Halladay: Hero on and off the diamond

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

by Clark Groome May 29, 2010,was the Saturday of Memorial Day weekend. It was also the date of the first game of the Stanley Cup Finals that pitted the Philadelphia Flyers against the Chicago Blackhawks in the Windy City. The Phillies were playing a regular season game against the Florida Marlins in Miami. I was […]

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From the Sidelines: Philly’s amazing PA announcers

From the Sidelines | November 3rd, 2017 | Leave a comment

by Clark Groome Forget about the Eagles’ Carson Wentz, North Dakota’s favorite son. Forget about the Phillies’ Gold Glove-nominee Freddy Galvis. Forget about the 76ers’ Joel Embiid. Forget about the Flyers’ youngsters and about Wayne Simmonds. This year, it would seem, belongs to the Phillies’ and Flyers’ public address announcers. Over the last six months […]

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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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