October 31, 2014 |
All week, the questions about how the Eagles are going to handle J.J. Watt this Sunday were numerous and persistent. Center Jason Kelce, preparing to play for the first time since undergoing Week 4 abdominal surgery, said all the usual things about how smart and fierce Watt is, how hard it is to prepare for an opponent who moves around the line so much. Finally, though, after question number eleventy-billion about Watt, Kelce said this: "We don't care who we're playing, we're playing our offense.
October 29, 2014 |
THERE ARE a ton of statistical reasons why the Eagles shouldn't be 5-1 right now. Start with a quarterback who is 28th in the league in passing, 29th in interception percentage, 29th in completion percentage and 27th in yards per attempt. Move on to a defense that is 23rd against the run and is on pace to give up a franchise-record number of touchdown passes. This a team with the fifth-worst turnover differential in the league and the third-most number of giveaways. Their star running back was averaging just 2.9 yards per carry until the Giants came along wearing a red suit and black boots.
October 27, 2014 |
And the beat goes on. Somehow. Despite being outshot by a ridiculously wide margin, the Flyers did what they always seem to do when they face the Detroit Red Wings at the Wells Fargo Center: find a way to win. Brayden Schenn's third-period power-play goal and Ray Emery's brilliant goaltending lifted the Flyers to an improbable, 4-2 victory over Detroit on Saturday night, extending their home winning streak against the Red Wings to nine...
October 6, 2014 |
Rick Short is convinced that red-light cameras are little more than "right-turn-on-red cash cows" for New Jersey municipalities. The self-employed father of four is so sure the devices don't make intersections safer - as proponents insist - he's challenged Cherry Hill officials to "prove me wrong. " And if they can do that, the township resident promises to "stand in the rain or snow for five hours at Route 70 and Springdale Road with a sign" acknowledging the mistake. I interview Short, 47, at a Cherry Hill Starbucks, where he arrives with charts, spreadsheets, and talking points.
September 22, 2014 |
One-hundredth of a second. That fraction of time, Art Mahaffey said, might have been the difference in enabling Cincinnati's Chico Ruiz to steal home for the game's lone run on Sept. 21, 1964, starting the Phillies on their infamous, 10-game losing streak and costing them the National League pennant. Mahaffey, 76, is retired from an insurance business he operated. He and his wife, Janet, spend much of their time doting over their 7-year-old granddaughter, Ashley. But in 1964, the slender righthander was on the mound when the Phillies, who were atop the National League standings with a comfortable 61/2-game cushion, and the second-place Reds were locked in a scoreless tie in the sixth inning at chilly Connie Mack Stadium.
September 18, 2014 |
* RED BAND SOCIETY. 9 tonight, Fox 29. * THE MYSTERIES OF LAURA. 10 tonight, NBC10. * YOU'RE THE WORST. 10:30 p.m. tomorrow, FX. ARE YOU READY for some high-stakes high jinks? Calling Fox's "Red Band Society" the feel-good show of the fall might be stretching it, but this drama set in a hospital ward full of adolescents with life-threatening conditions isn't nearly as scary as "Grey's Anatomy. " Because the adolescents in this show, adapted from a Spanish series, don't cut people open every week.
September 15, 2014 |
Union rookie Pedro Ribeiro rewarded his team's confidence with a difference-making effort. Appearing in only his third Major League Soccer game, Ribeiro scored his first goal and set up the second score during Saturday's 2-2 tie with the New York Red Bulls at PPL Park. "We didn't play great soccer, but the fight was there," Ribeiro said. With the Union trailing, 2-1, in second-half stoppage time, Ribeiro was tripped inside the box by Ibrahim Sekagya, earning a penalty kick.
September 10, 2014 |
The next meaningful baseball game in Philadelphia will be April 6, when the Phillies host the Boston Red Sox at Citizens Bank Park. Major League Baseball announced its 2015 schedule Monday, and as previously reported, Boston is the Phillies' first - and, perhaps, marquee - opponent next season. The teams will play at 3:05 p.m. on April 6, have a day off April 7, and play two night games April 8 and 9. The Phillies will make interleague road trips to Baltimore, Boston, New York, and Toronto.
September 6, 2014 |
Joan Rivers was legendary when it came to the caustic celebrity put-down: "I can't wait for Britney Spears to lose her job so she can serve me coffee at 7-Eleven. " No one out there admitted to as many cosmetic procedures: "I've had so much plastic surgery, when I die, they will donate my body to Tupperware," she once joked. And sales of her eponymous collection of jewelry, apparel and cosmetics, selling for 24 years on West Chester-based QVC, reached a total of more than $1 billion this year.
August 2, 2014 |
Two years after the Pennsylvania legislature allowed red-light camera systems to expand beyond Philadelphia, Abington is the only suburb to install one. Under a one-year pilot program, cameras were slated to begin monitoring three of Abington's busiest intersections at 12:01 a.m. Friday. After a two-month grace period, violations caught by the camera will result in a $100 fine to the owner of the vehicle. The 11 other towns in Southeastern Pennsylvania large enough to qualify for red-light cameras have either ignored or rejected the idea.