Archive for February, 2012

The Feud Continues: Johnny G vs. Mikey Miss

February 29th, 2012 by Johnny G | 7 Comments | Filed in General

Somehow this story is still going. It seems as if Missanelli can not leave me alone at this point, and quite frankly, it is getting a bit disturbing. With each passing e-mail, I think this thing is over, only to be surprised by another ignorant, egotistic, and disgusting rant from Mr. Missanelli that shows more and more desperation. In each one, as you guys have seen, he touts his 25 years in “the business”. Certainly after that many years, you’d know how to deal with critics, right? Especially when those critics haven proven that you are incorrect. With all of the incorrect information and false “inside info” that Missanelli crams into his articles on Philly.com, one has to wonder if he isn’t in the wrong field of writing; Writing fictional novels would seem to be Mikey Miss’ forte. Here’s the next round with the king of Philly radio:

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Missanelli tried to get crafty on me, when he put at the bottom of his e-mail in maniacal capital letters, THIS EMAIL SHOULD NOT BE USED FOR PUBLICATION!!!!

I spoke to a couple of lawyers to make sure we would’t get into any trouble for posting his e-mail but just to be on the safe side, we’ll respect Mikey’s wishes. We’ll give you the paraphrased version of his latest e-mail. (more…)

Countdown To Opening Day 2012: 37 Days

February 29th, 2012 by Mike H. | Comments Off on Countdown To Opening Day 2012: 37 Days | Filed in Baseball, Phillies

With just over a month to go to Opening Day in Pittsburgh, I thought I’d bring back the “Countdown Series” to get everyone pumped up. Since the Phillies play their first exhibition game later today against Florida State, I figured I would just start with a simple offseason review. So let’s get the countdown started. (more…)

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Plaxico: Nothing Else Would Make Me Happier Than To Play In Philly

February 28th, 2012 by Johnny G | Comments Off on Plaxico: Nothing Else Would Make Me Happier Than To Play In Philly | Filed in Eagles, Football, General

Plaxico Burress appeared on the “Brian Baldinger & Harry Mayes Show” on 97.5 The Fanatic and spoke about potentially playing for the Eagles. Let’s just say he sounded pretty open to it.

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“Hey, man, nothing else would make me happier. Burress said he would add a “unique dynamic” to the Eagles’ offense, joining a receiving corps that includes DeSean Jackson and Jeremy Maclin. Burress said he talks once or twice a week with Vick, and he believes it would be a “special deal” to team up with him because of their friendship and similar background.

“I really believe he can bring a championship to Philadelphia, and I’d love to be part of that,” Burress said.

Would you like to see Burress in Eagles’ green?

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McNabb: Peyton Won’t Work In D.C. Because I Didn’t

February 28th, 2012 by Johnny G | Comments Off on McNabb: Peyton Won’t Work In D.C. Because I Didn’t | Filed in Eagles, Football, General

How delusional has Donovan McNabb become? He sat down with ESPN 980 to discuss his upcoming plans for the future, when the conversation eventually got around to the possibility of Peyton Manning going to the Redksins. According to McNabb and his warped look on reality, Manning would never succeed in Washington because…..you guessed it, McNabb himself didn’t work out in Washington. The similarities between the two are mind-blowing- they both play quarterback, they both played in one system for most of their career, and…well that’s pretty much it.

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“Peyton’s not gonna go there,” he said. “I don’t see Peyton ending up in Washington. Because what happens is now, you’re bringing in another veteran who will be 35 36, who has been in one offense throughout his career. It’s the same situation.”

“Now he comes over, and as they say now, Peyton is such an offensive coordinator on the offense. So now what does that do to your offensive coordinator? Does he step down? Does he step back? Does he begin to change the whole offense according to the play of the quarterback that he has in Peyton Manning? Well, I didn’t see that happen, so I definitely don’t see that happening for Peyton.”

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How Do We Pick Our Favorite Players?

February 28th, 2012 by Philly Pressbox | Comments Off on How Do We Pick Our Favorite Players? | Filed in General

 

Have you ever given any thought to how you pick the players or coaches that become your favorites? My Father says “if they wear our colors they’re my favorite”. I’ve thought about this for some time, but two events took place this past week that forced me to dig in to the books and do some research on the subject. Those two things were the reevaluation of Ryan Howard’s achilles tendon that seemed to bring out the “haters”. There are a lot of doubters out there about Ryan. The second one was the trade of Jeff Carter from Columbus to LA. Let’s start with these and we’ll go from there.

Recently we did a poll on phillypressbox.com and on our Facebook page at Philly Pressbox and not one person selected Ryan Howard as their favorite Phillie. We also did a separate poll of who were your 5 favorite Phillies of all time and only one person mentioned Ryan. Honestly, he’s not my favorite either but he’s a really good player. I did some comparisons to the greatest home run hitter and greatest player in Phillies history to see how they match up. Howard is 31 years old, so that was the bench mark to compare Howard’s stats to Schmidt’s when he was 31. Schmidt played in 1336 games and Howard in 1027 games. Schmidt had 4581 at bats and Howard 3794. Schmidt hit 314 HR’s, Howard 286. That’s 28 less homers in 309 less games and 787 less at bats. Schmidt led the league in Home Runs 5 times and Howard twice. Schmidt had 1216 hits and Howard has 1043 hits. Schmitty’s batting average was .265 and Ryan’s is .275. Now for the big stat against Ryan Howard – Strikeouts!!! Howard has struck out 1207 times and has led the league once while Schmidt struck out 1148 times and led the league 3 times. Obviously in the field there’s no one like Mike Schmidt. This isn’t meant to compare Ryan Howard to Mike Schmidt but to compare Ryan Howard to greatness. His numbers match up pretty well against the Greatest Player in Phillies history. Besides that, have you ever heard a bad word off the field about Howard? He’s a genuine nice guy!!!

That brings us to Carter. Why is it that people don’t like Carter? I keep hearing that he and Mike Richards liked the night life of Philly too much. Really? They were in their 20’s, single, millionaires that are out having a good time. Do you think players from other teams sit in the house at night? More importantly why do we care what they do outside their uniform unless it’s David Akers and many others trying to raise money for charities or their foundations? Do you really care about the 76ers player that had 8 children with 3 different women and 2 of the children outside his marriage while he was married to his wife? Who cares, it’s his business so why do we care about Carter? In Carter’s Flyers career he scored 181 goals and had 162 assists scoring 46 goals in one season and topping 30 in two others. Yet, many people were happy to see him traded by the Flyers and seemed it was funny that he was traded to LA to play again with Richards. Why don’t we like Jeff Carter?

Moving along to a few others that I find interesting. We love Dick Vermeil but we hate Andy Reid. Vermeil is still on billboards in town after leading the Eagles to the Super Bowl and losing, ummm 32 years ago. Vermeil coached the Eagles for 6 ½ seasons and had a record of 54-47. The Eagles finished first in the NFC East 1 time and 2nd – 3 times under Vermeil. Everybody seems to want a shot at Reid, although I’m not one of them. Reid has been with the Eagles for 13 seasons. His record is 126-81-1. The Eagles have been to one Super Bowl and lost. They have won 6 NFC East titles and have finished 2nd – 4 other times. Why don’t we like Andy Reid?

Andre Iguodala is next on the list. At the start of the season everybody said this guy had to go. Here we are at mid-season and he’s selected for his first all star game. Iggy is the best player on the team but we have no love for him. He’s a hard worker on both ends of the court and is a fantastic defensive player. He’s in his 7th season with the 76ers and it’s surely not his fault there hasn’t been anyone to play around him. He’s averaged 79 games a year up to this year, they only play 82, and he’s averaing15.6 ppg, 5.8 rpg and 4.8 apg over his career. These aren’t superstar numbers but solid none the less. Why don’t fans like Iggy?

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On the Bubble

February 28th, 2012 by Craig C. | 2 Comments | Filed in College Sports, General

This year has been one of the best for the cities college basketball teams in my recent memory, outside of Villanova. It really is a shame that besides Temple and possibly Drexel, unless they win their conference tournament, they will not make the big dance. Obviously there are many division one schools throughout the country and only 68 get in now so there is a lot of heartbreak but nevertheless.

Drexel 25-5, Lasalle 18-11, St. Joes 19-11, Penn 17-11, Delaware 17-12, even Lehigh who is 23-7.

So these teams will likely be excluded from the tourney because they play in weaker conferences and they do not make money for the NCAA or for the TV stations. Uconn, West Virginia, N.C. State, Texas, etc will possibly get in and they all have 10, 11, or 12 losses each because of who they are. I’m not going to lie to you, I think the Philly teams would have a good chance to knock off the big guns.

St. Joes just beat nationally ranked Temple, Penn just beat nationally ranked Harvard, Drexel beat a mainstay in the tournament in VCU. My point is any team especially theses teams, can win at any time and they do have a decent enough record to warrant consideration but they won’t because they are not in the Big East, or the ACC, or the SEC.

In the flawed college football system, if you have a .500 record you are eligible for postseason play, and most likely you will get that bowl bid. I guess the NIT is a decent tournament, and now there are two other smaller postseason tournaments that these teams could reach, but in my opinion, when you deserve something, and it doesn’t matter what conference you play in, you deserve to get a chance.

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Does Atlanta’s Pitching Come Close to Philadelphia’s?

February 26th, 2012 by AmyMac | Comments Off on Does Atlanta’s Pitching Come Close to Philadelphia’s? | Filed in Baseball, General, Phillies

By Amy McGinnis

 

My short, biased answer is, of course, “No.”

Even with the back end of our starting rotation leaving small question marks, there is simply no other team in MLB with three aces.  That being said, I think Atlanta comes closer than New York, Washington and Miami in the NL East’s quest to match Philadelphia’s pitching. There really isn’t room for argument when your team has Roy Halladay, Cliff Lee and Cole Hamels. Although I do see a few teams in baseball with great pitching staffs – Angels, Rays and Giants to name a few – I think that the Braves fall just short. Long gone are the days of Maddux, Glavine, and Smoltz; however, it seems that the Braves are doing their best to compete with Philadelphia’s pitching in 2012.

The #1 and #2 spots in Atlanta’s rotation should be Tommy Hanson and Jair Jurrjens.  RHP Tommy Hanson is built like Roy Halladay, but he pales in comparison. In 2011, Hanson went 11-7 with a 3.60 ERA and a 1.169 WHIP. The then-24-year-old pitched no complete games last season. It’s actually sort of unfair to compare Hanson to Halladay; Doc is superhuman, anyway.

The first thing that comes to mind when I think of Jurrjens is Jair’s interview during the July 9th game at Citizens Bank Park when Cliff Lee went yard. “Oh no, no, no … are you kidding me?” Classic. Last season, Jurrjens went 13-6 with a 2.96 ERA and a 1.224 WHIP. All three of these statistics are better than his five-year career averages. The RHP is only 26, but has had knee problems that could prove to be an issue in the future.

Tim Hudson (16-10 in 2011 with a 3.22 ERA and 1.140 WHIP) is expected to be out until the end of April or beginning of May due to a back operation. The RHP played the entire 2011 season while injured. An injured pitcher in his mid thirties doesn’t pitch that well as a fluke. If he is able to make a full recovery, I expect Hudson to post good numbers. In his absence, Brandon Beachy will most likely pitch in the #3 spot. Beachy had a 7-3 season in 2011 with a 3.68 ERA and a 1.207 WHIP. Not bad for his first full season in the bigs, but not exactly on par with Hudson, either.

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