Retracting yesterday's post
I said yesterday that I wouldn't be updating till the weekend. I know this. But this swine flu's got me f'in battybattybatty! So, before I sit in my recliner, with Vicodin easing my pain and allowing me to write more today, King Swine told me there's some things I ought to be tellin' yas. And really, once he took over the Blue Hen family (for context, 10 people at UD constituted a dorm-room-capacity party), there's little I can do but honor His wishes.
-- Sure, the dumb-farmer section of PA will NOT let this happen, but props to state Rep. Mark Cohen for trying to get medical-mj for the Keystone State. I'll be moving to Jersey when it gets shot down because, um, of my cataracts, or near Ed Forchion's shop out in Cali, but still. Noble move, Mark.
-- Selena Roberts, the SI writer who despite not knowing me personally sent a considerate card and checked in on my recovery numerous times post-hit-and-run, has a book coming out in which she again exposes Alex Rodriguez as the Yankee Doodle Steroid Dandy. It comes out May 12; Yankee haters of the world should buy it.
-- Mutombo retired!
-- And, finally, on a serious note, Magee Rehab's Night of Champions fundraising dinner is next Friday, the 8th. I'll be there up until the second I have to leave to swim across the Delaware to watch The Killers at my first post-near-death concert. Hopefully, you will be too; here are the details:
Vince Papale added to list of local sports celebrities attending Magee Rehabilitation Hospital’s Night of Champions Event on May 8
Eagles’ legend, Vince “Invincible” Papale will be joining other celebrities from the Philadelphia sports world including Andy Reid, Jon Runyan, Howard Eskin, Adam Taliaferro, Billy Cunningham, Fran Dunphy, Mike Mamula, Scott Palmer, Joe Conklin, and Raheem Brock at Magee Rehabilitation Hospital’s Ninth Annual Night of Champions held on May 8. The event, which begins at 6:30 pm, will once again be held at the Sheet Metal Workers Union Hall at 1301 South Columbus Blvd, Philadelphia.
In 1976, Papale, a 30 year old teacher, high school coach, part-time bartender and die hard Eagles fan decided to act on a whim and a dare and entered the unprecedented public tryouts for his beloved Eagles…and made the team. Instantly electrifying the fans and eventually winning over skeptical teammates with his gritty play, Papale helped the Eagles rediscover their winning ways. From being voted Special Teams Captain by his teammates to earning Eagles “man of the Year’ in 1978 for his numerous charitable activities Papale was an NFL sensation until a shoulder injury ended his playing career in 1979.
Disney made a major motion picture starring Mark Wahlberg about Papale’s life in 2006.
The Night of Champions event includes dinner, raffle prizes and auctions of autographed sports memorabilia, exclusive gifts, restaurant certificates, getaway weekends, and travel packages. All funds benefit Magee’s Wheelchair Sports Programs, which support athletic programs that help former Magee patients and individuals with disabilities in the community improve the quality of their lives through physical activity. Programs include wheelchair basketball, rugby, tennis, and soccer. Magee’s wheelchair sports programs have involved more than 450 athletes over the past 20 years.
For more information on tickets or sponsorship opportunities, call 215-587-3090 or visit MageeRehab.org.