June 25, 2015 |
ADONAL FOYLE knows what this year's NBA draft class is going through. The former NBA center played his sophomore season at Cardinal O'Hara High before transferring to a school in Hamilton, N.Y. He went on to play at Colgate and was selected eighth overall by the Warriors in 1997. Yesterday, on ThePlayersTribune.com, Foyle doled out some free advice to the players who will be drafted tomorrow. "You worked all your life to get to this point," Foyle wrote. "But how you navigate your NBA career (regardless of how well you perform on the court)
March 6, 2014 |
JOE Mastropaolo wouldn't let a little thing like turning 100 keep him from the pool tables or the dance floor. He might not have been Minnesota Fats, but he could run a table with the precision of a much younger man, and proved it frequently after turning the century mark on Jan. 6, 2013. As for dancing, he might not have been Fred Astaire but he could cut a rug, as they used to say, with the best of them, and always made it a point to dance with every lady in the house. "He didn't want anybody to feel left out," said his daughter, Rita Ferrara.
November 17, 2011
DEAR ABBY: It saddened me to read the letter from "Lacks the Mothering Gene. " Seven months pregnant, she feels nothing for her baby, and her husband is furious with her for feeling as she does. You told her that she should discuss this with her obstetrician, and you were sure that once the baby arrived she would fall in love with her baby. Not always, Abby. There are, in fact, many situations in which mothers DO NOT fall in love with their babies. I have led pregnancy- and postpartum-support groups for 20 years, and I would have advised "Lacks" to see someone who is professionally trained in working with women who are psychologically distressed during pregnancy.
August 15, 2011 |
LOVE AT FIRST sight is innately irrational, an unreasoned leap of faith. Still, it's not hard to explain why Philadelphia has so quickly embraced Hunter Pence with open arms. And wallets. Already, Pence No. 3 jerseys dot the stands at Citizens Bank Park. Philly fans like players who care as much as they do. That's a requirement that, if met, almost trumps all other considerations. When Lee Thomas was the Phillies' general manager, he'd always advise newcomers (who just may have heard how demanding the paying customers could be)
August 11, 2011 |
WE WOULD OFFER Rex Grossman the very sound advice of shutting his yap and going back to his day job. Except, he isn't very good at his day job. Grossman is the starting quarterback for the Washington Redskins. If that isn't shocking enough, and it should be, he stunningly was talking some smack about his team winning the NFC East this year. Wouldn't/couldn't make it up. "We don't need people saying we're the best right now, but when it's all said and done, I really feel like this team's gonna win the East," Grossman said in an interview with the Comcast SportsNet branch in Washington.
July 18, 2011
DEAR ABBY: I loaned money to a couple of family members when I was overseas. They had fallen behind on their bills, so I sent them each $1,000 to get caught up. It's two years later, and I have yet to see a dime from either one of them. I have sent them both letters asking to have "some" money paid back; both sent me excuses about why they can't pay anything. However, on Facebook they write about how they went shopping, joined a gym and so on. I feel I have been taken advantage of. What can I do to get this settled?
July 8, 2011 |
NYEME TAYLOR was the kind of guy you liked to have around. He had a winning smile and a friendly personality that drew people to him. He also was a devoted family man, who was raising six children as part of an extended family that also included his parents, a grandmother and five brothers and a sister. But Nyeme's brief sojourn in life ended tragically June 26 when he was shot to death in a neighborhood dispute at a party on the Mander Playground in Strawberry Mansion. He was 30. A daughter, Kianna, 15, was hit by a bullet that shattered her left leg, but she is recovering.
November 18, 2010
OH, JOY, the holidays are almost here. That's right, next week is Thanksgiving. For many, the holiday season heralds increased stress and anxiety. Even last week, I heard people worrying aloud out about the boundless temptations to come. Although the holidays can pose a challenge for even the most saintly food epicure, would it not be more enjoyable if we simply focused more on our relationships with family and friends, instead of obsessively concerning ourselves with the food? After all, isn't the real purpose of the holidays to celebrate life and love?
August 11, 2010 |
HER FAVORITE Bible passage was: That was Martha Burns. If anyone worked righteously and spoke the truth, it was she. And she passed on her belief in what a righteous life should be to her 105 direct descendants and anyone else who went to her for her wisdom and compassion. Martha Burns, devoted churchwoman, busy traveler and family confidant blessed with a "listening ear," died Sunday. She was 86 and lived in South Philadelphia. It was interesting that one of her favorite hymns, "Because He Lives," includes the phrase: "How sweet to hold a newborn baby," because the Burns family tradition was that Martha had to give every newborn baby his or her first bath.
June 1, 2008 |
Cal Ripken Jr.'s themes were simple, his words plain. But the punch they packed had the stadium crowd standing and applauding about as much as any home run or record-breaking streak the Hall of Famer had delivered in his stellar baseball career. "First, find a career that is your passion," the 6-foot-4 slugger and signature shortstop told the crowd of more than 24,000 at the University of Delaware's 159th annual commencement yesterday. "Second, persevere to be the best you can be as you perform your tasks.