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August 15, 2012 | By STAN HOCHMAN, Daily News Sports Columnist
THEY BUILT a press box at Ashburn Field in FDR Park. Built it in 3 weeks. The architecture is early-Alcatraz, but it is air-conditioned to ward off summer's heat, and heated against autumn's chill. For who, for what? "Every penny spent is well worth it," said Rob Holiday, the Phillies' assistant director of scouting, "to build this first-class facility for these kids. " The press box was Holiday's idea, part of an Urban Youth Academy master plan. He would not say how many pennies it cost, or how many dollars.
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March 13, 2009 | By MARCUS HAYES, hayesm@phillynews.com
THERE IS NO statue cast in Charlie Abel's image, but the man whose bronzed likeness sits on the Spectrum steps knows who is the arena's true soul. Julius Erving said so himself. "If anybody here should be looked up to, it's you," he told Charlie Abel. "You're always here, doing your job. " "Press Box" Abel - so named because, as the press-box guard, that's how he answered the phone there; no comma, no pause - will be among the Sixers' esteemed guests at tonight's farewell to the Wachovia Spectrum.
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March 14, 2013 | BY FRANK SERAVALLI, Daily News Staff Writer seravaf@phillynews.com
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.
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November 21, 2013 | BY ED BARKOWITZ, Daily News Staff Writer barkowe@phillynews.com
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.
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June 5, 2010 | By FRANK SERAVALLI, seravaf@phillynews.com
James van Riemsdyk bit the bullet for two games in the Stanley Cup finals. Last night, van Riemsdyk spit out that bullet and returned to the lineup for Game 4, retaking his spot as the youngest player in the series. Flyers coach Peter Laviolette swapped van Riemsdyk with Dan Carcillo, the player who replaced him for Game 2. Van Riemsdyk, 21, was forced to watch Games 2 and 3 from the press box - the first games he had ever missed as a healthy scratch. "It was tough," van Riemsdyk said.
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September 28, 1999 | by Marcus Hayes, Daily News Sports Writer
The Eagles quelled an unexpected stir at Veterans Stadium yesterday. Football operations director Tom Modrak made a quick reassuring phone call to Andy Reid and made an impromptu appearance at the head coach's press conference, all of which made for an interesting day after the Eagles dropped to 0-3 with Sunday's 26-0 loss at Buffalo. Modrak rebutted a Trenton Times report that depicted Modrak's and pro personnel director Mike McCartney's reactions in the press box at various plays.
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January 28, 2003 | By Tim Panaccio INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
Terry Murray is back in the coaching fraternity - with the Flyers. In a surprising move yesterday, general manager Bob Clarke added the former Flyers head coach to Ken Hitchcock's staff as an assistant coach. Murray will work primarily in the press box for the remainder of the season. His assignment will be spotting opponents' line matchups against the Flyers and the opposition's tendencies during games. The hiring was "strictly Hitch's idea," Clarke said yesterday. Murray, 52, will act as "an eye in the sky," Hitchcock said, feeding the staff two or three nuggets of information per period and preparing a postgame report.
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April 25, 2000 | by Les Bowen, Daily News Sports Writer
For a guy whose health supposedly will keep him from coaching the Flyers again this spring, Roger Neilson looked fairly vigorous, pedaling his bicycle out of the parking lot at the practice facility in Voorhees, N.J., without addressing reporters. Neilson, wearing shorts and a warmup jacket, took off a little after 11 a.m., about an hour after he arrived to meet with team president and general manager Bob Clarke. Clarke told Neilson interim coach Craig Ramsay would remain in charge of the team for the remainder of the playoffs.
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April 9, 1997 | by Sam Donnellon, Daily News Sports Writer
Five years had passed since Jackie Robinson broke Major League Baseball's color barrier, and Sam Lacy found himself stuck outside a stadium gate. As a reporter for the Washington Tribune, Chicago Defender and Baltimore Afro American, Lacy had traveled to places like Montreal, Toledo, Ohio, even Cuba, to chronicle Robinson's ascent to the majors and his early trials there. He had been placed in the same hotels, banned in the same restaurants, jeered by many of the same racists. He had attended and reported on the World Series of 1947, '48, '49, '51, as Larry Doby, Don Newcombe, Monte Irvin and other former Negro League players established themselves as major leaguers in Robinson's wake.
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October 25, 1995 | By Steve Wartenberg, INQUIRER CORRESPONDENT
Up or down? That's what Chichester football coach Ted Woolery must decide when his Eagles host Academy Park on Friday night. In Chichester's 7-3 loss to Chester on Oct. 13, Woolery decided to go up. The veteran coach spent the game on top of the press box, calling down plays over his headset to receivers coach Don Morgan. That marked the first time Woolery had not been on the sideline, which is the usual position for head coaches. At other schools, an assistant coach or two stay high in the stands or in the press box and communicate with the head coach.
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April 17, 2016 | By Sam Donnellon, DAILY NEWS COLUMNIST
WASHINGTON - The seminal moment occurred in a press box in Raleigh, N.C. In mid-November, with nary a bruise to complain about, Brayden Schenn found himself with a bird's-eye view of his teammates as they played the Carolina Hurricanes. Five goals in his first 16 games, too many nights in which he mustered a shot or two, a hit or two, a stretch of eight games before that night in which he mustered only a single goal - all had conspired to bounce him so far down the depth chart that new coach Dave Hakstol thought his new team had a better chance with Pierre-Edouard Bellemare, Chris Vandevelde, Ryan White or Scott Laughton on the ice than the former fifth overall draft pick.
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December 7, 2015 | By Bill Lyon, For the Inquirer
First, you had to negotiate the pigeon droppings. There was a thick layer of guano on each of the steps leading up to the press box at JFK Stadium, that wrinkled old relic that had hosted some truly epic sporting events but now slumbered, waiting for the wrecking ball. The route to the press box was a spiral staircase, a tricky passage even without having to skate over a year's worth of pigeon deposits. There was also the matter of (mind your step) low-hanging pipes, which (ouch)
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November 2, 2015 | By Frank Fitzpatrick, Inquirer Staff Writer
I encountered Sid Szymanski, a fictional softball catcher, earlier this year while browsing through a poetry anthology in a Midwestern bookstore. In the "City of Tonawanda Softball Championship," Szymanski is old and alone, the substance of his life as insubstantial as his broken body. But while wheelchair-bound in a crowded New York nursing home, he still can draw solace from a memory, the long-ago night he scored the winning run in a bar-league championship. At poem's end, he is: "Mumbling and lost, wrapped "in the soft cloth of memory: "The arc of the white ball, a pearl "in the jewel box of twilight sky. " What aging sports fan can't appreciate such an end-of-life, "Glory Days" reflection?
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April 10, 2015 | By Rich Hofmann, Daily News Sports Editor
IT WOULD be in the eighth inning or so, or the fourth quarter, in whatever press box you happened to be sitting, and the routine would be the same. Stan Hochman would turn toward you and any other Daily News writers in attendance and say, "Tidy-up time," which was the signal that the business on the field had been decided to his satisfaction and the business of deciding who was writing what was about to begin. Tidy-up time. There was a physical act to it: Hochman was an inveterate note-taker and information-gatherer, and all of it was on paper, and on the top of the stack was a list of story angles torn from a notebook, things that he saw in the game that were worthy of a story.
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March 15, 2015 | BY FRANK SERAVALLI, Daily News Staff Writer seravaf@phillynews.com
LUKE SCHENN was curious. During the first intermission on Tuesday night, he asked his brother Brayden whether he managed to get a stick on Luke's point shot from the first minute of the game that found its way through Kari Lehtonen. Brayden was given credit for the goal. Coach Craig Berube even praised him postgame for tipping the puck. Luke wasn't sure. Brayden barely celebrated, later confirming to his brother that he never touched it. Rather than petition the official scorers to change the goal back to him, as some hungry goal scorers are wont to do, Luke didn't say a word.
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March 12, 2015 | BY FRANK SERAVALLI, Daily News Staff Writer seravaf@phillynews.com
R.J. UMBERGER ran his fingers through his hair and sighed. After he had struggled through 67 games this season, coach Craig Berube's patience ran out. He was a healthy scratch last night for the first time this season. That it's been a tough year is an understatement, Umberger saying he's been bothered "more than anyone knows. " Umberger, 32, has nine goals and six assists for a career-worst 15 points. He collected more points than that (18) in a subpar, 48-game, lockout-shortened season in 2012-13.
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November 17, 2014 | BY JEFF NEIBURG, Daily News Staff Writer neiburj@phillynews.com
SLEEP WAS at a premium after covering Temple basketball's ugly opening-night win over American. The 40-37 victory Friday night was followed by a 5:15 a.m. alarm and a 185-mile journey from Manayunk up the Pa. Turnpike to State College to cover the football Owls in their attempt to reverse a 73-year drought against Penn State. After Fran Dunphy's Owls shot just 23 percent from the floor Friday night, a little more offense was expected from Matt Rhule's club. Unfortunately for Temple fans, the most offense from the weekend came while driving in the new 70 mph zone on the Turnpike.
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November 21, 2013 | BY ED BARKOWITZ, Daily News Staff Writer barkowe@phillynews.com
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.
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September 4, 2013 | By Ed Barkowitz, Daily News Staff Writer
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.
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August 31, 2013 | By Rick O'Brien, Inquirer Staff Writer
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.
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