September 21, 2014 |
When Ukraine President Petro Poroshenko addressed a joint session of Congress last week, he called on members to support Ukrainian freedom and democracy. They stood and cheered. Ukrainians must "live free or die," the president said, using a slogan from the American Revolution to describe his struggle with "rebels" who have taken over the eastern regions of his country. In reality, these separatists are Russian proxies, whom the Kremlin armed and organized in an effort to drag Kiev back into Moscow's orbit.
September 12, 2014 |
TODAY MARKS the 25th anniversary of Sports Illustrated's NFL preview cover proclaiming Eagles quarterback Randall Cunningham as "The Ultimate Weapon. " How's that for a Throwback Thursday item? Cunningham is 51 now, but back then he was a 26-year old acrobat coming off a 1988 Pro Bowl season in which he led the Eagles to a 10-6 record that featured a Monday night win against the Giants that showcased his talents to the entire nation. Randall finished 31-for-41 for 369 yards and three touchdowns and the Eagles won, 24-13.
July 22, 2014 |
I DANCED WITH you on Broad Street in 2008, I've suffered with you ever since. I worried last night when the Phillies put three walk-through metal detectors at the rightfield gate to test a security system that will be at all gates in all major-league ballparks next season. Fans entering the ballpark through the rightfield gate now must pass through a metal detector before tickets are scanned, and first they have to remove cellphones, cameras and other large metal items. I worried that Phillies fans were bringing enough bad attitude to the ballpark these days to break the detectors' sensors.
March 16, 2014 |
WHEN IT BECAME clear that the New Orleans Saints were not going to bring him back next season, Darren Sproles asked the team to give him his release rather than trade him, so that he could pick his next - and probably last - NFL destination. The Saints, of course, ignored his wishes, but did end up trading him to a playoff team with an explosive offense that fits Sproles like a $3,000 suit. "When I found out I was coming here, I was excited," the new Eagles running back/wide receiver/return man said yesterday.
December 11, 2013 |
The Eagles adjusted their game plan to score 34 points despite eight inches of snow in Sunday's win over the Detroit Lions, but coach Chip Kelly said Monday that he did not make any major changes to the offense. "All the other adjustments were just some formation things to get us some surfaces to run at and to get some better double teams," said Kelly, whose Eagles are first in the NFC East, one game ahead of Dallas after Monday night's 45-28 shellacking of the Cowboys by the Bears.
October 17, 2013 |
DeSEAN JACKSON says he has worked hard to become a red-zone weapon, so let's not give Nick Foles all the credit just yet. "In past years, they used to take me out, use two tight ends and things like that," Jackson said yesterday. He has caught three touchdown passes from Foles in the past two games, two of them in the red zone. Jackson, who has five TD catches this season, caught 11 over the previous 3 years. "I think Chip [Kelly] does a great job of putting me in positions to be successful in the red zone, so that's an addition to my game . . . It was something I just kept working with.
September 28, 2013 |
Here are my picks to roll - and get rolled - in Week 4 of the 2013 season. Watch 'em roll Ben Roethlisberger, QB, Steelers vs. Vikings. Big Ben struggled to start the season, hampered by the lack of a running threat and the absence of Mike Wallace and Heath Miller. He got his tight end back last week and promptly passed for 406 yards against the Bears. On Sunday in London, Le'Veon Bell will attempt to restore hope in the running game. If your QB is on a bye, Roethlisberger has a great matchup against the secondary that just got torched by Brian Hoyer.
September 27, 2013 |
CLOUT HAS a question: Is the Pennsylvania Democratic Party the one thing Gov. Corbett has going for him in his bid for a second term next year? Corbett, a Republican, is routinely listed as one of the nation's most vulnerable incumbents for 2014. And he is under constant attack from his party's right wing. (We're looking at you, state Rep. Daryl Metcalfe , a Butler County pol who clearly despises the government that has issued him a paycheck for the past 14 years.) Smelling blood in the water, eight Democrats have declared their candidacy for the 2014 primary election for governor.
September 25, 2013 |
Lincoln High School in the city's Mayfair section was placed on a brief lockdown Friday afternoon after police found several firearms in the car of the school's building engineer. District spokesman Fernando Gallard confirmed Monday that Robert McKenna, a veteran employee, was removed from Lincoln and that the district had begun proceedings to have him dismissed. No weapons were found inside the school, but Gallard said McKenna's vehicle was parked on school grounds. The district, he said, had no idea why McKenna had the guns.
September 12, 2013
Feet on the floor Michael Smerconish's comments on bad drivers were amusing ("This is for you, lousy drivers," Sept. 1). As a salesman who spends hours behind the wheel on the region's highways, it amazes me how many drivers abandon courtesy and common sense. Traffic laws and enforcement are there to address people acting badly, and stupidly (for instance, violating the seat-belt law). But maybe we need yet another law to protect the dimwitted: Prohibit feet on the dashboard. Driving down to my Shore home, I regularly observe this thoughtless behavior.