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.

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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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Eagles Scouting Report: Romo’s Work Ethic Remains Strong Despite Looking Overweight In Viral Picture

August 6th, 2016 by Leo | No Comments | Filed in Eagles, Football, NFL, Sports

tonyromofatWhen the Dallas Cowboys opened training camp, a fan took a picture of quarterback Tony Romo jogging, and from the angle, the picture was taken, it appears Romo put on some extra pounds in the offseason, which has led to questions about the quarterback’s readiness for the season. Since the Cowboys are not expected to make the Super Bowl, Romo’s weight won’t have an impact on Super Bowl betting lines.

Since we live in a social media age, the picture of Romo quickly went viral, and as expected, it also became a meme. However, Romo, who has taken it all in stride, called it the least of his worries after a career filled with numerous criticisms.

Throughout his career, Romo has never been a chiseled player. But, after missing most of the last season because of a collarbone injury, Romo did all he could to get back into great shape for the season.

A day before the now infamous picture went viral, the Cowboys coaching staff raved about how hard the quarterback worked in the offseason and how good he looked. 

Romo, who understands that he can only perform as well as his body allows, has been alternating upper-body and lower-body workouts several times a week with his teammates. Romo also spends an hour a day strengthening his core, which will help him avoid the back injuries that have plagued him for the past couple of seasons.

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Aaron Rodgers Lobbies Referees For More Free Plays

August 5th, 2016 by Leo | No Comments | Filed in Football, General, NFL, Sports

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The Green Bay Packers recently finished their annual training camp seminar with NFL officials and quarterback Aaron Rodgers did not wait too long to start lobbying officials about not ruling offside plays dead so he can get a free play. While Rodgers attempt to get officials to swallow their whistles on such plays will not affect NFL betting lines, it can come in handy during a game. 

Because of the length of the seminar, most Packers players asked questions while referee Walt Coleman was doing his presentation, Rodgers wasted no time with his questions as soon as the presentation was over.

Throughout his career, Rodgers has been the best quarterback at creating free plays because his hard counts and cadence get defenders to jump offside, resulting in a lot of free games. Rodgers vision is also as good as it gets because he frequently catches defenses when they accidentally have 12 men on the field during substitutions.

However, now that the league is trying to make the game safer, Rodgers is convinced that the league has pressured officials to call more offside plays dead by claiming the defenders were unabated to the quarterback.

When asked about his lobbying effort, Rodgers said it does not matter what he says to the officials because they already have it ingrained in their heads how they are going to call the plays. If they feel the snap did not happen before the defender jumped, they will blow the play dead.

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Odubel Herrera’s transformation

July 8th, 2016 by Kyle Lutz | No Comments | Filed in Baseball, MLB, Phillies

Since being undrafted less than a decade ago, Phillies’ 24-year-old centerfielder Odubel Herrera has made some improvements and impressive strides within the past year.

Eight-years-ago, Herrera was signed by Texas as an amateur free agent, and after spending six years in the minors, was drafted as a Rule 5 pick in 2014 by the Phillies.

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The next year, his rookie season, he posted a line of .297/.344/.418/.762, with 30 doubles and 147 hits. Considering his long wait from the minors to the majors, it was a very solid season for him.

Defensively, he ranked second in the league in putouts for center fielders, with 341.

This season, he’s strengthened his game even more, batting .305, with a .390 on-base-percentage. Defensively, although his fielding percentage has decreased from last season (.964 to .986), among center fielders, he ranks first in the league in range factor per game (2.92). Plus, with time and experience, his defense could improve.

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Philadelphia Soul To Play 2016 Postseason at PPL Center

July 8th, 2016 by Leo | No Comments | Filed in Football, General, Soul

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First Round of Arena Football League Postseason Set for Sunday, August 7 at 6 p.m.

ALLENTOWN, PA – The Philadelphia Soul of the Arena Football League will be playing their regular season finale at the PPL Center in Allentown, PA this Saturday, July 9 at 6 p.m.  Today, the Soul announce that their stay at the PPL Center will be extended into the postseason.

The Soul (10-3) have already clinched home field advantage for the first round of the 2016 AFL Postseason, and that game will be played on Sunday, August 7th at the PPL Center.  Kickoff is set for 6 p.m. and the opponent is still to be determined.  The national television postseason schedule for the first round will be announced by the AFL League Office shortly.

In addition to this first round game, the Soul are also still in the hunt to host the Arena Football League’s American Conference Championship game. They would need to complete the regular season ahead of the Orlando Predators (11-2) in the American Conference, whom they have already defeated once this season and play again on July 30.  The Soul would also need to win their first round postseason game on August 7th.  The Conference Championship game would be played at the PPL Center in Allentown on Sunday, August 14 at 6 p.m. should those two scenarios play out in the coming weeks. 

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Philadelphia 76ers Draft

July 1st, 2016 by Jesse Meza | No Comments | Filed in Basketball, General, Sixers
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So we all know that we have been waiting for years on this type of draft and a major change in 76ers organization.  I feel that the players we got and everything and also the players they kept is a very smart idea.  So the Sixers have been losing on purpose to make a future for their city, which I love the idea. The Sixers had to do this because it would have benefited the team later on,  which it did.  So we get a number 1 pick in Ben Simmons from LSU,  its a soild pick and he is a big man and that drives inside the paint, a go getter, and a good leader, the Sixers need someone like him to spark our city.

Timothe Luwawu is from France, he’s a high flyer which goes to the hoop and a team play maker which brings a lot to the table our Sixers.  I believe this is a steal for our team.  Furkan Korkmaz, is a shooting Guard from Turkey,  this guy is good at the defensive end and good at blocking.  I’m going to say put this man with Noel and see what happens.  He is a good shooter at any range, which we need at all times with our team because they had a hard time this past year with that.  If the Sixers could maintain good shooting and incorporate these new draft picks then the team may see winning ways again next year.  Lets see.

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