April 3, 2015 |
Here's how great the NCAA men's basketball tournament is - even the NCAA can't screw it up. For three wonderful weeks every year, the NCAA looks as if it knows what it's doing. And, in this case alone, it actually might. The tournament committee stumbled around a little bit when expanding to 68 equal-but-not-really teams a few years ago. Other than that, the tournament is a model of efficiency and fairness. The move to a geographical pod system for the first weekend's glut of games was brilliant, both because it saves money and because it bolsters attendance by making it more practical to follow one's team.
October 29, 2014 |
AFTER TODAY'S games, the College Football Playoff Selection Committee will make its first rankings, and, on Tuesday night, we fans will get our first inkling at what the four-team playoff system might look like. This is an improvement over the BCS, which chose two teams to play for the national championship, but it simply isn't fair and won't solve the controversy. Let's assume the college football season plays out as like this . . . * Florida State runs the table and wins the ACC playoff and finishes 13-0.
December 18, 2013 |
CITY COUNCILWOMAN Blondell Reynolds Brown wants to clear up some myths about her school-property advertising bill. Brown said that since it moved successfully out of committee earlier this month, she's been getting hit with a hailstorm of concerns from constituents about the content of the ads. The measure still must pass the full Council next year. As now written, the bill would prohibit commercial displays on any school property that has historic value, and would ban ads featuring alcohol or tobacco.
October 16, 2013 |
COATESVILLE The Coatesville Area school board is calling in outside help for its superintendent search. The board will meet next week with the Chester County Intermediate Unit, which serves the county's 12 school districts, to outline the selection process, including creating a timeline and scheduling focus groups for public input. "We are pleased to work with the CCIU team on this important initiative," Board President Neil Campbell said in a statement. "We want to cast as wide a net as possible in seeking out qualified candidates capable of leading our district forward.
July 23, 2013 |
THE SONS of Ben may have said it best. During each of the Union's home games at PPL Park, the energetic fan section screams out chants showing support for their beloved team and city. One of the group's most recognized chants is, "No one likes us, no one likes us, no one likes us, we don't care! We're from Philly, no one likes us, no one likes us, we don't care!" That seems fitting after the Union was shut out of this seasson's MLS All-Star Game. Five Union players were on the ballot, and it seemed as if multiple players could be headed to Kansas City for the July 31 game, in which the MLS All-Stars will match up against AS Roma.
July 18, 2013 |
Despite a 2008 New Jersey State Comptroller's Office report recommending that municipalities and other government entities rotate auditing firms at least every 10 years, Camden has again hired Bowman & Co. to audit the city's 2013 books. Bowman has been contracted by the city for at least the last 15 years. The company and its employees have been big donors to Camden County Democrats, another issue cited by the comptroller's report. An Inquirer analysis of Camden's audits dating back to 2007 showed that the city has repeatedly been warned by Bowman that there are millions of dollars in "aged" grants that have had little to no activity.
March 25, 2013 |
Because of the grotesquely swollen place the presidency now occupies in the nation's governance and consciousness, we are never not preoccupied with presidential campaigning. The Constitution's framers would be appalled. The nation reveres the framers, but it long ago abandoned the presidential selection process they considered so important that they made it one of the four national institutions created by the Constitution. Hence the significance of the Republican National Committee's suggested reforms for the 2016 process.
March 14, 2013
A panel of 12 jurors - seven women and five men - has been selected for the Philadelphia murder trial of abortion doctor Kermit Gosnell. A man selected Tuesday and a woman picked Monday filled out the 12 members needed for the basic Common Pleas Court jury. But prosecution and defense lawyers and Judge Jeffrey P. Minehart will continue the selection process begun March 4 until they get six alternate jurors for a trial estimated to last up to eight weeks. Minehart said he hopes to begin testimony Monday.
February 25, 2013 |
The NCAA tournament selection process is not a blind taste test. Teams up for consideration bring their baggage, pro and con, into the meeting room. We know because of past performance, and the mock selection recently held by selected media gave more evidence. Media members from around the country gathered in Indianapolis and did their best to approximate what happens in the same room in March. It was a strong group of basketball writers who know their stuff, at least as well as the actual committee.
February 19, 2013
Legal woes not only deal concern While Gov. Corbett would put Pennsylvania's 41-year-old lottery under the managerial control of a private British firm, disturbing revelations emerged even before state Attorney General Kathleen Kane stepped in ("Kane rejects Pa. lottery contract, citing constitutional grounds," Feb. 14). Camelot Global Services officials made glowing pronouncements about how our lottery would thrive, with job offers for nearly all 230 lottery workers. But recent news reports from England revealed the company is laying off staffers and closing regional centers.