April 16, 2015 |
In Philly, we don't pick judges based on skill. That's not the way. The process has little to do with merit. It's all about the chance of a lucky ballot spot, and the sway of money and politics. The judicial kingmakers - the Democratic City Committee, the power brokers, the vote-wielding ward leaders - aren't sweating over quality, credentials, and experience. Hey, if you've got some brains, it probably won't hurt you. But if you don't, it's not going to count against you either.
April 12, 2015 |
ALLENTOWN - Having seen little action in the past 2 years, Chad Billingsley found himself in an unfamiliar position in more ways than one last night. Yet, he is keeping everything in perspective, including his timetable to get to Citizens Bank Park. "I haven't pitched under the lights in a while," said Billingsley, who made his first rehab start with the Triple A Lehigh Valley IronPigs at Coca-Cola Park. "In my rehab starts, I was always pitching during the day. "Overall, I was happy with it. My curveball was good and my fastball was loose.
March 27, 2015 |
Feeling optimistic? You've got company. More than two-thirds of Philadelphians recently surveyed said they expect the city to improve over the next five years, while fewer than one in five see worse times ahead. More young people say they plan to stay. In fact, the historically cantankerous denizens of the nation's fifth-most-populous city now report feeling more positive than at any time in the last six years, according to a poll by the Pew Charitable Trusts, which has asked the same question about residents' outlook since 2009.
March 5, 2015 |
CLEARWATER, Fla. - When approached at his locker before the final game of the 2014 season, Ryan Howard was a little surprised people thought there was a chance he wouldn't be in a Phillies uniform when the baseball schedule resumed. But then an offseason of trade rumors began; the rebuilding Phillies worked aggressively in their attempts to trade Howard. In December, general manager Ruben Amaro Jr. said in a radio interview that the team would be better off without Howard (he later apologized to Howard)
February 26, 2015 |
SO, IS 40-0 going to happen? It is now very possible. I don't think Kentucky is one of the great college teams in history. In fact, I would take the Wildcats' 2012 national champions over this team. They finished 38-2, losing on a buzzer-beater at Indiana and to Vanderbilt in the SEC championship game. Remember, Anthony Davis and Michael Kidd-Gilchrist were the first two players taken in that NBA draft. Davis and Tim Duncan are the most talented college big men I have seen since I started covering college hoops for the Daily News in 1987.
February 25, 2015 |
CLEARWATER, Fla. - During the first week of activity in Clearwater, an assembly line of Phillies veterans have made their way in front of microphones and cameras to answer questions regarding their desire to stick with the team through a rebuilding phase. The first three contestants in "Do You Really Want to Be Here?" deftly danced around the topic, by way of props (Cliff Lee and his Magic 8 Ball), smoke screens (Jonathan Papelbon's belief that the Phillies can contend) or rambling on (Cole Hamels' filibustering)
February 25, 2015 |
CLEARWATER, Fla. - Ryan Howard was the can't-miss at-bat. When the Phillies first baseman stepped to the plate, you had to watch because his power potential was so intoxicating. You never knew when a baseball might crash into the bricks in center field at Citizens Bank Park. Now he is the guy nobody wants. You would not have known that Monday at Bright House Field. The television news cameras all focused on the Big Piece's every movement as he reported for work the day before the Phillies' first full-squad workout of spring training.
February 20, 2015 |
CLEARWATER, Fla. - Less than a month ago, Ryne Sandberg stood in the middle of a banquet room at the Woodlake Country Club in Lakewood, N.J., and said he wasn't happy with the Phillies' clubhouse dynamic during the 2014 season. It wasn't a good clubhouse, he said. It wasn't conducive to winning, he continued. Sandberg never pinpointed exactly what it was he didn't like, but said the atmosphere wasn't one in which younger players could thrive and be themselves. The 2015 Phillies clubhouse officially opened up for business yesterday at Bright House Field in Clearwater, when pitchers and catchers were scheduled to report.
February 10, 2015 |
BEFORE THE 76ERS faced the Boston Celtics on Friday, it was learned that Michael Carter-Williams would be sidelined with a right foot injury. With point guard Tim Frazier having signed a 10-day contract with the team just a day earlier, coach Brett Brown was forced to shove 6-9 JaKarr Sampson into the starting lineup as the lead guard. "We felt because he was a college four man last year as a freshman at St. John's, it would make him an ideal candidate to be a starting point guard in the NBA," Brown joked of starting Sampson at the unfamiliar position.
January 29, 2015 |
NEW ORLEANS - Tony Wroten is among those who believe that everything happens for a reason. So what's the reason for Wroten partially tearing the anterior cruciate ligament in his right knee? Well, he hasn't quite nailed that down, nor has it affected his mind-set. "I'm not really down," the sidelined Sixers guard said late Monday night. "I'm not really feeling bad for myself. You know, hit it and come back better than ever. " Wroten was in good spirits seated in the Sixers locker room after a 99-74 Sixers loss to the New Orleans Pelicans at the Smoothie King Center.