TalkSportsPhilly Radio, Eagles Review

February 4th, 2016 by Leo | No Comments | Filed in Events, Sports, TalkSportsPhilly, TSP Radio
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TSP will be having another radio show doing an Eagles review on some of the latest moves and an outlook on what the Eagles should be doing in the off-season.  The show will host TSP writers and guest from the Philly area.  We will also be talking about the WingBowl and the upcoming Barbs HD Big Puckin Party event.  So Tune in on BlogTalkRadio and take a listen to the latest episode of TalkSportsPhilly Radio.

http://www.blogtalkradio.com/talksportsphilly/2016/02/05/talksportsphilly-radio

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Flyers Confidence and Special Teams Shine in Win vs Habs

February 3rd, 2016 by Joe Buscemi | No Comments | Filed in Flyers, General, Hockey
Forward Ryan White Celebrates the Flyers win with goalie Steve Mason

Forward Ryan White Celebrates the Flyers win with goalie Steve Mason

The Flyers returned home to Philadelphia as they hosted the Montreal Canadians to begin the second half of the season. They went into the all-star break with a win and were five points out of the wildcard and needed another regulation win to inch closer to the final wild card spot and distance themselves from the Canadians. They did just that, thanks to a full sixty minutes of good/disciplined hockey. The special teams played a vital role in last nights victory, as they went 2-4 on the powerplay, goals from Simmonds and Schenn, and killed 3 of 4 Habs penalties, including a 5 minute major given to Radko Gudas for his hit on Lucas Lessio.

The Flyers 2-0 lead would be cut in half thanks to a powerplay goal scored by Habs Andrei Markov, with just 1:42 left in the first. After scoring late in the first, the Canadians would score the tying goal just 2:30 into the 2nd period, courtesy of defensemen Jeff Petry, Halfway into the second, Wayne Simmonds netted his second goal of the night, giving the Flyers a critical 3-2 lead. After killing the five minute major, Matt Read put the dagger in the Habs, as he scored the empty netter to put the Flyers up 4-2 with just 43 seconds left in regulation.

Wayne Simmonds 3rd period go-ahead-goal.

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Examining 5 Potential Trade Scenarios for Kam Chancellor

February 3rd, 2016 by Ryan Waterman | No Comments | Filed in Eagles, Football, General, NFL

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Every offseason, it seems like a major superstar becomes available via trade. Most recently, those stars have ranged from Jimmy Graham to Brandon Marshall. This year, there figures to be a number of stars discussed in trade talks. However, it’s almost a certainty that one man is going to be traded. That man’s name is Kam Chancellor, and he is an all-pro safety for the Seattle Seahawks. Chancellor enrolled at Virginia Tech as a quarterback, before enduring a change to cornerback. He eventually settled in at safety, and the rest is history. In his six seasons in the NFL, Chancellor has tallied almost 500 total tackles, a pair of sacks, 10 interceptions, and nine forced fumbles.

Quickly ascending to superstar status, Chancellor has solidified himself as an elite NFL safety. With that said, he’s been long-linked to trade rumors. The rumors have only become more frequent, since his holdout at the start of this season. While many teams have been linked to Chancellor at one point or another, there’s been one team who’s constantly appeared in rumors, the Philadelphia Eagles. In this article, we will take a look at five potential scenarios that could land Kam Chancellor in “Midnight Green.”  Without further delay, let’s get started…

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1.) Jason Peters and a 2016 3rd Round Pick

This deal makes the most sense for both sides, hands down. Seattle figures to lose Russell Okung to Free Agency this year. By losing Okung, the Seahawks are not only taking a major blow to their offensive line stability, but they’re also taking a major blow to their veteran presence. The acquisition of Peters would be beneficial for the Seahawks, as it would restore stability among their offensive lineman, while keeping the veteran presence in the locker room. For the Eagles, this deal almost makes too much sense. Moving Peters helps them shed his horrendous cap hit for the 2016 season, while beefing up their defensive secondary with the acquisition of one of the league’s best safeties. The third-round pick helps offset the salary difference between Peters and Chancellor, further enticing the Seahawks to take the deal.

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The Phils will have you seeing Red this year

February 2nd, 2016 by Leo | No Comments | Filed in Baseball, General, MLB, Phillies
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That’s right, the Phillies will make you see red this year.  No, not out of anger, well maybe, but this will actually be from their uniforms.  For the first time in eight years the team is gonna throw a curve ball out to the fans and bring the red jersey out of the closet.

The new red jersey will be combined with the white pinstipped pants for 6 games this year.  The Phillies have philliesred1been known to throw in the oddball jersey every once in a while.  The last time they had the red jerseys was back in 1999 for a promotion, and then again back in 1979 when they had the all burgundy jerseys.

Whatever they wear, lets hope it brings home a few wins this year.

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Super Bowl 50 Preview, Analysis and Prediction

February 1st, 2016 by Kyle Lutz | No Comments | Filed in Football, General, NFL

In the first Super Bowl without roman numerals attached to the title, it should be a good one, with two of the best quarterbacks in recent history squaring off against each other. One of the two’s a future hall-of-famer, and arguably the best signal caller in NFL history, in Denver’s Peyton Manning, who’ll most likely retire after the game (at age 39), and the other’s a future-MVP (who could very well win it after this year) in Carolina’s Cam Newton.

Carolina finished with one of the best regular seasons in NFL history this year, starting their season 14-0, and ending up as the NFC’s # 1 seed, at 15-1. They led the league in most All-Pros selected, with six, and Pro Bowlers selected, with 10. With their 15-1 regular-season record, they became just the sixth team in NFL history to accomplish the feat, since the league adopted a 16-game-schedule format in 1978, and just the seventh team to win at least 15 or more games in a season (in 2007, New England went undefeated).

Out of those seven teams, only two (the ’84 49ers and ’85 Bears) teams won the Super Bowl. Carolina’s head coach, Ron Rivera, was a backup linebacker on that ’85 Bears team. This is his fifth year coaching the team, and only his second winning season so far. On the flip side, Denver’s head coach, Gary Kubiak, is in his first year with Denver, after coaching Houston for eight seasons from 2006-13. This season was Kubiak’s reunion with Broncos’ GM/executive VP of Football Operations, and Hall of Famer, John Elway, after the former backed up the latter in Denver years ago (1983-91).

Peyton Manning certainly has experience, whether that’s a good or bad thing, in postseason games, as he ranks second all-time in quarterback postseason starts. Next Sunday’ll be his 27th career postseason start, which will keep him in second place, four games behind his rival Tom Brady, who he beat in the AFC Championship Game a week ago. Manning is 13-13 in those games, with one Super Bowl win, while Brady is 22-9 in 31 playoff starts, with four wins.

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Leo talks with Haddad of 94 WIP

January 26th, 2016 by Leo | No Comments | Filed in Interviews, Sports, TalkSportsPhilly, TSP Radio
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Last night as I was listening to 94 on TuneIn on my Playstation, they were talking about one of my favorite subjects over the last few years, the Sixers.  I’ve been listening to 94 since I’ve been a kid, of course it was a rock station before its reincarnation to a sports station a few years back and I was listening to Sludge last night whom I listen to a few times a week on a regular basis.  I enjoy his show and generally like the topics and his banter and background in music.

I rarely call in to 94 and decided on a whim, since it was his birthday, and he hit a hot button topic of mine to pick up the phone and join in and throw in my 2 cents.  The last time I called in to the Josh Innes show to talk about Bradford of the Eagles I identified myself and got my butt reamed on the air and never got to talk sports so this time I decided just to be an innocent fan.

Let me preface this that I don’t look at 94 as competition to TSP, I look at us as an add on to the fray in the Philly sports media market, TSP started in 2009 and WIP switched to a sports format from a rock station in 2011 and is currently the leader in  sports radio in the Philly market.  If you look up Philly sports radio or 94 WIP radio on Google you will notice TalkSportsPhilly on page 1 or 2 in the search results I’m proud to say.

I began my rant by saying how embarrassing I thought the Sixers were to the city of Philadelphia and what the fans could do to light a fire under this team to get them to perform or to run them out of the city.  Brian handled the question well and came up with some good responses and basically said that the only thing the fan base could do is withhold support and not show up for the games.  But as for seeing a contending team anytime in the near future, I wouldn’t hold your breath.

As I mentioned that I ran a sports media site here in Philly and what all us media guys would have to do with ourselves with all the basement dwelling teams we are housing here in Philly as of late, I was quickly cut off and our conversation ended.  I probably should have had the courtesy of identifying myself since I was a first time caller to his show, but I will call back again and let him know the next time when I do.  Til then, all of us fans will just have to suck it up and hope for the best as the Phillies season comes upon us and pray the Flyers make the playoffs this year.

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Report: Philadelphia Eagles Coaching Search is Over

January 15th, 2016 by Ryan Waterman | No Comments | Filed in Eagles, Football, General, NFL

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Well, we’re a little over two weeks into the Philadelphia Eagles search for a new head coach. There have been many names rumored, fewer names confirmed, and the list has continued to grow shorter

The team began their search by interviewing running backs coach Deuce Staley. Pat Shurmur was next up, and had his own personal tryout by coaching the team against the New York Giants, in the regular season finale. Upon the completion of the season, the team interviewed former Chicago Bears offensive coordinator Adam Gase (later hired by the Miami Dolphins), former New York Giants offensive coordinator Ben Mcadoo (later hired by the Giants), Kansas City Chiefs offensive coordinator Doug Pederson, Tampa Bay offensive coordinator Dirk Koetter, and former Giants head coach Tom Coughlin.

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It appears as if that search, has finally come to an end. Following losing out on the services of Gase, Mcadoo, and Coughlin, multiple media outlets are reporting that the Philadelphia Eagles plan to hire Doug Pederson as the team’s new head coach.

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