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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.

Wednesday, January 30, 2013

Of Trout, Phillies, and baseball geography

Monday, January 28, 2013

Phillies offseason was no big deal

Saturday, January 26, 2013

On various topics

Wednesday, January 23, 2013

Don't write Villanova off yet

Tuesday, January 22, 2013

Yorgey in Vegas, on Showtime

Popular Bridgeport middleweight Harry Joe Yorgey (25-1-1, 12 KOs) takes his career comeback and three-fight winning streak to Vegas Saturday. He will fight Jermell "Iron Man" Charlo (19-0, 19 KOs) at the Hard Rock Casino and on Showtime.

Vasquez, DeJesus, Mercurio on Chester card

Victor Vasquez is fighting in Chester Saturday. Key word: Fighting.

Sometimes he wins, sometimes he doesn't. But he competes.

This, from the promoters:


CHESTER, PA (January 22, 2013)—THIS Saturday night, January 26th, It will be a special night inside of Harrahs Philadelphia as a mammoth 12 bout card of boxing will take place to celebrate the two year anniversary of Joey Eye Boxing Promotions & David Feldman’s partnership with the casino.
This will be the tenth show that the duo has put on in Harrahs Philadelphia and they have a great night in store for the fans.
“This will be a special night of boxing in many regards for myself and my partner David Feldman”, said Joey “Eye” Intrieri, founder of Joey Eye Boxing.
“We have been the only ones in the state to put on consistent good shows and have had memorable fights already. We expect to have a long run here and will continue to put on the best fights possible”
“I want to thank the General Manager of Harrahs Ron Baummann plus everyone in the entertainment department as well as our staff and the loyal fan base that comes out time and time again to make this all possible”
In the six round main event, Victor Vasquez (15-7-1, 7 KO’s) will be making his 6th appearance at Harrahs when he takes on Esteban Rodriguez (6-4-1, 1 KO) of Lebanon, PA in a Lightweight bout
DeCarlo Perez (8-2-1, 3 KO’s) of Atlantic City will fight undefeated Dante Moore (8-0-2, 4 KO’s) of Cleveland, OH in a six round Jr. Middleweight bout
In a six round Jr. Welterweight affair, Julio DeJesus (6-3-3, 3 KO’s) of Chester, PA battles Ramon Ellis (4-7-2, 2 KO’s) of Philadelphia
Undefeated Light Heavyweight Amir Shabazz (2-0) of Philadelphia will rematch Abdellah Smith (2-4, 2 KO’s) of Queens, NY in a four round rematch
In a four round female Jr. Welterweight bout, undefeated Althea Saunders (3-0-1) of Atlantic City will fight debuting Laura Incarnato of Philadelphia
Undefeated Welterweight Tyrone Crawley Jr. (2-0) of Philadelphia boxes Benjamin Burgos (1-2) of Mount Pocono, PA in a four round bout
In a four round Heavyweight bout, undefeated John Mercurio (5-0, 4 KO’s) of Philadelphia takes on Lonnie Kornegay (1-7-2) of Baltimore, MD
In another four round Heavyweight bout, undefeated Mark Rideout (2-0) takes on Aaron Bratton (0-1) of Baltimore, MD
In a four round Jr. Middleweight, Gilbert Alex Sanchez (2-1, 2 KO’s) of Camden, NJ battles Greg Jackson (2-0, 1 KO) of Philadelphia, PA
Undefeated Jovontae Starks (5-0, 4 KO’s) of Minneapolis, MN will fight Chad McKinney (1-0) in a fight that features two undefeated Jr. Middleweights in a bout scheduled for four rounds
In a rematch, Alex Barbosa (4-1, 1 KO) of Philadelphia will try to make it two straight over Arthur Parker (1-8, 1 KO) of Lancaster, PA
Rounding out the card will be debuting Sam Teah of Philadelphia taking on an opponent to be named in a four round Lightweight bout
Tickets are now on sale for $100 (VIP); $65 (Ringside) and $45 (General Admission) and can be purchased at the Harrahs Philadelphia Gift Shop; By calling Joey Eye (267-304-9399); David

Monday, January 21, 2013

Collins starting to show concern

The Sixers have reached the midpoint of an 82-game season with 17 wins.

Doug Collins did not need a computer, an abacus, a calculator, an app.

“That plays out to 34," he said. "I am very concerned. We are seven games below .500. We are going to have to play over .500 basketball to make the playoffs. So, sure, I am concerned. But we are going to keep playing and see what we can do every night.”

He is concerned, he is right to be concerned, and he will continue to be concerned, at least until Andrew Bynum can get off his anti-gravity treadmill and into his lineup.

That's because Collins --- and the 15,346 in Wells Fargo Center --- saw the difference between the Sixers and the Spurs. "They are," he said, "a model of excellence."

They are, the Sixers are not, and though they do not quit, they are flawed, very flawed. And that's why Collins displayed that rare moment of exasperation.

Check out my column on the Sixers in the Daily Times Monday, and, as always, on

Sunday, January 20, 2013

Flyers still have a bad habit

Friday, January 18, 2013

Lurie made right call

Thursday, January 17, 2013

Trout, Garcia, Hamels at Sports Writers Banquet

An impressive head table is in store for the 109th Sports Writers Dinner Jan. 28. Tickets are available.



This, from the organization:

Philly boxer Danny Garcia will take off his gloves and pick up a trophy later this month. Garcia has been named the Philadelphia Pro Athlete of the Year, it was announced by PSWA president Ron Corbin of KYW NewsRadio. Garcia will accept the honor at the Philadelphia Sports-Writers Association’s 109th annual Sports Awards Dinner on Monday, January 28, 2013 at the Crowne Plaza Hotel, on Route 70 in Cherry Hill.
Garcia won all three of his 2012 bouts, starting with a unanimous decision over Erik Morales to take the vacant WBC championship, then stopping WBA champ Amir Khan in the fourth round of their unification bout. For good measure, he knocked out Morales in a rematch several months later. Garcia’s career record is an impressive 25-0 with 16 knockouts, and he will defend his titles against Zab Judah this February.
Other prestigious awardees announced earlier include Los Angeles Angels centerfielder Mike Trout (Pro Athlete of the Year), Phillies pitching ace Cole Hamels and his wife, Heidi (Humanitarians of the Year), the 2012 U.S. Women’s Olympic Gold Medal-winning soccer team (Team of the Year to be represented by Carli Lloyd), former Phillies shortstop and manager Larry Bowa (Living Legend) and Eagles offensive lineman Todd Herremans (Good Guy Award)
University of Delaware basketball star Elena Della Donne has previously been named the PSWA’s Outstanding Amateur Athlete. She will be honored along with Ed Snider, chairman of the Flyers’ parent company, Comcast-Spectacor, who will receive a lifetime achievement award for his humanitarian work. Retired Philadelphia 76ers forward Bobby Jones will accept a special award commemorating the 30th anniversary of the 1983 NBA champions, and former Phillies pitcher Tommy Greene will accept a similar award commemorating the 20th anniversary of the 1993 National League champions.
Other awards will be announced soon, as will a couple of memorable surprise presentations and some “Special Achievement” awards. The most coveted award—Most Courageous—is kept secret until the night of the dinner, the oldest continuing sports awards banquet in the nation.
Tickets for the dinner at $95 apiece are available online at, or by sending a check payable to PSWA, c/o Robbie Kenney, Ticket Chairman, 110 Harrogate Drive., Lumberton, NJ 08048. Fans can also friend PSWA on Facebook. Doors to the banquet open at 5 P.M. with the dinner starting promptly at 6:30 P.M.

Kelly prepared for big-time

Sunday, January 13, 2013

As usual, Collins keeping Sixers together

Saturday, January 12, 2013

On Leighton, young Flyers, Flyers notes

Thursday, January 10, 2013

On the empty Hall of Fame

Wednesday, January 9, 2013

On the Hall of Fame voting

The baseball writers have had their say. And they say the steroid era should be blocked from baseball history.

That's not to say they were right to reject Mike Piazza, Barry Bonds, Roger Clemens and several of the true greats in the history of the game from the Baseball Hall of Fame Wednesday. They were wrong, actually. But that's what they did.

And because they did, consider it one more piece in the ever-expanding Bud Selig Museum of Baseball Embarrassments. (Move over, missed 1994 World Series; make room there, tie All-Star Game of 2002.)

Now, for as long as people talk baseball, they will have official proof that something was tragically sideways during what should have been one of the sport's most grand eras.

Once more, for the record: I voted for Jeff Bagwell, Craig Biggio, Bonds, Clemens, Mark McGwire, Jack Morris,  Piazza, Pete Rose (write-in), Curt Schilling and Alan Trammell --- the maximum of 10. I refuse to punish anyone who may have done something to build up his own body in order to be a more productive player.

As for Sammy Sosa? No. He lost my vote when he was caught with a corked bat. Again, my view: It's OK to improve one's own muscles, but not the equipment.

Check out my column on the issue in the Daily Times Thursday and, as always, on 

On Sixers' biggest problem

Tuesday, January 8, 2013

Sixers can't wait around for help

On Monday, Andrew Bynum made more noises about a return.

On Tuesday, the Sixers lost, 109-89, to the Brooklyn Nets.


Have they decided that they are not good enough to win without their center? Is that why they have begun to play that way, standing around on defense, particularly in the second half? Is that why they let Reggie Evans snatch 23 rebounds Tuesday ... in just three quarters?

Are they defeated, not just literally, but emotionally --- waiting for that boost from Bynum?

“No,” Doug Collins said. “No, no, no, no, no. Because we've talked about it. I think he is getting excited. I think he wants to play. I think he sees how he can help our team. We all know how he can help our team. We all know what we gave up to get him.

“But I have tried to set the tone from Moment 1 that we can't be doing this. Because then, all of a sudden, you forget what's ahead of you. When you drive a car, you look through the windshield 95 percent of the time. You check your rear-view mirror just occasionally to see what's behind you. If you drive in the rear-view mirror, you've got problems.”
The Sixers will play in Toronto Wednesday, then play 12 of their next 13 at home. They have a chance to resurrect a 15-21 season. They have done so before under Collins.
But they can't do it while waiting for a 7-foot promise that might never be filled.
Check out my column on the topic in the Daily Times Wednesday and, as always, on


Voorhees: A jolly good fellow