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Archive: August, 2011

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

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

Cap Management Champions

Monday, August 8, 2011, 9:32 PM
If you were wondering how the Eagles could afford the number of top free agents they signed a week ago, put it down to exquisite cap management. The league has capped each team at $120.38 million but, according to Peter King of, the Eagles will have $125.58 million to spend. That includes $2... 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

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