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Archive: March, 2009

Final Four!

Saturday, March 28, 2009, 9:38 PM
Somehow, some way, Villanova is going to the Final Four. It was a classic game. It was a game that will be talked about for as long as they talk about college basketball in Philadelphia. It was a tight, physical, brutal wonderful game – and Scottie Reynolds won it with a driving layup with 0... Read more

WIll this be Villanova's magic night?

Saturday, March 28, 2009, 3:54 PM
Heading to the Garden after a beautiful day in Boston. Everybody is out, wandering, waiting. There are plenty of Villanova sweatshirts on the cool, sunny streets. Tonight against Pitt, the Wildcats have a chance to get back to the Final Four for the first time since 1985. Rollie Massimino, the old... Read more

Villanova advances, and wants more

Friday, March 27, 2009, 12:25 AM
BOSTON – The calendar turns and the obstacles grow larger. It is what the NCAA Tournament is about. You get scared in one round and you grow up in the next round and you hope that the momentum continues. Hope. Through everything, it remains the dominant emotion. To paraphrase Bill Parcells,... Read more

Plucking and Coach K

Wednesday, March 25, 2009, 5:48 PM
It's an often-told story, about how the great Gerald Henderson, late of Episcopal Academy, chose Duke over Villanova. Here is coach Mike Krzyzewski's side of it. He was asked how he "plucked" Henderson out of Philadelphia, and Coach K offered just a hint of superiority in his reply. "Because... Read more

The NFL eats well

Tuesday, March 24, 2009, 12:05 PM
At the nicest restaurant in the palatial hotel where the NFL is currently holding its meetings, this is what I would have for dinner if I were an owner. Appetizer: Caviar, naturally. My choice would be the Iranian Golden Osetra because I want the best. The price is a mere $275. Entree: I won't take... Read more

What if Schilling had stayed?

Monday, March 23, 2009, 12:20 PM
Curt Schilling retired. On his blog. Perfect. I used to wonder a lot what it might have been like if Schilling had stayed with the Phillies, of if he had come back that time when it seemed a possibility. Because there is no denying the big-game excellence of the guy, or the big mouth. I can argue... Read more

Eagles' effective balance

Monday, March 23, 2009, 11:18 AM
The Eagles are going to run it a little more next year. Really, they are. This has been my general take since the end of the season. Sitting there after they lost the NFC Championship Game, trying to divine the future from the still-warm ashes, that just seemed the most logical way for Andy Reid... Read more

Stream of Consciousness/Madness

Thursday, March 19, 2009, 3:16 PM
March Madness... Stream of consciousness... Plenty of people take the first 2 days of the NCAA Tournament off from work, meet up with friends, make one last plea to spouses, do the total immersion thing. But you really aren't a degenerate, a true and total degenerate, unless you have eaten three... Read more

Your vote: Boldin, not Cutler

Wednesday, March 18, 2009, 9:23 AM
The vote is in. Anquan Boldin it is. Now all that has to happen is the Cardinals have to agree to trade him. So, we ran our little poll on Tuesday. It was as scientific as astrology, but so what? I happen to think it's a fair reflection of what people around here think. They do want Boldin, the... Read more

What should the Eagles do?

Tuesday, March 17, 2009, 11:57 AM
The poll is pretty self-explanatory. The Eagles have these two first-round draft choices and a bunch of different scenarios. Some might be more real than others -- for instance, we can't be sure that Boldin or Cutler will be available. Still, this is where the conversation is today, so have at it. 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 Reach Rich at

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