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Archive: May, 2009

Jameer for the Finals?

Sunday, May 31, 2009, 8:45 PM
Jameer Nelson is pretty good at everything he does, which means he has been a good cheerleader/unofficial assistant coach during the Orlando Magic's run to the NBA Finals. But talking to him during the first round, you could tell he was dying inside. His first All-Star season, truncated when he tore... Read more

Manuel really doesn't want you to boo

Thursday, May 28, 2009, 10:19 AM
Charlie Manuel says he doesn't want you to boo his team. He says he was kidding. He said, "I definitely didn't mean it." He was referring to something he said to reporters before Tuesday night's game. They were asking him why the team wasn't playing well at home and, at one point, he said... Read more

Tributes to Flyers' Zezel pour in

Wednesday, May 27, 2009, 12:16 PM
The reactions continued to pour in on the untimely passing of former Flyer Peter Zezel. Zezel died Tuesday from a rare blood disorder at the age of 44 in Toronto. RICK TOCCHET: “It is a sad day. Obviously, as a former teammate, it is a sad loss. I know he touched a lot of lives. Unfortunately... Read more

Eagles looking at combo kicker/punter

Tuesday, May 26, 2009, 7:39 PM
According to a published report, the Eagles are bringing in a combination kicker/punter for a tryout on Wednesday. The kid's name is Zach Thiry, and he is out of someplace called Carroll College, an NAIA powerhouse that has won five national championships. Thiry apparently wants to concentrate mostly... Read more

Peter Zezel dies

Tuesday, May 26, 2009, 1:10 PM
Terrible news out of Toronto: Former Flyer Peter Zezel has died in a hospital as a result of a rare blood disorder. Multiple reports indicate that Zezel had fought the disorder, hemolytic anemia, for the last decade, but that he was thought to be coping well in recent years. His family made the decision... Read more

Sotomayor and sports

Tuesday, May 26, 2009, 11:43 AM
Sonia Sotomayor, announced as President Obama's choice to succeed the retiring David Souter on the Supreme Court, has been involved in two huge sports cases over the years. In one, during the baseball strike of 1994-95, she ruled in favor of the players over the owners, effectively ending the owners'... Read more

Call him "Macho," please

Thursday, May 21, 2009, 10:42 AM
Here is the real news from the Eagles' roster: Macho Harris is his name. Not Victor. Macho. It says so, right there on the Eagles' website. And the change was confirmed by the club. The cornerback from Virginia Tech whom the Eagles drafted in the fifth round last month has a real first name on his... Read more

The NFL's hammer

Thursday, May 21, 2009, 9:05 AM
The news was in The New York Times the other day. At the NFL owners' meeting, as a result of making a deal with Comcast on carrying the NFL Network, the league's deals with CBS and Fox were renegotiated as well. The key point, though, is that the owners will get the network cash even if the league... Read more

PETA to Vick: Show us your brain

Wednesday, May 20, 2009, 10:35 AM
Michael Vick is out of jail. Now, the maneuvering begins. NFL commissioner Roger Goodell is playing this very cozy. He said he is looking for Vick to show proper remorse before reinstating him, all of which is fine. But what nobody is really saying out loud, but which everybody knows in their heart... Read more

McDermott well-prepared to fill in for Johnson

Tuesday, May 19, 2009, 9:09 AM
This is awful, as anybody who knows Jim Johnson can tell you. Even if you only know of him, the news of his leave of absence to resume chemotherapy treatments just grabs the air out of your chest. This is a good man, and a tough man, and the idea that he is involved in this kind of a struggle is disheartening... 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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