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At parade, Burrell leads off

Friday, October 31, 2008, 3:24 PM
After more than 3 hours, the 90-minute parade had reached the sports complex. I cannot imagine anything bigger, louder, or more fun. Walking along much of the route, riding along in a media bus in the later stages, the crowds were enormous and just so obviously happy. Whoever does the crowd estimates... Read more

The Drought is over

Wednesday, October 29, 2008, 10:18 PM
An hour beforehand, it was still hard to know. The seats at Citizens Bank Park, dark blue and mostly empty, sat unopened in the cold. You could imagine the ticketholders huddling elsewhere, in the concourse, around their cars and their coolers, trying to stay warm, stamping their feet, pondering their... Read more

Madson will pitch first for Phils

Wednesday, October 29, 2008, 5:24 PM
Phils manager Charlie Manuel has played the first card of Game 5 1/2 of the World Series: After the Phillies hit in the bottom of the sixth inning, Ryan Madson will be first out of the bullpen in the top of the seventh. "Madson will start the game for us," Manuel said, at a pre-mid-game press... Read more

Who's first? Madson?

Wednesday, October 29, 2008, 10:08 AM
They'll all head out to rightfield, right from the start tonight -- coaches Mick Billmeyer and Roly DeArmas, all of the pitchers, all of them. They will troop out to the Phillies' bullpen at Citizens Bank Park, to huge cheers. You wonder if they will know. It is likely, barring a nine-run explosion... Read more

Phils hold the advantage

Tuesday, October 28, 2008, 10:54 AM
In the gloomy light of morning, after post-game bar arguments and other suitable deliberations, here are the two main points about Game 5 of the World Series, butchered-by-Bud: 1) Whenever they re-start, the Phils will be batting in the bottom of the sixth of a 2-2 game. The Phils, therefore will have... Read more

Cherishing the moment that is here

Sunday, October 26, 2008, 11:44 PM
“This is a time to cherish,” Jimmy Rollins was saying. He was sitting in the dugout, hours before the first pitch last night. The ballpark had begun to awaken after the long night before. The stadium service people and all manner of media were performing their ancient rituals. Boxes of... Read more

Welcome back Westbrook

Sunday, October 26, 2008, 4:20 PM
Brian Westbrook returns. Eagles win. Cause, effect. It was an odd sort of day, with a Phillies hangover from the night before and Phillies anticipation for the night ahead. The Eagles were sandwiched into the middle, not their customary position. It felt a little different, and there was a ramshackle... Read more

The Old Man and the Series

Sunday, October 26, 2008, 1:56 AM
“You are killing me, fish, the old man thought. But you have a right to. Never have I seen a greater, or more beautiful, or a calmer or more noble thing than you, brother. Come on and kill me. I do not care who kills who.” Ernest Hemingway The Old Man and the Sea The ovation for Jamie... Read more

Weather like it's 1993

Saturday, October 25, 2008, 1:02 PM
Watching the mist and the rain fall this afternoon, the day has a 1993 feel to it -- specifically, October 20, 1993. Because it represents a fate I would wish on no one, specifically me, I bring it up here in a reverse-black-cat kind of strategy. You remember that night: Blue Jays 15, Phillies 14, Game... Read more

Phils: Myers did fine

Friday, October 24, 2008, 9:35 AM
Lousy weather in Orlando, rainy, foggy, getting ready to fly home, doing the second-guess thing in my head about how Phils manager Charlie Manuel lined up his pitching rotation for the World Series. I have already said that I would have done what Manuel did -- Cole Hamels, Brett Myers, Jamie Moyer and... Read more
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Rich Hofmann arrived at the Daily News in 1980 for a job whose status was officially designated as "full-time, temporary." A senior at Penn at the time, he was hired to fill in on the copy desk during a staff illness. The notion of him covering the Eagles or being a columnist did not exist in anyone's imagination. It was supposed to be six weeks and out, but he never left. It is only one of the reasons why so many people have concerns about him as a potential house guest. Rich has blogged the postseasons of the Flyers and Eagles. E-mail Rich at hofmanr@phillynews.com Reach Rich at hofmanr@phillynews.com.

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