February 12, 2013 |
HE HAS BEEN in Philadelphia longer than Kimmo Timonen. Longer than Danny Briere, too, and Scott Hartnell. Take it further, Braydon Coburn's tenure here exceeds Doc Halladay's and Cliff Lee's and Shady McCoy's and, well, pretty much every pro athlete in this town save the thirtysomethings who still make up the core of the Phillies. He is in his seventh season as a Philadelphia Flyer, Coburn is, and it seems finally, that we may be warming to him. Still only 27 years old, he is no longer the defenseman fans dread seeing out there in a big moment, is no longer the defenseman that he himself described the other day as "a skate-as-fast-as-I-can-all-over-the-place kind of cowboy.
October 5, 2012 |
Bobby DelVecchio may not be trying his luck riding bulls anymore. In fact, the 55-year-old hasn't ridden one since the early 1990s. But his fingerprints will still be all over the place this weekend when the Philadelphia Invitational is held at the Wells Fargo Center on Friday and Saturday nights, even if he is not likely to be there. Vital in creating the Professional Bull Riders organization, DelVecchio helped shape the sport of bull riding to what it is today. It's a sport that he says has become much harder, more dangerous, and more physical than he ever could have imagined when he first hopped on a bull four decades ago. "The risk factor is triple what it was before PBR," DelVecchio said over the phone from his home in Texas.
July 16, 2012 |
HOPEWELL TOWNSHIP, N.J. - Six-foot-tall speakers blare norteño music across a grass field as members of the overwhelmingly Latino crowd fan themselves and wait for the bulls to be led into a makeshift rodeo ring. Beers are drunk and tacos de lengua , made with cow's tongue, are consumed. Some watch as cowboys stretch like gymnasts against the metal fencing. Others wait their turn to dance with a young woman in cutoff-jean shorts. On the edge of the crowd, Ciro Lopez shuffles his brilliant white boots, to the amusement of his mother and son. Between crescendos of tuba and accordion, the 34-year-old warehouse manager says the event is identical to those he attended when he lived in Mexico City and visited family in the countryside.
October 11, 2011 |
DEVOTEES of Mexican-style rodeos are planning a memorial show this week for a popular young rider who was killed in a bull-riding accident in South Jersey. Rigoberto Flores, 24, of Brentwood, N.Y., was killed Sunday while performing at a rodeo in Bridgeton, N.J., when he was thrown and fatally injured by a bull. Flores was one of the most well-known stars on the rodeo's East Coast circuit, according to rodeo organizer Jesus Santiago. Known to his fans as "El Andariego" or "The Wanderer of Izucar Matamoros, Puebla" - the city in the Mexican state of Puebla where he was from - Flores was a fan favorite for his rodeo skills, youthful enthusiasm and clean-cut reputation, according to Santiago.
October 11, 2011 |
NEWARK, N.J. - Devotees of Mexican-style rodeos are planning a memorial show this week for a popular young rider killed over the weekend in a bull-riding accident in South Jersey. Rigoberto Flores, 24, of Brentwood, N.Y., was killed Sunday while performing in a traveling rodeo near Bridgeton, Cumberland County, when he was thrown by a bull and trampled. Flores was one of the best-known stars on the rodeo's East Coast circuit, according to rodeo organizer Jesus Santiago. Known to his fans as "El Andariego" (the restless one)
October 10, 2011
A professional bull rider was trampled and killed by a bull Sunday at a traveling rodeo making its annual stop in Dutch Neck Village, Hopewell Township, N.J., just south of Bridgeton. The accident happened a little after 7:30 p.m. State police said Rigoberto Flores, 24, of Brentwood, N.Y., was riding the bull when he was thrown off and then crushed. State police said Flores was taken to Vineland Regional Medical Center, where he was pronounced dead of chest injuries. - Bob Warner
May 31, 2011
NEW CASTLE, Del. - Police in Delaware say a bull rider was killed when he was thrown from the animal during a rodeo and then stepped on. Delaware State Police said in a news release Monday that Leonel Trejo, 40, an experienced rider, was participating in the rodeo Sunday. When he was thrown from the bull after about a minute of riding it, the animal stepped on his chest. Trejo was pronounced dead at a local hospital. - AP
May 31, 2011 |
A rodeo rider was killed in Delaware over the weekend when he was thrown from a bull and stomped on the chest by the animal, police say. Delaware State Police said Leonel Trejo, 40, was an experienced Mexican bull rider. He was taking a part in a rodeo at the Nur Temple on DuPont Highway in New Castle Sunday night when he was tossed after riding a bull for about one minute. The bull then stepped on Trejo's chest, police said. Trejo, who was not wearing protective equipment, was taken to Christiana Hospital, where he was pronounced dead, police said.
March 16, 2011
In his stated quest to turn Pennsylvania into Texas, Gov. Corbett is leaning too heavily on the energy industry to set policy for natural-gas drilling. As they say in Texas, never ask a barber if he thinks you need a haircut. The "barber" poised to cut through Pennsylvania's environmental regulations is C. Alan Walker, a former coal company executive who is Corbett's choice to head the Department of Community and Economic Development. Walker's cabinet agency doesn't normally influence environmental protection rules.
June 24, 2008 |
A Lindenwold man pleaded guilty yesterday to shooting a rodeo horse with a bow and steel-tipped arrow in Franklin Township, Gloucester County, last year, then leaving the mare to bleed to death in a field near its owner's home. Jason Allen, 20, was charged with multiple counts of animal cruelty for killing the horse, named Cutie by the family that had raised the 9-year-old horse from infancy. All but one charge were dropped yesterday as part of Allen's plea agreement. Allen could face up to 18 months in prison for animal cruelty.