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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

Hall of Fame politics and Jack Morris

Wednesday, August 17, 2011, 12:08 AM
The opposite-field home run Jim Thome stroked to left on Monday night re-ignited what seems to be every baseball fan’s passion — a debate about who belongs in the Hall of Fame. To me, Thome is indisputable — one of eight men to hit 600 homers and the second fastest to the milestone... Read more

Why Jim Thome belongs in the Hall of Fame

Tuesday, August 16, 2011, 12:11 AM
It seems like a silly discussion, since only seven others have done what the big, friendly farm boy did on Monday night. But the question has been raised repeatedly this season, and not just by the culls and rejects who support so much of what passes for talk radio in this town, but by serious sports... Read more

The official score of MLS, Pocono and Chase Utley

Wednesday, August 10, 2011, 11:47 PM
Glad to see the U.S. and Mexican national teams conformed to the official score of MLS, 1-1. Might as well have everyone on the same page. THE POCONO 400? There was a time when running 500 miles separated the men from the boys in NASCAR. Now, it seems, the good ole’ boys in the stands and in... Read more

Charlie Manuel, Flipping the Bird and Talkin’ About Practice

Tuesday, August 9, 2011, 11:29 PM
Is it just me, or is Charlie Manuel’s slavish devotion to his veterans getting as irritating as a Red Sox-Yankees game? Clearly the manager wants to find out if Brad Lidge can be of any help in the post-season and the only good thing about that is he did so on August 8th. Lidge’s tottering... Read more

Hold those lawn chairs a bit longer

Sunday, August 7, 2011, 7:30 PM
The Phillies haven’t climbed Mount Lince-Cain yet, but at least they got out of base camp this weekend. After flailing away to a spectacular lack of sucess against the Giants duo in Philadelphia last month, the Fightin’s weren’t exactly a juggernaut in Frisco the last two days, either... Read more

Even the players loved NFL Madness

Tuesday, August 2, 2011, 12:37 AM
Thoughts while wondering whatever became of the brainless reports that the Eagles would lure Brett Favre off his muddy tractor in Mississippi to back up Michael Vick. Or want to. KEEP IN MIND. Remember the name Brett Wallace. It’ll come up later. THE NFL's NEW TOY. Am I the only one who thinks... Read more

The tension was brutal

Sunday, July 31, 2011, 12:29 AM
Thoughts on a weekend that left you more covered with sweat than if you’d worked out in a boxing ring. 1. Is it just me, or does Hunter Pence further enhance the Phillies’ league-leading collction of bad beards? Just kidding. The Phillies got their man and he’s important both... 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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