Carson Wentz is set to begin workouts this month with private quarterback instructor Adam Dedeaux in Los Angeles. Dedeaux, who now runs the business started by Tom House, another former baseball pitcher, is considered a guru in the science of coaching quarterbacks at the NFL level, and his past client list includes guys like Tom Brady and Drew Brees. If you are an NFL quarterback looking to improve, this is the offseason place to go.
The NFL's season of unending misery comes to a close on Sunday night with a Super Bowl that might reprise all the league's woes in one handy four-hour package. It would be quite an undertaking, but the Patriots and Falcons could conceivably do it.
Having spent four years of a former life chronicling everything Charles Barkley did or said, and hoping for an occasional respite during which there was neither to report, I can say confidently that the dustup this week between Barkley and LeBron James is very small potatoes indeed.
The other night, someone I consider an expert in NBA player evaluation said that the recent play of 76ers point guard T.J. McConnell is reminiscent of that of a young John Stockton, the all-time assist leader who went to the All-Star Game 10 times and was inducted twice into the Naismith Hall of Fame (once as a member of the 1992 Olympic "Dream Team.")
On the list of civic mysteries that defy ready solution, the recent stretch of success for the 76ers is right up there with the popularity of scrapple for human consumption and that whole parking in the middle of Broad Street thing.
It is always a huge risk for an NFL team to package a wealth of draft picks to reach for a golden prize near the top of board, but the promise of that one magical component is sometimes too great to resist.
By Bob Ford Villanova checked another game off the schedule Saturday, beating Providence by 10 points at the Wells Fargo Center. It was a fairly typical mid-January game in the Big East Conference - one part beauty, one part beastly, and the rest a series of collisions and skids across the floor.
Every year, as baseball's steroid era - or, at least, the most obvious one - becomes a little smaller in the rearview mirror, the most blatant of the cheaters inch a little closer to the Hall of Fame.
Four teams in the NFL had great regular seasons in 2016, at least as defined by Howie Roseman, the Eagles' executive vice president of football operations, during his wrap-up press conference two weeks ago.
It is January, and Andy Reid is still coaching football, something he has done in 12 of his 18 seasons as a head coach. Consistency like that is what keeps NFL coaches employed - and what gets them jobs when they eventually need one - and no one is as fond of consistency as Andy Reid.
One by one, they struggled in from the cold of the parking lot carrying a large duffel bag of equipment and with a hockey stick or two tucked under an arm. The former Flyers who will play an alumni game on Saturday night at the Wells Fargo Center against a team of Pittsburgh Penguins alumni have to haul their own stuff these days and they move a bit slower than before, but they are Flyers forever and the fans never forget.
Brett Brown, the head coach of the 76ers, has looked ahead, and he is convinced. Not everyone can see the same thing. Brown doesn't care. He is coaching a game that is getting smaller and faster each year, and his best player, a player whose gifts are given only to the very few, is very large and possesses just moderate quickness. How can he be sure?
Howie Roseman is a careful dispenser of information. Of all the news that came out of his season-ending, state-of-the-team news conference Wednesday - and there wasn't much - his reticence was the least surprising. ATM's hand out stray $20 bills more freely than the Eagles' executive vice president of football operations divulges the inner thoughts of the organization.
Near the front of the long, narrow locker room at the NovaCare Complex, there was the traditional pile of cardboard boxes and supply of black, industrial-strength trash bags. It was moving day, and the players packed up equipment to be shipped back home for the offseason or merely stuffed what they wanted into a bag and tossed it into the back of their cars.
They have accumulated again, like old traffic tickets stuffed into the glove compartment. Despite the best intentions and resolutions of each new year, a large number of corrections and clarifications that should have been published throughout 2016 did not appear because of the diligent effort of the author.
Sometimes the smallest tack in the road is the one that flattens the tire, and while the Eagles haven't been much of a hazard for most of the season, they were sharp enough to stall the New York Giants on Thursday night.
Bob Ford is an award-winning sports columnist for the Inquirer. He is a four-time Pennsylvania Sportswriter of the Year, as selected by the National Sportscasters and Sportswriters Association. His work has been cited numerous times by Associated Press Sports Editors judges, and he won an Eclipse Award for outstanding coverage of horse racing. Prior to becoming a columnist at the Inquirer, Ford was the 76ers beat writer for six seasons and then a general assignment feature writer with a specialty in Olympic sports. In 1995, he was designated a fellow of the Knight Center for Specialized Journalism. Ford has written sports in the Philadelphia area since 1981, when he served as the Phillies beat writer and later as a general sports columnist for the Delaware County Daily Times.