Archive for April 17th, 2011

Collins Needs To Give Young Starting Minutes

April 17th, 2011 by Scott Dargis | Comments Off on Collins Needs To Give Young Starting Minutes | Filed in General

Thaddeus Young carried the Sixers at the most important time of the game Saturday afternoon at  the American Airlines Arena.  In the fourth quarter Young was all over the place, taking charges, cutting to  the basket, and fighting for offensive rebounds.  Doug Collins has mentioned giving Young starting minutes, and there is not a better time than right now.

Heat coach Erik Spoelstra has said that Young is a matchup nightmare, his combination of size and speed is  unique. He is an undersized power forward, however his speed really makes it difficult for anyone to stay with  him. Chris Bosh is too soft inside which allows Young to get inside and grab those all important offensive  rebounds.

The only problem that Young had in game 1 was his inability to put the ball in the hoop from close range. There were too many times when he would find himself with the ball right in front of the hoop and couldn’t put it home. Those are points that the 76ers desperately needed at times, most notably in the second quarter.

I can understand why Collins has kept Young on the bench. He plays in bursts which are hard to maintain. Young needs to know when to slow his pace down so he can play 35-40 minutes a night. The more that Evan Turner and Nocioni can stay on the bench, the better it will be for the Sixers. Young is that gamechanger that this team needs if they want to win some games in this series.

Good Sign

April 17th, 2011 by Christian | Comments Off on Good Sign | Filed in General

According to Action News, Roy Oswalt said he expects to make his next start .
Good sign!

Back to Work...

We hope to see him BACK on the mound ASAP.

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Flyers-Sabres Game 2 Highlights

April 17th, 2011 by Christian | Comments Off on Flyers-Sabres Game 2 Highlights | Filed in General

Highlights from last night’s game.  Heckuva game!

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Sign Of The Times

April 17th, 2011 by Mike H. | Comments Off on Sign Of The Times | Filed in Baseball, Phillies

Friday night, Phillies fans got yet another scare early in the 2011 season. Roy Oswalt had been cruising along against the Marlins, having thrown only 89 pitches to get thru six innings. The Phillies were up 3-2 heading into the seventh inning and then one of Oswalt’s oldest frenemies started spouting off. No, not a heckler in the stands, but his back. Oswalt felt a “tweak” in his mid-back and decided he didn’t want to push it this early in the season. So Charlie Manuel had gone to what had been a reliable bullpen that managed to cough up the lead before getting the second out. The Phillies went on to lose the game 4-3.

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After the game Oswalt re-iterated that it wasn’t the same part of his back that had been giving him problems in the past.  Oswalt plans to resume throwing on Monday and go from there. He does not anticipate missing his next start at this point. Hopefully, Roy will be fine and not miss his next start, but if he does, I won’t be surprised. Better to rest it now and make sure he is healthy for the end of the season.

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Price of Admission

April 17th, 2011 by Mike H. | 3 Comments | Filed in Baseball, Phillies

Just under a year ago, Ryan Howard signed a contract extension for the Phillies that is valued at 5 years and 125 million dollars and could climb to 6 years and 138 million dollars. Fans and reporters scoffed at the contract citing Howard is already in the decline and that the contract will be an albatross by the time it ends. Even now, they point to Howard’s 2010 numbers as further justification that he is in the decline. So even though Howard lost seventeen games after rolling his ankle and achieved his fifth straight season of at least 30 home runs and at least 100 runs batted in, he is declining?

With the news of the Red Sox and newly acquired slugger Adrian Gonzalez agreeing to a 7 year and 154 million dollar contract, I thought I’d match up some current figures among slugging first baseman. I’d like to also point out, that I have yet to hear one report of Gonzalez’ contract being foolish.

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Everyone Can Finally Exhale

April 17th, 2011 by Scott Dargis | 2 Comments | Filed in Flyers, General, Hockey

There were six goals, a goalie change, skirmishes after every whistle, twelve penalties, and that was just the first period. The Flyers won a wild game at the Wells Fargo Center tonight and most importantly they did it without Chris Pronger.

Tonight was such an important game, things would have been borderline chaotic in the minds of fans, if the Flyers went down 2-0. Instead the Flyers persevered and find themselves faced with a five game series, with the all important game 3 coming Monday night in Buffalo.

Claude Giroux wasted little time in getting the Flyers on the board and he did it in the most impressive of ways. In a dazzling sequence he dodged and weaved through four Sabres players before firing a wrister past Ryan Miller. The Flyers needed that goal for their confidence. This allowed the Flyers to play a lot more aggressive, which is when they play their best hockey, however it almost cost them the game.

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The Flyers took way too many penalties in the first period and Thomas Vanek was hot on the power play early in this game. He blew two wrist shots past Bobrovsky, the third Sabres goal came on a 3-on-1 in which Andrej Sekera put the puck in the top shelf over Bobs left shoulder. This was the last action that the man known simply as Bobs would see.

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