Posts Tagged ‘playoffs’

Playoffs still possible, but Eagles need help

December 16th, 2014 by Sam Shipley | Comments Off on Playoffs still possible, but Eagles need help | Filed in Eagles, General, NFL

Dez Bryant catches one of three touchdowns over Bradley Fletcher in Cowboys 38-27 win over Eagles.

Coming into week 15 the Philadelphia Eagles controlled their own destiny in terms of winning the NFC East and making the playoffs. An Eagles win on Sunday night would have meant the Eagles would have needed just one more victory, or one more Cowboys loss to clinch the NFC East crown. However, after a disappointing 38-27 loss to the Dallas Cowboys the Eagles can still make the playoffs, but no longer control their own destiny. In order to make the playoffs, the Eagles first off have to win their final two games. If they do that, they will need a little luck.

Ironically, the Cowboys will face the Indianapolis Colts this weekend and face one of the best quarterbacks in football named Andrew Luck. The Colts (10-4) clinched the AFC South division yesterday with a 17-10 win over the Houston Texans, but are still in the hunt for a top two seed in the AFC playoff picture.

With the Eagles trailing the Cowboys by a single game in the division, they will need to win out and hope for the Cowboys to lose at least one of their final two games this season. The second game the Cowboys have is at Washington, which is a much easier game for the Cowboys, so the division title could very well be in the balance this weekend when the Colts roll into Dallas.

The Eagles have some hope with this contest as Dallas is ironically much better on the road (7-0) then they are at home (3-4) this season. The Colts hold a 4-2 road record and are one of the best teams in football, especially offensively which is bad news for the Cowboys who have a below-average defense in the league. Third in the league in scoring, the Colts come into to this game averaging a whopping 33.3 points per game on the road this year.

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Flyers vs Rangers Playoff Preview

April 16th, 2014 by Kyle Lutz | Comments Off on Flyers vs Rangers Playoff Preview | Filed in Flyers, General, Hockey

As we exit the NHL Regular Season and enter into the playoffs, the Flyers have a lot of question marks going forward. On the flip side, they also have some things in their favor as well heading into Thursday night’s bout with New York at MSG. Let’s look at the series as a whole.

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Series Schedule- Date/Location/Time/Channel (all times EST)

04/17- @ New York- 07:00 PM- CSN
04/20- @ New York- 12:00 PM- NBC
04/22- @ Philly- 08:00 PM- CSN
04/25- @ Philly- 07:00 PM- CSN
04/27- @ New York- 12:00 PM- NBC (if necessary)
04/29- @ Philly- TBA- CSN (if necessary)
04/30- @ New York- TBA- CSN (if necessary)

Despite posting a winning record (23-22-3), last season (2012-13) was one to forget for Philadelphia in the lockout-shortened season; as they missed the postseason for just the second time in the span of the past 16 seasons. Interim head coach Craig Berube has to feel good about that, as well as his club’s overall improvement(s) within this season as well; as they began the season at just 0-3, and were just 3-8 one month in. Since November 1st, Philly’s gone 39-22-10.

Alain Vigneault is in his first year as Rangers’ head coach, having previously coached two Canadian NHL teams in Vancouver (2006-2013) and Montreal (1997-2001). Vigneault has had success as coach, not just in the regular season either, as he took the 2011 Canucks three years ago to the Finals; before eventually bowing to Boston.

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Columbus Blue Jackets (38-30-7) vs. Philadelphia Flyers (39-27-9)- Game Preview

April 4th, 2014 by Kyle Lutz | Comments Off on Columbus Blue Jackets (38-30-7) vs. Philadelphia Flyers (39-27-9)- Game Preview | Filed in Flyers, General, Hockey

It’s a match-up of Mason vs. Bobrovsky: two goalies facing their former teams, with playoff implications to boot. Columbus is currently four points back of the Flyers in the standings, with the same amount of games played (75). Both teams are trailing the Rangers for the second spot within the Metropolitan Division. New York has 90 points in 77 games played, three more points than Philly has.

The Blue Jackets have won two out of the three previous meetings between the two teams this season, in the first year as Metropolitan Division foes. In the first match-up on December 19th, Philadelphia not only came back from a three-goal deficit, but scored an incredible five goals in the third period on their way to a 5-4 victory. Two days later, this time in Columbus, Bobrovsky and the Blue Jackets got revenge by handily defeating the Fly Guys 6-3

Flyers’ captain Claude Giroux had four points (2 goals, 2 assists) in the two teams’ first get together back in mid-December, and all together he has five points in three contests vs. Columbus this season (2 goals, 3 assists). On the flip side, Columbus blue liner Nikita Nikitin has three points (0 goals, 3 assists) vs. Philly this season.

Sergei Bobrovsky didn’t start the first two games back in December vs. his old team due to a strained groin, which sidelined him a total of 14 games, before returning to play in early January, prior to the two team’s third meeting two weeks later. Backup Curtis McElhinney started in his place, compiling a .893 save percentage in the process. Meanwhile, Ray Emery started two out of the three games as well for Philly.

In their two victories over Philadelphia this season, Columbus has not only averaged 5.5 goals/game, but they’ve gotten significant contributions on and off the scoreboard from numerous players. Nine different Blue Jackets, out of 11 total goals scored in that time span, have lit the lamp; a very positive sign for their head coach Todd Richards.

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Should the NBA switch, per conference, from 8 playoff teams to 6?

January 28th, 2014 by Kyle Lutz | Comments Off on Should the NBA switch, per conference, from 8 playoff teams to 6? | Filed in Basketball, General, Sports

There has been a ton of talk over the years from sports fans and analysts on whether or not NBA commissioner David Stern should/will switch the league’s playoff format from 8 teams per conference getting in to 6. I, for one, am all for the latter proposal, and here’s why.

Poor lower seeded teams

First and foremost, and most importantly, the reason why I’m in favor of switching the format again, this time filing it down a bit from eight teams to six, is because most of the time the 7 and 8 seeds in each conference are horrible teams with below .500 records. Thus, due to their win-loss records, team rosters and the way their team is constructed, they’re not realistically a playoff team in any sense of the term. When I think of an NBA playoff team, I think of at least 42/43 wins, at worst, with a balanced lineup, or at least one superstar on the team. Most teams either have a Lebron, Kevin Durant, Russell Westbrook, Kobe or Tim Duncan on their team, but some have more well balanced lineups with or without a superstar at the helm, like Portland. Of course, there’s one problem/flaw that presents itself logically within my first point, and that’s conference depth.

Some years, in any sport- but especially within the NBA (at least currently), one conference/league within a sport is significantly better on and off paper than the other league. This year thus far, for the NBA, is a perfect example of that. To shed some more light on that, for example, if the playoffs started today (with my ideal format in mind, not under the current one), in the West, Phoenix with a 24-18 record, and Dallas with a 25-20 record, respectively, would miss the playoffs as #7 and 8 seeds. Compare that to the bottom two teams in the East, and it’s drastically different. Among the conference standings, the Nets are the seventh best team at just 19-22, even though they’ve been hot as of late, while Charlotte rounds out the top eight with a record of 19-27. Two winning teams in the West wouldn’t, and the same outcome would occur for the East, except with two teams under .500 at the moment. To give you an idea of the West’s dominance this season, overall this season, the Western Conference has an incredible 74 more total wins (363 to 289) than the East does (as of Sunday, Jan. 27th), in four more total games played (654 to 650).

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Philadelphia Eagles (9-6) vs. Dallas Cowboys (8-7)

December 30th, 2013 by Kyle Lutz | Comments Off on Philadelphia Eagles (9-6) vs. Dallas Cowboys (8-7) | Filed in Eagles, General, Sports

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So alas Dallas we meet again, this time with playoff implications and a division title/playoff spot on the line. Plain and simple: the winner tonight wins the NFC East division title and will be, and can only be, the # 3 seed in the NFC come playoff time. If the Eagles win they can face a number of teams, depending on what occurs today in games around the league. Come January they would play the second (and last) NFC Wild Card team, aka the # 6 seed, with home field advantage. Depending on how the scenarios play out today, they would either play the 49ers, the Saints or the Cardinals.

Getting in is half the effort. All Philadelphia has to do tonight is focus on Dallas and Dallas only, considering they wouldn’t have to worry about winning and trusting another team to lose/tie in order to make it in.

Dallas is coming off of a close 24-23 win at division rival Washington last Sunday, in which starting quarterback Tony Romo threw a late TD with 1:08 remaining in the game to seal the deal for Dallas. In the game, Romo threw two touchdown passes, on 17 completions (out of 27), to an interception, for a quarterback rating of 98.7. He threw for 226 passing yards in the game, an average of 8.4 yards/passing attempt, and completed 63% of his passes on the day. Dallas scored 10 late 4th Quarter points in the game, in the span of five minutes, to give themselves a shot at a playoff berth come tonight.

As for Philadelphia, they went the easier route by handily defeating Chicago 54-11 in a route. In that game, quarterback Nick Foles completed 84% of his passes, throwing for 230 passing yards with two touchdown passes to 0 interceptions, with an overall QB rating of 131.7. Foles, with his ply this year,  is among the best of all time as far as single-season statistics are concerned. He’s ranked third all-time among quarterbacks for the best single-season quarterback rating, with 118.7.

Kyle Orton has 69 career starts, so he has experience, but I firmly believe his rustiness will be a factor. Then again, if Dallas sticks to their running game early, and more importantly, are successful with the latter they can win.

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Phillies Phaith and The Wildcard!!??

September 12th, 2012 by Leo | 1 Comment | Filed in Baseball, General, Phillies

Yes Phaithful, the Phillies are 4 games out from the wildcard and finally have brought their record back to .500 with a 71-71 record.  That makes it six wins in a row.  They are going for the sweep of Miami today and if they win the Phils will have a legitimate chance at making a run for it.

Let’s show some Phaith and get rowdy for our Phillies, we can do it!!

The teams that are in front of the Phils for the Wildcard spot are: St. Louis, The Dodgers, and Pittsburgh.

Here are the current standings for the National League:
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Source: Allen Iverson Will Be At Game 6

May 23rd, 2012 by Sam Shipley | Comments Off on Source: Allen Iverson Will Be At Game 6 | Filed in Basketball, General, Sixers

The Answer Is Back In Town!!!!

According to a very good source, Allen Iverson will be attending Game 6 between the Sixers and Boston tonight in Philly. This will be Iverson’s first visit to the Wells Fargo Center since his stint with the team back in the 2008-2009 season. If this is true, this already sold out crowd will be in a frenzy before Game 6 even takes place.

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