April 24, 2015 |
IF CHIP KELLY has said it once, he's said it a thousand times. Big people beat up little people. Those six words pretty much sum up the Eagles head coach's philosophy as far as the type of player he favors. It was a factor in why 5-9, 175-pounds-soaking-wet DeSean Jackson was shown the door last year and 6-4, 230-pound Riley Cooper was rewarded with a new contract. It was a factor in why he was willing to part with LeSean McCoy last month and replace him with bigger downhill running backs like DeMarco Murray and Ryan Mathews.
March 20, 2015
I FEAR for the children. Specifically, the ones coming of age over the next few years, when lifelong sports memories and loyalties are often forged. Who will reach their teens over the next 11 years. I fear for the ones too young to have seen Brad Lidge drop to his knees, Allen Iverson break Michael Jordan's ankles, the Flyers rally from an 0-3 hole against the Bruins, the Eagles finally make it to the Super Bowl. And that's just for starters. If your kids are anywhere from 18 to say, 28, they have enjoyed one of the better eras in Philadelphia sports history, full of stars and story lines, each season bringing with it a healthy level of anticipation and suspense.
February 26, 2015 |
IT'S AMAZING what can happen in a couple of hours on a Thursday afternoon. In minutes, "The Plan" exposed itself and Brett Brown became just another Asset. Brown, the Sixers' charismatic head coach, last week let everyone know he has little voice in the team's biggest decisions. That is comforting, since Brown is a good coach and an honest man. It is comforting, too, since the 76ers and general manager Sam Hinkie really have no "Plan. " What they have is a Philosophy.
January 15, 2015
ISSUE | EXTREMISTS Barbarians at gate Bravo to Trudy Rubin for urging that the world come together to confront extremist views ("The world must now confront Salafi teachings," Jan. 11). It is nearly 70 years since the end of World War II and the end of the totalitarian regimes in Germany and Japan. Millions died before the world was able to thwart these regimes' desire for world domination. The barbarians are once more at the gate, and civilization must find a way to stop them or suffer the consequences of more and more attacks.
November 4, 2014 |
SO, IF you're keeping score, the injury list goes something like this: One starting center, one starting left guard, one starting inside middle linebacker, one hole-punching running back, one all-purpose running back/returner, one safety, and, of course, now, one starting quarterback and the other starting inside linebacker, who is indisputably the defensive quarterback of your team. Throw in the four-game suspension of right tackle Lane Johnson and it's actually quicker to list the starters who have played every game for the Eagles this season than those who have not. And yet, here they are, 6-2, atop a division that has been hit much less by the injury bug and dealt with it much worse.
September 21, 2014 |
Loop , Tangle Movement Arts' 2014 FringeArts offering, takes to the air to explore themes of identity and sexuality amid an eye-pleasing display of aerial rigging and string sculptures by Julia Wilson. Eight members of the all-female troupe, which describes itself as a "circus arts company," performed with sufficient proficiency on silk ribbons, trapezes, and ropes above a floor coved to the walls in a great white space at Philadelphia Soundstages on Thursday night. Loop is supposed to be about a single woman (Lauren Rile Smith, company founder)
July 24, 2014 |
In the summer of 2009, when the Eagles courted the contempt of dog lovers everywhere and signed Michael Vick, they made clear that they had sought out and received Tony Dungy's counsel and approval. During and after Vick's 18-month prison term for dogfighting, Dungy had become a mentor to him. This was no small thing. As the former head coach of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers and Indianapolis Colts, as a man regarded as something of a moral compass within the NFL and its warped value system, Dungy wielded power and influence in fostering acceptance for Vick's return to pro football.
June 30, 2014 |
You should have disregarded NBA commissioner Adam Silver's announcing around 7:45 p.m. Thursday that the 76ers were on the clock. They had been on the clock for 364 days, through several hundred hours of scouting followed by several hundred mock drafts and several hundred rumors. After all that, they made what they called an easy choice. Time will tell if Joel Embiid was the right choice; we won't know until he actually starts playing. We'll probably have to wait at least until we see the 7-foot center out of Kansas defending a mobile post player in the 2015-16 season opener before we begin to draw any conclusions.
June 20, 2014
C ARLOS R. VEGA, 32, of Center City, is founder and CEO of startup Tesorio, an online marketplace that helps buyers and suppliers with cash management. Vega, a citizen of both Panama and the United States, is a recent Wharton grad with a masters in business. Tesorio was accepted into the Wharton Venture Initiation Program, which provides office space and other help for startups. Q: How did you come up with the idea for Tesorio? A: Access to financing can be tedious for small businesses.
May 13, 2014 |
Stanley H. Rosen, 84, of Philadelphia, a scholar and emeritus professor of philosophy, died Sunday, May 4, of pneumonia at Cathedral Village in Roxborough. Dr. Rosen was an influential writer and teacher known for his thinking and writing on Plato, Heidegger, Hegel, and Nietzsche. He served on the faculty of Pennsylvania State University for 38 years and Boston University for 14 years before retiring to Philadelphia to be near family. He was the author of 20 books, recipient of numerous honors, and a former president of the Metaphysical Society of America.