January 4, 2013 |
THE DEATH of 20 little children and six courageous adults at Newtown, Conn., has managed to do what no other killing spree could - it has caused heretofore wuss politicians to take a stand and speak out about the need for sensible laws controlling the access to assault weapons and mega-capacity ammunition clips, and it has galvanized national public opinion in support of these efforts. It didn't happen after Tucson, where we saw the heartbreaking tragedy of the 9-year-old girl killed because she wanted to meet her role model, U.S. Rep. Gabby Giffords, or after Aurora, when a crazed gunman assassinated 12 people and wounded 58 more, shockingly using a 100-bullet clip to create this carnage.
December 16, 2012
In my last column I wrote that this was the winter of our discontent and that Super Squibb's Wing Bowl 21 bid was our only chance for a true champion in this city. Since that time just 2 weeks ago, somehow things seem to have become remarkably brighter. The rapid development of Nick Foles, Brandon Graham and Fletcher Cox has given Eagles fans a reason to at least dream that they might live to see the Lombardi Trophy paraded down Broad Street. Sixers fans have seen the emergence of Jrue Holiday and Evan Turner as two young stars who just might lead us to another deep run in the playoffs, even though it's beginning to look like there's a better chance that Moses Malone will play center for us this season than Andrew Bynum.
December 2, 2012 |
IT WAS THE winter of our discontent. Let history show our beloved Eagles had reached a 14-year low. Our equally beloved Phillies were 4 months away from taking the field at Citizens Bank Park and, worse still, we had just learned that our most beloved player, Carlos "Chooch" Ruiz, had been suspended for the first 25 games of the season because of substance abuse. Our not quite so beloved Sixers were not reaching anywhere near their full potential, because their newly acquired savior, Andrew Bynum (for whom we paid a king's ransom)
November 18, 2012
Michael Vick's career as a Philadelphia Eagle ended on March 27, 2012. That's the day that Jason Peters ruptured his Achilles' tendon. Any chance of Mike leading us to the promised land went up in smoke, because the long-range passing game integral to the Birds' success in 2010 and during the tail end of last year depended on Vick having the time to let our wideouts go deep. When Peters went down, it opened up more holes and subjected Vick to as horrible a continuous beating as any NFL quarterback may have ever endured.
November 15, 2012 |
Donna Cooper, formerly a top aide to Gov. Rendell, said she would draw on the many political contacts she has made throughout the region in her new role as head of a leading local youth advocacy agency. Cooper, 54, of Fishtown, was named executive director of Public Citizens for Children and Youth on Tuesday. She will begin the $115,000-a-year job in January. Cooper replaces Shelly Yanoff, who announced this year that she would step down after 26 years at the helm. "I have relationships with Democrats and Republicans in the legislature," said Cooper, who served for eight years as Rendell's secretary of policy and planning, and three years as Philadelphia's deputy mayor for policy and planning.
November 11, 2012 |
It's a time of despair for Philadelphia sports fans. Starting with the loss of Jason Peters, injuries and overall poor play have caused the Eagles' season to unravel. And although Rich Hofmann's recent column in the Daily News correctly points out that the Eagles could still win the division, with an offensive line missing Peters, Jason Kelce and Todd Herremans, Andy Reid is in need of a Ray Didinger "reality check" if he thinks the Birds can go 6-2, or even 5-3 to have any chance (hope I'm wrong)
November 1, 2012
TWO YEARS AGO, Gov. Ed Rendell excoriated the NFL for postponing the Iggles-Vikings game because of bad weather. "I think we've become wussies," said the then-governor. Imagine if Sunday's Iggles-Falcons game was cancelled because of Sandy. Even if the winds were so strong that the players were being tossed around like toy soldiers and fans were being hit by flying officials, Rendell would still expect that the game be played. Frankenstorm? We could be seeing a new trend in hurricane names.
October 21, 2012 |
Sen. Bob Casey's TV ad man fired back at former Gov. Ed Rendell on Friday for comments Rendell made criticizing Casey's reelection campaign. "Instructive criticism is one thing, but ignorance is something else," said Casey's media consultant, Saul Shorr. Rendell, in an interview Tuesday with the Scranton Times-Tribune, was caustic in his evaluation of the "non-campaign" he said Casey was running against Republican Tom Smith. "Casey? He hasn't run a campaign. He's run one ad, a stupid tea party ad," Rendell said.