IT'S THANKSGIVING time and this holiday gives us time to reflect on all the good things in our lives. We all spend far too much time complaining about what's wrong with them. So let's take a shot at this from this Philly sports fan's perspective.
LAST YEAR, I wrote about the unfairness of the NCAA football playoff system and how limiting the playoffs to four teams would inevitably bring about controversy, as a number of teams are unfairly left out of the playoff for the national championship.
MAYBE IT'S because our professional sports teams have been so bad for so long. Or maybe it's because the actuary tables tell me that if I am going to see a championship, it better be soon. But Ed Rendell is feeling incredibly optimistic about the future of our Philadelphia Phillies.
I WANTED to believe it. I really did. I wanted to believe that our Republican U.S. senator, Pat Toomey, would show some moderation and support bipartisan, common-sense gun control legislation this week after the horrific shooting in Orlando just over a week ago.
SINCE ED SNIDER'S death, a lot has been written about him, Philadelphia, and Flyers Nation. I could not let the opportunity pass without adding my insight. As I thought about what to write someone from 6ABC came into my office to capture my reaction and showed me an article I wrote in June 2011, titled, "Ed Snider and Philly have been perfect together."
Ed Rendell is a former two-term governor of Pennsylvania, and mayor and district attorney of Philadelphia. He also is an avid sports fan. "Sports is so much a part of what makes Philadelphia a special place," he says. He brings the fans' perspective to the Daily News with "View from the Stands." Among his goals is for his column to be about what the average fan is thinking about, so let him know what is on your mind.