April 26, 2016 |
We all have our ways of marking the seasons. I know it's spring when in early April I start my morning by skipping the Washington Post front page and going right to the sports section. It's not until I've fully savored the baseball box scores that I resignedly turn to politics. My non-baseball friends are forever puzzled by my devotion to the game. I agree entirely with them about the irrationality of fandom. Why should a grown man with a house, a family, two jobs, and a cat named Will Feral (brought in from the cold and now largely domesticated, like the Danish King Canute by the English)
April 14, 2016 |
On an April night in 1973, a kid from Roxborough stood in front of the Spectrum and listened to a muffled roar explode through its walls. He did not go in. Could not go in, really. Hell, they couldn't even watch it on TV. They were Roxborough kids, the sons of machinists, of factory foremen, of Marine Corps vets who returned from Korea and spent the rest of their lives cobbling together a living on the ground floor of the industrial complex that enabled such entanglements. Funny how it works: You risk your life to protect the capital, you manufacture the material to construct the building, and then you stand outside and listen to the crowd.
July 18, 2015 |
It's not supposed to be this easy. It's supposed to take time, a lot of hard work and endless patience. Failure should precede success, and only those who can overcome it get to achieve greatness. At the moment, the expected timeline for a professional athlete's progression is being eaten alive by the ultra-talented young in a variety of sports. Start with baseball. Fox's theme for Tuesday night's All-Star Game telecast was baseball's youth movement and it was born of validity.
November 26, 2014 |
Dish Network, the nation's third-largest pay-TV company, may drop NBCUniversal's regional sports networks in the Chicago, Washington, Sacramento, and San Francisco areas on Dec. 1. The plan seems to be part of a strategy to slim down the bundle of cable channels offered to its TV subscribers, to control price increases. Dish axed the Boston-area regional sports network in August. Comcast Corp. owns NBCUniversal and the Comcast-branded regional sports networks. Regional sports networks can be the second-most-expensive networks in a cable bundle - exceeded only by ESPN - because of the billions of dollars the networks have committed in recent years to acquiring TV rights for professional sports.
May 19, 2014 |
THE PRESIDENT of the United States is required once a year to report to Congress on the "State of the Union. " It is often more of a campaign speech for the policies the president wants to enact, but, in a tip of the hat to tradition, the president always ends with the reassuring words, "the state of the union is strong!" When thinking about this, I decided that mid-May might be a perfect time for my report on the "the state of professional sports in Philadelphia. " If we polled the sports fans of our city and gave them a choice of "strong," "fair" or "weak," my guess is that "weak" would come in a solid first, followed by "fair," with "strong" in dead last.
March 1, 2014 |
More than seven weeks elapsed last year between the time an inebriated Riley Cooper shouted a racial slur at a security guard keeping him from the backstage presence of Kenny Chesney and when the cellphone video of that incident was made public. In the interim, a lot of things happened. The video made its way from the phone of a young lady who was hanging on the periphery of the action that evening and into the hands of some high-quality friends who eventually thought they would like to make some money by messing up someone else's life.
March 9, 2013 |
As the Chicago Blackhawks try to surpass a record unbeaten streak set by the 1979-80 Flyers, Bob Clarke wishes them no ill will. "Not at all," Clarke, the onetime Flyers star who is now the organization's senior vice president, said the other day. "The way I feel, I hope the young people do more than what the athletes in my generation did. " Clarke, then 30 and in his first year as a playing assistant coach, was one of the leaders as the Flyers...
January 22, 2013 |
When he was growing up in Memphis, the city where the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. was assassinated 45 years ago, 76ers forward Thaddeus Young was assigned a job by his parents. Whenever friends and family visited, Young assumed the role of unofficial tour guide for trips to the National Civil Rights Museum, built around the former Lorraine Motel, where an assassin's bullet snuffed out King's life in 1968. "I've been there about 30 times," Young said. "We went there on school trips right through high school.
December 23, 2012 |
NEWARK, N.J. - Four major professional sports leagues and the NCAA are poised to move forward with their legal fight over New Jersey's plans to allow sports gambling. That comes after a judge on Friday rejected arguments that the leagues could not prove they would be harmed if the state proceeded with the plans. In denying the state's request to dismiss the lawsuit by the NBA, NHL, NFL, Major League Baseball, and the NCAA, U.S. District Judge Michael Shipp agreed that they had standing to file the suit because expanding legal sports betting to New Jersey would harm perception of their games.
November 19, 2012 |
When quarterback Nick Foles takes the field for the Eagles on Sunday against the Redskins, his start will be a welcome novelty to fans longing for something different, an oasis of change in the stagnant desert of this 3-6 season. For the Eagles organization, however, Foles' first start is freighted with much more than that. The afternoon of work against the Redskins is a hold-your-breath game for everyone from owner Jeffrey Lurie down to the assistant dispenser of wristbands. The organization has to decide about Nick Foles.