Tuesday, January 27, 2009
During the years that I worked at Villanova University in the athletic department (1980-1984 while an undergrad, 1984-1995 as an employee) one of my best friends was the great Wildcat track and field coach, "Uncle Marty" Stern. In the years since I left the Main Line in May 1995, I don't get to see many of my fellow Wildcats as often as I would like, so it was a thrill to sit next to "Uncle Marty" last night at the 105th Annual Philadelphia Sports Writers Association awards banquet. In this photo, my friend "Uncle Marty" is at left while yours truly is at right, at the dinner last night.
Last night (January 26, 2009) was the 105th Annual Philadelphia Sports Writers Association Awards Banquet, and once again I was happy to see so many old friends and colleagues in attendance. Here's a group of former College Sports Information Directors -- former Fairfield University SID and Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference assistant commissioner Jay Williams (at left), former Villanova University SID Ted Wolff (2nd from left), yours truly, former Villanova University SID Jim DeLorenzo in the center, and the godfather, former Villanova SID and former Philadelphia Eagles General Manager Jim Murray (at right with the Eagles hat) -- at the dinner last night.
Incredible, but true, Ernest Borgnine turned 92 the other day...He's another actor who's been in everything...McHale's Navy...The Wild Bunch...From Here to Eternity...The Black Hole...Poseidon Adventure...Bad Day at Black Rock...The Badlanders...The other night Turner Classic Movies ran an interview with Ernest Borgnine, and I actually came away enjoying all the different stories he told, including fond memories of some of my favorite actors, including Alan Ladd (who nobody ever seems to mention anymore) and Gary Cooper. Happy Birthday Mr. Borgnine!
Wednesday, January 14, 2009
Thursday, January 8, 2009
World Champion Phillies to be Honored at Philadelphia Sports Writers Association 105th Annual Dinner
The dinner this year, at the Crowne Plaza on Route 70 in Cherry Hill, will be an especially up-beat affair as we honor the Phillies for their dream season with the Team of the Year award. Manager Charlie Manuel will accept the Team of the Year hardware for the second straight season.
A “perfect” addition to the dais is Phil’s closer Brad Lidge, who held every lead he was given all season to earn our annual Outstanding Pro Athlete Award.
Also, the Phillies will be displaying their World Series trophy for the fans to view; for a fee, you can even have your photo snapped with the distinctive trophy. Other highlights include:
*Sheldon Brown, hard-hitting cornerback of the Eagles, will receive the Good Guy award
*Former Flyers great Bernie Parent is our Living Legend
*Adam Taliaferro, out of Eastern Regional H.S. in Voorhees and Penn State, who made an inspirational recovery from a devastating spinal injury suffered in a game, is honored as Humanitarian of the Year
*Record-setting receiver Mike Washington, from West Chester University, will receive the Outstanding Amateur award
*Steve Sabol, the man behind NFL Films, will be honored with a Lifetime Achievement Award. *The dais will include Temple University basketball star Dionte Christmas; Ryan Kulik, of Marlton, N.J., a star pitcher for Rowan University who was drafted by the St. Louis Cardinals; and other college and professional athletes as well as Sports comedian Joe Conklin.
Click here for the most up-to-date information about the dinner, or to purchase tickets ($75 each). Doors open at 5 p.m., dinner starts at 6:30 p.m., and prior to the banquet, there will be a silent of auction of sports memorabilia, and book-signings by Philadelphia Sports Writers Association members.
I've gone to this annual dinner regularly since the mid-1980s, and it is always a blast!
Wednesday, January 7, 2009
Friday, January 2, 2009
- Flawless (starring Michael Caine & Demi Moore -- no one but me and my wife saw it)
- Iron Man
- Quantum of Solace
- Red Belt
- Ghost Town (with Ricky Gervais & Greg Kinnear -- again, no one but me and my wife saw it)
- Burn After Reading (the latest from the Coen Bros. -- I know, no one but me...)
- The Incredible Hulk (so much better than the Ang Lee version, and a big surprise that I did enjoy it)
- The Dark Knight (although I still don't see what the big fuss was about Heath Ledger's performance)
- The Grand (a funny poker movie we caught up with on cable but missed in theatres).
Runners-up are a few that I caught on cable or DVD but not in the theatre...Justice League: The New Frontier; Mr. Warmth: The Don Rickles Project. Possibly the worst of the movies we actually went to the movie theatre to see this year, but not bad, was The Other Boleyn Girl. The one movie I really wanted to see but haven't yet, The Bank Job. And I still haven't watched Step-Brothers or Semi-Pro yet, but God knows, I will! Trailers and/or previews I hated the most: a tie, between The Spirit and Star Trek. I already hate the new Star Trek, just because of the stupid scenes with a child who loudly proclaims his name is "JAMES TIBERIUS KIRK." I know, I know, it's supposed to create new fans. But this old fan is really, really put off. So there.