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The Daily Numbers: 1 year deal for Tim Tebow likely to be signed with the Eagles today. 3rd string quarterback. Tebow is a longshot to make the team.60 families and neighbors in the Rose Tree Media School District who have tied purple ribbons on their mail boxes to support embattled school Principal Bill Bennett.4,000 dollars, what it cost to go through the process of obtaining a license to do small games of chance for local bard owner Jerry McArdle.40 licenses issued across the state. 1 in Delco, held by McArdle, owner of Jack’s Tavern in Upper Providence.102 million, how much former Gov. Tom Corbett envisioned from sale of the licenses.410,000 dollars, how much the state has realized so far.262.50 dollars for every 4,000 tickets he sells for McArdle.3,500 dollars, how much he spent on the machine the distributes the punch tickets.3 people shot at cookout at Delaware State University in Dover over the weekend.20 years since the terrorist bombing of the U.S. federal building in Oklahoma City killed 168 people. 2 years since the terrorist bombing at the Boston Marathon.1.9 million dollars being spent on TV ads by state Sen. Anthony Hardy Williams by the independent group American Cities. They’re boosting school choice.700 to 950 people on board a boat full of migrants that sank off the Libya coast on Sunday.4-1 loss for the Phils to Stephen Strasburg and the Nats yesterday..175 batting average for Ryan Howard..116 batting average for Chase Utley..212 batting average for the team.2-1 loss for the Union at home vs. the Revolution. Call me a Phanatic: A look at the ups and downs of being a Philadelphia sports fan.It’s Tebow Time in Philly. And yes, this has all the makings of a media circus as the former Heisman Trophy Award winner arrives today to sign a 1-year deal with the Eagles. I Don’t Get It: Anyone else get the feeling that this is going to be one of the longest summers in Phillies history. How far they have fallen. Today’s Upper: Kudos to Dove Meir. You might have known him as Dov Benari when he attended Penncrest High School. Now he’s starring in a USA Network reality show. Quote Box: “It’s a small but powerful sign of our support for Bill Bennett and the Indian Lane community.”- Rekha Sankaran-Kutty, head of the parent-teacher group that is rallying behind the embattled principal by placing purple ribbons on mail boxes.
Before all you English teachers - as well as the good nuns of the Sisters Servants of the Immaculate Heart of Mary - throw up their hands and ask if I've forgotten all that they so lovingly - and at times not so lovingly - drilled into me, I am aware that some might think our front page today contains a huge error. Yes, I am aware that some people might be getting a chuckle in thinking that the editor of the Daily Times once again displayed his ignorance of the human language by using the wrong word in huge type as part of our lead headline.It's right there in print for all to see. Hey, Mr. Editor, you knucklehead, don't you know you used the wrong 'principal' there.Well, actually I did. And didn't.I understand that most times when making that kind of statement, the correct word would be principle, a bedrock belief.But remember what this is story is about, an embattled school official in Rose Tree Media School District.That's why I used the sound alike word principal.That's called a homonym, a word that sounds the same, but has a different meaning. And if it's been awhile since you've heard anyone use the word homonym, you've probably forgotten more English usage than I have.
I have now been through the painful, emotional process of watching a family home first emptied, then sold. The first time it was the house where I grew up. My mother did not go willingly.This time it was my wife's turn, as the house where she grew up became too much for her mom. This time, however, she was ready to go. That did not make the process any less emotional. I used my print column today to talk about it.
The intrepid staff of the Daily Times once again will temp the technology gods today. We're rolling out a new phone system.Please be patient.Yeah, I know. More technology. What can possibly go wrong?A couple of things you need to know.If you want to reach me, to tell me exactly what you think of that day's front page or lead story, use this number: 484-521-3147. Our two main numbers, both for the front desk and the newsroom, will remain the same. You can still dial 610-622-8810 to reach the newsroom. The general number for the newspaper also will remain the same, 610-622-8800.Every reporter will now have a direct line, so make sure you contact them and get their direct line.And most important, our popular Sound Off column will have a new phone number for those looking to get something off their chest. Call 484-521-3180 for Sound Off.Should be a piece of cake.
Thank you, Chip Kelly. I don't have any idea if Tim Tebow will ever take a single snap for the Philadelphia Eagles. For that matter, I'm not totally convinced Sam Bradford will either.What I do know is this. I can't remember a time when the Philly sports landscape looked this bleak.So, yes, I had to crack a smile last night when I checked my phone and found that Tebow was blowing up the Twitter-sphere when word leaked that the Eagles would sign the Heisman Trophy winner to a one-year deal today.Let's face it. The Phillies are giving every indication of being as bad as advertised.The Flyers? They only make news these days when they dump their latest head coach. On Friday they canned longtime Flyers fixture Craig Berube. Then of course they failed to get lucky in the NHL Draft on Saturday, missing a chance to draft the next "one," Connor McDavid. Instead the Flyers will draft seventh, as expected.The Sixers are waiting for the NBA Draft, and trying to determine exactly when Joel Embiid will join their lineup.So Kelly decided to throw us - or at least talk radio - a bone with the Tebow news. You have to believe Anthony Gargano is happy. The timing is perfect as he kicks off his morning show on WFAN, and offers a challenge the morning supremacy of Angelo Cataldi and the morning gang on WIP.Before anyone rushes to anoint Tebow, remember he has not played in an NFL game since 2012, when he backed up another current Eagles QB, March Sanchez, with the Jets.Tebow, the former Heisman Trophy winner who led Florida to two national championships, has made as much news for his religious beliefs as his exploits on the field. He makes no bones about his Christianity. His unique method of celebrating a score, taking a knee and placing his hand on his forehead in prayer, became something of a sensation known as "Tebowing."But he hasn't been on the field since the 2013 preseason with the Patriots.There's a lot of talk about how Kelly continues to seek a quarterback with the ability to run, especially in his red zone offense. It's an area where the Eagles have struggled during his two seasons at the helm.Is Tebow the answer? I doubt it.But it will be fun to watch. And talk about.And really, what else do we have to look forward to?
One of the questions I get asked all the time is why the Daily Times never puts any good news on its front page. Folks, today is your day.Actually, I like putting an 'upper' on the front page on Friday. Maybe it's the whole TGIF thing. Let's face it, a lot of the news we deliver every day is pretty depressing. I mean, how many days can you hammer Colwyn? It's nice every once in awhile to end the week on a little lighter note and head into the weekend with a smile.Today's front page story certainly should spark smiles all across Delaware County.When reporter Rose Quinn first reached out to me early Thursday (she knows I get in the office long before dawn) she wanted to let me know about the story and urged me to consider it for Page One.She wasn't wrong.This is a great story about a good kid battling some serious health issues who finally got his wish. I hope no one is offended by the headline. If you are, you know where to file your complaint. I wrote it. It's a takeoff on the slang saying for something that is pretty cool.You see, David Gibson's wish was not what a lot of good kids would be seeking. He did not want to go to Disney World. Or meet a famous athlete.The Marple 12-year-old wanted to meet the bomb squad - and the robot that is sent in to defuse explosive situations.David, consider your wish granted.And thanks for the Friday upper!
Joe Sestak is getting some company. Allentown Mayor Ed Pawlowski today is expected to announce he will join Sestak in seeking the Democratic nomination to challenge U.S. Sen. Pat Toomey. That sigh you just heard is a lot of Pennsylvania Democratic leaders exhaling.For some reason, they're not in love with the Delco Democrat.That has something to do with the bridges Sestak burned when he ignored their pleas and challenged - and defeated - party-switcher Arlen Specter back in 2010.He's also been known to ignore the advice of party leaders.It worked for him when he knocked off 20-year Republican incumbent Congressman Curt Weldon in a wild 7th District Congressional race. But he lost to Toomey.Now Sestak wants a rematch.But first he'll have to get the nomination.And maybe win back the hearts of his own party in the process.
I you are of a religious bent, say a prayer for me and the rest of us here at the Daily Times over the weekend. We're rolling out a new phone system on Monday.Yeah, I know. More technology. What can possibly go wrong?A couple of things you need to know.If you want to reach me, to tell me exactly what you think of that day's front page or lead story, use this number: 484-521-3147.Our two main numbers, both for the front desk and the newsroom, will remain the same. You can still dial 610-622-8810 to reach the newsroom. The general number for the newspaper also will remain the same, 610-622-8800.Every reporter will now have a direct line, so make sure you contact them and get their direct line.And most important, our popular Sound Off column will have a new phone number for those looking to get something off their chest. Call 484-521-3180 for Sound Off.Should be a piece of cake.
The Phillies lost again last night. Cole Hamels gave up another couple of homers, giving him an astounding seven gopher balls after just three starts. But Hamels and the Phils' fifth straight loss was not even the headline on what is quickly becoming the dismal start every Phillies fan feared.The real story happened before the game.Manager Ryne Sandberg rolled out a lineup that looked distinctly different - for one big reason.The Big Piece is now a big afterthought.Sandberg dropped struggling Ryan Howard to the No. 7 spot in his batting lineup. It was the first time Howard, a fixture in the cleanup spot for the Phils for much of the last decade, has hit that low in the lineup since April 21, 2006. Jeff Francoeur manned the cleanup spot vs. the Nationals.It didn't make a lot of difference. Howard, who came into the game hitting a lowly .148 on 4-for-27 at the plate, went 1-for-3. Francoeus also was 1-for-3.After the game, Howard seemed to take the demotion in stride."Do I think I can hit fourth? Yeah, I know I can," Howard said. "But I think that's one of the things where youjust kind of look at it as an internal challenge to get back to where you know you are."It's going to be a long season.
The Daily Numbers: 0, how much you’ll pay for coffee at Wawa today. It’s free all day as the Delco-based convenience store celebrates its 61st anniversary. 1.5 million cups, how much Wawa officials estimate they will give away today.1964, when the company opened its 1st store on MacDade Boulevard in the Folsom section of Ridley.680 stores in the Wawa chain.22,000 employees.45,000 dollars a year, how much Paula Brown was making as borough manager in Colwyn. Her job was eliminated.40, age of Rashon Mitchell, who police say held up the TD Bank in Springfield.2,500 in cash, how much he made off with.44, age of another bank robbery suspect who was tracked down at Harrah’s Casino in Chester.6.7 billion dollars, how much the state university system says it contributes to the Pa. economy.783 million dollars in gambling revenue for property tax rebates from Pa. casinos.2-year-old hit-run victim who succumbed to his injuries early this morning in Philadelphia.2 toddlers killed in hit-run incidents so far this week.300,000 dollars in heroin seized during raid in Norristown; 2 people were arrested.500 pills a month, how many painkillers the wife of a Chester County dentists was using. They now both face drug charges.70,000 dollars, minimum wage set for all workers at credit card processing center Gravity Payments. Dan Price, the owner, will cut his own pay so his workers can get pay increases.31,000 inquiries from veterans that languished for a year at the Philly VA Center, according to a scathing federal report.22,000 pieces of returned mail that had not been processed.1 worker who would doctor benefit forms to cover up mistakes by coworkers.86 million dollar profit in 1st quarter for Delta Air Lines at its Monroe Energy refinery in Trainer.2.2 billion dollars in savings for the airlines on jet fuel costs.7 million dollars to be paid to family of beating victim in Philly by 2 local taverns.10 straight losses to end the season for the Sixers.18-64 mark for the 76ers on this 2nd season of tanking.3 straight losses for the Phils to the Mets. 3-6 mark for them in this young season.2 for 16 with runners in scoring position for the Phils’ woeful offense.3 hits for Cody Asche in the No. 6 spot. Think maybe we can move him up a bit?.500 batting average for Asche on 12 for 24 hitting, including 11 for his last 16. Call me a Phanatic: A look at the ups and downs of being a Philadelphia sports fan.The Sixers season has come to a merciful end. Tanks for the memories, guys. I Don’t Get It: How exactly does someone fly a small gyrocopter into the Washington, D.C., air space and land it on the lawn of the U.S. Capitol? Today’s Upper: Kudos to our friends at Wawa. They are giving away free coffee all day in honor of their 61st anniversary. Quote Box: “We’ve got enough money left on a state grant that we can get a borough manager in here for 12 weeks. It’s a temporary position and they’ll come in and train everybody to operate this town.”- Colwyn Council President Fred Lesher.
Our very own Wawa - founded and headquartered right here in Delaware County - is celebrating a birthday today. But instead of us showering them with gifts on their 51st anniversary, they've decided to turn the tables, taking up the old adage that it is better to give than to receive.That's especially true if you're a coffee drinker.The convenience store chain is celebrating by offering free coffee all day at all of its stores.Wawa says it's just their way of saying thanks to all of its amazing customers. How thankful are they? The company estimates they will give away about a million and a half free coffees today.Every once in awhile I take a shot at Wawa. For instance, I still believe there is no more dangerous place in Delco than a Wawa parking lot. That's espcially true for the new "super" Wawas that feature gas stations. You sometimes need eyes in the back of your head to keep from being drilled by cars pulling in and out of those lots.But woe be to the outsider who takes a shot at our beloved Wawa. Sheetz? Forget it. 7-Eleven? Get real.Wawa is part of who we are here in Delco.It was 61 years ago when the Wood family was trying to figure out how to market the milk and dairy products produced at their family farm in Middletown. They opened their first store, on MacDade Boulevard in the Folsom section of Ridley Township, on April 16, 1964. Today they have nearly 700 outlets across the Delaware Valley. They continue to expand, the most recent being an ambitious plan to have the famous goose fly into Florida for a big expansion. Their birthday is being noticed down there as well. For you outsiders, here's the secret behind the Wawa mascot. Wawa is the name of the neighborhood in Middletown Township where the company was founded. The town's name is derived from the native American word for the goose that was indigenous to the area. They may be branching out to the Sunshine State, but Wawa will always be Delco at heart.Thanks for the coffee, folks.And yes, we still "gotta havva Wawa."
The winter of our (sports) discontent is over. The Sixers finished Round 2 of their tank-a-palooza campaign by losing at home to the Miami Heat.You're stunned, I'm sure.Owner Josh Harris isn't. He spoke before the game and said he sees some progress, if not success. Here's columnist Jack McCaffery's take on what he heard from Harris. I have a suggestion for the video on the 2014-15 season: Tanks for the Memories.Coach Brett Brown finally seemed to get something off his chest, noting the difficulty of all the roster changes, referring to them as "gypsies.""At the end of the day, to coach gypsies, to have to coach a revolving door, that's now what I'm looking for."Good for him.We're still not sure exactly what Ron Hextall is looking for in a coach.The Flyers GM met the media yesterday after the team failed to make the playoffs and said he is not yet ready to make a decision on coach Craig Berube.If it didn't exactly sound like an endorsement, it wasn't supposed to be.So we move on to spring. Oh, by the way, the Phillies got swept by the Mets last night. The only consistent thing about this team the last couple of years is that they are incapable of timely hitting. They went 2-for-16 with runners in scoring position.No wonder all anyone wants to talk about around here is Chip Kelly.
The Daily Numbers: 15, as in April 15. Happy Tax Day! 318 townhouses and carriage houses proposed in the Cardinal Crossing Towne Center on the site of the former Don Guanella Village in Marple.500,000 to $625,000 pricetag on those homes.750,000 square feet of retail space.100,000 square feet of office space.80,000-square-foot rec center.65,000-square-foot hotel.2,500 short-term construction jobs to build the town centre.2,300 full time jobs eventually housed there.78 million dollars in disposable income from the center.3.5 million impace for the township and school district.1.65 flat monthly fee on cell phone bill that will go toward 911 operations, under bill being proposed in Harrisburg.326 million dollars, how much is expected to be generated by the measure.7 million dollars, how much Delaware County spent last year on 911 services.11.5 to 23 months in county prison for an Upper Darby man charged with witness intimidation.2 million dollar budget gap that has been whittled down to about $800,000 by Radnor School Board.4-1 vote by West Goshen supervisors to table any vote on Sunoco Logistics pipeline plans in the township.100,000 dollars a year in savings, what Williamson Free School of Mechanical Trades hopes to realize from building its own power plant.2.3 percent uptick in revenue for the casinos that have survived in Atlantic City.4 home runs for the Phils last night against the Mets.6-5 loss for the Phils despite the power surge.2 homers for Chase Utley, who also singled, raising his average to .200.5 runs on 9 hits surrendered by Phils starter David Buchanan.3 runs on 5 hits the Phils managed vs. Mets ace Matt Harvey.3 homers surrendered by Harvey. Call me a Phanatic: A look at the ups and downs of being a Philadelphia sports fan.I think we can put away the Chase Utley watch for awhile. Utley snapped out of his season-opening slump big time last night. I Don’t Get It: Hit-and-run incidents. We seem to be up to our neck in them all of a sudden. I don’t get it. Today’s Upper: Kudos to the school board in Radnor. Faced with a $2 million budget gap, they got busy and slashed it down to $800,000. Quote Box: “We know traffic is a major concern of the township, their engineers and the residents. The burden is on us to demonstrate we can mitigate that and improve the situation once the development is built.”- Bruce Goodman, on his proposed Cardinal Crossing Towne Center in Marple.
It is one of those buzz words bound to get attention. It didn't work out so well in Middletown, we're about to see how it fares in Marple.It's that sure sigh of suburban sprawl, the Town Center.When they rolled out that notion for the long-vacant former Franklin Mint site out on Baltimore Pike in Middletown, residents went ballistic. They dubbed the massive development 'The City' and successfully forced developers to alter their plans.More recently a plan to convert the struggling Granite Run Mall to a town center is being greeted with much less protest, perhaps in part because of the fact that the mall is already there, it is in its death throes and it will not cost the township any open space. That was not the case at the Mint site, one of last big open parcels in the township.The notion of the town center, or more correctly Town Centre, is back on the front page today. We preview what the developer has in mind for the Don Guanella site on Sproul Road in Marple, next to Cardinal O'Hara High School.That is the reason for the wording on our front page today, which declares Sproul Sprawl.There is no getting around the scope of this development, dubbed Cardinal Crossing Town Centre. It is huge, with plans for 318 townhouses and carriage houses, a 65,000-square-foot hotel, 80,000-square-foot recreation facility, 100,000 square feet of office space, and 650,000 square feet of retail space.You can get all the details here.One thing is certain. Densely populated Marple Township, where infrastructure already is strained by traffic, is about to get even more crowded.
It's been a tough week for Philly journalism icons. Last week we lost the great Stan Hochman.Today there is news that another towering voice has fallen silent. Sandy Grady died. He was 87.When I was a kid, I delivered the Evening Bulletin, and every day someone could count on getting a rumpled copy, the one I had already rummaged through to read Grady's renderings.Grady covered sports and later politics.After the Bulletin's demise, he landed at the Daily News and became a force covering politics. His column was a must read for political junkies.The newspapers in heaven have had a helluva week. For the rest of us, especially those of us who toil in this wacky business, there is a sense of unease, of things lost that can't be recovered, of a changing journalism landscape that will never be the same.That landscape was created by the likes of Hochman and Grady. We will all be lessened by their absence.
So much for the Chase Utley funk. The Phillies' second baseman, who had been mired in a horrific slump to start the season, snapped out of it big time last night in a wildly entertaining game against the Mets.Unfortunately, despite two homers from Utley, the Phils still managed to lose to the Gothams, 6-5. This despite the fact that they roughed up Mets' ace Matt Harvey for three runs on five hits in his six innings of work.Cody Asche and Jeff Francoeur also went deep as the Phils put up one of the best offensive performances of the young season. But David Buchanan struggled, giving up five runs on nine hits in just 5 2/3 innings of work.And while Utley heated up, the same cannot be said for Ryan Howard, who again left the Phils in the lurch with runners in scoring position. Howard went 0-for-3 with two strikeouts.All of this was accompanied by a palpable edge to the game, as Buchanan hit two Mets, and Harvey plunking Utley in the behind in return.Mets manager Terry Collins was tossed arguing a catcher interference call, there was a great bang-bang play at the plate, and a host of questionable umpiring calls.In short, just about everything you could want in an early-season game - except a Phillies win.
The Daily Numbers: 200 dollars a month, how much Colwyn wants to pay a receptionist to perform the duties of treasurer. 2 million dollar bank acccount in the borough.1 million dollars in red ink as well.1 of 3 Democratic candidates for County Council who will not take part in write-in campaign after they were tossed off ballot.2 people held inside a Chester home, sparking a standoff with police. They were freed and the man taken into custody.1 year on probation for the former chief deputy in the office of the County Register of Wills on a new retail theft charge.160,000 dollars she ripped off from the county office prior to her latest arrest.34, age of Chester woman found stabbed on a city street early Sunday.19.6 million dollar reconstruction project for 69th Street Terminal that kicked off yesterday in Upper Darby.35,000 passengers who use the terminal every day.5th DUI offense for a woman from Phoenixville. She faces 3 years in state prison.3 workers at a construction site at King of Prussia Mall injured when they hit an electrical cable.3.7 percent state sales tax, up from current 3.07, under GOP tax plan that will be rolled out in Pa. House today. 1 percent hike in sales tax from 6 to 7 percent.30 points for Michael Carter Williams as the Bucks rolled over his old team the Sixers last night.1 more game in this miserable season for the 76ers, who finish the season at home vs. Miami Wednesday night.6 strong innings for Aaron Harang that went for naught as the Phils got shut out by the Mets.1 run on 4 hits given up by Harang.7 hits - all singles - for the Phillies.2 times they’ve been shut out already this year.1 for 7 with a walk for the combo of Ryan Howard and Chase Utley. Call me a Phanatic: A look at the ups and downs of being a Philadelphia sports fan.I don’t boo Ryan Howard. Or Chase Utley either for that matter. Why? Because they gave us a parade. I Don’t Get It: Colwyn Borough. I don’t get it. Today’s Upper: Kudos to the folks out at the new Veterans Memorial on West Chester Pike in Edgmont. They will house a statue there to honor local legend Wild Bill Guarnere. An announcement was made at the site yesterday. Quote Box: “This is a shame, taxpayers’ money getting wasted like this.”- Colwyn resident John Ritchie, after last night’s council session.
The only thing missing in Colwyn is the Big Top. Yes, the circus is back in town.This is what passes for government in this tiny borough.Here is the latest: It appears Borough Manager Paula Brown is out of a job. After voting once to oust her last week, council met in executive session again last night to officially eliminate the position in what they are calling a cost-cutting measure.In the meantime, Brown, no stranger to controversy, continues to make all kinds of allegations and basically beg either the county district attorney or Gov. Wolf to get involved and bring charges against borough leaders.For the most part, District Attorney Jack Whelan is not talking, since the borough apparently is the target of an ongoing investigation.After the initial vote to oust Brown last Thursday night, she locked herself in the borough offices all day on Friday. She won't have that option any more. Borough officials changed the lock after last night's vote.And the beat goes on.
I had every intention of ripping Springfield Township in my blog today. Why?Because for a week now I have been hitting what had to be the biggest pothole in Delaware County. It was a massive crater on Springfield Road right at the intersection of Netherwood Drive.For about a week now I have managed to hit it on the way to the office every morning. I'm surprised my right front tire is still intact. You could get lost in this thing.But not this morning.That's because it was filled in at some point yesterday.Nice work!I guess someone is reading this blog out in Edgmont as well.I have complained about the condition of Providence Road from West Chester Pike to the Route 1 Media Bypass, another route I travel every morning.Today I noticed that someone out in Edgmont - I don't know if the township does it or if PennDOT handles that stretch - was busy patching some of those nasty stretches as well.Now if only Upper Providence would get the message. That stretch has not been touched as yet.Then again, I should consider myself lucky. I do not have to traverse Route 202 every day.I was not that lucky last weekend. I had the misfortune of riding on Route 202 northbound from Route 1 to West Chester. How the hell people do that every day without killing someone is beyond me. There is now way to avoid these potholes without swerving in and of lanes, obviously something you can't do in rush-hour traffic.It might mean shutting down lanes and adding to commuters' woes, but someone really needs to fix these roads before they cause a serious accident. If you agree, or if you've lost a tire on this nasty stretch, let me know. Maybe together we can get PennDOT to take action.
Ryan Howard and Chase Utley are pushing their luck. I have a personal policy when it comes to them, as well as Jimmy Rollins, Cole Hamels, and Carlos Ruiz. I don't boo them. That's getting more and more difficult to do. Howard and Utley are, to put it politely, struggling to start the season. Howard in particular has become the target of Philly's boo birds. He was showered with abuse Sunday at Citizens Bank Park after taking a less than classic "Golden Sombrero," striking out four times, several times with runners in scoring position.He was at it again on Monday in New York as the Phils wasted a great outing by new addition Aaron Harang, who gave up just four hits and one run over six innings.But it's kind of hard to win when you don't score. The Phils got shut out for the second time in seven games with the season still in its infancy.A big part of the problem is the impotence of the middle of the lineup, where Howard and Utley reside.Jack McCaffery was in the Big Apple yesterday as Howard went 1-for-4, actually raising his batting average to .167. Utley was not any better. Combined the once powerful pair of left-hand hitters went 1-for-7 vs. the Mets. Utley is now hitting .091.Look, I would not complain if Howard and Utley were playing elsewhere. It's probably time. For that I fault GM Ruben Amaro Jr. But I will not boo them.Why?It's simple. They did something very few Philly athletes can claim.They gave us a parade. They won. I have not forgotten what that felt like back in 2008.v For those who insist on haranguing Howard, I would remind them that the Phillies do not hoist that trophy without him in the middle of that lineup, before the Achilles' problems that have turned him into a shell of the player that was one of the most feared home run hitters in the league.That's the nature of the game.If fans want to boo, that is their right.But I won't.I remember 2008.