February 15, 2016 |
It was midway through the third quarter, and the Penn Wood girls' basketball team was on a 16-0 run, when Joy Morton knocked down a three-pointer. The senior stopped, smiled, and looked right at her coach, Monique Boykins. Usually, Boykins doesn't have her team shoot very far from the basket - even in practice. Instead, she likes her players to focus on mid-range jumpers, instructing the Patriots to always "shoot inside" first. But Morton had a certain confidence during Penn Wood's 68-27 win at Cheltenham on Saturday in the first round of the District 1 Class 4A tournament.
February 7, 2016 |
Championships must be amazing to be a part of, no matter what a player's status is on the team. Being an active participant, however, must be sweeter. In front of a packed crowd, Germantown Academy senior Gabe Alter provided the spark the Patriots needed to beat visiting Episcopal Academy, 64-51, which secured the Patriots at least a share of their fourth consecutive Inter-Ac basketball title. "It's amazing," said Alter, a 6-foot-4 forward. "Fourth in a row. I missed the last two because I was injured, so this one is especially nice because I felt like I contributed a little something more than the last few years.
January 24, 2016 |
It didn't take long to realize that Germantown Academy junior Kyle McCloskey would be a thorn in the side of Malvern Prep. "McCloskey is single-handedly kicking our butt," Malvern Prep coach John Harmatuk told his players in the first quarter of Friday's pre-snowstorm Inter-Ac matchup. McCloskey scored a game-high 28 points, with 21 coming in the first half of the Patriots' 88-84 triumph that was moved up to 4:30 p.m. to avoid the storm. The victory keeps the three-time defending league champion Patriots (15-5, 4-1)
January 22, 2016 |
Patriots (-3) over BRONCOS Talked to some of the sports book operators around town, and checked some offshore places, and can tell you that the favorites are getting a huge amount of action. Between 75 and 80 percent of the money flowing in on the AFC title tilt is New England money. Not sure whether it's all Bill Simmons cash, but the bookies are gonna be desperate for a Denver cover. Speaking of Simmons, he posted a stat on Twitter that appeared in the Boston Herald concerning the referee for the game, Ed Hochuli . The Broncos are 7-0 in Hochuli games since 2000, and 6-0 since 2008.
January 18, 2016 |
FOXBOROUGH, Mass. - Saturday offered a reminder of what Philadelphia once had with Andy Reid. He coached deep into the playoffs, as he often did with the Eagles. And he answered questions about his time management, which he also did often with the Eagles. The New England Patriots stopped the Kansas City Chiefs' 11-game winning streak with a 27-20 win at Gillette Stadium. The Patriots advanced to their fifth consecutive AFC championship game. The Chiefs were eliminated, and the loss allows the Eagles to hire offensive coordinator Doug Pederson as their head coach.
January 9, 2016
By Henry I. Miller As a member of South Philadelphia High School's "Cultural Hall of Fame," I was asked recently to review and rank a new crop of candidates for the honor. Perhaps oddly for a former Food and Drug Administration official who used to evaluate complex pharmaceuticals for approval to enter the marketplace, I found it devilishly difficult. All the candidates were highly accomplished in their respective fields, but how does one compare a musician/composer, an interior designer, a federal environmental regulator, and a specialist in psychodrama, among others?
January 7, 2016
LAST WEEK'S Mummers Parade and some of the routines and signs of various Mummers have renewed calls to "clean up" the parade and make the parade more reflect the entire community. New Mayor Jim Kenney has taken to Twitter to call out a band that he felt mocked transgendered people through their Caitlyn Jenner routine. There are added calls to diversify the parade further to make it more inclusive to people besides traditional white males. All this talk moves my mind to call for the very same things when it comes to Philadelphia's July Fourth on the Parkway, Philadelphia's other big entertainment event.
December 11, 2015 |
EAGLES (+1) over Bills "Uncle!!!" . . . Remember when you were arm wrestling back in the day and cried that to admit defeat? Kinda like tapping out in a UFC mixed martial arts match. Not ashamed to admit that Kelly 's Heroes have given me agita all season long, and predicting the outcome of their games is about as easy as finding a ticket for Bruce Springsteen 's upcoming tour. They come off two of the ugliest games in NFL history (losing by a combined total of 90-31)
December 9, 2015 |
Some numbers that mattered in the Eagles' stunning 35-28 upset of the Patriots: 128.4 Sam Bradford's third-down passer rating against the Patriots. Third down has been a black hole for Bradford and the Eagles this season. The Eagles quarterback was ranked 29th in the league in third-down passing (57.6 rating) and the Eagles were 27th in third-down efficiency (34.4 percent) going into the New England game. Bradford had completed just 48.9 percent of his third-down passes, had averaged a league-worst 4.01 yards per attempt and had converted just 26.1 percent of his third-down passes into first downs.
December 8, 2015 |
FOXBOROUGH, Mass. - The scoreboard decides genius and makes its final judgment over years and decades, not days and weeks. It always looks a lot smarter to win than to lose. Time has already made a call on New England coach Bill Belichick, who has built a football edifice that, even if it fell right now, would still be ranked among the most enduring in NFL history. Chip Kelly? Well, the jury is sequestered and has asked for reams of additional evidence. Get back to us on that one. But if a football analyst from any era took a hard look at the Sunday game between the Patriots and the Eagles, it would be really difficult to determine which guy is the genius and which is considered several answers short of a good SAT score.