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Peyton Manning, Andrew Luck, Tony Romo and No. 4

Monday, September 12, 2011, 7:48 PM
KICKOFF RETURNS GALORE! Remember the panic a week ago, when distraught fans — and a lot of media observers — thought the new kickoff rule would eliminate successful returns? Hah! There were three returns for touchdowns in the first 14 games, including one of 108 yards by Randall “Corn”... Read more

Lots of stuff to think about

Sunday, September 11, 2011, 12:24 AM
Things to think about. DOES Ryan Madson ever retire the first batter? NOW THAT weather has officially replaced football as the buzz topic in Happy Valley, can we get Joe Paterno to gracefully retire? BREAKING NEWS: The Union played a gripping 0-0 tie with the Portland Timbers on Saturday. SINCE... Read more

Football. Finally

Tuesday, September 6, 2011, 8:09 PM
With Labor Day out of the way, the kids back to school, and the Phillies on hold until October, the pro football season is finally front and center. Mark Herzlich and Pat Devlin have found places in the NFL and Herzlich will be on the active roster when the New York Giants tee it up against the Washington... Read more

Hey -- at least it's only September

Monday, September 5, 2011, 12:07 AM
Angry reactions heard after Sunday’s emotional Phillies loss. 1. Somebody has to get Cowboy Joe West under control. Don't forget -- this is a sport run by a cadaver, Bud Selig. 2. Charlie Manuel made a huge mistake by asking for a review of Hunter Pence’s drive to the top of wall. By... Read more

Awaiting Alabama

Saturday, September 3, 2011, 10:53 PM
QUESTION NO. 1. Now that Penn State has subdued that old terror Indiana State, proving we can compete with Villanova and Delaware at the upper reaches of the coveted Football Championship Subdivisions, is there a ray of hope for a breakout victory next week vs. the 'pros in waiting' from Alabama? ... Read more

Michael Vick and Andy Reid

Monday, August 29, 2011, 8:19 PM
FACT No. 1: the Eagles’ offensive line is a mess. FACT No. 2: the Eagles sign Michael Vick for $100 million over six years. REACTION: Don’t you have to wonder if Andy Reid is making the same mistake Buddy Ryan made with Randall Cunningham -- simply hand him the ball and expect the quarterback... Read more

TO a TV star, Mikell impresses, and Collins is back

Wednesday, August 24, 2011, 7:38 PM
While Terrell Owens idles away his time waiting to get back into the NFL, the loquacious receiver has focused his attention on his more natural career — acting. Owens, who tore his anterior cruciate ligament and had surgery in early April, filmed an episode of the USA sitcom Necessary Roughness... Read more

Favre to Indianapolis is just rumor

Monday, August 22, 2011, 7:47 PM
This is how rumors get started in the zany world of Twitter, text messaging and emails from smart phones. On Saturday morning, Colts owner Jim Irsay said it was not definite that Peyton Manning (who is recovering from neck surgery) would be able to start the season opener. On Saturday afternoon,... Read more

Come on Charlie!

Sunday, August 21, 2011, 6:05 PM
MEMO TO CHARLIE MANUEL: do not use Brad Lidge in close games. He is strictly a mop-up pitcher at this stage of his career. Read more

Honors for Pete Carril, Jim Phelan and Debbie Ryan

Thursday, August 18, 2011, 2:13 PM
Three nationally reknowned college basketball coaches who have their roots in the Delaware Valley, have been selected as recipients of the fourth annual Lapchick Character Award, one of the newer but more prestigious honors for college basketball coaches. Fabled former Princeton coach Pete Carril... Read more
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Don McKee arrived at the white Inquirer building the same month (August of 1974) that Richard Nixon departed the White House, but claims no connection. He has covered Penn State football, the Flyers of Fred Shero, the Eagles of Dick Vermeil and backed up several beats. After 25 years covering high school sports in three cities and two states, he says the only teams he is allowed to root for are Conrad Weiser High School and Penn State, his two alma maters. LIKES: Straight talk. HATES: Spin doctoring and mindless devotion to conventional wisdom. Reach Don at dmckee@phillynews.com.

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