2013 US Open at Merion Golf Club

Merion Golf Club in Ardmore, Pa is serving as the host of the 2013 US Open.

Merion Golf Club in Ardmore, Pa is serving as the host of the 2013 US Open.

Tomorrow morning at 6:45 the first group will head out onto historic Merion Golf Club East Course to begin the 2013 US Open. The event has been the buzz of the Philadelphia sports world all week and all the anticipation will finally end as the world’s greatest golfers will tee it up in Ardmore, Pa.

The club includes the historic East and West courses designed by Hugh Wilson. Merion has hosted more USGA Championship events than any other course in the nation and was the site of Ben Hogan’s famous one-iron on the final hole of the 1950 US Open (Article via CSNPhilly.com).

Since the completion of the East Course in 1912, and the West Course in 1914, Merion Golf Club has stood as one of the nation’s premiere championship courses and it has brought one of golf’s biggest events to Philadelphia.

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Brotherly Love Sports: 2011 Year in Review

We here at BLS are honored to be able to express our views and opinions on Philadelphia sports and sports all across the world right here on this blog. I personally started this blog with the intention of being able to practice my writing and really had no concern whether it was read or not. However, I understand that people do indeed stop by and read these posts and it is an honor to get feedback and opinions on the stuff written here on the site. Thanks so much for checking out BLS and we hope that 2012 is as great as 2011 in the world of sports. Please enjoy this Year in Review summary and look forward to more great content in 2012. Happy New Years!

The WordPress.com stats helper monkeys prepared a 2011 annual report for this blog.

Here’s an excerpt from the Year in Review:

The concert hall at the Syndey Opera House holds 2,700 people. This blog was viewed about 11,000 times in 2011. If it were a concert at Sydney Opera House, it would take about 4 sold-out performances for that many people to see it.

Click here to see the complete report.

BLS Program Watch: Temple vs Buffalo Basketball Game

The WHIP play by play duo for Temple vs Buffalo: Ray Boyd (left) and Ryan McDonald (right).

Be sure to go to www.whipradiotu.com tonight at 7:00 to hear BLS founder and WHIP radio personality, Ray Boyd and Ryan McDonald call the Temple Men’s Basketball game vs. Buffalo. Fran Dunphy and the Owls (6-3) will host the Bulls (6-3) at the Liacouras Center. Be sure to stick around during halftime for a special interview with Temple center Michael Eric. Go to www.whipradiotu.com at 7. If you have any sports related questions for Ray or Ryan, be sure to check out the Facebook page for the game and drop questions there or find them on Twitter (Ray: @Ray_Jay33 Ryan: @RMcDonald11) and ask your questions there.

Coaching College Sports in Philadelphia

Check out this radio piece I produced on coaching collegiate sports in Philadelphia and the advantages and disadvantages that come along with it. The piece features interviews with Temple Basketball’s Fran Dunphy, Temple Field Hockey’s Amanda Janney, and Temple Fencing’s Nikki Franke. Check it out and let me know what you think.

https://player.soundcloud.com/player.swf?url=http%3A%2F%2Fapi.soundcloud.com%2Ftracks%2F30756408 Coaching College Sports in Philly -Ray Boyd by rayboyd33

Temple STHM Wing Eating Contest!

Like wings? Come on, who doesn’t right?

Brotherly Love Sports has been asked to spread the word about a Wing Eating contest taking place on November 14th and we are happy to do it. The event was brought to our attention by Jim Dailey, a Temple student and good friend of Brotherly Love Sports. The contest supports Temple’s School of Tourism and Hospitality Management. Being that BLS is deeply rooted in Temple Univeristy, we see this as a worthwhile opportunity to help out a worthy cause. Here is some information about the event via facebook:

“Come out and support STHM students with our Wing Eating Contest during Monday Night Football. Great food, drinks and PRIZES for contestants including cash and 76ers tickets!

If interested in competing in the Wing Eating Contest please contact Seth at: seth.auerbach@temple.edu

Hope to see you all there!”

The Contest will take place on Nov. 14th from 8pm-11pm. Location:

Grog Restaurant & Bar

863 West Lancaster Avenue
Bryn Mawr, PA

To learn more about attending and competing in the event visit their facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/event.php?eid=210119409060413

The Temple News: Bridget Settles Feature

Check out my latest article which appeared in the 9/6/11 issue of The Temple News. The article features one of Temple’s senior captains, forward Bridget Settles, and her hot start to the 2011 season.

http://temple-news.com/2011/09/06/senior-forward-settles-motivated-by-team%e2%80%99s-intensity/

The Temple News: Field Hockey Season Preview

Here is my latest article which appeared in the August 30th edition of The Temple News. The article is a season preview of Temple’s field hockey team. Check it out: http://temple-news.com/2011/08/30/field-hockey-team-seeks-a-10-redemption/. Check out articles from the latest edition and from past editions at www.temple-news.com.

Philadelphia Sports Writers Association Dinner

This past Monday, The Philadelphia Sports Writers Association held their 107th Annual Award Dinner at the Crowne Plaza Hotel in Cherry Hill, NJ. The event featured numerous awards handed out by the PSWA to deserving individuals from both the worlds of college and professional sports. Honorees included 76ers F Elton Brand (Good Guy Award), Phillies Ace Roy Halladay (Sportsperson of the Year), Phillies CF Shane Victorino (Humanitarian Award) and Ian Laperriere accepting the Best Team award on behalf of the Flyers. Also in attendance was Phillies GM Ruben Amaro. The evening also included honorees from Lasalle, Temple, Philadelphia University, University of Pennsylvania and other colleges in the area.

The night had many admirable awards including Matt Hoffman of Rowan University who won an award for saving the life of a young child by donating bone marrow to the young man. Hoffman’s story resonated with many in attendance and Hoffman’s achievements were spoken about numerous times including during Charlie Manuel’s speech when he talked about how honored he was to have met Matt Hoffman. Another amazing award was handed out to Mark Herzlich who took home the Most Courageous Athlete Award for overcoming cancer to eventually return to play his final season at Boston College. Herzlich said that battling cancer was not courageous in his eyes because he had to do it, otherwise he would not have made it.

The night also had many lighthearted moments. The funniest speaker of the night was certainly a toss-up between Phillies Skipper Charlie Manuel and Comedian Joe Conklin. Both took to the stage with the intent to make people laugh and both succeeded. Manuel ironically referred to himself as the “best speaker” of the night which brought the crowd to a rousing laugh. Conklin utilized his trademark impressions which included Charlie Manuel, Cole Hamels, Dan Baker, Merrill Reese, Mike Quick, Andy Reid, Bill Bergey, and Allen Iverson. Both did a wonderful job of entertaining the crowd.

Just as a side note to this article. I have to thank the PSWA for awarding me the Richie Ashburn Scholarship, which was the reason that I was in attendance Monday night. It was truly an honor to receive an award that contains the name of one of the most legendary figures in the history of Philadelphia Sports. I once again want to thank the PSWA and the Ashburn family for this honor.