SOME FOLKS simply aren't ready for college when they come out of high school. Delaware Valley's Shawn Miller was one of them, even if it took him a while to realize that. So eventually, his life and football career had to take a two-year detour. And even though there's no way he knew it at the time, that move turned out to be probably the best thing that ever happened to him. In every way.
When you think of a weapon on the punt-return team, you think of, well, a returner. At 6-3, 255, Sharif Finch is not that guy. But he's just as much of a threat to make a game-changing play on that unit as anybody Temple has running back kicks. Or probably most other teams.
ON SATURDAY afternoon at Pittsburgh's Heinz Field, Andy Talley's 32nd and final season as Villanova's football coach will begin. For the 12th straight year, the Wildcats are opening against an FBS program on the road. This time, the opponent is Pitt, whic
Who is the Eagles' second-best player? Just thought it was worth posing, since there is no right or wrong answer. But on most teams, or at least most teams that seem to be thinking they have legtimate playoff possibilities, wouldn't that tend to be more of a slam dunk?
In any season there are going to be surprises, both ways. So why should the Phillies' 2016 ride be an exception? Since there weren't any expectations to begin with, I try to focus on the good ones. Which means you hope that Aaron Nola's troubles after a promising start are mostly a blip on the old radar screen moving forward. But it's a funny thing with top prospects. Some turn out to be Maikel Franco, while others become Domonic Brown.
ONE PERSON, Vicki Goetze in 1992, has won the NCAA championship and U.S. Women's Amateur in the same year. Only one Italian, Silvia Cavalleri in 1997, has won the U.S. Women's Am. And only one other player from that country, Edoardo Molinari, won a U.S. Amateur. He, of course, did so at Merion 11 years ago.
IT WOULD be like hitting the lottery, except there's no consolation prize for getting only one number wrong. That's the fascination of a winner-take-all format. And the frustration. Ask the team that gets to the NCAA final and loses. Especially if it does down the way North Carolina did in April.