Baseball, Analytics, and When Not to Swing for the Fences

It was a little over a year ago that I posted on the extent to which the many postseason near-misses suffered by Philadelphia’s pro sports teams during my youth turned me into a pessimist. They always seemed to be taking us – their loyal fans – to the brink of a title, only to fallContinue reading “Baseball, Analytics, and When Not to Swing for the Fences”

Memories of the 1980 NBA Finals

I’m convinced that nobody has ever loved a team more than I loved the Philadelphia 76ers of the early 1980s. I never missed a game; be it on TV, the radio, which is how one had to keep up with home games in the pre-cable era, or in person.  The Sixers and Lakers faced offContinue reading “Memories of the 1980 NBA Finals”

Larry, Mo and Richie

As a nearly lifelong Philadelphia sports fan, I have had my share of favorites among the many athletes I’ve seen play for the Sixers, Phillies and Eagles. But there are three who hold a special status for me, not only for their stellar careers on the field and court, but because they returned to workContinue reading “Larry, Mo and Richie”

Passing the Milkshake Torch

There are certain life events that are extremely unimportant in the big scheme of things, but which stand out in one’s memory.  I still vividly remember the day in 1980 that a new color TV was delivered to my family’s home to replace the one that had stopped working months earlier; that one having beenContinue reading “Passing the Milkshake Torch”

Favorite Sports Memories

A couple recent posts from an online Philly sports nostalgia group provided the inspiration I needed to return with another sports list. I was going to make it a Top Ten; but there is a four-part entry and another one that isn’t really a memory, but which I threw in for personal reasons. So thereContinue reading “Favorite Sports Memories”

Oh Brother: Serving Cheesesteaks in the Shadows of History

With Only moderate success, I’ve been trying to push myself to get to the handful of elite cheesesteak shops that I still haven’t tried. And to that end, today’s lunch was at Oh Brother, which is in Old City, a now long-trendy neighborhood at the northeastern edge of Center City. It also borders and intertwinesContinue reading “Oh Brother: Serving Cheesesteaks in the Shadows of History”

On the Road: The Leftovers

It’s been a while since I’ve posted any trip reports; be they old or new. After going through my online photo archives, I unfortunately determined that I don’t have any other vacations documented well enough to do a comprehensive report. But I do have some odds and ends from various trips and decided to combineContinue reading “On the Road: The Leftovers”

Phil & Jim’s Cheesesteaks: The Sum of its parts

I gave credit to Jim Pappas and his Cheesesteak Adventure blog in a couple of my early cheesesteak posts back in September of last year. He is currently running his third annual March Cheesesteak Madness contest, which has local judges picking the best cheesesteak in the Philly region. There are 64 sandwiches broken down intoContinue reading “Phil & Jim’s Cheesesteaks: The Sum of its parts”

Top 10 Athletic Feats of All Time

I am overdue for both a Top Ten list and a sports post. So I figured I’d knock both out in one shot. “Athletic Feats” is a somewhat ambiguous term. I’m using it in three ways: a remarkable single performance; accomplishments achieved by an individual during the course of a single Olympics; and, in theContinue reading “Top 10 Athletic Feats of All Time”

Calling a Food Audible for Super Bowl Sunday

The Super Bowl is much bigger than just the game itself. There are the parties, commercials, the betting on everything from the outcome of the coin toss to which team will score first, and of course, there is the food. As a traditionalist, I tend to stick with the basics when it comes to whatContinue reading “Calling a Food Audible for Super Bowl Sunday”