Columnist offers more fixes for professional sports

From the Sidelines July 23, 2014 0 Comments

by Clark Groome Last week we dealt with stopping stoppage time in soccer and eliminating the role of the Major League Baseball All-Star game as the determinant of which league has home-field advantage in the World Series. Here are a few more problems and solutions that shouldn’t be hard to implement, even though it’s not […]
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During summer slowdown, some thoughts on how to fix sports

From the Sidelines July 17, 2014 0 Comments

by Clark Groome The events of the last few weeks – the World Cup, the baseball All Star Game, the NBA and NHL drafts – focused attention on what is great and what is flawed about these sports. The greatness speaks for itself, so let me make proposals about two changes that might remove some […]
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Rough roads ahead for Phillies and Sixers

From the Sidelines July 3, 2014 0 Comments

by Clark Groome The week just passed focused the Philadelphia sports fans’ attention on the Phillies’ and 76ers’ futures. The near-term outlook is pretty dreary. A Phillies five-game winning streak has been followed by what could only be described as a disastrous home stand. The back and forth conversations and reports about what the Phils […]
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Where have all the Flyers gone?

From the Sidelines May 30, 2014 0 Comments

Easy quiz: What do Danny Briere, Dan Carcillo, Jeff Carter, Michal Handzus, Mike Richards, Patrick Sharp and Justin Williams have in common? Obvious answer: They are all former Philadelphia Flyers who are currently involved in the third round of the Stanley Cup Playoffs. (There’ll be another quiz later.) Mutterings around the City of Brotherly Love […]
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Picking for whom to root when your favorite team is out of contention

From the Sidelines May 14, 2014 0 Comments

by Clark Groome When the second round of the NHL playoffs began 10 days ago, I got an email from son Rob, a lifelong Flyers fan whose 10-year-old son Tobey is an avid Los Angeles Kings devotee. His email asked, “Who the hell do we root for in the Pens/Rangers series? It’s like rooting for […]
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Forget the Final Four, Philly; We have the Frozen Four

From the Sidelines April 17, 2014 0 Comments

by Clark Groome For a city where college hockey is all but non-existent, this year’s Frozen Four, the NCAA Men’s Division 1 Ice Hockey Tournament held at the Wells Fargo Center, gave the impression that the sport had come home. While hoops and, perhaps, rowing are atop the Philadelphia college sports heap, the four-day Frozen […]
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A modest proposal for college athletes

From the Sidelines April 2, 2014 1 Comment

by Clark Groome The relationship between college athletes, their institutions and the NCAA has once again come under scrutiny. Last week a National Labor Relations Board’s regional director ruled that Northwestern University football players are employees of the school and as such should be allowed to form a union. While this ruling is limited to […]
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It gets late early, especially for the Phillies

From the Sidelines March 26, 2014 0 Comments

by Clark Groome With their season starting Monday it’s too soon to write off the 2014 Phillies. It’s not, however, too soon to worry. The Phils’ fate likely rests on one man’s shoulders: Manager Ryne Sandberg’s. When the Phillies changed managers with just 42 games left last August, part of the justification for making the […]
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March: Big month for sports fans

From the Sidelines March 20, 2014 0 Comments

by Clark Groome Ah! Spring! It officially starts this week, although the meteorologists actually say it began March 1. (Mother Nature clearly didn’t get the memo.) Not only is March the beginning of warmer weather and blooming flowers, it is also one of the busiest sports months of the year. To give you an idea […]
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The Olympics: Pluses and minuses

From the Sidelines February 26, 2014 0 Comments

by Clark Groome So, what did the world get for Vladimir Putin’s $51 billion? It depends on your perspective. If you wanted the United States to dominate the Olympics in Sochi, Russia, you’re likely to be disappointed, The Americans came in second in the overall medal count with 28 (9 gold, 7 silver, 12 bronze), […]
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