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
April 22, 2013 |
Entering Saturday's battle of softball archrivals Neshaminy and Pennsbury, the Redskins were well aware of the historic precedent. Two times in the last three years, the Falcons bested Neshaminy in the first Suburban One National matchup and the Redskins came back to claim the second round. And two years ago, Pennsbury beat Neshaminy three times during the season. At home on a chilly morning, the Redskins bucked recent history by defeating Pennsbury, 6-4, sparked by their stellar senior class.
April 20, 2013 |
The Chip Kelly era will be off and running when the Eagles travel to Washington on Monday, Sept. 9 - one day after the bulk of NFL games are played in Week 1 - to face the Redskins in prime time. It doesn't slow down from there. The Eagles host the San Diego Chargers on Sept. 15 and then the Kansas City Chiefs on Thursday night, Sept. 19, at Lincoln Financial Field, when Andy Reid makes his return to Philadelphia nine months after being fired. The opener and the Thursday night game are the only prime-time games on the schedule.
April 6, 2013 |
On the softball field, Lauren Quense and Sam Offenback couldn't be a better unit for Neshaminy. Quense is the starting pitcher for the Redskins and hits third in the batting order, and Offenback is the catcher and bats cleanup. As far as tandems go, these two are beyond effective, dominating games defensively as well as offensively. The two kept the routine going Thursday afternoon against Suburban One League National Conference opponent Bensalem, as the Redskins defeated the Owls, 15-2.