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 |
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.
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.
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.
June 25, 2015 |
MALCOLM JENKINS said something last week that offered an interesting prism through which to view the Eagles' frenetic offseason. "Look at New England," the safety said. "It's always about the team first. They obviously have one of the best quarterbacks on their team, but when you look at their roster, they move people in and out, plug people in and out, because they have a way that they do things. The Patriot Way. That's how they win. I think that's what Chip is trying to do here.
June 12, 2015 |
PATRIOTS COACH Bill Belichick doesn't play favorites. No exceptions. According to a report, he banished cornerback Malcolm Butler from the field the last two weeks for showing up late for the team's first OTA. Butler, you'll remember, was the hero of the Patriots' 28-24 Super Bowl win over the Seahawks last season. The Seahawks had driven 79 yards on seven plays to the Patriots' 1-yard line. With 26 seconds left, Butler intercepted a pass by Seattle quarterback Russell Wilson to seal the victory.
June 8, 2015 |
Gov. Christie hasn't negotiated with other countries or shaped foreign policy. But he does claim one resumé detail to distinguish himself on national security ahead of a likely 2016 presidential run: the Patriot Act. Even as Congress scales back the law, Christie has been arguing forcefully for the tools given to law enforcement and intelligence agencies after 9/11 as crucial to prosecuting terrorists. Yet the importance of the Patriot Act in Christie's tenure as a prosecutor is less clear than he asserts.
June 3, 2015 |
Nearly 14 years after the 9/11 attacks, this country's mood may have finally shifted from the pervasive fear that birthed the Patriot Act, which blithely ignored privacy laws to root out terrorist plots. That mood swing is reflected in Congress' expected approval of a Patriot Act replacement, the Freedom Act, which would stop the government's bulk collection of private telephone information. Instead, the National Security Agency and FBI would have to request that data from telecommunication companies that must retain such records.