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Archive: May, 2011

Utley has returned

Sunday, May 22, 2011, 11:50 AM
Chase Utley is here. Saw him with my own eyes. In the clubhouse. With his equipment and stuff. He isn't in the Sunday lineup against the Texas Rangers. He isn't talking yet to the media. According to the club, the intention is for him to meet with Michael Ciccotti, the team doctor, and athletic... Read more

The Mike Richards question

Friday, May 20, 2011, 9:33 AM
Q: Which Flyers player, in Game 1 against Boston -- the 7-3 loss when so many of his teammates didn’t show up, the game that sent the whole thing careening out of control -- scored a goal, was on the ice for only one of the seven Boston goals, was out there for only about three or four scoring... Read more

Chat Philly sports with Rich Hofmann

Monday, May 16, 2011, 9:15 AM
Rich Hofmann will chat for the Hot Button about your favorite Philly sports topics on Monday beginning at 11 a.m. On a mobile device? Click HERE to join the chat. Read more

Video: Call up Domonic Brown

Thursday, May 12, 2011, 1:33 PM
Video: Daily News columnist Rich Hofmann talks about the pending return of Chase Utley and Carlos Ruiz, rates the importance of the Phillies' weekend series with the Braves, and explains why Dom Brown should be patrolling the outfield for the Phils. Read more

Flyers swept

Friday, May 6, 2011, 10:43 PM
BOSTON -- And so it ends for the Flyers, quickly and profoundly. Four games, four losses, and now more than 4 months to try to figure out what went wrong. Facing elimination, the Flyers did nothing to embarrass themselves on Friday night at TD Garden. They played a credible, competitive game. But... Read more

Hofmann: 3 big answers

Thursday, May 5, 2011, 12:56 PM
Video: Can the Flyers repeat last year's miracle comeback? Daily News columnist Rich Hofmann answers the three big questions in Philly sports with CineSport's Noah Coslov. Read more

Bruins crush Flyers, 5-1

Wednesday, May 4, 2011, 9:38 PM
BOSTON -- Any resemblance to last year is nothing more than a mocking coincidence. Let us begin there, as the Flyers again contemplate history. Twelve months ago, they fell into an 0-3 hole against the Bruins in the second round of the playoffs; same as now. And while they do not award style points... Read more

Flyers dig another hole

Monday, May 2, 2011, 10:44 PM
Well, the Flyers have now officially dug themselves into another hole. They again will be given an opportunity to test the resolve for which they have become so famous. They threw an incredible punch at the Boston Bruins on Monday, but they still find themselves buried in their second-round playoff... Read more

Versus will show "God Bless America"

Monday, May 2, 2011, 11:21 AM
UPDATING AGAIN: After looking back at the old stories, I have discovered a flaw in my memory of "God Bless America" history. As it turns out, Lauren Hart sang the song for the first time, solo, before the last game of the 2000 playoffs -- the seventh game loss to the Devils during which Eric Lindros... Read more

The passion of Philadelphia fans

Sunday, May 1, 2011, 11:00 AM
I think we all just witnessed the biggest day in the history of Philadelphia sports. By "biggest," I don't mean most momentous. Instead, the definition is far more utilitarian -- butts in chairs. And here is the number: 132,049. Has Philadelphia ever had a bigger day? Call the roll: 48,531 (Penn... 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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