Friday, October 19, 2012

Al Smith Presidential Dinner + Endless NHL Lockout?

--->>>This blog also includes non-sports items. The news headline represents that choice today.

News Headline: Al Smith Dinner - President Obama and Governor Romney

Think whatever you like about either candidate, or alternative party candidates for President. I think that the annual Al Smith Dinner represents why the United States is simply a different type of country than most ever have been. 

Considering the contentiousness of this election to think that the President and the Governor could sit at the same table and then make harmless jokes about each other in public is amazing. 

It's not too bold to say that events like this define the greatness of our political system. 

I also want to add that anyone, yes anyone, who chooses to be in politics faces a hard road and deserves my respect in that regard. 

Now, as many of us as possible need to get out to vote in November. Vote for whoever you feel is best and make sure you encourage as many other people as possible to also do so as well.

Headline Topic: NHL Lockout

I'm not someone who is angered by the actions of the NHL owners, or the players. 

I completely understand this money standoff and am not taking matters personally. Every hockey fan would be wise to do the same. We don't personally own any of these businesses (stock ownership is hardly a claim in that regard) and our paychecks aren't affected by the absence of an NHL season. 

We all want them to play hockey again. Whenever matters are resolved they will. Patience  is a learned virtue.

Classic Headline Topic: Three Flyers' Legends

Each of these Flyers' legends (Brian Propp, Dave Poulin and Tim Kerr) deserved their own feature article:

Here is a link to the story about Propp: 


Baseball cards

For those of us who are old enough to remember
When Baseball Cards were King, the spring is always a special time of year.

Bygone days spent with elementary school days and family members opening packs of Topps cardboard gold never truly fade away.


Recent Headline Topic: Eagles' Move

I interviewed Juan Castillo for a feature How Concussions May Be Linked to ALS - Part 1 that I wrote about former Patriots and Eagles' fullback Kevin Turner.

Juan spoke very highly of Kevin and of everyone who we referenced on that day. I also enjoyed speaking to him about his own football career. He is a personable, honest man. I wish him all the best in his life and career moving forward. 

Recent Headline Topic:  Hope for Phillies' Darin 'Babe' Ruf 

Seeing Darin Ruf hit numerous home runs out of a Double-A park in Reading was thrilling. Seeing him hit his first major league home run, during the first game that he started in left field for the Philadelphia Phillies was priceless (to coin an advertising cliche.)  

Will he actually develop into a major league player? Could that happen by next season? No one knows the answers to these questions, but personal stories have always drawn me to this specific game.

Here is my feature article about him.

Classic Headline Topic:  The Best Phillies of the Current Era

-->>Due to the volume of interest generated in this specific article, it has been re-posted. If you have read it, or choose to open this link now, I hope that you enjoy:  
The 10 Best Philadelphia Phillies of This Era

Classic Headline Topic: The anniversary of Pete Rose's 4,192 hit.

Pete broke Ty Cobb's hit record on 9/11/85. The man was unique in the annals of baseball history. 

For those who are interested, my recent feature comments on Rose's time with the Phillies and the complex feelings that many of us have about his gambling issues:
Phillies' great Mike Schmidt, Pete Rose, and baseball justice


Recent Headline Topic: Tony DiLeo 

The hiring of DiLeo as GM promotes from within and represents another feel-good move that the newest Sixers ownership group has made. 

With Doug Collins seemingly likely to continue to have strong influence on this team, all signs remain positive for the resurgence of this basketball franchise. 


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