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Why we loved Buddy Ryan

Heron's Nest - 1 hour 1 min ago
Buddy Ryan never took the Eagles to the Super Bowl, the way Dick Vermeil did.

He didn't win as many games as Andy Reid.

In fact, Ryan never won a single playoff game.

Yet he remains among the most beloved coaches every to step foot in Philly, let alone sit in the hottest seat in town, head coach of the Philadelphia Eagles.

The answer is pretty simple.

Buddy Ryan, the master defensive innovator and the man who created the '46'defense, was one of us. He likely would have been just as much at home in the 700 Level of the Vet as pacing the Birds' sideline on that frozen, nasty turf that opposing teams hated.

It's at least in part because his teams - in particular his defense - matched that plastic surface. They were nasty, unforgiving and took no prisoners.

Ryan was a brash swaggart, but he connected with fans because he knew what made us tick.

He referred to his boss, the man who hired him and signed his checks, as "the guy in France." Norman Braman bristled at the reference, but the fans loved it.

Buddy disparaged the replacements brought in when the NFL regulars went on strike, and even belittled front office workers who put the squad together.

That move won him the undying loyalty of his players, and also the fans, working-class, blue collar union folks who lived and died with the Birds.

Buddy Ball was a hit in the neighborhoods.

Perhaps never more so than on Oct. 25, 1987. Two weeks earlier, the hated Dallas Cowboys and their equally hated head coach, Tom Landry, had pummeled the Eagles replacement players during the NFL strike with a squad that contained a lot of regulars. Ryan clearly thought Landry had left his stars in the one-side affair too long, running up the score in the 41-22 blowout.

Buddy Ryan did not forget. Two weeks later he got his revenge in a bizarre situation that was classic Buddy Ryan.

To me, it is the single moment when Buddy Ryan cemented his beloved status with Philly and Eagles fans. The Eagles, with the strike settled and their regulars back in the lineup, were beating the Cowboys as the clock counted down.

But Buddy was not done. He had one final flair in mind, an in-your-face retort to Landry and the Cowboys.

It will forever be known simply as the fake kneel-down.

Instead of running out the clock, Ryan ordered quarterback Randall Cunningham to fake the usual end-of-game maneuver and instead throw a long pass to wideout Mike Quick. Pass interference was called on the play, which caught the Cowboys unaware. On the next play, again instead of running out the clock, Ryan sent Keith Byars crashing into the end zone.

It was Buddy Ryan's personal message to Landry and the Cowboys.

In that moment, Buddy became a Philadelphian. He hated Dallas as much as we did.

RIP, Buddy. Philly still loves you.
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Transformer fire knocks out power to Greenhill Condominiums

Main Line Times - Tue, 2016-06-28 21:06
Nearly 1,000 residents of the Greenhill Condominiums were without power Monday evening after a transformer rputured shortly before 7 p.m. Penn Wynne Fire Company Deputy Chief Edward Schmid said firefighters dispatched to the report of a vehicle fire. They arrived to the a portable transformer smoking on the rear of a truck. The transformer had ruptured, leaking fluids into a storm drain that feeds into Indian Creek. Firefighters used oil dry to build a dike.
Categories: Lower Merion

Bryn Mawr Man Lands on Montco Sheriff's Most Wanted List

Ardmore-Merion-Wynnewood Patch - Tue, 2016-06-28 16:00
Have you seen this man around?
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4 More Retailers To Join King Of Prussia In August

Ardmore-Merion-Wynnewood Patch - Tue, 2016-06-28 13:52
Four more retailers announced they will join the King of Prussia Mall once a new, 155,000-square-foot addition debuts in August.
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The Cheapest Summer Gas Prices In Ardmore

Ardmore-Merion-Wynnewood Patch - Tue, 2016-06-28 12:54
Where is the best place to fill up in town?
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At Riverbend, effort to bring back nearly extinct American Chestnut tree

Main Line Times - Tue, 2016-06-28 10:51
Leonard Keating of Villanova has had a lifelong interest in the American Chestnut Tree. The interest was passed on to him from his father and he is hoping to pass it on to his pre-kindergarten-age grandsons.
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Kids experience first responders' days during Narberth Ambulance EMS camp

Main Line Times - Tue, 2016-06-28 10:47
A group of 30 children had the opportunity to learn a little of what it’s like to work with first responders while attending the first EMS Camp with Narberth Ambulance.
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The Daily Numbers for Tuesday, June 28

Heron's Nest - Tue, 2016-06-28 07:18
The Daily Numbers: 4 days after being shot, Officer Chris Dorman returned home to Folcroft to hero’s welcome.

7 bullets he took in confrontation with a drug suspect.

17.50 an hour, how much Dorman makes as a part-time officer in Folcroft.

33,261 dollars, who much had been pledged to a GoFundMe account to benefit Dorman’s medical expenses Monday afternoon.

4 minutes, how long dispatchers at the county 911 center were cut off from communicating with officers during the shooting ordeal in Folcroft. Officers could still talk to each other, they just couldn’t be heard at the 911 center.

800,000 dollars, how much the county spent installing a new system at the 911 center.

48, age of longtime Upper Darby firefighter and 911 dispatcher Mike Morgan, who died this weekend.

1.5 to 3 years for a California man for his role in a scam that targeted Toys R Us stores, including one in Middletown.

2 workers in Philly burned in a flash fire.

31 billion dollar GOP spending plan that got an OK from the Pa. House Appropriations Committee yesterday.

23 cents a gallon increase in gas in N.J. set to go into effect this Friday.

5-3 ruling by which the U.S. Supreme Court struck down a Texas abortion law.

29 million dresser units being recalled by Ikea after the deaths of 3 children when the units tipped over.

260 point decline for the Dow yesterday, on top of the 600 point plunge on Friday. Futures are looking better today, however.

14 billion dollar settlement for Volkswagen for diesel vehicle emissions scandal.

7-0 win for the Phils over Arizona late last night.

5 strong innings for Vince Velasquez in his 1st start since coming off the DL.

6 years, how long Flyers great Eric Lindros waited to get into the NHL Hall of Fame. He got the nod yesterday.

64, age of Tennessee coaching legend Pat Summitt, who died of Alzheimer’s overnight.

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

Our salute to another round of All-Delco selections that start today, with Sam Tomasetti of Garnet Valley kicking things off with the All-Delco softball team.

I Don’t Get It: The county 911 radio system went down at the exact time Folcroft Officer Chris Dorman was being attacked. I don’t get it.

Today’s Upper: Kudos to the hundreds who showed up Monday in Folcroft to welcome wounded Officer Dorman home.

Quote Box: “Chris is 100 percent Folcroft.”

- Folcroft Officer Thomas Kesser, who has known Dorman for 10 years.
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Welcome home, Officer Dorman

Heron's Nest - Tue, 2016-06-28 06:16
We used our editorial page today to talk about a Delco legend.

Actually, THE #DelcoLegend.

That, of course, would be Chris Dorman. He's the Folcroft cop who was shot seven times after responding to a report of drug activity.

It's still hard to believe that three days later, Dorman was headed home again.

Chris Dorman's story tells you a lot about Delaware County. But it also tells you the value of community service.

That's all Dorman has ever wanted to do. He was a volunteer firefighter and was seeing his dream of being a policeman come true.

We almost lost that in a hail of bullet last Friday.

But at the same time we gained something we too often lose sight of, an honest-to-god hero.

Welcome home, Officer Dorman.

You can read our editorial here.

For our complete coverage of the way Folcroft turned out to welcome Dorman home, including videos and a slideshow of images, click here.You can read our editorial here.
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Sam Tomasetti leads charge for another round of All-Delcos

Heron's Nest - Tue, 2016-06-28 05:54
My wife will probably be miffed.

I happen to be married to the world's biggest Eric Lindros fan.

Yesterday was a big day for the guy Flyers' faithful used to call 'Big E.'

After a six-year wait, Eric Lindros is headed to the NHL Hall of Fame. But that did not land him as the lead on today's Back Page. No, today he got trumped by Sam Tomasetti.

She happens to be a standout softball player at Garnet Valley High School.

And today she is gracing our lead sports package as we kick off another round of All-Delco selections.

Sam Tomasetti is the All-Delco Softball Player of the Year.

After every high school sports season, our sports staff, in conjunction with high school coaches, select an All-Delco team. The spring teams will run this week, with Sam Tomasetti leading the charge.

You can read all about Sam's exploits here. The rest of the All-Delco Softball Team is highlighted here.

I hope Eric understands. I kind of doubt my wife will.

We covered Eric as well. You'll find Rob Parent's report here.
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Transformer fire knocks out power to Greenhill Condominiums

Main Line Times - Mon, 2016-06-27 21:35
Nearly 1,000 residents of the Greenhill Condominiums were without power Monday evening after a transformer rputured shortly before 7 p.m. Penn Wynne Fire Company Deputy Chief Edward Schmid said firefighters dispatched to the report of a vehicle fire. They arrived to the a portable transformer smoking on the rear of a truck. The transformer had ruptured, leaking fluids into a storm drain that feeds into Indian Creek. Firefighters used oil dry to build a dike.
Categories: Lower Merion

Lower Merion Postpones National Night Out Celebrations

Ardmore-Merion-Wynnewood Patch - Mon, 2016-06-27 16:08
Events will include carnival rides, games, child fingerprinting, a giant slide, live music, a moonbounce, clowns, food, and much more.
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Free Admission At 7 Philly Museums Starting This Week

Ardmore-Merion-Wynnewood Patch - Mon, 2016-06-27 15:33
Looking for something to do with the fam​ily this week? Seven Philadelphia museums are offering free admission leading up to July 4.
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Villanova Selected For Inmate Education Pilot Program

Ardmore-Merion-Wynnewood Patch - Mon, 2016-06-27 14:25
Under the federal program, inmates will attend Villanova University as part of the Second Chance Pell pilot program.
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playing with color in shade gardens

Chester County Ramblings - Mon, 2016-06-27 14:20

When I looked out into my rear shade gardens a few weeks ago I knew I had too much green and I had to break it up. The great thing I’m learning about shade gardening since I never did it to this extent before is that there are so many choices of foliage colors that you can get your color in your shade gardens that way.

When I inherited my garden from the prior property owners, due to illness in the house and age the gardens had gotten quite overgrown. As a peeled back layers of predictable but overgrown shade plantings I started to get a vision in my mind.

From where the backyard needs our woods there is a definite area, but it’s an area that needs to stand out yet transition to woodland nature completely. Realizing grass was never going to grow the way we want it in an almost completely shady area, we wood chipped a lot of the back. And that’s the handy thing about having what’s on your property that are hardwoods – when you need tree trimming done your arborist cuts some for firewood and ship some for mulch. I am picky about my mulch and this way I know exactly where it’s coming from.

So the first couple years we were here I worked with the native hostas that were here and slowly started adding more fun varietals found through nurseries. But the thing about hostas is that periodically need to be split and I had been avoiding the inevitable.

One morning recently  I looked out back from upstairs and all I could see with the green green native hostas. No variety in their leaves— nothing –— it was just too green.I stood out there for a few days just staring at the spot I wanted to improve going back-and-forth in my head with what I could do. And in the end I decided I would stick with what works and I knew grew back there – because parts of it got dappled sun but a lot of it is very shady. So I decided on a bunch of different heuchera cultivars, ferns that had some variation to them, and one luck would have it a garage sale that was also a plant sale gave me the opportunity for some fabulous variegated hostas.

This past weekend  I dug out the plain green native hostas, and re-homed them behind the planting area I was redesigning as a way to break up pachysandra ponds.  So many people, my mother included, adore pachysandra. Pachysandra adores this property but it gets overwhelming so I need to break it up.

With the native hostas out of the front part I was redesigning,  I now had room to put in the variegated hostas and  heuchera.  It will take a couple weeks before it starts to fill in properly but looking out on the curve by the birdbath I am now much happier with the color arrangement and flow.  While I was on a roll I also split solid native hostas out of other planting beds and relocated them around the back.

And I also introduced heuchera this year to one of my permanent pots back there. I like planting permanent planters with at least some perennials to give me a foundation. In another planter I have little miniature hostas tucked in between beautiful variegated ivy. I love the way it looks I had found this absurdly heavy Victorian wrought iron standing planter and I cleaned up the planter and planted it with miniature hostas and variegated ivy. In my mind it is also somewhat period accurate to the planter.This year I also decided to tuck  Caladiums into a couple spots with hostas in another bed in the back to add an extra bit of leaf color pop. And in other planters I also will use Coleus and polkadot plant with perennial ferns and daylilies. I am not a big fan of Caladiums and coleus as houseplants, but I have new respect for their ability to break up the density of greeness in the shade garden.

I will also admit I love the look of ostrich and other large ferns planted in these areas. They are so pretty and delicate when their fronds are unfurling in the spring, and then they add to scrape loose of airy greenness that different throughout the summer. And I even have to Boston ferns which I overwinter that I put on a double shepherds crook in the back as well.

Gardening in part is an experiment every season. I have some things that have worked and some things that haven’t worked. It’s trial and error. But I’m really happy with the way my back yard is starting to look. I wanted a more natural looking oasis that was pretty but not contrived. And it has taken a few summers but it’s starting to flow.

This is the first time I have really had a dedicated shade garden. Other places I have lived in the past had more sun. So this was kind of hard for me to get the knack of at first, but every year I learn a little bit more. And I get to have a sun garden in the front so I think I have the best of both worlds.

And a final word because someone had to remind me hostas are originally Asian by origin. Hostas are cultivated in the US no matter their origin, as are many plants. Plenty of plants are non-natives originally that now grow as natives, so not actually incorrect. Take Chinese Sumac ( ailanthus altissima), known to most Philadelphians as stink weed. The tree was first brought from China to Europe in the 1740s and to the United States in 1784. It was introduced in Philadelphia because people thought silkworms would eat it. Then for a while it was planted as a street tree. It is now considered an invasive.

I am speaking of the ordinary green leaf variety of medium size with purple flowers that basically now grow wild around here when I say “native”.  I also have miniature hostas that pop up wild in the back at the edge of the woods – different spots every year. I transplant them. The medium hostas that I call native are everywhere. Like ferns, if you have woods, chances are you have them. Like the plain old orange daylilies people refer to as natives. They hail from China originally as well, yet here they are— everywhere. Hemerocallis fulva, I do believe. So plant and ecology experts might disagree with my explanations, but anyway.

Enjoy the day. Thanks for stopping by.

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UConn Could Revoke Cosby's Honorary Degree Wednesday

Ardmore-Merion-Wynnewood Patch - Mon, 2016-06-27 13:55
Bill Cosby, charged with indecent sexual assault in Montgomery County, might lose his honorary degree from the University of Connecticut.
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Delco Police Officer Shot 7 Times To Leave Hospital Monday

Ardmore-Merion-Wynnewood Patch - Mon, 2016-06-27 13:51
Folcroft Borough Police Officer Christopher Dorman, who was shot seven times Friday, is being released from the hospital Monday.
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Hunt for Foreclosures in Ardmore

Ardmore-Merion-Wynnewood Patch - Mon, 2016-06-27 12:37
Patch.com and Zillow.com have the latest listings of distressed properties in the local area.
Categories: Lower Merion

First Look At Fourth Of July Weekend Forecast In Pennsylvania

Ardmore-Merion-Wynnewood Patch - Mon, 2016-06-27 11:15
Headed to the beach, out for fireworks or planning a picnic? Check out an early look at the holiday weekend forecast in Pennsylvania.
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LM police asking for help to ID suspect in attempted home invasion

Main Line Times - Mon, 2016-06-27 10:11
Ardmore >> Lower Merion police are asking for help in identifying the suspect who, armed with a handgun, attempted to force his way into an elderly couple’s home Saturday.
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