BY HOMER PLATE, Humor Columnist
Ah, that cold February nip is in the air. The snow drifts gracefully from the sky as Homer prepares his annual Super Bowl feast of wings, hand cut fries and his super secret recipe garlic bread. Any and all of you can join me for a low price of $18.95 a person. Did ya think I was gonna let you come for free, ya grubben bastards?
This year’s game will feature two fabulous quarterbacks and I should warn all of you, hide your dogs, our buddy Mike isn’t one of them. Along with the most exciting match up we have seen in a long, long time, this year’s festivities will also play a role.
For a lot of folks, the big game’s commercials are just as interesting and fun than the game itself. This year, however, the entire ad world has been turned on its head by a pro-life ad featuring former Florida QB Tim Tebow. Now, many pro-abortion groups are demanding that CBS pull the ad as there has been a historical precedent set that doesn’t allow for social cause ads during the big game.
BY NICK STAFFIERI, Contributor
It is hard to imagine discussing the history of the Philadelphia Eagles without mentioning the name Tom Brookshier. Brookshier, an Eagles defensive back for seven years and afterwards a long-time NFL broadcaster, passed away late Friday night at the age of 78 after a bout with cancer.
Tom Brookshier was football for Philadelphia. He broke into the league in 1953 with the Eagles and after a two year absence from the game as a member of the US Air Force, returned to the Eagles to finish his All-Pro career. Brookshier was a member of the 1960 Eagles Championship team that upset the Green Bay Packers. His number 40 jersey is one of only seven retired by the team.
BY SHAY RODDY
What a season 2009 was for the Phillies. It was filled with unforgettable memories from Opening Day to Game 6 of the World Series. In part three of our four part series we recount the top 20 moments of 2009.
The Flyers 2-1 win makes it fourteen straight against the Islanders, the longest active streak in the league
BY JAY BOEHMER, Staff Writer
Photo: Matt Slcoum/ Philly.com
It looked like each team was still working off an early morning during the first period of this 1:00 start. The Flyers were the first to grab control after Darroll Powe dumped the puck in, allowing Daniel Briere to wrap it around and between goalie Dwayne Roloson’s legs. Later that period, Mike Richards, on the point for the power play, made a quick pass to Scott Hartnell for a redirection to increase the lead to 2-0.
The second period belonged to the Islanders, who were getting the majority of the shots until Richard Park was called for hooking at the 8:31 mark. Flyers captain Mike Richards fired a shot through traffic and defenseman Kimmo Timonen put the rebound past Roloson. However, it looked as if Scott Hartnell had interfered with Roloson during the play, and after deliberation, the referees took the goal back and handed Hartnell a goalie interference penalty. The Islanders cashed in as Josh Bailey slipped the puck past Ray Emery to make the score 2-1.
Three third period goals allowed the Thrashers to jump back in the driver’s seat and put the Flyers away to steal the win, 4-3.
BY JAY BOEHMER, Staff Writer
Photo: Yong Kim/ Daily News
This Thursday night contest started off slow, with neither team able to take control and get any quality chances. The Flyers began to put on the pressure, but were unable to score. Unfortunately, the speed of Atlanta rookie Evander Kane was too much for defenseman Chris Pronger as he beat him around the net to find teammate Jim Slater out front to take the 1-0 lead with 48 seconds left in the first period.
The Flyers had several odd man rushes early in the second that were barely thwarted by a strong Atlanta backcheck. They eventually cashed in as Claude Giroux dangled his way past several defenders as well as goalie Johan Hedburg all before tucking the puck in behind him to tie the game at 1.
BY MATTHEW NADU, Columnist
High school and professional sports have a lot in common. Jock straps, girls, partying and, of course, girls. But perhaps the biggest thing they have in common is rumors.
Aw, nothing beats a good ol’ rumor especially in this town.
In case you’ve been living in Detroit where quarterbacks come and go as much as Tigers’ mistresses, you’ve given all your hope and trust to one man in this town to win a Super Bowl.
BY PHIL ANDREWS, Senior Writer
Given their ties to Sports and Entertainment powerhouse ESPN, it seemed only natural that the perennial number one rated television station in town would partner with the MLS’ newest expansion team, the Philadelphia Union.
Union President Tom Veit and WPVI/6ABC General Manager Bernie Prazenica jointly announced today that the club has indeed entered into a multi-year partnership with the long established leader among local television stations.