June 14, 2013 |
* MAGIC CITY. 9 tonight, Starz. * MAD MEN. 10 p.m. Sunday, AMC. SOME OF THE PEOPLE watching "Mad Men" are being driven a little mad themselves. Starved of sensation by a show that's so far failed to deliver a Red Wedding, a la "Game of Thrones," or even a measly serial killer, they've begun spinning theories on the Web about Charles Manson, the murdered actress Sharon Tate and a certain T-shirt worn by Megan Draper (Jessica Paré) - theories that, if true, would turn the show into something I doubt it was ever intended to be. I blow hot and cold on "Mad Men," but even I appreciate that it's not that screwed up. I think.
February 12, 2013 |
Now that Pope Benedict XVI has made (modern) history by stepping down from office, so begins one of the Western World's oldest parlor games: Guessing who will be the next pope. Close watchers of the Vatican say the 118 cardinals who will select Benedict's successor are watching the media-savvy leader of the massive Milan archdiocese, Cardinal Angelo Scola; top Vatican administrator Marc Ouellet of Canada; and Peter Turkson of Ghana. Also in the mix is jovial New York City Cardinal Timothy Dolan, who would make history, as a superpower pope has been frowned upon thus far. The list is highly speculative.
December 7, 2012
PENNSYLVANIA SOCIETY, the annual gathering of the state's political class, convenes in New York City Friday with plenty of speculation about the Democratic primary for governor in 2014. One name that will be floated - U.S. Rep. Allyson Schwartz , who just won a fifth two-year term to represent a district that covers parts of Philadelphia and Montgomery County. The congresswoman was coy when asked about her future, responding with the political boilerplate for such situations: She is very focused on her work in the U.S. House even as supporters ask her to run for governor.
November 11, 2012 |
Fourteen years ago, the Eagles were 1-7, all but lifeless and with a lame-duck coach in Ray Rhodes. The drumbeat for who would be the team's next leader didn't really start until late December. Andy Reid's name wasn't mentioned until a week before he was hired on Jan. 11, 1999. But that was then, and this is now, with Reid just a couple of more losses from not returning, and fatigued fans already thinking about his successor. So here's a look at some of the candidates to replace Reid - should he go - with the understanding that we're still some distance from a new regime.
September 15, 2012 |
We'll start with this assumption: You don't care about the impact on a handful of media types when Andy Reid decides to close Eagles practices after 228 regular-season and playoff games. And that's fine. Even if the information gathered by reporters is meant for and thirstily consumed by Eagles fans, we get to skip over the knee-jerk reaction that goes, "Nobody cares about you guys in the media. " The reason to examine Reid's decision - which came down suddenly and without warning a half-hour before Thursday's scheduled-to-be-open practice - is what it tells us about Reid and about the state of the team.
September 5, 2012 |
The Standard & Poor's 500 Index fell, after trimming steeper declines, as speculation that European leaders will announce new steps to tame the debt crisis tempered concern that the economic recovery is slowing. Down for much of the trading session, the S&P 500 lost 0.1 percent to 1,404.94, trimming a drop of as much as 0.7 percent. The Dow Jones industrial average retreated 54.90 points, or 0.4 percent, to 13,035.94. Volume for exchange-listed stocks in the United States was 5.6 billion shares, or 7.3 percent below the three-month average.
August 7, 2012
AT SOME point during his 800-meter preliminary run on Monday, Taoufik Makhloufi of Algeria determined he had no real shot in the event so he stopped running on the first lap. Speculation is that Makhloufi, the African champion in the 1,500, wanted to conserve energy for that event final on Tuesday, in which he was a strong favorite for a medal. Not so slow, my friend. The International Association of Athletics Federations - track and field's governing body - did not look favorably on Makhloufi's lack of effort.
July 27, 2012 |
CHICAGO — There has been some speculation at the Big Ten media days about the possibility of Penn State sporting a different look when it takes the field this season. Probably nothing along the lines of Oregon. At least not for now. But maybe change, no matter how minor, is appropriate. Because, let's face it, the Nittany Lions have had the plainest look for the longest time. And that somehow always seemed appropriate, too. Perhaps not anymore. It's likely too late for Nike to come up with anything too elaborate.
June 15, 2012 |
THINGS WOULD have been less confusing had Philadelphia Union CEO and operating partner Nick Sakiewicz simply said team manager Peter Nowak got canned on Wednesday because the squad hadn't performed up to expectations. That's an easy concept to grasp. After making the playoffs last season, the Union is 2-7-2 and in next-to-last place in the MLS East with eight points. Fans wouldn't need more justification than that for the sacking. But Sakiewicz made a point to emphasize at a hastily called news conference that the Union's record did not factor in the decision to remove Nowak, the only manager the third-year franchise has had. In fact, Sakiewicz said he was pleased with the way the team has performed and attributed its record to the cruelty of the sport.
May 31, 2012 |
GREENSBORO, N.C. - The judge overseeing the John Edwards campaign-corruption trial sent the jury home Wednesday after eight days of talks without a verdict and released the four alternate jurors, who have garnered attention for their matching shirts but have not participated in the deliberations. U.S. District Judge Catherine C. Eagles cautioned the alternates not to discuss or read media reports about the trial in case they need to be recalled. Eagles gave no indication whether she believed the 12 jurors were any closer to deciding the fate of the two-time Democratic presidential candidate.