August 31, 2015 |
Recently, casually lifting a Sports Illustrated out of a magazine rack in a physician's waiting room, I nearly had a heart attack. Fortunately, it was my cardiologist's office. I don't know how long it had been since I last held a copy of the magazine I'd grown up adoring, but this one was frighteningly emaciated, a slight and insubstantial version of its once-robust self. Even the frail old men surrounding me seemed healthier. Time - both the passing years and the magazine's parent company - clearly had not been kind to SI. The issues I eagerly consumed as a boy used to have a tangible heft.
August 16, 2014 |
The Archdiocese of Philadelphia was forced to respond again Thursday to a reported off-the-cuff remark indicating that Pope Francis will come to Philadelphia for the World Meeting of Families in September 2015. This time, the speaker was the pope himself, answering a question about whether he would attend the international gathering. "In Italian, I asked him if he would come to Philadelphia," NBC reporter Anne Thompson said of the question she asked the pontiff on the papal plane to South Korea.
March 10, 2014
Despite substantial revisions to a psychedelic redistricting plan rejected by Pennsylvania's highest court, State Rep. Ed Neilson's Northeast Philadelphia district is still being jettisoned to York County. That stranded the lawmaker in fellow Rep. John Sabatina Jr.'s turf, and it left Philadelphia Democrats with two incumbents poised to do battle for the same seat in something called a competitive election. The horror! Not to worry: Party bosses have hatched a scheme to head off the unthinkable prospect of giving voters a choice.
March 7, 2014 |
This year's Sports Illustrated swimsuit issue features a real Philly girl next door. Doylestown's Samantha Hoopes is one of 12 rookies - meaning, new to the SI swimsuit scene - in the issue's 50th anniversary edition. "People actually know my name now," Hoopes, 23, said in a telephone interview while on a Malibu Beach in between taking pictures for the Latin version of Esquire magazine. "It's all been very unreal. " In the sure-to-be-a-collectors-item issue, Hoopes tapped her inner temptress in a breast-baring black one-piece bathing suit, a one-shouldered version of the white fishnet suit worn in the 1978 issue by Cheryl Tiegs (also featured in the "Legends" portion of this issue)
December 13, 2013 |
MICHAEL JORDAN was on the cover of Sports Illustrated an even 50 times during his decorated NBA career. Boxing legend Muhammad Ali's image was displayed 38 times. Yet, both went on to finish their careers at the top of their respective sports, never once worrying about "the jinx. " With Nick Foles joining the list of SI cover boys this week, the laid-back, calm and collected quarterback believes there really is not much to the jinx, other than the fact that he will be on newsstands around the Northeast, with the Auburn Tigers making SI 's national cover.
September 6, 2013 |
Dancing With the Stars has announced its cast for its new season, and, as usual, many are the surprises. Example: Bill Nye the Science Guy will wax terpsichorean with Tyne Stecklein ; Nicole "Snooki" Polizzi of Jersey Shore will sashay with Sasha Farber . And amazing Valerie Harper , whose brain cancer, once thought terminal, is said to be in some kind of abeyance, will trip it with Tristan MacManus . Wow. Other pairings:...
March 7, 2013
LET'S FACE IT, the real question here is: Does Rocky's cheesesteak live up to the high standards we natives set for this most Philadelphian of delicacies? The answer, in short, is no. The combination of machine-processed cheese and mayonnaise glopped onto the steak is distinctly un-Philadelphian. (Argentines have a love affair with mayo, so its presence here is not surprising.) These ingredients create a topping you'd be more likely to get at a bar in Davenport, Iowa, or Omaha, Neb., than on a steak from an authentic joint in the City of Brotherly Love.
September 23, 2012 |
Dr. Si-Chun Ming, 89, of Bryn Mawr, a pathology professor at Temple University School of Medicine from 1971 to 1992, died Tuesday, Sept. 18, of complications from a stroke at the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania. Dr. Ming was acting chairman of the pathology department at Temple from 1978 to 1980. Temple honored him in 2003 by placing his portrait on permanent display in the main corridor of its hospital, at the same time it gave that honor to his wife, Pen-Ming Lee Ming, a professor of pathology and obstetrics-gynecology there.
December 6, 2011 |
COLLEGE basketball coaches Pat Summitt (Tennessee women) and Mike Krzyzewski (Duke men) were selected yesterday as Sports Illustrated's sportswoman and sportsman of the year. Summitt, who announced in August she had been diagnosed with early onset dementia, earned her 1,075th career victory Sunday. Krzyzewski passed Bob Knight as winningest men's coach on Nov. 15. In other college news: * Quarterbacks Robert Griffin III (Baylor) and Andrew Luck (Stanford)
November 13, 2011 |
And now, by the authority vested in me by no one in particular, I pronounce the Civic Si the most fun you can have in a Honda. Until the performance-minded Si was redesigned for the 2012 model year, I would have placed this compact's fun quotient a tad below its midsize corporate kin, the Accord V-6 coupe with the manual gearbox. The Accord, after all, extracted 271 horsepower from its 3.5-liter V-6. The Civic got 197 from a 2-liter four. The Accord's 74-horse edge translated into a lot more green-light gumption.