Archive for January, 2015

Carter-Williams, Noel to represent Team USA in Rising Stars Challenge

January 29th, 2015 by Sam Shipley | Comments Off on Carter-Williams, Noel to represent Team USA in Rising Stars Challenge | Filed in Basketball, General, Sixers

The Sixers first two prized possessions of the start of the rebuild back in the 2012 draft who were acquired for Jrue Holiday are headed to the NBA’s All-Star Weekend. Nerlens Noel and Michael Carter-Williams were selected to represent Team USA in the BBVA Rising Stars Challenge that will take place Friday, February 13th at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn.

Carter-Williams’ numbers have regressed a bit this season after winning the Rookie of the Year award, but still is stuffing the stat sheet on a daily basis. He is averaging 15.3 points, 7.1 assists, and 6 rebounds per game this season while shooting 38% from the floor. The assists are the lone stat that are up from last year when Carter-Williams finished with 6.3 assists per game. A good part of the blame can be put on the surgery on his shoulder that he had over the summer that didn’t allow him to practice and work on his shooting. Over his last nine games, however, Carter-Williams has averaged 17.4 points, 6.3 assists, 5 rebounds, and 2 steals per game while shooting 41.4% from the floor over that stretch. The selection to play for the USA team is well deserved for Carter-Williams as he has been the one of very few players, and at times the lone player responsible for any success that the Sixers have found over the last two seasons.

Along with Carter-Williams, the Sixers Nerlens Noel has also been selected to represent Team USA. Noel, in his official rookie year, is averaging 8 points, 7.3 rebounds, 1.6 blocks, and 1.5 steals so far this year. Numbers which are very impressive for the young big man who some were unsure about as far as his success at the NBA level. Watching Noel this year has been very refreshing. It is so nice to watch an active defender at the rim in a Sixers uniform, which is something the team hasn’t had in a long time. Noel seems to find a way to make the little plays throughout a game, and while he is still raw and developing his entire game, he has shown some really nice promise going forward. Along with his intensity on defense and his slowly improving offensive game, highlighted by some top-10 dunks, Noel has shown improvement as the year has gone on.

Here are monthly splits on Noel this season:

  • October (2 games): 10 ppg, 10 rpg, 3 bpg
  • November (12 games): 7.6 ppg, 5.9 rpg, 1 bpg
  • December (13 games): 7.7 ppg, 7.7 rpg, 1.5 bpg
  • January (14 games): 8.4 ppg, 7.7 rpg, 1.9 bpg


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Will the Flyers make the Playoffs?

January 25th, 2015 by Leo | Comments Off on Will the Flyers make the Playoffs? | Filed in Flyers, Hockey, Polls


With the season in full swing and the Flyers holding a 19-22-7 record and 5th in the metropolitan division and 12 points out of the wildcard standings from Washington and Boston, do you think the Flyers can get in the playoffs in 2015?  Currently the Flyers stats are not anything to write home about being 18th overall in goals per game, 24th in goals against, 5th in Power Play pct., and 29th in Penalty Kill pct.

The one shining star on the team is Jakub Voracek who is leading the team in points (56), goals (17), and assists (39).  They are once again lacking in defense and solid goaltending though Mason has a decent goals against average of 2.47.

So we are gonna put out a poll to the fans and ask:

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Musgrave leaves Eagles for Raiders

January 20th, 2015 by Sam Shipley | Comments Off on Musgrave leaves Eagles for Raiders | Filed in Eagles, Football, NFL

In what has been a routine for Chip Kelly since he joined the Eagles two years ago, the team will need to find another quarterbacks coach this offseason after Bill Musgrave left the Eagles on Monday to become the offensive coordinator of the Oakland Raiders.

Musgrave, 47, is leaving after just one year as the Eagles quarterbacks coach after replacing Bill Lazor who left last offseason to become the Miami Dolphins offensive coordinator. He will now work under new Raiders coach Jack Del Rio, which is a similar job for Musgrave as he served as Del Rio’s offensive coordinator when Del Rio coached the Jacksonville Jaguars.

The departure of Musgrave adds even more confusion and uncertainty for the Eagles quarterback situation, as there is no sign or guarantee of who will be the teams starting quarterback at the start of next season. If the Eagles decide to stick with Nick Foles, the next quarterback coach will be Foles’ fourth different quarterback coach in his four years in the NFL. Foles first worked with Doug Pederson as a rookie when Andy Reid was still here, then worked under Lazor in 2013, and Musgrave this past season.

There is no sign on whether Kelly will promote from within his current staff or go out and hire a new coach.

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Capitals- 1- Flyers- 0- Post-Game Recap

January 15th, 2015 by Kyle Lutz | Comments Off on Capitals- 1- Flyers- 0- Post-Game Recap | Filed in Flyers, General, Hockey

Team Stats

Phi Was
Shots on Goal 21 26
1st 7 8
2nd 7 13
3rd 7 5
Power Plays 3 2
Converted 0 0
Power Play % 0% 0%
Penalty Minutes 4 6
Faceoffs Won 25 34
Faceoff % 42% 58%
Hits 25 24
Blocks 14 23

(Patrick McDermott/Getty Images)

The Flyers put forth a solid, all-around effort last night, although they didn’t come away with any points to show for it.

Washington goalie Braden Holtby, making his 20th-consecutive start in net, stopped all 21 Flyers’ shots on the night, 17 of which were at even strength. With the victory, Holtby improved his record this year to 22-8-7. This was his fourth shutout of the year and the 15th of his five-year career. Counting last-night’s win, Holtby’s now won six out of his last seven starts, dating back to New Year’s Day- he’s only allowed 13 goals in those seven games.


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Offseason of Questions Face The Birds

January 13th, 2015 by Ryan Waterman | Comments Off on Offseason of Questions Face The Birds | Filed in General


This season was a tough pill to swallow. Starting out at 9-3, the Eagles controlled their own destiny and had the chance to secure the teams’ first “free pass to the Divisional Round since the magical 2004-2005 season. However, those aspirations quickly turned to pleas for change. The Eagles moved forward losing 4 of their last 5, bouncing themselves right out of the playoffs. Following one of the most historic collapses in the history of the NFL, it became glaring obvious that this offseason would be an offseason of change. The issues that the Eagles face this offseason are their most significant challenges since the offseason that saw Chip Kelly become the first Eagles head coach not named Reid since 1995.

Eagles owner Jeff Lurie quickly took notice of that fact. As I returned from a family outing on Friday afternoon, I saw the news that Howie Roseman was relieved of his “General Managerial” duties, and that Chip Kelly would now be in charge of Player Personnel. I must admit that I was taken back at first, but it began to make sense after I thought about it. For the past two seasons, Chip has stated that “this team is not complete yet.” In order to make this a “complete team”, the only option was to put the ringleader in charge of recruiting the talent. The amount of power that Kelly now has is unprecedented. To my knowledge, Bill Belichick is the only other coach to possess the power, allowing him to determine who the team selects in the draft, in addition to hand-picking his own free agents. I’m not saying that other head coaches aren’t instrumental in their teams draft selections, and free-agent pickups, but not a lot of (if any) coaches have the amount of power that Bill and Chip do.

With the power that Kelly now possesses comes the responsibility. Chip is now the head honcho of player personnel, and controls who the team ships out, and brings in. That means, no more excuses of an “incomplete team”, as Kelly now has the ability to bring in the players that will improve this team, and make it complete. Howie Roseman no longer stands in the way, and no one can deny Chip. Roseman can only nod, and create the cap space/roster room to accommodate the moves. This shakeup now means that the dogs are loose in the front office, and the sky is the limit this offseason. I will use this article to take an in-depth look, and explain some potential moves that we Eagle fans could see from the team this year.

First up on the offseason agenda is the free-agency period. This is where I anticipate that the Birds will be the most aggressive. Corners Bradley Fletcher and Cary Williams are both expected to be let go, as is Nate Allen. In addition to “The Three Stooges”, the departures of Riley Cooper, Mark Sanchez, James Casey, and Trent Cole are also anticipated, three of the four as cap casualties. This would leave the Birds with holes at corner, wideout, and pass-rushing linebackers. Superstar names are very few and far between in the market this year, but there are plenty of attractive names out there. Let’s take a look at the top 10 free agents, that (if they hit the open market) I believe should be targeted by Captain Kelly and the “Starship Eagleprise.”


Chris Christie Needs to Shut His Mouth

January 8th, 2015 by AmyMac | Comments Off on Chris Christie Needs to Shut His Mouth | Filed in Eagles, Football, General


by Amy McGinnis

Jon Stewart, in his eloquent wisdom, said it pretty well. “You lead a state, Christie, that’s half Giants fans, half Eagles fans, and you’re groping the owner of the Dallas Cowboys? Why don’t you just break a copy of Born to Run over the head of a Hurricane Sandy victim, you backstabbing piece of sh*t?”

Here’s the deal: if Christie’s Godforsaken choice of team fandom is what keeps you from voting for him in 2016, then perhaps you should reassess your criteria for a qualified presidential candidate. If you’re like me, though, the “I’d Sooner Elect a Jellyfish” ship sailed long ago. Recent events, though ethically questionable, are NOT the reason I’ll pass on the “Christie 4 Prez” bumper sticker. His political record speaks for itself; if you or someone you know lives in New Jersey, then you’re likely up to speed on his knack for mismanaging state government and throwing constituents’ well-being to the wind.

The recent display of vomit-inducing, same-sweater-wearing, Cowboy-loving, Eagles-fanbase-bashing garbage is not why I would never cast a vote for Chris Christie. That decision was cemented long before Christie (and his Marcus Vick wannabe brother, Todd) opened his grotesquely large and food-filled mouth about anything sports-related.


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Sixers to acquire guard Jared Cunningham from Clippers

January 8th, 2015 by Sam Shipley | Comments Off on Sixers to acquire guard Jared Cunningham from Clippers | Filed in Basketball, General, Sixers

The Philadelphia 76ers are set to acquire guard Jared Cunningham from the Los Angeles Clippers, according to Adrian Wojnarowski. Along with Cunningham the Sixers will also receive cash from the Clippers, but there are no details on what the Clippers will be receiving back from the Sixers yet. Accoding to Wojnarowski, the Clippers were on the verge of waiving Cunningham until they found a deal to strike with the Sixers.

However, it seems as though the Sixers won’t be holding onto their new acquisition for long:

Wojnarowski also points out that the Clippers will not be receiving a player back in the deal from the Sixers.

More to come…


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