Philly basketball legend Tom Gola has died at the age of 81. He took La Salle to an NCAA championship in 1954 and the Philadelphia Warriors to an NBA championship during his rookie season. He is one of just two men to ever win an NCAA, NIT and NBA title.
You see them at St. Joe’s hoops games: old-guard fans who go by names like Owen, Ernie and Dr. Ed. Rich the CPA. The Twins. Hilf and T. They remember John Smith’s last-second game-winning layup against top-ranked DePaul in the 1981 NCAA tournament. The great ’85-’86 campaign, when Saint Joseph’s went 26-6. And, of course, Jameer Nelson and the magical 2003-’04 run to an undefeated regular season, a number-one ranking, and a trip to the Elite Eight.
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Though she inspired one of the most wretched songs in all of history, the most wretched so-called “Philadelphia” song, and easily the most spectacularly wretched song in the vast Elton John catalog, the story of Billie Jean King in the early 1970s is the stuff of legend. And now you can own a piece of it, should you be so inclined. Read more »
Outdoors or not outdoors, it’s no surprise a New York-area Super Bowl was going to be ridiculously expensive. But this expensive?
Pretty much every detail to come out of the Dennis Rodman North Korea basketball game is weird. But we definitely weren’t expecting a Philly connection. Enter concert producer Sean Agnew, the man behind Philadelphia music venues Union Transfer and Boot & Saddle. Read more »
NJ.com reports: “Bill Conlin, the legendary former Philadelphia sports columnist whose career came to a crashing end 25 months ago after he was accused of molesting children as far back as the 1970s, died Thursday in a hospital near Clearwater, Fla. Conlin’s son, Pete, confirmed his father’s death in a text to NJ.com. Bill Conlin was 79.”
The first major ripple from the Phillies’ new television deal with Comcast sees longtime television broadcasters Gary “Sarge” Matthews (seven years) and Chris Wheeler (37 years!) ousted from the booth (but not the organization).
Todd Zolecki is reporting that Comcast wants one color commentator to replace the duo.
NewsWorks reports that New Jersey may soon mandate steroid tests for teen athletes: “The New Jersey State Interscholastic Athletic Association began random steroid testing eight years ago for student athletes who qualify to compete in championship tournaments. Only one student tested positive last year. Assemblywoman Valerie Vainieri Huttle’s legislation would require that testing by law and would also demand all high school coaches and athletic directors go through a steroid education and prevention program.”