Archive for October 9th, 2013

Philadelphia Eagles- 36- New York Giants 21- Post-game Thread

October 9th, 2013 by Kyle Lutz | Comments Off on Philadelphia Eagles- 36- New York Giants 21- Post-game Thread | Filed in Eagles, Football, General

 Post Game Thread:

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(AP Photo/Bill Kostroun)

So, second-year man Nick Foles is for real. At least vs. blitz-heavy, division rivals.

The 1-3 Eagles pulled out a surprise victory on Sunday afternoon vs.  the winless, division rival New York Giants at East Rutherford.

Michael Vick was sidelined, and subsequently replaced by backup quarterback Nick Foles, with a hamstring injury in the beginning of the 2nd quarter today. In his place, Foles played fantastic, going 16/25 (64% completion percentage), with 197 passing yards, 2 touchdown passes, and 0 interceptions. His quarterback rating of 114.9 was a new career high for Foles.

Vick was far less accurate in the pocket than Foles was. He threw for 105 yards on just 6-14 passing; a completion percentage of only 42.9, albeit it was a small sample size considering Vick’s injury early on. Vick’s QB rating for the game was 69, and he also ran for 79 yards (including a big 34 yarder, which wiped out a 3rd and 20 drive) and threw for 7.5 yards per pass-attempt.

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Source: Larry Bowa close to rejoining Phillies as bench coach for next season

October 9th, 2013 by Kyle Lutz | Comments Off on Source: Larry Bowa close to rejoining Phillies as bench coach for next season | Filed in Baseball, General, Phillies, Sports

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A reliable baseball source told CSNPhilly.com that former baseball player, coach and manager Larry Bowa is nearing an agreement to become the club’s new bench coach. CSNPhilly.com’s Phillies’ insider Jim Salisbury first reported the news, which is yet to be announced/confirmed 100%, but seems likely and inevitable nonetheless.

Bowa was the Phillies’ 49th manager in team history from 2001-2004. In that time span, although he never took the team to the playoffs, he managed and helped a lot of the Phillies’ young talent to mature and thrive under his wing. Players such as Chase Utley, Ryan Howard, Marlon Byrd, Jimmy Rollins, Nick Punto, Vincente Padilla, Randy Wolf, and Brett Myers, among others.

The team won 337 regular season games during Bowa’s tenure as manager, and just over 52% of their games in that time span.

Bowa is known as a no-nonsense, hard working, strict but smart coach, in all facets of the game.

In 2001, Bowa took the team to within two games of the division leading Atlanta Braves for a division title and playoff berth; what would’ve been the first playoff berth for the team in 8 seasons. That season, he went on to win the Manager of the Year Award, and the Sporting News honored him in the same season with the NL Manager of the Year award as well. On top of that, Bowa was also voted as the Baseball Prospectus Internet Baseball Awards NL Manager of the Year.

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Peter Laviolette out as Flyers’ head coach, Craig Berube in as replacement

October 9th, 2013 by Kyle Lutz | Comments Off on Peter Laviolette out as Flyers’ head coach, Craig Berube in as replacement | Filed in Flyers, General, Hockey

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Effective immediately, assistant coach and former NHL and AHL player, Craig Berube will take over head coaching duties for the Philadelphia Flyers from Peter Laviolette; who was fired yesterday by GM Paul Holmgren.

The move comes as a surprise to many, including Flyers’ fans, who thought Laviolette would realistically remain with the team much longer; at least into the season. The team’s only played three games thus far this season. They haven’t won a game yet in those three games and have a win-loss record of 0-3, including a 2-1 loss to Carolina yesterday afternoon.

Laviolette was in the midst of his fifth year as team head coach. In that time span, he took the team to a Stanley Cup Finals appearance in 2010 vs. Chicago. He also made the playoffs 3 out of the 4 seasons that he coached the team for most of the year (50 or more games). Laviolette also won 145 games as Flyers’ head coach (not including the playoffs), for a total winning percentage of .596. He came within two wins of leading the Flyers to their 3rd Stanley Cup victory in team history in 2010, and the first since 1975.

His tenure of five years as Philadelphia head coach is second only to Fred Shero, who was the team’s head coach for seven seasons from 1971-78. The former ranks 3rd in team history in head coaching victories with 145, behind only Shero’s mark of 308 and Mike Keenan’s 190 wins.

Paul Holmgren, in his morning press conference on Monday following the fire, claimed that Laviolette was not only fired because of the team struggling on paper this season — with an 0-3 record — but because the team had been struggling and losing focus continuously from last season, and that it was time and necessary for a change at head coach. He also said that it was a “gut decision” by the team to relieve Laviolette of his duties, and that the former coach had one more chance at redeeming himself after failing to make the playoffs in last season’s lockout-shortened season. The team last year finished with a 23-22-3 record, meaning Laviolette, overtime/shootout losses aside, had a record of 23-25 in the past one and a half seasons.

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