Topic: Philadelphia

January 13, 2014

Coatesville, Pa. was a city with problems even before a massive scandal broke involving racism and corruption in its schools. Football was a big part of that scandal. It will also be a big part of Coatesville's healing process.

January 3, 2014

It's the postseason, which means all the lousy teams are at home, firing their coaches. This means we can really focus on Andy Reid coaching in the playoffs, creepy baked goods being sent to Andy Dalton, meaningless arguments over meaningless awards, and the Chargers. All good things!

October 18, 2013

Bart Oates had a very good 11-year NFL career. The foremost folk-museum/shrine to that career is in a nail salon in a mostly dead South Jersey mall. Naturally.

June 14, 2013

The Philadelphia 76ers only won one title with Julius Erving and Moses Malone on the team. In retrospect, it was enough. An excerpt from The Classical Magazine Vol. 2: Get Buckets

April 3, 2013

Erik Kratz of the Phillies is a pretty good backup catcher, but his real strengths lie in his ability to effectively pitch turkey bacon opposite a cartoon turkey in local TV ads.

March 28, 2013

La Salle University's basketball program has had its happy moments, but very few over the last two decades. After storming from the play-in game to the Sweet 16, this most family-oriented of March Madness underdogs is having one now, and sharing it widely.

November 12, 2012

Consider Andrew Bynum, born into a life of relative comfort and coasting since then on his genetic good fortune, standing now as Goliath in the City of David. He is doubly blessed in every sense, but he has to play his home games in Philadelphia. And in that regard, and for those reasons, Andrew Bynum seems somehow doomed.

September 24, 2012

It takes a certain amount of confidence and an awful lot of living to publish an autobiography at the age of 32, but Michael Vick's Finally Free, the story of his supremely fraught and unrelentingly public life to this point, doesn't lack for incident. What it does lack, though, is the sense that its central character is a reliable narrator.

February 23, 2012

At the game that marked the turning point in the Philadelphia Eagles' disappointing season, a novelist and longtime football fan found karaoke and Yuengling in the parking lot, and all kinds of uncomfortable inklings in the stands.

January 31, 2012

The Sixers are enjoying a breakout season, with a young nucleus finally starting to come together and click. But the team isn't just winning. They're also making a statement, however subtly, about their city—and the way we view professional athletes.