IT IS A formidable undertaking, and amusing to observe. Howie Roseman is trying to reconstruct his image. Once defensive, sometimes feral, Roseman now patiently explains decisions. He has forsaken acceptance into the testosterone-driven Old Boys Network. Smallish and bookish, Roseman is resigned to the fact that he can never be Ozzie Newsome; better, then, to emulate Theo Epstein.
WASHINGTON - The Flyers grew up a little Friday night. They channeled the spirit of their late owner and the composure of their goaltender and the determination of their coach. They withstood the Fury the Capitals seek to unleash every night at the Verizon Center, but it was the Flyers who had the successful road trip.
HOWIE ROSEMAN and Jeffrey Lurie have often said: This is how you become great. You identify stars, studs, cornerstone players; and then, you get them. If it costs you five picks to get the one you want, so be it, especially if it's a quarterback.
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AUGUSTA, Ga. - It's anybody's ballgame, and that might be the best thing for the ballgame. "I think it's fun for the game to see how close it is, and everyone has their own little favorites," said Jason Day, the new world No. 1. "Some people are Rory (McIlroy). Some people are me. Some people are Jordan Spieth. Some people are Rickie Fowler."
APPARENTLY, swimming upstream is only exhausting if you're not making headway. In the Flyers' case, they're moving right along. In fact, the further upstream they travel from playoff irrelevance to the playoff fringes, the stronger they get. If they make it to their goal, they can turn round and use the current to push them through the playoffs.
NEW YORK - It's March, and there's madness, but things don't get really crazy in the NCAA until April. That's when the top college talent begins its annual migration to the NBA, with a fresh crop of unskilled, immature kids further diluting an already watered-down product.
NEW YORK - If this sounds like an obituary for a man who is only in ICU, apologies. The bedside manner might need work, but, frankly, the prognosis for Fran Dunphy is not good.His Temple Owls, a No. 10 seed, on Friday face No. 7 Iowa, a team that was ranked third in the country in January. If the Owls win, they probably will meet Villanova, formerly ranked No. 1 in the country, now a No. 2 seed here in Brooklyn.
Marcus Hayes is a sports columnist for the Daily News and Inquirer. 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.