March 30, 2001 |
It is no secret that the civil rights establishment has become a parody of what was once a courageous battle for racial dignity and fairness. There was a time when those who claimed to fight against prejudice confronted genuinely terrible injustice: segregated public schools, the bombing of black churches, flouting of the 15th Amendment. No more. "Civil rights" leaders today are typically shakedown artists like Jesse Jackson or racial inciters like Al Sharpton. The old struggle to cleanse the law of distinctions based on color has given way to demands for permanent racial preferences.
October 30, 1995 |
It's time for baseball and other sports to get serious about changing team names that are considered offensive. This year we had two teams in the World Series with names - Braves and Indians - that troubled some Native Americans. So a record number of sensitive individuals went on TV to talk about their pain and anguish and wounded dignity. I have to admit that I've never understood this, because the players on these two teams were not wearing feathers, grunting "ugh" or staggering from drinking too much firewater.
April 17, 2000 |
Camden's minor-league baseball franchise went to the city's schoolchildren last week for help in choosing a name for the new team. Ballots distributed to about 16,000 students in kindergarten through eighth grade at the city's public and parochial schools offered seven names - Batts, Cowfish, Craze, Crickets, Rivermen, Riversharks and WaterDogs - and a blank for write-in nominations. If an informal exit poll of students at Coopers Poynt Elementary School in North Camden was any indication, Riversharks looked like the runaway favorite.
September 30, 2004
Washington may or may not get a new President next year, but it is getting a new baseball team. And like almost every major-league team that has ever worn Washington on its jersey, this one is a last-place bunch. Word yesterday was that the poor, mistreated, bumbling Expos will end their long twilight in Montreal and move to the imperial city. Let's hope this team is more successful that the District's previous two. It's not a high bar. The original Senators' penchant for losing inspired the quip, "Washington, first in war, first in peace, last in the American League.
December 29, 1986 |
Ronald Reagan is on TV tonight and ABC has him exclusively. But it is not the President and the show is not worth watching. EVENING HIGHLIGHTS WHATTA YEAR . . . 1986 (8 p.m., Ch. 6) - This is not to be confused with Whatta Failure: 1986, which is NBC's about-to-expire news magazine. This is more like a year-end poll with the increasingly common, and tedious, viewer call-in gimmick. There will be guests and features, but if this retrospective is remembered in a later retrospective, its only distinguishing feature will be the presence of Ron Reagan, who is co-host with Justine Bateman of NBC's Family Ties.
October 25, 1992 |
It was a brisk October evening at an empty ballfield in the Lawnside Recreational Park, but Ricardo Hayes could hear the crack of wood against a tiny white orb and see the swirl of dirt as a runner slid under a clear night sky. A former batboy with the Camden Travelers of the Negro League, Hayes brought Little League back into the borough this summer, after a hiatus of 17 years. Now, Hayes and his fellow Free Haven-Lawnside Little League coaches are hoping they can upgrade the field that youngsters in the league used this summer.
August 13, 1992 |
Some do it to meet new friends; others do it to meet old friends. There are those who play for the sport of it and those who play because, they say, there's just nothing else to do. But, whatever is sending Washington Township residents to the town's four new outdoor sand volleyball courts, the sand is flying. James McKeever, who oversees the maintenance of the courts in Washington Lake Park as director of municipal services, said the $32,000 courts were one of the new park's more popular attractions.
September 8, 1998 |
They exist on the fringes. A loosely knit society of workers whose lives are divided between Mexico and the United States by the seasons, they follow the harvests, often without putting down roots of their own. But here, a group of migrant farmworkers have taken a step toward building a permanent community: They have set up the Bridgeton Soccer League. The 11 teams that make up the league are made up mostly of Mexican immigrants, but players also hail from Jamaica, Italy, Chile, Puerto Rico, Colombia and Ecuador.
May 19, 1986 |
Tennis is a family affair at the Freitag home. Frank Freitag, tennis coach at Central Bucks West, plays mixed doubles with his wife, Barbara, on Sundays. Mark and Jennifer Freitag, their children, play for West's doubles and mixed doubles teams, respectively. So when Jennifer and Mark Freitag placed third and fourth in the Pennsylvania Interscholastic Athletic Association District 1 Doubles Championships Thursday and Friday at Radnor High School, dad and mom were elated. "Call it pride," said the coach.
April 20, 2012 |
The Business page would not be my first choice to learn about the fanaticism displayed by supporters of Philadelphia's sports teams. After all, you can see people wearing Flyers jerseys or driving cars with the Phillies' "P" on the front license plate. Team names are painted into lawns. I pass a custom minibus emblazoned with the "Eagles" logo sitting in a driveway when I take one of the younger Armstrongs to his violin lesson each week. But Philadelphia's deep identification as a rabid sports town brought about 120 businesspeople to the Four Seasons Hotel on Thursday to hear a panel of experts make the case that it's not all fun and games.