Revisiting some memorable Eagles-Steelers games

September 22nd, 2016 by Kyle Lutz | No Comments | Filed in Eagles, Football, NFL

Over the years, despite the fact that neither team plays in the same conference as the other, the Steelers and Eagles have had some memorable games. This is in addition to the fact that, 73 years ago, the Eagles and Steelers temporarily combined to be one team, the Steagles, due to both teams having lost many of their players to World War II. Since both teams started playing each other in 1933, surprisingly, the Eagles have a 46-28-3 record vs. Pittsburgh. One of the 77 games was added to the Eagles’ 10 greatest games DVD that came out seven-years ago.

On November 12th, 2000, at Pittsburgh’s Three Rivers Stadium, the Eagles put together a late fourth-quarter comeback to win in overtime, 26-23. With 3:55 left in the game, trailing 20-13, the Eagles were able to stop Hall of Fame halfback Jerome Bettis on 3rd down. Despite the stop, 13 seconds later, Pittsburgh kicker Kris Brown kicked a 40-yard field goal to increase their lead to 10. Kick returner and running back Brian Mitchell ran back the ensuing kick for 23 yards. After three-straight completions, and a lucky unnecessary-roughness call, on a fade route, Donovan McNabb caught Mitchell for 13 yards and a touchdown.

Then the Eagles successfully executed an onside-kick attempt, recovered the ball, and, as time expired, went on to tie the game at 23 all. During their last two drives, they were able to score 10 points in just two-and-a-half minutes. That year, the Steelers’ defense only allowed 13 passing touchdowns (McNabb had two of them that game, and 0 turnovers), and their unit ranked in the top 10 in several categories, including takeaways. 10:44 into overtime, with a 42-yard field goal, Eagles’ kicker David Akers won the game.

(Brian Mitchell, AP Photo)

(Brian Mitchell, AP Photo)

2000- Final Score- Eagles 26-23

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Eagles-Bears preview

September 16th, 2016 by Kyle Lutz | No Comments | Filed in Eagles, Football, General, NFL

Location- Soldier Field, Chicago, IL
Weather- 81 and sunny
Time/Channel- 8:30 PM ET, ESPN
Point Spread + Over-Under Line- Bears by 3, O/U 42 1/2

Injury Report

Eagles

Leodis McKelvin (cornerback)- questionable (hamstring)
Zach Ertz (tight end)- doubtful (ribs)

Bears

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Eagles Browns Preview

September 8th, 2016 by Kyle Lutz | No Comments | Filed in Eagles, Football, General, NFL

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Location- Lincoln Financial Field, Philadelphia, PA
Weather- 84 and sunny
Time/Channel- 1:00 PM, CBS
Point Spread/Over-Under Line-  Eagles by 4, 41 O/U line

Injury Report

Eagles

Bryce Treggs (wide receiver)- questionable (knee)
Connor Wujciak (defensive tackle)- out (shoulder)

Cleveland

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How many Games will the Eagles win in 2016?

August 28th, 2016 by Leo | No Comments | Filed in Eagles, Football, General, Polls

EaglesgogreenWell Eagles fans another season is upon us and with all the off season moves and the pre season over, it leaves many wondering what the Eagles season ahead will hold for Philly fans.  With an untested and unknown new head coach Doug Pederson and their new #1 draft pick Carson Wentz as a possible future franchise QB, it leaves a lot of questions to be answered.  The Eagles made a lot of transactions in the off season and let go of a few players, most notably Riley Cooper and at the last minute Sam Bradford.  They also recently picked up Dorial Green-Beckham in a controversial move but he shows a lot of promise and remains to be seen how he will fare this year.  To see the transactions the Eagles made this year click here.

The Eagles as per the last few years have been tearing it up in the pre-season going 4-0 with an impressive win over the Colts 33-23 with Sam Bradford throwing 17/20 with 167 yards and 2 touchdowns.  Josh Huff and Dorial Green-Beckham each had a touchdown catch.  The Defense has been strong throughout the pre season and has been dominating the line led by Fletcher Cox.  The Eagles had another strong win over the Steelers in their 2nd preseason game 17-0 and finished off the pre season with a 14-6 win over the Jets.  As usual they look like they are contenders for the NFC East with these wins but as we have seen before their pre season success doesn’t really transfer into the regular season.  The surprise move of trading Bradford to the Vikings for a first round pick leaves Daniel and  Wentz as the QB’s.  Pederson stated Wentz will be the starting QB on opening day.  This last minute move changes the outlook of the season with a rookie QB at the helm.

So, TalkSportsPhilly would like to take a poll on what the fans think the Eagles record will be this year.  Answer the poll below:

How many games will the Eagles win in 2016?
12-4
11-5
10-6
9-7
8-8
7-9
6-10
5-11
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Philadelphia Soul ArenaBowl Champions, Silence the Rattlers!

August 28th, 2016 by Leo | No Comments | Filed in Football, General, Soul, Sports

soulchampions2016Philadelphia Soul Earn Second ArenaBowl Championship in Franchise History

GLENDALE– The Philadelphia Soul defeated the Arizona Rattlers 56-42 in front of 13,390 fans at the Gila River Arena in Glendale, AZ on Friday night.  This is the 2 ArenaBowl championship victory for the Soul in franchise history.

“I couldn’t be more proud of this team and this organization,” said Soul head coach Clint Dolezel.  “We have work extremely hard for six months to get to this point and it is fantastic to see our hard work pay off.”

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Soul put the hook in the Sharks 55-50, Advance to ArenaBowl XXIX

August 18th, 2016 by Leo | No Comments | Filed in General, Soul, Sports

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ALLENTOWN–The Philadelphia Soul (14-3), (2-0) defeated the Jacksonville Sharks (8-9), (1-1) 55-50 in an absolute nail-biter to clinch their second ever American Conference Championship at the PPL Center in Allentown, PA on Sunday night. With this victory, the Soul move on to the ArenaBowl XXIX.

I could not be prouder of this group of guys,” said Soul head coach Clint Dolezel. “We worked hard for five months to get to this point, but we aren’t finished yet.  We had some sloppy plays that we need to clean up if we want to reach the championship title.”

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Revisiting the ’94 Phillies

August 7th, 2016 by Kyle Lutz | No Comments | Filed in Baseball, Phillies

With the MLB postseason lurking, and less than two months away (they’re scheduled to start on October 4th), I’ve decided to revisit a team that, despite a mix of aging players and inexperienced players, just made it to the World Series the year prior, but was less than average the next year.

Pitching

After closer Mitch Williams gave up the infamous game-winning home run to Toronto’s Joe Carter in the ’93 World Series, it was the end of the Mitch Williams’ experiment. They acquired him a few seasons prior, and yet during his tenure here, he had 22 blown saves in 124 opportunities. In addition to that, including the blown save in game six of the ’93 World Series, he also blew four saves during postseason games. Finally, after the meltdown vs. Carter, the following off-season, the Phillies made the right choice and cut him loose. In his next season, in 25 games with Houston, he had a 7.65 ERA, and allowed 10.8 walks per nine. Including the ’94 season, the last three seasons of his career, he had a whopping 7.96 ERA in 52 games. The trade, which led to acquiring future closer Doug Jones, clearly was the right move. That season, Jones had 27 saves and a 2.17 ERA.

As far as the starting pitching was concerned, after winning the National League NLCS MVP award the prior year, ace Curt Schilling had an injury-plagued season. Due to a nagging elbow injury a couple months into the season, Schilling was sidelined for a short while, and — probably due to said injury — had a horrible year. In 13 starts, he went 2-8, with a 4.48 ERA and 9.5 hits allowed per nine. Had he been completely healthy, he would’ve been a major contributor towards the rotation. In his second year with the team, starter Danny Jackson had a solid season, going 14-6, making the NL All-Star team, and he finished sixth in NL Cy Young voting.

The rest of the rotation was well below average, averaging a combined 4.10 ERA. A year prior, minus Schilling and Jackson, the rotation was more consistent and stable. Not only did they lose Schilling for a good amount of starts, but number three pitcher Tommy Greene suffered a shoulder injury a month and a half in. In 1993, Greene was vital to the team’s success, winning 16 games and finishing fourth in NL Cy Young Award voting. That February, fairly successful starter Terry Mulholland was traded to the Yankees, in return for young shortstop Desi Relaford. The trade was a train wreck for both sides, as Mulholland had a 6.49 ERA, while Relaford’s career was well below average.

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