Rob Charry


Rival Rabbi Remembers Red

By Rob Charry

Rabbi Jonathan Maltzman has been an unabashed Philadelphia 76ers fan for more than four decades, ever since his father, Rabbi Marshall Maltzman, brought home the team’s coach — and one of the greatest Jewish basketball players of all time — Dolph Schayes, for a Passover Seder. At the time, Sixers-Celtics was one of the fiercest rivalries in sports. Philadelphians loved Wilt Chamberlain and loathed Bill Russell, but saved plenty of venom for Celtics coach Red Auerbach. “I hated his cockiness,” Maltzman recently recalled. “And he broke our hearts every year.”Read More


Sideline Star

By Rob Charry

ESPN’s Suzy Kolber has been a football fan since way back. At age 8 she dressed up in a helmet and shoulder pads for Halloween. Earlier this month, her love for the gridiron earned her the Sports Broadcaster of the Year Award from the Maxwell Football Club. It was the first time in its 69-year history that the suburban PhiladelphiaRead More


Death Ends Football Star’s Effort To Tackle Hebrew

By Rob Charry

PHILADELPHIA — During his days in the National Football League, Reggie White was listed at 6 foot 5 inches and 300 pounds. But if you asked anyone who ever played against him, they would tell you that he played even bigger, that he might have been the greatest gridiron warrior to line up on the defensive side of the ball.But, as demonstratedRead More


Big Names Aid Young Turk’s Election Victory

By Rob Charry

PHILADELPHIA — One bright spot for Democrats on a generally gloomy Election Day was the election of Josh Shapiro to the Pennsylvania State House of Representatives.In his first run for public office, Shapiro, 31, won with 54% of the vote, despite having to campaign in a suburban Philadelphia district with more registered Republicans thanRead More


Female Israeli Hoopster Slays UConn Goliath

By Rob Charry

PHILADELPHIA — When the two-time defending champion University of Connecticut Huskies — the Goliath of NCAA women’s basketball — were upset last weekend, it was an Israeli hoops sensation who delivered the final blow.Liad Suez, a 22-year-old sophomore, made all eight of her shots in the second half, including the game-winner, to lead theRead More






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