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Philadelphia Eagles- 24- Washington Redskins- 16- Post-Game Thread/Recap

November 20th, 2013 by Kyle Lutz | Comments Off on Philadelphia Eagles- 24- Washington Redskins- 16- Post-Game Thread/Recap | Filed in Eagles, Football, General

(Photo by Rich Schultz /Getty Images)

Nick Foles hugging backup QB Kirk Cousins after the game (Photo by Rich Schultz /Getty Images)

Leave it to Brandon Boykin to make a big play to save the game for Philadelphia, with 32 seconds left in the game at home vs. rival Washington.

The Eagles looked as if they were going to cruise easily to victory this past Sunday vs. the now 3-7 Redskins, but the game drastically changed, in Washington’s favor, when the Eagles decided to slow down the pace of the game with a 24-0 lead after halftime.

That’s when Washington’s defense came up with a few stops in succession, to be able to put their offense, struggling at that point, in a position to score some points and get back in the game. Well, that’s exactly what they did. Washington scored 16 unanswered points in the 4th quarter, and after a 24-point deficit, cut the lead to just a touchdown (plus a two-point conversion). Even more impressively perhaps, on top of the touchdowns to cut the Philly lead, was Washington’s red-zone offense’s effectiveness on the two-point conversion attempts. They were 2-2 in two-point attempts, even though they were poor outside of that in the red-zone.

The first time they made it to the red zone was with little over nine minutes to play in the second quarter, when backup running back Roy Helu Jr. ran for a 24-yard gain to setup 1st and 10 on the Philadelphia 20 yard line. On the very next play, Eagles’ linebacker Connor Barwin sacked Griffin for an eight yard loss, and subsequently stripped the ball from him for a forced fumble, which lead to an Eagles’ recovery by Fletcher Cox.

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Sixers Draft History (The 10 year edition)

April 13th, 2013 by Jeremy Bonnette | Comments Off on Sixers Draft History (The 10 year edition) | Filed in Baseball, General, Sixers
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Sixer Draft History

With a few games left before the NBA playoffs, many fans have their eyes glued to the TV to see where their favorite team finishes. However, Sixers fans want the season to…well…just be over. This year has been a huge disappointment as they sit in 9th place in the eastern conference with a 31-47 (.397) record. Most people would look forward to the upcoming NBA draft because it will usually result in some sort of positive and young improvement within the team’s roster. However, with the Sixers draft history over the past 5 years, I’m not so sure. This article would have probably served a better purpose at the end of the season. However, seeing them lose their third straight game last night sort of forced my hand. Ever since they drafted that one guy back in 1996, they haven’t really made a huge splash in the NBA draft since. That being said, I am going to list what I believe to be the three worst 1st round draft picks in the past 5 years.

The Worst

1. Petteri Koponen

Who is this guy? Apparently the Sixers drafted him 30th overall in 2007, and he never played a game in the NBA. Not only that, but they traded the draft rights to Dallas.

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I am a Philadelphia Sports Fan

March 17th, 2013 by Jeremy Bonnette | Comments Off on I am a Philadelphia Sports Fan | Filed in General, Sports

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I, am a Philadelphia Sports fan.

From birth, I have been raised and taught to praise my Philly sports team above all others. No matter how great or terrible, my team, and it’s pieces come first. It doesn’t matter if I’m watching them live, in a pub, at the lodge, or in the comfort of my own home, I will let them know how I feel about their performance with various forms of cheers and jeers. It doesn’t matter if I am 10 feet away from a player on the sidelines, or a thousand miles away on a business trip, my opinion will be heard and likely matched by other fans like me. We live and die by one rule. “Failure is not an option”. If you win, we will love you. If you lose, we will let you have it. If for one second it seems like you’re not giving it your all, we will run you out of town.

Fans of other cities refer to our style as unmannerly, barbaric, or downright harsh. Which, is actually correct at times. However, we have always remained loyal to our sports. We have loved our teams with a passion that has withstood the depths of time, and will continue to do so for many years to come. There no, “hey, who expected us to get this far”, or, “ah we’ll get’em next year”. it’s either we win, or we lose. We’re not spoiled like LA fans, or cocky like those in Boston. We are a fan base that is constantly hungry, and when our teams are expected to win a championship, it would be quite embarrassing to achieve anything lower than that. It has been quite some time since Philly has been one of the “Title-towns”, and we as a city have felt the sting of getting to the championship game in each of our 4 major sports within the past 15 years, while coming up short. Having victory so close to our grasp only to have it snatched away has given us a sense of a “we’ll believe we’ve won when we’ve actually won” type of attitude. Even though we have one title to hold above us, we are still ravenous for more. While we may have run many athletes out of town, those who have given us their heart in soul are immortalized in Philadelphia sports history, and are grateful for our grit.

I’m sure there have been many articles written about the glory of Philadelphia sports before this one. However, this has been a rare year of mediocrity within our major sport infrastructure. At the same time, it is an excellent time for a reminder that YOU are a Philadelphia sports fan, and we stand by our teams until the last shot is taken, the last goal is scored, and the last inning is played.

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Counterpoint: Have Phillies Fans Become Brats?

April 28th, 2011 by DJChris | Comments Off on Counterpoint: Have Phillies Fans Become Brats? | Filed in General

City of Champions

Our esteemed colleague, Christian, posed the question on TalkSportsPhilly.com; Have Phillies Fans Become Brats?

Reference: http://talksportsphilly.com/2011/04/have-phillies-fans-become-brats/

This lead me to wonder; Have Philadelphia Sports Fans Become Brats?

Without doing any research; just using my own sports acumen, I cannot recall a time when a city have continually and consistently sent multiple teams to the playoffs year after year. I’m a Steelers fan and I remember when the Steelers and the Pirates won championships back to back, 1979. Willie “Pops” Stargell and Terry Bradshaw were on the cover as Sportsmen of the Year. And I know you will say, well, they won championships. But wow, the City of Brotherly Love has consistently sent two or more teams to the playoffs to compete almost every year. Yet, we have some of the thee most disgruntled fans in America!

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The Kevin Kolb Sweepstakes: Mystery?

April 16th, 2011 by DJChris | 3 Comments | Filed in Eagles, Football, General

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Eagles fans, I have a call for action! I need help. Please help me understand this national fascination for Kevin Kolb! The national sports media sees something that I do not and it’s driving me crazy.

Here’s a guy, who to be quite honest with you, does nothing for me. He does not seem overly athletic, strong, agile, durable, or accurate.  He seems to lack charisma and definitely not a media darling. Statistically, he’s pedestrian at best.  He was a 2nd round pick (36th overall) out of Houston. When is the last time you’ve watched Houston in a bowl game over the holidays?  Kevin Kolb has started in just 7 games for the Philadelphia Eagles and played in a total of nineteen.  That is not a very good sample to choose the second coming of Tom Brady. Not to mention, he has a QB rating of just 73.2, has 11 TDs and 14 Ints. His rushing stats are 36 for 64; less than 2 yards per carry.  But yet, more than 5 teams are scurrying to the forefront discussing trades and moves for Kevin Kolb.

The Washington Redskins: So you feel that Donovan McNabb is done? Washed up?  Dan Snyder would turnover the keys of his Lamborghini to the Kevin Kolb and not let Donovan, a seasoned driver learn the mechanics and precision of this vehicle called the Redskins? Is Kevin Kolb better for DC than McNabb?

The Cincinnati Bengals: So Carson Palmer has quit on you? Trade me or I retire he says. So you give up your starting QB and a first round 4th pick to get Kevin Kolb?  And move Carson’s brother Jordan to the back seat and risk losing a kid with a pretty good football pedigree.  I’ll take THAT deal. Carson wouldn’t come to the Eagles, but they could get the 4th pick in the draft.  This is going to be a great draft year. Take it and run.

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Sixers Can Win If They Keep The Games Close

April 14th, 2011 by DJChris | 3 Comments | Filed in Sixers

Hail Mary!!

The Sixers are just good enough…to be mediocre. But sometimes, mediocre wins; with a little bit of luck. The phrase, it’s better to be lucky than good goes a long way when you’re discussing the 2010-2011 Sixers. A missed call, a buzzer-beater, a zany shot that just happens to roll in, a last second turnover, anything like that can put them over the top.

Here’s why. The 76ers finished the season with a 41-41 record. Ironically, they went 12-12 in their last 24 games. But that’s not the whole story. What’s telling is that The Sixers averaged 99 points per game this season. Their opponents averaged 97. So on paper, they win. Theoretically, they kept games close and pretty much had an opportunity to win more that their fair share. And they did. But there are some glaring statistics that shows that when the games on the line, the players are looking for answers and there is no go-to guy. Most teams have that one guy, that one play that defines them. And at times it’s one or two guys if the team is fortunate enough to have two. But it’s pretty scary when you have no one or no plan. So every night when they are up by one or down by two with 12 seconds left, they are all actually wondering: What is Doug drawing up?

Check this out. Six players on the 76ers are averaging double digits this season, with Brand being the leader in scoring with just over 15 ppg. The other 5 guys are 14, 14, 13, 12, 10. So there really is no team go to guy in the crunch. All of the perimeter players shoot below 45%, so this tells me that there is no lights out jump shooter on team. However, there are some streaky shooters.  When they need that one shot, anyone and I do mean anyone can shoot it.  I know that it’s usually Andre Iguodala or Lou Williams, but I’ve seen it go to Nocioni. I have seen it go to Jrue Holiday. You just never know.  You might look at 6 players averaging in double figures and say that it’s great team work. Or look how well they distribute the ball (Jrue Holiday only leads the team in assist with a 6.5 average).  Or these guys really love playing together. But what I see is a troop with no leader. A lot of ball movement. And no cadence caller. Take your pick. Ironically, their balance shows in their record.

I also noticed that they shoot a 46% field goal percentage and they keep their opponent at 45%. Again. A win. Pretty solid defense. Similarly, their 3pt shooting is a paltry 35%, but they keep their opponents at 34%; solid defense on the perimeter. And once again, a win!  Lastly, the Sixers average about 12.2 turnovers per game. That’s not too bad. Especially when they takeaway an average of 14. Again, a win!

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Let’s Go Wildcats! Do Philly Proud!

December 18th, 2009 by Leo | 4 Comments | Filed in College Sports, Football, General

Villanova and Montana will play on Friday night at Finley Stadium in Chattanooga to determine the 2009 FCS National Championship.  This post will have  updates on the game in Chattanooga as it happens.

Some of our Philly boys are gonna stomp some Montana butt in Tennessee.

So, talksportsPhilly salutes our Villanova team and hope to see you in the top division soon.

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First Quarter Update:

Score 0-0 and Villanova has the ball after a botched fake field goal by Montana.

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