April 22, 2016 |
OSTENSIBLY, it was a celebration of the life of Philadelphia sports and philanthropic icon Ed Snider, but toward the end of the program, Jay Snider, Ed's son, revealed some of the last words his father spoke to him in their last conversation before he passed on April 11 at age 83. "This is what he said, not just for me or the family," Jay Snider said. "He told me, and so I'll tell you. "Quote - the last sentence he ever spoke was, 'I can't thank the Flyers enough for everything they've given to me and my family.' " Perhaps the most amazing thing about the event at the Wells Fargo Center, which was attended by thousands, was the variety of people who spoke to memorialize the man referred to as "Mr. Snider," but whose great wish was for people simply to call him "Ed. " From hockey representatives such as NHL commissioner Gary Bettman and Flyers captain for life Bob Clarke to businessmen such as Comcast CEO Brian Roberts and former PRISM/Comcast SportsNet president Jack Williams to even Mayor Kenney, the list of speakers illustrated the many segments of Philadelphia society Snider impacted.
March 11, 2016 |
BIOLOGICALLY, Ryan Ciolli was John Moffat's nephew. But after Ciolli's father left him at the age of 3, John raised him as if he was his son. Because of John's support, Ryan legally changed his name to Ryan Moffat in June 2011, when he married. "I wanted my kids to know who he was," Ciolli, now 34, said. "And to be able to identify with the last name of him rather than my father, who they'll never meet and never had any real role in raising me. " John Moffat, 63, a lifelong resident of Andorra, died March 6 of cancer.
March 3, 2016 |
Filmmaker Gilberto Gonzalez has fond memories of growing up in the 1970s in the Puerto Rican enclave of Spring Garden. On weekends - when he woke up in the morning or fell asleep at night - he listened to men in the nearby park singing and drumming songs from their island home. But those also were tough times in Philadelphia's original barrio , darkened by violence with non-Puerto Ricans and ongoing tension with law enforcement. And it's the reason the 20Gs came to be the protectors of the neighborhood.
January 17, 2016 |
Jason Richardson is the 76ers' latest special guest. The former Sixer attended Thursday's game and was on hand for Friday's practice. He said he expected to leave on Saturday. The Sixers (4-37) had reached out to Richardson about coming out of retirement to provide veteran leadership to the club before Elton Brand accepted the role. Coach Brett Brown said Richardson's visit didn't involve a possible position with the Sixers. "I don't think he's got any desire," Brown said.
November 22, 2015 |
CINCINNATI - To Otis Hackney, it felt like a wonderland. Inside Oyler Community Learning Center, a public school in a tough neighborhood here, were things the Philadelphia principal could only dream of. There were vision, medical, and dental clinics. A food bank. A day-care center and a mental-health wing with five therapists. Volunteers trooped into the school routinely, part of a rotation of well-trained help that works one-on-one with Oyler's kids. "I thought," the South Philadelphia High principal said later, "it was awesome . " Oyler is a "community school," a phrase about to become much more familiar in Philadelphia, where the mayor-elect has pledged to establish 25 of them in four years.
July 27, 2015 |
When it came time to clean out his office at the Prudential Center in Newark, N.J., Lou Lamoriello probably didn't have much work ahead of him. He decorated the place sparsely on purpose - no photos of his family or friends or former coaches and players, not a touchstone from his personal past to be found, nothing to obscure his single-minded focus. One day in February 2011, as Lamoriello sat behind his desk for an interview, the only accoutrements in the room were seven replica trophies atop a shelf: four of the Prince of Wales Trophy, awarded to the winner of the NHL's Eastern Conference, and three of the Stanley Cup. He added one more to that collection the following year, when the New Jersey Devils reached the Stanley Cup Finals for the last time during Lamoriello's tenure, and by now he's likely boxed up those trophies and shipped them to Ontario.
June 22, 2015 |
After years at the mike for WXPN, Michaela Majoun, the voice of morning for thousands of music-hungry people locally and worldwide, is stepping over to her other love: writing. She came to what was then a pretty good college station in 1989, the first professional on-air host the station had ever hired. Since then, and largely thanks to her efforts, XPN has become a cultural hub, connecting fans to artists they might not have known about, organizing concerts, conventions, and events such as the XPoNential Music Festival, with an especially splendid lineup Wednesday through Friday.
May 14, 2015 |
I'm not paid to be a role model. ... Parents should be role models. - Charles Barkley The suspension of New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady, winner of the last Super Bowl and a virtual lock to one day be inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame, is the latest development in an ongoing conversation about cheating in sports, and even Americans who are uninterested in athletics should pay attention. The National Football League on Monday suspended Brady for the first four games of next season for orchestrating or knowing about a scheme to deliberately deflate footballs, making them easier to throw during last season's AFC Championship Game against the Indianapolis Colts.
February 24, 2015 |
Marcelle describes himself as an excellent builder, and for proof, he can point to his Lego structures, which he spends many hours happily creating. Like most 12-year-olds, he also likes video games and remote-control cars, and although a bit shy at first, he'll talk avidly on both subjects. He also enjoys reading the Hardy Boys books. Marcelle is enrolled in the seventh grade, and receives special-education services. He does best in small classes with individual attention and positive reinforcement from his teachers.
January 2, 2015
A FEW YEARS ago, NBA Hall-of-Famer Charles Barkley got into a lot of trouble for making the audacious observation that sports figures didn't need to be role models. Legions of fans and professional journalists (who are simply glorified fans with a byline) were outraged at this attack on the fundamental principle that the person who jumps highest must aim highest, the person who tackles the running back must also be able to tackle life's problems with grace, the person who hits it out of the park must swing for the cheap seats in real life as well.