Philly Blunt

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30 August 2007

Beat the Mutts

So, went to the Phillies game last night on the Krupa's bus trip and, other than almost getting my ass kicked up and down Pattison by a foursome of scumbag Mutts fans, it had to be the finest baseball game I've ever seen in person. After all, how often do you see a game end on a runners-interference call? Not often, yo.
Anyway, got today off to recover, which is nice, other than not being about to see the fourth game of the Phils/Mutts series, which isn't nice, even if you gotta figure the Mutts should pull it out.
Oh yeah, here's this week's column.

Go Cubs.

29 August 2007

Coming next Friday...

... the start of Hickey's football prognostication. Check the archives for last year's. Off to the Phils game. But here's a little something to tide you over.

25 August 2007

Who's down wit OBE?

When it comes in pill form, sign me up for a prescription or 2,000, Doc.

Two teams of neuroscientists have made a breakthrough in the study of "out-of-body experiences," according to this week's issue of Science. About one in 10 people report having had the strange sensation of floating away from their bodies at some point in their lives. According to the new studies, it's now possible to induce that feeling of astral projection in the lab.

24 August 2007

American hero returns

Meanwhile, one-time-winner/full-time-Scumler Jerome Bettis says he'd coach a kids team ... if his knees didn't hurt so badly.

ENGLEWOOD, Colo. (AP) -- The face of the Broncos franchise throughout the 1980s and '90s is making a return to the football field.

Just not as a player.

John Elway was hired as quarterbacks coach at Cherry Creek High School, where his son, Jack, is the senior quarterback.

Elway led the Broncos to their only two Super Bowl wins in 1998 and '99. He was the Broncos quarterback from 1983 until his retirement in 2000. He's the only quarterback in NFL history to start in five Super Bowls.

23 August 2007

Back in action

Appreciate the indulgence.
While I didn't write a column this week, check out my cover story on a start-up Little League baseball league in Strawberry Mansion. (For ye out-of-towners, that's on the fringes of North Philly, which has done quite a bit to keep us breaking annual homicide-count tallies. North Philly, that is, not the league.)
In any event, here's a link to last week's column (and the subsequent debate and firestorm) and Clog-tastic Cubs' brawls I and II.

16 August 2007

Still slammed...

... but I'd be remiss if I didn't point out my stories in this week's CP. It's Fairmount week, actually, with a column about the trial of a North Philly youth who, it seems, murdered Robert Pierson, a kid who used to sit on my stoop at 26th and Parrish.
And, today, the clock also starts on Griff's 15 minutes of f-f-f-fame.

Go Cubs!

14 August 2007

The Rain Maker Returneth

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) -- Suspended Tennessee Titans cornerback Adam "Pacman" Jones sees himself as an innocent bystander in the Las Vegas strip club fight that led to a triple-shooting and left one man paralyzed, and he expects to be vindicated.

"And I'll tell you, I told you so,"' Jones said in an interview with Bryant Gumbel in a story airing Tuesday night on HBO's "Real Sports."

07 August 2007

Vol. 11*

The more I'm let alone and not worred the better I can function.
- Hemingway, to Grace Hall Hemingway, 1929; Selected Letters

* Posts will be rather sporadic over the next two weeks as I'm jammed up on a couple other stories. Lo siento.

06 August 2007

Vol. 10

At 7:05 p.m., Leon Stickle was sitting nervously in the officials' dressing room at the Spectrum. There was a knock at the door. Stickle opened the door a crack and peeked into the hallway.
He saw Rev. John Casey, the Flyers' team chaplain, standing there in his clerical collar, his hands folded solemnly in front of him. Stickle's knees almost buckled.
"Oh my God," the linesman thought. "They've sent a priest to walk me to the ice."

- One Last Read, The Collected Works of the World's Slowest Sportswriter; Ray Didinger.

05 August 2007


Irvin kissed his hall bust before he capped the riveting ceremony with preacher's intensity. His eyes wet, his words coming slowly and emphatically, he commended Cowboys owner Jerry Jones and fellow "Triplets" Emmitt Smith and Troy Aikman for motivating him. He saluted Cowboys fans, but saved his most moving tributes for the relatives who stuck with him through three Super Bowl wins and all the difficulties away from the field.

By "relatives who stuck with him through three Super Bowl wins and all the difficulties away from the field," he meant his fellow tenants at what Nate Newton referred to as:

"a little place over here where we're running some whores in and out, trying to be responsible, and we're criticized for that, too."

I'm no music critic

but new Kan's on.

I asked for a google image of Rodney E. I got Clinkenbeard, pHd. And Rodney E. Hood.

03 August 2007

Vol. 9

It's Friday, which means it's cocktails time from the Bartenders Bible. In honor of the Methven freak creature, today's is called Lamb Brothers:

1 1/2 ounces dark rum
1/2 ounce creme de cassis
2 ounces pineapple juice

In a shaker half-filled with ice cubes, combine all of the ingredients. Shake well. Strain into a cocktail glass.

02 August 2007

This week's column, etc.

So, a couple of us from work headed down to B-mo yesterday to hang out on the set of The Wire. Unfortunately, sworn to secrecy, so can't discuss what we saw - who I didn't see? Snoop. Which hurts. But I'll get over it, considering she has a memoir coming out soon - suffice it to say, the show's final season, which starts airing in January, promises to be a good one with new characters, new themes. (We saw scene's from the ninth of 10 final episodes; many thanks to creator David Simon, and his wife Laura Lippman, who granted us access and took us on a tour of the sets).

Back in the real world, though, here's this week's column.

Go (first place) Cubs. (Feel free to chime in on the debate if you're so inclined.)

Random Book Quote, Vol. 8

Computers are useless. They can only give you answers. - Pablo Picasso
The Little Zen Companion, David Schiller

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