September 5, 2013 |
It's 50/50. Sometimes, Neshaminy forward Megan Schafer gets the better of her goalkeeper, McKenna Mullin, in soccer practice. On other days, it's Mullin who shines. Together, the seniors are just two reasons the Redskins are excitedly optimistic about this season. "I really feel like they make each other better," said coach Rachel Clemens, who has been at the Redskins' helm since Schafer and Mullin were freshmen. "McKenna isn't going to give up many easy shots. She challenges Meg to have better shot location, to strike it harder than she is used to. "I think it has been a beneficial thing for both of them.
August 14, 2013 |
The opposing wills of a headstrong coach and an equally headstrong franchise player faced off again Monday, with Washington Redskins coach Mike Shanahan rebuffing Robert Griffin III's latest lobbying effort to play in the preseason. Shanahan also said he has no private deal with Griffin about playing in Week 1 of the regular season, as implied by the quarterback. As far as Griffin's statements about neither liking nor fully understanding Shanahan's practice plan for the QB, the coach reiterated that it's not his job to do everything to Griffin's liking.
August 6, 2013 |
RICHMOND, Va. - "Is 38 the new 28?" London Fletcher tweeted in May on the occasion of his 38th birthday. For most professional athletes, the answer to that question is a definitive no. Thirty-eight is young for an accountant or plumber or hedge-fund manager. But it's ancient for a professional jock. By the time they reach 38, their skills have eroded, their bodies have betrayed them and their careers are either over or on life-support. But Fletcher isn't most athletes.
June 16, 2013 |
STATE COLLEGE, Pa. - Just a couple of feet higher, and things could have ended differently for the Neshaminy softball team in the PIAA Class AAAA state final. With the Redskins down to their last two outs and trailing by a couple of runs in the 12th inning, junior Jen Walker sent a ball soaring to left field. Instead of clearing the stadium, it fell a bit short, bouncing off the blue fence at Penn State's Beard Field, and what could have been a tying two-run homer turned into an RBI double.
June 16, 2013 |
THE LATE POP STAR Michael Jackson sang to us to look at "The Man in the Mirror. " The song of the same title told us that if we wanted to make the world a better place, "take a look at look at yourself and then make a change. " I'm making a change. It's not earth-shattering. It probably won't make much difference to a lot of people other than me. But it's something I can do. It's something that I chose to do. After 48-plus years of life, 25 years as a full-time sports reporter, 20 years at the Daily News and nearly 19 years as a sports columnist here, I no longer will consciously used the official name of the NFL team in Washington.
June 14, 2013 |
NFL commissioner Roger Goodell said the Washington Redskins nickname is a "unifying force that stands for strength, courage, pride and respect. " Goodell was responding to a letter from 10 members of Congress who want the name changed because it is offensive to many Native Americans. He cited the nickname's origins and polls that support its popularity. Goodell wrote that he understands the feelings surrounding it are complex and could change, but he also pointed out fan pride in the team's heritage.
June 1, 2013 |
Theresa Haug began this softball season on the junior varsity, getting some time in the circle. A freshman pitcher, Haug hadn't even thought about starting for the Central Bucks East varsity, let alone playing for a district title in late May. On Friday afternoon, she didn't merely start for the Patriots - she also threw five scoreless innings as East defeated Neshaminy, 4-2, in the District 1 Class AAAA championship game at William Tennent....
May 31, 2013 |
A LOT OF people have been criticizing Redskins quarterback Robert Griffin III, and Donovan McNabb doesn't like it. RG3 has taken heat for being injury prone. And, for posting photos of himself among a pile of wedding gifts he received from fans. He also heard from haters after it was reported that he might be a Republican. "It's depressing to me," McNabb told CBS Sports this week. "It goes beyond the quarterback position - to have people dislike the kid already and he didn't really even do anything?
May 27, 2013 |
Redskins owner Daniel Snyder refuses to change the name of his team. Should we do it for him? More specifically, should the media no longer recognize the official designation? A former chair of the Federal Communications Commission recently told me the answer is yes. "I would like to suggest something to you: Why don't you in your own job think about not using the derogatory name that Mr. Snyder has chosen?" Reed Hundt asked. "Why not? Why doesn't it start on a person-by-person basis?
April 22, 2013
Neshaminy senior Diana LaPalombara looks back at the Redskins' softball victory over Pennsbury. www.philly.com/ rallyvideos