Sports’ seasonal shift

From the Sidelines | September 15th, 2017 | Leave a comment

by Clark Groome   It’s fall (at least it is as far as the meteorologists are concerned). With fall there is a major pivot in the sports world. Baseball is winding down. The tennis and golf majors are in the rear-view mirror. Schools have started up. And in Philadelphia, football has become the dominant focus […]

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My candidates for Phillies’ Wall of Fame

From the Sidelines | August 17th, 2017 | 1 Comment

by Clark Groome The annual Phillies Alumni celebration, held last weekend, honored previous winners and paid tribute to Jim Bunning, Darren Daulton and Dallas Green, all of whom died since the 2016 event. The issue of who should, and who should not, be included on the Wall was a hot topic. Until this year the […]

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Philly sports: The bad and the good

From the Sidelines | July 14th, 2017 | Leave a comment

by Clark Groome As the Phillies stumbled through the first half of the season the day before Independence Day and lost five of six before breaking for the All Star Game for a MLB-worst winning percentage of .333, I searched for some good news about Philadelphia sports. There was plenty of negative stuff happening: The […]

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Priorities are important: a look at the NFL draft

From the Sidelines | April 26th, 2017 | Leave a comment

by Clark Groome News headlines from the last couple of weeks include the Philadelphia District Attorney being investigated for all manner of inappropriate financial issues; saber rattling by North Korea’s seemingly insane supreme leader, Kim Jong-un – and his sabers have nuclear points – the announcement that one of the area’s top arts organizations, the […]

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Ruiz trade: Classy move for a classy guy

From the Sidelines | August 31st, 2016 | Leave a comment

by Clark Groome Everybody loves “Chooch” – always have, always will. When Carlos Ruiz was traded to the Los Angeles Dodgers last week, it created a citywide reaction that was both happy and sad. People were happy that Ruiz, the team’s principal catcher during its 2007-2011 glory years, would get a chance to participate in […]

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The greatest games ever

From the Sidelines | April 18th, 2016 | Leave a comment

by Clark Groome Sometimes the simplest question becomes the genesis of a column. Such was the case shortly after Villanova won the NCAA championship. The question: “Wasn’t that the most exciting game you’ve ever seen?” My answer: “It certainly was among them.” The exchange got me thinking: Just what are the most exciting sporting events […]

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New book features history of Flyers in photos

From the Sidelines | January 15th, 2016 | Leave a comment

The latest sports book in the Arcadia Publishing library is “The Philadelphia Flyers.” Arcadia is known for its huge offering of books that are basically photographic journals about towns (including a couple about Chestnut Hill), sports (including several dealing with hockey and one that covers Connie Mack Stadium) and even a series about breweries and […]

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