Common sense missing in sports management

From the Sidelines September 18, 2014 0 Comments

by Clark Groome After watching the goings on in the NCAA and NFL the last couple of weeks it’s clear that common sense is missing in action or, in the case of the NFL, non-action. When Baltimore Ravens running back Ray Rice was suspended for two games for dragging his unconscious fiancée from an Atlantic […]
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Time for the Dragons to go back to school

From the Sidelines September 4, 2014 0 Comments

by Clark Groome The Taney Dragons Little Leaguers have had a summer unlike any Little League team in history. Their classy and intelligent response to extraordinary media attention has been impressive – better than that of many athletes years older than the 12- or 13-year-olds that comprise the first Philadelphia team ever to make it […]
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Why city’s sports fans expect more from teams

From the Sidelines August 6, 2014 0 Comments

by Clark Groome I’ve often wondered why the success or lack thereof of our professional sports teams means so much more to Philadelphians than to people elsewhere. Every city that has a team in one of the four major sports wants its team to win, but Philadelphia seems somehow different. Maybe our devotion to the […]
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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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