March 9, 2011
CLEARWATER, Fla. - If baseball is an amusement park, it wouldn't be hard to guess which ride J.C. Romero would be on. The veteran lefthander cheerfully admits that his career has been a roller coaster and, to be fair, that doesn't make him different from most relief pitchers. The best hitters tend to be pretty good almost every year. Same with the best starting pitchers. Relievers are more up-and-down than a double-loop coaster with hairpin turns and a stomach-in-your-throat vertical drop.
November 10, 2010 |
In the three weeks since preseason practice began at St. Joseph's, Phil Martelli has seen sparks from the youngest team he will send on the floor in his 16 seasons as head coach on Hawk Hill. The question is whether those sparks will ultimately ignite a flame that represents St. Joe's return to its previous status as a perennial contender in the Atlantic Ten Conference. "There have been times at practice when I don't feel like I'm out there just trying to put a Band-Aid on a wound and hoping," said Martelli, whose Hawks will open their season Friday against Western Kentucky at Hagan Arena.
November 3, 2010 |
ARLINGTON, Texas - Pat Burrell was soaked in champagne Monday night, but he had little to do with making the corks pop. Except for winning the World Series, really, he had a season to forget. In fact, as Burrell waited his turn to touch the Commissioner's Trophy for the second time in 3 years, he had a hard time remembering the beginning of his climb from baseball's trash heap. He beamed, exultant, a champion again, and he was asked to compare his feelings: June 1, digging in against Kevin Pucetas in Las Vegas, vs. his feeling exactly 5 months later, celebrating here on the field at Rangers Ballpark in Texas.
October 2, 2010
TDBank has been attempting to sell the Prince Music Theater to commercial developers. Now, the bank is planning a sheriff's sale on Oct. 5. After that, the theater could be razed for condos or parking, gutted for a new drugstore, or left dark to become an eyesore. We must prevent this. For two years now, TDBank has put us on a roller coaster of settlements reached and then undone, followed by aggressive and harmful litigation, all over the bank's failure to abide by an agreement it made in 2008 to refinance the Prince's long-term debt.
June 14, 2010 |
If you handed Robert F. Gaynor a microphone at a gathering, your chances of getting it back were slim. Bob, as he was best known, was a ham if there ever was one. Give him an audience and he was in his element. He was the life-of-the-party kind of guy who could croon a '50s ballad at a karaoke, make a speech, tell jokes, whatever the situation called for. He was also an actor who was proud of his role as an extra in the popular 2006 film "Invincible," and acted in numerous plays for a theater group in South Jersey.
June 12, 2010 |
As the newly crowned Stanley Cup champion Chicago Blackhawks were being saluted by an estimated two million fans during a parade Friday, the still-hurting Flyers - their playoff beards gone, their moods somber - were checking out of the Skate Zone in Voorhees and addressing the media. Their message was clear: They think their remarkable Stanley Cup run will have a carryover effect into next season. But the pain of their series-ending, 4-3 overtime loss to Chicago in Game 6 has not subsided.
May 21, 2010 |
How appropriate to celebrate the two-week anniversary of the "flash crash" with another steep sell-off. On Thursday, there was no 1,000-point drop in minutes to unnerve professional investors and novices alike. Rather, it was like watching a bout between mismatched boxers. The decision was never in doubt, only the extent of the damage. The Dow closed down 376.36 points, which was 28.56 points worse than how flash-crash day finished. We've seen a lot of triple-digit ups and downs lately.
May 16, 2010 |
ORLANDO - After two days of being shaken, stirred, and overstimulated, I needed a break. So I was relieved to wander into Epcot's upscale Les Chefs de France, which reminded me of the bistros I'd recently visited in the real Paris. Everything from the imported French staff to my favorite French spring water made me forget for a few minutes that I was in Orlando. As my waiter served me a perfect croque monsieur sandwich, I watched as the maitre d', Amelie, pushed a food cart down a nearby aisle.
May 12, 2010 |
The vacant expressions on the faces of the Radnor girls' lacrosse team spelled it out. The Red Raiders couldn't believe what was happening. Every loose ball seemed to be picked up by Springfield. The Cougars seemed to be moving in real time, while Radnor was lurching along in slow motion. Nothing was working. Radnor played possibly its worst half of the season yesterday in the Central League showdown with Springfield. Then the defending PIAA state champions followed that with possibly its best half of the year.