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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Olympics offer an escape from the snow

From the Sidelines February 20, 2014 0 Comments

by Clark Groome How appropriate was it that the XXII Winter Olympic Games began in Sochi, Russia, just as our local weather behaved like winter on speed? That’s what happened, giving Olympic fans and others who were suffering from cabin fever an opportunity to spend time with some spectacular events. The athletes, from the winners […]
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Super Bowl build up falls short

From the Sidelines February 6, 2014 0 Comments

by Clark Groome Back in the days when the Super Bowl was called the NFL Championship, title games were played at the home field of one of the participants. In 1960 that venue was Franklin Field, home to the surprising Eastern Conference champion Philadelphia Eagles. The opponents were the Vince Lombardi-led Green Bay Packers, a […]
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Outdoor ice hockey in LA: An event to be remembered

From the Sidelines January 29, 2014 0 Comments

by Clark Groome From the very beginning you knew this was going to be special. When NBCSN began its coverage of the Los Angeles Kings/Anaheim Ducks match-up on Saturday, the voice-over intro wasn’t done by either of NBC’s top play-by-play men: Mike “Doc” Emrick or Dave Strader. Nope; that wonderfully familiar announcer was the legendary […]
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Hope springs from Phillies Spring Training

From the Sidelines January 24, 2014 0 Comments

by Clark Groome With the polar vortex’s second visit forecast for this week, the thought that baseball’s Spring Training is about three weeks away is something of an antidote to the expected cold. The Phillies pitchers and catchers are scheduled to report to Clearwater Feb. 13, with the rest of the squad due five days […]
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Upping the ante for sports injuries

From the Sidelines January 15, 2014 0 Comments

by Clark Groome It’s almost a daily occurrence that some of the news on the sports pages deals with injuries. While this isn’t new, today’s reports are made in a climate that has changed significantly over the past decade. The change has come as increasing evidence has been uncovered that sports injuries, especially those to […]
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The Eagles’ surprising season

From the Sidelines January 8, 2014 0 Comments

by Clark Groome This column was going to be the typical end-of-the-year review of the major sports stories of 2013. You know, a rundown of the important developments of the year past: some national stories and, locally, a look at the changing of the Phillies manager, and the Eagles’, Sixers’ and Flyers’ head coaches; the […]
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A sporting Christmas carol

From the Sidelines December 19, 2013 0 Comments

by Clark Groome ‘Tis the week before Christmas, Chanukah’s done, Good time to connect with those making life fun. Our athletes and coaches and owners and others Are deserving of greetings, like sisters and brothers. So smiles to all and to all much affection Who help our sports teams strive for perfection. Congrats to the […]
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Dolphins’ hazing culture is inexcusable

From the Sidelines November 14, 2013 0 Comments

by Clark Groome Scientists have long believed that dolphins (the aquatic mammal not the football player) are among the gentlest, most intelligent creatures on earth. The stories about them saving and protecting humans are legion. Dolphins even get along with sharks. Their namesake Miami Dolphins (now it’s time for football players) used to be viewed […]
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Eagles and Sixers defy expectations

From the Sidelines November 6, 2013 0 Comments

by Clark Groome A wise and witty friend noted last Thursday that the surprising 114-110 76ers opening night victory over the NBA champion Miami Heat was as improbable as the Eagles’ offense scoring a touchdown. At the time, that was spot on. What’s ironic is the Sixers are the one Philadelphia team that is really […]
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