October 31, 2015
ISSUE | ECONOMY Fed, stand down In response to columnist Mark Zandi's Pollyanna perspective on Federal Reserve monetary policy ("Mr. Right," Sunday), I believe the Fed did an effective job in 2008, 2009, and 2010 in stabilizing our economy after the financial crisis. Since then, however, its policy has been overreaching and irresponsible, accumulating a $4.2 trillion fixed-income portfolio and maintaining near-zero percent interest rates for the last seven years. This has served to artificially inflate asset markets, most notably the stock and bond markets.
September 6, 2015
DEFENDING Atlantic 10 champion Virginia Commonwealth will open Saint Joseph's basketball's home conference season on Jan. 5, as the Hawks have announced their full schedule for the 2015-16 season. The Hawks open A-10 play on Jan. 2 with a visit to Richmond that will be nationall televised on NBC Sports Network. Other highlights of the conference schedule include St. Joe's first visit to Davidson, which just joined the A-10 last season. Previously announced games for the Hawks include participation in the Hall of Fame Tip-Off, which an opening game in that early-season event against visiting Niagara on Nov. 15 and Buffalo on Nov. 18. They continue play in that event against Florida at Mohegan Sun Arena in Uncasville, Conn., on Nov. 21, followed by a matchup against Purdue or Old Dominion the next night.
August 28, 2015 |
DREXEL'S BASKETBALL team will open the 2015-16 season with its annual game against Saint Joseph's, on Nov. 13 at Hawk Hill. That's one of three games against city schools. The Dragons are at La Salle Dec. 5 and host Penn on Dec. 22. They also play Penn State at the Palestra on Dec. 19. The first home game is Nov. 18 against High Point. Their CAA opener is Dec. 31 at North Carolina-Wilmington. The Dragons, who went 11-19 last season (9-9 CAA), are in the Great Alaska Shootout in Anchorage Nov. 26-28.
July 24, 2015
La Salle will open the 2015-16 men's basketball season on Nov. 14, by hosting Towson as part of the university's homecoming celebration. The remainder of the nonconference schedule includes five games at Gola Arena and three at the Palestra. Seven of La Salle's 10 Division I nonconference opponents won at least 20 games last season, with three (Villanova, Temple, and Miami) winning at least 25. Following the Towson game, the Explorers will play Rider on Nov. 17 and Lafayette on Nov. 23, both at the Gola Arena.
July 17, 2015 |
WHEN STEVE BILSKY retired as Penn athletic director and became executive director of the Big 5, he had a few thoughts on how to revive the City Series. As he told the Daily News in February, he wanted to open the series with a doubleheader at the Palestra next season to celebrate the 60th anniversary of the Big 5. Done. On Wednesday, Jan. 20, Temple will play La Salle and Saint Joseph's will play Penn. Villanova is not playing for a very simple reason. Only four teams can play.
April 17, 2015 |
ONCE, AT A basketball camp at Conestoga High, Herb Magee slowly silenced a gym full of raucous youngsters by sinking free throw after free throw after free throw. When he got to 50 or so, the Philadelphia University coach turned, faced the pin-drop quiet crowd and said, "Now that I've got your attention . . . " On Tuesday, Warriors point guard Steph Curry made 77 consecutive three-pointers in front of his teammates at practice. Overall, he attempted 100 treys total and made 94. That not only got everyone's attention, it got longtime Big 5 fan and Daily News sports staffer Bob Vetrone Jr. - who also produces the BoopStats blog on Philly.com - reminiscing about the time Princeton's Bill Bradley put on a similar show.
April 15, 2015 |
Ugonna Onyekwe's path to the Big Five Hall of Fame began in Lagos, Nigeria. Basketball was something he had never even considered, Onyekwe said Monday night at the Hall of Fame induction ceremonies at the Palestra. Then he watched a Boston Celtics-Houston Rockets game on television, deciding right then, he said, at age 11 or 12, "I think I can do that. " His path took him to a private school in London, a prep school in Pennsylvania, then a recruiting visit to a Big Five game at the Palestra.
April 14, 2015 |
It can't be a coincidence, Pepe Sanchez told himself. Sanchez played in the NBA - he was the first Argentine player in the league - and started at the highest level of European professional competition. He made plenty of money in a long and productive career. "The two places where I played my best - Argentina's national team and Temple," Sanchez said Saturday over the phone. "Both places, you don't play for money. You play for play, to represent. It was too much of a coincidence.
April 7, 2015 |
INDIANAPOLIS - Bo Ryan remembers being nervous only once on a basketball court - 1965, Palestra, first game of the state tournament, his Chester High team unbeaten. The point guard, he led the team onto the court for warmups. He would throw the ball up on the board and then everybody would tap it. You remember the drill. This being Chester, the last guy would dunk it. "I started to dribble the ball out of the tunnel and there's 9,000 in the Palestra," Ryan remembered. "I was there for games as a kid, watching Villanova, St. Joe's.
March 19, 2015 |
STEVE DONAHUE was a kid growing up in Delaware County when Penn dominated the 1970s, going 223-56, 127-13 in the Ivy League, 32-8 in the Big 5, had five players who went on to the NBA or ABA. He was a Penn assistant coach for a decade in the 1990s when Penn went 42-0 over three Ivy seasons and won 48 consecutive league games. When Donahue was formally introduced as the 20th Penn head coach yesterday afternoon at the Palestra, he took the audience through a tour of his life (first time in the building, a seventh-grade field trip to watch a doubleheader)