September 23, 2003 |
Jon Bon Jovi says it was definitely his idea - calling Philadelphia's new Arena Football League team the Soul. The rock star and team co-owner said the name came to him on thinking about the "Philadelphia Sound," created here in the 1970s by Kenny Gamble and Leon Huff. The name is meant, he said, to link music, football and the community. "I was very passionate about it," Bon Jovi, a self-described football fanatic, said yesterday. "You had to have a catchy name. It had to have something to do with the city.
May 23, 1993 |
Some people like to go to the park and toss the old Frisbee around just for fun; these folks do it seriously. Tinicum Park was the site of the Cuervo Ultimate Frisbee East Coast championship May 15-16, and acrobatic competitors with colorful team names were out tossing and catching the disc in hopes of qualifying for the Ultimate Frisbee national championships in Boston Sept. 10-11. At top, a crowd of onlookers watches the competition along the sidelines at Tinicum Park. At left, members of the Brandon Twine and Say No More teams leap into the air trying to snare a loose Frisbee.
February 9, 2015 |
Silvano Pieri survived World War II in a small village near Lucca, Italy, and came to America in 1946. A retired lamp-maker, Pieri has hands as big and tough as catcher's mitts and his accent is as thick as tomato paste. But when he rolls a bocce ball with his classic soft touch, it looks like a supple hand gently turning a key. The secret to his game: "Lots of concentration. It comes from up here," Pieri said, tapping his brow Wednesday night at the Mount Carmel Bocce Club in Norristown.
October 31, 1996 |
The new Women's NBA took another step forward yesterday when its NBA elders announced the eight cities that will have teams when the league begins play next summer. "Today our board of governors gave legal life to the WNBA," NBA commissioner David Stern said before WNBA president Val Ackerman announced the cities. The WNBA teams will be in New York, Charlotte, Cleveland and Houston, which will be in the East Division. In the West, the teams will be Los Angeles, Sacramento, Phoenix and Utah (Salt Lake City)
March 7, 2013 |
THE GARTERS go but the booty shorts stay. The midriff-baring tops stay, too. Along with a uniform tweak, officials announced in January that the Lingerie Football League, which was started in 2009 by Mitchell Mortaza, had been renamed the Legends Football League. Sexy-sounding team names such as the Philadelphia Passion and the Cleveland Crush won't change, though. "I like the name change because the emphasis is on the football now," Passion coach Chandler Brown said. "It's not so much on what they're wearing.
March 19, 2013 |
As Maria Grasso sees it, people are dying because people aren't talking. So she is talking. " 'Have you had a colonoscopy?' I work that into every conversation," said Grasso, of Mount Laurel, who organized the fifth annual "Get Your Rear in Gear" race and walk in Fairmount Park on Sunday to benefit colorectal cancer research and treatment. Her father and grandfather died of it. Embarrassment, she said, often keeps people from talking about symptoms and from getting a colonoscopy, the test used to detect the nation's second-most fatal cancer.
July 15, 1993 |
Recipe for a drum-and-drill marching team: Start with half a dozen drums, along with half a dozen enthusiastic drummers to pound on them in foot-stomping, nonstop, ear-splitting cadences. Add drill team uniforms, which can be as simple as white shorts and shirts with a handwritten logo on them, or as elaborate as brightly colored uniforms with embroidered drill team names and tasseled white boots. Mix with a zillion or so hours of practice on precision marching.
June 2, 2010
I'M NOT HISPANIC, but if I was I think I would be a little offended by the initiative from a few professional sports teams. In early May, the Phoenix Suns, in protest of a new Arizona state law involving immigration enforcement, donned jerseys that read "Los Suns" across the front. At the time knowing what the organization was trying to accomplish, it was refreshing to see a sports team doing something for the greater good - without a personal agenda. While the law aims to crack down on the illegal immigration problem, the potential byproduct of racial profiling raised concern.
April 1, 2012 |
The Phillies needn't feel too badly, losing to the Toronto Blue Jays on Saturday. The Jays are 24-5, by far the best spring training record in either Florida or Arizona. In fact, they have the best winning percentage of any team since 1997, a spring that included two 10-game winning streaks. And here's what it gets them - a trip straight to fourth place in the highly competitive American League East. The Jays have been baseball's best fourth-place team each of the last four years - which, along with a buck-fifty, gets you a cup of coffee in any convenience store on either side of the Tacony-Palmyra Bridge.
June 23, 2014 |
Dan Snyder has been forced to circle the wagons in his greedy defense of the controversial Washington Redskins trademark. And few outside of Cleveland would be surprised, or dismayed, if the Indians' overtly racist logo - the toothy Chief Wahoo - soon vanished. The supporters of these anachronistic sporting symbols see them as worthy, innocent, and long-standing traditions. But to believe that, you've got to overlook the disturbing history from which they arose. There was a time in American sports, predominantly in early 20th-century baseball, when deformed or degraded mascots were the norm.