August 29, 2014 |
THE NFL wants teachers to use fantasy football to educate young students, according to a recent report. The knee-jerk reaction, of course, is to scoff at what is surely a marketing ploy. But upon further review, the idea has merit. Mark Waller, the chief marketing officer of the NFL, told the Wall Street Journal that the league is interested in helping improving students' math skills. "It's a complex game, fantasy," said Waller. "You should be able to learn a lot, particularly around math.
August 28, 2014 |
A FEW WEEKS ago in Rittenhouse Square, a man said something to a few other men in a car who were catcalling a group of women. One of the men, offended that someone should try to halt his verbal barrage, got out of the car and knocked the good Samaritan unconscious. The story blew up on social media and for a brief while people were talking about street harassment. The irony is that it took a man getting beaten up to make it a story. Women deal with the problem every day. It's those kinds of incidents that prompted Rochelle Keyhan, Erin Filson and Anna Kegler to form Feminist Public Works several years ago and, more recently, Hollaback Philly and the now-more-famous (thanks to their work at San Diego Comic-Con)
August 24, 2014 |
The word podcast is 10 years old. A podcast is a (semi-)regular audio show, in episodes lasting, usually, between 15 minutes and an hour. It's often very DIY: Hosts record episodes digitally and post them online; you can download them to your device or listen on a central website. This week through Sunday, the second annual Philadelphia PodFest has been holding forth at Tattooed Mom, a bar at 530 South St. Nineteen podcasters are on hand to mingle and do live episodes. Stars include Nicole Yates of the food podcast Didja Eat?
August 23, 2014 |
SOUTH WILLIAMSPORT, Pa. - The tarp had finally come off the infield at Howard J. Lamade Stadium on Thursday night, and the Taney Dragons were taking a belated session of fielding practice. Manager Alex Rice tossed a baseball in the air and swung. He made contact, and the ball sailed into the outfield, over the head of the waiting Taney player, and past the fence. The crowd cheered. It was a light moment, and one of many. Starting pitcher Erik Lipson danced in front of the dugout.
August 21, 2014 |
Brooklawn won its second straight American Legion World Series baseball title in emphatic fashion Tuesday night. The team representing Post 72 in the tiny town in Camden County jumped to a 10-0 lead after three innings and cruised to an 18-0 victory over Midland, Mich., in the championship game in Shelby, N.C. Tyler Mondile pitched a five-hitter and Tre Todd and Johnny Malatesta each drove in three runs for Brooklawn (54-7). Pete Farlow added two hits and two RBIs, walked three times and scored three runs for the New Jersey state and Mid-Atlantic Regional champions.
August 20, 2014 |
Brooklawn is one win away from its second straight American Legion World Series title. Winning pitcher Pete Farlow had two hits and Fran Kinsey knocked in three runs Monday night as Brooklawn beat Waipahu, Hawaii, 7-6, in the semifinals of the World Series in Shelby, N.C. Brooklawn (53-7) will face the Midland, Mich., on Tuesday at 7 p.m. Midland beat Omaha, Neb., 4-3, in the other semifinal. The game will be televised by ESPNU. Babe Ruth World Series Broomall Newtown will send two teams to the Babe Ruth World Series for the first time in the club's history.
August 12, 2014 |
BRISTOL, Conn. - There is, most definitely, crying in baseball. As the players filed past one another for the post-game handshake, both the winners and the losers shed tears. And because many members of the victorious Taney Dragons and their opponents from Delaware had become close friends over the last 10 days, they hugged with surprising affection. But there was no question that the 8-0 win, which will take the Philadelphia upstart team to the Little League World Series, was overwhelmingly, deliriously sweet for the Taney kids, many of whom had been playing ball together since they were 5 or 6 years old. While the final out flashed on the scoreboard, they toppled over one another in a tangled heap on the field.
August 12, 2014 |
They clapped, they whistled, they stamped their feet and called his name - "Ike! Ike! Ike!" - so loudly that the striped bass in the Delaware surely shuddered. And when crowd favorite Mike Iaconelli of Pittsgrove, N.J., stepped to the scales at Penn's Landing on Sunday to weigh his final catch of the four-day Bassmaster Elite Series fishing competition, they went wild. Iaconelli laughed and waved, and handed over his red catch bag to a judge who flopped it on the scales. It was still wriggling with his five catches of the day. Since the national tournament's start on Thursday, Iaconelli - a 42-year-old Philadelphia native - had caught 37 pounds of stripers by the end of Saturday, putting him in the lead.
August 12, 2014 |
BRISTOL, Conn. - Gloves flew into the air after the final out. The Taney Dragons jumped up and down, pumped their fists and formed a dog pile between the mound and home plate. The joy was justified. The 12- and 13-year-olds are going where no team from Philadelphia has gone before: to Williamsport, Pa., for the Little League World Series. The state champions from Center City captured the Mid-Atlantic Regional Little League championship Sunday with an 8-0 thumping of Newark (Del.)