Archive for July, 2011

Why the Eagles are the winners of this shortened offseason

July 30th, 2011 by Scott Dargis | 1 Comment | Filed in Eagles, Football

Everything seemed to be going to as planned. The Kevin Kolb deal was finally executed after a minor set back. The Eagles had signed former DE Jason Babin to a 5 year/$28 mil deal. The rumors were swirling around signing Vince Young when the free agent clock struck 6 p.m. on the 29th of July. Then it happened.

The Cowboys and Jets had both bowed out of the race to sign prized free agent CB Nnamdi Asomugha. Rex Ryan knew that if he could some how muster enough cash to sign Asomugha his defense would be the best in the league by far. It would take some very creative offenses to throw the ball with both Revis and Asomugha on the field at the same time, but it just wasn’t enough.

The reports came in that the Eagles, yes the Eagles was the destination for the best free agent in the 2011 offseason. The 5 year/$60 mil deal, with $25 mil guaranteed, was enough to persuade the all pro corner to come to Philadelphia. This came as a stunner to everyone who follows the Eagles because just a day earlier Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie was set to line up along side Asante Samuel and now it looks as if Samuel is the odd one out of the picture.

How Andy Reid will handle this situation is something that will be witnessed during training camp and even perhaps the first couple games of the season, but know this Reid and the front office know what they are doing, Asomugha had to be in this plan all along. Remember the Eagles gave up 31 touchdowns through the air last season, the 3rd most in the NFL and the most from any team that made it to the playoffs. If the birds are planning on making a run to February that number has to be cut in half, at least.

While signing Asomguha was something that the Eagles had to do, it hasn’t stopped their aggressiveness. Former Green Bay DT Cullen Jenkins was signed to a 5 year/$28 mil deal that adds even more depth to their defensive line. Trent Cole, Jason Babin, Cullen Jenkins, and Mike Patterson is a fantastic front four.


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J.C. Romero Back In Pinstripes?

July 13th, 2011 by Mike H. | Comments Off on J.C. Romero Back In Pinstripes? | Filed in Baseball

2011 AAA: 8.0 IP, 3 Hits, 2 BBs, 6 Ks, 1 ER (1.29 ERA)

J.C. Romero’s 2011 season has been a wild one. It started with his Porsche sedan being stolen from a Clearwater area dealer in Spring Training. Then after struggling with injury and with opposing hitters, the Phillies designated Romero for assignment. Romero immeadiately signed a minor league deal with the Washington Nationals and reported to AAA Syracuse. Well, now Romero has let be known that if the he is not promoted to the major league club by Friday, his opt out date in his contract, that he will ask the team for his release. ESPN’s Buster Olney is reporting that Romero’s hope is that he is not promoted before the opt out date so he can get back in pinstripes. No, not Phillies’ red pinstripes, but New York navy blue ones. Yes friends, J.C. Romero is starting to succumb to the dark side.


The First Domino?

July 13th, 2011 by Mike H. | Comments Off on The First Domino? | Filed in General

Within hours of the completion of the 2011 All Star Game, the Milwaukee Brewers and New York Mets made the first impactful trade of the 2011 season. The Mets have sent RP Francisco Rodriguez to the Brewers along with just under 6 million dollars cash to pay for part of Rodriguez’ 2011 salary and his 3.5 million dollar buyout should his option not vest. The Brewers have agreed to send the Mets two players to be named later.

The first shot has been fired in this elaborate game of chess. Teams will anticipate and counter moves more and more frequently in the weeks to come. I’d speculate that the deadline for teams to “go for it” or make the decision that “maybe next year is the year” will be made on or around July 20th. Keep checking back with TSP for all the latest rumors and speculation with a Phillies fans interest in mind. You can also email us at


Which Phillies Player Has a Locker Full of Booze?

July 13th, 2011 by Johnny G | 1 Comment | Filed in General

If you guessed Danys Baez, the man with the 5.40 ERA, you’d be correct. Easy on the shots Danny.

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Desean Jackson At It Again

July 12th, 2011 by Johnny G | Comments Off on Desean Jackson At It Again | Filed in Eagles, Football, General

Here is a radio bit of  Desean Jackson interacting with a  caller and getting himself into a bit of trouble.

After making himself look like an absolute moron, D-jack decided to take to twitter to speak to the masses in order to defend himself.


Desean is supposedly an “advocate” of anti-bullying and all of this other hypocritical nonsense. Not that he doesn’t already look like a fool every time he speaks with the media, but when you are attempting to support a cause such as anti-bullying among kids and teens, you can’t use these offensive terms. I realize he’s an electrifying player on the field and I have no problem admitting that, but as a person, Jackson is second-class. No matter how great he may or may not be, I can’t root for a guy like him.

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Why keeping Kevin Kolb might just be the best option for the Eagles

July 12th, 2011 by Scott Dargis | Comments Off on Why keeping Kevin Kolb might just be the best option for the Eagles | Filed in Eagles, Football, General

Perhaps the most sought after offensive player in the trade market going into the offseason of the 2011-12 NFL season is Philadelphia Eagles quarterback Kevin Kolb. Before the Eagles were knocked out of the playoffs in the wild card round by the Super Bowl winning Packers, the rumors of where Kolb would be next season began to swirl.

The 2010-11 season was going to be the turning point for the Eagles franchise. Donovan Mcnabb was no longer dressing in midnight green on Sundays and Kevin Kolb was going to lead the new direction. Then something happened that no one expected.

The Mike Vick Experience reopened.

It was fantastic theater to watch. From the Monday Night dominance against the Redskins, to the Miracle at the New Meadowlands in week 15 against the Giants, almost every week there was a highlight of the night that involved the Eagles. At one point in time they were the hottest team in the league. Analysts from every possible outlet were asking the question who can stop the Eagles?

Well come to find out it wasn’t anyone else that stopped the Eagles, it was an implosion from within. The Eagles offense became very stale. The opposing defenses figured out that if you could take the big plays away from Vick and co. they would not be able to function as a cohesive unit. The Eagles offense thrived on the home run like passes that acted as game changers, but as they did that they moved away from the staples of the West Coast offense that the team is supposedly built around.


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So Was It Worth It?

July 9th, 2011 by Mike H. | 2 Comments | Filed in General

Earlier this season Brian Gordon decided to use his contractual right to opt out of his minor leaue deal with the Phillies. Gordon had been successful at AAA Lehigh Valley, so when the Yankees came calling, Gordon jumped ship. After an okay stint with the Yankees, Gordon was optioned to AAA Scranton/Wilkesbarre. So he ended up where he started just in a different uniform. Well that all has changed as the Yankees recently sold Gordon’s rights to a team in the Korean League. So not only did you leave a first place minor league team, not only did you get demoted from a first place MLB team, you got shipped off half way around the world! But hey, hindsight is 20/20.