November 21, 2013 |
THE FLORIDA Panthers are naming their press box after the late Roger Neilson, the franchise's first coach who also spent parts of three seasons behind the Flyers bench. A dedication will be held at the Panthers' arena on Monday afternoon. The Flyers play at Florida later that night. Neilson was known for his curly hair, loud ties and for occasionally getting lost on the way to the arena. His innovation with game tape earned him the nickname "Captain Video. " Neilson coached eight teams from 1977-02.
September 4, 2013 |
THE SETUP was ideal. Go to Chicago and cover a Phillies-Cubs day game on Friday and head down to South Bend to do Temple at Notre Dame the following afternoon. Temple had never played at Notre Dame, and for much of the weekend I'd wish they never had. The trouble started right after the cab pulled away from O'Hare on Thursday. It got onto the freeway and stopped. Rush-hour traffic everywhere. Heard from one of the locals that Labor Day is to Chicago what Mardi Gras is to New Orleans.
August 31, 2013 |
Ron Cohen, George Washington's 29th-year coach, knows as well as anyone what makes up a passionate, intense, and sometimes downright bitter high school football rivalry. And, boy, does he have stories to tell. In 2001, just before his Eagles were to play arch-nemesis Northeast for the Public League championship, he noticed Vikings assistant Chris Riley, previously an assistant under Cohen at Washington, standing atop the press box at Charlie Martin Memorial Stadium. Cohen thought Riley, with a bird's-eye view of the action, was trying to gain a competitive - and unfair - advantage.
March 14, 2013 |
ERIK GUSTAFSSON had his head buried in a program during the first intermission on Sunday night, sitting in the press box at the Wells Fargo Center among the popcorn, soda, former Flyers and other healthy scratches. For any hockey player, the press box is the last place you want to be seen. It's where careers go to die. For Gustafsson, though, seeing the game seven levels above the ice surface provided a unique perspective. His only other trips to the press box were as an injured player, with little need to focus on the details of the game.
March 7, 2013
This is a post by Frank Seravalli on the Daily News' Frequent Flyers blog. IT HAS BEEN 481 days since Chris Pronger last appeared in a Flyers uniform, though it feels much longer since his in-your-face personality has bellowed through the halls of the Flyers' practice facility. Pronger, 38, has not played since Nov. 11, 2011. He has understandably not addressed the media or the public about his ultimate career-ending eye injury until now. There isn't much he's allowed to say. He gave his first interview to close family friend, Rogers Sportsnet analyst Dan Murphy, in a two-part series that aired beginning Wednesday night in Canada.
November 28, 2012 |
AFTER THOSE first two ridiculous first-quarter Carolina touchdowns Monday night, on which receivers were left uncovered by flummoxed Eagles defenders, I bumped into a fellow I know in the press box. Don't want to say who, because we weren't talking for the record, but it was a man who knows a lot about the Eagles and playing in the NFL, first-hand. We talked for a bit about how every Eagles zone coverage is an adventure, 11 games into the season, how every blitz is a disaster, because the quarterback doesn't get sacked and the coverage on the back end invariably gets blown.
October 27, 2012 |
The last time Eagles defensive coordinator Todd Bowles called a defense, he was a coordinator at Grambling State in 1999 trying to stop Southern University on Thanksgiving weekend. That's a bit different than devising a game plan to defend the undefeated Atlanta Falcons, which Bowles is tasked with doing during his first week in charge of the Eagles defense. Falcons head coach Mike Smith said that he expects "unscouted" looks from the Eagles defense on Sunday because the Falcons have no familiarity with how Bowles calls a game.
October 21, 2012 |
In Kensington taverns and Center City restaurants that final afternoon of September 1947, business was unusually brisk. For the first time, the World Series, America's preeminent sporting event, was being televised, and Philadelphians, as curious about the new technology as the baseball, bunched around 7- and 10-inch screens for a peek. Not that there was much to see. Sunlight and shadows obscured the NBC cameras' view. The vantage point was poor, a tiny cage suspended from Yankee Stadium's first-base stands.
October 11, 2012 |
The NCAA has declared receiver Jalen Saunders eligible to play for No. 13 Oklahoma this season, just in time for the Sooners' game Saturday against No. 15 Texas. Coach Bob Stoops announced Wednesday that Saunders' eligibility appeal had been approved by the NCAA. He transferred from Fresno State during the offseason and initially was ruled ineligible this season under NCAA transfer guidelines. Saunders caught 50 passes for 1,065 yards last season and led the Western Athletic Conference with 12 touchdown catches.
September 12, 2012 |
OFFICIALLY, Jamie Kuntz was kicked off the football team for lying. However, the 18-year-old, who played linebacker for North Dakota State College of Sciences, claims he was booted because he is gay. Kuntz, who couldn't play in the season opener over Labor Day weekend because of a concussion, was in the press box filming the game. At one point, he and his 65-year-old boyfriend kissed. A teammate saw the smooch and told head coach Chuck Parsons. On the bus ride back to Wahpeton, N.D., Parsons asked Kuntz about the incident.