Recapping The Philadelphia Flyers Offseason

Ray Emery has returned to the Philadelphia Flyers.The Philadelphia Flyers and General Manager Paul Holmgren have had a successful start to their free agency period. The team has appeared to come into this offseason with a plan and have executed it very well to this point. The Flyers have become known as a team that is both very active and aggressive in free agency and has no problems making trades to get the players they want on the roster. Over the last few weeks the team has made decisions that appear to have put the team in a better position to compete next season and to get this team back into the playoffs.

The Flyers elected to use both of their compliance buyouts, offered in the new Collective Bargaining Agreement, …

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Temple Football 2014 Recruiting Update (Part II)

Matt Rhule continues to recruit for the Temple Owls.Three weeks ago, I gave an update on the 2014 recruiting class that Matt Rhule and company have been hauling together. At the time, ten student athletes had committed to play football for Temple University for the 2014 season and beyond. What Rhule and company had accomplished at that time was very impressive and had several recruiting analysts turning their heads as some high profile names were turning down major college football offers to play for Temple.

While this was definitely a positive sign, most expected the class to eventually revert back to its average. The Temple coaching staff and the committed student athletes of the 2014 class were clearly not expecting the same thing. In just three short weeks, Rhule has …

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Big Piece Of Our Past…Confessions of a Non-Ryan Howard Hater

Ryan Howard is the subject of a lot of discussion from Phillies fans.As the Phillies continue to hover several games below .500, much of the fan anger and vitriol has been centered on veteran slugger Ryan Howard, who has struggled mightily at the plate and in the field this season. Needless to say, Howard is hardly the main reason that the team has struggled, but the negative vibes from Phillies fans has less to do with the numbers on the field than the numbers on his paycheck. Hindsight is 20-20 in Ryan Howard’s case, and unfortunately he’s been a convenient scapegoat for the past couple of years as the Phillies winning run has grinded to a halt.

To be fair, Ryan has not helped his own cause. His lack of plate discipline …

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Flyers Giroux Agrees To Eight Year Contract Extension

Claude Giroux has signed an extension with the Flyers that will keep him with the team for 8 years.The Philadelphia Flyers locked up their captain Claude Giroux on Thursday, agreeing to an eight year contract worth $66.2 million, with cap hit of $8.275 million per season. The deal goes into effect starting with the 2014/15 season when Giroux would have become a restricted free agent. The contract includes a full no movement clause and ensures that the Flyers center with superstar potential will spend the peak years of his career in orange and black.

Over the last four seasons, Giroux has only missed five games and has recorded 82 goals, 182 assists for 264 points in 289 regular season …

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For the Philadelphia Eagles, Luck is about to Change

Michael Vick's time to put up as the Eagles first string quarterback is here.With six minutes left in a sun-splashed, week one game in Cleveland last season, Michael Vick stood behind center on his own nine yard line and had to think to himself, we need to start executing now. The Philadelphia Eagles were losing to the Browns 16-10 in an atrocious game, a game in which Vick was supposed to prove he was back from injury, capable of recalling his 2010 form. It was not the case. Vick had thrown four interceptions, matching his rookie counterpart Brandon Weeden pick-for-pick. And while Vick led the Eagles on a game winning drive, execution was not the reason for …

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Flyers Sign Lecavalier To Five Year Deal

Vincent Lecavalier was signed by the Philadelphia Flyers to a 5-year deal.The Philadelphia Flyers made a move last night by signing 33 year old Vincent Lecavalier to a five year, $22.5 mil contract that runs through the 2017/2018 season. Lecavalier, after being bought out of the final seven years of an 11 year/$85 mil contract with the Tampa Bay Lightning, became a hot commodity on the free agent market. Several teams pursued the free agent center, including but not limited to Detroit, Boston, Washington, Montreal and Dallas. The contract with the Flyers carries a $4.5 mil annual cap hit.

For the Flyers, the move adds a size up front as the 6’4”, 215lb and solidifies Lecavalier as the second line center. While not the 50 goal …

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Philadelphia 76ers with the Slick Moves

Nerlens Noel was traded to the Philadelphia 76ers in a flurry of moves Thursday night.As I seated up to watch the NBA 2013 draft I was full good nervous energy. I was anxious to see what new young talent was going to be picked to upcoming 2014-2015 season. What I didn’t expect was everything that unfolded before my eyes that night. I was still hoping that somehow some way we were going to rid our team of the ugly curse (and hair) of Andrew Bynum, which didn’t happen. What ended up happening was a night of moves, trades, and astonishment’s!

Only few picks before the Philadelphia 76ers and moments after Nerlens Noel has been drafted to the Pelicans aka New Orleans, …

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2013 Fantasy Football Outlook: Running Backs

Minnesota Vikings running back Adrian Peterson is the #1 running back in Fantasy Football for the upcoming season.An NFL running back is the workhorse of a team’s offense. The stumbler, rumbler, and hopefully not fumbler, is the key component to a successful fantasy team as well. On average, the elite running backs will score more points than their counterparts with lesser skill sets. The best way to win your league in a given year is to draft the best value players at a given position, and the numbers show that taking a running back early is the best path to the  fantasy promised land. But the masters of the ground game are a dime a dozen once you get past the …

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Let’s Go Dutch…Rooting For Darren Daulton

Darren Daulton is fighting for his life after he was diagnosed with brain tumors.I can readily admit that back in the lean years of the late 80s and early 90s, I was no fan of Darren Daulton. He always seemed to be a mediocre catcher considering his physical stature, and with his batting average hovering around .200, injuries to his knees and relative lack of power in his early years, that opinion never really changed. Then came the 1992 season, which saw him play 145 games, hit 27 homers, and lead the National League with 109 RBI. He finished 6th in MVP voting, and suddenly my opinion and that of many fans in the city began to change. Even then, no one could have …

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A New Direction for the 76ers

Michael Carter-Williams was drafted by the 76ers last night to replace Jrue Holiday at the point guard position.Many conversations over the last season and a half have not contained much hope for our beloved Philadelphia 76ers, but last night, new GM Sam Hinkie changed the entire franchise, and hopefully for the better. In the NBA, there are 3 types of teams. There are the championship contenders, the bottom dwellers, and the worst of the bunch, the middle teams who are in NBA Purgatory. Recently, our 76ers were in the worst category, in purgatory.

In the NBA, you need a superstar to compete on a high enough level to carry a team with a number of role players. By trading Jrue …

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