How did we reach this startling point? How did the Eagles suddenly find themselves flush with wide receiver talent? Just four months ago the Birds were hoping to prove the NFL wrong about Rueben Randle and Chris Givens.
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In the 2012 U.S. presidential election, 43 percent of eligible citizens failed to exercise their right and duty to vote. That failure rate rose to 64 percent in the midterm elections of 2014, the lowest rate since 1942, when the country was engaged in World War II.
CHASE UTLEY'S homecoming ended much like it began: Most of the 29,187 at Citizens Bank Park rose and applauded when Utley led off the first inning for the Dodgers. He struck out Tuesday before hitting two homers, and his leadoff single Thursday sparked a three-run rally.
MR. 58 TEES OFF at 8:10 a.m. Thursday. Eagles punter Donnie Jones, the oldest player on the team, will be in Pittsburgh on Thursday preparing for a preseason game. Still, he will be following what Jim Furyk does at the Wyndham Championships. So will the rest of the golf world.
PLACIDO POLANCO retired Sunday as a Phillie. It shouldn't be the last time we hear from him. Polanco always played in the shadow of bigger names - Jim Thome, Pat Burrell, Bobby Abreu, Cole Hamels, Billy Wagner, Roy Halladay - but he belonged with them. He should be remembered as a hard-nosed Phillie with deep connections to the four hardest-nosed Phillies to play for the franchise in the past 20 years: Scott Rolen, Chase Utley, Thome and Carlos Ruiz.
NEW YORK - Ben Simmons was five minutes early. Usually, the imminent millionaires who gather for a mass press conference the day before the NBA draft stroll in right on time, if not a few ticks tardy. They're mostly teenagers, after all.
AFTER THE INDIGNITY of Wednesday night, it's time to set the big man free. The punchless Phillies faced righthander Marco Estrada and the powerful Blue Jays. Ryan Howard, the Phillies' franchise first baseman for the last decade, was 4-for-11 with a homer and four RBI against Estrada. Tommy Joseph, the new starting first baseman
YOU COULD almost hear the briefcase clicking shut Monday evening. That's when Howie Roseman finished a four-month negotiation with Fletcher Cox, perhaps already the best defensive tackle in Eagles history and probably the best athlete in the city, depending on how you regard Claude Giroux.
IF YOU WANT to remember Ali in your own special way, then stop right here. If you revere him or if you revile him, and if you want to entrench yourself, that is your right. Muhammad Ali led a varied life in trying times, a life that justifies almost any sort of judgment.
Marcus Hayes is a sports columnist for the Daily News. Hired more than 20 years ago as a features writer, he has since covered the Eagles, Phillies, and Sixers beats as well as Big Five basketball, college football, golf, and the Olympics.