October 26, 2008 |
Over the years, the number of high school mascots seems to have gradually dwindled. One has to search high and low for a decent cartwheeling bear or a push-up-savvy jaguar. However, there are still some schools that hold the tradition of the mascot sacred. One is St. Joseph's Prep. Each year at 1733 Girard Ave., a raucous competition is held in a packed gymnasium to crown a new mascot. To earn the privilege of wearing the eye-catching Hawk costume and continuously flapping the wings through every game, even during time-outs and halftime, three Prep seniors recently battled on the hardwood in front of classmates and teachers.
February 2, 2011 |
The greatest skill of any talk show host is the ability to think on his feet. Even the most snooze-worthy guest can turn into an uproarious interview with some massaging from the man behind the desk. Tony Braithwaite doesn't have much experience hosting a talk show, but that doesn't mean he hasn't developed his foot muscles. "As an unathletic fat kid with acne, I developed that skill set to survive," the local comic actor said. Good thing, too, seeing as Braithwaite will take up residency behind the desk of "Heeere's Tony!"
September 21, 2010 |
Penn State and Temple, two schools with big local fan bases, went head-to-head on Saturday, and the Lions easily carried the day over the Owls in TV ratings. Penn State's 24-0 blanking of Kent State, seen locally on ESPN2, notched a 3.0 Nielsen household rating, which translates to 81,000 households. ESPN says it was the highest-rated locally shown ESPN2 game since Oct. 21, 2006, when State topped Illinois. The game was broadcast opposite Temple-Connecticut. While the Owls beat the Huskies, the game on 6ABC locally recorded a 1.3 household rating, or about 35,100 households.
October 30, 2008 |
After 25 years of drought and two days of too much rain, Philadelphia has its championship. It felt like a dream, but it wasn't. You are wide awake and the Phillies really are World Series champions. They beat the weather and the Tampa Bay Rays, 4-3, to earn just the second title in franchise history. Philadelphia's quarter-century without a major sports championship is over - outta here - thanks to a gritty, talented team that won two games in one day and one game that took three nights.
October 28, 2009
WHATEVER YOU think about the hated New York Yankees, you can thank them for one of the most fortunate transactions in Philadelphia baseball history. And, no, I'm not talking about taking Bobby Abreu off our hands. In 1955 - 5 years after the Bronx Bombers swept the Phils in their only other World Series matchup - the Yankees sold us their giant scoreboard. That's right, the Ballantine Beer scoreboard - the famous 50-foot-tall behemoth that towered in right-centerfield at Connie Mack Stadium at 21st & Lehigh.
May 9, 1995 |
Almost anyone can be a doctor, a lawyer or an engineer. Go to college, get good grades, go to graduate school, and you're there. But maybe you love acting or playing the guitar or playing hoops and want to become a movie star or play in a rock band or in the NBA. And maybe you know that's not going to happen anytime soon. There are still some great jobs out there that will you bring you close enough to the action. Maybe you want to be a model, but you don't look like one and even Barbizon can't help you. But you could be a stylist and arrange the model's look.
April 5, 2001 |
In June, thousands of people will sport hairy-looking masks and bay - or boo - at the full moon. It's not a Halloween party for the calendar-challenged. It's another fun stunt from a group with one of the toughest jobs this side of Saddam Hussein's food taster: promoting the Phillies, that Charlie Brown of baseball teams, which has had only one winning season in 14 years. "Our challenge obviously is to create a fresh, entertaining fan experience," says Kurt Funk, 39, the director of events who oversees the creative crew - including the Phanatic's alter ego, and a "director of fun and games" - that cooks up ways to lure fans to the park.
November 7, 2000 |
Woof! America's pro teams are going to the dogs. That's, well, the sound of things anyway. Sports fans everywhere - from baseball to hockey, football, and now basketball - are bark, bark, barking to the island/hip-hop beat of the Baha Men's "Who Let the Dogs Out. " The pop sports anthem is scoring with fans (and the charts) like Allen Iverson on the courts. Who let the dogs out?/Woof! Woof! Woof! is the latest rallying cry for a team on the move. Six-year-olds are growling the tune.
October 21, 1993 |
If the Phillies had a lot of down time at Veterans Stadium on Tuesday night, so did their veteran organist, Paul Richardson. You'd think Richardson, in his 24th season as the ballpark's crowd pumper, would have been more in demand during such a dull and soggy night. But even though the organist was raring to rouse the crowd with the Latin tune "Hot, Hot, Hot," - or supercharged drum rhythms programmed on his Yamaha EL-90 - obstacles got in his way. "I'm handcuffed," Richardson said during the first inning as Lenny Dykstra came up to bat. And he was fretting as midnight approached: "I can't even blow the charge!"
October 24, 2002 |
The Philadelphia Athletics Historical Society will host its annual reunion event this weekend, with a star-studded breakfast at 9 a.m. Sunday at the Williamson restaurant in Horsham. Leroy Wheat, a hurler from the last A's team in town (1954), will make his first-ever hobby appearance and will sign autographs (for which there is an extra cost). Among other former A's expected to attend are Eddie Joost, Bobby Shantz, Vic Power, Irv Hall, Lou Limmer, Lou Brissie, Bob Savage, Randy Gumpert, Joe Astroth, Spook Jacobs, Bill Hockenbury, Allie Clark and Al Brancato.