Monthly Archives: December 2009

Clutch or Lucky?

I was watching NFL networks, NFL replay show of this past Sundays win over Denver when I stumbled on something rather interesting.

After the great sideline catch by rookie Jeremy Maclin, running back Brian Westbrook came up to his quarterback and praised him saying “thats how you win a game…”

McNabb responded with…

“Well, god is good because I sure  wasn’t throwing to him.”

Now watch the replay at the 4:25 mark.

He overthrew Avant by 15 feet!

After all the praise Donovan has received this week for executing such a clutch drive, it turns out the best throw he’s made all year was also his most inaccurate. Only in Philly…

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Full Halladay Trade Details

Over the last 21 hours or so, many Philly faithful have glued themselves to either their computer or radio in hopes of getting to the bottom of this whole Halladay/Lee mess. Well I got it for you, this is the absolute latest deal as reported by ESPN’s Buster Olney who actually reported this as a possibility a week and a half ago, so thumbs up to Buster. Well here goes…and oh yeah there is a 4th team involved…yeah I know…

Philadelphia sends top pitching prospect Kyle Drabek, outfield prospect Michael Taylor and catching prospect Travis D’Arnaud to the Toronto Blue Jays for Roy Halladay and 6 million dollars. (The 6 million is the difference between Cliff Lee and Roy Halladay’s salary for 2010)

Roy Halladay signs a 3 year contract extension with the Phillies through 2013 with an option for another year.

In a separate deal, Toronto will send Michael Taylor to the Oakland Athletics for corner infield prospect Brett Wallace.

In ANOTHER separate deal the Phillies will trade Cliff Lee to the Seattle Mariners for their top pitching prospect Phillipe Aumont, centerfield prospect Tyson Gillies and another prospect arm JC Ramirez.

So when it comes down to it the Phillies could not afford to keep both Lee and Halladay in their rotation because of their self-imposed budget. Ruben Amaro felt that he would rather replenish the farm system that he just depleted by turning the 5 month investment in Cliff Lee into 3 prospects. It’s depressing just because of what the rotation could have been…and just how much of a beast Cliff Lee was in the playoffs.

Even with that the biggest thing that can be overlooked here is that the Phillies just acquired THE best pitcher in baseball over the last decade. A sure-fire first ballot hall of famer and a Cy Young award winner. The league leader in shutouts and complete games. A guy noted as being the hardest working and most prepared hurler in the sport. Doc Halladay is a Phillie…it’s just a shame Cliff Lee wont get to be apart of it next year.

The best video on youtube of what Roy Halladay can do to opposing offenses…

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Doc to Phillies “Very Close”

Rumors are absolutely everywhere but here is the absolute latest per ESPN’s Jayson Stark who is the most reliable voice on the Phillies…

NOT 100% done yet. Phillies trade Lee to Seattle for 3 prospects. Phillies move Michael Taylor, Travis D’Arnoud to Toronto. Phillies keep a Seattle prospect and get Halladay. The holdup is getting Halladay to sign an official extension.

Moving Lee hurts, but keeping our two top prospects Kyle Drabek and Dom Brown would be outstanding. It’s a shame we wont have that 1 year of the dream rotation but Lee simply would not sign an extension and Halladay is willing to commit long-term to come to a winning organization. It’ll be really interesting to see what kind of prospects we keep from Seattle.

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1st Place…it just feels right.

Donovan McNabb and the Eagles offense just 1 punched the G-Men and put the Birds into first place with just 3 weeks remaining in the regular season.

The Defense looked genuinely terrifying but lets worry about that later in the week. For tonight and tomorrow let’s just bask in the glory that was this explosive offensive performance. Andy and Desean will be…

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Per Eskin: Richards Stripped Of Captaincy

Richards with die hard Flyers fan Gina Lynn.

WIP’s resident Eagles ass kisser stated a few minutes ago on his show that…

“Per my sources Mike Richards has had his C removed and Chris Pronger will be named captain tonight.”

I don’t buy this for a second. Eskin literally has ZERO POINT ZERO credibility when it comes to hockey and the Flyers. Still something worth reporting though…we shall see.

Update: Rumor was that Richards offered to step down and Holmgren denied the request. God only knows…

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Laviolette Hates Fighting

Peter Laviolette has a history of being a bit of a pacifist with his teams…I really hope he isn’t the choice.

The Following are quotes from PhillySportsForums.com who tracked down some snippets from the past.

Carolina coach Peter Laviolette makes no bones about the way he expects his players to act in games.

“I have a very strict no-fighting policy for our team,” Laviolette says. “Last year in the playoffs (defenseman) Mike Commodore got into a fight and I said, ‘OK, that’s it. No more fighting.’ I simply cannot afford to lose a player like Mike Commodore to an injury he may sustain in a fight.

“Take a guy like Erik Cole. If we allowed him to fight, I know he would do it. Now if he gets hurt in a fight, our team has lost a very valuable asset. How do I justify that? I can’t. It just doesn’t make sense to me to allow our guys to fight.”

Instead, Laviolette elected to dress skilled players on his fourth line, guys who, in a pinch, could fill in on one of his top two lines. A player such as Chad LaRose, for instance. LaRose, a 5-foot-10, 175-pound speedy winger, couldn’t fight his way out of a wet paper bag, but he scored 61 goals and 117 points in 67 games for Plymouth in his final year of junior and helped the Hurricanes by skating an occasional regular shift and killing penalties. Laviolette also worked skill players Andrew Ladd and Josef Vasicek into the lineup.

Peter Laviolette set a “no-fighting” edict for his Carolina Hurricanes in the playoffs

The Stanley Cup champion Carolina Hurricanes have played without a heavyweight for two seasons. Coach Peter Laviolette has discouraged his players from fighting.

This sounds like a match made in hell…

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Stevens Fired; Laviolette To Takeover

The Flyers have fired head coach John Stevens after  nearly 3 seasons behind the bench of the orange and black. Inconsistent and passionless play are the clear reasons as to why the former Flyers player, Phantoms coach and long time member of the organization is no longer employed. The Flyers have an 8pm news conference scheduled to officially announce the news aswell as name the new successor (at least for the short term).

Rumors are swirling that former enforcer and current assistant Craig Berube will takeover on an interim basis but .I have heard that Peter Laviolette the former Hurricanes cup winner and US Olympic head coach is being tagged as the replacement from two sources.

More as it comes out.

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