August 26, 2016 |
WE HAVE reached that fun point in the preseason where fans and the media, underwhelmed by what they've seen from the hometown team in training camp and the first two exhibition games, start going all Peggy Lee (is that all there is?) on us. You're seeing a lot of that right now regarding the Eagles' running backs, who have averaged only 3.4 yards per carry in their first two preseason games, after finishing 21st in the NFL in yards per attempt a year ago. With the Sept. 11 season opener against Cleveland just 2 1/2 weeks away, their top three running backs currently are a guy who has averaged only nine carries a game the last two years and has managed to play a full season only once in his career (Ryan Mathews)
August 26, 2016 |
Our position-by-position guide continues with a look at some of the area's hardest-hitting linebackers and best ball-hawking defensive backs. Germantown Academy's Patrick McGettigan and Valley Forge Military Academy's Audley Isaacs are savvy linebackers headed to Penn and Temple, respectively. Of the 6-foot-1, 225-pound McGettigan, GA coach Matt Dence said, "He's everything you want in a linebacker. He's really good. And he's got deceptive speed. " McGettigan is a senior positioned in the middle of a 4-3 scheme and flanked by Matt Gorman and Tanner Long.
July 31, 2016 |
Cameron Sullivan-Brown, a wide receiver from Laurel, Md., announced Friday on Twitter that he has committed to Penn State for the freshman class of 2017. The 6-foot-1, 176-pound Sullivan-Brown, who plays for St. Vincent Pallotti High School, said he was "beyond blessed for this gift. . . . With the help and guidance of my loved ones, I have decided to fully commit to Penn State. " Sullivan-Brown, rated as a three-star player by most recruiting web sites, chose Penn State over Maryland, Duke, Syracuse, Northwestern, Virginia Tech and West Virginia.
July 1, 2016 |
On a sun-drenched Philadelphia day, Lynnette Shelley settled outside a warehouse at the Tioga Marine Terminal, paintbrush in hand. The warehouse didn't allow for much natural light, and to finish her masterpiece on the sixth day (on the seventh, she rested), she needed to see its vivid colors and make sure they matched. She touched up images of flora and fauna, and complex geometric patterns, until her donkey was resplendent. Let's backtrack a bit. On Friday, in celebration of the Democratic National Convention, 57 fiberglass donkeys are coming to town, courtesy of the Philadelphia 2016 Host Committee, the city Mural Arts Program, and ArtJawn.
May 11, 2016
The first rule in elections is: Go for the votes you can get. By that measure, Hillary Clinton is right to try to put the old Obama coalition on steroids. Donald Trump will expand the Democrats' opportunities among nonwhite Americans and produce Clinton landslides among Latinos. They have good reason to fear and despise the man who has demeaned them. And watch Republicans for Clinton become a major force in American politics, an alliance of mostly well-off, well-educated voters - plus women of all classes.
April 4, 2016 |
The Berwick community has lost its beloved football coach. George Curry, who guided the Northeastern Pennsylvania school to six PIAA Class 3A state championships, died Friday at 71. He had ALS, Lou Gehrig's disease, which had been diagnosed midway through last season. An undersize center and linebacker at Temple in the mid-1960s, Curry compiled a 455-102-5 record (.817 winning percentage) at three schools. He is the state's all-time winningest coach and ranks No. 5 in the nation.
March 16, 2016 |
NEW YORK - Some scribbled notes from the opening minutes of Sunday's Atlantic Ten championship game: Brown pull-up . . . Brown drive & dunk . . . Brown drives. That was from the first four minutes as St. Joseph's got in front of Virginia Commonwealth and stayed there at the Barclays Center. Hawks senior Aaron Brown exemplified what he later articulated, the need to get in the first punch. Asked about Brown and his game, St. Joe's teammate Isaiah Miles said postgame: "Oh, man, aggressive.
February 29, 2016 |
INDIANAPOLIS - Just three years after leaving Eastern Regional High School for Ohio State, Eli Apple is now a potential first-round NFL draft pick. The Voorhees native is one of the top cornerback prospects in the draft. He played only two seasons of college football, but he started both years for the Buckeyes, and his 6-foot-1, 199-pound frame fits the prototype for a press-coverage cornerback in the NFL. "That's something in the NFL that's really important, to be a physical guy at the line of scrimmage and be able to take receivers off their path," Apple said.
December 17, 2015 |
ATLANTIC CITY - Glenn Straub has a broken bone that's just not fitting into his schedule. It's an odd lump on the 69-year-old Florida billionaire's shoulder, some cracked something from a few months back that he never got checked out and probably won't. He figures that it's healing on its own or that he'll probably break it again, the same way he did before, playing full-contact polo atop 1,000-pound thoroughbreds with other wealthy men in tony ZIP codes. "Yeah, I fell off a horse for like the 47th time or something and broke something, but I don't have time to get it fixed," he says, a West Virginia drawl still deep in his voice.
August 28, 2015 |
THE TV in the middle of the newsroom is broadcasting the latest about a local shooting, which it always seems to be doing. This one in West Philly. At the same time I'm reading an article about a teenager who held students and a teacher at gunpoint in a West Virginia classroom, while I'm also obsessively scanning my Twitter feed for anything, everything about the horrific shootings of a Virginia reporter and cameraman on live television as they filmed a feature on tourism. When the gunman's name was released, I went looking for his Twitter feed and watched the shocking shootings that he recorded and later posted, and that now a huge part of me wishes I could unsee.