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Archive: February, 2009

Dawking The Dawk

Saturday, February 28, 2009, 5:23 PM
From early indications, EagleWorld is a fractured, unhappy place after the confirmation on Saturday that one of the most beloved members of the team will be moving on. Never knew you felt quite that strongly about Lito. The Eagles made a very good deal for disgruntled cornerback Lito Sheppard, getting... Read more

Shea Goodbye

Monday, February 23, 2009, 1:33 PM
Work at too many stadiums for too long and what you lose in patience you gain in perspective. Eventually you can tell the difference between an OK place, a semi-bad place and a truly awful place. Here's an example: Aztec Stadium, Mexico City. It seats 115,000 and is probably best-known as the track... Read more

Slamming Sammy

Friday, February 20, 2009, 1:56 PM
Maybe the 76ers organization wasn't slamming Sammy Dalembert, but general manager Ed Stefanski was definitely trying to get rid of him before Thursday's trade deadline, league sources confirmed to the Inquirer's Kate Fagan. The team was unsuccessful -- no kidding -- but the attempt is an interesting... Read more

R.I.P. Mike Whitmarsh

Thursday, February 19, 2009, 10:44 PM
Mike Whitmarsh was funny and self-deprecating and among the most talented and most appealing athletes I've covered in the last 30 years. He was ridiculously gifted, a great-looking guy who had women draped all over him, a multi-sport athlete who had the world at his feet. I got to know him during... Read more

Flyer Flyer, Net On Fire

Wednesday, February 18, 2009, 4:50 PM
Celebrated National Hockey Column Month, which is February, at the Skate Zone in Voorhees on Wednesday. Walked into the press room and the regulars looked at each other and said, "Oh, man. Is it February already? Where did the season go?" They pretended they were joking, but you know how... Read more

An Old Fashioned Derby Horse

Monday, February 16, 2009, 9:08 PM
Mike Jensen and I sneaked away from the office Monday afternoon to watch Old Fashioned, the local Kentucky Derby hopeful, take his next step toward Churchill Downs in the $250,000 Grade III Southwest Stakes at Oaklawn Park. We had put in a long day and felt we deserved it. Plus, it could be marked... Read more

Getting Away and Not

Sunday, February 15, 2009, 12:11 PM
The ferry boat was pitching and rolling in the choppy depths between the islands where the Atlantic meets the Caribbean and I was looking at the life preservers suspended from the roof of the dank, oily cabin. "Inspected by Authority of the British West Indies, February 1987," was stenciled... Read more

Gone Fishing

Friday, February 6, 2009, 3:53 PM
Post Patterns is going to shut it down for a few days, and the experts said that hanging a sign on the door is a good idea. Paul Gallico, one of the great sportswriters of a generation ago, was once asked why he finally retired from the profession. "February," Gallico said. It's... Read more

The All-American Quarterback Model

Thursday, February 5, 2009, 12:32 PM
And, no, it probably isn't Donovan McNabb, when you get down to it. But McNabb is neither as good as his worshipful legions would suggest nor as bad as his detractors insist. Everyone else has had a swing, so you can read, judge and react to my take on McNabb/Super Bowl Failure/Last-Minute Drives/And... Read more

Brand Loyalty

Thursday, February 5, 2009, 8:26 PM
I know this must be very disappointing, but my Donovan McNabb/Choker/Hero/Super Bowl/Last-Minute-Drive column has been reslotted for the Sunday paper and the Sunday editions of, to make room for the breaking news that Elton Brand might not be an effective player this season. EB is, in fact... Read more
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Bob Ford has been writing about Philadelphia sports since 1981, and is still trying to figure it all out. A former beat writer covering the Phillies and the 76ers, Ford became a general sports columnist for the Inquirer in 2003, following in and occasionally falling in the deep footsteps of Bill Lyon, Frank Dolson and many distinguished others. He comes to the blogosphere after award-winning success as designer/editor of the fabulous Pen & Pencil Club softball blog. Likes: Palestra, inside-the-park home runs, sunny days. Dislikes: phony people, cloudy days, rewrites. Reach Bob at

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