Lyle Krall, an appreciation

Early Wednesday afternoon Lyle Krall’s green SUV (vanity plate: “BASBALL”) was parked alongside Elco’s baseball field – a field that bears his name – and he was shuffling about the place, well aware how important it is for an 84-year-old to be up and moving. It’s hard...

Regarding O.J. Simpson, and ‘the fifth quarter’

In Ezra Edelman’s Academy Award-winning 2016 documentary, O.J.: Made in America, attorney Carl Douglas discusses O.J. Simpson’s 2008 conviction on armed robbery and kidnapping charges. And in doing so, he draws an analogy to high school football. Douglas, a member of...
The NBA Draft: Let the weirdness begin

The NBA Draft: Let the weirdness begin

I am embedded here at the Sixers’ practice facility in Camden, N.J. – though not in the (shudder) war room – for what is arguably the best non-event on the sports calendar: the NBA Draft. It is the best because it is shorter than the NFL selection process, while...

Game 4 rewind: Let’s talk sledgehammers and such

Cleveland thumped Golden State in Game 4 on Friday night, and almost immediately I was transported back to the spring of 1982. The site was an auxiliary locker room in the bowels of the old Spectrum, before Game Six of an Eastern Conference semifinal series between...