April 1, 2016 |
THE BASKETBALL worlds of 76ers coach Brett Brown and Villanova's Jay Wright couldn't be further apart. Brown is guiding a team that might tie the NBA mark for worst record in an 82-game season. If his club loses its remaining seven games, it would tie the futility mark of 9-73 set by the 1972-73 Sixers. Brown's team is riding a 10-game losing streak, part of a 23-game stretch in which it has lost 22. Wright, of course, is the toast of the town as he and his Villanova Wildcats left for Houston on Wednesday afternoon for their national semifinal game against Oklahoma on Saturday and a possible trip to the championship game on Monday against the winner of North Carolina-Syracuse.
September 3, 2015 |
When artist Shelley Spector based her latest work on the life of the late Philadelphia folk-art historian Frances Lichten, it was, she said, an act of "creative nonfiction. " She assumed Lichten had been in a semi-closeted, 40-year romantic relationship with the author and illustrator Katherine Milhous. "I took all these liberties with the story," she said, "and I always thought that there were no living relatives that would be close enough to this to care about it that were going to call me up. " Then, one did. A week ago - just a month before the exhibition, at the Philadelphia Museum of Art's Perelman Building, was set to close on Sept.
August 27, 2015 |
IT PROBABLY won't look quite this breathtaking, once the season starts and opponents really game plan for Chip Kelly's offense, and most especially, for its torrid pace. Through two weeks of the preseason, the Eagles rank first in the NFL in scoring (76 points), first in offense (444 yards per game), first in rushing (182.5 yards per game) and fourth in passing (261.5). "We've done a really good job embracing tempo this preseason. Really, for defenses, this is when tempo's going to hurt them the most," Eagles center Jason Kelce said.
January 20, 2015
AMID THE pomp of ceremony of Tom Wolf's inauguration as governor tomorrow, we are sure to hear soothing words from all parties about the need for compromise, about moving the state forward and about bipartisanship. The challenge - again for all involved - is how to make them real and not simply an exercise in hollow rhetoric, blown away by the winds of January almost as soon as they are uttered. Most of the political experts fear that we are in for another period of paralysis, with a Democratic governor and a Republican-controlled legislature caught in a freeze-frame of conflict over nearly every important issue.
December 5, 2014 |
HARRISBURG - A top official with the outgoing Corbett administration and incoming Gov.-elect Tom Wolf agree on this much: The state will head into 2015 with a roughly $2 billion shortfall looming for next year's budget. But while Budget Secretary Charles Zogby pointed to sluggish revenues and increasing costs, Wolf blamed it on Gov. Corbett's "failed ideology. " Their dueling briefings Wednesday offered a preview of what could be a rocky start for the new Democratic governor as he wrangles with a GOP-led legislature.
August 5, 2014
LET'S TALK political reality. One: The Legislature's an insular sect of me-first pols, too many of whom don't give a flying flock about Philadelphia or its schools. Two: Schools will open on time. Yes, Mayor Nutter, schools boss William Hite and others see today as one more day when the Legislature sticks it to the city. Yes, lawmakers were to return to the Capitol from vacay and maybe authorize a $2-per-pack cig tax for schools. And, yes, that's not happening. So we get another sky-is-falling, schools-can't-open, fire-more-teachers response.
March 7, 2014 |
German Chancellor Angela Merkel reportedly told President Obama on Sunday that Vladimir Putin was out of touch with reality. When it comes to Ukraine, however, it's not just Putin who seems to be operating in a parallel universe. In Washington, this crisis is causing politicians from both parties to lose their grip. I don't just mean Republican hawks, who see an opportunity to bash Obama for foreign-policy weakness. Or Florida's presidential hopeful, Sen. Marco Rubio, who opposed authorizing force in Syria and now claims Russia's use of force in Crimea threatens to reverse "the hard-fought gains of the Cold War. " Democrats, too, have joined the chorus.
October 17, 2013 |
'THIS IS reality. " Those were the words of 76ers coach Brett Brown following his team's 127-97 thumping at the hands of the Brooklyn Nets on Monday at the Wells Fargo Center. While the two organizations are headed in polar-opposite directions at the moment, there were some frightening realizations brought to light in the 48 minutes of preseason action in front of what couldn't have been more than a few thousand spectators. While the Nets and owner Mikhail Prokhorov have gone all-in and broken the bank in order to try to capture a title, the Sixers are fielding a team that is very short on NBA-proven players.
September 23, 2013 |
I ADMIT IT - I drank the Chip Kelly Kool Aid. After the Redskins game, I allowed myself to daydream about February in the Meadowlands and the Birds beating the Broncos, 48-42, to win the Super Bowl. Even after our loss to the Chargers, I thought that was just a bump in the road. Well it's 2 in the morning and I just got home from doing "Post Game Live" on Comcast SportsNet after the Eagles' awful loss to the Chiefs on Thursday night, and as I write this, I am filled with despair.