FOR SOME reason that I've yet to figure out, I've done reasonably well on these Super Bowl prop bets. Which, of course, are for chuckle purposes only. Anyone can back somebody to win. But what other game lets you take a stand on anything from the coin toss to the halftime show? As long as it's all in fun and gives you something to cheer for other than more cold beverages. So bring it on.
THERE WAS a point Sunday afternoon when Villanova's Josh Hart and Kris Jenkins were shooting a combined 0-for-14. And hardly coincidentally, the soon-to-be-not-top-ranked-anymore Wildcats were losing by double digits in the second half to No. 12 Virginia in South Philly, in a matchup that sure felt like it was the Sweet 16 or Elite Eight come early.
JAVON BAUMANN has always had a special spot in his soul for all things culinary, as much as he does for playing basketball. Growing up in Solms-Oberbiel, a small town about 45 minutes from Frankfurt in southwest Germany, he had a friend who was a baker and owned a restaurant. That's where he did his first internship, when he was in 10th grade, working mostly as a line cook.
MEGHAN CREIGHTON was in second grade when a friend of one of her three older brothers, Evan Brady, was diagnosed with bone cancer, a disease that four years later would take his life. But not his spirit. So a group of families and friends soon started "Evanfest" to raise money to help others with children battling life-threatening illnesses. Her family was among them. And in the decade since then the volunteer-driven organization has raised in the neighborhood of $1 million.
ZACH ROSEBERRY is not a tattoo type of guy. But he does have one, which you can't help noticing, on the ripped upper part of his right arm. And it means the world to him. The Delaware Valley University senior got it on his 16th birthday as a tribute to his older brother Trae, who had died in a car accident two years earlier. Zack didn't just lose his only sibling that tragic night. Trae was also his best friend, mentor and inspiration. So Zach decided to honor him forever, in a way for everyone to see.
GROWING UP in Northeast Philly, I played everything. Football, basketball, baseball. Only trouble was, all I knew as a young fan were bad times. The Eagles stunk. So did the Sixers. Ditto the Phillies. Then, in 1967, we had something else - the Flyers. Th
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ANNAPOLIS, Md. - Greatest ever. As in, nobody who came before had done more. It's the ultimate distinction. Temple has been playing football since 1894. Much of what's gone down on North Broad wasn't exactly memorable. On Tuesday, this group of Owls was playing for its own place in program history, in a year when a bunch of folks thought it would take a step backwards.
EVERY PROGRAM should have an Ed Foley. The Cherry Hill native has been part of Temple football since 2008. North Broad happens to be the eighth stop on a resume that includes two stints at Penn in the 1990s. He survived when Al Golden left for Miami in 2010, and when Steve Addazio headed to Boston College two years later.
WHEN THEN-TEMPLE athletic director Bill Bradshaw hired former Penn Stater Al Golden to be the school's new football coach a little over a decade ago, the Owls were coming off an 0-11 season that had been preceded by 2-9 and 1-11. Bradshaw's words that day were prophetic: "If (Golden's) getting hired by another program in four or five years, then we've got the right guy."