September 4, 2014 |
IN THE PAST, some have accused Roger Goodell of dropping the ball when it comes to issuing suspensions. Yesterday, he dropped the hammer. On an owner, no less. The NFL commissioner suspended Colts owner Jim Irsay for six regular-season games and gave him a maximum fine of $500,000 for violating the league's personal conduct policy. That's a bit more than the four-game suspension players such as Eagles right tackle Lane Johnson get for a first-time violation of the league's substance-abuse policy.
September 3, 2014 |
Here are 10 burning questions that should begin to be answered as Week 1 unfolds: 1. How healthy are Cam Newton, Tony Romo, Arian Foster, Montee Ball, Wes Welker, Jeremy Maclin, Sammy Watkins, Rob Gronkowski and other nicked-up stars? It's never a good sign to head into Week 1 already nursing an injury, but these guys have no choice. 2. Who will emerge from obscurity? Last season Julian Edelman, Julius Thomas, and the Chiefs defense became prized free-agent acquisitions after stellar early-season performances.
August 28, 2014 |
Sara Long "Sally" Buck, 83, a philanthropist and part-owner of the Phillies, died Saturday, Aug. 23, of heart failure at her home in Princeton. Before Saturday night's game at Citizens Bank Park against the St. Louis Cardinals, the Phillies held a moment of silence in her memory. "Sally was loved by many in the Phillies organization from front office staff to players to fellow owners," team president David Montgomery said in a statement. "Her passing leaves the club with a profound sense of loss.
August 12, 2014 |
In 2004, Richard and Vicki Steel's bodies failed them. He quit practicing dentistry when three surgeries for carpal tunnel syndrome did not relieve his suffering. Already compromised by a serious lung disorder, she was diagnosed with thyroid cancer. Nearly two years of surgeries and radiation treatments left her thinking that "it would be better to check out. " A decade later, the couple from Edgmont, Delaware County, face another test of survival - as small-business owners.
August 11, 2014 |
When he entered the University of Denver, James C. Arsenault was married, with a baby son. "He had his daughter when he was a sophomore in college, worked full time, and still graduated in four years," his daughter, Dana A. Frail, said. "And in today's world," she said, "that's kind of unreal for the rest of us. But he did it. " Mr. Arsenault, 73, of Voorhees, founder and owner of Freedom Glass & Metal in Clementon, died at Kennedy University Hospital in Stratford on Wednesday, Aug. 6, after suffering a stroke at his office.
August 2, 2014 |
Trainer Jimmy Takter has such a prohibitive favorite in Saturday's $1 million Hambletonian at the Meadowlands, that one local owner is surprised he even has a horse in such a prestigious race. "I have tickets for the Billy Joel concert at [Citizens Bank Park], so I had to scramble to rearrange my plans," said Howard Taylor, a lawyer from Philadelphia and co-owner of 20-1 longshot Doncango. "[Winning the Hambletonian] would be a dream. It would be a shock, but it would be a dream," Taylor said.
August 1, 2014 |
FOR THE longest time, Eagles owner Jeffrey Lurie would meet with the media during training camp to deliver his annual state of the franchise address. They were informative, but they never seemed to play out that well. Who can forget his "gold-standard" remark that always would come back to haunt Lurie each time the Birds failed to deliver a Vince Lombardi Trophy? Lurie's last formal state-of-the-team address occurred 2 years ago during the Eagles' final training camp at Lehigh.
July 22, 2014 |
A FORMER Philadelphia police dispatcher and the co-owner of a Frankford auto-body shop pleaded guilty yesterday to participating in a bribery scheme involving the tow-trucking biz. Dorian Parsley, 44, the ex-dispatcher, admitted before U.S. District Judge Eduardo Robreno that she had taken cash bribes from tow-truck operators in exchange for giving them confidential police information about the locations of accident scenes. In a separate hearing before the judge, William Cheeseman, 43, co-owner of the K&B auto-body shop on Kinsey Street near Worth, pleaded guilty to one count of bribery.
July 16, 2014 |
HOW COULD the owner of a basketball team that lost 14,000 games expect to get in the Hall of Fame? Every year when the inductees were announced, Red Klotz died a little. But he was not the kind of guy to brood. He took his lumps and moved on. And moving on meant continuing to coach and play the game he loved, into his 90s. Louis Herman "Red" Klotz, whose involvement in basketball as player, coach and team owner went back 80 years, and the owner and coach of a team that was created to lose to the legendary Harlem Globetrotters in games all over the world, died Saturday.