Jack McCaffery is the lead sports columnist for the Daily Times and delcotimes.com. He has spent several decades covering everything from the Phillies, Eagles, Flyers and Sixers, to college hoops, to high school sports in Delco.
Thursday, February 28, 2013
Tuesday, February 26, 2013
Sixers booed for a reason
One: He was never booed because he played on some developing teams.
Two: He was never booed because he played on some great teams.
But Collins never played on a team like he has now --- a collection of uninspired, mid-career average pros. And that team was booed during and after its 98-84 loss to the Orlando Magic Tuesday in the Wells Fargo Center.
Monday, February 25, 2013
Sports gets, don't gets
Wednesday, February 20, 2013
Phillies taking a calculated risk
Tuesday, February 19, 2013
Flyers still have a lot to prove
Monday, February 18, 2013
Sixers need to steal a playoff spot
Sunday, February 17, 2013
Some sports thoughts ...
Saturday, February 16, 2013
Martelli alleges some 'Poor refereeing'
That didn't stop him from citing "poor refereeing" in the context of what he'd considered to be the ignoring of Explorers allegedly flopping in front of Hawk Halil Kanacevic in an attempt to draw fouls.
This, from Martelli:
Tuesday, February 12, 2013
RIP, Matt White
I remember him as the kind of professional-grade big man that the Quakers used to have when they were expected to win, against any team, any time, in any setting. He was about 6-11, fundamentally sound, a competitor. Then, if Penn wasn't the best team in the East, its fans and coaches would demand to know why not.
The Quakers went to the Final Four in 1979, lost to Michigan State, then took DePaul to overtime two nights later in the consolation game before losing, 96-93. They were one of the best teams in college basketball, not a novelty act that sneaked into the national semifinals. White was a big reason why, pun intended.
Some who remember White more clearly knew him as a gentleman --- one who could be found wearing a sweater, reading a book and smoking a pipe during road trips, more a distinguished grown-up than a rambunctious college student. They remember him as an avid pianist, and as one who, when provided the opportunity to play basketball professionally in Europe, chose his destination based largely on where the finer wines were produced.
Ivy League man, big-time ballplayer.
Monday, February 11, 2013
Chester made a point against N-G
Sunday, February 10, 2013
Column on Danny Briere's status as a winner
Saturday, February 9, 2013
Briere delivers ... as if on cue
The Legion of Doom, with the puck, at full speed.
DeSean Jackson ready for a punt-return.
Chase Utley, in 2008.
How many Philadelphia athletes, over so many years, have so conditioned the fan base to expect success that there mere presence elicits calm, not panic?
Danny Briere is one.
Briere scored the game-winner, in overtime of the Flyers' 4-3 victory over the Carolina Hurricanes Saturday. But it was what happened just before that would tell the deeper story.
"Yeah," Briere said, smiling, "I heard it."
What he heard was a roar of anticipation --- the kind of anticipation that only few athletes earn. Naturally, he delivered.
"That's why he is a special player," Jakub Voracek said.
Check out my column on Danny Briere and the way the fans expect him to deliver, Sunday in the Daily Times and, as always, on delcotimes.com
Friday, February 8, 2013
Sixers OK with moving Holiday off ball
Tuesday, February 5, 2013
Sixers' patience with Bynum is strange
Monday, February 4, 2013
Bynum, Sixers in no particular hurry
Nobody, apparently, is in any hurry to have him play, not even with the Sixers desperately trying to stage a playoff-push.
It might. But who knows?
The All-Star break is next week, and Bynum is heading back to L.A. It must be because he can better rehab his knees there. It can't be because he needs the vacation.
The relevance of Bynum and his absense was heightened Monday when Nik Vucevic, the fifth leading rebounder in the NBA, had another 14 rebounds for the Magic. The Sixers, remember, crammed Vucevic into the multi-pronged deal for Bynym, desperate as they were to make a relevant offseason move.
The Sixers won, 78-61, over the Magic, which was missing four key players, including Chester High All-Delco Jameer Nelson. That ran their winning streak to three and continued to nudge them back into the Eastern Confrence playoff race.
At some point, Bynum would help.
Saturday, February 2, 2013
Hawks' experience showing
The climb, Phil Martelli calls it.
So a climb it remains for the Hawks, who have 13 wins and need plenty more to win an NCAA Tournament spot. But the way they are playing --- and the way they fought to beat Temple --- suggests that their moment has arrived.
The Hawks were built for this. They start four upperclassmen after an interesting, NIT season last year. Against Temple, in a Big 5 pip, they controlled the lane, refused to buckle, played more physical.
"Our experience is starting to show," Halil Kanacevic said.
Next, they will play at Dayton. Martelli has begun to warn of that danger. He's right. Suddenly, though, it is a challenge that the Hawks will have a good shot to handle.
Check out my column from Hawk Hill in the Daily Times Sunday and, as always, on delcotimes.com
Friday, February 1, 2013
The next time anyone says the Sixers should miss the playoffs and collect lottery picks ...
Friday at the Wells Fargo Center, the Kings rolled out a virtual highlights film of recent NBA drafts ... then played one hideous game of basketball, lost by nine and fell to 17-31.
"We know we have great talent," said Tyreke Evans, the Kings' former All-Delco guard. "We know we can play with anybody. We just have to be ready every night.”
They should be able to beat anybody by now, after six consecutive non-playoff season and resulting Draft Day treats. But that's not how it works in the real world.
As for the Sixers, their better bet is to keep a spot open for Andrew Bynum, continue to improve with their new playing rotation ... and avoid the believing the false promise of multiple lottery picks.
Check out my column in the Daily Times Saturday and, as always, on delcotimes.com