THIS IS MY last column before March Madness gets underway. For people who love college basketball, the tournament itself is incredibly enjoyable to watch - the effort, the skill, the intensity, and most of all the one-and-done atmosphere make it a unique sporting event and perhaps the best playoff system in any sport, college or professional.
WHO WOULD have thunk it? The Sixers are the hottest thing in town hotter than the Flyers, hotter than the Eagles, gosh, even hotter than Villanova! In the last three years, would you have ever believed that Sixers fans would be a) coming out in almost s
AS I WATCHED the college football season come to an end in the BCS title game a few weeks ago with Clemson's thrilling victory over Alabama, it occurred to me that I enjoy watching college football almost as much as college basketball. But there is a big difference between these sports that greatly affects my level of interest, and that is how they end their season.
WELL THE EAGLES' season is almost over. Only a New Year's Day game against a Cowboys team that has nothing to play for remains on our schedule. So with the season all but over and 2016 coming to an end, I thought it would be a good time for a quick evaluation of where the Birds are and how far they have to go to become a playoff team.
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.
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.