December 3, 2015 |
MALCOLM Jenkins' first-ever appearance in an NFL regular-season game was short and not so sweet. The 14th overall selection in the 2009 draft, he played only one snap in the New Orleans Saints' season opener against the Detroit Lions. It came early in the third quarter of what would end up being a 45-27 Saints rout. The guy on the other side of the line from him for that one play was none other than Calvin Johnson. "One-on-one, no help," Jenkins recalled. "Sixty-seven yards later, he stepped out on the 2-yard line.
November 16, 2015 |
Fittingly, since Central Bucks East had edged Quakertown by only a point eight days earlier, the rematch Saturday afternoon was likewise up for grabs until the end. This time, Quakertown, keyed by a defense that intercepted three passes in the final 7 minutes, escaped with a taut Round 2 victory. The 12th-seeded Panthers nipped the fifth-seeded and host Patriots, 7-6, in a District 1 Class AAAA first-round playoff at cold and windy First Lt. Colby Umbrell Field. "It's huge, especially after what happened the first time," Quakertown senior quarterback Tom Garlick said.
November 15, 2015 |
Great Valley's Mark DeRobertis was all over the field Friday night. But only one play stood out to him in his team's 17-8 victory over fifth seeded Interboro. Surprisingly, it wasn't his 50-yard touchdown run in the fourth quarter that extended his No. 4 Patriots' lead in the District One AAA first-round matchup. It came in the ensuing series, when the visiting Buccaneers were attempting to make a comeback. A fumbled snap left the ball rolling on the turf, and DeRobertis, playing defense, jumped on it with about 3 minutes, 30 seconds left.
November 7, 2015 |
Two Defense Department payments to the Phillies totaling $48,085, cited in a report released by U.S. Sen. John McCain a day earlier, were for tickets and concessions purchased by a Navy supplier, a team official said Thursday. "The things in that report were two group purchases that a Navy supply company made to entertain their employees," said John Weber, vice president for ticket sales and operations. "It's just like any other Delaware Valley company that's looking to entertain their clients by taking them to a ball game.
November 6, 2015 |
Critical of so-called "paid patriotism," Sens. John McCain and Jeff Flake, both Arizona Republicans, issued a 146-page report Wednesday that they said showed the Department of Defense was wrong to pay U.S. sports teams for onfield and other displays of appreciation for service members. By the Senators' math, the Pentagon misspent $6.8 million since fiscal year 2012 on such programs. One example cited was taxpayers paying $10,000 for an on-field swearing-in ceremony with the New York Mets.
November 2, 2015 |
Megan Mannato thought to herself, I want to score this goal . When the ball went to the Central Bucks East defender on a previous corner kick, she tried to push it toward Emma Loving, the team's leading scorer. Instead, it went in the opposite direction. Moments later, the Patriots earned another corner. This time Mannato was selfish, crashing the net and putting the ball away. The shot, which careened off the post and a defender, ended up as the winner for C.B. East as the Patriots defeated Central Bucks South, 2-1, at War Memorial in the quarterfinals of the District 1 AAA tournament.
October 19, 2015 |
Just another game, they're saying up in Foxborough, Mass. Sure, Tom Brady, we believe you. "I really don't see it any different than each of the other games we've played," Patriots offensive coordinator Josh McDaniels parroted during the practice week leading up to New England's Sunday night showdown with the Colts in Indianapolis. This, of course, is not just another game. This is the most anticipated rematch of the 2015 NFL season. Complaints lodged by the Colts in the first half of New England's AFC championship rout in Gillette Stadium last season triggered a long-running soap opera about air pressure in footballs that started before the Super Bowl and lasted the entire offseason.
October 19, 2015 |
Germantown Academy coach Matt Dence saw something special brewing in his quarterback Kyle McCloskey during practice last week. So about 20 minutes before kickoff Saturday at Springside Chestnut Hill, Dence predicted a positive outcome. "I think Kyle is going to have a big game," Dence said. "Last week was his best week of practice. " McCloskey didn't disappoint. The 6-foot-4, 210-pound junior accounted for 308 total yards in the Patriots' 21-12 triumph in the Inter-Ac League opener.
September 13, 2015 |
On the football field, sometimes beauty is in the eye of whichever sideline you're standing on. On Friday, Prep Charter's Karamo Dioubate and Germantown Academy's Kwasi Ampomah clashed like titans, but neither coaching staff could agree on a winner. Dioubate is a 6-foot-4, 278-pound two-way dump truck committed to Penn State. Ampomah is a 6-foot, 210-pound defensive end built for speed. Truth be told, both bested each other plenty. Ampomah and the Patriots, however, got the last laugh.
August 26, 2015 |
IF YOU'RE not exhausted by the continuing non-dramatics surrounding Deflategate, you're either a Patriots fan, a Patriots hater or an idiot. Insert punch line. The insulting irrelevance of the offense - because that's what it was - is exceeded only by the astounding arrogance of Tom Brady in his pursuit of a degree of exoneration. That's what this really is. Tom Brady believes he is bigger than the system; better than the system. Granted, the system is flawed . . . but no more flawed for Brady than for anyone else.