May 28, 2012 |
Father's Day A Journey Into the Mind and Heart of My Extraordinary Son By Buzz Bissinger Houghton Mifflin Harcourt. 242 pp. $26 Reviewed by Andrew Ervin Buzz Bissinger's list of accolades and awards could fill this entire review. He won a Pulitzer Prize as a reporter for The Inquirer and has since written two best sellers, including the enormously successful Friday Night Lights. I can't think of another writer working today who has achieved the same balance of critical and popular success.
May 5, 2012 |
In J.M. Barrie's Peter Pan, the boy was dressed in leaves, as perhaps was Pan, the Greek god of nature whom Barrie had in mind. When Pennsylvania Ballet gave the ballet Peter Pan its Philadelphia premiere Thursday night at the Academy of Music with Alexander Peters as the boy from Neverland, his sprightly body was not clad in leaves, but scantily enough in shorts and straps around his chest to suggest a ruffian from the wilds. The Oregon Ballet originally commissioned choreographer Trey McIntyre to create this Peter Pan, his first full-length ballet, but funding problems caused him to set the work on the Houston Ballet in 2002.
April 28, 2012 |
Question: I have a group of friends from college, and we are quite close. One of them pursued a career while the rest of us balanced career and family ambitions. She was recently named to the board of directors for a major nonprofit that she has supported for a long time. She was thrilled, and I was thrilled for her. Last week, my husband and I were invited to a $100-per-plate benefit for her nonprofit. Since we would also have to purchase new clothes and a baby-sitter, this event is a bit out of our reach at the moment.
April 27, 2012 |
Sean Cassel can't bring himself to say that word. Even though his Seneca baseball team returned just one starter and a pitching staff that had logged all of four varsity innings entering the season, Cassel won't concede that this is a rebuilding year. Maybe this attitude explains how in a very short time, Seneca has launched itself into elite South Jersey baseball circles. The first varsity team competed in 2005. By 2007, the Golden Eagles had won the state Group 3 championship.
April 13, 2012 |
DOMINIC CHEEK comes from a rough part of Jersey City, N.J., where he became a McDonald's All-American at St. Anthony's High. Now he wants to start helping his parents, grandmother and three brothers (two younger) by playing basketball for a living. Wherever that might take him. "I know it could be a bumpy road," he said Thursday at Villanova, where the Wildcats' junior guard, as expected, made it official by announcing he's making himself available for the NBA draft. "But I'm willing to face that challenge, do whatever I have to do to . . . pursue my dream of a pro career.
April 9, 2012 |
BOSTON - Before this season started, "evaluate" was the word used most frequently by Sixers president Rod Thorn and coach Doug Collins. While both were hoping for many wins and the positives they bring an organization, they were also looking to the future, and determining which players would fit into their plans. After winning 18 of the first 25 games, the questions of what had to be done to improve this team during the offseason were swept under the rug for the most part.
April 9, 2012 |
WASHINGTON - Republican presidential candidate Newt Gingrich once led his rivals for the nomination in polls. Today, he's millions in debt and describing Mitt Romney as "far and away the most likely" GOP nominee. Running for president "turned out to be much harder than I thought it would be," he said Sunday. "I do think there's a desire for a more idea-oriented Republican Party, but that doesn't translate necessarily to being able to take on the Romney machine," Gingrich said in an interview on Fox News Sunday . After his Jan. 21 victory in the South Carolina primary, the former House speaker said the Florida primary he lost in the following days turned into a "real brawl.
April 9, 2012 |
CARMELO ANTHONY called it a statement game, and the message should be clear for the Chicago Bulls. If they do meet in the playoffs, the Bulls better finish off Anthony and the Knicks when they have the chance. Anthony scored 43 points, his most since coming to New York last February, and made the go-ahead three-pointer with 8.2 seconds left in overtime as the Knicks spoiled the return to the lineup for a rusty Derrick Rose and beat the visiting Bulls, 100-99, on Sunday. Anthony tied it with a three late in regulation and scored the final five points of overtime in his signature performance since coming to New York last February.
April 2, 2012 |
THE COACHES kept no score, but used stats as a litmus to gauge just how efficient and effective Penn football in 2012 will be. In an annual spring game (of sorts) Sunday at Franklin Field, coach Al Bagnoli and staff kept their own scoring system, awarding points to the offense for first downs, touchdowns and highlight-reel plays. On defense, points were given for drive stoppages, negative yardage plays, turnovers, etc. In the end, it was the offense that proved more dominant, scoring six times.
March 20, 2012 |
CHARLOTTE, N.C. - Nikola Vucevic is going through a routine part of any rookie's season in the NBA. He appears to be lost on the offensive end, a step (or two) slow on the defensive side, and is playing with all the aggressiveness of a pillow. No matter how much 76ers coach Doug Collins rides his rookie center, and he has done so frequently lately, he understands what Vucevic is going through. Every player has a certain amount of struggle time during his first season. Including the Sixers' 105-80 win over the Charlotte Bobcats on Monday night, he has scored just 17 points in his last six games, making just six of his last 26 shots.