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Top 10 Philly Athletes of the Past 50 Years: One Man’s View

July 28th, 2019 by Jim Chesko | No Comments | Filed in Baseball, Basketball, Eagles, Flyers, General, Hockey, Phillies, Sixers

Philadelphia’s been the home base for a great number of incredible athletes over the years, but who are the best of the best?

If you’re a faiBobby Clarke and Bernie Parentthful viewer of Comcast SportsNet (I admit, I’m a heavy watcher), you know that CSN has recently been counting down its list of the Top 10 Philly Athletes of all time. (In case you haven’t been paying attention, Numbers 10 through 4 were Bernie Parent, Chuck Bednarik, Carl Lewis, Julius Erving, Steve Van Buren, Joe Frazier and Steve Carlton; will the final trio be Clarkie, Schmidty and Wilt? We shall see.)

Anyway, it got me thinking about MY list. First, however, the parameters: I decided to limit my Top 10 to players whom I’ve seen in action during the past the 50 years and who’ve played the bulk of their career in Philadelphia. So, no Jimmie Foxx or Lefty Grove (way before my time), no Pete Rose (despite how much he meant to the Phils’ 1980 World Series team), no Steve van Buren or Chuck Bednarik (amazing careers for both, but – again – before my time), no Richie Ashburn … and no Kobe Bryant.

Before giving you my personal Top 10, how about a few Philly greats who just missed the cut? Getting “honorable mention” status would be Charles Barkley, Brian Dawkins and – although he spent just four of his prime NBA years as a 76er – Moses Malone. All right, here goes…

10) JOE FRAZIER – Philly’s greatest boxer, “Smokin’ Joe” was an Olympic gold medalist and undisputed World Heavyweight Champion from 1970 to 1972, who had those three memorable battles with Muhammad Ali. Career record of 32-4-1.

9) CARL LEWIS – The Willingboro, New Jersey, sprinter and long-jumper won nine Olympic gold medals and an additional eight World Championship gold medals in the 1980s and 90s. (We won’t penalize Lewis for his inglorious 1993 attempt at singing the national anthem at a Bulls-Nets NBA playoff game.)

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Philadelphia Sports Card & Memorabilia Show

February 26th, 2019 by Leo | No Comments | Filed in Baseball, Basketball, Events, Football, General, Hockey, Sports

Every year one of the most anticipated memorabilia and autograph signing shows happens in Philadelphia.  It is loaded with sports cards and memorabilia collectors and vendors as well as some of the most sought out Philly athletes for autographs all in one place for the fans.  This year as in many years in the past it is being held at the Valley Forge Casino Resort on March 1st – 3rd and tickets and detailed information is at The Philly Show website

This year’s show has a ton of athletes participating in it throughout the weekend including Brian Dawkins, Lane Johnson, Alshon Jeffery, Fletcher Cox, Brett Myers, DeSean Jackson, Andre Dawson and many others.  The graphic above has the full listing of athletes to appear.  The athletes are often sponsored and will appear at specific dealer and vendor locations throughout the show, for a listing of dealers and locations go to the List of Dealers page on the Philly Show website.

The dates and times are listed in the graphic below:

Philly Show Dates & Times

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Flyers and the NHL Playoff Standings

March 22nd, 2018 by Leo | Comments Off on Flyers and the NHL Playoff Standings | Filed in Flyers, General, Hockey, NHL

Below is a listing of the NHL standings for the playoffs for the Eastern Conference as they currently stand.  The Philadelphia Flyers are in good position and are hoping to improve it before playoff time.


NHL Standings: Eastern Conference

Atlantic Division

1. Tampa Bay Lightning (104 points, 44 ROW)

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A Busy Summer Ahead: Potential Unrestricted Free Agent Targets

May 8th, 2016 by Ryan Waterman | Comments Off on A Busy Summer Ahead: Potential Unrestricted Free Agent Targets | Filed in Flyers, General, Hockey, Sports, TalkSportsPhilly

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Welcome to part two of my Philadelphia Flyers offseason preview. Over these four parts, I will take a look at trades that should be made, free agent signings that need to happen, prospects that could interest the Flyers, and I’ll also project their offensive and defensive lines come opening night. Without further ado, let’s get right to the free agency preview!

By now, I’m sure you’re all very aware of the Flyers’ storied season this year. They entered the season with a new GM, new coach, and were considered a long-shot for a playoff berth. Yet, they proved everyone wrong by fighting their way into the playoffs. To make matters even more amazing, they took the league-best Washington Capitals to their limit, falling just short of a game 7. Over the course of the season, the Flyers had their highs, and their lows. The team had moments of brilliance, and there were also times of pure stupidity. Above all, they found a way to play like a team.

Despite all the positives, there were still a few negatives this season. The top problem that plagued the Flyers this year, was their lack of scoring. Philly ranked 22nd in the NHL, in Goals Per Game at 2.6. A big reason for that number is that the Flyers had only three players that crossed the 20-goal threshold. Wayne Simmonds led the team with 32 goals, while Claude Giroux (22) and Brayden Schenn (26) also hit 20+. Their next highest goal-scorer was Shayne Gostisbehere, with 17. It’s becoming quite clear, that if the Flyers would like to take the next step forward, they’ll need to acquire more players capable of finding the back of the net.

Another thing the Flyers lacked this season was size and physicality. The Flyers only have six skaters that are 6’2″ or taller, and only two skaters that weigh more than 205 lbs. Call me naïve here, but I believe that you need to have serious size if you want to compete in today’s league. Look around the league at these competitive teams, and you’ll see guys like Evgeni Malkin (6’3, 212 lbs), Alex Ovechkin (6’3″, 230 lbs), Nicklas Backstrom (6’1″, 213 lbs)…they’re all big, physical guys. Look back at the Flyers, and you don’t see that.  You see a team full of playmakers that get dominated on the puck, and don’t show a lot in the way of physicality.

What’s missing from this team? Physicality and players that can bury the puck.  That needs to change over the summer, and I believe Ron Hextall knows that. With that said, let’s take a look at six free agent targets for the Flyers, once July 1 rolls around.

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A Busy Summer Ahead: 4 Trades To Make

April 29th, 2016 by Ryan Waterman | Comments Off on A Busy Summer Ahead: 4 Trades To Make | Filed in Flyers, General, Hockey, Sports
 Source: Mitchell Leff/Getty Images North America

Source: Mitchell Leff/Getty Images North America

Welcome to the part one of my Philadelphia Flyers offseason preview. Over these four parts, I will take a look at trades that should be made, free agent signings that need to happen, prospects that could interest the Flyers, and I’ll also project their offensive and defensive lines come opening night. Without further ado, let’s get right to part one. 

The run of luck has finally come to an end, as the Flyers season has closed in what some may consider to be disappointment. On the other hand, I tend to look at the glass half-full. Yes, they lost in the playoffs. Although, it was at the hands of the league’s best team in the Washington Capitals. This is a team that wasn’t even thought of for a playoff spot back in September, yet they fought their way to the postseason. It goes to show the heart that this team has, and that the future is bright for the Flyers Organization.

With that said, there are some negatives to take away from this postseason. The main takeaway was their power-play. Any time a team goes 1-23 on the man advantage, they’ll have a hard time finding a way to win. While their struggles on the man-advantage was well-documented, they did find a way to almost force a game 7. Following their 6-1 defeat in game 3, Dave Hakstol decided it was time to give Michael Neuvirth a shot between the pipes. From there, Neuvirth stopped every shot he faced, except for two. Who would’ve figured that the one goal he allowed would be the series-clincher. That said, none of the blame can fall on anyone for their game 6 loss. Braden Holtby just stood on his head, and stopped the Flyers on every shot he faced. They gave it a great effort, but came up just short in crunch-time.

Another major takeaway from this series, was the fact that Philly was physically dominated by the Capitals. Sure, the hits may tell a different stat, but Washington was able to bully their way past anyone on the Flyers team. The Flyers severely lacked in the physicality department, and that’s simply because they are an undersized team. There’s not one offensive player aside from Sean Couturier that is taller than 6’2″. Making matters worse, there are only five players that are north of 200 lbs. While both of those facts weren’t in the Flyers favor, there was really only one reason why they fell to the Caps. This team lacks offensive talent. There’s a fair amount of talent back on the blue line, but up front we’re severely depleted. We were clearly out-played from a talent aspect.

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Flyers Lose Coots for Series

April 16th, 2016 by Ryan Waterman | Comments Off on Flyers Lose Coots for Series | Filed in Flyers, General, Hockey, Sports, TalkSportsPhilly
Source: Patrick Smith/Getty Images North America

Source: Patrick Smith/Getty Images North America

When the Flyers clinched the final playoff spot just about a week ago, they knew that a tough assignment awaited them in the NHL-best Washington Capitals. Unfortunately, they didn’t realize that road would get tougher before the series even got into the full swing of things.

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Philly Sports Week in Review

April 11th, 2016 by Ryan Waterman | Comments Off on Philly Sports Week in Review | Filed in Basketball, College Sports, Eagles, Flyers, Football, General, Hockey, NBA, NFL, Sixers, TalkSportsPhilly
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Source: Pinterest

For the most part, it’s been a dull year in Philadelphia sports. The Sixers have…well, sucked for a third straight year, the Eagles played very poorly and wound up missing the playoffs for the second-straight season, and the Phillies are just getting started. In the matter of a week though, sports has become the talk of Philadelphia. Dull no more, the city is buzzing with talk of all major sports teams. To get a better idea of just how much has changed in a week, let’s take a look at the week in review for Philly sports.

Source: CNN.com

Source: CNN.com

Monday

#2 Villanova Wildcats def. #1 North Carolina Tar Heels 77-74 to win the NCAA Championship

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