Will the Eagles land Marcus Mariota?

April 27th, 2015 by Sam Shipley | No Comments | Filed in Eagles, Football, NFL

We are sitting five days away from the NFL Draft, and the Marcus Mariota talk is more fluent and intriguing as ever. There have been countless trade rumors, including a recent rumor that would trade away two young defensive players.

However, while the Eagles have been at the center of the rumors, they are far from the only team in the mix to land the former Oregon quarterback. Over the last few weeks there is a consensus around the NFL that teams are starting to become more sold on Mariota, and that he may be able to be a good quarterback in any offense, not just Chip Kelly’s.

Teams like the Chargers, Browns, Jets, and Redskins are all teams that have been rumored to land Mariota either via trade or if we would be there at their selection. Not included in that list is the team who holds the second pick in the draft, the Tennessee Titans, who could very easily put all the months of speculation to bed for good by taking the quarterback all for themselves.

What makes Tennessee so intriguing at that spot is we know that they like Marcus Mariota, but the question is do they like him more than Zach Mettenberger? After being drafted in the sixth round last year Mettenberger started six games for the Titans, however, he failed to win a game and threw for 8 touchdowns, 7 interceptions, and 1,412 passing yards.

Another way to look at that question is, does Tennessee feel like keeping Mettenberger while gaining multiple assets in a trade is more valuable than Mariota?

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Chase’s Fall From Grace?

April 26th, 2015 by AmyMac | No Comments | Filed in Baseball, General, Phillies, Sports

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The Phillies are now 18 games into the 2015 season, and here’s something I never thought I’d ever have to write: Chase Utley is batting an abysmal .125. That’s right – for every eight at-bats, Uts is getting just one hit. As you can probably guess, his OPS (.420 for those of you keeping track) is also depressingly low. To be fair, his 9 RBIs thus far (which put him on pace for 81 on the season) do resemble the Chase Utley we all know and love: the player who does that it takes to advance baserunners.

It’s painful enough to watch a 6-12 team that’s trailing the Mets (the Mets!) by a full 8.0 games. Most of us are accustomed to having to wait while some players (looking at you, Howard and Hamels) find their strides. Utley, though, is generally someone we can count on to be consistent, both offensively and defensively, right out of the gate. Watching him struggle at the plate like this is nothing short of depressing.

What’s going on with Chase? Ryne Sandberg has shuffled his lineup around a bit, but Utley’s batting woes won’t be solved by adjusting the order. His stance and timing are off enough to make me wonder if there’s pain about which Utley is remaining silent. It’s certainly within the realm of possibility that Uts could have a nagging issue (knee, hip etc.) and he’s just not saying anything about it. My concern is that Chase, as a 36-year-old second baseman, can’t possibly bounce back the way he might have been able to ten years ago. I don’t want to see Utley’s career unravel.

I love Utley as much as the next baseball nerd, but I can’t help but wonder why he always seems to get a pass from a fanbase that is arguably the toughest and most demanding. We don’t stand for it when Papelbon runs his mouth to the media, we let our disapproval known when Ruiz is hitting below .200, and we’re not shy about our anger when Howard repeatedly strikes out. Why, then, does fellow veteran Utley seem to be above such criticism? Is turning down trade offers really enough to win over the city of Philadelphia? We’re not really a town that issues lifetime passes to players, yet it seems that fan favorite Chase Utley has one.

Now what? Do we wait until Utley’s performance worsens before we admit there’s a major problem? Or worse – do we wait until he’s legitimately hurt? Hopefully, Chase is able to find an adjustment in his stance and swing soon, and all of this speculation will have been for nothing.

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Because It’s the Cup!

April 24th, 2015 by Joe Buscemi | No Comments | Filed in Flyers, General, Hockey, Sports, TalkSportsPhilly

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“It’s the most wonderful time of the year!” Some call it Christmas, others call it the NHL playoffs. If you are a die-hard of a hockey fan, as I am then you understand just how awesome and intense playoff hockey is.

There really isn’t anything better, and this year it has lived up to all its hype.

Interesting stat, there was a seven team turnover from last year’s NHL Playoff’s (seven teams from last year did not qualify this year), the highest turnover rate in the history of the NHL. That speaks volumes of how much the game has changed, from a business/salary cap perspective, and also from the balance of talent surrounding the league.

As a Flyers fan it is obviously tough not watching them compete for the cup, however I have caught quite a few games and they are some of the most evenly matched and entertaining series’ I can remember. Old-time hockey seems to be making more of an appearance as the refs are letting the boys play and blowing the whistles less. Tons of hits, fights, highly electric offensive displays, stellar goaltending performances, and a series that shockingly ended in a sweep.

The highly talented Anaheim Ducks spoiled the Jets first playoff appearance since relocating to Winnipeg back in 2011. The original franchise was last seen in the playoffs 19 years ago. That was a tough one for die-hard Jets fans to swallow.

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Report: Latest Eagles rumor has team trading Cox, Kendricks, and Bradford

April 24th, 2015 by Sam Shipley | No Comments | Filed in Eagles, Football, NFL

Over the last three months the Eagles have been involved in every possible rumor that involves trading up for Oregon quarterback Marcus Mariota. However, over the last week the rumors have really picked up, and the general consensus is starting to become that the Eagles have a real shot of actually getting a deal done to land the former Oregon Duck.

Which rumors, if any, are true is always something that is so hard to determine. Some can be completely fake, while others can be smokescreens leaked by teams on purpose, while others might actually have some legitimacy to them.

The latest Eagles rumor seems like one of those rumors that is a long shot, but it is obviously worth reporting.

According to NJ.com’s Mark Eckel, there is a new rumor making it’s rounds around NFL personnel meetings that involves the Eagles trading Sam Bradford, Mychal Kendricks, and Fletcher Cox. Here is what Eckel wrote in his story:

“One rumor, making its rounds in NFL personnel meetings, has the Eagles dealing Bradford to the Browns for the 19th overall pick. It’s been widely reported that the Browns offered that 19th pick to the St. Louis Rams for Bradford before the Rams traded him to the Eagles for Nick Foles and a 2016 second-round pick. Despite reports that Bradford, in the final year of his contract, would not sign an extension with Cleveland, the Browns are said to still have interest.

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Phils Fillet Fish in Season High Run Scoring Victory

April 22nd, 2015 by Joe Buscemi | No Comments | Filed in Baseball, Phillies, Sports

The Phillies bats were well awake in tonight’s 7-3 win over the division rival Miami Marlins. This game saw many positives for the Phils. Seven runs on seven hits, the team was clearly effective at the dish and unlike many other games did not leave men stranded in scoring position.

Ryan Howard hit a 2-run bomb to straight away center in the 6th which put the Phils back on top of the Marlins 4-3. This home run was the “big piece’s” first of the season, ending a career high drought of 42 consecutive at-bats without going yard.

The team looked to add some insurance runs in the 7th, after Francoeur & Herrera reached base safely, Ben Revere wound up knocking both runners in as he slammed his first triple of the year into the right field gap giving the Phils a 6-3 lead. Chase Utley would later send Ben home on an RBI sac fly, which would be the last of the offense the Phillies would need to knock off the fish.

Phillies starting pitcher Jerome Williams had a rather decent outing going 6 innings, allowing 3 runs (2 of them earned) on 8 hits, collected 6 strikeouts and only allowed 1 walk. The bullpen did a great job to solidify the Phillies victory. Luis Garcia and Ken Giles only allowed for a combined 2 hits in each of their innings of work. Papelbon would later get the call to close in a non-save situation (when a team is up by 4 runs in the 9th, it is not viewed as a save situation per MLB rule).

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Super Early Eagles 2015-16 Win/Loss Record Prediction

April 22nd, 2015 by Sam Shipley | No Comments | Filed in Eagles, Football, NFL

The Philadelphia Eagles 2015-16 NFL schedule officially came out 66 minutes ago, and I am here to tell you the exact win/loss record of the Eagles this season.

I have looked over the schedule and feel as confident as I can possibly be on April 21st at this time of my predictions. The Eagles in my opinion have received a gift from the NFL this year with a favorable schedule, on paper. Last year the Eagles had a brutal schedule down the stretch, which corresponded with a horrible collapse which took the Eagles from near locks for the playoffs to missing the playoffs completely.

The schedule also includes five prime time games, six if you include Thanksgiving at Detroit.

With that being said lets get to the super-early predictions of the 2015-16 Philadelphia Eagles:

Week 1: @ Atlanta Falcons: Monday, September 14th @ 7:15 PM EST (ESPN) – WIN

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Official: Eagles 2015-16 NFL Schedule

April 22nd, 2015 by Sam Shipley | No Comments | Filed in Eagles, Football, NFL

There is no denying that this offseason by the Eagles has been an offseason for the ages. It all started way back in December with a feud in the Eagles front office that looked like it would have to be settled in a triple-threat cage match between Chip Kelly, Howie Roseman, and Tom Gamble with Jeffery Lurie as special guest referee. That feud ended on January 3rd with Jeffery Lurie raising Chip Kelly’s hand in the center of the ring and handing him the keys to the Eagles front office by giving him full control of player personnel.

After that happened the transactions began to come at us in a hurry.

I would love to get into every transaction, but by now we all know the results. Nick Foles, LeSean McCoy, Todd Herremans, Trent Cole, Jeremy Maclin, Bradley Fletcher, and Cary Williams, who were all starters last season, are now gone.

Meanwhile, Kiko Alonso, DeMarco Murray, Ryan Mathews, Byron Maxwell, Walter Thurmond III, Sam Bradford, Miles Austin, and yes Tim Tebow are some of the notable names who have been brought in to replace the players above.

The offsesaon still has one more big event before we can all but wrap up most big-time transactions, and that is the NFL Draft which takes place next Thursday-Saturday. Obviously the draft could be a humongous deal for the Eagles because of a certain quarterback who the team has been rumored to acquire in every way possible. Regardless it is a big deal because of the holes that need to be filled on the team, and this is another deep draft class where the Eagles can get some really talented young players.

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