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Archive: April, 2009

Eagles chat surprise

Thursday, April 30, 2009, 4:30 PM
Did an Eagles chat this afternoon. One hour. Thirty-eight questions. Only two about Donovan McNabb. Now, a producer selects the questions from a longer list. There might have been a higher percentage of McNabb questions in the whole list -- there probably were; I only gave it a quick scan during... Read more

Sixers' task: Stop Earvin "Magic" Gortat

Thursday, April 30, 2009, 12:27 PM
It was a Game 6 in Philadelphia, a long time ago. It was one of the first times they let me out of the office. It was to go to the airport and chase down the Los Angeles Lakers as they arrived for what they hoped would be their NBA Finals-clincher against the Sixers. It was so long ago that professional... Read more

Hamels voodoo marketing opportunity

Wednesday, April 29, 2009, 8:19 AM
I mean, if this stuff is going to keep happening to Cole Hamels -- the latest being a sprained ankle on Tuesday night -- somebody at least ought to be able to make a buck out of it. Because you know that somebody in New York has a voodoo doll, perhaps like the one pictured above on the cap. Read more

Holmgren pretty vague on Biron

Tuesday, April 28, 2009, 3:24 PM
Flyers general manager Paul Holmgren, a straight shooter in most cases, was pretty vague about the future of goaltender Martin Biron at a Tuesday press conference. After the team's first-round playoff ouster by Pittsburgh, Holmgren is in evaluation mode, clearly. But given several chances to say that... Read more

Coming soon: NFL Draftapalooza

Tuesday, April 28, 2009, 10:10 AM
As someone who remembers when the NFL draft was sometimes 12 rounds in one-day, an absolute car wreck of a day, the evolution of this thing is nothing short of astounding. And now comes this news, which actually has been coming for a while but which the NFL is now saying out loud: The league is considering... Read more

Why Sheldon might have to stay

Monday, April 27, 2009, 9:56 AM
Sitting over in the NovaCare Complex on Sunday when the Eagles traded two fifth-round picks for Patriots cornerback Ellis Hobbs, two questions immediately hit me: 1) What does this mean for disgruntled corner Sheldon Brown? 2) Why did it only take two fifth-rounders to acquire a starting corner? We're... Read more

Eagles offensive makeover

Sunday, April 26, 2009, 5:30 PM
Draft weekend is message time in the NFL, maybe the only time when a team tells the truth -- and not with its words but its actions. With that: In selecting Jeremy Maclin with the 19th pick in the first round, and trading up two spots to do it, the Eagles selected a wide receiver higher than they... Read more

Biggest Boldin question: the contract

Saturday, April 25, 2009, 11:34 AM
Nobody talks about Anquan Boldin's contract, which is the reason he wants out of Arizona. If the Eagles were to acquire him in a trade, they would have to renegotiate his contract with two years remaining and throw in an SUV full of cash. If the rumors about Boldin wanting $9 million-plus per season... Read more

Sixers win Game 3

Friday, April 24, 2009, 10:57 PM
Thaddeus Young won it at the end with a layup, contorting around Orlando's Dwight Howard with 2 second left. The final score was 96-94. The Wachovia Center erupted. The Sixers now lead the Magic in their best of seven playoff series, two games to one. It was a wild night. Howard had 36 for the Magic... Read more

Gotta be a running back

Friday, April 24, 2009, 9:09 AM
I will not pretend to know Knowshon Moreno's projected ability as an NFL player. There are people in the league who are paid good money to throw that dart and make that guess -- and it is that, an educated guess, nothing more. But I will repeat what I have been saying since the day the Eagles were... 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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