February 17, 2012 |
THE CLEVER little thriller "Thin Ice" has drawn comparisons to "Fargo," I guess because there's snow and crime and Midwesterners. But there's more in the woodchipper here than just Coen-style subzero noir - some of the small-town moral introspection of "Win Win," the offbeat, off-the-interstate comedy of "Cedar Rapids. " There are other flavors, too, best left to the viewer to discover, but what they all add up to is something fun and fit for the slushy season. A well-cast Greg Kinnear stars in "Thin Ice" as a slippery insurance agent whose elastic ethics are further stretched by financial trouble.
March 25, 1991 |
Flyers coach Paul Holmgren made it plain to his players in a meeting a few days ago. Yesterday, he went public: Several Flyers are playing for more than a playoff berth right now. They are playing for their careers. "If we don't make the playoffs, (for) a lot of these guys, it'll be two years in a row that they missed the playoffs. You would have to assume there'd be a lot of changes next year, and some guys that were on both teams might not be in the league next year. I think that's motivation enough," Holmgren said after the Flyers slogged through a 6-2 loss to the Buffalo Sabres, their eighth loss in 10 games.
February 7, 2001 |
Nobody else will say it, so Brian Boucher did. In a game when the Flyers' former rookie goaltending sensation made several big stops, but looked terrible on the one chance that defined the outcome, Boucher acknowledged he now has little chance of reclaiming his job from Roman Cechmanek. After a 4-3 loss to the Boston Bruins left Boucher 1-4-2 in the Bill Barber era, which is nearly two months old, Boucher was asked about the difficulty of playing here and there, never getting to put two or three starts together.
May 11, 2005 |
Teams are expected to improve during the qualifying phase of the world championships, or so the theory goes. Team Canada, much like the United States, has played unevenly and without marked improvement through two rounds. Yesterday's hairy 2-1 victory over lowly Ukraine, which ended the qualifying round, doesn't bode well as Canada moves into the quarterfinal (elimination) round. "I'm sure it's not where everybody thought we'd be," goalie Martin Brodeur said. " . . . Hopefully, the suicide game will be good for us. A lot of times it brings out the best in players.
November 17, 1990 |
Flyers president Jay Snider reportedly told Gov. Casey and Mayor Goode yesterday that he feared the city would be unable to hold up its end of the agreement on a new arena if it went into bankruptcy. During a meeting in the governor's mansion, a source said, Snider expressed a desire to keep his hockey team in Philadelphia. But uncertainty over the ability to enforce contracts in a bankruptcy situation was forcing him to keep open the option of moving the NHL team across the river to Camden.
April 27, 2001 |
ON GOLDEN POND. 9 p.m. Sunday, Channel 3. There's no business like the packaged-spontaneity business. Call it reality, or "unscripted drama," or merely a game-show revival, but TV that offers the possibility of surprise is the hottest thing on the menu right now for a country weary of canned laughter and pre-chewed pathos. And yet like blackened redfish, most of what happens on these shows only looks like an accident. In between the lightning-quick rounds of NBC's "Weakest Link," host Anne Robinson sometimes huddles with producers for 10 or 15 minutes, according to one recent contestant, giving her plenty of time to hone the trademark insults that appear to sail right off the top of her unsmiling head.
February 24, 1992 |
Bad ice. Sounds like the name of a rock group. But last night "bad ice" described the playing surface for the Rangers-Flyers game at Madison Square Garden. The opening faceoff was delayed 15 minutes and the game was put on hold several times as the ice was patched in two places. With the white paint that covers the three-quarter-inch ice scraped clear, the concrete floor was visible. How can a game be played on such a bad surface in one of the NHL's marquee buildings? Madison Square Garden, after all, is not some poorly equipped high school arena in northern Maine.
January 26, 1992 |
As Tullytown Police Officer Pat Priore swam to shore clutching a boy he had saved from drowning in an ice-encrusted lake, his strength ebbed, and he prayed for help. That help came in the form of Priore's lifelong friend and co-worker, Howard Bennett, a 250-pound bear of a policeman. Bennett, who forged through chest-high water, grabbed the boy from Priore and handed him to someone before plucking Priore from beneath the surface of Levittown Lake on Monday. "I'm a Bible-reading Christian," said Priore, 28, waving a cast-encased right hand at Bennett - the cast a result of breaking the ice to get to the boy. "And when I saw Howard, I knew God had sent the right person.
June 4, 2015 |
THERE'S NOTHING funny about drunk driving. But you can't help but chuckle after learning a Fargo, N.D., man was sentenced to nine days in jail yesterday after being convicted of DUI while behind the wheel of a Zamboni. No one was injured on the January night that Steven James Anderson drunkenly drove an ice-resurfacing machine at a girls' high school hockey game. According to Dana Mogck, a news anchor for Fargo's local ABC affiliate WDAY6, Anderson was weaving on the ice and crashed into the boards several times.
August 29, 1997 |
The toughest hockey games Cammi Granato played were never on the ice, but on the concrete floor of the basement in her suburban Chicago home. "Hockey was our life growing up," Granato said. "To the four of us who were about the same age, three older brothers and myself, it was this obsession. Everything was hockey. " Every school composition was about hockey. Every moment at the dinner table was spent shooting pennies back and forth. Every pair of jeans was torn at the knees from living-room games played with a rolled-up sock.