February 2, 2016 |
MY TOP four NCAA Tournament seeds if the selections were today. East: North Carolina South: Oklahoma Midwest: Iowa West: Villanova Each tournament selection committee is different, but if there is one common denominator among members through the years, it would be the value of road wins. After all, teams do not play NCAA Tournament games on regular home courts. If the selections were today, Saint Joseph's almost certainly would be in the field because, after winning Saturday at Rhode Island, 64-55, the Hawks (18-3, 7-1 Atlantic 10)
January 20, 2016 |
The first test for the Neumann-Goretti girls' basketball team occurred just four games into the season - against Archbishop Wood - in a rematch of the previous two Catholic League championship games. The Saints passed. The next test came just over a week later against Inter-Ac power Germantown Academy. After that was a trip to Delaware with tough teams from New York waiting to take down the Saints. Check and check. A couple of league matchups here, a familiar opponent there, and the Saints had yet to falter.
January 18, 2016
Orlando R. Barone is a writer in Doylestown He was the finest athlete I ever saw up close, certainly the best I ever played against. I got to know him in high school, where he was a varsity baseball player. I sat right behind him in homeroom for two of our four years at Monsignor Bonner High School in Drexel Hill, because of the alphabet. He was Atkinson; I was Barone. He was unassuming and good-natured, but not the sort of person who would up and decide to become a priest. When he up and decided to become a priest, I was surprised.
January 13, 2016 |
Vaughn Covington is an extremely intelligent basketball player with a deft shooting stroke. The slender point guard for Neumann-Goretti also knows his limitations. In Saints' 74-50 win at La Salle on Monday night, the 5-foot-11, 160-pound senior did his damage from the perimeter. "That definitely was a big focal point coming into high school," Covington said. "I had to develop a good jump shot because I knew I wasn't going to be over 6-foot-1, and I'm skinny already so I wasn't going to be able to finish at the rim against bigger guys.
December 20, 2015 |
Here are my picks to roll, and get rolled, in Week 15 of the 2015 season. Watch 'em roll Matt Stafford, QB, Lions at Saints. Stafford is a high-volume passer even against good secondaries, partly because the Lions can't run worth a darn. Expect Calvin Johnson to play a much bigger role in the Monday nighter as well. Denard Robinson, RB, Jaguars vs. Falcons. All indications are that T.J. Yeldon will miss this game with a knee injury, giving Robinson an opportunity to reprise his role as Jacksonville's dual-threat workhorse.
December 11, 2015 |
THE CHATTER around the fantasy football taproom this week was heavy on the Buccaneers. Should I start Jameis Winston? Where does Mike Evans rank? How about that Rastafarian guy at tight end? Uh, that's Austin Sefarian-Jenkins. While the Bucs are building a nice foundation in Tampa (life's good when there's a franchise quarterback in the building), many of this week's fantasy questions are more because of whom the Bucs are playing. The Saints got rid of defensive coordinator Rob Ryan after giving up 324 yards and four TD passes to Kirk Cousins in Week 10, but their generosity has continued.
November 23, 2015 |
* THE LEFTOVERS. 9 p.m. Sunday, HBO. Did we really see what we thought we saw at the end of last Sunday's episode? If so, what could that mean for the series? And if not - my head hurts. I'm not leaving now, that's for sure. Ep. 17: Weeks Ahead * SAINTS & STRANGERS . 9 p.m. Sunday and Monday, National Geographic Channel. Two-night miniseries about the Mayflower passengers' immigrant experiences stars has Kalani Queypo playing the crucial Squanto in a story more complicated than the one in all those Thanksgiving pageants.
November 20, 2015 |
AFTER THE first 250 games, scoring across college basketball is up from 69 points per game last year to 74, due to some combination of the 30-second shot clock and increased emphasis on allowing offensive freedom of movement. Scoring is way, way up Hawk Hill. Last season, the Hawks averaged just 61.7 points per game. After blasting Buffalo, 89-67 Wednesday night at Hagan Arena, the Hawks (3-0) are averaging 81.3 points. Now, it is very early and the competition is about to get much more serious when Phil Martelli's team travels to Mohegan Sun in Connecticut to play Florida Saturday and either Purdue or Old Dominion Sunday, but, as signs go, the increased scoring is positive.
November 17, 2015 |
IF THIS was last November and Saint Joseph's had played a first half in which DeAndré Bembry has as many fouls (two) as shots from the field and free-throw line combined, the offensively-challenged Hawks might have been in single digits. Sunday evening at Hagan Arena, this SJU team, with more firepower, actually put up 34 points at the break and had Niagara down six on the way to a 73-62 win. Now, Niagara, 15-50 in two seasons plus two games since coach Joe Mihalich went to Hofstra and took some very talented players with him, is not the kind of opponent the Hawks will see in the Atlantic 10. But 2-0 is 2-0 and that is SJU after beating Drexel in the Friday opener.
November 15, 2015 |
With a repertoire spanning a few hundred years, Seraphic Fire is likely to morph before our ears this season in its first visits to Philadelphia. The professional choir from Miami, in a local debut Thursday night at St. Clement's Church, fused its sound to Handel, Purcell, and Marc-Antoine Charpentier, and in this guise - with New York instrumental ensemble the Sebastians in tow - the group made a strong case for itself as an authoritative purveyor of three distinct strains of baroque music.