Archive for October, 2015

TalkSportsPhilly Salutes Temple

October 31st, 2015 by Leo | Comments Off on TalkSportsPhilly Salutes Temple | Filed in College Sports, Football, General, Sports
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Go OWLS!!!

As most of us know here in Philly, Temple is giving the Philly Sports Fans a shot in the arm with some much needed enthusiasm.  It’s been a long time since Philly fielded a contender in college football and I think everyone is appreciative of Temple’s efforts.  They have a big game this week against Notre Dame (6-1) and if Temple brings home the win, it will be huge.

The Owls are sporting a 7-0 record and currently ranked #21 in the AP poll, the highest ranking they’ve had since 1979.  Notre Dame is currently ranked #9.

TalkSportsPhilly is sending out its support and appreciation no matter what happens with Notre Dame, but lets win this one anyway…..Go Owls!!!

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2015 WWE Hell In A Cell; Results, Recap, and Reactions

October 28th, 2015 by Ryan Waterman | Comments Off on 2015 WWE Hell In A Cell; Results, Recap, and Reactions | Filed in General, Sports, Wrestling

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When most people think of TalkSportsPhilly, they envision pages and pages of articles on the Eagles, Phillies, Flyers, and Sixers. While that is true, we at TSP also like to provide diversity for our readers. We’ve endeavored into articles on Penn State, and Temple. In the coming weeks, we plan to dive deep into the College Football Playoff/Bowl scene, and there is also a weekly NFL pick’em on the horizon for the TSP staff.

However, this time, we are going outside of the box, as they say. This article will be our first edition of a monthly WWE Pay-Per-View review. Once a month, my brother Robert Waterman and I will break down, and give our thoughts on WWE’s PPV. This month, we start off with what most expect to be a barbaric event….Hell In A Cell!


Match 1: Alberto Del Rio (w/Zeb Colter) defeats John Cena to win the WWE United States Championship

Ryan’s Take- This match was actually one of the few WWE matches that has excited me this year.   Cena has spent the better part of the last seven months, lining opponents up every week and knocking them down.   Cesaro, Ziggler, Rusev, etc….he has beaten them all.   It got to the point, that there was no one left that we have yet to see John face.   That led to the speculation and anticipation of a major debut of an NXT star.   Baron Corbin, Tyler Breeze, James Storm, or even Samoa Joe.  They were all brought up as possibilities.   This match could have even led to the surprising return of Daniel Bryan.   However, it was none of these men to answer the challenge, no sir.  It was the rather shocking return of former WWE & World Heavyweight Champion Alberto Del Rio.  I truly believe that WWE dropped the ball with this match.   They had a golden chance to create a new star, with the monumental impact of defeating John Cena for the United States Championship, in their first match. Instead, they bring back a former star that has accomplished all that he can with the company.   What does that prove?    Absolutely nothing.   It was a very perplexing move by the WWE, and I’m a little curious to see how it goes over.

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This is Where I Leave You

October 26th, 2015 by AmyMac | Comments Off on This is Where I Leave You | Filed in General, Sports, TalkSportsPhilly

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It has been a fun and rewarding four years for me at TalkSportsPhilly.com, and it’s with a heavy heart that I’ve decided to part ways. Thank you to the rest of the writing staff; it’s been a lot of fun getting to know Ryan, Kyle, Sam, and Mike. They’re a knowledgeable and talented group of guys, and I wish them much success.  Thank you to Leo for allowing me to run my mouth in a public fashion, and thank you to the wonderful TSP readers.

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Flying High Again

October 23rd, 2015 by Joe Buscemi | Comments Off on Flying High Again | Filed in Flyers, General, Hockey

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If any team knows how it feels to give up multiple leads against the Flyers it would be the Boston Bruins. No Flyers fan can forget the memorable 2010 Eastern Conference Semi Finals, in which the Flyers overcame a three game and three goal deficit to make history in Boston on their road to the Cup. While that was not exactly the case last night, the Flyers did overcome a 2 goal deficit late in the third period and wound up winning in overtime.

A far cry from the team that hit the ice against the Stars on Tuesday night, the Flyers played a much better game on all sides of the puck, despite losing Sean Couturier and back-up goalie Michal Neuvirth to injuries.  Couturier left the game after taking a nasty elbow to the head by ex-teammate Zac Rinaldo. According to sources the team is being extremely cautious on his return as it does not appear to be too serious. He’s listed day-to day with an upper body injury. There is no doubt that Rinaldo will be getting a call from the office of player safety to discuss the hit and as a repeat offender he will most likely be fined and or suspended.

Michal Neuvirth seemed to injure himself when attempting to make a save on Patrice Bergeron’s 2nd period power play goal. He fell to his knees and remained there for a few moments in pain, but got up on his own power and finished the period. However he would not return to action after the second intermission. The team has also listed him day-to-day with an unspecified upper body injury.

  • Takeaways:  Both teams were involved in a shooting gallery for the better part of the first period as each scored twice. After a solid first by the Flyers, it was all Bruins in the second. The flat footed Flyers returned and failed to convert on the five minute misconduct to Rinaldo. To add insult to injury they gave up a short-handed goal during the prolonged power play as well.
  • Turning point:  Whatever was said in the locker room by head coach Dave Hackstol must have been taken to heart as the team came out firing on all cylinders for the final twenty minutes of play. With 9:36 left in the third Wayne Simmonds sniped a nasty top shelf goal past Bruins goalie Tuuka Rask that put the Flyers within one. That goal came moments after Steve Mason made a highlight reel save that seemed to be the momentum shifter the team fed off of the rest of the game. The Flyers kept the Bruins shot-less for eleven straight minutes in the third and captain Claude Giroux would find the back of the net to tie the game at four with just over twelve minutes to go in regulation.

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Flying Jet-lagged

October 22nd, 2015 by Joe Buscemi | Comments Off on Flying Jet-lagged | Filed in Flyers, General, Hockey, Sports

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Too much of anything is no good, just ask any athlete about a long lay-off and they will give you a similar answer to that of Jake Voracek in reference to the the Flyers six day break.  “We will most likely have to shake off some rust in the first twenty minutes of play against the Stars”. Unfortunately it took the Flyers a good forty-six minutes to shake off the rust and score their first goal to trim the Stars 2-0 lead in half with 8:57 left in the 3rd period. The offense looked flat throughout the first two periods, this included a lot of ill-advised passes, turnovers, issues setting up, and barely any time on attack. The Flyers also failed to convert on all four of their power plays as the team continued to turn the puck over multiple times while entering their own zone.

Despite winning 56% of their face-offs and out shooting the Stars 35-33, the Flyers failed to capitalize during multiple opportunities and to add insult to injury Braydon Schenn wound up committing an untimely slashing penalty with only 2:08 remaining in the game, which pretty much ended the Flyers from having any shot at potentially tying the game.

  • Positive Takeaways: Despite ending up with the loss and an early 2nd period goal, Steve Mason played brilliantly between the pipes, especially for returning from what seemed to have been a serious personal issue.
    • The defense really picked up for the lack of play in the team’s offensive zone and weak fore-checking. Had it not been for the solid play by both Mason and the team’s defense, the deficit could easily have been larger.

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Philly Sports News: Temple and PSU Take Another Step

October 20th, 2015 by Robert Waterman | Comments Off on Philly Sports News: Temple and PSU Take Another Step | Filed in College Sports, Football, General, Sports

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So I’ve got some good news, and some bad news after another crazy Saturday of College Football.  So I will start with the bad news first, Penn State went into Columbus with visions of winning, however, they were quickly extinguished in a 38-10 loss to the top ranked Ohio State Buckeyes on Saturday Night Football.  The Nittany Lions looked lethargic for most of the game as Christian Hackenberg went 7 for 13 throwing for 120 yards and 1 touchdown, but was pressured and hurried as well as sacked all night long.  The lone bright spot for this team was RB Saquon Barkley who ran for 196 yards.  Now keep in mind that he is only a freshman who had a bright future ahead of him.

For Ohio State, it was the J.T Barrett show as he threw for only 30 yards and 2 touchdowns, however, he killed Penn State with his legs as he ran for 102 yards and 2 additional touchdowns, and if that wasn’t enough Ezekiel Elliott ran for 153 yards and 1 touchdown as well.  Next game for Penn State is a road test against Maryland while Ohio State also goes in the road for another Saturday Night game against Rutgers.

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New York Giants (3-2) at Philadelphia Eagles (2-3); Game Preview

October 17th, 2015 by Ryan Waterman | Comments Off on New York Giants (3-2) at Philadelphia Eagles (2-3); Game Preview | Filed in Eagles, Football, General, NFL
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Back in Black!    That’s right, Monday night’s divisional battle against the hated New York Giants will once again be a “Blackout”.   Last season, the Eagles opened up prime-time play against the Giants with a “Blackout”.   That game resulted in the Birds first shutout in 18 years.   The team out-gained the Giants by a rate of almost 2:1 in total yards.   They drove Eli Manning and Ryan Nassib to the turf, a combined 8 times.   Point blank, they completely and utterly dominated the game.   Now, I’m not saying this game will be a repeat of last season.  But, I truly believe that the black uniforms do something special to this team.  The Eagles are riding high, after coming off of a dominating win over the New Orleans Saints. 

In that game, DeMarco Murray finally found his footing, tallying a total of 100+ yards from scrimmage and a touchdown.  The passing game really started to find its’ rythym, going for well over 300 yards.  The team should ride into this game, full of confidence and swagger.  On the other hand, so should the Giants.  They are the lone team atop the NFC East at 3-2, following a controversial come from behind win over the San Francisco 49ers on Sunday Night Football.  Needless to say, this should be a good one.  

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