Tuesday, May 5, 2015

Video: Andy Jasner reflects on his late father Phil's induction into the Big 5 Hall of Fame

Plus a few excerpts from Jasner's acceptance speech on his father's behalf.

Video: Andy Jasner reflects on his late father Phil’s induction into the Big 5 Hall of Fame

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"P" is for "Passion," and did my father ever have passion for the Big 5. Through his years at the Temple News, and through Penn’s 1979 Final Four run at the Daily News. That’s nearly 20 years of stories, which he chased with passion every day – no matter how tired he was, no matter how busy he was...

"P" is for "The Palestra." What more can you say about the Palestra? People who know me know how I feel about this building. It’s why I spent more hours here than I did at home. I did my homework, I watched tripleheaders, I saw my dad work a 25-hour day while never complaining. How can you complain here at the Palestra? It would be impossible...

You were taken from us much too early, but I know you’re looking down and smiling as this event is unfolding.

- A few excerpts from Andy Jasner’s Big 5 Hall of Fame acceptance speech on behalf of his late father, former Daily News basketball writer Phil Jasner

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