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When Pro Basketball Debuted in Philadelphia

Friday, December 9, 2011, 2:10 PM
Fans, mostly men in hats and ties, filled the musty corners of Philadelphia's Arena the night of April 22, 1947. Though the old West Philadelphia building had only 7,900 seats, the announced attendance would be 8,221. As the 9 p.m. start time neared, many of the 5,000 fans who were turned away lingered... Read more

1961's Prime Time Lineup

Thursday, December 8, 2011, 2:16 PM
Fifty years ago, there was no ESPN and very little televised sports. In fact, given the typical night's TV fare, it's no wonder our generation went nuts in the late 1960s. The three networks served up a smorgasbord of westerns, washed-up comedians and movie stars and the appalling spectacle of Lawrence... Read more

Penn State's Coaching Search

Thursday, December 8, 2011, 1:41 PM
Penn State is being encouraged to think outside the box in its search for a coach to replace Joe Paterno. With that in mind, here are seven potential candidates: DICK VERMEIL -- Who cares if he's 75? That's still 9 years younger than JoePa was at the start of his final season. The guy's smile is... Read more
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Reporter Frank Fitzpatrick, a 2001 Pulitzer Prize finalist, is covering his eighth Olympic Games and has yet to win a medal in anything except caffeine consumption. He has also been the beat writer for the Phillies, Eagles and Penn State football.

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