September 13, 2016 |
ABOUT AN HOUR after Sunday's game, three players remained in the Eagles' locker room. One of them was Carson Wentz. The giant media flood had trickled away. A few equipment guys were packing stuff into bags. Wentz walked around, drained a blue Gatorade, paced some more, grabbed a water bottle out of the cooler, then ambled over to where the offensive linemen dress, near the showers and the restroom, and leaned against a doorframe. Didn't the Eagles' rookie quarterback have anywhere to go, after authoring a 29-10 victory over the Cleveland Browns in his first NFL start, and sending half the Delaware Valley out to the mall to look for No. 11 jerseys?
June 13, 2016
Remember when a water bottle was just a bottle of water, its sole job to hold that water, ideally in partnership with a leakproof cap? Today, the water bottle biz is awash with newfangled vessels flashing features competing for your mouth and money. Which brings us to the big, bright BPA-free hard plastic "hydration" bottles from Fifty Strong. Among the 10 specialized styles, a standout is the 30-ounce Gym Bottle, which has a pink or green rubber sleeve with an integrated credit-card-size pocket that stretches just enough to discretely hold some cash, a key, an ID. The airtight screw-on top comes with either a swivel-up plastic sip nozzle or a wider flip-open "chug" cap. Then there's the Tornado Mixer, which comes with a spiral hard plastic insert designed to create a "cyclonic mixing action" for protein powders, meal replacement shakes, and water flavorings when shaken.
May 11, 2016 |
At the first citywide roundtable on schools, students outlined a litany of problems: a lack of resources, cuts to art and music programs, violence inside and outside some schools, and a systemwide lack of access to clean, safe drinking water. "We come from different schools, but we share the same issues," Morgan Bacon, a student at Masterman High School, told city officials and School Reform Commission Chair Marjorie Neff during the session in City Hall. The event, which was organized by several City Council members and Mayor Kenney's Office of Education, drew dozens of students from individual schools, as well as those involved with activist organizations such as the Philadelphia Student Union and Youth United for Change.
February 4, 2016 |
A few coaches with Camden's Whitman Park Tigers youth football program were sitting around after a recent meeting, watching a news story about the water-contamination crisis in Flint, Mich., when they had an idea. "We said, 'We've got to do something,' " coach Jai Green said. "We don't have much - but we better give what we have. " On Thursday, the team is launching a drive to collect 100,000 bottles of water - 4,200 cases - to donate to residents of Flint. The drive will run through Feb. 29, Green said, and involve participation from players, coaches, parents, and sponsors.
June 2, 2015 |
ON SATURDAY, Browns quarterback Johnny Manziel got more attention for throwing one water bottle than he did from any of his 35 passes in the NFL last season. Manziel was in his home state of Texas attending the Byron Nelson Classic when he was involved in an incident in which he allegedly threw a water bottle at a heckling fan. According to several reports, the former Texas A&M star, a first-round draft choice in 2014, was harassed by an 18-year-old male near the hotel pool of the TPC Four Seasons Resort in Irving, where the tournament was held.
January 5, 2015 |
Want to know what I got for Christmas? Tularemia. Don't know what that is? Allow me to explain. Rewind to a few days before Christmas, when Daughter Francesca came home for the holidays and was about to build us a fire, so I got in the car to go buy firewood since we didn't have any split logs. I may be hardy, but I don't know how to split logs. I'm not a lumberjack, I just dress like one. So I hop in the car and take off to the store, but I'm thirsty, plus I have a canker sore, which considering my pain threshold, feels like childbirth.
December 12, 2014
D REXEL SENIORS Ashley Revay, 21, of Center City, and Erin Moffitt, 21, of Fairmount, co-founded Chakra Fitwear, which designs and manufactures women's yoga pants from recycled plastic bottles. The e-commerce business is in the midst of an $80,000 Kickstarter campaign and has raised more than $8,200. I spoke with Revay. Q: How'd you come up with the idea for Chakra Fitwear? A: I knew Erin wanted to start a fitnesswear line and I came to her and said, "Why don't we incorporate our ideas with more of a sustainability background?"
August 9, 2014 |
Erik Garcia said he would not do the menial tasks of professional boxing - the water bottle squirting, glove lacing, hand wrapping, and tape cutting - for anyone else. The 28-year-old has worked the corner of his younger brother, Juniata Park's Danny Garcia, since he started boxing at the Harrowgate Boxing Club. Danny Garcia (28-0, 16 knockouts) will have his brother with him Saturday night when the light-welterweight champion fights Rod Salka (19-3, three KOs) in a 10-round nontitle fight at Brooklyn's Barclays Center.
July 24, 2014 |
Man will never stop testing his limits - nor finding love in unexpected places, like 56-degree water. Two aquatic updates: After swimming the English Channel in August, chronicled in The Inquirer, Anthony McCarley, 54, of Berwyn finished two monster swims this summer to complete the Triple Crown of marathon swimming. On June 28, he circled Manhattan, 28.5 miles in a conservative nine hours and 40 minutes. Three weeks later, on Saturday morning, he stroked 20.2 miles in the Pacific Ocean from Santa Catalina Island to the California mainland.
February 13, 2014 |
EVERY NIGHT, just before he shuts his eyes, Devin Bullock squeezes her tight. And when the morning sun peers through his window near 26th and Master in North Philadelphia - she's still there. They've been through a lot together; peas in a pod, a love affair for the ages. Her name is Michelle and she has seen him through the darkest of days. He loves the contours of her body, the smoothness of her touch and that she is always faithful and true. The 6-0 senior guard for New Media has lived on his own since he was 16 years old. His mother chose a different life.