February 28, 2014 |
* VIKINGS. 10 tonight, History Channel. * THE RED ROAD. 9 tonight, Sundance TV. IF WE'VE learned anything in the past few TV seasons, it's that there's a sizable audience that can't get enough of scruffy, violent men and the women who love them (and sometimes fight by their sides). We've seen it with the FX hit "Sons of Anarchy," and we're seeing it again with the History Channel's "Vikings" (which resembles "Sons" far more than it does HBO's "Game of Thrones," to which it's sometimes been compared, generally not favorably)
February 13, 2014 |
Bailey Greenberg knew what she was getting into when she transferred from Gwynedd Mercy to Archbishop Wood this past year. Well, kind of. The sophomore forward has a long family history at Wood, with two aunts, Kathy and Kelly, who played on the girls' basketball team. Greenberg might not have known the offensive system the Vikings run or the kind of opponents she would face, but she knew Wood basketball was about winning championships. Needless to say, the first couple games were nerve-racking, especially when the squad traveled to Arizona early in the season.
February 1, 2014 |
When Vic Stanley returned to coaching wrestling at Archbishop Wood a season ago, the wheels had already been set into motion. "Three years ago there were seven kids on the team," Stanley said. "Rumor had it that they were talking about dropping the sport. This year, we have 27 kids on the team. This improvement was due to the fact that [coach emeritus] Steve Peters and [assistant coaches] Chris Meister, Kevin Reilly, Erich Meister, and all of those guys stepped up three years ago. . . . They stepped up and saved the program.
January 19, 2014 |
Missing is contagious. That's what coach Ashley Jones often reminds the members of her Central girls' basketball team. It's a phrase that resonated with senior guard Kayla Henderson. The idea is to be mindful of the shots you take during a game - to be careful with the basketball on every possession. The Lancers didn't have to worry about missing many shots on Friday afternoon, as Central hit eight three-pointers on its way to a 55-46 victory over Public League rival Northeast.
January 17, 2014 |
THREE DRIBBLES, slight knee bend, deep breath, and then fire. The sequence is simple enough, but when the pressure is on and your team needs two free throws to seal a late victory, it's anything but easy. Northeast High junior Elmange Watson found himself in that spot yesterday. The 5-10 guard stepped to the line clinging to a one-point lead at host Palmer Charter with 32 seconds remaining. "I have to do it for my team," he recalled thinking. "We need it. We need this win. " Watson drained both with a high-arching, confident stroke.
January 10, 2014 |
WHAT IN the world is a 6-7, 285-pound center supposed to do in an up-tempo offense? Simple: Run! So, Joe LoStracco laces up his size-18s for Archbishop Wood and hoofs it every day before practice. While the little guys do skill work, the big senior works on conditioning drills. In fact, before last night's tipoff against Bishop McDevitt, first-year Viking coach John Mosco revealed that LoStracco would come off the bench until he returned to basketball form after a season on the football team's offensive line.
January 3, 2014 |
FORMER MINNESOTA Vikings punter Chris Kluwe alleges in a Deadspin story that he was released on May 6 because he was an outspoken supporter of same-sex marriage and he says he was a victim of homophobic remarks by Vikings special-teams coordinator Mike Priefer. Kluwe told ESPN.com that he didn't approach the team, the NFL or the NFLPA about Priefer's comments at the time because doing so is "something that ends careers. " "I was an NFL player until I was fired by two cowards and a bigot," Kluwe says in the story that was posted yesterday.
December 20, 2013 |
THE STATISTICS from Sunday suggest that Chip Kelly quit on the run too soon, that LeSean McCoy's eight carries reflected the kind of panic attack that often carried the day during the final Sundays of the Andy Reid regime. The truth, more likely, is that Kelly never quit on the passing attack - or more descriptively, was never compelled to. Nick Foles threw for 428 yards and three touchdowns against a Vikings secondary ranked near the bottom of the NFL, and if he had been just a teensy bit more accurate and his receivers a teensy bit more focused, Foles might have thrown for 200 more yards and two more touchdowns.
December 17, 2013 |
MINNEAPOLIS - There were no snow angels to make after Sunday's game. There will be no magazine covers to grace this week. Party planning for the first weekend in January can be put on hold. Last week's euphoria dissipated during a 48-30 loss to the Minnesota Vikings on Sunday, replaced by the realization for the Eagles that they had missed an opportunity against one of the NFL's worst teams. But the loss and the collapse of the Eagles' five-game winning streak could turn out to be a minor setback in the team's postseason hopes.
December 17, 2013 |
MINNEAPOLIS - Long before logging, mining and Target department stores fueled the economy of the Gopher State, bush rangers settled along the region's rivers and set their double long springs to snare furry rodents with pronounced incisors. Yesterday, the Eagles were the beavers, and they got trapped. After a Snow Bowl win over the Lions and facing a key game against the stout Bears the following week, the Birds played flat and undisciplined in a 48-30 loss to an undermanned Vikings team.