Class acts: Danny, Simon, Vin and Moses

From the Sidelines | September 23rd, 2015 | Leave a comment

by Clark Groome The most important thing to me about sports is the nature of the people who make it happen. Over the last few weeks several distinguished sportsmen have made news. The first two are retiring Flyers Danny Briere and Simon Gagne. Both played significant roles during their time with the Flyers, and both […]

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Expanding the Phillies Wall of Fame

From the Sidelines | August 12th, 2015 | Leave a comment

by Clark Groome Even before Pat Burrell was officially inducted onto the Philadelphia Phillies Wall of Fame a couple of weeks ago, predictions and wishes were expressed about who else from that 2008 World Series team should be honored by inclusion on the Wall. The names that came up most often, and likely would be […]

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Phillies chair sees better years ahead

From the Sidelines | July 1st, 2015 | Leave a comment

by Clark Groome David Montgomery is optimistic, not only that the cancer that sidelined him last year is history, but that the team over which he presided for 17 of the last 18 years is on the road to once again being a major contender. In a far-ranging interview at Citizens Bank Park, Wyndmoor resident […]

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How kids benefit from the Carpenter Cup

From the Sidelines | June 18th, 2015 | Leave a comment

by Clark Groome The Carpenter Cup is 30 years old. The presentation event, mounted in cooperation with the Phillies, is a showcase for high school baseball players. According to Springside Chestnut Hill Academy coach and history teacher Stan Parker who’s been involved with the program since its inception, the Carpenter Cup is designed to benefit […]

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American Pharoah almost made it look easy. It isn’t.

From the Sidelines | June 11th, 2015 | Leave a comment

by Clark Groome Since Sir Barton was the first Triple Crown winner in 1919, only 11 other horses – Gallant Fox (1930), Omaha (1934), War Admiral (1937), Whirlaway (1941), Count Fleet (1943), Assault (1946), Citation (1948), Secretariat (1973), Seattle Slew (1977), Affirmed (1978) and American Pharoah (2015) – have won the Kentucky Derby, Preakness Stakes […]

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Home-field advantage?

From the Sidelines | June 4th, 2015 | Leave a comment

by Clark Groome So much for home-ice advantage. Last Friday and Saturday, the NHL Conference Finals ended with both series having gone to the seven-game limit. Game 7s are always special, particularly in hockey. Teams play at a higher level, the best referees are making the calls and Doc Emrick, a/k/a/ “The Voice of Hockey,” […]

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