Hugh Taft-Morales didn’t expect this. “I knew it was going to be big,” he said. “It’s well beyond what I thought it was going to be. Clearly, Philadelphia’s got a lot of Catholic tradition and heritage.” Taft-Morales is not Catholic, nor is he from Philadelphia. The leader of the Ethical … Continue Reading Pope in Philly: One Faith’s Celebration is Another’s Inconvenience
When the clock ticked zero Saturday, the score read Temple 27, Penn State 10. It was the Owls’ first win over the Nittany Lions since Oct. 18, 1941. Head coach Matt Rhule on Tuesday called it a great win for Temple, its football program, students and alumni. On Saturday night, … Continue Reading Temple focused on Cincinnati after historic win vs. Penn State
For the Temple Owls, it’s back to the basics in 2015. “Coaches stress good football teams can run the ball at will,” center Kyle Friend said Aug. 17 at Temple’s media day, “and that’s something that we’re trying to accomplish here.” After experimenting with a no-huddle offense last season, the … Continue Reading Season Preview: Temple’s offense focused on run game
Temple head coach Matt Rhule sees a winner in P.J. Walker. Not the quarterback who threw 15 interceptions and lost two fumbles last season. And Rhule doesn’t want his junior QB to think back to his freshman season, when Walker’s numbers foreshadowed a promising future for the Owls. “I don’t … Continue Reading P.J. Walker looks to take game, Temple to next level
For the second straight year, Matt Rhule took his football team to the movies. On Sunday night, Rhule, his wife, Julie, and the Owls saw “Straight Outta Compton.” (Yes, Temple contributed to the $60.2 million the movie made in its opening weekend.) Rhule did not get a chance to talk … Continue Reading Matt Rhule’s mission for Temple: Stay focused, stay together
For Jakub Voracek, there was no rush in signing an extension with the Flyers. He knew he wanted to stay in Philadelphia and he understood the team had him in its long-term plans. “I knew something was going to get done,” he said Thursday night in a conference call. “It … Continue Reading Patience key for Voracek, Flyers in reaching long-term deal
It’s been a busy week for Flyers general manager Ron Hextall. On Tuesday, Hextall signed Sean Couturier to a six-year, $25.98 million contract extension. Thursday night, the second-year GM inked Jakub Voracek to an eight-year, $66 million extension. With Brayden Schenn set to become a restricted free agent after the … Continue Reading Ron Hextall: ‘I don’t anticipate signing’ Brayden Schenn yet
Two days after locking up Sean Couturier, Flyers general manager Ron Hextall knocked out another major long-term deal. The Flyers on Thursday night signed right winger Jakub Voracek to a multi-year contract extension. It’s an eight-year deal for $66 million, a league source tells CSNPhilly.com’s Tim Panaccio. “Once the season ended, you start … Continue Reading Flyers sign winger Jake Voracek to 8-year, $66M extension
VOORHEES, N.J. — There’s a forgotten man among the Flyers’ parcel of defensive prospects. Not that Robert Hagg pays any attention to that. Hagg has a laidback persona to him, perhaps a tad too casual. Talk to him and he’s calm, speaks at a harmonious clip to accompany his Swedish accent. … Continue Reading Relaxed Robert Hagg has plan for his development
Sam Gagner doesn’t know if he’ll be with the Flyers past this week, but said Sunday “it’d be very exciting” if he does stay in Philadelphia.
Victoria Watts is sitting at a small, round table with an iced coffee alongside her blue sunglasses at J&K Euphoria in Northern Liberties. She’s telling a story, which isn’t uncommon. “It took me 25 years to figure everything out,” she said. “I’m 27 now. I came out when I was 25. … Continue Reading Emotionally right, technically wrong
Marc Lancaster didn’t really start listening to music until he was 15. And even then, it only happened because a girl he was a friend with gave him a cassette tape of Nirvana’s first album, “Bleach.” He only began playing guitar since he wasn’t allowed a BB gun. “She’s like, … Continue Reading Indie rock, sounds behind vinyl comeback
Ron Hextall has found his coach. The Flyers on Monday named University of North Dakota coach Dave Hakstol as their head coach.
Flyers GM Ron Hextall understands there’s risk in hiring Dave Hakstol as head coach, but he feels Hakstol’s the right man for the job.
The Flyers won’t become a contender overnight, but Ron Hextall has a plan, has a direction, has a process. And that’s more than they’ve had in a while.
Steve Mason turned away 46 shots in the Flyers’ win over the Pens Sunday en route to his 150th career win, but the goaltender remained humble in victory.