March 25, 2016 |
STEVE VASTURIA sat at the back corner of the visiting hockey locker room in the bowels of the Wells Fargo Center, looking as if he should still be sitting in high school, waiting for the day to end so he could get out on the basketball court. Vasturia has the face of a young teenager, prompting coach Mike Brey to label him the "baby-faced assassin. " But he also had that look of excitement that only youth can bring. Well, youth and playing one of the biggest games of your life just minutes from your hometown and pretty much down the road from your former high school.
February 17, 2016 |
Something must explain the persistence of The Philly Fan . In 2004, veteran actor Tom McCarthy first performed in Bruce Graham's one-man homage to Philadelphia sports franchises and their propensity to flub the big game, and this show has regularly reappeared on area stages ever since. But if you listened to the language (or paid attention to the demographics) of McCarthy's unnamed narrator, you'd think he was headed for extinction. The Philly Fan chronicles 50 years of attendance at Connie Mack Stadium, the Vet, the Spectrum, Franklin Field, and later, Lincoln Financial Field and the FU (First Union)
November 14, 2015 |
Church spires jut from the Boston neighborhoods in Spotlight , one of the great movies about journalism, and one of the great movies of our time, period. The stained glass and weathered stone of these sanctuaries - many of them part of the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Boston - often front onto parks and playgrounds full of children. Inside some of those same churches, for decades, priests preyed on children, molesting them, abusing them, and getting away with it, despite the complaints of family members, despite the knowledge of the archdiocese, the cardinals, the bishops.
February 9, 2015 |
Comcast SportsNet swung and missed last year in its first attempt to reconfigure its booth for Phillies telecasts. After clumsily disposing of Chris Wheeler and Gary Matthews, the suits at Comcast decided upon Jamie Moyer and Matt Stairs, two members of the 2008 World Series championship team, as their replacements. Brian Monihan, the Comcast SportsNet president, never provided a public explanation as to why he thought the change needed to be made, but he did say, "I hope these guys have very long careers and are successful together.
July 14, 2014 |
IT SPEAKS VOLUMES about this all-over-but-the-retching Phillies season that the biggest news the team generated during the winter had absolutely nothing to do with what happens on the field. Instead, the buzz was generated by the out-of-the-blue sacking of Phillies TV analysts Chris Wheeler and Gary Matthews and their replacement by three former players, Jamie Moyer, Matt Stairs and Mike Schmidt. "Wheels," who had provided color commentary for the Fightin's since 1977, and "Sarge," a member of the 1983 Wheeze Kids squad that won the National League pennant, were victims of the blockbuster 25-year, $2.5 billion deal the team cut with Comcast SportsNet Philadelphia right after New Year's.
March 27, 2012 |
Jesus Colon's impressive pitching stats continued to pile up on Tuesday as the Phelps senior missed a perfect game by a first-inning error and blanked visiting Westtown, 10-0, in a six-inning nonleague baseball game. Colon struck out 15 of the 19 batters he faced and has posted back-to-back shutouts this spring with 26 strikeouts in 11 innings and just one hit allowed. Phelps' Cale Adams went 3 for 4 with a double and three runs scored. In other nonleague action, Nick Bateman lined a two-run triple to break a sixth-inning tie and send Malvern Prep to a 9-6 triumph over visiting St. Joseph's Prep.
September 30, 2011 |
The Phillies will share their whoop-de-doo with a rolling rally looping around Center City early this afternoon. On board a 33-foot trolley, bearing a city promotional slogan "With Love, Philadelphia XOXO," will be the Phanatic, ballgirls, broadcasters Tom McCarthy and Larry Anderson, as well as various officials and media notables, including ex-Phils pitcher Ricky Bottalico. They'll be stoking up fans in anticipation of the playoffs, which begin Saturday with a 5:07 p.m. game at Citizens Bank Park.
August 21, 2011 |
There's now a show before the show at Citizens Bank Park. It started at the end of July and should continue at least through the 2013 season. Arrive early enough and you'll get to see Hunter Pence's warm-up act as he turns the ballpark into his personal launching pad. During the Phillies' 10-game road trip after they acquired Pence from Houston at the trade deadline, broadcaster Tom McCarthy kept talking about the Pence Show. "I saw it here for the first time," McCarthy said.
April 1, 2011
WRITER, ACTOR, director and former Jersey grappler Tom McCarthy had a tough time finding the right kid to play a key role in his wrestling-themed "Win Win. " He first went with professionals and found that they were way too cosmopolitan to play the small-town teen he wanted. "You meet these kids, and they are like 16 years old, and complaining about jet lag. 'Sorry man, but I just got back from Paris, and I'm a little spacey,' " recalls McCarthy, who wrote "Win Win" with high-school chum and wrestling buddy Joe Tiboni . "They are already way cooler and more assured than I ever was. Than I am now. " So he tried casting jocks.
March 27, 2011 |
Never mind what Thomas Wolfe says - you can go home again. It's just that in Tom McCarthy's case, it took 25 years. Win Win , the third feature written and directed by the industrious character actor, is set in New Providence, N.J., the burg where McCarthy grew up and was a varsity wrestler in high school. Conceived with Joe Toboni , his friend and New Providence High teammate, Win Win is the story of a small-town lawyer - another ace Paul Giamatti performance - who coaches the school's wrestling squad and commits an ethical lapse that impacts not only his career, but also his wife ( Amy Ryan )