Deflating footballs is still cheating

From the Sidelines | May 22nd, 2015 | Leave a comment

by Clark Groome Deflategate. What’s all the fuss about? So Tom Brady liked his footballs a tad softer than the rules allowed. So what? He’s a great quarterback for a tremendously successful New England Patriots team. Shouldn’t he be able to maximize his effectiveness even if it isn’t within the exact strictures of NFL rules? […]

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Pete Rose should be in the Hall

From the Sidelines | May 6th, 2015 | Leave a comment

by Clark Groome A couple of weeks ago, Rob Manfred, Major League Baseball’s new commissioner, said that Pete Rose will be allowed to take part in the ceremonies at this summer’s All-Star Game in Cincinnati. Manfred’s decision is news because former commissioner Bart Giamatti had, in August 1989, banned Rose from baseball for life because […]

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Philly loses some good guys

From the Sidelines | March 5th, 2015 | Leave a comment

by Clark Groome The lights at the sports complex have lost some of their brightness. In the past week, two of Philadelphia’s classiest athletes, both anchors of their teams in the locker room and on the field or ice, no longer grace our local sports world. The first announcement was that Eagles offensive lineman Todd […]

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When even sports fail to distract us

From the Sidelines | February 26th, 2015 | Leave a comment

by Clark Groome When the front pages of the newspaper or the lead stories on the TV newscasts are depressing and discouraging, you should be able to get some relief from sports. During World War II there was a lot of discussion about whether or not baseball should be suspended for the conflict’s duration. Many […]

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David Montgomery’s 14-year Phillies presidency

From the Sidelines | February 12th, 2015 | 1 Comment

by Clark Groome The most important news coming from the Philadelphia Phillies’ announcement that David Montgomery would return to the team is that he is healthy and raring to get back to the team for whom he has worked since 1971. The Wyndmoor resident is returning from a medical leave caused by the draconian treatment […]

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‘Deflategate,’ the NCAA and ‘Mr. Cub’

From the Sidelines | January 29th, 2015 | Leave a comment

by Clark Groome What has the world come to when “Deflategate” becomes the central focus of the sports pages and the various iterations of national TV newscasts? Deflategate is the controversy surrounding the New England Patriots’ use of under-inflated footballs in their 45-7 drubbing of the Indianapolis Colts in the AFC championship game Jan. 18. […]

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A carol for Philly’s sports folk

From the Sidelines | December 17th, 2014 | Leave a comment

by Clark Groome Felicitations and joy unbounding As bells of Christmas begin their sounding To all sports folk, the players and others Who are to some like sisters and brothers. For Dave Montgomery: good health and healing Of the illness with which he’s been dealing. And to his team, the struggling Phillies, A season that […]

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David Montgomery legacy

From the Sidelines | December 10th, 2014 | Leave a comment

by Clark Groome With the Eagles doing well, the 76ers performing just about as expected and the Flyers unexpectedly playing themselves out of playoff contention, three stories, all about baseball, grabbed my attention last week. First, and most troubling, was the report initiated by Howard Eskin that the Phillies used president David Montgomery’s serious medical […]

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Why the decline in World Series viewers?

From the Sidelines | October 23rd, 2014 | Leave a comment

by Clark Groome “Where’s the beef?” “Romeo. Romeo. Wherefore art thou Romeo?” “Oh where oh where has my little dog gone?” Those questions all surged through my head as I tried, sometimes in vain, to follow the recently concluded Major League Baseball playoffs. With each passing year it has been harder and harder to find […]

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