Archive for August, 2012

2012 Penn State Season Preview

August 31st, 2012 by Philly Pressbox | 1 Comment | Filed in College Sports, Football, General

Nittany Lions

With the college football season upon us we asked our friends at College Football Coverage to provide Philly Pressbox with an update preview of the upcoming 2012 season. As usual, they have provided in-depth position player analysis and game by game win-loss predictions. With all of the turmoil of the last year, a new coaching staff and the loss of several key players it looks like rough times ahead for Nittany Lions in 2012.

Feel free to leave your comments below. Also, you can follow all of college football, including weekly breakdowns of the top five games of the week, as well as order a nice college football preview at The website is free and the preview is available for only $2.99. The preview doesn’t cost much but it’s full of great information for the college football fan.

2012 Preview


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Soul Promote Clint Dolezel to Head Coach

August 30th, 2012 by Robert Fetsick | Comments Off on Soul Promote Clint Dolezel to Head Coach | Filed in General, Soul, Sports

Chages within The Soul

With Doug Plank resigning as soul coach and becoming a grandpa, the soul were looking for a new coach and the rumors were making its rounds if they would bring back Bret Munsey.  Munsey won the Arena Bowl for the Soul in 2008, but they promoted assistant coach & offensive coordinator Clint Dolezel to be the Soul head coach for the 2013 season.  For the coaching staff so far I think Dolezel is gonna keep special team’s coach Adriel Fenton who was special teams coach last year when Dolezel was head coach for Dallas Vigilantes who folded this year.  I think Dolezel will bring in his buddy Will Pettis, who was Dolezel’s go to receiver when he was quarterback for Dallas Desperado’s before they became Vigilantes.

With Dolezel being back as the Soul’s head coach, it give’s the Soul the advantage to re-sign all the Dallas players that followed Dolezel to the Soul.  They include fullback Derrick Ross who had an monster year in AFL in rushing for 688 yards, and scoring 32 touchdowns, QB Dan Raudabaugh who had a quarterback rating of 120.60 & throwing for 4,790 yards, passing for 115 touchdowns, and threw 18 interceptions.  Wide receiver Tiger Jones, who’s with eagles now, had 2,010 yards receiving and caught 47 touchdowns before Eagles signed him.

Derrick Ross has been saying throughout the season how much he loves the fans, the organization, and the city.  My conversation with quarterback Dan Raudabaugh at recent Soul Summer Slam event last Saturday afternoon in Wild Wood, stating that he loves the fans and Soul organization, is very classy and in my opinion I think Ross and Raudabaugh will potentially return and re-sign with the Soul.

And finally, the offensive lineman who followed Dolezel to Philly were Greg Ryan, Zipp Duncan, and Christian Johnson who only gave up 5 sacks on the year with Devin Clark, and Brennen Carvahlo.  It’s gonna be hard to keep all these offensive lineman because everyone is a starter.  This is gonna turn out to be an interesting off-season.

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August 28th, 2012 by Mike H. | Comments Off on Expansion | Filed in Baseball, Phillies

Who should we take a look at??

Saturday marks the changing of the calendar to September and with that, major league rosters expand to include the remainder of the 40-man roster. The AAA Lehigh Valley IronPigs are 1.5 games out of the wild card spot with seven games left to play. If they fail to make the playoffs, it’s all but a lock that pitchers Michael Schwimer, Joe Savery, Justin De Fratus, Jake Diekman, and infielder Hector Luna are called up, but what about reliever J.C. Ramirez, 2B Cesar Hernandez, and C Sebastian Valle?

All three are currently on the 40-man roster, but Hernandez and Valle have both struggled since being promoted to AAA. Ramirez has been extremely hittable since being added to the IronPig bullpen. All three could be used in a limited capacity, but will probably not see action until the Arizona Fall League.

At AA Reading, the R-Phils are hanging on to a playoff spot, so the possibility of seeing outfielder Tyson Gillies is pretty much a longshot at this point. It would have been nice to see if Gillies roaming center field for the last couple of weeks this season. Gillies has played admirably when healthy this season, but his health has been a major concern for the last few years and that diminishes his value. It’s very interesting to see who will be here come Saturday’s game in Atlanta.

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Phils Fightin’?

August 28th, 2012 by Mike H. | 1 Comment | Filed in Baseball, General, Phillies

It's not over yet!

After sweeping the MLB-best Nationals, the Phillies sit at 9.5 games out of a playoff spot. The way this season has unfolded, why would any fan realistically expect the rest of this season to be anything more than internal auditions for 2013? While most have written off 2012, the Phillies still have the slightest of chances. In fact, the Cardinals were exactly 10 games out of a playoff spot this time last year and we all know how that ended. While it may not be very probable, the truth of it is that it is still possible.

Steve Van Buren – The Eagles Legend

August 27th, 2012 by Philly Pressbox | Comments Off on Steve Van Buren – The Eagles Legend | Filed in Eagles, Football, General

R.I.P. Steve Van Buren

When you think of the history of the Philadelphia Eagles two names stand alone at the top of the list, Steve Van Buren and Chuck Bednarik. There have been several other players that have become Hall of Famers like Pete Pihos, Alex Wojciechowicz, Bert Bell, Tommy McDonald, Sonny Jurgenson, Mike Ditka and Bob Brown but none was as good and well respected as Van Buren. If you took a poll of who’s the greatest Eagle player of all time it would be a split the vote between Van Buren and Bednarik. With that said, the Eagles lost one of their greatest players when Van Buren died on Thursday at the age of 91.

Van Buren was a 1st round draft pick, number 5 overall, of the Eagles in 1944, out of LSU.  Heisman Trophy winner Angelo Bertelli was chosen first from Notre Dame and Otto Graham, consider by many as the greatest quarterback of all time, was number four out of Northwestern. This in itself is impressive considering that Van Buren was cut from his high school football team as a sophomore. Van Buren went on to make the All NFL Team, they didn’t have the Pro Bowl at the time, every season from 1944 through 1950. During that time he led the league the Eagles to two championships in 1948 and 49. He led the league in rushing 4 times, 1945, 47, 48 and 49, rushing for over 1,000 yards twice. He led the league in touchdowns 4 times, rushing yards per game 5 times, total yards from scrimmage twice and total touchdowns in a season twice. He also led the league with the longest kickoff return in a season 3 times, yards per kickoff return twice, and total kickoff return yards once. He also returned two punts for touchdowns in his career. To top it off, Van Buren played defensive back, where he intercepted 9 passes and recovered 14 fumbles in his career.

When it came to the 1948 and 49 championship games Van Buren was the brightest star in leading the Eagles to victory. In the 1948 game against the Chicago Cardinals, Van Buren scored the only touchdown in the Eagles 7-0 victory. He rushed for 98 yards on 25 carries and scored the game’s only touchdown in a blizzard. He followed up that effort in the 1949 game by rushing for 196 yards on 31 carries, leading the Eagles to a 14-0 victory.

When Steve Van Buren retired he was the All Time leading rusher in NFL history with 5,860 yards and scored 77 touchdowns. He was elected to the Pro Football Hall of Fame in 1965, only the 3rd class inducted to the Canton shrine.


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Jayson Werth Needs to Stop Talking

August 26th, 2012 by AmyMac | 1 Comment | Filed in Baseball, General

Hey, Jayson, know what's good for wrist pain? A trip to the barber.

By Amy McGinnis

Jayson Werth makes me like Domonic Brown more and more.  To be fair, I’ve never liked Werth.  I was a Geoff Jenkins fan; sure, he didn’t possess the same athleticism as Werth, but I’m fond of utility players with good attitudes.  I was happy to see Werth go after 2010, because along with his cocky attitude, I was growing tired of watching him stand at the plate like a deer in headlights when there were two outs and RISP.  I was as shocked as everyone else when I heard how much Washington offered him – I realize that inflated contracts are popping up all over the place, but that kind of money – to me, that should be reserved for star players.  Werth has always been a good complementary player, meaning he’s a vital piece to the puzzle.  He’s not a player to build a team around.  When that contract was formed, Werth had never hit .300, nor had he knocked in 100.  My reaction was, “Good luck with that, Nats.” A lot of fans were offended that Werth left for the money; I was more offended that he even asked for that ridiculous amount.  I mean, honestly … who the hell does he think he is?

In spring 2012, we got to know Nationals’ COO Andy Feffer – by the way, I can’t read or hear his name without saying the Dr. Seuss line, “four fluffy feathers on a fiffer feffer feff.” He’s the one who initiated the bullshit “Natitude” and “Take Back the Park” nonsense.  In May, when Werth ate it in the outfield while trying to grab Polanco’s sinking liner, he broke his wrist.  I remember saying, “Maybe his Natitude got in the way.” Apparently, while exiting the field (see photo), Phillies fans chanted “You deserve it” and “That’s what you get.” Afterward, Werth stated, “After walking off the field feeling nauseous knowing my wrist was broke and Philly fans yelling … I am motivated to get back quickly and see to it personally that those people never walk down Broad Street in celebration again.”  I’d never suggest that Feffer would wish injury on a player, but I’m pretty sure he saw this as an opportunity to feed the rivalry he is so desperate to have with Philadelphia.  A+ for effort in trying to get “those people” fired up, but … a lot of us think Werth is a douchebag and didn’t take the pitiful bait.

Much to my liking, Jayson Werth was out of any kind of spotlight for a little while.  Well, now he’s back, and he’s talking to the media again.  Jayson, if you’re reading this (and let’s be honest – you seem like the kind of dude to Google your own name), let me give you a tip: Stop talking.  Or, at the very least, keep our names out of your mouth … and it’s “my wrist was broken,” not “broke.”  It’s bad enough that you look like a caveman; there’s no need to talk like one.


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The New Eagles’ Apologist

August 25th, 2012 by Christian | Comments Off on The New Eagles’ Apologist | Filed in Eagles, Football, General

Give Me Some Pom-Poms!

 With the departure of Howard Eskin from the sports radio landscape (thank you God!), a new leader has emerged in the Eagles’ apologist camp: Ike Reese.  Ironically, Reese was Eskin’s last on-air partner at WIP.

This morning, while listening to the Mike & Ike Show during my twenty minute ride to work, I heard Reese apologizing for Eagles’ defensive coordinator Juan Castillo and Michael Vick (his favorite).  About Castillo, Reese stated (paraphrasing) that Castillo isn’t the one ‘missing tackles’ and ‘hitting people late.’  Thankfully, Michael Barkann countered by asking Reese (paraphrasing again), “Who is responsible for guys who have been able to tackle their whole careers and suddenly cannot?”  Ike had no comprehensible answer, of course.  About Michael Vick, Reese’s apologies are seemingly endless, and Reese was pointing his finger toward the offensive line (obviously in an effort to have a scapegoat if Vick has another crappy season).  Ike also has a huge mancrush on Coach Andy Reid (‘Big Red’).

I understand Reese played for the Eagles and has loyalty to the franchise, but for a listener he offers no objectivity whatsoever when it comes to a football team that finished 8-8 last year and hasn’t won a playoff game since 2008.  In fact, it sounds a lot more like he is an Eagles’ PR rep than an independent radio personality.

Reese’s apologies are not limited to football, however, as he has also spent the last few seasons defending Phillies’ shortstop Jimmy Rollins’ dismal performance.  At one point, Reese even went as far as opining that Rollins is a far superior player to Chase Utley.  I’m not kidding!  He’s comparing a guy (Rollins) with the worst plate discipline I’ve ever seen in a leadoff hitter, to Utley, who, before injuries, was compiling some of the greatest offensive numbers for a second baseman in the history of the game.  Forget the fact that Utley actually has a strategy when he steps into the batter’s box.  But Ike Reese has his favorites (Donovan McNabb was a pet also) and we as listeners just don’t get it because we were never professional athletes.


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