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The Daily Numbers for Friday, Oct. 21

6 hours 36 min ago
The Daily Numbers: 100 people who packed Brookhaven Municipal Building last night for debate between Leanne Krueger-Braneky and Patti Rodgers Morrisette.

161st state House race, that’ the one to watch in Delco.

23, age of Aston woman charged with illegal straw gun purchases. Cops say she then turned the guns over to her boyfriend,who was prohibited from such purchases.

50-round drum magazine that was purchased for one of the guns.

1st place for Upper Darby Police Department in yesterday’s SWAT competition at the county Emergency Services Training Center. 1 misdemeanor count of simple assault withdrawn against the headmaster at the Haverford School.

10 Novbember, when Springfield residents will get a look at the plans for their new high school.

118 million dollar price tag for the school, and that’s the low end.

3, as in Day 3 of the strike by professors at state universities. The two sides are expected to return to bargaining table today.

4 of 22 corruption convictions against former Congressman Chaka Fattah tossed by judge.

50 years of Flyers celebrated last night before team’s home opener with honors for late owner Ed Snider.

3-2 loss by Flyers to Coyotes.

1 for 7 for the Flyers 1st line power play unit.

3-2 lead for Cubs over Dodgers in the NLCS after they beat L.A. last night.

1908, the last time the Cubs won a World Series.

17 seasons in the NBA for Sixer Elton Brand. He announced his retirement yesterday.

3 TD passes for Aaron Rodgers as Packers beat the Bears on Thursday night NFL action.

Call me a Phanatic: A look at the ups and downs of being a Philadelphia sports fan.

Hey, at least those wrist bands the Flyers handed out last night stayed in the stands.

I Don’t Get It: Did Donald Trump think his quip about respecting the elections results if he wins was funny? I don’t get it.

Today’s Upper: Kudos to all those who packed the Brookhaven Municipal Building last night for the 161st state House public forum. Democracy in action.

Quote Box:
“We know that the vast majority of illegal guns on the streets used for violence and crime are a result of straw purchase.”

- D.A. Jack Whelan.
Categories: Pennsylvania

The race to watch in Delco

7 hours 12 min ago
We interrupt the Donald & Hillary show to let you know that there are other important races to consider on the November ballot.

As usual, the entire Pennsylvania House will be contested, and that brings us to perhaps the most interesting race in Delaware County. In fact, we're labeling this one as "the race to watch."

It's the 161st House district, which has flip-flopped wildly back and forth the past few years. Democrat Bran Lentz wrested the seat from decades of GOP control, only to see it fall back into the GOP's grasp when he decided to seek higher office. Then Republican Joe Hackett tired of life in Harrisburg and decided to pack up his things and head home to his old job with the Delco D.A.'s office.

That set up a special election. The Dems put up Leanne Krueger-Braneky, while the GOP countered with labor leader Paul Mullen. But the GOP did not count on Lisa Esler, a third-party Tea Candidate who was not happy with the process that led the party to Mullen's door.

She ran a vigorous campaign, and siphoned off enough votes from Mullen to open the door for the Democrat Krueger-Braneky to win the special election.

Now she's back on the ballot in her first run for re-election to the seat, which covers Aston, Brookhaven, Nether Providence, Rose Valley, Rutledge and Swarthmore.

But this time she will not be getting any help from a third-party in her contest against Republican challenger Patti Rodgers Morrisette.

And it could be seen as a bellwether for the changing demographics in the county, where Democrats have now opened a 16,000-voter edge in registrations.

Will this be a sign of the times, and a sign that Delaware County Democrats now are truly a force to be reckoned with, including local races here in the county where they have continued to struggle against the mighty Delco GOP?

Or, now that they no longer have Esler nipping at their heels, will the Republican ground forces do what they have done so well for so long: Get their people to the polls and deliver the goods.

Last night Krueger-Braneky and Rodgers Morrisette met in a voter forum that drew more than 100 people to the Brookhaven Municipal Building.

Keep an eye on this one. In Delco, it just might be the race watch.
Categories: Pennsylvania

Good for John Nagl

7 hours 39 min ago
In this job, I'm not supposed to take sides. I'm supposed to play it down the middle.

Of course, if you asked Democratic and Republican leaders here in the county, they would tell you I fail miserable at that task most days. They are convinced - as are many readers - that I'm in the tank for the opposition. Just this week in Sound Off the newspaper was excoriated for being "in the pocket" of the GOP. That might come as news to Andy Reilly and Mike Puppio.

But I can admit that there are some times when I do feel a rooting interest in the stories that wind up splashed all over the front pages of the newspaper, as well as finding a permanent home online at DelcoTimes.com.

I'm not an iceberg. I feel for the people involved in these stories. And yes, sometimes I feel bad about what happened to them. I sometimes refer to it as the 'wince factor.' I guess that's as opposed to our newest Philly sports foible. That would be the Wentz Factor.

The 'wince factor' is my reaction when a story first crosses my radar. Sometimes I question the actions. Sometimes I question the facts. And sometimes I just feel bad for the people involved.

That brings me to John Nagl. He was the headmaster of the prestigious Haverford School on the Main Line.

Nagl found himself in the pages of the newspaper, as well as popping up on all the local TV news shows. Let's just say it was not in the best of circumstances. No, this was not a profile on the tremendous things that are done at the private school.

This was a story about a most private incident involving Nagl and his son.

As police laid out the story, Nagl found some pot in his son's backpack and decided to discipline him by taking away his cell phone. The next day Nagl apparently caught his son using the cell phone and a tussle ensued. The son called 911. Nagl was eventually charged with a misdemeanor count of simple assault.

That' how Nagl made the paper. He was placed on leave by the school.

I'm a man. And a father. I am lucky in that my two kids never gave me much in the way of worries, certainly not the hell I routinely put my parents through.

To put in plainly, I felt bad for Nagl.

That's why I was glad to hear the news yesterday that the Delaware County District Attorney's Office is dropping the charges against Nagl.

You can read all the details here.

I hope he gets his job back.

My feelings are not unanimous. Several readers complained that Nagl was getting a break because of his status. I don't see it.

Go ahead. Tell me I'm biased. Again.

I think Nagl had a very private moment that exploded into something very public.

I hope now that everyone can put this behind.
Categories: Pennsylvania

The Daily Numbers for Thursday, Oct. 20

Thu, 2016-10-20 08:12
The Daily Numbers: 3rd and final debate between Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton last night. Can I get an ‘Amen.’

28 years, how long Bill Adolph has represented the 165th legislative district in the state House. He’s retiring.

14 to 28 years in prison for an Eddystone man in fatal shooting of his friend.

2 Bill Clintons? Yes, that was Upper Providence’s Bill Clinton mugging with President Bill Clinton during a campaign event in Ardmore.

2002, when Upper Darby Officer Dennis McNamara was gunned down on duty. A portion of a Drexel Hill road will be named in his honor.

1st strike ever by members of the union representing faculty at Pa.’s state universities.

14 state schools affected.

110,000 students across the state affected.

22, age of Delco man who was shot when a Craigslist transaction in Philly turned violent.

44 people nabbed in a crackdown on underage human trafficking in Philly.

17, age of suspect being sought in the shooting of a Good Samaritan who intervened in a robbery in Rittenhouse Square.

10-2 win for Cubs over Dodgers last night in the NLCS.

2-2 deadlock in that series.

3-10 win for Indians over the Blue Jays. They take the ALCS and head to World Series.

50 years of Flyers history on display at Wells Fargo Center as team kicks off home opener tonight.

Call me a Phanatic: A look at the ups and downs of being a Philadelphia sports fan.

Sam Bradford was all smiles yesterday as he talked to the Philly media. Being 5-0 will do that for you.

I Don’t Get It: Donald Trump says he will not necessarily go along with the will of the voters. No one should be surprised.

Today’s Upper: Kudos to Bill Adolph, who is hanging it up after 28 years in Harrisburg.

Quote Box: “I must admit it feels a little strange up here.”

- Bill Adolph, taking to House floor to say farewell to his colleagues.
Categories: Pennsylvania

He's not standing 'Pat' on Trump

Thu, 2016-10-20 07:36
Pat Meehan is not standing "pat" on Donald Trump.

A couple of weeks ago the incumbent Republican 7th District congressman called on the man leading the GOP ticket to get out of the race after a decade-old video surfaced of Trump making lewd, vulgar remarks about women.

Trump is sticking around, but he's not going to get Meehan's vote.

In an interview with the Inquirer's editorial board, Meehan indicated he would cast his vote for Trump's running mate, writing in the name of Gov. Mike Pence.

Meehan represents the bulk of Delaware County, along with slivers of Chester, Montgomery and even Berks counties in the bizarre jigsaw the encompasses the 7th District. It is often seen as Exhibit A in the pitfalls of redistricting. Once considered a toss-up district, it is now believed to be solidly Republican, thanks to its new shape, formed to take advantage of Republican strongholds.

Meehan is being opposed by Democrat Mary Ellen Balchunis, a retired La Salle College professor.

Meehan was vocal in his disgust for Trump's comments about women.

“This sort of vile talk is appalling, it’s offensive, and there’s no place in public or private for it," Meehan said. "It’s simply wrong.”

He said Trump was "not the right leader" for the GOP.

“Millions of Americans oppose Hillary Clinton’s liberal, progressive agenda, but it’s clear that Donald Trump is not the right leader for the fight against it,” Meehan said in the interview.

“For the good of the country, the Republican Party, and his family, I hope he’ll step aside and end his candidacy for president so that we can come together as a party and defeat Hillary Clinton,” Meehan said.

Meehan becomes the first member of the Pennsylvania delegation to indicate that he will not vote for his party's nominee, instead writing in the name of running mate Mike Pence.
Categories: Pennsylvania

End of an era for Bill Adolph

Thu, 2016-10-20 07:13
There is an interesting twist on this year's election ballot.

Bill Adolph's name is not on it.

The veteran legislator who has represented the 165th legislative district for more than two decades is not seeking re-election. Instead Republican Alex Charlton and Democrat Elaine Paul Schaefer are vying to go to Harrisburg to represent residents in Springfield, Marple and parts of Radnor.

Adolph becomes the latest setback when it comes to wielding clout in Harrisburg. You can reel off the names of longtime veteran legislators who are no longer trooping out the Pennsylvania Turnpike looking out for Delaware County. Mario Civera, Nick Micozzie, Ted Erickson were all familiar names who have stepped aside.

Harrisburg is not unlike most other centers of power. It is accumulated with age. The longer you stick around the more power you wield. And in the case of money, the loss of these longtime legislators means less clout - and less money for Delaware County.

That's especially acute for Adolph, who rose to the Majority Chairman of the House Appropriations Committee. In other words, Bill Adolph had his fingers on the purse strings. He was the key man in putting together a budget plan each year.

Obviously, that has not been without its challenges, especially when voters elected a Democrat, Tom Wolf, to the governor's mansion. A standoff between Wolf and Legislature went on for months.

Yesterday Adolph took to the House floor to say farewell to his colleagues.

For 28 years Bill Adolph has been looking after the interests of his constituents - and really all of Delaware County - in Harrisburg.

He will be missed.
Categories: Pennsylvania

The return of Sam Bradford

Thu, 2016-10-20 06:40
Play it again, Sam.

There will be a familiar face wearing purple on Sunday at Lincoln Financial Field.

Yes, that will be Sam Bradford back behind center as the undefeated Vikings storm in South Philly fresh off their bye week.

Yesterday, Bradford had a conference call with the Philly media, and talked about his reaction when he went from the Eagles' starting quarterback just a week before the season opener, to being shipped to Minnesota for a 1st round draft pick in the aftermath of the knee injury that shelved Vikings' starter Teddy Bridgewater for the season.

The deal seems to have worked out for both teams.

The move opened the door for the Eagles to install Carson Wentz as their starter. Remember, the original plan was for Wentz to do little more than carry a clipboard on the sidelines as he watched during his first season. Bradford was the starter, and veteran Chase Daniel was the backup. Wentz would watch and learn, and wait his turn.

That timetable got tossed out the window when Bridgewater went down and the Vikings went on the market looking for a QB. That brought them to Howie Roseman, who managed to get back the 1st found pick he dealt away in order to move up and take Wentz.

And it's going pretty well for Bradford in Minnesota as well. He's blended into the Vikings' offense seamlessly, and led the team to an undfeated mark, even without standout running back Adrian Peterson, who has missed several weeks with an knee injury.

Bradford certainly seemed in good spirits while talking about the whirlwind of change he's experienced this year.

I admit to being a Bradford fan. I've even joked about being the president of the Sam Bradford Fan Club.

I think he got a raw deal, first from the injury gods, after he blew out his knee not once but twice, and still rehabbed and came back.

Then he was dealt by the Rams to the Eagles. He wasn't a particularly good fit in Chip Kelly's frenetic offense.

I had high hopes for him under Doug Pederson's more measure attack, which allowed him to huddle, come up to the line and make adjustments, and even call an audible. Those are the same things we see Wentz doing now for the Birds.

I said I thought Bradford would lead the Eagles to the NFC East crown and into the playoffs.

Now, I think he has a shot of leading the Vikings to the Super Bowl.

I hope he has a great day Sunday - in a losing effort!

Here's what "Sammy Sleeves" had to say yesterday.
Categories: Pennsylvania

One more chance for the Chester waterfront

Wed, 2016-10-19 06:30
Do you remember that $500 million development that was supposed to surround the soccer stadium on Chester's waterfront?

Yeah, so do we.

In fact, that promise of a spectacular waterfront, something akin to Delco's version of Baltimore's Inner Harbor, was one of the reasons this newspaper enthusiastically endorsed a bond issue floated by County Council, despite the cries from many that public money should not be funneled into a boondoggle such as a sports facility.

That was back in 208.

The $30 million bond issue passed, over the objections of Republican County Councilman Andy Lewis, who did something unheard of on County Council - he voted not on the plan.

The stadium was built.

But little else was.

Shortly after construction started on the stadium, the economy went off a cliff. Buccini-Pollin, the developers who had such grandiose plans for the Chester waterfront, including hundreds of townhomes, retail, restaurants and entertainment venues, even a convention center, put all that on hold.

Eight years later, not much has changed.

But now there is renewed talk of developing the waterfront. It's being pushed by a firm that has made Chester their home. Power Home Remodeling led the charge back into Chester when they moved their corporate headquarters in to the redeveloped Wharf at Rivertown as one of the first signs of a turnaround in Chester.

Now they have entered into a naming rights deal with the Philadelphia Union, the city's entry in Major League Soccer, for their training facility.

And there is once again talk of what could be on the Chester waterfront.

We talk about the possibilities on today's editorial page.
Categories: Pennsylvania

A must win already for Pederson, Birds?

Wed, 2016-10-19 06:13
As the president of the Sam Bradford Fan Club, I can confirm that I am looking forward to the visit of the Vikings to Lincoln Financial Field this weekend.

Yes, that is Sam Bradford leading the undefeated Vikings back into the same South Philly turf where he was given his walking papers by the Birds just a week before the start of the season.

Remember the plan? Bradford was the starter, Chase Daniel was the backup and Carson Wentz was expected to hold a clipboard all season.

Then Vikings' QB Teddy Bridgeford's knee exploded.

Then the Eagles' plans did likewise. Bradford was dealt to the Vikes, allowing Howie Roseman to reacquire the first-round draft pick he dealt away in order to move up and take Wentz.

Then Roseman and Doug Pederson stunned everyone by naming Wentz the starter.

The Birds got off to a sizzling 3-0 start, but have stumbled after their bye week, losing to a team they should have beaten in the Lions, then getting pushed all over the field by the Redskins in a game that was nowhere near as close as it should have been.

Meanwhile, Bradford has the Vikings hitting on all cylinders.

So, yes, I am excited about this matchup.

Sorry, Sam. I will be rooting for the Eagles.

But not even I am ready to put it in the terms of our Eagles beat writer, Bob Grotz.

My man Bob is already talking about a 'must' win for Doug Pederson.

That didn't take long.

Read all about it here.
Categories: Pennsylvania

The Daily Numbers for Tuesday, Oct. 18

Tue, 2016-10-18 07:28
The Daily Numbers: 2 suspects being sought in an armed home invasion Sunday in Ridley Park.

3 in the afternoon, when the 2 men entered the home on West Ward Street.

3 suspects detained in a drug investigation in Collingdale overnight.

97.1 out of 100 score for Springfield High in the latest Pa. School Performance Profile testing. That’s tops in the county.

15.9 point jump for Springfield High from last year’s mark.

18.3 point jump for Interboro High, checking in with score of 85.8, up from 67.5.

34 Brookline Blvd. in Havertown, site of the iconic Brookline Theater. A plaque now marks the spot of the locally famous movie joint.

1st debate between incumbent Republican Pat Toomey and Dem Katie McGinty in their U.S. Senate battle.

24 of October, date of the 2nd debate.

1 more day until a possible walkout by professors at the 14 state-owned universities, including West Chester and Cheyney.

53 million dollars in revenue reported in 11 weeks of operations by Uber and Lyft ride-sharing services in Philadelphia.

28 percent increase coming for those with Independence Blue Cross policies under the Affordable Care Act.

1,500 acres of open space preserved in Chester County in deal between Natural Lands Trust and Bryn Coed Farm.

4 people shot to death in 10-hour span in Philly.

2.5 sacks allowed by Eagles rookie Halapoulivaati Vaitai, replacing suspended starter Lane Johnson.

3 straight opponents now for Birds who will be coming off their bye week, Vikings, Cowboys and Giants.

5-0, 5-1, 3-3 records of those next 3 foes.

Call me a Phanatic: A look at the ups and downs of being a Philadelphia sports fan.

Just when we thought the Eagles were headed to the Super Bowl, we’re confronted with the question of if they will win another game this year. Only in Philly.

I Don’t Get It: A home invasion at 3 in the afternoon on a Sunday in Ridley Park? I don’t get it.

Today’s Upper: Kudos to Tavia Isaac. Our ‘Chopped Jr.’ champion is going places. Keep an eye on her.

Quote Box: “Where is the money?”

- Suspect to home owner in Ridley Park home invasion
Categories: Pennsylvania

Two against one in the McGinty-Trump debate

Tue, 2016-10-18 06:53
It was a tag-team match at the first debate between Pennsylvania's two U.S. Senate candidates yesterday.

It was Republican incumbent Pat Toomey on one side.

On the other was Democratic challenger Katie McGinty. And her running mate. That would be Donald Trump.

It did not take long for McGinty to pounce on what has been the non-stop drumbeat of her campaign, link Toomey to Trump and hammer the incumbent for his refusal to divorce himself from the guy at the top of the Republican ticket.

The very first question focused on whether the candidates supported the leaders of their prospective tickets.

McGinty leaped at the chance to say she backed Hillary Clinton, then set the tone for the affair by attacking Toomey, using the Trump Card to beat him over the head.

For his part, Toomey countered that unlike his opponent, who cannot get past her partisan sentiment, he can admit that he has serious disagreements with Trump and has said so repeatedly.

I wrote about Toomey and his Trump problem in my Monday print column.

Clearly this is not going to go away.

Toward the end of yesterday's debate, Toomey was asked if at some point he would tell his constituents if he planned to vote for Trump, and he replied that he likely would. Whether or not that comes before the election remains to be seen.

For now, this race is two against one.

Most experts still consider this race a dead heat. It already has set records as the most expensive U.S. Senate race in the country. Don't look for McGinty to stop linking Toomey to Trump anytime soon.

You can read about the debate here.

Categories: Pennsylvania

The new political landscape in Delco

Tue, 2016-10-18 06:41
It didn't come as a surprise that Democrats have not only held on to their newfound majority when it comes to voter registration in Delaware County.

The margin did, however.

Dems nearly doubled their edge over their Republican counterparts in Delco.

There are now 19,000 more registered Democrats than Republicans here. That's a long way from the one-time nearly 3-1 voter registration edge routinely enjoyed for decades by the local GOP.

So what does it mean.

We talk about it on our editorial page.
Categories: Pennsylvania

Tavia is still a champion

Tue, 2016-10-18 06:00
There's nothing I like better than a good success story.

Yes, I know that might sound a bit odd to those who gaze at the mayhem that tends to dominate our front page every day.

I always remind people that there are other stories in the paper besides crime.

Take Tavia Isaac, for example.

The Chester youth became one of my favorite stories - and front pages - of the year when she snagged the title on the Food Network's 'Chopped Jr.' reality cooking show.

The young chef and her beaming countenance popped up on one of my favorite front pages of all time.

It simply showed her great smile and a single word: 'Champion.'

That was about a month ago.

We wondered what Tavia has been up to since becoming something of a local celebrity, and, of course, the pride of Chester and Delaware County.

Peg DeGrassa caught up with Tavia for an update. Make sure you read the story here.

Tavia's story is important for several reasons. For me, it's personal. It take a lot of heat for the way the city of Chester is often presented in the pages of the Daily Times and on DelcoTimes.com. So, yes, I can admit that I will go out of my way looking for good news coming out of the city.

You'll look a long time before you find a better story that Tavia Isaac.

Keep an eye on this whiz kid. She's going places.
Categories: Pennsylvania

The Daily Numbers for Monday, Oct. 17 (Eagles Edition)

Mon, 2016-10-17 07:27
The Daily Numbers: 2 straight losses for the Eagles.

27-20 loss to the Redskins.

0 touchdown scored by the Eagles offense.

1 kickoff return for TD.

1 interception return for TD.

2 field goals for Caleb Sturgis.

5 sacks of Carson Wentz by the ‘Skins defense.

0 sacks of Kirk Cousins by the Eagles.

13 penalties against the Eagles for the 2nd week in a row.

114 yards those penalties cost the Birds.

2nd week in row Fletcher Cox was whistled for critical roughing the passer penalty when the Eagles defense could have stopped their opponents.

53-3, what the Eagles had outscored their foes by in the 3rd quarter before yesterday’s loss in D.C.

3 plays for Carson Wentz and Eagles offense in 2nd quarter, not counting that knee-down to end the half.

3 of 8 for 28 yards for Wentz passing in the 1st half.

11 of 22 for 179 yards for the game.

9 rushes for 60 yards for Ryan Mathews.

230 yards piled up on the ground by Redskins on 33 rushes.

239 total yards for Eagles offense.

89 yard kickoff return for TD by Wendell Smallwood.

64 yard pick 6 for Malcolm Jenkins.

4 straight wins of the Redskins after losing their 1st 2 games of season.

4 straight times the Eagles have now lost to the Redskins.

5-0 record for Sam Bradford and the Vikings, who come to the Linc next Sunday.

Call me a Phanatic: A look at the ups and downs of being a Philadelphia sports fan.

This one falls on Doug Pederson. His decision to go with untested rookie Halapoulivaati Vaitai rather than shuffle his offensive line was a disaster.

I Don’t Get It: Can someone please take the Eagles defenders aside and let them know no one wants to see them preen after making a play when they are being pushed all over the field!

Today’s Upper: Kudos to Carson Wentz, who managed to survive. He should have known what was coming when his jersey was almost ripped off his back on the Birds’ first play from scrimmage.

Quote Box: “We never got in a rhythm.”

- Carson Wentz
Categories: Pennsylvania

Now we get to see what Doug Pederson is made of

Mon, 2016-10-17 06:54
For 7 weeks, Doug Pederson was better than anyone could have hoped.

In fact, he was perfect.

He ran the table on the Eagles preseason schedule, beating all four opponents on the Birds' summer tour, then ran off three straight wins to kick off the season, including an improbably - and very impressive - thrashing over the Pittsburgh Steelers, a team many had listed as one of the favorites to represent the AFC in the Super Bowl.

Pederson was riding high.

Then came the bye week, an unfortunate bit of timing for the red-hot Eagles.

The Birds came back from the bye and promptly said goodbye to their good fortune, sleepwalking through the first half of a game against a team they were expected to handle easily in Detroit.

A furious second-half comeback was derailed by a crucial Ryan Mathews' fumble and wunderkind rookie QB Carson Wentz's first interception.

But there were some other troubling signs as well, including a plethora of dumb penalties that seemed to stymie the Birds at ever corner.

Then the Eagles learned they will have to survive without starting right tackle Lane Johnson, who will miss the next 10 weeks after his second suspension for a PED violation.

Suddenly some of the cracks became fissures.

Then the roof caved in yesterday in Washington.

Let's start with the absence of Johnson. This did not exactly come as a surprise to Pederson and his staff. They knew for more than a month that Johnson likely was going to miss some key time. Yet they did nothing to address the situation.

Then Pederson made the kind of decision that sets off fire alarms all over Eagles nation. The coach said that he did not want to shuffle his offensive line, affecting two positions, which is what would have happened if he had shifted left guard Alan Barbre to right tackle. So instead he decided to stick untested rookie Halapoulivaati Vaitai into the fire at right tackle.

In the process he self-immolated, setting his offense - and possibly the Eagles season - on fire.

It was a fire drill as Redskins defensive end Ryan Kerrigan used the overwhelmed Vaitai as a fire drill.

Pederson had a huge coaching decision to make when he first learned of the Johnson suspension. At this point you can only say that he botched it. Perhaps equally questionable is that despite all evidence to the contrary, Pederson never moved to address the situation during the game.

The Eagles offense never really got on track, failing to score a touchdown for the first time this season. The Birds' scores came on a kick return, interception return and two Caleb Sturgis field goals.

Jim Schwartz's defense did not help. They also got beaten physically at the point of attack by the Redskins, giving Kirk Cousins way too much time to throw, and allowing crater-like holes for the 'Skins backs to romp through.

Penalties also remain an issue. For the second straight week, the Birds were flagged 13 times. Sure, some of them were questionable. One of them - a crucial one - was not. That was when for the second week in a row Fletcher Cox extended an opponent's drive by a needless roughing the quarterback call.

Now we will get to see what Doug Pederson is made of.

For three weeks, his team looked like a very well-coached unit. They did not make silly mistakes. They did not waste timeouts. They all appeared on the same page.

That was two losses ago.

The Birds are now 3-2.

The debate is if they are even that good.

Sam Bradford and the undefeated Vikings will arrive at the Linc next Sunday.

Pederson and the Eagles can only hope the bye week has the same effect on the Vikes as it had on the Eagles.

Those 3-0 Birds? They're nowhere to be found.
Categories: Pennsylvania

Why Toomey can't dump Trump

Mon, 2016-10-17 06:29
Democrat Katie McGinty and incumbent Pat Toomey clash in the first of their two scheduled debates in one of the nation's most hotly contested - and most expensive - U.S. Senate races.

How heated is the rhetoric in this dead heat?

Both sides have resorted to tagging their foe with nicknames. McGinty has been labeled 'Shady Katie' by the Toomey forces, while she has responded by pegging him as 'Fraidy Pat.'

That stems from the constant in this race, the shroud that hangs over everything in U.S. politics these days.

That, of course, would be Donald Trump, the GOP candidate for president.

McGinty has been hammering away at Toomey for not telling the voters whether he will vote for the guy at the top of his ticket.

Toomey has been trying desperately to swim to the center on this topic. He has said many times that Trump would not have been his choice, and he has condemned many of the outlandish things Trump has said.

But he has not offered an endorsement, nor has he said he will not vote for Trump.

Don't expect one to be coming at today's debate, or in the weeks leading up to the election either.

While many other Republicans, such as U.S. Rep. Pat Meehan, R-7, have decided to cut their ties with Trump, Toomey has not. I am guessing Toomey would like nothing better than to dump Trump. His problem is he doesn't have that luxury. He's running a statewide race in which he will need every Republican vote he can get, and then some.

I talk about it in my weekly print column.
Categories: Pennsylvania

The Dreaded Saturday Eagles Pick

Sat, 2016-10-15 03:00
It's Crunch Time, Eagles fans.

The Eagles head south down I-95 to kick off their NFC East schedule with a date against the Redskins, and they should be going with a bad taste in their mouth.

They lost a game to the Lions they had no business losing. They slept through the first half, then saw a couple of key turnovers kill their comeback chances.

Looking for a bright spot? Carson Wentz continues to play very well, despite tossing his first interception. Wentz continues to display all the signs of being a top-flight NFL quarterback. He will need all those skills today when he gets his first taste of what a real NFC East rivalry is.

Wentz also will likely be peering a bit out of his right eye at the tackle spot. Lane Johnson will be MIA for the next 10 games courtesy of that PED violation. That means rookie Halapoulivaati Vaitai (can't wait to hear Merrill Reese have fun with this one) will be manning the key spot on the right end of the line. If he can't keep the Redskins D-line off Wentz's back, it could be a long day.

But I'm looking for the Eagles' defense to actually set the tone for this game. Whatever the reason Nigel Bradham was not in the starting lineup, nor on the field much of the first half should be long gone. They should be able to pressure Kirk Cousins and create a key turnover that will be the key to the win.

Doug Pederson's play-calling continues to be on the money, and his should be able to use Wentz again to continue to control the tempo of the game, something that is very important when on the road.

The Eagles lost a game they should not have last week. They don't want to compound it this week. Their schedule turns decidedly tougher now. They need every win they can get.

The Pick: Make it Eagles 24, Redskins 23.

Last Week: The Birds looked like a team that had been off for a week in the first half against the Lions. Their excellent second half was sabotaged by some seriously questionable officiating, a brutal Ryan Mathews fumble, and the first pick of Carson Wentz's interception. If they miss the playoffs by a game, this is the one that did them in.

The loss knocked me down to the .500 mark at 2-2, while Doug Pederson continues to preach calms as the Birds sit at 3-1. We'll see how he feels after his first trip to D.C.

Game by Game: Eagles 29, Browns 10 (My Pick: Eagles 19, Browns 13)

Eagles 29, Bears 14 (My Pick: Eagles 24, Bears 16)

Eagles 34, Steelers 3 (My Pick: Steelers, 26, Eagles 23)

Lions 24, Eagles 23 (My Pick: Eagles 31, Lions 10)
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The Daily Numbers for Friday, Oct. 14

Fri, 2016-10-14 07:28
The Daily Numbers: 220 people who packed the Drexelbrook yesterday for an appearance by Ivanka Trump, daughter of the GOP presidential nominee.

0 questions about Donald Trump’s controversial comments about women.

20-25 cars with flat tires from debris on Blue Route and I-95 this morning.

300 dollar uptick set in sewer costs in Rose Valley; they’re closing they’re outdated borough system and tapping into a new one.

300 wine selections now available at Acme supermarket in Concordville Town Center.

700 types of beer also available there.

1 person stabbed to death in Chester.

2 separate shooting incidents also under investigation in the city.

25, age of missing woman in Upper Darby.

1 person struck and seriously injured on Baltimore Pike near the state police barracks in Middletown.

1 person struck and killed by car in Chester County.

4-3 win for Dodgers over Nats to advance to NLCS.

12 points for Joel Embiid even as the Sixers got blown out again, this time by the Wizards.

Call me a Phanatic: A look at the ups and downs of being a Philadelphia sports fan.

Chase Utley, Carlos Ruiz and Joe Blanton are going to another NLCS. Good for them. Let’s hear it for Philliles West!.

I Don’t Get It
: I have to admit I feel bad about the charges filed against the headmaster of Haverford School. This really seems like a private family incident that got out of hand.

Today’s Upper: Kudos to the Acme in Concord, which is the latest supermarket to roll out wine sales in the region.

Quote Box: “Get a life. Get real. Things happen.”

- Trump supporter at the Drexelbrook, why she is standing by him despite his comments about women.
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A few words from the archbishop

Fri, 2016-10-14 06:59
It has been pointed out to me more than once that this newspaper has an inherent bias when it comes to two fairly big issues in this county.

Those would be Republicans and Catholics.

The GOP faithful have been loud and clear this week thinking that we have again crossed the line in dissecting the lewd, vulgar comments of their nominee for president Donald Trump's comments on how he treats women.

They say we dwell on Trump, but conveniently look the other way when it comes to the foibles and serious issues afflicting Hillary Clinton.

With the latest dump of Clinton aides' emails from Wikileaks, some of them contain elements that can easily be constrained as anti-Catholic.

I could talk about that a bit.

But instead, I will cede the floor to someone who knows a little more about the topic that I do.

Thus, a guest column today from Archbishop Charles J. Chaput, leader of the Archdiocese of Philadelphia.

Yeah, I'm glad that damn Daily Times never runs anything critical of Hillary Clinton or that exposes a bias toward Catholics.
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A discussion about police

Fri, 2016-10-14 06:48
It can't be easy being a cop these days.

Two recent events that took place in Delaware County are certainly evidence of that.

Nearly 100 Darby Police officers and their supporters took to the streets of Media to show their outrage over the postings and actions of a clerk in Darby Regional Court.

Then there is something that took place inside a courtroom in the County Courthouse. Darrell Burt was in court to be sentenced for his role in an altercation that led to the shooting of Ridley Park Police Cpl. Marc Hanly.

But Burt wasn't being sentenced for that. Instead he got two years probation for separate reckless endangering charges.

Police did the same thing their nemesis in Darby Court did when that verdict came in - they went online and vented their outrage on social media.

All of this is part of the needed discussion when it comes to communities and their police.

This is not meant to point an accusatory finger at anyone. It's meant to further the discussion.

That's why we wrote this editorial.
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