Archive for September, 2009

Feliz Slams Phils to Within One

September 30th, 2009 by Christian | 1 Comment | Filed in Baseball, General, Phillies

Pedro Feliz

Citizen’s Bank Park was rocking last night in what seemed like playoff atmosphere. Pedro Feliz hit the first pitch he saw in the fourth inning into the left-center field seats, putting the Phillies up 5-1, and providing the cushion they needed for the 7-4 win.

J.A. Happ was effective, allowing four runs — three earned — and nine hits in 5 2/3 innings, striking out six. It was victory number 12 for Happ this season.

The Phillies win, combined with the Braves loss to the Marlins, pushed the Phillies magic number to one. With a victory, or a loss by the Braves, they’ll clinch their third consecutive NL East division title.

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To All You McNabb Defenders

September 29th, 2009 by Christian | 12 Comments | Filed in Eagles, Football, General

McNabb and Kolb at Crossroads

Admit it. Kevin Kolb looks great. He is a more accurate passer than Donovan and fits perfectly into the offense. It is time to change the guard. Youth must be served. The future is now. Get it? How good will this offense be if they get a chance to play the whole season together? I’d like a different ending to the story this time…

Here’s my question to you: There’s two minutes remaining in the Super Bowl. The Eagles trail by six and have the ball on their own twenty yard line.

Who do you want under center? McNabb or Kolb?

Let us know what you think.

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Happ to Start, Magic Number 3

September 29th, 2009 by Christian | Comments Off on Happ to Start, Magic Number 3 | Filed in Baseball, General, Phillies

J.A. Happ

J.A. Happ takes the mound tonight as the Phillies take on the Astros and try once again to reduce their magic number below three.

Happ (11-4, 2.79 ERA) won his last start, against the Brewers, going 5 2/3 innings, allowing six hits and two runs, while striking out seven. He is a leading candidate for NL Rookie of the Year.

The Astros send Wilton Lopez (0-0, 8.44 ERA) to the hill, for his first major league start.

PHI -310
HOU +250
Runs: 9.5 Over 110

7:05 p.m. at Citizen’s Bank Park

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Kolb Awesome! Forget Vick and McNabb

September 27th, 2009 by Leo | 5 Comments | Filed in Eagles, Football, General

kolbKevin Kolb put in another stellar performance this week, his second 300+ yard passing performance in a row, becoming THE FIRST QUARTERBACK IN NFL HISTORY to throw for 300+ yards in his first two NFL starts! (Are you kidding me!?)  In my mind he has earned the starting spot until he falters, at least.

Kolb ran for one TD, and threw for 327 yards and two TDs, including one to DeSean Jackson, who had a career-best 149 receiving yards.  The Eagles trounced the Kansas City Chiefs: 34 -14, bringing their record to 2 – 1.

Michael Vick played for the first time this season, but he did nothing of note to mention.  He had 11 plays, including seven handoffs, resulting in a net of 30 yards.

Jeff Garcia got a few snaps in at the end of the game, and the first snap resulted in a fumble recovered by the Chiefs.  He looked rusty to me, but should be ready to go by mid-season, if needed.

As for my thought on McNabb, he is just not consistent enough, and could not even make it through the first game without injury.


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Temple Dominates Buffalo, 37-13, In MAC Opener

September 27th, 2009 by Leo | 1 Comment | Filed in College Sports, General

templefootballPHILADELPHIA – Temple celebrated the 30th Anniversary of the 1979 Garden State Bowl championship team with a special performance of its own Saturday afternoon at Lincoln Financial Field. The Owls (1-2, 1-0) dominated defending Mid-American Conference champion Buffalo (1-3, 0-1) in every aspect in posting a 37-13 win in the conference opener for both teams.

It marked the first win over Buffalo since joining the MAC and extended Temple’s home win streak against MAC opponents to four. The Owls’ 7-2 home record since 2007, its inaugural season in the conference, is the best by any MAC school.

The members of former coach Wayne Hardin’s team watched from the sidelines as current Owls’ coach Al Golden’s team turned in the best outing of his tenure. The Cherry and White scored on offense, defense and special teams, including a record-setting interception return by Elijah “Peanut” Joseph and a 92-yard kickoff return by James Nixon.

The Owls next travel to Eastern Michigan (0-3, 0-0) Saturday for a noon kickoff against the Eagles. The game will be broadcast on 1210 AM WPHT.

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Nittany Lions Fall To Iowa in Big Ten Opener

September 27th, 2009 by Leo | 1 Comment | Filed in College Sports, General

UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa.; September 26, 2009 – Penn State’s great start was nullified by four turnovers, a blocked punt and a safety, as Iowa rallied for a 21-10 win Saturday night in the Big Ten opener for both teams.

The loss dropped No. 5 Penn State to 3-1 overall, while the Hawkeyes improved to 4-0. The Nittany Lions saw their 11-game home winning streak come to an end. Penn State has won 30 of its last 33 games in Beaver Stadium.

The series between Penn State and Iowa is tied, 11-11, with the visiting team having won 14 times in the 22 games.

Penn State scored on its first play from scrimmage to electrify the Whitehouse throng of 109,316. The Nittany Lions then used a 20-play, 10:17 drive to take a 10-0 first quarter lead. But, the Hawkeyes scored the final 21 points, including 16 in the fourth quarter. Penn State gained 147 yards in the first quarter, but was limited to 160 the remainder of the game.

Penn State visits Illinois on Saturday for its first road game of the season. The contest will kick at 3:30 p.m. ET/2:30 p.m. CT and be televised by ABC (ESPN outside the ABC coverage area). The Penn State Sports Network and also will air the contest.

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Villanova win Conference opener 56-7

September 27th, 2009 by Leo | 1 Comment | Filed in College Sports, General

VILLANOVA, Pa. (AP) — Junior running back Aaron Ball (Los Angeles, Calif.) ran for over 100 yards in the first quarter alone and No. 2 Villanova (4-0, 1-0 CAA) ran for a season-high 410 yards in a 56-7 win over Northeastern (0-4, 0-2 CAA) on Saturday afternoon at Villanova Stadium.

The Wildcats improved to 4-0 for the first time since 2003 and won their conference opener for the third straight year. Ball ran for 109 yards and a touchdown on just seven carries and six different players scored touchdowns for Villanova, which registered individual 100-yard rushing and 100-yard receiving performances in the same game for the first time since 2005 against William & Mary.

Senior wide receiver Brandyn Harvey (Spring Valley, Calif.) caught seven passes for 102 yards to join Ball as the `100-100′ tandem in the game. The rushing total for the Wildcats was their highest since 1991 and the third-highest single-game total in school history. Villanova has had just five games with even 300 yards rushing since 1999, but four of those games have come in the last seven outings dating back to last season.

The Wildcats extended their lead to 21-0 before the end of the first period when senior quarterback Antwon Young (Fort Lauderdale, Fla.) threw a one-yard pass for a touchdown to senior running back Tony Canci (Brookhaven, Pa.) with 1:40 remaining in the period. Canci had two catches for 15 yards, both of which were touchdown recptions.

This afternoon’s game was the first of two straight at home for Villanova, which will host No. 5 William & Mary next week at 3:30 p.m. The contest will be aired live on VERSUS and stands to be the first-ever nationally televised game between two Colonial Athletic Association (CAA) teams.

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