Archive for August, 2012

Jimmy’s Jargon: Eagles finish up 4-0, but do it mostly without Vick

The Philadelphia Eagles closed out the regular season a perfect 4-0 with a 28-10 win over the New York Jets Thursday night at Lincoln Financial Field.

Despite the winning record, there was a bit of disappointment for me this preseason — not that I expect much out of the preseason.

Nevertheless, the one thing I want to feel after four preseason games is a sense of security with my favorite team. I’d like to be comfortable with the offense. I’d like to be satisfied with the defense.

But I am not.

The defense looked a bit better in Week 3 — and the first-team didn’t play in Week 4 Thursday — but still, defensive coordinator Juan Castillo’s system hasn’t won me over.

However, that’s not the biggest thing that has me wondering if the Eagles can compete in 2012 — the fact that Michael Vick dropped back to pass only nine times does.

After a poor …

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The 76ers Revolutionaries – The Revolution has begun!

It was an exhilarating year for the Philadelphia 76ers last season. Despite what critics (or haters) would say they impressed millions of NBA fans. Despite not having any “superstars” the Sixers went all the way to the Eastern conference semifinals to game 7 against their long-time rivals, the Boston Celtics. Along for the journey of 2011-2012 season was the “The Revolutionaries.” Who are they you ask? The Revolutionaries are a group of super fans who showed not only enthusiasm for the Sixers all year long but also showed their luv! The Sixers have the talented and entertaining Flight Squad and Dream Team but this group of super fans definitely played a huge part in making the crowd even more passionate, intense, and proud!

It was the first Friday in January of 2012 and also the home opener for the Sixers. A small group of people arrived in Section 120 for …

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Flyers off-season gets a little stranger

Thought the Philadelphia Flyers off-season couldn’t get much worse? Wrong. The Flyers haven’t had many prized prospects, but 19-year-old Nick Cousins was (is) definitely a young player to watch for in the Flyers farm system. Cousins, a native of Belleville, Ontario is a player who Flyer fans have had their eye on ever since his 88 point breakout season with the Sault Ste. Marie Greyhounds of the OHL this past season. His future is now uncertain.

Cousins, along with two of his teammates from the team, were charged with sexual assault against a female who was known by the players. Cousins has a court date on Oct.1 which is less than two weeks into the Greyhounds’ schedule, which begins on Sept. 21 against the Plymouth Whalers. In an off-season filled with failed free agent signings and injuries, young prospects getting into serious legal problems was something the Flyers could simply not …

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Memories of Brian Westbrook as an Eagle

A running back deemed too small to play after coming out of a 1AA school and missing an entire season because of a knee injury re-signed with the Eagles today and retired. It’s surreal to see #36 Brian Westbrook retire as an Eagle after providing so many memories to the city of Philadelphia.

Westbrook was drafted by Andy Reid at a time in 2002 where there were lots of questions about Westbrook. Is he big enough to be a NFL running back? Has his knee healed enough from his year he missed in college to be a full-time back? Will he be anything more than a punt returner?

He answered all those questions with a resounding yes. Right away you could tell Westbrook was a different player. He even threw a touchdown pass to Todd Pinkston in just his 3rd career game on September 22nd, 2002 in a rout of the …

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Mets at Phillies Preview: Which Vance Worley Will Show Up?

Vance Worley last took the mound against the New York Mets on July 3rd. The game was in Citi Field and Worley’s ERA at the time was a 2.92. The Mets defeated the Phillies 11-1 after Worley gave up 6 earned runs in 4 innings off of 10 hits. Worley takes the mound tonight to take on Chris Young.

Vance Worley has been battling bone chips for a long time this summer and is now 6-9 with a 4.09 ERA. Against the Mets this year he lost the other start he had against them at Citizens Bank Park on April 14th. For the season he’s 0-2 against the Mets with 10 earned runs given up in 10 innings and 18 hits total for a 9.00 ERA.

At home Worley has struggled and he has a 5.00 ERA in 68.1 innings pitched and in his last 10 starts alone he has …

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The Week That Was From Chris Wheeler’s Mouth

Here is the week that was Chris Wheeler’s mouth from my 2nd favorite Twitter account (next to @Pat_The_Bat5) and that is @ThatsSoWheels.

“The Eagle have the fewest amount of games played because the Eagles play less games than the Phillies.”

“He’s probably waiting until he gets TOLD to go. So he doesn’t get picked off.”

“Sarge is back in the office hopping around remembering what that feels like.”

“That was so cool of me it’s just scary.” -Chris Wheeler on wearing a handkerchief in his pocket during a ’91 broadcast.

“He whacked the heck outta that.”

“Up, down.”

“You got them in a pickle with 0 outs and bases loaded”

“Whew! This guy…”

Tie game in bottom 10th, 2 on 2 out: “The Phillies wanna put it away right now.”

“You certainly don’t wanna take a strike 3 with the game on the line.”

Tie game in bottom 11th, 2 on 0 out:
“With a double play ball you …

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Where to Draft the Eagles at in Your Fantasy Draft

If you’re a fantasy football fan you play in from anywhere between 1-5 leagues (or more if you’re nuts.) I’ve played in the same league with my buddies since high school. We add a couple here and there and this is the 2nd year were doing a 12 team format.

I have a mix of guys in this group. A majority of us are Eagles fans. We have 2 Cowboys fans and 1 49ers fan. So we’re basically competing with 8 other guys to draft Eagles’ players. Same guy every year drafted Donovan McNabb. To the point that when he was the Redskins & Vikings quarterback the last two years he was drafted as his backup. Only 1 year did it lead to him being successful and it was the year he drafted McNabb and Terrell Owens together.

It’s always simple to overpay for players on your favorite team. Last …

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Eagles Roster: Where It Stands Going Into Thursday Night

When the Philadelphia Eagles take the field Thursday night at Lincoln Financial Field against the only team who hasn’t scored a touchdown in the preseason in the New York Jets (who also received the most preseason coverage from ESPN…) the final roster spots will be decided.

According to my count 47 players of the 53 allowed are set. Here’s my projected 17 players on offense that have locked up their place on the team:

QB:
Michael Vick
Nick Foles

RB:
LeSean McCoy
Dion Lewis

WR:
Jason Avant
DeSean Jackson
Jeremy Maclin
Riley Cooper (injured)
Demaris Johnson

TE:
Clay Harbor
Brent Celek

OL:
King Dunlap
Todd Herremans
Jason Kelce
Evan Mathis
Julian Vandervelde
Danny Watkins

Jason Peters is currently hurt the Eagles have placed him on the non-football injury list. Missing from the list is Demetress Bell who I think makes the team in front of the other remaining linemen (Steve Vallos, Brandon Washington, DJ Jones, Dennis Kelly & Dallas Reynolds) so that’s now 18. There will be a backup QB who I think …

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What Went Right & Wrong in Phillies Weekend Sweep Over the Nationals

With just the 2nd sweep of the season complete the Phillies are now 61-67 and 9.5 games back in the Wild Card Race behind the team that eliminated them in the NLDS last season the St. Louis Cardinals. The NL East leading Washington Nationals watched the Phillies complete the sweep and faced Kyle Kendrick, Roy Halladay & Cliff Lee and are now only 5 games ahead of the Atlanta Braves. The Phillies scored 4 runs in all 3 games against the Nationals and held them to just 5 runs over the weekend and it was only off the starters. The bullpen pitched a total of 6 innings and allowed 0 runs. Here is a LONG list of What Went Right and a shorter list of What Went Wrong this weekend.

What Went Right:

Cliff Lee got a home win. That’s right. He won a game he started at Citizens Bank Park for …

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Jimmy’s Jargon: Foles makes Friday’s game worth watching, Birds down Browns 27-10

So much was made of how meaningless Friday night’s game was going to be.

With the Philadelphia Eagles and the Cleveland Browns both meeting up again in 16 days for the start of the regular season, their Week 3 preseason matchup was meant to be a vanilla, nothing-to-see-here kind of game.

And in the second half, that held true. But Philadelphia rookie quarterback Nick Foles made the first half of the Eagles’ 27-10 win over the Browns much more interesting than anyone expected.

After an early interception where Foles forced a long pass into a double-covered DeSean Jackson, Foles was flawless. He was making crisp passes; he was stepping up in the pocket with confidence; and he was leading the Eagles to points.

Basically, he was doing everything Philadelphia wants in a quarterback.

Foles played the entire first half, completing 12-of-19 passes for 146 yards and two touchdowns.

Now, even though his numbers look great, Foles …

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