Archive: January, 2012
Seconds before the most iconic touchdown in the 79-year history of the Philadelphia Eagles, fans across Shibe Park were yelling one thing -- "Give it to Steve! Give it to Steve!" Now that's the title of my new Amazon Kindle Single -- a kind of a short e-book that's available to readers through Amazon.com -- that is slated to go on sale Monday afternoon. It tells the remarkable story behind the "Bizzard Bowl" of Dec. 19, 1948, when the Eagles won the first of only three NFL titles, in a raging snowstorm, as well as the remarkable star of that team, Steve Van Buren, and the life and times of pro football's "Greatest Generation." There's a poignant epilogue about life after football for Van Buren and other Eagles legends.
Here is an exclusive excerpt about Van Buren -- "The Greatest Eagle" -- that's in the Daily News Sports Week on sale right now.
A couple of years ago, when I wrote the book "Tear Down This Myth" about Ronald Reagan, I noted that a lot of the conservatives who today venerate the Gipper today were highly critical of him when he was president -- especially over the idea that he was racing to "appease" Mikhail Gorbachev and the Soviet Union. I mentioned that one of those critics was a young firebrand in the House of Representatives, Newt Gingrich.
Here's some more about that:
Joseph Maturo, the (regrettably) still mayor of East Haven, Conn.:
Here’s a way not to respond to charges that police officers in your town harassed, abused and brought false charges against Latino residents: by telling a reporter that you might eat tacos to help Latinos out.
The news cycle in the 2012 presidential race seems down to about 2-3 hours. Indeed, harmful as it was to his broader effort, Mitt Romney might have been relieved to issue his tax returns this morning if for no other reason than this: It took the focus off what I thought was a major blunder in the Monday night debate that was televised on NBC.
I'm talking about this:
So Romney's tax returns seem to poke a few more holes (get it?) in the inevitability of our once-and-no-longer future 45th president. Other than the Swiss bank account, Willard's taxes are what we thought they were, another multi-millionaire paying a lower tax rate than Warren Buffet's secretary. Which nobody in the elites -- GOP or pundit or whatever -- would have thought was a big deal before Sept. 17, the day a bunch of no-names filed into Zuccotti Park.
In an almost unrelated matter, slugger Prince Fielder is signing a $214 million, 9-year (!) deal with the Detroit Tigers. With Mitt and George and now Prince and Cecil, is every kid from the Motor City obsessed with following in Daddy's footsteps?
I've got football on the brain, but I wonder what Attytood readers think of this startling turn of events. Would a Newt Gingrich nomination guarantee the re-election of President Obama? Or will America soon confront the third presidential term of Richard Nixon?
My article today on Joe Paterno, a tragedy worthy of Virgil.
Rich Aregood, the ombudsman for the Daily News, has something important to say today that I hope important people will think about. Here's a snippet:
A total merger would be a terrible idea for plenty of reasons. The Daily News is Philadelphia's local paper. It focuses on the problems of the ordinary Philadelphian, like the Parking Authority and the wretched excesses of City Council. It cares about its neighborhoods and the closing of neighborhood Catholic schools.