January 6, 2016 |
Last season, ABC proved it could outmatch FX and HBO when it came to the anthology drama, with the superb first season of American Crime . The second season premieres at 10 p.m. Wednesday. Unlike HBO's True Detective , which reached dizzying heights of sublimity in its freshman year only to crash and burn in mediocrity the following season, American Crime returns with an equally powerful, compelling, and intelligent story. Created, written, and directed by Oscar-winning writer John Ridley ( 12 Years a Slave )
December 31, 2015 |
MANY ISSUES spring out of the stunning news that the Eagles fired head coach/general manager/god of football Chip Kelly on Tuesday night. My first thought as a media member who routinely endured Kelly's superiority complex was that he must have been an even bigger jerk than his public persona clearly indicated. This move was so far out of character for Eagles owner Jeffrey Lurie. He has rarely, if ever, been reactionary in his more than two decades of owning the Birds. Everything, sometimes to a fault, seemed to be thought out, evaluated and re-evaluated before a decision was reached.
December 28, 2015 |
PHOENIX - New year, new 76ers? Maybe so. Jump-starting the final three games of what has been a disastrous 2015, the Sixers met the Phoenix Suns on Saturday night at the Talking Stick Resort Arena. The hope was to begin the final week of the season on a high note. That's exactly what happened as the Sixers took a 111-104 victory. The much-needed win improved them to 2-30. It also snapped their 12-game losing streak and marked their first road win in 24 games, dating to last season.
December 22, 2015 |
It's rare for one guard to have a big offensive game against Atlantic City's trademark tough defense. It's twice as unusual for two guards to have their way against the Vikings in a pressure-packed game. "I can't remember the last time two guards combined for 55 points against us," Atlantic City coach Gene Allen said Sunday after his team dropped an 80-76 decision in overtime to Timber Creek. Allen's math was off, but his point was on the mark. Timber Creek senior guards Randy Bell and Caleb Bowser combined for 59 points to lead the Chargers to the early-season signature victory in a clash of top-10 teams at the Ocean City PBA Tipoff Weekend showcase.
December 12, 2015 |
The most striking thing at Union Transfer on Wednesday night wasn't Joanna Newsom's performance, although her intricate harp-centered compositions and protean vocal delivery never failed to surprise. It was the quiet. With Newsom on harp or grand piano and a three-piece band playing keyboards, drums, and a variety of stringed instruments familiar and exotic, the ensemble's collective volume never rose above a low roar. But the sold-out crowd stayed hushed, barely talking above a whisper, even between songs.
December 7, 2015 |
When former Inquirer writer Buzz Bissinger made the media rounds after penning the Vanity Fair cover piece announcing to the world Caitlyn Jenner's transition, reporters kept asking him how much he knew about transgender issues before working on the story. (I know, because I was one of those reporters.) He didn't know much, he told me and others he talked with, but what he did know he learned from Amazon's Transparent , the second season of which debuts Friday. Transparent was one of the first shows to present a transgender person as a human being - not comic relief or crazy, but a member of a family whose decisions affect not only her, but everyone else in her orbit.
October 25, 2015 |
Malachi Winters turned the corner and saw nothing but green grass between him and the end zone. It was clear sailing for the Hammonton quarterback on the second play of the game and clear sailing for the Blue Devils for the rest of a remarkable Friday night. "It's amazing," Winters said of Hammonton's 34-0 victory over Delsea in a West Jersey Football League National Division clash of unbeaten teams. The visiting Blue Devils turned a showdown between teams ranked in the top 3 in South Jersey into a showcase of football dominance, controlling every aspect of the game before a huge crowd at John Oberg Field.
October 16, 2015 |
The Flyers' uncanny regular-season home success against the powerful Chicago Blackhawks continued Wednesday night. Sizzling backup goalie Michal Neuvirth recorded his second consecutive shutout and Sam Gagner, Claude Giroux, and Matt Read scored goals, keying the Flyers' 12th straight regular-season home win against the Blackhawks, 3-0, at the electric Wells Fargo Center. The Flyers (2-1-1) got stellar goaltending and penalty killing, outhit the defending Stanley Cup champion Blackhawks, and put together their third strong effort in four games.
October 9, 2015 |
Kiersten Rickenbach stood out for both her long blond hair and sharp mind at Washington Township High School, where she often spoke of her plans to attend Duke University and become a pediatric oncologist. Nicknamed "Blonde" and "Barbie," she was voted "Most Studious" and "Most Likely to Succeed" by her classmates. In 1995, when she graduated, she was valedictorian. "With Kiersten, there wasn't a doubt in my mind that she was going to become a physician," said Karin Eckert-Carpenter, her guidance counselor, who helped her apply to Duke.
October 4, 2015 |
With the wind whipping and the rain still pelting down, Malvern Prep's soaked players celebrated one of the program's bigger upsets in recent memory. The Friars, netting 236 yards on the ground and capitalizing on a pair of first-half muffed punts, stunned two-time defending Class AAAA state champion St. Joseph's Prep, 33-21, in a nonleague contest Friday night at Plymouth Whitemarsh. Sophomore tailback O'Shaan Allison led the way for the visitors, carrying 29 times for 149 yards and three touchdowns.