August 5, 2011
WHEN THAT dreadful losing streak hit double digits, the Daily News beat writer wearied of covering games from the press box, grew tired of finding new ways to say the Phillies lost another. So he covered one game from the Connie Mack scoreboard, one game from the first-aid room, and one game from 20th Street, mingling with kids scrambling for batting-practice homers and in-game homers. Tom Carroll was one of those kids. During the school year he was out there on weekends.
July 2, 2011
Big Papi's picks Boston Red Sox DH David Ortiz , has been given the task of choosing the American League contingent for the Home Run Derby during the all-star hoopla in Phoenix next week. But he wasn't letting on who would be in his squad as of Friday, according to ESPNBoston. Ortiz and the National League's Prince Fielder will each pick three other sluggers to represent their leagues in the long-ball extravaganza. Ortiz, who has been tweeting to ask for input from the fans, does have one name penciled in: "I'll be in it, of course.
June 21, 2011 |
Joan E. Burnham Guokas, 92, a teacher and the wife and mother of NBA champion players, died Saturday, June 18, at St. Joseph Villa in Flourtown. Mrs. Guokas grew up in Pelham, N.Y., and Philadelphia. She graduated from the former St. Mary's Academy on Broad Street and attended Chestnut Hill College. She met Matt Guokas Sr. at the Jersey Shore. They married in 1940. A star at what is now St. Joseph's University, he went on to play for the Wilkes-Barre Barons and the Trenton Tigers in the American Basketball League.
March 6, 2011 |
There are all sorts of rules when it comes to covering sports. Most of them are well-known but unwritten. A quick review for the unacquainted: Whether climbing a ladder or talking to an athlete who just got out of the shower, the same principle applies - don't look down. When cracking jokes - about a team, player, or fellow scribbler - always talk loud enough so the rest of the people in the press box will hear you and laugh and think you're clever. Never be late to the free buffet.
October 8, 2010 |
The Reds are an interesting bunch. Especially Dusty Baker. The man is an odd cat - or dog, rather. He's more of a dog guy, as it turns out. This week, in the run-up to the National League division series, the Reds' manager happily offered some fascinating personal information. Among the revelations: a detailed recap of a scrap he got into with an unruly crew of Canadians during the 1981 World Series - a brawl that rendered him one-handed for days thereafter because he ostensibly mashed a few of our northern neighbors into creamy poutine.
September 29, 2010 |
NEWARK, N.J. - One day after saying that Michael Leighton would return to practice Thursday, Flyers general manager Paul Holmgren revealed Tuesday that his No. 1 goaltender would be sidelined for at least a month with a bulging disk in his lower back. In a conference call with reporters, Holmgren also said that forward Ian Laperriere would be out indefinitely with post-concussion symptoms. On Monday, Holmgren said that an MRI exam had shown that Leighton had a lower back strain.
September 16, 2010 |
MIAMI GARDENS, Fla. - During Game 3 of the Phillies-Marlins series that concluded Wednesday night, the press-box announcer's microphone sputtered. The only clearly audible words that emerged were "seven-thirty. " Perhaps only here, in the sporting morgue that is Marlins baseball at Sun Life Stadium, could listeners not be certain whether he was citing the game's starting time or its attendance. The funereal baseball atmosphere in South Florida can be odd and off-putting at any time.
September 13, 2010
WHEN STEWART BRADLEY got to his feet after going headfirst into teammate Ernie Sims' knee, he immediately staggered and fell back to the turf at Lincoln Financial Field. Who on the Eagles' sideline saw this happen? The Eagles would not answer the question yesterday afternoon, hours after both Bradley, their starting middle linebacker, and quarterback Kevin Kolb were allowed to re-enter the team's 27-20 loss to the Green Bay Packers after suffering concussions. Bradley missed about three plays near the end of the second quarter, returned for a couple more, and then did not appear to participate on the Packers' final drive of the half.
July 30, 2010 |
As far as the merger of hype and Philly sports goes, you'd have to put the Spectrum farewell toward the top of the list. When Comcast-Spectacor finally finishes with its interminable goodbye and levels the building in 2021, it's going to be epic. In Philly, we do hype better than most. If you listen to some of the fans and media, Kevin Kolb is already being fitted for his Canton-issued jacket, and Evan Turner will resurrect a lifeless franchise with one of Allen Iverson's tension sleeves tied behind his back.
June 11, 2010 |
At some point, usually around the seventh inning, the official paid attendance for that game is announced in the press box. For the Phillies lately, that's followed by a brief addendum. Last night, for example, it would have been something like: "That's the 71st consecutive sellout at Citizens Bank Park. " And isn't that what all pro sports franchises aspire to? It's a good thing, right? Well, mostly. But, believe it or not, there can be some drawbacks to being so wildly popular that every game plays to a full house.