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Jack McCaffery is the lead sports columnist for the Daily Times and He has spent several decades covering everything from the Phillies, Eagles, Flyers and Sixers, to college hoops, to high school sports in Delco.

Monday, August 29, 2011


The Eagles have every right to believe they can win the Super Bowl.

Until further notice, though, they will have one fear that they can't.

Pretty much as expected, but just the same staggering, offensive coordinator Marty Mornhinweg Monday confirmed that he will start two rookies on the offensive line in Danny Watkins and Jason Kelce, new acquisition Evan Mathis at left guard and Todd Herremanns, long a guard, at right tackle.

Did Michael Vick just say ouch?

Check out the coverage Tuesday in the Daily Times and on It will include my column on classy Jamaal Jackson, the last Eagle remaining with ties to the 2004 Super Bowl team .... but maybe not for long.

Sunday, August 28, 2011


Jimmy Rollins will be a free agent in just over a month. Clearly, the Phillies wanted it that way.

Though they may wind up re-signing him, they would be best to move on now. Rollins' legs are too unstable to risk serious cash in him for multiple years, and that will be the going price for his service.

If Phil Rizzuto can be in the Hall of Fame, so can Rollins some day. If so, he will go in as a Phillie.

But that doesn't mean he has to be a Phillie for life. The Phillies shouldn't make the mistake of giving Rollins a new contract for what he did in the past.

BTW: Check out my column in the Daily Times Monday and on about the greatest era in Phillies history, albeit one rapidly creaking to a close.

Monday, August 8, 2011


Sounds like a nice, club-level card.

This, from the promoters:

Vasquez, Ferrante, Ocasio, Dawejko and Tiberi to see action on sizzling fight card this Friday night at ROUND 4
CHESTER, PA (August 8, 2011)—This Friday night a fantastic night of action is set to take place at Harrahs in Chester, PA.
The card dubbed ROUND 4 will be promoted by Joey Eye Boxing and David Feldman.
In the main event, popular lightweight Victor Vasquez will take on Angel Rios in a eight round bout.
The co-feature will pit Tony Ferrante of Philadelphia battling William Prieto in a six round Light Heavyweight affair.
Vasquez of Philadelphia has built up one of the biggest fan bases in Philadelphia due to his exciting style which always has him in the fight of the night whenever he steps into the ring.
Vasquez twenty-eight years old has a record of 13-5-1 with seven knockouts and has been in some memorable fights in his young career.
In his last bout, Vasquez was impressive in disposing of Gustavo Dailey (4-11) in round four to headline ROUND 3 at Harrahs in Chester on June 3rd.
Vasquez waged a terrific back and forth war with Osnel Charles before dropping a six round majority decision as part as ROUND 1 at Harrahs in Chester.
He holds victories over undefeated Thomas McCuiston (1-0); Tyric Robinson (9-4-1) as well as an exciting six round split decision over Bryne Green (5-3) on October 8th in Philadelphia.
Rios of Bronx, New York has a record of 9-5 with six knockouts and has been in with top competition.
He won eight of his first nine bouts and has faced future world champions Nate Campbell and Mike Anchondo.
Rios came back after an eight year hiatus and dropped a six round decision to Stephen Owusu on July 7th in Bronx, NY.
Ferrante, 27 years old, has a record of 11-2 with six knockouts, won his first nine bouts which included wins over Anthony Pietrantonio (6-1) and he won the WBF United States title with a eight round majority decision over Billy Bailey.
Ferrante lost that title when he dropped a ten round unanimous decision to Chuck Mussachio (15-1-2).
Ferrante will be looking to make it three in a row after disposing of Joe Park as part of ROUND 3 at Harrahs in Chester in the fourth round on June 3rd.
In his last bout, Ferrante stopped grizzled veteran Andre Hemphill in seven rounds on July 15th.
Prieto has a record of 5-5-1 with two knockouts which is impressive considering the top opposition he has fought.
He has been in the ring with six undefeated fights plus other fighters with gaudy records.
He holds wins over then undefeated Jesse Blount (2-0); Nate Adams (2-0) and Eric Jarvis (2-0).
He has also been in the ring with world ranked Peter “Kid Chocolate” Quillin (5-0); Durrell Richardson (8-0); Issac Rodrigues (9-0).
He is looking to get back in the win column after dropping his last two to Aaron Pryor Jr. (11-1) and his last bout to Harry Coyle (13-2) on April 9th.
Angel Ocasio will see action in his first scheduled six round bout as he battles Rasool Shakoor in Lightweight affair.
Ocasio of Philadelphia has a perfect mark of 5-0 with one knockout and is coming off a four round unanimous decision over Randolph Scott on June 3rd as part of ROUND 3 at Harrahs in Chester.
Shakoor of Jackson, Michigan has a record of 3-8-1 with one knockout but has faced even undefeated fighters.
Those fighters include Dat Nguyan (3-0); Angelo Santana (1-0); Carlos Zambrano (2-0); Guillermo Sanchez (5-0); Omar Pena (1-0-1) and Jesse Carradine (4-0).
Shakoor holds a win over than undefeated and Roy Jones promoted Kieyon Bussey (6-0).
In his last bout, Shakoor was stopped in one by Eric Nemo (8-1-1) on July 31st, 2010.
Former world amateur champion Joey Dawejko will look to stay perfect when he battled Keon Graham in a Heavyweight bout scheduled for four rounds.
Dawejko of Philadelphia has a record of 4-0 with one knockout.
In his last bout, Dawejko was a part of the historic Harrahs fight night ROUND 1 when he scored a four round unanimous decision over Taffo Asongwed on January 22nd.
Dawejko just hooked up with trainer Danny Davis and this will be the first bout that two will be working together.
Graham has a record of 2-6 and is coming in from Akron, Ohio.
Like Shakoor, Graham is now stranger to fighting undefeated opponents as Dawejko will be the fourth such unblemished foe.
He has lost to the likes of Brian Clookey (1-0); Magomed Abdulsalamov (7-0); and Keith Barr (5-0).
In his last bout, Graham was stopped in two by Felix Abner on May 18th
Rounding out the card will be popular Lightweight Joey Tiberi.
Tiberi of Newark, Delaware has a record of 5-1 with four knockouts and has appeared at the previous three fight nights at Harrahs.
He has won three in a row which includes a first round stoppage over Nicholas Morris on June 25th.
Tiberi’s opponent will be named shortly.
Tickets are now on sale for $100 (VIP); $60 (Ringside) and $45 (General Admission) and can be purchased at the Harrahs Chester Gift Shop; By calling Joey Eye (267-304-9399); David Feldman (610-291-0806); 800-480-8020 or on

Thursday, August 4, 2011



No gold standard?

No promises of skyrocketing? No mention of multiple championships? No references to the Patriots, the Steelers, the 49ers?

What kind of State of the Eagles address was that Thursday from one Jeffrey Lurie.

"We're humble," he said.


Since when?

What kind of fun is that?

How are columnists supposed to survive this year without a comment to hold over the Eagles' heads all season?

Humble? Them?

Lurie should have predicted a perfect season. He should have said he already has the parade route planned. He should have ended the conference by announcing that Super Bowl championhship caps were on sale in the souvenir tent.

Then again ...

Anyway, check out my column Friday in the Daily Times and on

Monday, August 1, 2011


As if to prove that no great idea goes un-criticized, Asante Samuel surfaced at Lehigh Monday and made it clear: He's not delighted with the Eagles being three deep in Pro Bowl cornerbacks.

He said he would do anything the coaching staff asked. But he also said that if he were traded, life would go on.

That's what will probably happen now, And if so, the Eagles will have been denied a rare opportunity to show vision.

Check out my column in the Daily Times Tuesday and on