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2015 NBA Mock Draft

June 25th, 2015 by Ryan Waterman | Comments Off on 2015 NBA Mock Draft | Filed in Basketball, General, Sixers

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In just about seven hours, the next generation of hopefuls will fulfill their dreams, hearing their names called on the biggest stage of all, the NBA Draft. The highly anticipated No.1 overall pick looks to join elite company such as LeBron James, Tim Duncan, and Patrick Ewing, amongst others as franchise changing players. The Minnesota Timberwolves have been on the clock since May 19th, and are widely expected to select Kentucky Wildcats big man Karl-Anthony Towns. However, we know from experience that there is no such thing as a sure thing, until his name is officially called. With that said, Anthony-Towns isn’t the only elite talent in this class. KAT, as he’s known is also joined by Duke big man Jahlil Okafor, and highly touted Ohio State guard D’Angelo Russell as the top prospects in this deeply talented draft class. Keeping all of this in mind, let’s get down to business on the real reason why you’re here….the mock draft.

1.) Minnesota Timberwolves: Karl Anthony-Towns (PF/C- Kentucky)

Towns has been viewed as the “overwhelming” favorite to go No.1 overall, ever since his dominant performance during Kentucky’s pursuit of history this past season. Pretty close to the “perfect” big man, Anthony-Towns comes with his fair share of flaws….no matter how minor they may be. At 7’0″, he has the size and he certainly has the skill.  Towns also possesses a great basketball I.Q. This kid has something special, and is just starting to scratch the surface of his true potential.

2.) Sacramento Kings (via L.A. Lakers): Jahlil Okafor (PF/C- Duke)

The Kings acquire this pick in the first draft-day blockbuster.  By shipping all-star center DeMarcus “Boogie” Cousins to “Tinseltown”, the Kings set themselves up nicely for the future by acquiring 2014’s 7th overall pick Julius Randle, 2014’s 46th overall pick Jordan Clarkson, the Lakers 2nd overall pick in 2015, and a top 10 protected pick in 2018, amongst other assets. This selection would give the Kings a dynamic duo in the front-court of Randle and Okafor for years to come.  Jahlil is arguably the most polished player in this draft, and stands a legitimate chance of sneaking into the No.1 spot.  However, I just don’t see the T-Wolves passing on a talent like Towns.

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Start of Camp Has Many Eagles’ Fans Feeling ‘Super’

July 24th, 2014 by Jim Chesko | Comments Off on Start of Camp Has Many Eagles’ Fans Feeling ‘Super’ | Filed in Eagles, Football, General

It was just about a year ago that Chip Kelly’s first training camp as head coach of the Philadelphia Eagles got under way – the first time since 1998 that someone other than Andy Reid was in charge. Not surprisingly, there was a lot of anticipation about what the former Oregon Ducks head man would bring to the table, including questions about how a high-energy college offense would translate to the pro game, and whether perceived No. 1 signal caller Michael Vick was really the right fit for Kelly’s offense. All of that amid expectations by even the most die-hard fans that the Birds would finish about 6-10 or – at best – 8-8 in Kelly’s first pro season.

What a difference a year makes. Vick once again couldn’t stay healthy (and is now an ex-Eagle), Nick Foles took over and had a season for the ages, and the Eagles finished with a 10-6 record and a division title, plus the trip to the postseason that went with it. So, as Kelly & Co. open their second training camp, the stakes are significantly higher, with the Eagles an overwhelming favorite to win a second-straight NFC East crown – and fans now wondering if this team just might be good enough to earn a trip to Glendale, Arizona, for Super Bowl XLIX.

Nick Foles wChip KellySure, the start of another NFL training camp is always exciting, but Eagles fans this year seem to be more fired up than in any July since back in 2004 when the team had a new wide receiver who was known to most football watchers by his initials, T.O. And, yes, that season did culminate with the Eagles’ second Super Bowl appearance.

All of the optimism about the 2014 season is understandable. LeSean McCoy set a franchise record with a league-leading 1,607 rushing yards and 2,146 yards from scrimmage last year and is now arguably the best running back in the league. Foles put up some fantastic numbers in his sophomore season: a 64% completion rate, 27 touchdowns with just two interceptions, and a passer rating of 119.2 – the third-best in league history. The Birds’ defense showed marked improvement in the second half of 2013. And it doesn’t hurt that the rest of the NFC East, against whom the Eagles will play six of their 16 regular-season games, looks to be pretty mediocre. (In a recent Philadelphia Daily News readers poll, 88% of respondents predicted the Birds would win 10 or more games again this season.)

As training camp opens, there’s plenty to pay attention to for Eagles Nation.

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Why Steve Carlton Should Have Won the 1972 National League Most Valuable Player Award

January 19th, 2014 by Kyle Lutz | Comments Off on Why Steve Carlton Should Have Won the 1972 National League Most Valuable Player Award | Filed in Baseball, General, Phillies

Steve Carlton, arguably the Philadelphia Phillies’ best pitcher in franchise history, came into the league with St. Louis in 1965. He wasn’t drafted, but instead, out of college no less, signed with the team for $5,000 two years prior in 1963. From there he transformed over time into one of the best pitchers in baseball, and in hindsight one of the best of all-time.

His repertoire included a sweeping curveball, a powerful ‘mid-90s fastball and a late-breaking slider, which all proved to equally be his out pitches. After seven seasons with the Cardinals, he was traded in February of 1972 for fellow starting pitcher Rick Wisewho made the National League All-Star team a year prior to the trade (1971). Wise was a strong, top-of-the-order starting pitcher at the time. In 1971, he went 17-14 with an impressive ERA of 2.88 in 272.1 innings pitched. He only pitched two seasons with St. Louis before being traded again, after winning 16 games in succession; this time to Boston,

With St. Louis, Carlton had three seasons with below-3 ERAs. Although he led the league in losses (19) in 1970, the previous three seasons he compiled an ERA of 2.70, a win-loss record of 44-31 and a winning percentage of 59. In two of those three seasons he also made the All-Star team. His minor setbacks on the mound mixed with his contract demands (he wanted $65,000 from St. Louis, which they refused to pay him. They offered him $60,000 instead) the next two years led to his subsequent trade to Philly.

It was a strange, peculiar scenario for both players, as both teams were willing to pay the opposite team’s player the amount they wanted (both wanted $65,000), but yet they were unwilling to pay their own the same amount for unknown reasons.

Carlton’s Topps’ baseball card

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Arizona Cardinals (7-4) vs. Philadelphia Eagles (6-5)- Game Preview, Breakdown, Injury Report and Predictions

December 1st, 2013 by Kyle Lutz | Comments Off on Arizona Cardinals (7-4) vs. Philadelphia Eagles (6-5)- Game Preview, Breakdown, Injury Report and Predictions | Filed in Eagles, Football, General

Time/Place- 01:00 PM, Lincoln Financial Field, Philadelphia, PA
TV Channel/Radio Station- FOX/94.1 WIP

The Eagles come back home, after their bye week last week, this Sunday at 1:00 to play the smoking hot Arizona Cardinals at the Linc. Arizona comes in at 7-4, after a blowout victory vs. Indianapolis last week, 40-11. They’ve won four straight, and yet, if the playoffs started today, they wouldn’t make it. Thus, they are hungry and continuing to fight, to earn one of those two wild-card berths come playoff time.

On the flip side, the Eagles come in at 6-5, off of their bye week, having won three straight prior to the off week. They blew out Oakland 49-20 almost a month ago at Oakland’s Coliseum, a game in which Nick Foles tied an NFL record with seven touchdown passes (with no interceptions to boot). The next two weeks, prior to the bye, they defeated Green Bay at Lambeau 27-13 without Aaron Rodgers behind center, and defeated rival Washington at home 24-16, respectively. This season, Nick Foles has thrown zero interceptions, and 16 touchdown passes, for an amazing quarterback rating of 128; which leads the league.

Foles isn’t sure to win MVP honors just yet, because he’s missed a few games, and well, because Peyton Manning is lighting the league on fire, at a dramatic rate, but he’s proved, at least for the time being, that he’s worthy of being in this league as a starter. Chip Kelly even gave him his vote of confidence.

Defensively speaking, Philadelphia has picked up the load there tremendously as well, improving under their new 3-4 scheme, under first year (under the Eagles) defensive coordinator Billy Davis. They’ve only given up 13.5 points-per-game in their past four outings, and the improvements have led to the team being ranked 18th in the league defensively now, in points-per-game against, with 23.6. 

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Philadelphia Flyers (10-10-2) vs. Florida Panthers (6-13-5)- Pre-Game Article- including breakdowns, statistics, injury reports and predictions

November 26th, 2013 by Kyle Lutz | Comments Off on Philadelphia Flyers (10-10-2) vs. Florida Panthers (6-13-5)- Pre-Game Article- including breakdowns, statistics, injury reports and predictions | Filed in Flyers, General, Hockey

 

Philadelphia Flyers (10-10-2; 4-3-2 away) vs. Florida Panthers (6-13-5; 3-4-3 home)

Location- Sunrise, FL
Arena- BB&T Center
Time: 07:30 PM EST
TV Channel(s)- FSFLP, CSN Philly
Radio- 97.5 the Fanatic
Starting Goalies- Steve Mason (PHI)- Tim Thomas (FLA)

The Flyers are back on the road again, folks. This time it’s brief, at least for now, and only for two games- both of which are in Florida. After tonight, they face off against Tampa, at the Tampa Bay Times Forum, two days from now on the eve of Thanksgiving. They’ll play a rare 11:30 AM game this Black Friday at home vs. Winnipeg, on a back-to-back game schedule, before traveling to play at Nashville on Saturday. The Fly Guys have been playing excellent, extremely competitive hockey as of late under new head coach, interim Craig Berube. They’ve won three straight and are undefeated in seven straight games, since November 9th. So far this year, Philadelphia has been a somewhat better road team, than home team, going 4-3-2 away from the Wells Fargo Center.

As for Florida, they’ve lost two straight (one was a shootout loss), and went 2-2-1 on their five-game road trip that they just wrapped up prior to tonight’s game. They’re 6-13-5 this year, and are currently in second to last place in the Atlantic Division standings, ahead of Buffalo.

Offensively this season, Florida ranks 25th in the league in goals (51), 21st in shots on goal (673), 27th in assists (83) and 27th in goals-per-game (2.13). They’re dead last in the NHL on the man-advantage, with a percentage of 9.3. They’re also very poor on the penalty kill as well: ranked 27th overall with a percentage of 77.1. This is why their record stands as it is. They’re poor in special-teams’ scenarios, they’re poor five-on-five and in the face off circle as well (ranked 24th; with a 48.1% face-off win percentage).

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Ottawa Senators vs. Philadelphia Flyers- Game Preview, Breakdown, Injury Report, and Predictions

November 19th, 2013 by Kyle Lutz | Comments Off on Ottawa Senators vs. Philadelphia Flyers- Game Preview, Breakdown, Injury Report, and Predictions | Filed in Flyers, General, Hockey

Senators (8-8-4) vs. Flyers (7-10-2)
Arena: Wells Fargo Center
Time: 7:00 PM EST
Channel: RSNE, TVA, CSN Philly
Radio: 93.3 WMMR

(AP Photo/The Canadian Press, John Woods)

The Flyers, after a four game break after Friday night’s shootout loss to Winnipeg, come back tonight to begin the first game of a three game home stand vs. Ottawa. They defeated them on the road last week 5-0 at the Canadian Tire Centre in Ontario, a game in which Jake Voracek compiled two goals, and goalie Steve Mason (who gets the start tonight) stopped all 24 shots by the Sens for his first shutout of the season (and as a Flyer).

Speaking of Mason, he hasn’t allowed any more than three goals in a game this season. He moves up with the puck when need be, he moves the puck well, he moves great laterally side to side. And it isn’t as if he’s on an extreme hot streak, I just believe he’s playing overall solid hockey, after a period with Columbus a few years ago where the same couldn’t be said.

Last week on the road trip, Philadelphia went undefeated, with a 2-0-1 record at Ottawa, rival Pittsburgh and Winnipeg. They could have earned all 6 possible points on that road trip, but they squandered a late 2-1 lead vs. Winnipeg, when Dustin Byfuglien scored on a late power play for Winnipeg, and Winnipeg won it on extra shots in the shootout. Regardless of the squandered point, Philadelphia has to look at the positives: they still gained a point, they still went undefeated on the road trip, which was essential if this turn around is going to occur, and they competed at a high level.

(AP Photo/The Canadian Press, Adrian Wyld)

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Philadelphia Flyers vs. Ottawa Senators- Game Preview, Breakdown, Injury Report, and Predictions

November 13th, 2013 by Kyle Lutz | Comments Off on Philadelphia Flyers vs. Ottawa Senators- Game Preview, Breakdown, Injury Report, and Predictions | Filed in Flyers, General, Hockey
Giroux on Saturday, vs. Edmonton, after scoring his first goal of the season

(AP Photo/Tom Mihalek)

The Flyers head into tonight’s game at the Canadian Tire Centre in Ottawa to face a 7-6-4 Senators team, in the first match-up between the two teams this year, out of three. The two teams will face off again in a week from now in Philadelphia, then again in a month from now at Ottawa.

The Flyers are coming off of an impressive 4-2 victory at home vs. Edmonton this past Saturday, in which Claude Giroux found the back of the net for the first time all season long.

In that game, defenseman Mark Streit lead the team in scoring with two assists, netminder Steve Mason stopped 24 out of 26 shots, and Giroux, as mentioned, finally lit the lamp. The latter fact can only help Giroux, in his quest to regain his dominance and form.

Perhaps giving Giroux the captain’s role prior to this season was a mistake, as the role takes on a ton of extra pressure to succeed and fulfill duties. His skill sets are still there, but he’s been in a slump, and unfortunately the team goes when he goes, and that hasn’t been the case thus far this year.

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