March 21, 1988 |
The buzzword in the scholastic baseball world is parity as the Suburban One Colonial, Suburban One Patriot, Suburban One Freedom, Suburban One Liberty, Bicentennial, Philadelphia Catholic Northern Division, Inter-Academic, and Keystone Leagues all boast numerous teams with championship potential. "The league is always a challenge," Abington coach Ray Buck boasted of the Suburban One Colonial. "We have the defending state champion in Pennridge, and they can't even be considered a favorite in our division.
December 24, 1989 |
As the 1980s draw to a close, the NFL is being both jeered and cheered for its competitive balance. Powerhouse teams, let alone anything vaguely resembling a dynasty, are precious few. Every flawed team probably can beat almost every other flawed team, and it can be argued that a season like this one - with 16 clubs still in contention for the playoffs going into the final weekend - is either ridiculous or a tribute to sharing the wealth....
February 26, 2015 |
Patient and physician groups cheered Monday as the Pennsylvania House overwhelmingly passed legislation to equalize patients' out-of-pocket costs for oral and intravenous cancer drugs. Patients currently may be charged thousands of dollars a month for cancer pills, vs. a $50 co-payment for a dose of a drug given through a vein, because most insurers cover the two formulations in different ways. This is the second consecutive year the House has passed a bill; its prospects in the Senate are unclear.
April 5, 2011
IF YOU ARE a fan of the Connecticut women's basketball program, or a fan of dynasties in general, you probably didn't like what happened Sunday in the semifinals of the NCAA women's tournament. But if you are looking forward to the continued growth of women's basketball, then Notre Dame ending UConn's bid for a third straight NCAA title and Texas A&M stunning Stanford was a good thing. As far as NCAA championships have been concerned, it's always been an exclusive society with a few schools winning the bulk of the first 29 titles.
January 23, 1989 |
It's the opinion of some coaches in the Inter-County Scholastic Hockey League (ICSHL) that parity has arrived, much the same way it has come to the National Football League. Conestoga would appear to be the front-runner in the 11-team league with a 9-0 record. Three other teams, Lower Merion (2-10), Harriton (0-10) and Radnor (1-7), seem destined to finish in the bottom three places. But the fate of seven teams is definitely up in the air. "It really seems like there's parity and things have leveled out a bit," said Unionville coach Don Centrella, whose team is in second place with 12 points.
December 16, 2010 |
While teams compete to win conference, South Jersey, and possibly state titles, an always interesting subplot to any season is the battle for the No. 1 spot in South Jersey. Last year, Eastern began the season on top in The Inquirer's South Jersey girls' basketball rankings and ended there. In between, there were close games, but not a lot of suspense. This season, that top spot could turn into a game of musical chairs. Parity is the buzzword in South Jersey. It's possible that any team in the preseason Top 10 could end up as No. 1. The same goes for the teams under consideration, and a team not mentioned also could sneak in. Without that one dominant team, the race for No. 1 will consist of plenty of awfully good contenders.
December 16, 1991 |
One word best describes the Colonial Conference this season - parity. "Based on what teams have coming back from last year, I think as many as eight teams could win it," said Dave Wiedeman, now in his 18th year as Haddonfield's coach. "This is the most evenly matched group of teams that I've ever seen in the conference. " Sterling, with four returning starters from a 19-8 team, appears to be the oh-so-slight conference favorite. Haddon Heights, defending champion Woodbury, Haddonfield and Gateway are also strong contenders.
September 28, 2007 |
MAJOR LEAGUE Baseball sent out an advisory yesterday that outlined, among other things, how the National League would go about untangling its knot if five teams ended the regular season with the same record. Which pretty much sums up the parity that existed in baseball this year. Even though the free-spending Yankees and Red Sox once again dominated the AL East, the playing field appears to be getting more level. Revenue- sharing seems to be gaining some traction. And while there is nothing particularly enthralling about widespread mediocrity, it clearly doesn't help baseball to have half the teams come to spring training having no chance to compete, either.
October 26, 2011
When it comes to wage parity between men and women, Pennsylvania is the only state in the region below the national average, according to a U.S. Labor Department report released Wednesday. Nationally, the average weekly wage in 2010 was $747, with women earning $669, or 81.2 percent of the men's wages of $824. In Pennsylvania, women earned $664, or 80.8 percent of the $822 that men made. The average state wage was $751. New Jersey women fared better, earning $824, or 84.8 percent of the $972 earned by men. The average New Jersey wage was $895.
August 10, 1989 |
Hurry up, 3152. At the current rate of progress, that's the year when the black home ownership rate will reach parity - or be equal to - that of whites. Just 1,163 years away. That dramatic statistic was among the findings in a study on black progress released this week by the National Urban League at its annual conference in Washington. It is in keeping with the newly defined concept of "hypersegregation" - in which the degree of racial separatism in America can be measured by analyzing census data and housing patterns.