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So here we are again at the third week of the NFL exhibition schedule. It was at this point a year ago that the Eagles' expectations spiked during the brief and fascinating tenure of Charles Sherman Kelly.
TYLER MATAKEVICH left Temple as the school's most honored football player. Now he's trying to start his NFL career as a linebacker with the Pittsburgh Steelers. But life on North Broad Street will go on. It always does. You never replace someone of that pedigree. Yet there has to be a next candidate in line, awaiting his shot.
THIS ONE might be the toughest. It's strange to think about. We've sat through how many of these already? The centerfielder, the shortstop, the second baseman, the World Series MVP. Could it really be that the eight-hole hitter was the one to burrow furthest into that part of your mind where the visceral memories go?
WE HAVE reached that fun point in the preseason where fans and the media, underwhelmed by what they've seen from the hometown team in training camp and the first two exhibition games, start going all Peggy Lee (is that all there is?) on us.
AS FAR AS being a welcomed site for a professional sports league, Las Vegas got out of the penalty box in June, when NHL commissioner Gary Bettman announced that the mecca of gambling in America was granted an expansion franchise that would begin play in the 2017-18 season.
WHEN KENJON Barner got to the NFL as a sixth-round draft choice of Carolina in 2013, he found the attributes that made him a star at Oregon weren't going to earn him a long pro career.
'FIVE RIGHT at me. Five to the hole. Five in the shift. Then five backhand, going forward. Then five more straight."
When Howie Roseman emerged from his year in solitary, he could have come blinking back into the light in either of two ways - as a cautious general manager looking for stability in an unstable profession or as a once-burned gambler no longer afraid of fire.
IT'S NOT like being tossed into a new NFL offense in the middle of August is hard, or anything. "I just gotta erase those memories and put a whole new playbook in my head and try to pick up as fast as I can, to be able to help my team," wide receiver Dorial Green-Beckham said Wednesday, when asked if he still sees the Tennessee Titans' plays in his head when he lines up to run routes with the Eagles.
WEST CHESTER'S football team opens its season Sept. 3 at Bentley (Waltham, Mass.). The Golden Rams, who went 7-4 last season, have been picked to repeat as East Division champs in the Pennsylvania State Athletic Conference. Which means this should be an exciting time, as they get ready to embark on a journey that could bring them more good things.
HERE IS THE difference between becoming Olympic heroes and Olympic dimwits. On Tuesday, the gold medal-winning United States women's gymnastics team was in Manhattan for a taping of the The Tonight Show and just happened to swing by the Richard Rodgers Theatre for prime seats to the Broadway hit Hamilton.