Archive for November 17th, 2014

Saint Joe’s Hawks Begin Season 0-1

November 17th, 2014 by AmyMac | Comments Off on Saint Joe’s Hawks Begin Season 0-1 | Filed in Basketball, College Sports, General
Saint Joe's takes on Drexel tonight at 7:00 pm.

Saint Joe’s takes on Drexel tonight at 7:00 pm.

The Saint Joseph’s Hawks’ basketball team lost all three of their All-A-10 players from last season, leaving head coach Phil Martelli with an inexperienced group of guys and roster spots to fill.  Langston Galloway, Ronald Roberts, Jr., and Halil Kanacevic all logged a lot of minutes on the court, which played a role in earning an NCAA tournament bid last March.  It didn’t, however, allow some of the younger players to gain experience.

Returning for the Hawks this season is Deandre Bembrey, last season’s co-Rookie of the Year in the A-10 as a freshman.  He’s suddenly a leader of this Saint Joe’s team this season, but don’t expect the sophomore to crack under the pressure – he was good for 4 assists and 8 points Friday night against Fairleigh Dickinson.  Senior Chris Wilson, who averaged 9.1 points and 2.8 assists per game last season, also performed well Friday night, going 5/13 from the field. Isaiah Miles, a junior this year at SJU, is off to a great start – in Friday night’s game, Miles scored 12 of the Hawks’ 57 points and was good for 14 rebounds and 3 assists.  Joining Bembrey, Miles, and Wilson as returning players are 6’8” Javon Baumann, 6’3” Evan Maschmeyer, and 6’6” Brendan Casper for the Hawks’ bench.  Notably missing from the court is senior forward Papa Ndao, who is out for the season for an undisclosed medical reason. Martelli fully expects Ndao to be a presence at practice and at games, providing leadership where he can.

New to the Saint Joe’s roster are freshmen Shavar Newkirk, a 6’0” point guard from the Bronx, and 6’6” forward James Demery from North Carolina. Obi Romeo (6’10”) and Markell Lodge (6’7”) are also new forwards that add some options for the Hawks’ frontcourt.

Saint Joe’s had a successful season in 2013-2014, but this year could be a bumpy road for the Hawks.  While Martelli has a good deal of talent in front of him, it’s a lot of new talent – these newcomers will really need to step it up and follow the example of the few poised veterans on the team.  Unfortunately, in Friday night’s 58-57 game, Fairleigh Dickinson slipped past Saint Joe’s in the end. The Hawks play the Drexel Dragons tonight at 7:00 pm. You can purchase tickets at drexeltickets.universitytickets.com.

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Shades Of 2012: An Open Letter To Eagle Fans

November 17th, 2014 by Ryan Waterman | Comments Off on Shades Of 2012: An Open Letter To Eagle Fans | Filed in General

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Today was one of the most embarrassing days in Eagles history. By far, the most embarrassing game since November 26th, 1972 when the Birds were humiliated by the New York Giants 62-10. While this game didn’t have that exact score, it wasn’t far off as the Eagles fell to Green Bay 53-20. It was a totally humiliating effort from top to bottom, as Green Bay was allowed to run all over the defense. Defenses that play as crappy as the Eagles did today, do not deserve to win under any circumstances. Surrendering almost 500 yards of total offense, this defense showed shades of the 2012 Eagle defense that sported a 4-12 record. The 53 points given up today, were the 4th most in Eagles history. Most fans are going to scratch their heads wondering how this happened, I’m here to tell you why.

The primary reason as to why we suffered this embarrassing loss today was the defense. Coming off of their performance on Monday night, we all had high expectations for them coming into this game. However, they absolutely stunk the joint up. There was no fight coming out of this side of the team. Not a lick of pressure from the front 4, terrible tackling from everyone and most importantly, horrific coverage from the secondary. Bradley Fletcher in particular was the worst of the day, as he was toasted multiple times by Jordy Nelson and Randall Cobb, once by Nelson for a TD. Fletcher and Nate Allen proved to be the weak side in the Eagles secondary, as they were responsible for the majority of big plays. Cary Williams and Malcolm Jenkins seemed to be able to lock down the left side, for the most part. As bad as the secondary was, the linebacker corps was just as appalling. Casey Matthews and Emmanuel Acho specifically stood out as the two worst of the game. It seemed almost like clockwork. As the ball was snapped, a gaping hole opened over the middle, allowing Randall Cobb and Eddie Lacy to terrorize the defense. Not to mention, that they blew tackle after tackle after tackle. It’s becoming glaringly obvious that Fletcher, and Allen can’t cover a preschooler, while Matthews and Acho can’t tackle their ways out of a wet paper bag. With any kind of luck, Howie and Chip will realize this, and move on to better players.

As much as the defense was to blame, the offense has to take its’ share. The lone bright spots of a dismal performance were Jordan Matthews (107 yards, 1 TD), and Mark Sanchez (24-46, 346 yards, 2 TDs, 2 INT). Most of you are thinking that Maclin was a bright spot. Well, his only highlight came in garbage time, with that TD grab. Overall, the offense’s performance was poor. The rushing attack could never get it together, while the O-Line’s protection was sketchy at best. For LeSean McCoy, 3.4 yards per carry is just not good enough. A good portion of the offense’s struggles can be credited to a lack of involving Darren Sproles. When Sproles touched the ball, he averaged 11 yards per touch. However, he only touched the ball 4 times….compared to McCoy’s 24 times. Another source of the struggles comes from the lack of TE involvement. On Monday Night, Brent Celek recorded 116 yards on 5 catches. Tonight, he and Zach Ertz combined for 5 catches, and 66 yards. It may just be me, but Chip Kelly’s gameplan has become entirely too one-dimensional, primarily focusing on Jordan Matthews and Jeremy Maclin.

Coming out of tonight’s game one thing became clear. The Eagles are not Super Bowl contenders. Failing to win pivotal games on the road against the 49ers, Cardinals, and Packers have just furthered that statement. After this mortifying loss, the Eagles will travel back home, as they look to get back on track against the Titans. Unfortunately for Tennessee, the Eagles will come into this game pissed off, looking to relieve some frustration by beating up on the lowly Titans. With decisive games against the Cowboys and Seahawks coming up, the Eagles will need to get back on track quickly if they want to maintain their playoff aspirations. However, if the team’s level of play from this game carries over, it’s likely that they’ll be at home, either couch-gating or golfing come January….

Philadelphia Eagles (7-2) at Green Bay Packers (6-3); Preview, Injury Report, Staff Predictions

November 17th, 2014 by Ryan Waterman | Comments Off on Philadelphia Eagles (7-2) at Green Bay Packers (6-3); Preview, Injury Report, Staff Predictions | Filed in Eagles, Football, General, NFL

Fresh off of a 45-21 rout of Carolina on Monday Night, the Birds now fly straight into the flames…err, icicles. Sunday will be the first of two true marquee tests for our Eagles, as they enter the frozen tundra of Lam-beau Field to do battle with the white-hot Green Bay Packers. The Packers, who are one of the hottest teams in football, are 5-2 over the last seven games. Coming off of a 55-23 destruction of the Bears last Sunday, the Pack will look to extend their perfect home record to 5-0 with a win over Philadelphia. The conditions will obviously be well in favor of Green Bay, with temperatures expected to fluctuate between single digits, and the upper teens. Wind chills will be bone-chillingly low, as the winds will be howling, and the snow will be falling. These two teams have had a very underrated rivalry, that has contained some memorable moments in the history of both franchises. For Eagle fans, no one can forget the 4th & 26 catch by Freddie Mitchell, that propelled the Birds to their third-straight NFC Championship appearance. Meanwhile, Packer fans most remember Tramon Williams’ interception off of Mike Vick, that sparked the Packers playoff run, that concluded with a Super Bowl win over Pittsburgh. This game looks to add another memorable moment to this rivalry, as both teams are currently sitting in playoff position. With all of this said, both teams are entering this game very healthy. The Eagles are missing a pair of pivotal starters, while Green Bay is only down a pair of backups. Let’s take a look at the injury report:

Injury Report:

Philadelphia Eagles:

Nick Foles (Shoulder)- OUT
DeMeco Ryans (Achilles)- OUT (Injured Reserve)
Brent Celek (Ankle)- Probable
Mychal Kendricks (Calf)- Probable
Bradley Fletcher (Shoulder)- Probable
Jeff Mahel (Foot)- Probable

Green Bay Packers:

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