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Archive: January, 2009

Merrill Reese Joins Falcons

Saturday, January 31, 2009, 5:51 PM
All right. Sorry about the headline, but they pay us by the Web hit. Thanks for visiting. Merrill Reese did switch to broadcasting the Falcons on Saturday, but it was the Pennsbury Falcons as they played against Norristown in a Prime Time Shootout tournament game at the Villanova Pavilion. Reese... Read more

Gimme Five

Friday, January 30, 2009, 2:17 PM
Donovan McNabb made the media rounds in Tampa before the Super Bowl -- not as often as if he were actually playing in the game -- but enough to make a couple of points he felt needed to be made. The first is that he wants to retire as a Philadelphia Eagle, to which many fans would say, "That's... Read more

Thinking of Jim Johnson

Thursday, January 29, 2009, 4:39 PM
For those writers and reporters who spend considerable time at the NovaCare Complex during the Eagles season and, most years, at least some portion of the playoffs, Thursday is known as Truth Day. Thursday is Truth Day because it is when the coordinators sit and answer questions for the media. To be... Read more

Lingerie And Football

Tuesday, January 27, 2009, 8:42 PM
As rewarding as it is for a journalist to be at the big event, whateever that might be there are a few things about the Super Bowl that makes missing it all right with me. It would have been exciting if the Eagles had made it, and there would have been the occasional grouperburger to take away the... Read more

Sixers Approach Trade Deadline

Monday, January 26, 2009, 12:45 PM
A few random thoughts about the Sixers as they play two games on the road this week before coming back to meet Washington and New Jersey at the Wachovia Center on the weekend to begin a stretch of seven straight home games. As the week began, the Sixers were a .500 team, headed for seventh or eighth... Read more

Butterflies Are Free

Sunday, January 25, 2009, 12:25 PM
On the opening day of the Eagles season, which also happened to be owner Jeff Lurie's 57th birthday, he stepped outside his house on the Main Line, released 20 butterflies and made a wish. The butterflies were a birthday gift, and now you have the answer to the question: "What do you give someone... Read more

Seeking Endorsements

Thursday, January 22, 2009, 9:55 AM
Well, at least here's one mini-controversy we don't have to worry about any more. Arizona Republic columnist Dan Bickley is whining in his blog that it appears the new president will be rooting for the Pittsburgh Steelers and not the Arizona Cardinals in the upcoming Super Bowl. Oh, no. Would Barack... Read more

Arbitration and Orange Balls

Tuesday, January 20, 2009, 10:56 PM
Way back when baseball's Players Association was first winning the right to free agency, and union boss Marvin Miller had the owners on the run, the iconoclastic Charlie Finley of the Oakland A's stood up at a meeting and told everyone what he thought. He was Crazy Charlie, of course, the modern reincarnation... Read more

Who Are Those Guys?

Monday, January 19, 2009, 1:10 PM
SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. -- During all those years of coming here to watch the Eagles play the Cardinals in Sun Devil Stadium, the events of Sunday are still difficult to process. In those days, not so long ago, the fans put bags on their heads and screamed terrible things at owner Bill Bidwell and accepted... Read more

Game-Day Roofies

Sunday, January 18, 2009, 2:22 PM
GLENDALE, Ariz -- Merrill Reese walked by to report that he is "outraged" that the roof is closed at University of Phoenix stadium for today's game. "The league should take control. It's a beautiful day here and this is supposed to be an outdoor game," Reese said. Nevertheless... Read more
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