Archive for April 27th, 2011

Good News, Bad News

April 27th, 2011 by AmyMac | Comments Off on Good News, Bad News | Filed in Baseball, General, Phillies

By Amy McCormick

The good news … The Phillies pulled off an 8-4 victory over Arizona this afternoon, giving Cole Hamels his third win of the season.  The Phils’ offense woke up for the final game of the series.  Rollins, Victorino and Howard each homered and Francisco and Polanco each doubled.  After two dismal losses to the Diamondbacks, it was nice to see some the bats wake up.

The bad news … Today, the Phillies announced that ace pitcher Roy Oswalt will be leaving for his home in Mississippi to tend to personal matters.  When the news came out, a reason wasn’t really given, and the timeline is still indefinite. 

On Tuesday night, Oswalt pitched three innings against the Arizona Diamondbacks and left the clubhouse well before the game’s end.  We fans assumed that he was just having an off night; at the time, we didn’t know what was weighing on his mind.

About a year ago, Oswalt’s parents’ Mississippi home was destroyed by storms.  With the recent tornadoes near his home, our #3 starter chose to go home to ensure that his wife and children were safe.  Ruben Amaro, Jr. announced that the Phillies organization hopes to have Oswalt back before his next start but admits that they will continue to “take that day by day.”  We’ll continue to keep Roy Oswalt and his family in our thoughts.


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First Round of 2011 NFL Draft is Thursday Night. My top 50 prospects.

April 27th, 2011 by Brandon Pemberton | Comments Off on First Round of 2011 NFL Draft is Thursday Night. My top 50 prospects. | Filed in Football, General, TalkSportsPhilly

A.J. Green's combination of size, speed, hands, body control, ability to go up and get the ball makes him the clear top prospect in this draft.

By Brandon Pemberton

Brandon Pemberton’s Big Board of NFL Draft prospects(This is not where they will be drafted, this is my overall ranking of the top prospects available for the draft.) I have been holding on to this info for a while, the lockout had me fall back off of football for a while. But here it is:
1. AJ Green, WR, Georgia 6’4” 211lbs


Flyers Moving onto Conference Semifinals

April 27th, 2011 by Scott Dargis | Comments Off on Flyers Moving onto Conference Semifinals | Filed in Flyers, General, Hockey

After Villie Leino ripped a perfect slap shot by Ryan Miller  early on in the 3rd period, the Sabres had to do what the Flyers had done so many times in this series, pull their goaltender. The game was over long before that, even though teams come back from being down 3-0, the Sabres had very little sustained pressure up to that point.

The Flyers came out very hot in the first period. They dominated the Sabres in all aspects of the game, the most glaring stat was that the Flyers out shot the Sabres 16-2. It was a tad worrisome during that first period because Miller was once again standing on his head. He almost escaped the first period unscaved, but Braydon Coburn, with an assist from Michael Grier’s hand, made sure that the Flyers would be going into the locker room with a 1-0 lead.

That goal changed the game and gave the Flyers all the momentum they needed to finish off the Sabres. If Miller were to have made that save the Flyers could have been very discouraged because all of that work would have been for nothing, but just the opposite happened.

Last night was the most complete game that the Flyers have played in a long time. They came out an immediately controlled the pace of the game and a poor game plan by the Sabres allowed them to do that. Buffalo was content with sitting back and letting the Flyers take as many shots on Miller as possible hoping to get a save that would springboard an odd man rush. The Flyers defense is simply too good to let that happen in a game 7.

After taking control of the first period the Flyers did something that they have not done in what seems like years, score on back to back power plays. The Flyers have converted on 3 of 8 power plays (37.5%), since Chris Pronger returned to quarterback the power play in game 6. Mike Richards found Briere on a slap pass through traffic to put the Flyers up 2-0. Then a couple minutes later, Giroux fired a shot that James van Riemsdyk tipped in past Miller. The power play unit moved the puck around the zone with ease because Pronger is so calm and confident near the blue line. That confidence spreads around the ice.


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All Around Failure

April 27th, 2011 by Mike H. | Comments Off on All Around Failure | Filed in General

In a second consecutive loss to the Diamondbacks, not one area of the Phillies succeeded.  The Phillies did achieve double digits in hits, but they couldn’t string them together when they needed them. You know the pitching staff had a hard day when you have Kyle Kendrick as your stand out of the game, but the thing the aggrevated me most was the lack of coaching. Where was Charlie Manuel or Rich Dubee? (more…)