Posts Tagged ‘Philly news’

Report: DeMarco Murray will play Sunday vs. Jets

September 25th, 2015 by Sam Shipley | Comments Off on Report: DeMarco Murray will play Sunday vs. Jets | Filed in Eagles, Football, General, NFL

Eagles running back DeMarco Murray will play this Sunday according to a report from ESPN’s Ashley Fox.

The report is good news for the Eagles and their fans after Murray suffered a hamstring injury this week at practice, which caused his status for Sunday to be up in the air.

The Eagles are desperate to get their new running back going, after rushing for 11 yards on 21 carries in the first two games of the year. This week won’t get any easier for Murray or the Eagles against a very good defense in the New York Jets.

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Tim Tebow Time…But not in Philly

September 9th, 2015 by Leo | Comments Off on Tim Tebow Time…But not in Philly | Filed in Eagles, General, NFL, Sports

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Well, we all enjoyed our Tim Tebow Time in Philly while he was here.  I would like to throw my 2 cents in on the topic since TSP didn’t jump on the Tebow media hype wagon. Personally, I would have taken Tebow as the third string QB for the Eagles and here is why:

First, he is a gritty competitor, he will play to win and could be a great emotional support in rallying a team…This can overcome any shortcomings in particular skills.

Second, he has experience starting and playoff experience, we are talking about a third string QB.

Third, he is a decent runner and can give the option of special play situations in which he would fit the bill, and would give the offense another option, even if it was on a rare occasion.

I do know Chip doesn’t like primadonna’s and Tebow would have brought a whole fan base with him and would have taken a lot of attention off the team, Chip wants to be in command and having a third string QB with that much media attention could be a detriment to Chip’s vision.

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MLB Has a New Domestic Violence Policy

August 23rd, 2015 by AmyMac | Comments Off on MLB Has a New Domestic Violence Policy | Filed in Baseball, General, MLB
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Baseball Commisioner Rob Mandred is working to decrease incidents of domestic violence.

It seems that every year, we see more and more professional athletes investigated for (and sometimes charged with) domestic assault. While the incidents of off-the-field violence provide us a a small look into the abuse from which so many suffer every single day, consequences for the offenders seldom set an appropriate example. Professional athletes have historically had a knack for getting slaps on the wrist for both misdemeanor and felony assault. Up until very recently, professional sports organizations haven’t done nearly enough to administer discipline to these players.

This past Friday, Major League Baseball and the players’ union announced a new policy that involves the intervention, discipline, and treatment for players associated with domestic violence, child abuse, and sexual assault. MLB issued the following statement:

“The Commissioner’s Office will implement additional policies to cover Minor League players, as well as everyone employed by a Major League or Minor League club, and the Commissioner’s Office, and the MLBPA will also implement an all-encompassing domestic abuse policy for its staff.”

There will now be resources for those players (and their families) involved in abuse or violent incidents. The focus will be to provide education, intervention, and discipline. It’s worth noting that other professional organizations (looking at you, NFL) have had a greater number of known violent incidents than Major League Baseball has had.

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Sean Couturier Signs Six Year Extension

July 30th, 2015 by Joe Buscemi | Comments Off on Sean Couturier Signs Six Year Extension | Filed in Flyers, General, Hockey, Sports

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The Flyers signed center Sean Couturier to a 6 year contract extension worth $25 million on Tuesday July 28th. He is in the final year of his current 2 year $3.5 million contract, in which he will be earning a cap hit of $1.75 million.

Most fans have mixed feelings about “Coots” due to his moderate offensive numbers, however many forget that he is only 22,  has played under two different coaches at a very young age, and despite being a center he has been heavily utilized as a defensive specialist during many penalty killing opportunities. He has done an excellent job shutting down opponent’s star players including Evgeni Malkin, especially during the 2012 Stanley Cup Playoffs.

Couturier has generated 45 goals and 73 assists in regular season contests and 3 goals and an assist in 18 playoff games as a Flyer. He also assisted in Team Canada’s 2015 World Championships Gold Medal run, where he recorded 3 goals and 4 assists in 10 games.

During an interview with CSN Philly, Couturier mentioned that he is extremely excited to continue his career with the Flyers but most importantly he understands that it is time for him to step-up his game on offense and feels as though he can really improve under new head coach Dave Hackstol.

It would be nice to see if Hackstol could help revamp Couturier’s offensive skills as he continues to develop. It would turn him into quite a highly skilled two-way forward that would strengthen the team’s offense as he could be utilized on both the 2nd and 3rd lines.coots 2

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The Flyers Are Following The Defensive Blueprint

May 23rd, 2015 by Ryan Waterman | Comments Off on The Flyers Are Following The Defensive Blueprint | Filed in Flyers, General, Hockey, Sports

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If you take a look around the NHL, you’ll find one common theme. The most successful teams, have a stud defensive core. You see teams like the L.A Kings (Doughty, Muzzin, Voynov), Blackhawks (Keith, Hjalmarsson, Seabrook), Rangers (McDonagh, Staal), Blues (Pietrangelo, Shattenkirk), Ducks (Fowler, Lindholm, Vatanen) and Capitals (Green, Carlson, Alzner), who all have a stud defensive core. Another common theme amongst these teams, is that they are all primarily young. Anaheim, New York, Washington and St. Louis only have three defenseman over the age of 30, similar to the LA Kings (who only have two defenders under 30).

Every team that I have mentioned, has enjoyed recent success. The Blackhawks have won two Stanley Cups in five seasons, the Kings have snagged two championships in the last four seasons. Anaheim and the Rangers have consistently been challenging for Lord Stanley’s Cup over the past 3-4 seasons, and while the Blues have come up short in the playoffs, they’ve been one of the best regular season teams in the NHL. My point here, is that in order for a team to be successful in the NHL, a team must build a successful defensive core. Ron Hextall and the Flyers seem like they are on thei way to following this blueprint for success.

When you look at the Flyers at this current moment, you see a relatively old team (average age of 28), that is in disarray. The offense has become a laughing-stock, the defense is just as bad, if not worse than the offense, and only one-half of our goaltending tandem is worth even looking at. However, if you dig down into the Flyers farm system, you’ll see some promise on the backend. Reinforcements are coming, and they are coming in numbers. On the NHL roster, there are currently three defenseman under the age of 28 (Luke Schenn, Michael Del Zotto, Radko Gudas). One is coming off of an injury, one is currently unsigned, and the third is just flat-out, not good. It’s the worst kept secret in hockey, that the Flyers defense needs help….badly. For that help, fans need look no further than the AHL and CHL.

The Lehigh Valley Phantoms currently hold a number of the Flyers defensive prospects. Former Union College standout Shayne Gostisbehere, Robert Hagg, Mark Alt, Brandon Manning, and Jesper Pettersson all reside in the Phantoms locker room. “Ghost” is looked at as one of the two “defensive cornerstones” of this team’s future. With speed being arguably his best asset, Gostisbehere is thought of as an offensive specialist, possessing incredible puck-moving skills.  In three seasons at Union College, he tallied 22 goals, and 60 assists for a total of 80 points.  Shayne got a small taste of what to expect in Philly, having played in two games with the Flyers this season, before making his way back down to Lehigh Valley, where he suffered a season-ending torn ACL.  He’s a prime candidate to crack the Flyers roster out of training camp.

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Is Ruben Amaro, Jr. the worst GM in Phillies’ history?

August 27th, 2014 by Kyle Lutz | Comments Off on Is Ruben Amaro, Jr. the worst GM in Phillies’ history? | Filed in Baseball, MLB, Phillies, Sports

Perhaps So.

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History

Amaro took over for his predecessor, Pat Gillick, in 2009 following Gillick’s retirement from baseball after the Phillies won the World Series in 2008. Gillick was here for three years, from 2006-08, taking the team to the playoffs for the first time in 14 seasons in 2007. The year before, in his first season here, the team came within just three games of a playoff spot; after winning 85 in the regular season (the Dodgers were the NL wild-card representative that year with 88 wins). And following the former accomplishment, Gillick took the team all the way; a feat that hadn’t been done by a GM in Philly in 28 years.

Gillick did a good job in his role, keeping the core group of talented players on the team and adding key bench players to make the team even better, especially in close games (e.g. Matt Stairs, Geoff Jenkins). Although Wade set the tone for the future Phillies’ success with his strong draft picks, Gillick kept those star draft picks around, but did more to compete. He did this, unlike Wade, by adding complementary players (see above), not overpaying for free-agent talent, and making the necessary trades to fill holes.

Amaro, Jr. was primed to be Gillick’s successor, and ultimately did so a month after the ’08 World Series concluded. Dissecting Amaro, Jr’s general-manager career, the secret is out; he’s not a good one, to say the least. Most fans have complained about his frequent impatience and constant flurry of trades of minor-league talent/highly-touted prospects.

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Free Agent Frenzy Roundup: Days 1 and 2

July 4th, 2014 by Ryan Waterman | Comments Off on Free Agent Frenzy Roundup: Days 1 and 2 | Filed in Flyers, General, Hockey

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The second day of free agency is reaching it’s twilight, and the first two days have provided plenty of fireworks in both the NHL & the NBA. At 12 PM yesterday afternoon, the NHL free agency period began, and players were permitted to officially put pen to paper and sign the contract. When that clock struck noon, the fireworks shot off. The signings came together so fast because of the negotiating period that took place before hand. In total, 96 players signed yesterday for a mind-blowing total of well-over $500 million. Let us take a look at the action (or lack thereof…) from our beloved Flyers yesterday.

The Flyers were never really in much of a position to do anything with this free-agent crop, due to past contracts given out (and taken away) by former GM Paul Holmgren. Many contracts had come back to bite new GM Ron Hextall in the butt. Vinny Lecavailer’s $4.5 Million Cap Hit, Mark Streit’s $5.5 Million Cap Hit, Andrew MacDonald’s $5 Million Cap Hit, and most importantly Claude Giroux’s $8.275 Million Cap Hit. These cap hits, partnered with the buyout of Daniel Briere and Ilya Bryzgalov left the Flyers $236,000 over the cap.

The lack of cap space available on “Overpay Day”, handcuffed Hextall, and forced the Flyers to stand pat on day 1. Boy, was it an overpay day. Many of the Flyers rumored targets had signed quickly into day 1 of free agency, and were paid handsomely. Matt Moulson returned to the Buffalo Sabres for 5 Years, $25 Million, Brooks Orpik and Matt Niskanen landed with the Capitals for a combined $65 Million, both on 5 year deals. In a day of major moves, the Flyers shifted their focus towards depth (surprisingly…), signing former German goalie Rob Zepp, former Calgary Flame Blair Jones, former Columbus Blue Jacket Nick Schultz, re-signing goalie Ray Emery and most recently trading Tye McGinn to San Jose for a 2015 3rd Rd Pick. In the coming days, one player I see on the Flyers radar is defender Michael Del Zotto. Del Zotto never truly got the chance to show off his two-way skills in New York or Nashville, but a thinned-out Flyers blue-line would provide the ultimate chance for that.

Now, let’s move onto the Sixers. NBA free agency unofficially began yesterday. While teams can “officially” sign contracts until July 10th, players have already verbally agreed to contracts with teams. Players like Shaun Livingstion (Golden St.), CJ Miles (Indiana), and Jodie Meeks (Detroit). While the big story still surrounds LeBron James, and Carmelo Anthony…..there is plenty of talent to go around.

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