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Archive: February, 2011

NFL lockout strategy revealed

Friday, February 25, 2011, 10:49 AM
It isn't a big surprise that the NFL has been planning for a lockout for months and months. Everybody has reported on it. Most people expect it to happen, probably soon after the collective bargaining agreement expires at 11:59 pm on March 3. Still, it really hits you when you see the strategy referred... Read more

Video: Hofmann's 3 big answers

Thursday, February 24, 2011, 2:42 PM
Video: Can Jimmy Rollins adapt his game? Daily News columnist Rich Hofmann answers the three big questions in Philly sports with CineSport's Noah Coslov. Read more

Mike Florio disagrees

Wednesday, February 23, 2011, 5:30 PM
Mike Florio disagrees. He says he really doesn't believe it's possible that the NFL and the NFLPA are sticking with their current round of federal mediation only because leaving it is politically impossible right now -- that the act of walking out would be used by the other side in what is beginning... Read more

NFL labor progress? Not necessarily

Wednesday, February 23, 2011, 10:36 AM
Over at profootballtalk.com, Mike Florio has reported that Tuesday was a "big day" in the ongoing NFL labor talks, which are being aided and abetted by a federal mediator. The union has said any talk of progress is "speculation." I don't know what's true. But this needs to be emphasized: The act... Read more

Video: Hofmann's 3 big answers

Friday, February 18, 2011, 11:38 AM
Video: What is the Sixers' grade at the All-Star break? Does Andy Reid need to win a Super Bowl to keep his job? Daily News columnist Rich Hofmann answers the three big questions in Philly sports. Read more

Banner talks championships

Tuesday, February 15, 2011, 7:22 PM
Eagles president Joe Banner did the interview thing on Tuesday afternoon at NovaCare, his first since the end of the season. At one point, I asked him about the significant roster turnover of the last few seasons, and how they have still played at a high level through this transition but did not really... Read more

The Spectrum's end of days

Monday, February 14, 2011, 4:24 PM
Video: The Spectrum's end is near. Daily News columnist Rich Hofmann pays a visit to the arena's crumbling shell as the demolition of "America's Showplace" enters its final stages. Read more

Video: Three big answers

Thursday, February 10, 2011, 1:25 PM
Video: Which coaching hire will prove most important for the Eagles? Daily News columnist Rich Hofmann attempts to answer that question with CineSport's Noah Coslov. Read more

Super Packers

Sunday, February 6, 2011, 10:13 PM
ARLINGTON, Texas -- The thing keeps getting bigger, although it hardly seems possible. The Super Bowl is overwhelming as an experience: enormous, loud, annoying, American, garish, gross, seductive and mesmerizing. It makes you wonder how it could be possible for the NFL’s owners and its players... Read more

Juan Castillo, first impressions

Thursday, February 3, 2011, 11:52 AM
The date was April 18, 1998. That is was a long time ago goes without saying. But it is the first time I remember Juan Castillo speaking. He had been on Ray Rhodes' staff for a couple of years in an entry-level position, learning the business of NFL coaching. Now he was the offensive line coach in... Read more
About this blog
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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