Philadelphia Eagles (8-3) at Dallas Cowboys (8-3); Preivew, Injury Reports, Staff Predictions

November 28th, 2014 by Ryan Waterman | No Comments | Filed in General

Most years, Thanksgiving Day is known for Turkey Dinners, Pies, and Family. Today, it is also known as “Cowboys Day” to Eagle fans. That’s because in just a matter of minutes, the 8-3 Eagles step foot into “Jerry World”, to do battle with the hated rival Dallas Cowboys. Both teams currently sit at 8-3 in a tie for 1st place in the NFC East, and this game will likely go a long way towards determining the division winner. Coming off of an emotionally-draining victory over the New York Giants on Sunday Night Football, the ‘Boys return home, where they’re 3-3 on the season. On the other hand, the Birds enter Arlington with a 2-3 record on the road, looking to hand Dallas their third straight home loss. Mark Sanchez will make his 4th straight start in place of the injured Nick Foles. For the past week, most have been focused on the two-year anniversary of the infamous “Butt Fumble” on Thanksgiving 2012, but that’s not the main headline, going into the game.  The Eagles and Cowboys each boast top 5 rushers, with DeMarco Murray and Shady McCoy coming in at #1 and #4 respectively.  The offensive lines of both teams, have been amongst the NFL’s best all season long, and the special teams portion have been generous to each team.  Both teams are entering this game rather healthy, but each are missing their defensive leaders. Sean Lee tore his ACL during Cowboy OTAs, and DeMeco Ryans ruptured his Achilles Tendon during the game against the Houston Texans. For a more in-depth look, let’s take a peek at each team’s injury report:

Dallas Cowboys:

Jack Crawford (Thumb)- OUT
Tyler Patmon (Ankle)- OUT
Dekoda Watson (Hamstring)- OUT
Jeff Heath (Thumb)- Doubtful
Josh Brent (Groin)- Probable
Doug Free (Foot)- Probable
Nick Hayden (Shoulder)- Probable
Tony Romo (Back)- Probable
Rolando McClain (Knee)- Probable
Terrance Williams (Finger)- Probable
Tyrone Crawford (Knee)- Probable

Philadelphia Eagles:

Nick Foles (Collarbone)- OUT
Emmanuel Acho (Groin)- Questionable/Active
Jason Peters (Quadricep)- Probable
Cody Parkey (Groin)- Probable
Nate Allen (Ankle)- Probable
Brandon Bair (Elbow)- Probable
Jordan Matthews (Knee)- Probable
Zach Ertz (Oblique)- Probable

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Tanking: Why Us?

November 26th, 2014 by Jeremy Bonnette | No Comments | Filed in Basketball, General, Sixers
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The Sixers Tank Club

 

No sportsfan wants to swear their allegiance to a team who is in a “rebuilding”, phase, nor to a team that is “playing for next year”. However, the idea and theory that intentionally losing games now for the chance to acquire young and potentially great talent is very real.

I feel like in the 24 years that I’ve been on this earth, 10 of those years have been spent glued to the TV, internet, newspaper, and plenty more regarding Philadelphia sports, and the teams that reside here. This city has always been one that goes for the championship whether it be in the form of a pennant, a huge cup, or simply a trophy. Any time our teams came up short, it wasn’t for a lack of effort. However, last week I witnessed something that was truly horrible. That horror took the form of my (our) Philadelphia 76ers losing to the Dallas Mavericks 123-70.

Now, in the NBA, blowout wins (or losses depending on your allegiance) happen ALL the time. However, this particular loss infuriated me beyond reason. Why you may ask? it’s simple really T-A-N-K-I-N-G.

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Random Thoughts: Yasmany Tomas

November 21st, 2014 by Mike H. | No Comments | Filed in General

The recent rumors around Tomas are that he’s getting impatient and wants to sign with a team as soon as possible, but he’s being advised to remain patient to try and cash in on a massive payday. Yahoo’s Jeff Passan has been informed that the Phillies, Giants, Padres, Braves, Royals, Mariners, and Diamondbacks are still in the running to try to sign the young slugger. Kiley McDaniel of Fangraph’s hears that the Padres won’t go much past $70M for a contract. Only the Phillies and Giants have payrolls committed to $100+M dollars out of those seven teams. I can’t see the Giants pushing a nine-figure contract in front of Tomas. If I’m the Phillies, I offer a 7-year, $85M dollar contract with a $15M signing bonus and an opt out after year four. Backload the deal so that contract looks similar to this: $4M in ’15, $6.5M in ’16, $10M in ’17, $10.5M in ’18 and $13M from ’19-’21. You use Citizens Bank Park’s small dimensions as a selling point over AT&T Park’s massive dimensions. If the Giants want to push nine figures, go ahead and let them. Just a thought.

Rule V Draft: Roster Decisions

November 21st, 2014 by Mike H. | No Comments | Filed in Baseball, Phillies

As the final roster moves are made, we can begin to prepare for the Rule V Draft on December 11th. In less than three weeks, the Phillies will have the opportunity to select someone who could be a long-term help. Players like Johan Santana, Shane Victorino, and David Ortiz were all examples of how some talent just slips through the system. The Phillies added LHSPs Jesse Biddle and Adam Morgan, and RHRP Nefi Ogando to their 40-man roster to protect them from being lost. Once Jerome Williams is added, the 40-man roster will have two openings.

A trade could still happen, and some teams are facing roster crunches now. The Boston Red Sox, a frequent destination in Cole Hamels trade rumors, has a full roster. They will have to either trade talent or attempt to pass them through waivers if they are to sign free agents linked to them such as Pablo Sandoval and Jon Lester. Updating our list from last night, barring any trades or designation for assignment, the draft to close out MLB’s Winter Meetings looks like this:

  1. Arizona (40)
  2. Colorado (40)
  3. Texas (40)
  4. Houston (39)
  5. Minnesota (40)
  6. Boston (40)
  7. Chicago (AL) (40)
  8. Chicago (NL) (39)

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Flyers- 0- Rangers- 2- Post-Game Recap

November 20th, 2014 by Kyle Lutz | No Comments | Filed in Flyers, Hockey

Rick Nash celebrating a second-period goal (Photo by Elsa/Getty Images)

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Rule V Draft: Series Primer

November 20th, 2014 by Mike H. | No Comments | Filed in Baseball, Phillies

Decisions, decisions. Expect to see a series of roster shuffling and waiver claims on Thursday. No, not the kind that is franchise altering, but the kind that help fill positions of depth and even possibly long-term solutions. Teams have until 11:59 PM EST to protect eligible draft players by adding them to their 40-man roster. Eligible players include any player that first signed at age 18 or younger and have five or more years in the minors. Players who signed at age 19 or older are limited to just four years of development time before needing to be added to the 40-man roster. The Phillies, as of time of post, are currently sitting at 34 people on their 40-man roster and the only prospect in their top 20, according to MLB.com, is LHSP Jesse Biddle.

There are currently eleven top 100 prospects that need to be added to their respective rosters and a total of seventy-one total prospects that are on a team’s top 20 organizational prospects. Once the roster adjustments come thru, we’ll start narrowing down who the Phillies should consider taking on Thursday, December 11th. The Phillies currently hold the 9th pick in the draft. The draft order prior to the Phillies is as follows, followed by current number on the 40-man roster and the number of players that need to be protected in parenthesis.

  1. Arizona Diamondbacks (37, 2)
  2. Colorado Rockies (40, 2)
  3. Texas Rangers (40, 2)
  4. Houston Astros (38, 3)
  5. Minnesota Twins (36, 3)
  6. Boston Red Sox (36, 3)
  7. Chicago White Sox (37, 2)
  8. Chicago Cubs (38, 1)

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Deconstructing The Phillies: Middle Infield

November 20th, 2014 by Mike H. | No Comments | Filed in Baseball, Phillies

Ah, the Hot Stove is in full swing. Hot Stove is back on MLB Network. MLB rumors are blowing up on Twitter. Record/stupid contracts are being tossed at players like they are Cracker Jacks. You gotta love the MLB offseason. Not even just as a Phillies fan, but as a fan of the game. Some moves have WOW-ed, while others make you go, “What?”. It’s been a bit, but let’s push forward with wheels and deals. I am including the catcher position in the middle infield category as it is in the infield, and considered “up the middle”. Plus, I didn’t think it warranted its own post. Plus, I’m going to be updating my thoughts on a previous trade in the summary section. Read the rest of this entry »

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