Archive for September, 2012

Phillies Fans, Please Step Back From the Ledge.

Phillies Shortstop Jimmy RollinsWith the Phillies 2-1 loss to the Marlins on Friday night, the team stepped into unfamiliar territory as they were eliminated from making the playoffs for the first time since 2006. With the elimination comes enough questions of “what if” and “what next” to fill a few posts. While I will try to answer those questions in upcoming posts, I want everyone to step back and look at some of the positives from what was a dismal and disappointing season.

Yes, believe it or not, there were positives.

 J-Roll proves his worth: Yes, Jimmy Rollins doesn’t always hustle and it irks us all. Yes, he pops up to the infield more then any other player in the Majors. Yes, he isn’t the typical leadoff hitter. All of those things said, Rollins has also been our most productive offensive …

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Giants at Eagles HighPhive.net Staff Predictions!

Brian Dawkins as WolverineThis week the Philadelphia Eagles will play a highly emotional game against NFC East division rivals and defending Super Bowl Champions the New York Giants. The Eagles are coming off a very disappointing loss against the Arizona Cardinals last week and are 2-1 while the Giants defeated the Panthers on Thursday Night Football to go to 2-1. The Giants have more rest going into today’s game and the Eagles should be playing with an edge when all-time great Brian Dawkins will be honored before the game and during halftime with his #20 retired. Here is the HighPhive.net staff predictions:

Derek Sabato:

Well the prime example of what Andy Reid does best with this football team. They overlook opponents and look at a match-up a week later and come out and thororugly destroy them. Now …

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Eagles Friday Injury Report: Dorenbos, Cooper & More

Riley Cooper Drilling During an Eagles PracticeAccording to Geoff Mosher, Andy Reid has placed a 50-50 go/no-go on Long Snapper Jon Dorenbos. Dorenbos practiced Friday for the first time this week, in spite of a high-ankle sprain he sustained during Sunday’s game against the Cardinals. Andy Reid commented on the subject of Dorenbos’ quick recovery:

“I’ve gotta just see. I can’t tell you either way. He moved around pretty good, actually. I’m surprised he was able to get himself back like he is.”

If Reid doesn’t go with Dorenbos by 4:00 pm Saturday (roster move cutoff before a game day), the Eagles will release someone and bring up Kyle Nelson from the practice squad.

Riley Cooper practiced Friday as well, but it seems that Reid is reluctant to letting Cooper on the field on Sunday for the …

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Better get your tickets for the Sixers show – Rankings, training camp, and more!

Newly-acquired Philadelphia 76ers player Bynum holds his jersey during a news conference at the National Constitution Center in Philadelphia. Photo by REUTERS/Tim ShafferIt’s been a long time coming but the Sixers basketball season is almost upon us. Rankings were released today. Putting Philly’s own Andrew Bynum at number 13, a little low in my opinion, I believe he will reach top ten as the season progresses. With Bynum raising the status of the team, the excitement for the preseason even rises.  The Sixers were built mostly on defense ranked at number three in the league last season. In particular, with Bynum, the Sixers have a shot at being the best defensive rebounding club in the league. Provided that the …

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The Week That Was From Chris Wheeler’s Mouth

 

Chris Wheeler in the Phillies Broadcast BoothHere is the week that was from Chris Wheeler’s mouth from my favorite Twitter account and that is @ThatsSoWheels.

“Look at him hit it.. ready? ZZZzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzZIP!”

“It was high enough.. Someone should catch that thing!”

“They’re singling him to death right now with all types of different singles. Bullets, bunts, bloops…”

“That ball really was tattoo’d off the pitcher.”

“This is Coyote Ugly for the Mets.”

“You see a snowman out there in the first inning.”

“That screamer up the middle”

“The only difference between this inning and last inning is that it’s another inning.”
“If you hit at that guy, you’re dead. But you’re dead anyway.”

“It just squirts away…”

“If you’re too far behind them, they’ve got a good chance to beat you.”


Eagles News & Notes from Practice Report: Updates on Maclin & More

Jeremy Maclin Breaks a Tackle from Redskin's London Fletcher. Photo by Al Bello/Getty ImagesWide Receiver Jeremy Maclin practiced on Wednesday, and says he is nearly back to full strength coming off of his hip injury. The Eagles are 7-0 when Maclin plays, and 0-3 when he rides the pine since week 11 of this past season, so look for Jeremy to have a strong game if he does start.

Running Back Bryce Brown has moved into the backup spot behind McCoy on the depth chart, overtaking Dion Lewis. Brown has 9 carries for 38 yards (4.2 YPC) and a catch for 8 yards. Should anything happen t oMcCoy injury wise, fantasy owners could have an easy waiver pickup in Brown.

In another roster jump, Punter Mat McBriar re-signed with the Eagles, …

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Mike and Andy’s Excellent Adventure

 

Eagles Head Coach Andy ReidIt is a phenomenon that has affected every Eagles fan whether they want to admit it or not. They’re viewing the game at their local sports bar or other venue, Mike Vick is introduced, and no one knows whether to blast him or root for him. Despite a bevy of “Number 7″ jerseys in the room, it seems that people always need to see which way the mood is shifting toward our quarterback on game day before they feel comfortable cheering him on.

We can thank Andy Reid for this game day awkwardness. Andy’s claim to fame is taking on players that he feels he can mold and shape into winners. Such high expectations are all well and good, but how about team success? How about a Super Bowl after nearly 14 years of …

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Brian Dawkins: Passion Like No Other

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Brian Dawkins EntranceHis pregame entrance was just the beginning. The posing, somersaulting, flexing. Morphing into his on-field persona, Wolverine. A look of desire and focus on his face. You could see he was picturing that first big hit of the game.

Brian Dawkins is arguably the most beloved Philadelphia Eagle of all time. It is even arguable that he is the most beloved athlete in Philadelphia sports history. His jersey is still worn in numbers that are hard to imagine for a former player. Hell, I even wore his Denver Broncos jersey to a game 2 years ago, when Dawk returned to the Linc for the first time. In a city that demands its athletes to play hard at all times, no one epitomized that more than Dawkins. Whether the Eagles were up 30, or down 30, you could …

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Roll with Foles or Stick with Vick?

Nick Foles in Eagles Preseason GameAfter sunday’s blowout upset at the hands of the Arizona Cardinals, the quarterback rumor mill has already begun to churn.  Arguably the most concerning position coming into the season and the Eagles & Andy Reid will now have to dodge questions about the state of their field generals.  Reid and the front office have done their best to ease these concerns for the time being.  Still, the question begs to be asked:  Should the Eagles roll with Nick Foles, or stick with Mike Vick?

Michael Vick took the league by storm in 2010 playing at an MVP level.  In 2011, he reverted back to his old self:  a reckless turnover machine who struggles to stay in the pocket and read defenses.  2012 has so far been a mix of the two.  We’ve …

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The Replacement Officials Are Ruining the NFL Season

Replacement Referees from Monday Night's Green Bay/Seahawks Game. Photo by Otto Greule Jr/Getty ImagesMonday night, every pundit in the world said that the replacement referees finally reached their tipping point. They directly influenced the outcome of a game on the final play of the game. MD Jennings of the Green Bay Packers appeared to seal a victory for his team by intercepting Russell Wilson’s last ditch Hail Mary pass. At the last second, Seattle Seahawks wide receiver Golden Tate reached his arm in, creating the illusion that he had caught the ball simultaneously. One official ruled it a touchdown. Another ruled it a touchback. There was no conference between the officials before the referee signaled a touchdown, a touchdown they upheld after replay.

It was a …

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