Archive for May, 2014

NBA Mock Draft 1.0

May 31st, 2014 by Sam Shipley | Comments Off on NBA Mock Draft 1.0 | Filed in Basketball, General, Sixers
Joel Embiid makes sense at #1 for Cleveland

Joel Embiid makes sense at #1 for Cleveland

With the NBA Draft just 27 days away there have been many rumors, reports, stories on certain players and teams on what their plans could be on June 26th. Whether to believe those rumors, stories, and reports fully is up to you as often times some are true and some are just smokescreens from teams. The truth is only teams know exactly what they want to do, and their plans are most likely nowhere near concrete at this point.

With that being said, this mock draft will be the first of many and will likely change as we get closer to June 26th. Now let’s get started!

1. Cleveland Cavaliers: Joel Embiid, C, Kansas

Joel Embiid is one of the most intriguing players in this draft. He is arguably the most talented player coming out, but also has one of the biggest risk/reward headline as well due to his back injury he has been dealing with. If healthy, Embiid will come in and be an immediate impact player on the defensive side of the floor and on the glass, which is a huge need for Cleveland going forward.

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Soul takeover Evesham! Annual Festival

May 30th, 2014 by Leo | Comments Off on Soul takeover Evesham! Annual Festival | Filed in Events, General, Soul

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Philadelphia Soul will take over Evesham Township for its annual community festival.

The arena football team will practice and meet with the community on May 30.

“The emphasis of ‘the team’ is important in various settings — on the field, with council and our professionals, and the community as a whole,” said Mayor Randy Brown.

“It’s a good athlete and fan bonding experience.”

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Philadelphia Soul Team History

May 29th, 2014 by | 1 Comment | Filed in Football, General, Soul

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PHILADELPHIA SOUL TEAM HISTORY

On Sunday, April 13, 2003, the face of Philadelphia sports changed by an event taking place across the country – Jon Bon Jovi and Craig A. Spencer’s first taste of Arena Football. Bon Jovi and Spencer attended a Los Angeles Avengers game at the Staples Center, taking their first steps on a path that would bring another professional football franchise to the City of Brotherly Love.

By July 10, 2003, the Arena Football League’s Board of Directors had approved Bon Jovi and Spencer’s application to place a team in Philadelphia. Just over two months later the Soul roster began to take shape with the acquisition of the team’s first player – OL/DL Dwayne Missouri. A week later the tandem of Bon Jovi and Spencer – along with minority owner, Richie Sambora, and Team President, Ron Jaworski – stood under the shadow of the Rocky statue at the Wachovia Spectrum and officially introduced the Soul to the city.

It didn’t take long for Philadelphia to take notice. While the front office made key free agent acquisitions to further build the team, Philadelphia football fanatics feverishly jumped on board, leading to AFL-leading attendance, merchandise sales, and sponsorship numbers.

Meanwhile, the Soul organization also began to build a significant presence within the Philadelphia community, focusing greatly on charitable efforts. Whether it was organizing drives for books and canned food items, making hospital and school visits, or building a playground with the cast if MTV’s The Real World, the players, Soulmates, and front office staff were committed to doing good both on and off the field.

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Sixers Post Draft Lottery Thoughts

May 29th, 2014 by Jeremy Bonnette | Comments Off on Sixers Post Draft Lottery Thoughts | Filed in Basketball, General, Sixers

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Awww Yeaaaaaa. Two picks.

Though Philly was moved back one projected spot in the 2014 NBA draft (Seriously…again with the Cavs?), they ultimately got the next best thing in 2 top-10 picks at #3 and #10.  As the only team with two picks that early, the Sixers could easily come away as winners in this year’s draft.  There seems to be many different moves that could be made here.  Determining which one is the best move is an entirely different story.

So…sitting at #3,  we can realistically say that 1 of the top 3 prospects in Andrew Wiggins, Joel Embiid, and Jabari Parker will be playing in the city of brotherly love next season.  Various reports have both Wiggins and Embiid going 1 or 2, while other have Parker going 2 or 3. So right now, your guess is as good as mine.  While I do not see the Sixers trading up one or two spots (seriously…who trades the #1 pick?), it is a viable option.

The most exciting thing about this position is that we have no idea who will excel, and who will not. I mean…we could easily have another “Greg Oden drafted over Kevin Durant”, type of situation. In any case, 3 may be the safest spot to be in, as the Sixers essentially need help and depth at every position outside of Michael Carter-Williams, and ANY young talent will do.  Thaddeus Young has openly stated that he does not want to be apart of the rebuild, so maybe you put together a package including the #10 pick and him? Just an idea anyway…. I’m sure whoever goes at 10 will be a solid pickup as well, but it seems like 4 or 5 different players can go there depending on who picks who.

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Jon Stewart Bashes Philly, Oh No You Didn’t … Did You?

May 23rd, 2014 by Leo | Comments Off on Jon Stewart Bashes Philly, Oh No You Didn’t … Did You? | Filed in General, Phillies, TalkSportsPhilly

Jon Stewart took some pop shots at Philly recently, although I love ya Jon, TalkSportsPhilly would gladly debate the subject with you on air about our great cities, I lived in NYC as well, so the challange is out….Hopefully us Philly boys won’t be Flushing you down the toilet, LOL … We can take it!!

Go to the 4:40 mark of the video to watch the segment about Philly…



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40 years today: Flyers win their first Stanley Cup

May 20th, 2014 by Kyle Lutz | Comments Off on 40 years today: Flyers win their first Stanley Cup | Filed in Flyers, General, Hockey, NHL, Sports

The ’74 Stanley-Cup-Champion Flyers had it all: speed, scoring, checking, fighting, grit, determination, goaltending, and a great head coach. They were one of the most depth teams in the league, and the most physical, dangerous team, yet they combined that physicality with scoring. The Broad Street Bullies clinched their first-ever Stanley Cup with a 1-0 shutout victory vs. the rival Bruins in Game 6 of the Cup Finals — on May 19th, 1974.

Just seven years prior, they were one of seven-new NHL expansion teams coming into the league.

Goaltender Bernie Parent was in his second different stint with the team, after originally being drafted by and playing for the Bruins, being selected by Philadelphia from Boston in the ’67 Expansion Draft, and being traded from Philly to Toronto and back to Philly.

It was a whirlwind, roller-coaster ride for Parent.

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Where is the justice? (NFL Players vs Owners)

May 18th, 2014 by Jeremy Bonnette | Comments Off on Where is the justice? (NFL Players vs Owners) | Filed in Eagles, Football, General

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This isn’t exactly Philadelphia sports news (well, not at all actually), but I thought it deserved some attention as I turned on my TV this pleasant Saturday morning. Yesterday, Indianapolis Colts LB Robert Mathis was suspended by the NFL for violating it’s substance abuse policy. He states that he and his wife were having a bit of trouble having a child, and was prescribed a fertility drug by his doctor who incorrectly told him that it would violate not violate the policy.

Now, even though it may seem like a well corroborated story by all parties involved, I believe him. many players have violated the policy and just accept it because make a statement could worsen the situation. He did violate the policy while he could have taken steps to prevent that from happening. I understand that. No exceptions (Though 4 games seems to be a bit steep). But what happens to Jim Irsay? Just a couple months ago, the Indianapolis Colts owner was arrested for suspicion of a DUI, while in possession of a felony amount of unsubscribed pills and 29,000 dollars in cash. Even though there is still a chance of action being taken against him, it infuriates me that it hasn’t happened yet.

The NBA flexed its proverbial muscle when Adam Silver came down on Donald Sterling, however, we can clearly see where Rodger Goodell’s allegiances lie. Even though there is no policy for NFL owners, are they not held accountable for their actions? Whether he was actually under the influence or not, one could not imagine a player getting away with such an action.

If I am Robert Mathis, and what I stated is true, then I don’t regret this decision one bit. You sacrificed four NFL paychecks so that you could bring life into this world. I would sacrifice an entire season if that is the cost (and most of YOU would too for your sons or daughters).

One more thing before I go, any player/personnel on that sideline that intentionally trips another player that is on the field should be banned from the game. It doesn’t happen often because it is an egregious offense. However when it does, the NFL may just slap the guy with a fine. I know that is unrelated, but I think it speaks to the amount of protection that the players get.

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