Tuesday, February 5, 2013
The Abington-native's name might look familiar. His father's coached at Abington HS for more than 30 years.
The baseball genes must run in the family. Bryan Torresani, of Willow Grove, was named the Immaculata University's baseball coach according to a recent release from the college. The Torresani name might look familiar. His father, Dave, has been the coach of the Abington High School baseball team for more than 30 years. Others might recognize the last name because of a local teacher. "My wife is a teacher in the Upper Dublin School District, so we are pretty settled," Torresani said in a recent interview with Daily Local. "When this job opened, I had been looking for an area Division III head coaching job, so this has been perfect." With so many local ties, Torresani said he is happy to take over for the Mighty Mac's team. "It’s been a goal…
Monday, February 4, 2013
SMG Worldwide, based in West Conshohocken, said its systems behaved 'immediately as designed' following the power outage that delayed the second half of Baltimore's 34-31 win.
The Eagles had long since hit the golf course, but the Philadelphia region was still represented in Super Bowl XLVII. Just not on the field. West Conshohocken-based SMG Worldwide, which has managed the New Orleans Superdome since 1977, said today that a piece of equipment that monitors electrical load "sensed an abnormality" shortly after the second half of the game began on Sunday night. Power to the stadium was "partially cut" by the automated system so that the problem could be isolated, the company said. The company said it then worked with energy provider Entergy to "ensure that full power was safely restored." "Entergy and SMG will continue to investigate the root cause of the abnormality," the company said. Read the company's full …
Saturday, February 2, 2013
Even if the Eagles' owner agreed to the petitioned new unis, it likely could not happen until the 2015 season.
Earlier in the week, Patch reported on a petition that was gaining some speed in the Greater Philadelphia area. Fans of the Eagles wanted back their kelly green. According to philly.com, in a change.org plea, a Twitter personality known as "Cranekicker" asked Eagles' owner Jeffery Lurie to bring back the kelly green articles. The online petition has gained 10,067 signatures as of 4 p.m. on Saturday. However, an article in Philly Mag says even if Lurie were to accept the change, it could not likely take place until 2015. "Changing uniforms in the NFL has become a lengthy and exhaustive process," said PhillyMag.com. "According to the league offices, it essentially takes two years to make the switch once the request from the team is submitted…
Friday, February 1, 2013
Connecticut's James "The Bear" McDonald pulls out a narrow victory over the three-time champ.
Philadelphia's championship drought has spread to yet another sport: New Englander James "The Bear" McDonald pulled off an upset victory in Wing Bowl 21, edging three-time champ Jonathan “Super” Squibb to take the title. One of five out-of-town ringers brought in to challenge Squibb, McDonald lived up to his bidding as the 2012 All Pro Eating Rookie of the Year and fulfilled his prediction he would out-eat Squibb for the title. “This wasn’t necessarily as intimidating as I thought, but the final result was a lot closer than I thought it would be,” McDonald said amid a rain of boos from a drunkenly partisan crowd. “I had to really push it.” McDonald built a slim lead heading into the finals and held off Squibb and Dave “U.S. Male” Goldstein…
Thursday, January 31, 2013
Local fan starts petition to bring back retro jerseys for The Birds.
Do you miss them? Did you love the Eagles so much more when they were in a kelly green jersey? Many fans have come to dislike the new "midnight green," black/charcoal and white design. Perhaps it is the dismal last season, or maybe it just is a longing for yesteryear, but some fans have decided to do something about it. According to an article on philly.com, "Cranekicker," a local twitter personality, has started a petition to bring back the kelly green uniforms of the past. The Eagles had donned the kelly green (with silver eagles' wings on the helmet) uniforms from 1973 to 1995, according to the Eagles year-by-year history. Cranekicker has written a petition to Eagles' Owner Jeffrey Laurie to ask for the official team colors to be …
Monday, January 28, 2013
Shawne McCoy to join staff on Feb. 4.
Monday, January 28
We are ... getting a new AD. Penn Staters at the Abington campus will soon have a new athletic director (AD). Shawne McCoy, according to ReadMedia, will begin his new role officially of Feb. 4. Chancellor Dr. Karen Wiley Sandler announced the new AD to succeed Dr. Karen Weaver, who stepped down on Dec. 31, 2012 to pursue a faculty post at Drexel University after six years at Penn State Abington. "I am excited and honored to be selected as the new director of athletics, intramurals and recreation at Penn State Abington," said McCoy. "I would like to thank Chancellor Sandler, Gale Siegel, and the entire search committee for entrusting me with this opportunity. I look forward to working with our coaches, staff and faculty to help provide our …
Sunday, January 27, 2013
Lansdale Amusement Co. in Hatfield provided 40 VSPhoenix state-of-the-art dartboards at the inaugural three-day Phoenix Cup $22,000 tournament Friday at Holiday Inn in Towamencin
The inaugural Phoenix Cup at the Holiday Inn in Towamencin was a bullseye. The event saw Lansdale Amusement Co. in Hatfield providing 40 state-of-the-art Korean-made VSPhoenix dartboards for the $22,000 dart tournament Friday at the Sumneytown Pike hotel, according to The Reporter Online. The newspaper reports the digital dart machines have remote-play capabilities — you can challenge someone in another country from your neighborhood bar via a special online card — and are complete with surround sound speakers and 26-inch HD monitors. The tournament is sponsored by Phoenix Darts Co. and world champion dart master John Kuczynski, of Zion Grove, PA. You can find VSPhoenix dartboards locally at bars like Third and Walnut Lounge; Hattricks and…
Thursday, January 24, 2013
Evans to join the new National Women's Soccer League in its first professional season.
Thursday, January 24
Abington High School graduate Maddy Evans was an all-star on the Penn State University's women's soccer team. As one of the team's midfielders, Evans led the Lady Lions to their first national championship in the NCAA. Though they suffered a loss, the Nittany Lions were proud of their midfielder. "One of the best and most hard-working players in the country," said the Lady Lions Head Soccer Coach Erica Walsh of Evans. "We anticipate her helping us in the midfield, but she can play anywhere on the field and will be an amazing asset to our group." The Boston Breakers agreed. According to a report on Onward State, Evans was scooped up in the fourth round of the inaugural draft of the National Women's Soccer League (NWSL). She'll be headed to …
Saturday, January 19, 2013
The Philadelphia Phanatic served as the Guest of Honor for the kickoff to the Ambler YMCA's Annual Support Campaign.
The Philadelphia Phanatic dropped by the Ambler YMCA on Friday, as he was named the Guest of Honor for the YMCA's 2013 Annual Support Campaign. We had our photographer stop by the event to capture all of the silliness and shenanigans, so in the event you missed it, check out our gallery above. As always, if you have photos of your own, you can add them to the gallery by hitting the upload button above. Did we catch you in our lens?
Wednesday, January 16, 2013
Chip Kelly, a top candidate, will replace Andy Reid as new coach of Philadelphia Eagles, team announced Wednesday.
The search is over. Chip Kelly has been named the new coach of the Philadelphia Eagles. ESPN and the Philadelphia Inquirer first reported the hiring of Kelly, which the team then confirmed on its website around 12:30 p.m. A press conference has been scheduled for 1:30 p.m., the team said. The University of Oregon coach was considered among the team's top choices by owner Jeff Lurie but announced after his interview with the Birds that he was staying put. Well, those plans have changed. It may be due to the fact that the University of Oregon was facing NCAA sanctions. Kelly coached at the University of Oregon for four years and recently won the Fiesta Bowl. He will be the 21st coach in Philadelphia Eagles history. “Chip Kelly will be an …