November 11, 2012 |
"Just be goofy. No one can see you. " With those words of advice from La Salle sophomore Keala Evans - my appointed mascot handler - I got inside the La Salle Explorer's grinning and comically oversize head last weekend to see what it's like to be a Big 5 mascot. The Explorer, nemesis of the Saint Joseph's Hawk, the Villanova Wildcat, the Temple Owl and the Penn Quaker, is a wide-eyed swashbuckler who pumps up the crowd at my alma mater during basketball season at the Tom Gola Arena in Olney.
September 12, 2011
Philadelphia police shot and critically injured a 38-year-old man who they say brandished a gun early Sunday as a crowd gathered in the 3200 block of Mercer Street in Port Richmond. Alfred Cruttenden, of the 2800 block of Gillingham Street, was shot in the stomach and a leg after he arrived in a vehicle, drew a revolver from his waistband, and waved it at the crowd, police spokesman Lt. Ray Evers said. He said Cruttenden ignored demands from 24th District officers to drop the gun. "I guess he had such tunnel vision he didn't see the police," Evers said.
February 13, 2011
Last year, heedless as usual of the status quo and good manners, Gov. Christie single-handedly smashed to bits one of the nation's biggest public-works projects, a long-planned rail tunnel between North Jersey and Manhattan. Last week, scrambling to pick up the bits, Amtrak and New Jersey's U.S. senators, Bob Menendez and Frank Lautenberg, announced a new project with much the same goal. Christie's response? Mission accomplished. By refusing to help solve the mass-transit logjam, he had forced others to deal with it. (Presumably, the governor's next step will be to get the economy and illegal immigration fixed by refusing to do anything about them, either.
April 8, 2010
WASHINGTON - With all due respect to the people who believe life begins on Opening Day, they are wrong. It really begins just after that, the next game after that, when the ceremonial first pitch isn't being thrown by the president and many more of the seats are empty and the atmosphere is less celebratory and more ordinary. This is when real life begins in baseball, real work, the relentless grind. It is, appropriately enough, the day Cole Hamels started his first game of 2010.
February 15, 2008 |
IT'S ONE THING when a new Calvin Klein underwear ad in Times Square gets the decency folks riled up, but the London subway system has a bigger problem than Klein, Abercrombie or Victoria's Secret. Lucas Cranach the Elder. London's transport authority has refused to display a poster featuring Cranach's "Venus," saying it is overtly sexual. "Venus" was painted in 1532. But she's still hot. In London, it seems, 470 is the new 30. The painting, which depicts a golden-haired, milky-skinned woman cocking her hips behind a transparent veil, is one of 70 works due to go on display at London's Royal Academy of Arts on March 8. But Transport for London refused to display a poster of the work unless the bottom half was cropped out, the academy said.
July 31, 2007
EIGHTY-five rounds fired, 20 hits on target and one big excuse from the police. As long as we have police like Sgt. Brian King (letters, "A cop's-eye view of shooting," July 30), there will be no improvement in the Police Department. Police are supposed to be trained professionals. They aren't supposed to get "tunnel vision. " The public has a right to ask for police who hit what they are aiming at and don't panic at the sound of gunfire. The sergeant makes no mention of the 65 rounds that were fired into a community that didn't do anything wrong.
September 2, 2006 |
Amos Alonzo Stagg. More than seven decades after the University of Chicago's retirement guidelines forced him to step down, the legendary coach is remembered as a football Methuselah, a wrinkled, white-haired man who seemingly patrolled the sidelines forever. Stagg was 70 and had coached 41 seasons when he left after the 1932 season. Surely, sportswriters noted at the time, no one would ever coach so long at one institution again. But when he runs onto the Beaver Stadium turf this afternoon for Penn State's season opener against Akron, 79-year-old Joe Paterno will have caught up to the Grand Old Man of the Midway.
April 20, 2006 |
Shortly after the announcement yesterday that he would be the Flyers' starting goalie in the playoffs, Robert Esche didn't hesitate to say that his "Silent Bob" act of two years ago was officially a postseason production of the past. Esche, the starter the last time the Flyers entered the NHL's spring tournament, in 2004, was outstanding. He was 11-7 with a 2.32 goals-against average as the Flyers went seven games deep into the Eastern Conference finals. He also largely kept his mouth shut, speaking only after games in a reversal of his naked-truth norm for interviews.
February 14, 2006 |
While most holidays come wrapped in cheery traditions, peek inside the festive packaging and you may discover a black box of expectations that often undermine the day's enjoyment. Valentine's Day, a fairly frivolous celebration, is truly a holiday of Great Expectations. As Pip discovered in Dickens' novel, one's expectations in love and fortune are often met with disappointment, and so it goes for both the beloved and the lovelorn every Feb. 14. It all starts in childhood, of course.