August 8, 2014 |
EAGLES AGENDA Who: Eagles at Bears What: First preseason game When: Tonight, 8 o'clock Where: Soldier Field, Chicago TV: 6ABC Radio: WIP (94.1-FM, 610-AM) Three things to watch: * 1. Wide receivers: You didn't need us to tell you this. First time out with no DeSean Jackson. Riley Cooper isn't playing, and it doesn't seem likely Jeremy Maclin will. There are youngsters to watch, such as rookies Jordan Matthews and Josh Huff, and there are veterans looking to grab a toehold, such as Arrelious Benn and Brad Smith.
July 25, 2014
YESTERDAY was my feast day, or, as the Italians call it, my onomastico . Since I live in the United States, it went completely unnoticed. Had I lived in Italy, however, I would have been showered with cards and phone calls. That's because about 75 percent of the paesani are named after saints, and the other 25 percent are named "Sal," which is short for "Salvatore," which means savior. I think you can see why Italian obstetricians also need theological degrees before they're admitted to practice medicine.
July 18, 2014 |
HAMMONTON Chewing on an unlit cigar, Morris Vivona watched the procession of saints and the devout begin their two-hour walk through the town. "Hah!" the members of the the Hammonton Blue Devil Marching Band roared, punctuating the bass drums and snare drums playing in the procession of several hundred participants who marched alongside figures such as Saint Lady of Mount Carmel, St. Joseph, St. Anthony, and St. Lucy. Behind Vivona, a Ferris wheel turned, and the lights of amusement rides blinked.
June 23, 2014 |
When I heard that Popes John Paul II and John XXIII would be canonized, I knew I'd be Rome-bound. I traveled to the Eternal City for John Paul's funeral in 2005 and his beatification in 2011, sleeping on the cobblestones to ensure entrance to St. Peter's Square. It worked. This time I decided to travel with an organized group - understanding that I'd be on my own for the canonization, a non-ticketed event. Our group of 40 included a teacher, a musician, an ex-nun, a Korean couple married 50 years, and three priests: Father Matt, a high-energy West Point grad; Father Mike, blind since age 6; and Father Jose, a young Colombian priest serving in Jersey City, N.J. Ordinary people like myself embarking on an extraordinary journey.
June 11, 2014
THE CLASS AA championship run for Ss. Neumann-Goretti came to an end yesterday after the Saints' comeback bid fell short, 4-3, against District 4 top seed Loyalsock Township at Northern York High in Dillsburg. After trailing, 2-0, early, the Saints tied the game by plating single runs in the third and fourth innings. Senior first baseman Josh Ockimey's sacrifice fly and sophomore Brian Verratti's RBI-single in the fourth did the damage. However, Loyalsock regained the lead after throwing errors during rundowns resulted in single runs in the fifth and sixth.
June 6, 2014 |
MAYBE NOW Ethan Pritchett should be on Stanford's radar? After outdueling Bloomsburg High's Stanford-bound ace yesterday in the PIAA Class AA quarterfinals, perhaps the righthander for Ss. Neumann-Goretti should be on the Cardinal radar. Not sure college recruiting works that way, but there's no rush. The 6-3, 210-pounder, who already possesses uncommon poise for a sophomore, has plenty of time to impress. And his complete-game, two-hit masterpiece opposite Colton Hock, one of the state's best arms, did just that.
June 6, 2014 |
BAY TO can, but few others are able to say they have been serenaded on the way to the plate by a walk-up song blaring their name. At home games this season, the junior rightfielder for Ss. Neumann-Goretti High sauntered to the plate with a confident bop as the hip-hop song "Ay, Bay Bay," thumped through a speaker. "I wanted to pick that song because I wanted to say, 'This is me and I finally made it to this spot,' " To said yesterday just before the Saints practiced at 26th and Moore streets.
May 23, 2014 |
IT WASN'T so much that Pat Doudican was fooled by the pitch; it was more that his eyes were bigger than his bat. So, after he violently swung and whiffed at a high fastball in the third inning, Doudican stepped back in the box and twice clunked himself on the head, perhaps drilling the message home with force. "It looked good at first," he smiled. "Then, by the time I was swinging, I was like, 'Pssssh, what am I doing here?' I knew I had to have more discipline than that and I wasn't going to let that pitch ruin the rest of my at-bat.
May 23, 2014 |
After suffering a second-round loss to Cardinal O'Hara and being placed in the loser's bracket of the Catholic League baseball playoffs, Neumann-Goretti coach Kevin Schneider sent a text message to his players. "It said, 'It would be pretty special if we could take the championship by winning five straight games,' " senior Charlie Jerla said. Well, four down and one to go. With Pat Doudican starring on the mound and at the plate, the inspired Saints throttled listless Roman Catholic, 11-1, in five innings in a steady drizzle Wednesday afternoon at Widener.
May 20, 2014
IN HIS LAST HOME game at Ss. Neumann-Goretti, senior lefthander Charlie Jerla went out with a bang. The 6-2, 180-pounder was dominant Saturday in the Saints' 1-0 victory against visiting La Salle in the Catholic League playoffs losers bracket. Jerla, who is headed to Marist next season, allowed four hits and struck out five in just the 10th 1-0 game in CL history, according to TedSilary.com. His counterpart, lefty John Scheffey, was nearly as good for the Explorers, scattering six hits and striking out three.