September 19, 2016
Bob Martin is a retired Inquirer writer and editor For many of us, this is not just the best time of the year; it's the greatest three months of the last four years. When the cooling temperatures of fall collide with the hot air mass of presidential politics and football, we move into a divine volatility, where from our armchairs we can feast on visceral verbiage, crushing hits, and a language that seems to feed on itself. In a realm where sports parlance has long been the province of politics, the football vocabulary offers a rich menu.
September 16, 2016 |
The NCAA has been told that the Palestra and the Liacouras Center would be available for 2017 NCAA tournaments games that need a home, several sources said Wednesday. The Wells Fargo Center had originally bid for the 2017 dates but now is booked for the March 17-19 period that is open because the NCAA pulled seven championship events from North Carolina this week in reaction to a state law that the NCAA and other critics say is discriminatory toward LGBT people. The women's soccer final four, originally scheduled for Dec. 2 and 4 in Cary, N.C., also needs a home, and Philadelphia is looking into the possibility of offering to host that tournament.
September 10, 2016 |
Practice and games scheduled for Friday and Saturday in all Public League sports have been postponed due to the anticipated heat index. The announcement came Thursday afternoon. "The school district made the decision based on the heat advisory," said James Lynch, the Philadelphia School District's executive director of athletics. Among the Public League football contests postponed is Friday night's Independence Division showdown between Imhotep Charter, ranked No. 2 in Southeastern Pennsylvania by the Inquirer, and No. 19 Northeast.
September 9, 2016 |
Second of two parts Lou Scheinfeld is spearheading a project that he hopes will lead to a sports museum - featuring artifacts from the Phillies, Eagles, Flyers, and 76ers - being erected near the South Philadelphia sports complex. For the last five years, Scheinfeld, a former Flyers vice president, has been meeting with civic leaders and city groups, cultivating the idea of having a Philadelphia sports museum built in the shadow of the Wells Fargo Center, Lincoln Financial Field, and Citizens Bank Park.
September 8, 2016 |
First of two parts When you walk into the DePace Sports Museum in Collingswood, you are greeted by a dizzying, one-of-a-kind array of memorabilia from the Phillies, Eagles, Flyers, and 76ers, among others. The museum, which organizers hope is relocated to the South Philadelphia sports complex in the near future, is loaded with jerseys and equipment used by a who's who in sports. The most charming part of the museum, however, is the collection of unique artifacts that Nicholas DePace has accumulated, including the bell from the famed 1926 heavyweight championship fight between Jack Dempsey and Gene Tunney before more than 120,000 fans in rainy Philadelphia, and the turnstile from old Connie Mack Stadium.
September 7, 2016 |
'Go home and hug your mother!" That gruffly stated order upon leaving the Jack Costello Boxing Club is a standard in the Irish-dominated Tacony neighborhood where 25 to 50 sweaty young boxers, many of them teenagers, turn up on weekday evenings for training, sparring, and maybe even getting their lives together. Or, sometimes not. The trainers watch for injuries in the ring but also keep an eye out for the less-visible ones, the ones the boxers may already have. "I don't know what's so terrible that a 15-year-old would commit suicide," said Patrick Costello, 55, one of several volunteers who run the place, "but he did. " He won't say much more about the teenager who used to train there regularly, but the memory of him reminds Costello why he's there.
August 30, 2016
ISSUE | GENDER BIAS All women deserve respect I was pleased to see Melissa E. Mishcon's commentary, "Swim like a girl? You wish," (Friday). As a parent and teacher, I have been disturbed by the continued elevation of male accomplishments over and against those of girls and women. The commentary's accurate critique of "female gender still being used as an insult" missed an even larger opportunity to challenge the dismissal of the accomplishments of women of color. In every example, there are added implications for females of color through attacks on their looks, supposed attitudes, and temperament.
August 28, 2016 |
The Union's 2-1 win on Wednesday at Columbus was not only a much-needed victory in their Major League Soccer playoff quest but an affirmation on this year's MLS SuperDraft. For the second time all season the Union's three first-round draft choices - No. 2 selection, defender Josh Yaro; No. 3, defender Keegan Rosenberry; and No. 6, midfielder/forward Fabian Herbers - were in the starting lineup. And all three played an integral part in the win. Herbers scored the first goal, and, after Columbus tied the score, Rosenberry got the game-winner.
August 28, 2016 |
Saturday at 7 p.m., Talen Energy Stadium Records: SKC, 11-11-5, 38 points; Union, 10-9-7, 37 points. TV: The Comcast Network Coaches: SKC, Peter Vermes, 101-80-58; Union, Jim Curtin, 26-29-19. Goals for: SKC, 32; Union, 45. Goals against: SKC, 30; Union 41. SKC on the road: 2-7-4. Union at home: 7-3-3. Last MLS game: SKC beat the visiting Vancouver Whitecaps, 2-0, on Saturday. The Union won Wednesday at Columbus, 2-1. About Sporting Kansas City: Defender Kevin Ellis is suspended for the game for violent conduct that endangered the safety of an opponent in Saturday's match against the Vancouver Whitecaps.
August 26, 2016 |
AS FAR AS being a welcomed site for a professional sports league, Las Vegas got out of the penalty box in June, when NHL commissioner Gary Bettman announced that the mecca of gambling in America was granted an expansion franchise that would begin play in the 2017-18 season. Except for the 1982-83 NBA season when the Utah Jazz played 11 games there, Sin City had always been left on the outside looking in when it came to consideration from the "Big Four" professional leagues. The NBA held its All-Star Weekend in Vegas in 2007, while the Canadian Football League, the defunct XFL and United Football League briefly had franchises, and NASCAR and the PGA are regular tour stops.