Former Daily News columnist Stan Hochman plays devil's advocate to the Phillies plans for a Center City ballpark.
Philadelphia Mayor Michael Nutter is among those campaigning to have Dick Allen enshrined.
With a program that values courage, respect and honesty, coach Mike Murphy and his team are a far cry from the Sayreville hazing scandal.
Broadcaster had a stunning career in his hometown of Philly.
Stan Hochman: Gene Wojciechowski has written a terrific book called "The Last Great Game" about that dramatic finish and all the clickety-clack, gear-meshing moments that led up to those final 2.1 seconds.
Stan Hochman: Joe Hand is going to build a statue of Joe Frazier. He's going to raise $200,000, get it built, erect it on a lovely spot near Xfinity Live, all in 310 days? Don't bet against it!
Stan Hochman: The Sixers are asking the fans to choose one of three concepts for their new mascot. The ideas seem dumb, dumber and dumbest. You want a second opinion? They're ugly!
Stan Hochman: When I asked Jerry Sandusky about his departure from Penn State, he grumbled, he shouted, he resented the question. I backed off, because I had planned to write a positive piece about a guy helping disadvantaged kids. Little did I know.
Stan Hochman: Joe Frazier and Muhammad Ali brought out the best in each other in the ring and the worst in each other outside the ring. And now Frazier is gone and Ali cannot put two sentences together to mourn our loss. And that is terribly sad.
Hunches for Breeders' Cup:
Juvenile Sprint: Secret Circle, Vexor, Seeker, Sum of the Parts
Juvenile Fillies & Mares Turf: Somali Lemonade, Elusive Kate, Sweet Cat, StopShoppingMaria
CHARLIE MANUEL said that he "rolled the marbles" when he sent Ben Francisco to pinch-hit for Cole Hamels in Game 3 of the NLCS, and added a folksy reminder that he was once the state marbles champion of Virginia.
MIKE TANIER thinks he has his finger on the pulse of Philadelphia sports fans. He knows why they embrace certain guys and shun certain other guys. Why they cheer, why they boo.
FIGHT NIGHTS, Sugar Ray Leonard would spend time in front of a mirror. He'd look into his eyes, the windows to his soul. He wanted to see them clear and focused. He wanted to see sparks reflecting the fire in his belly. He wanted to see the fury he'd need to knock the other guy's head off his shoulders.
DEREK JETER is about to go where no other pin-striped, single-digit Yankee has ever gone before. Not Babe Ruth, not Lou Gehrig, not Joe DiMaggio. Jeter is about to become the first New York Yankee to grind out 3,000 hits.
LONDON - They have built the 2012 Olympic site on a toxic waste dump, in Stratford in East London, after carting away "a refrigerator mountain" and transporting 7,000 metric tons of radioactive soil 400 yards away and, hopefully, downwind.
Stan Hochman: When Tony Kornheiser worked "Monday Night Football" with Mike Tirico and Ron Jaworski, it was so cold in the booth the mountains on the Coors labels turned blue instantly.
Stan Hochman is a sports columnist for the Daily News.