September 12, 2014 |
THE EAGLES ran 82 plays in Sunday's 34-17 win over Jacksonville. Averaged a play every 22.5 seconds, which is 1 1/2 seconds faster than last year's league-leading pace. Caught the Jaguars sleeping, or more likely, gasping for air, on Darren Sproles' momentum-shifting, 49-yard touchdown run early in the third quarter, quick-snapping the ball only 16 seconds after the previous play had been whistled dead. "That was a great officiating crew," center Jason Kelce said of referee Jeff Triplette's unit.
December 5, 2013 |
OFFICIATING REMAINED a hot topic yesterday at NovaCare, in the wake of Arizona coach Bruce Arians saying Monday that he was sending "about 15" plays for the league to review from Sunday's loss to the Eagles. Eagles defensive coordinator Bill Davis talked of getting a feel for how each crew is calling a game. "It's very obvious right now with all the games that have been played . . . the offensive players and the defensive players are allowed to have a little bit more contact," Davis said.
August 2, 2013 |
LONG, LONG ago, before the Riley Cooper video was posted, the Eagles practiced yesterday and Chip Kelly addressed the issue of whether the NFL wants to slow down his offense. The subject was raised in a curious Wall Street Journal story this week, which seemed to be advocating that officials take umbrage at Kelly's hurry-up style. Current and former officiating figures were quoted as saying the NFL sets the ball differently than the college game, and that Kelly would just have to wait for the umpire to do his thing, that Kelly wasn't going to come into the pro league and push them around.
July 12, 2013
WHAT IS Philly's longest-running show (not counting the "City Council Follies," which has run forever and seems destined for immortality)? If your answer was "ComedySportz," feel free to give yourself a well-deserved pat on the back. The odd-duck mashup that brings an athletic format to improvisational comedy celebrates its 20th anniversary July 27 with two shows at World Cafe Live. More than just a commemorative gig, the event also will serve as an alumni homecoming. "The thing we're really excited about for the 20th anniversary is, we were able to invite back a number of performers who haven't performed with us for a while," said ComedySportz Executive Director Don Montrey.
May 7, 2013 |
MURRAY, Utah - Ricardo Portillo's daughters had begged him to stop refereeing in a soccer league because of the growing risk of violence from angry players. Now they're planning his funeral after he succumbed to injuries late Saturday that had put him in a coma for a week after a 17-year-old goalie punched him in the head. Authorities say the teen punched Portillo, 46, after the youth was called for a foul and issued a yellow card. "The suspect was close to Portillo and punched him once in the face as a result of the call," police spokesman Justin Hoyal said in a statement.
January 18, 2013 |
When Chip Kelly sat down Jan. 5 with Jeffrey Lurie, Howie Roseman, and Don Smolenski in the Four Seasons hotel in Scottsdale, Ariz., to begin what would become a nine-hour interview, the Oregon coach told them that some things they might have heard about him weren't true. "These reports about me being power hungry. That's just not me," Kelly said, according to Lurie. If that was welcome news to Lurie, imagine how it played with Roseman, who wanted to run his player-personnel department in collaboration with a new coach, but not have to engage in a daily power tussle over how the roster is built.
December 5, 2012
The Washington Wizards can't beat many teams, but they beat the best: LeBron James and the Miami Heat. Perhaps inspired by the courtside presence in D.C. of Redskins rookie quarterback Robert Griffin III, the Wizards doubled their victory total this season with a 105-101 win over the Heat on Tuesday night, despite James' triple-double of 26 points, 13 rebounds, and 11 assists. James missed a potentially tying three-pointer with 3.9 seconds to go. Elsewhere: Kevin Durant scored 32 points, Russell Westbrook had 25, and the Thunder held off the Nets, 117-111, in Brooklyn.
November 23, 2012 |
THE NBA SAID Thursday that officials Ed Malloy, John Goble and Violet Palmer missed a foul by Charlotte's Michael Kidd-Gilchrist against Toronto's Andrea Bargnani on a jump shot in the final seconds of the Bobcats' 98-97 victory Wednesday night. The NBA said Bargnani should have been given two free throws and the clock stopped with about 2.4 seconds to go. Replays showed Kidd-Gilchrist's right hand made contact with Bargnani's left wrist as the Toronto player shot, with the ball coming up well short.
October 2, 2012
LAST WEEK, fed-up Americans erupted in several days of national rage that shook the pillars of power and resulted in real reform. Take that . . . NFL. The tipping point: a botched call during "Monday Night Football" that exposed the lunacy of using rinky-dink refs to officiate pro ball. Blowback led the usually obstinate NFL to blink, cave and hire back its striking officials - now universally recognized as irreplaceable regulators of the game. The NFL's capitulation followed a public apology to fans by Packers QB Aaron Rodgers, wherein he noted that a "billion-dollar" enterprise like the NFL is much too important to trust to a bunch of part-timers.
October 1, 2012 |
When even Scott Walker and Paul Ryan kind of side with labor against management, who knows what else is possible? Maybe they'll endorse tax increases and say nice things about teachers unions. For friends of labor, the revolt against the National Football League's replacement refs, leading to the triumph of the real refs, is the most remarkable event since the workers at Henry Ford's car company organized into the United Auto Workers union. And, really, could there be a better object lesson in the arrogance of the very rich - and also in the value of the labor performed by line workers whose contributions usually go unnoticed and unappreciated?