April 20, 2015 |
My father worked nights, slept days, and rose for dinner in a mood as sour as my mother's iced tea. He usually was too tired or cranky to read the just-delivered Bulletin's sports section so my mother, as we ate, often read aloud what for him was its one indispensable element - Sandy Grady's column. Those wonderfully crafted words soothed my father, though they must also have stirred conflicting emotions in a proofreader who had wanted to be a sportswriter. For my young ears, hearing Grady's insights and flawless phrasing, so perfect in audible form, sparked the beginnings of awareness.
February 9, 2015 |
Time was running out in Denver's Super Bowl XXXIII victory over Atlanta when the cattle drive began. Reporters, shuffling unthinkingly like barn-ward Herefords at sunset, began exiting the press box and crowding into a single elevator. Reaching the basement of the Miami stadium, we were herded - literally herded - into a gated corral. Soon the insufficient space was overflowing, the brays of unhappy, uncomfortable sportswriters mingling with the noisy postgame atmosphere. Finally, we were unpenned and marched down a narrow chute to a place where Broncos and Falcons sat in raised pulpits like gods we'd come to worship.
December 5, 2014 |
Philadelphia Tribune sportswriter Donald Hunt had an idea, wrote a column about it, and could have left it at that. His idea: Wilt Chamberlain belongs on a stamp. A big stamp, befitting the most dominant basketball player in the history of the game, an Overbrook High graduate who took the NBA record book to all sorts of heights not approached since. Hunt wrote his "From the Locker Room" column in the Tribune on Feb. 15, 2008. He pointed out that other sports greats such as Jackie Robinson and Jesse Owens had their images on stamps.
December 1, 2014 |
Baseball was the subject of a graphically rich ESPN SportsCenter segment last week, but it might easily have been physics. In a detailed dissection of Lorenzo Cain's best catches, the network employed such metrics as foot speed, ball acceleration, and the gradated circumferences of the area the Kansas City star and other outfielders could reasonably be expected to cover. Days later, the New York Times sports section included one story reimagining the arcane mathematical formula that gauges quarterback performance, another scrutinizing the economic and educational demographics of the most football-crazed states, and a third examining the statistics-based rationale behind the Patriots' penchant for deferring possession after successful coin tosses.
October 31, 2014 |
WESTON, Mass. - The lunch conversation bends toward sports and the table looks toward the former sportswriter. Kevin Mulligan often finds himself saying, "You might know more about that than I do. " Mulligan worked for more than two decades as a sportswriter at the Philadelphia Daily News. His beats included the Eagles and Big Five basketball. It just doesn't have much to do with his new life inside the Pope St. John XXIII National Seminary, where Mulligan is one of 66 men studying for the Catholic priesthood.
August 28, 2014 |
I T DIDN'T TAKE a whole lot to make Jon Weir happy: his wife's spaghetti-and-meatballs dinner, a souvenir hat from a sporting event, a stroll along State Street in Media, watching his children play sports, a bike ride on the Ocean City boardwalk. For a man who was exposed as a newspaper copy editor to the frequently painful reality of breaking news for 46 years, his need for simple pleasures was understandable. Colleagues remember a devoted professional who could keep his cool even when big news was breaking on deadline, and could be counted on to get the copy out, clean and clear.
January 11, 2014 |
Bill Conlin, 79, a Hall of Fame baseball columnist for the Philadelphia Daily News who retired in 2011 in disgrace amid allegations that he molested children decades earlier, died Thursday, Jan. 9, at Largo (Fla.) Medical Center. Mr. Conlin had been in failing health, including severe breathing problems, since June, said Zoe Roseman, a friend at the Shipwatch Yacht & Tennis Club, the condominium community where both lived. The sex-abuse allegations were reported by The Inquirer in December 2011, five months after Mr. Conlin received the annual J.G. Taylor Spink Award, given to him by the Baseball Writers Association of America at the Baseball Hall of Fame in Cooperstown, N.Y. Hours before the story broke, Mr. Conlin retired.
June 11, 2013 |
BILL FLEISCHMAN might have put it best: "Bobby Lyons was a genuine Philly sports guy. " Like many Philadelphia sportswriters, past and present, Bill Fleischman, longtime Daily News sports correspondent and auto-racing reporter, knew and respected Bobby Lyons as a consummate professional, yet one who never called much attention to himself. He was a sports reporter for the Associated Press and the old Evening Bulletin, author of several highly regarded books on different aspects of sports, former sports-information officer for La Salle University, head of its news bureau and operator of his own public-relations company.
June 9, 2013 |
Sportswriter Bob Lyons was so organized, so diligent, that he wrote his own obituary and left it for his family to disperse to the media. Mr. Lyons, 73, an understated, dignified man who wrote several books connected to the Philadelphia sports scene, died Wednesday of heart disease. One of Mr. Lyon's five children, Rick, said his father left an obituary "not because he wanted to write it, but because he wanted it accurate. He started his career writing obituaries for the Bulletin, and he ended it writing an obituary.
January 5, 2013 |
Five new members of the Philadelphia Big Five Hall of Fame will be inducted Jan. 25 at the Palestra. The 2013 class is St. Joseph's Marvin O'Connor and Angela Zampella; Temple's Jen Ricco; Villanova's Trish Juhline; and longtime Daily News sportswriter Phil Jasner, who will be inducted posthumously. O'Connor (1999-2002) won the Geasey Award as Big Five player of the year in 2001. He ranks 12th on the Hawks' all-time scoring list with 1,678 career points. Zampella (1997-2001)