Saturday, August 29, 2015

A sports void

I've really missed the combine.

A sports void

ED HILLE / Staff Photographer

I have been to 25 Super Bowls and six Olympic Games. I have been to the NBA Finals and seen Michael Jordan and I have been to hockey church, the Stanley Cup Finals in the Montreal Forum. I saw Bird and Magic at the Final Four as a kid (along with those Cinderella Penn Quakers), and I saw Magic a generation later run out onto the court from the stands to celebrate with a new set of kids from Michigan State and a new national championship.

I have been to the Masters often enough to know the closing times of local restaurants. I have walked on the Old Course at St. Andrews. I have seen cricket played in Manchester, England, and I have seen the Little League World Series in Williamsport, Pa. I have been to jai alai in Tijuana and been in Saskatchewan to watch a guy skate across Canada for a cause. I saw where they hit golf balls near the DMZ between North and South Korea and watched the Eagles play football games in London and Tokyo.

I have worked at a great place, for great people, during a great era. I have been luckier, much luckier, than most, and I know it.

But I have never been to the NFL scouting combine.

I feel cheated.

Daily News Sports Columnist
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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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