Archive for March 18th, 2014

Will Rollins Stay or Go?

March 18th, 2014 by Kyle Lutz | 3 Comments | Filed in Baseball, General, MLB, Phillies, Sports

Multiple sources recently have speculated and alluded to the chance that Phillies’ veteran shortstop Jimmy Rollins will be moved sometime this upcoming season, depending upon attitude adjustments from Rollins, or a lack thereof.

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Rollins has vehemently expressed continuously that he’d like to stay put, especially to (eventually) become the Phillies’ all-time franchise hits leader. He’s currently ranked fourth all-time among team leaders in hits with 2175, just 59 hits behind Mike Schmidt, who leads the franchise with 2234 career hits. Rollins is also chasing two outfielders in Ed Delahanty and Richie Ashburn. J-Roll is 38 hits behind Delahanty and 42 behind Ashburn, the latter of which is second all-time to Schmidt by a deficit of just 17.

This is the primary reason for which Rollins wants to stay in Philadelphia; to break Schmidt’s record. With his signature laid back approach, he expressed to CSN Philly’s Phillies’ insider Jim Salisbury that it would be an honor, and a feat that only 30 men in MLB history have accomplished, considering the amount of teams within the league.

“There’s only 30 guys that are their team’s leader in hits.” “It’s a pretty high honor.”

As arguably the best shortstop in team history, Rollins has been a fixture at the six spot since making his Major League debut as a September call-up for the team in 2000. He debuted on September 17th, in a 6-5 Phillies’ victory over divisional rival Florida, with his first Major League at-bat coming against Marlins’ starting pitcher Chuck Smith (the former drew a walk and scored a run as well on a two-run Bobby Abreu home run). Irony at its finest: Abreu gave Rollins his first ever run, and 14 years later, albeit on two different occasions, the two are teammates.

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Chicago Blackhawks (39-15-14) vs. Philadelphia Flyers (35-25-7)

March 18th, 2014 by Kyle Lutz | Comments Off on Chicago Blackhawks (39-15-14) vs. Philadelphia Flyers (35-25-7) | Filed in Flyers, General, Hockey, Sports

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The defending champion Blackhawks handily defeated the Flyers at home on December 11th 7-2 at the United Center, and now Philadelphia is seeking revenge on home ice. Philadelphia squares off against Jonathan Toews and Chicago tonight at 7:30 PM/EST on CSN Philly/NBCSN. In the 7-2 victory vs. Philadelphia earlier this season, seven different Blackhawks scored. Patrick Sharp had a goal and two assists against his former team, while Marian Hossa recorded three assists.

In the two team’s (only) previous match-up this season, Chicago not only won but scored an impressive five goals in the second period, taking a commanding 5-2 lead heading into the third period, one of which they tacked on an additional two goals on their way to victory. Philadelphia was struggling mightily at that time, roughly three months ago, at 13-15-3 (while Chicago at the time, only having one greater loss than amount of overtime losses, was fantastic, and still is, at 23-6-5)- although the former was still in contention at the time due to the Western Conference’s superiority in comparison to the East this season.

Fast-forward a few months later and Philadelphia is doing much better under now-interim (but perceived to be the full-time coach heading forward) head coach (and former Philadelphia enforcer) Craig Berube at 35-25-7. The Fly-Guys are 22-10-4 since the aforementioned 7-2 blowout loss to Chicago in mid-December. They come in tonight’s game with Chicago having won two straight, on a back-to-back game basis no less, both victories coming against rival Pittsburgh from Saturday to Sunday of last week. Since losing a close 2-1 game to New Jersey a week ago today, Philadelphia — starting four days later — shutout the Pens 4-0 at the Wells Fargo Center, before sweeping the home-and-home with a close 4-3 victory on Sunday at Pittsburgh.

The Broad Street Bullies come into tonight’s match-up having gone 3-1-1 in their last five, averaging over 3.5 goals and almost 33.5 shots/game in that time span. They’re 7-2-1 in their last 10 games, while Chicago is 5-5.

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Fuel the Cure: March Madness is Here!

March 18th, 2014 by Leo | Comments Off on Fuel the Cure: March Madness is Here! | Filed in College Sports, Events, General

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FUEL the CURE has partnered with CharityBrackets.org to create an easy and fun way to participate in March Madness and help spread the FUEL the CURE mission. Our mission is to inspire an action oriented and socially conscious lifestyle. Our campaign this year is for Children in Need, benefitting the following charities: KIPP (Knowledge is Power Program), The Vetri Foundation for Children, and St. Damien’s Pediatric Hospital in Haiti. Further information on our mission and our underlying charities is available on our website at www.fuelthecure.net. Our donors’ help over the years has enabled us to engage over 3,000 individuals in philanthropy, donate more than $340,000 to various causes and, of course, have fun along the way. 

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    $20
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    Anyone who registers automatically becomes eligible to win one of four pairs of tickets to the FUEL the CURE gala (winners will be picked randomly)
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  • Sign-ups begin 8pm Selection Sunday, 3/16 and end at 12:30pm Thursday, 3/20

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