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.
August 27, 2012
More good news for the Dodgers, even better than their days-old acquisition of Adrian Gonzalez and two other all-stars from the Red Sox. Beloved broadcaster Vin Scully is sticking around for another year. The 84-year-old Hall of Famer, who began his career in 1950 with the Brooklyn Dodgers, will return for a record 64th season in 2013. "I was so impressed by the new ownership," Scully said Sunday morning in the Dodgers' press box. "I was here for the press conference, and I heard some big talk.
August 15, 2012 |
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.
June 13, 2012 |
BASEBALL IS FINISHED for 2012 at Ss. Neumann-Goretti High, and now it's time, in all likelihood, for repercussions. During a 2-1 loss to Lampeter-Strasburg in a PIAA Class AAA state semifinal, played Monday at Spring-Ford High, the actions of some N-G supporters caused S-F officials to summon local police. Later, coach Mike Zolk told the Daily News that the umpires had "cheated" his team. Now, Brad Cashman, the PIAA's outgoing executive director, wants N-G's principal, Patricia Sticco, to investigate all that took place and provide her findings by Friday.