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December 5, 2012 | By Peter Mucha, Philly.com Staff Writer
"You ARE the weakest link!" that shrill British femcee sniped at cowering quiz-show contestants a decade ago. Now that the Eagles are major losers, too, maybe it's time to ask: Who's the weakest link on this club? We want your votes. Today and Wednesday, we'll tally your picks on the accompanying poll. Thursday, we'll narrow it to a Top 5, and on Friday, announce The Eagles' Weakest Link. Please leave comments below that could be quoted in each followup. Note that we skipped the obvious potshots at head coach Andy "I take full responsibility" Reid and owner Jeffrey Lurie, who hasn't played a down.
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April 14, 2001 | By Peter Mucha INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
I was too weak for The Weakest Link. Forget any chances at winning $1 million. What a relief. Two weeks ago, at Center City's DoubleTree Hotel, NBC held open tryouts for the super-hyped quiz show, which debuts Monday night at 8. I went full of hope. I left thrilled I'd failed. While dozens of us waited to hear how we did on a trivia test, a tape of the hit British version rolled. We watched in horror. For a contestant, it's the stuff of nightmares.
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November 27, 2001 | By APRIL ADAMSON adamsoa@phillynews.com Daily News Wire Services contributed to this report
AND NOW, for a little March Madness. Oft-hospitalized singing sensation Liza Minnelli will marry her fourth husband, producer David Gest, on March 2, with best men Michael Jackson and brother Tito Jackson looking on. "I am the happiest I've ever been," Minnelli, 55, said in a statement. "Everything I've been through was worth it to find David. " The lovebirds were introduced by the oddball pop yente when Minnelli, the daughter of filmmaker Vincente Minnelli and actress Judy Garland, appeared on Gest's production of the singer's 30th-anniversary special in September.
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November 19, 1986
One of the best kept election secrets of this year was a question that appeared on Delaware County ballots: "Shall more federal funds be made available for local jobs, improving programs such as education, housing, health care and veterans' benefits, rebuilding our industry and repairing our transportation and water systems, by significantly reducing the amount of tax dollars spent on nuclear weapons and foreign military intervention, in that...
ENTERTAINMENT
January 13, 2001 | By Thomas J. Brady, INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
Calista Flockhart says she's settling down with a much, much younger man. The Ally McBeal actress announced Thursday that she has adopted a baby boy. The name of the baby was not released. "I have always wanted to adopt a child and I am overjoyed that I have been blessed with a beautiful and healthy son," Flockhart said. "I'm completely enchanted and awestruck. " The 36-year-old actress added that she still hopes to give birth someday and may adopt another child. ROYAL RETREAT Britain's Princess Anne has often been accused of having a rough edge to her tongue, but she got a taste of her own medicine from little Anna Engstrom on Thursday.
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January 21, 2001 | By Andrea Gerlin, INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
The ingredients for success are simple enough: ridicule, humiliation, money - and a dominatrix in designer black. Those are the elements of Britain's hottest television show, The Weakest Link, whose mortifying attractions may soon be available to U.S. viewers. NBC, confident that public abasement will be at least as popular on the western side of the Atlantic, shot a pilot here Jan. 11 for a U.S. version, perhaps hosted by Survivor winner Richard Hatch. The British quiz show - in which a dragon-lady host ridicules contestants and encourages them to vilify each other - is a sort of cruel cross between Survivor and Who Wants to Be a Millionaire.
NEWS
December 11, 1986 | By Dave Caldwell, Inquirer Staff Writer
No player looms much larger than anyone else on Joe Rapczynski's basketball team. Either literally or figuratively. "I'm a big believer in trying to use everybody on the team," said Rapczynski, the coach at North Catholic. "You're only as strong as your weakest link. "If a player's good enough to be in a varsity uniform, then I think he's good enough to use in a varsity game. " But Rapczynski's Falcons are 2-1 because the tallest player on this year's team, junior forward Jim Schultice, scored 11 points and grabbed 10 rebounds as North Catholic bounced St. Joseph's Prep Sunday in a non-league game, 64-55.
ENTERTAINMENT
February 2, 2001 | By Carrie Rickey, INQUIRER MOVIE CRITIC
In the center ring of The Invisible Circus is its teenage heroine's tightrope walk between present and past, less an act of balance than one of self-reclamation. In the present, which is to say 1977, Phoebe (the magnetic Jordana Brewster) is 18 and recognizes that her big sister's suicide in 1970 has choked something vital in her. Only by tracing the last months of Faith (Cameron Diaz), her anarchist older sibling, can Phoebe regenerate her stunted identity and grow into a woman.
NEWS
June 18, 2002 | By Dan DeLuca INQUIRER MUSIC CRITIC
Simon Cowell is the new Brit you will love to hate, the smug judge on American Idol who gives Fox's star-search smack-down its nasty edge. Like The Weakest Link dominatrix Anne Robinson, Cowell dresses in black and specializes in humiliation. The English record producer (of such unsuccessful-on-these-shores prefab outfits as Westlife) shares talent-assessing duties for the summer series with former pop star Paula Abdul and music-industry veteran Randy Jackson. American Idol - grandiosely subtitled "The Search for a Superstar" - debuted last Tuesday and Wednesday with two high-rated episodes, and continues with an hour-long show at 9 tonight and a half-hour live installment at 9:30 tomorrow.
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December 7, 2012 | By Peter Mucha, Philly.com Staff Writer
No doubt about it - the secondary is the primary focus of the wrath of Eagles fans. When fans were asked, "Who is the Eagles weakest link?" from among 25 choices, more than 70 percent of the 2,335 votes went to cornerbacks Nnamdi Asomugha and Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie, and safeties Kurt Coleman and Nate Allen. Asomugha himself got 40.2 percent - 939 votes. Now it's time, as promised in Tuesday's story, for the final showdown to determine Mr. Disappointment for the 2012 season.
NEWS
September 16, 2008 | By Bob Fernandez, Inquirer Staff Writer
The U.S. banking industry, both the cause of much of the nation's economic malaise and its greatest victim, was left reeling yesterday. A horrid day on Wall Street and in the international markets ended with experts predicting even more carnage for banks and other financial institutions. The topics were largely limited to "how much more" and "who else. " The range of assessments was huge. Treasury Secretary Henry M. Paulson Jr., attempting to calm investors, said the American people could remain confident in the "soundness and resilience in the American financial system.
ENTERTAINMENT
July 2, 2007
"I DON'T MEAN to be rude, but . . . " If "American Idol" judge Simon Cowell has said it once, he's said it a thousand times - he even used the disclaimer for the title of his autobiography. But ask yourself: Why, exactly, are so many of us still listening? Especially when what follows is, to be perfectly honest, so often very rude? It was 231 years ago this week that a group of British colonists gathered in Philadelphia, and in language considered direct for its time, declared "that these united Colonies are, and of Right ought to be Free and Independent States, that they are Absolved from all Allegiance to the British Crown, and that all political connection between them and the State of Great Britain, is and ought to be totally dissolved.
NEWS
June 18, 2002 | By Dan DeLuca INQUIRER MUSIC CRITIC
Simon Cowell is the new Brit you will love to hate, the smug judge on American Idol who gives Fox's star-search smack-down its nasty edge. Like The Weakest Link dominatrix Anne Robinson, Cowell dresses in black and specializes in humiliation. The English record producer (of such unsuccessful-on-these-shores prefab outfits as Westlife) shares talent-assessing duties for the summer series with former pop star Paula Abdul and music-industry veteran Randy Jackson. American Idol - grandiosely subtitled "The Search for a Superstar" - debuted last Tuesday and Wednesday with two high-rated episodes, and continues with an hour-long show at 9 tonight and a half-hour live installment at 9:30 tomorrow.
ENTERTAINMENT
November 27, 2001 | By APRIL ADAMSON adamsoa@phillynews.com Daily News Wire Services contributed to this report
AND NOW, for a little March Madness. Oft-hospitalized singing sensation Liza Minnelli will marry her fourth husband, producer David Gest, on March 2, with best men Michael Jackson and brother Tito Jackson looking on. "I am the happiest I've ever been," Minnelli, 55, said in a statement. "Everything I've been through was worth it to find David. " The lovebirds were introduced by the oddball pop yente when Minnelli, the daughter of filmmaker Vincente Minnelli and actress Judy Garland, appeared on Gest's production of the singer's 30th-anniversary special in September.
NEWS
May 15, 2001 | By Jonathan Storm INQUIRER TELEVISION CRITIC
The Weakest Link is strong enough for NBC, a quiz show so cheap and popular that the network will double its airplay next fall. Moving first among the TV networks, NBC announced its fall lineup yesterday. By Thursday, all six will have unveiled their schedules. In addition to adding a Link to its programming chain, NBC will premiere three new sitcoms - one starring superchef Emeril Lagasse - and three dramas, including yet another Law & Order offshoot and a medical/mystery/woman-against-the world saga starring Law & Order alumna Jill Hennessey.
ENTERTAINMENT
April 14, 2001 | By Peter Mucha INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
I was too weak for The Weakest Link. Forget any chances at winning $1 million. What a relief. Two weeks ago, at Center City's DoubleTree Hotel, NBC held open tryouts for the super-hyped quiz show, which debuts Monday night at 8. I went full of hope. I left thrilled I'd failed. While dozens of us waited to hear how we did on a trivia test, a tape of the hit British version rolled. We watched in horror. For a contestant, it's the stuff of nightmares.
ENTERTAINMENT
February 2, 2001 | By Carrie Rickey, INQUIRER MOVIE CRITIC
In the center ring of The Invisible Circus is its teenage heroine's tightrope walk between present and past, less an act of balance than one of self-reclamation. In the present, which is to say 1977, Phoebe (the magnetic Jordana Brewster) is 18 and recognizes that her big sister's suicide in 1970 has choked something vital in her. Only by tracing the last months of Faith (Cameron Diaz), her anarchist older sibling, can Phoebe regenerate her stunted identity and grow into a woman.
ENTERTAINMENT
January 21, 2001 | By Andrea Gerlin, INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
The ingredients for success are simple enough: ridicule, humiliation, money - and a dominatrix in designer black. Those are the elements of Britain's hottest television show, The Weakest Link, whose mortifying attractions may soon be available to U.S. viewers. NBC, confident that public abasement will be at least as popular on the western side of the Atlantic, shot a pilot here Jan. 11 for a U.S. version, perhaps hosted by Survivor winner Richard Hatch. The British quiz show - in which a dragon-lady host ridicules contestants and encourages them to vilify each other - is a sort of cruel cross between Survivor and Who Wants to Be a Millionaire.
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