nations'?
April 13, 2013 |
Two years ago, CyOptics Inc. was looking to go public and raise $100 million, but it dropped those plans last May. On Thursday, the Lehigh County maker of optical components agreed to be acquired for $400 million. The buyer? A cash-rich Singapore company called Avago Technologies Inc. It's telling that Avago was able to pull off its initial public offering during one of the worst years for such financings (2009), while CyOptics couldn't squeak through the IPO window during the year when Facebook went public - the biggest tech IPO ever.
April 12, 2013 |
TWICE IN THE last week, the Flyers faced off against teams desperately clinging to their playoff lives - riding identical five-game losing skids into the matchup. Both times, Winnipeg and Ottawa skated off the ice with a pair of points, quickly rejuvenating their playoff hopes in this crazy, shortened season. It was the Senators' turn Thursday night, scoring two third-periods goals - including a rare breakaway, power-play tally - to down the Flyers, 3-1, in a somewhat empty and lifeless Wells Fargo Center.