Archive for July, 2013

SOUL Host Rally For First-Round Playoff Game

July 31st, 2013 by Leo | Comments Off on SOUL Host Rally For First-Round Playoff Game | Filed in Events, General, Soul
SOUL HOST RALLY FOR FIRST-ROUND PLAYOFF GAME 
Philadelphia Will Excite Fans to Face Former Coach Doug Plank

PHILADELPHIA (July 30, 2013) – The Philadelphia Soul will be hosting a “Playoff Pep Rally” in preparation for their first-round playoff game against former Soul head coach Doug Plank and the Orlando Predators. The event will take place on at 8:15 p.m. on Wednesday, July 31 at the Holiday Inn – Stadium located at 900 Packer Ave in Philadelphia.

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Philly Pressbox Trivia – Philadelphia Flyers

July 29th, 2013 by Philly Pressbox | 2 Comments | Filed in Flyers, NHL, Sports, Trivia

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Over the years there have been many Philadelphia Flyers that have gotten in trouble with the NHL, but none more than me. Over the course of my career I was suspended 9 different times for a variety of things. Once was even for punching a referee. Do you know who I am?


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Philly Pressbox Trivia – Philadelphia Phillies

July 26th, 2013 by Philly Pressbox | Comments Off on Philly Pressbox Trivia – Philadelphia Phillies | Filed in MLB, Phillies, Sports, Trivia

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The Philadelphia Phillies have received 46 Gold Glove Awards in their history, but I hold the distinction that no one else holds…

I won the very first one and it was my only one.

Do you know who I am??

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A Fork in the Road

July 25th, 2013 by AmyMac | Comments Off on A Fork in the Road | Filed in Baseball, General, Phillies
What are the chances that Ruben Amaro Jr. will choose the right path at the deadline?

What are the chances that Ruben Amaro Jr. will choose the right path at the deadline?

By Amy McGinnis

Things aren’t looking great for the Phils.  Sure, Philadelphia is in second place in the NL East, but we’ve also dropped the last four games.  Howard, Brown, and Revere are all injured, and the trade deadline is just around the corner.  The big question is: what will Ruben Amaro Jr. do?

Right now, Amaro is facing a fork in the road.  Clearly, something needs to change.  But what? Should we be buyers or sellers? If the Phillies were in good shape and needed to fill a specific roster spot, I’d support tossing some payroll at someone new.  That’s not the case, though.  The team’s various issues can’t be easily remedied with a new reliever or a bat added tot he lineup.  There are cracks everywhere, and it’s just a matter of time until the foundation collapses.  This team is aging – of Howard, Utley, Ruiz, Rollins, and M. Young, the average age is 34. Amaro has insisted in the past that he’s just “retooling,” which I think is his way of trying to keep fans from getting panicky.  The problem is, he’s prone to making big, flashy, and unnecessary deals for the sake of revenue.  Some people might think that I’m bailing on the Phils, but the opposite is true; I want what is best for the team.  It’s time to begin a new era of Phillies baseball, and we need to get back to basics.  I’m sure that my opinion isn’t popular, and I’m okay with that.  What we need right now is a fire sale, and I have three words for Amaro: blow it up.

I don’t actively dislike Amaro the way I dislike Manuel, but I don’t believe a word that comes out of his mouth.  A good GM is able to balance the business aspect with the baseball realm, and Amaro stumbles when it comes to planning for a solid team in the future.  His goal is to sell tickets now and worry about the fallout later.  Bringing big names and big contracts to Philadelphia is great – if you’re okay with flushing the farm system down the toilet.  In short, I don’t trust that Amaro will do what’s necessary at the deadline, because he should be selling.

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Philly Pressbox Trivia – Philadelphia Eagles

July 25th, 2013 by Philly Pressbox | Comments Off on Philly Pressbox Trivia – Philadelphia Eagles | Filed in Eagles, Football, Trivia

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The Pro Football Writers/Pro Football Writers Association has been handing out the NFL Comeback Player of the Year Award since 1972.  Since that time 4 Philadelphia Eagles have been presented with the award.  Can you name them?  As a bonus, two Eagles won them in back to back years, can you name which two they were?

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Philly Pressbox Trivia – Penn State Football

July 24th, 2013 by Philly Pressbox | Comments Off on Philly Pressbox Trivia – Penn State Football | Filed in College Sports, Trivia

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In the 2003 NFL draft the Nittany Lions set a school record with 4 – 1st round draft picks. There were also 2 – 2nd round draft picks that same season. Can you name the 2 – 2nd rounders? As a bonus who were the 4 – 1st rounders and in what order were they drafted 1-4?

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Ryan Braun Suspended

July 23rd, 2013 by Mike H. | Comments Off on Ryan Braun Suspended | Filed in Baseball, General, TalkSportsPhilly

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17 months ago, an indignant Ryan Braun stood before the media and proclaimed his vindication. He thanked his teammates and the Brewers organization for standing behind him during his appeals process after failing a drug test for performance enhancing drugs. Not once did he ever challenge the validity of the test, but the protocol in which the results were found. That the collector MAY have had the ability to alter the sample, and that raised enough reasonable doubt that an arbitrator ruled in his favor.

Fast forward to last winter when the whole BIOGENESIS scandal broke. Ryan Braun’s came up in a ledger linking him to the P.E.D. cartel, but Braun maintained his innocence. Proclaiming that they had been paid in an advisory role during his appeals process.

Yesterday, the news broke that Ryan Braun would be suspended for the remainder of the 2013 season without pay. In Braun’s statement, he offered up a weak apology that resembled more of an “Ah, you got me.” than any semblance of remorse and that he’s glad it’s finally behind him. In my opinion, MLB balked on this one. Selig’s ties to the Brewers organization resurfaced.

Yes, the Brewers may take a hit financially in attendance and concessions, but without Braun’s production, the team is more likely to lose more games than they would have with Braun being there. Therefore, the team’s draft pick can only get better. For Braun, this is nothing more than a slap on the wrists. He loses out on just under $3.5 M, but is still owed $120+ M over the course of his contract. He also gets to take the rest of 2013 off, a season where the Brewers are one of baseball’s lesser teams that have no chance at winning anything more than a top 10 draft pick in 2014.

So the Brewers don’t lose. Ryan Braun doesn’t lose. The only people who really lose in this situation are the fans. People who pay good money to watch a crappy team play just got crappier. This suspension is a joke and MLB, and Bud Selig specifically, should be ashamed of themselves.

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