November 13, 2014 |
I always thought it ironic that Frank Dolson had so much trouble standing still. For someone whose impressive body of work was a constant plea for the world to stop, he seldom was able to do so. He swayed as he talked, bounced nervously on his toes like a boxer, always seemed to be running off to greet an old friend or meet a new one. Dolson's long career as an Inquirer columnist spanned several revolutions - in newspapers, in cultural attitudes,...
January 10, 2014 |
Bill Conlin, a Daily News sports columnist whose writing sparkled with incision and erudition, but whose career ended in the disgrace of child-molestation accusations, died yesterday in Largo, Fla. He was 79. Conlin resigned from the Daily News on Dec. 20, 2011, shortly before the publication of stories in the Inquirer about accusations that he molested seven children in the 1960s and '70s. The revelations hit colleagues and acquaintances with a shock wave that has yet to subside.
January 18, 2013 |
OK, IT WOULD BE a stretch to say I missed Andy Reid on Thursday at the NovaCare Complex. But a job is a big part of the life of everyone who has one. And for the last 14 years, covering Reid had been a huge part of my job as a sports columnist in Philadelphia. Actually, about half of my working life has been spent listening to "Big Red" humph, grump and growl his thoughts about the Eagles and the NFL. So after Eagles owner Jeffrey Lurie did his monologue to introduce Chip Kelly, it threw me a bit when the first words from the former leader of the University of Oregon Ducks were not, "OK, injuries.
February 9, 2012 |
FOR HERM ROGUL, basketball was like a religion. His brief playing career ended on the playgrounds of West Philly, but he became a chronicler of those who went on to greatness in the eras when Philadelphia basketball was stalked by giants. He wrote about them, befriended them and cheered them on. But as a sports columnist for the old Philadelphia Bulletin for 21 years, Herm also chronicled the doings of the lesser lights, the ones who rarely got their names published anywhere but in his column.
December 29, 2011
IT HAS BEEN more than a week now since the first Inquirer report, and I no longer feel like throwing up. But the allegations of child sexual abuse against Bill Conlin remain horrible and vivid, and the emotions still cascade at times. There is no peace. There are seven allegations now against Conlin, 77, the Daily News sports columnist who retired hours before publication of the first story. All of the allegations date back to the 1970s or earlier. There has been no outraged denial from Conlin or his attorney.
September 18, 2011 |
One of the good things that happened this summer was that I won an award, from a magazine that gives out Best of Philly awards. I didn't win one of those. I won Worst of Philly. I hate to brag, but I won for Worst Columnist. Yay! Thanks, magazine. I was hoping it came with a car, or maybe some money, or a book titled How Not to Suck . But I'm not holding my breath. It's the thought that counts. Why am I so happy? I love having haters.
September 14, 2009 |
BACK IN 1973, Ginny Ozark fired off a letter to the Daily News complaining about the criticism writer Bill Conlin was leveling at her husband, Danny, manager of the Phillies. "She came out swinging like a .350 hitter in defense of her husband," the Daily News wrote. However, in the midst of a flood of vitriol and threats of lawsuits, Ginny felt constrained to add, "But I love Irma. " It was not the only time that a sports figure, feeling the sting of Conlin's acerbic wit, would launch a tirade against him, but then temper the attack by expressing love for his wife, Irma - almost as if to say that a man with a near-saint of a wife ought to be better behaved.
October 9, 2006 |
Frank Dolson, the intensely passionate Inquirer columnist whose pet subjects during the four decades in which he lovingly immersed himself in sports included the Penn Relays, Palestra basketball and, above all else, baseball, died yesterday at 73 in the hospital of his beloved alma mater, the University of Pennsylvania. Mr. Dolson, friends said, succumbed to complications from colon and liver cancer, diagnosed more than a year ago. According to Decker Uhlhorn, a former Penn basketball player and one of the native New Yorker's closest friends, Mr. Dolson died peacefully, in his sleep, at 2 a.m. yesterday, several hours after the team he adored above all others, the New York Yankees, was eliminated in the American League playoffs.
September 10, 2005 |
Terrell Owens talked again yesterday, and he promised a Super Bowl victory for the Eagles that will be followed by more discussions about his contract situation. The Eagles wide receiver made his debut on a radio show from South Florida hosted by Dan Le Batard, a sports columnist with the Miami Herald. Owens, who is not talking to members of the local media, is scheduled to be part of Le Batard's show every Friday during the season. In addition to saying he had no regrets about anything - surprise, surprise - Owens revealed that he has had a conversation recently with quarterback Donovan McNabb.
July 7, 2004
RE: JOHN Smallwood's column in which he said Barry Bonds' comment about "Boston being too racist" was wrong. I commend him for that. But when he pointed out that three white sports columnists for the Boston Globe did not come to the defense of Boston simply because Bonds is African-American, it is the truth. As Mr. Smallwood pointed out, Al Campanis and Jimmy "the Greek" Snyder went down for making racial comments. In his last paragraph, Mr. Smallwood says, "If it takes an African-American to hold him accountable, so be it, but don't tell me it's because a white person couldn't.