NCAA: Is Temple for Real?

October 7th, 2015 by robertwaterman31 | No Comments | Filed in Basketball, College Sports, General, Sports
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So who had the Temple Owls going 4-0 to start the season? Certainly not this reporter, but that is exactly what they have done. After s shocking win against Penn State in the opener, Temple has gone on to defeat Cincinnati, Umass and UNC Charlotte to get to where they are today.  And what’s more impressive is that the latter 3 wins were all on the road.  Now before anybody starts proclaiming Temple can win 10 games this year, lets remember that they are just now getting to the best and potatoes of their schedule.  Granted they are good right now, but I think we need to hold judgement until after a Halloween match-up with Notre Dame (currently number 15 in the polls) before we make any kind of assumptions about this team.

Now I am not saying that it can’t be done, however, they will need to rely on their offense which temple2currently ranks 99th in the nation in passing yards averaging only 189 yards per game. And the running game is only slightly better with the Owls averaging 159.2 yards per game, good for 88th in the country through 4 games.  The saving grace for Temple has been their stout defense which has allowed 15.5 points per game which is 16th in the nation. But they cannot continuously rely on their defense to win games. It will have to start with the offense and QB P.J Walker who has only thrown for 731 yards and 5 touchdowns through the first 4 games and has a QBR rating of 47.3 according to ESPN, which is not good for any Quarterback but especially not so for Walker who needs to start impressing people over the next few weeks.

Now getting back to the schedule, I see games upcoming against Tulane and Central Florida in the next 2 weeks, both of which are at home but both could be lose-able games.  And then they go on the road for a Thursday Night Clash against East Carolina on October 22 before coming home to face Notre Dame on Halloween in what could potentially be the game of the year for the Owls. Could they be 8-0 by that point? Not in my honest opinion.  Could they be 4-4 or somewhere in between? Very possible if not likely. And November could prove to be just as though with road games against SMU and South Florida to begin the month before ending the season with 2 home games against Memphis and Connecticut. Somehow I can very easily see an 8-4 record for this team which is more than good enough for a bowl game but as far as taking the next step is concerned, Im going to say Stay Tuned.

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Fryar Gets Five

October 4th, 2015 by Leo | No Comments | Filed in Eagles, Football, General, NFL


Not good news for Fryar…

Former Philadelphia Eagle Irving Fryar and his 74-year-old mother were sentenced Friday for their roles in a $1.2 million mortgage scheme involving a multitude of lending institutions.

Fryar, was sentenced to five years in prison after he was convicted of conspiracy and theft by fryarprofiledeception in connection with false wage information that he and his mother provided on mortgage applications submitted in rapid succession in late 2009 and early 2010.

His mother, Allene McGhee,, formerly of Willingboro, got three years’ probation.

Mark Fury, McGhee’s lawyer, said he was “very grateful for the judge’s careful and well-reasoned analysis” and pleased with the decision to give McGhee probation. He stated it was difficult for McGhee to see her son sentenced to prison.

A hearing will be held next month to determine restitution.  The prosecutors said the scheme had defrauded banks of more than $1 million, and said Fryar had received about $300,000 of that money. Covert urged prosecutors and the defense to come up with a settlement that is “realistic” and considers Fryar’s and McGhee’s “ability to pay.”

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TalkSportsPhilly Radio Reunion Show with Philly Pressbox Radio

October 1st, 2015 by Leo | No Comments | Filed in Eagles, General, NFL, TSP Radio


In this latest episode, Bill Furman and Jim “Chet” Chesko from Philly Pressbox Radio do a reunion show with Leo and TSP and talk about the Eagles and the season so far.  In particular, Chip Kelly, the QB situation, Injuries, and proposed record for the rest of the season.

Keep an eye out for future episodes, TSP will be stepping up with more shows in the next year.  Take a listen by clicking the play button on the radio player below.

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2015 Amy Mac Awards

September 29th, 2015 by AmyMac | No Comments | Filed in Baseball, General, MLB, Phillies


It’s that time of year again, kids … October is just around the corner!  The weather will get a little crisper, the leaves will start to change colors, and the Phillies will watch the World Series the same way that you and I will … while sitting in their living rooms.  The ’15 season was a rough one; you’ll notice that there are far fewer awards than in previous years.  It hasn’t been a complete disaster, though … here are your 2015 Amy Mac Award winners.

Biggest Pansy Move Ryne Sandberg, for his early and abrupt exit.

Most Bittersweet Goodbye Chase Utley, whom we sent to L.A. before both knees completely disintegrated.

Silver Lining to (Another) Lackluster Season Odubel Herrara, for being the most pleasant surprise we’ve seen in a long time.

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Philadelphia Eagles (0-2) at New York Jets (2-0); Game Preview

September 27th, 2015 by Ryan Waterman | No Comments | Filed in Eagles, Football, General, NFL

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Oh man, we’re back on the grind again. Two weeks in, and two weeks the Eagles have been a disappointment. Nonetheless, here we are again on a Saturday afternoon, getting ready to cheer the Eagles to victory against the New York Jets. Contrary to public belief, we as
Philadelphia sports fans may bash our teams, but we’re always right there to bleed witdownload (1)h them til’ the end. This time is no different.

Chip Kelly’s Eagles have no identity. In the past, they’ve been known as either an offensive powder keg, or they’ve been considered a defensive juggernaut. This year, they’re nothing. It seems that only a mere two games into the season, Chip has lost the locker room. Players hear the criticism from the media, and the fact that Kelly has publicly stated that the players are the issue, thus far. That being said, it’s for obvious reasons that this is a must-win game. Since 1990, only three teams have begun the season 0-3, and went on to make the playoffs.

In twenty-four seasons, those are very minute odds. Very minute… So, without rambling on to much longer, let’s get right down to the reason why many of y’all are reading this article…..

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Report: DeMarco Murray will play Sunday vs. Jets

September 25th, 2015 by Sam Shipley | No Comments | Filed in Eagles, Football, General, NFL

Eagles running back DeMarco Murray will play this Sunday according to a report from ESPN’s Ashley Fox.

The report is good news for the Eagles and their fans after Murray suffered a hamstring injury this week at practice, which caused his status for Sunday to be up in the air.

The Eagles are desperate to get their new running back going, after rushing for 11 yards on 21 carries in the first two games of the year. This week won’t get any easier for Murray or the Eagles against a very good defense in the New York Jets.

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History Made at Villanova

September 25th, 2015 by Joe Buscemi | No Comments | Filed in College Sports, Football, General, TalkSportsPhilly
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History Made!

The annual Schuylkill rivalry between the Villanova Wildcats and Penn Quakers was one for the ages, as Penn knocked off Villanova 24-13 under the lights at Villanova Stadium. The game start was pushed back from Saturday night to Thursday due to the arrival of Pope Francis. It was the first time since 2005 that Villanova played a Thursday night home game. A lot of history was made as Penn defeated Nova for the first time since 1911, to put that in perspective Franklin Field, home of the Quakers, was only in its sixteenth year of existence. This win was quite memorable for head coach Ray Priore, not only was it his first victory with the Quakers, but his first against Nova and a ranked team. Talk about a first impression.

There was very little for Villanova to celebrate as the team looked flat throughout the entire game. After coming off a big win versus Delaware last week, where red shirt freshmen quarterback Zach Bednarczyk led the team to victory (after taking over for the injured starting QB John Robertson who went down with a PCL injury), the team could simply not put anything together. After the first half the Wildcats went three and out three times and coughed up the football, which eventually led to a Penn touch down. The Wildcats only owned possession of the ball for a little over twenty minutes, whereas Penn owned possession for just under forty.

The numbers certainly do not lie as Penn took advantage of just about every one of their drives. The Quakers converted multiple third downs and were assisted by the multiple penalties taken by Villanova on a couple of fourth downs. Penn’s wide receiver Justin Watson had quite the night as he recorded five receptions for 87 yards including two touchdowns. Quakers quarterback Alek Torgersen wound up completing 14 of 22 passes for 171 yards, including the two touchdown passes to Watson. That would be just about all the offense Penn would need. With just under six minutes to go in the game, the Wildcats found themselves close to narrowing Penn’s 17-7 margin as they drove all the way to Penn’s fifteen yard line. However as luck would have it, Villanova’s running back Javon White would cough up the football at Penn’s ten yard line, and linebacker Donald Panciello would return it for a ninety-three yard touchdown. That was the longest recorded fumble return against Villanova. As mentioned earlier, tons of history was made during this game and it will be one spoken about for many years to come.

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