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Posted by Decker on August 27th, 2012

The Eagles are the best team in Philadelphia. All four are mediocre, but this should be the best of the bunch.

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Papelbon Has Landed

Posted by Decker on November 13th, 2011

The Phillies have signed closer Jonathan Papelbon. The deal is worth $50 million over four years, and is the biggest deal ever for a relief pitcher. While he had a down year in 2010, Papelbon quickly bounced back. Mariano Rivera makes more per season, but the contract did not have this length (or amount).

This means the end of Ryan Madson’s tenure in Philadelphia. After having many years of underwhelming closers, the Phillies enjoyed Brad Lidge’s success as they won the World Series. However, Lidge was never the same after that magical season. Since then, Phillies fans have been clamoring for an elite closer, and their prayers were finally answered.

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Soaring Struggles

Posted by Decker on November 13th, 2011

With a 3-5 record, the Philadelphia Eagles seem as if they will be watching the playoffs on television this year. Even though they lead the division in point differential, they are looking up at the 6-2 Giants. Four out of the five losses that the Eagles have suffered this year were within a touchdown. Down the stretch, nobody is converting on the plays that they need to. Whether it is a fumble, or an offsides penalty, or an overthrown ball.

The lockout certainly did the Eagles no favors. With limited time to prepare for the season, that is not good for a team that had so many new players. By the time the Eagles fully mesh, the season will be over. So they are not a “dream team”, but who honestly expected them to be? Nobody should take a third-string quarterback’s perspective on anything. But they will be more of a dream team next year, but it will come with a cost. That cost is watching the playoffs on television, and having the Eagles know that they are more talented than some of the teams that they will be watching.

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Posted by GameSetMatch on August 23rd, 2011


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The UFC Invades Philly Once Again

Posted by GameSetMatch on August 3rd, 2011

The UFC is schedule to appear in Philadelphia August 6th for their pay per view event, UFC 133: Evans vs Ortiz 2. After injuries sent this fight card in a whirlwind, as of now all the fights are set and the crowd can get ready to feast on a lovely fight card. I will give my predictions on the fights that I care about or have an interest in. In total there are 11 fights but I will discuss my 3 fights I will keep a close eye on. You can click on UFC:133 Fight Card to find all of the bouts.

Chad Mendes vs Rani Yahya:

This is a very interesting bout. Some considered Mendes as the number one contender for champion Jose Aldo, but Mendes did not want to wait around for Aldo to come back from injury to get his title shot. Mendes decided to take another bout which puts him up against a tough BJJ practitioner Rani Yahya. Mendes will use his tough and rugged wrestling and ground game. I see the fight ending in a stoppage in the second round for the winner Chad Mendes.

Next is the co-main event between Vitor Belfort and Yoshihiro Akiyama.
This is a very interesting match up the can provide fireworks for the audience. Akiyama is a highly regarded specialist at judo with exceptional striking. Belfort is strong and will be hard to takedown due to his strength. Also his strinking skills and range will make him control most of the fight. I see this fight ending in a third round knockout for Vitor Belfort.

Last we have the main event of the evening which is a rematch between Tito Ortiz and Rashad Evans. In there previous meeting at UFC 73, Ortiz and Evans fought to a draw. There is a lot on the line for this rematch which includes a title shot for the winner at 205. Evans will have to rework his game plan from the previous fight because he tried to over power Ortiz with wrestling which did not work to well. Evans need to use his speed to put Ortiz off track and then he can capitalized with his take downs. I see the fight going to a split decision for the Rashad Evans.

Those our my predictions and we will find out Saturday night if I am correct or not.

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Linebackers

Posted by Decker on August 2nd, 2011

After getting a pro-bowl cornerback and a second round pick for Kevin Kolb, the Eagles were on pace to have a successful off-season. After getting Nnamdi Asomugha, Jason Babin, Cullen Jenkins, and Ronnie Brown, the Eagles seem poised to make a run at the title. A lot of people are waving the white flag and assume they will make the Super Bowl. However, the Eagles still have one problem: linebackers. Their linebackers were bad last year, and that included Stewart Bradley and Ernie Sims. Both are gone, and the Eagles are in trouble. Next season could provide big things out of Philadelphia, but there might be a huge hole in the middle of the field.

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Take Biyombo

Posted by Decker on June 21st, 2011

A lot of mock drafts have the Philadelphia 76ers taking Markieff Morris with the 16th pick in Thursday’s NBA Draft. But that would definitely be a poor decision. He could be the power forward of the future, but does he really have that much upside?

As far as centers go, Philadelphia sadly downgraded from Sam Dalembert by acquiring Spencer Hawes. Hawes is soft and injury prone, and did not have a good season. Biyombo is listed as being 18, but scouts believe he may be a bit older. This would be a good pick. Yes, there is a chance Biyombo will be awful and out of the league in a few years. But he has shown signs of excitement, explosiveness, and potential. Philadelphia management is never risky, but now could be the time to take a risk. The reward could be a bust, or the reward could be great.

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Either Deal Makes Sense

Posted by Decker on June 21st, 2011

The rumor mill has been running strong in regards to Andre Iguodala. The 76ers “star”, who has played with the team his entire career, has been in trade talks with the Clippers and Warriors. He could possibly go to Los Angeles for Chris Kaman, or to Golden State for Monta Ellis. Either way, a change is certainly necessary.

Iguodala going to Golden State would certainly bring bigger news. Ellis scored over 24 points a game last season, and over 25 per game the year before. He brings much needed scoring help to the team, as well as the ability to command a double team, and take clutch shots. The only negative, which is a big one, is that he could potentially stunt the growth of Jrue Holiday and Evan Turner.

For the Los Angeles deal, it would be more of a rebuilding move for Philadelphia. Kaman fills a center void, but that is like practically upgrading from an F to a C-. The good news is that he brings an expiring contract and will give the 76ers a lot of cap room to play with in the 2012 off-season. However, that will not do much, as there would be no room for Paul or Williams, and there is no way Howard would come to Philadelphia over New York, New Jersey, or being traded to the Lakers. But that cap room could be used to add another piece to what would be an extremely young core.

Either way, trading Iguodala to one of these teams would bring good news. It either gives the 76ers their first legitimate scoring threat besides Iverson in who knows how long, or they will have a lot of cap room to play with.

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Again, Trade Kolb

Posted by Decker on April 7th, 2011

It is time for the Eagles to trade Kevin Kolb. Michael Vick, based on last season, should certainly be the team’s quarterback of the future. Kolb has been a backup for just about all of his career, and he is growing frustrated from it. He has one year left on his contract, and it comes at a friendly price. Kolb could end up leaving next off-season for absolutely nothing. But now, the Eagles could likely net a first-round pick for him. The pick would have to be for 2012, and not allowed to be for 2011. But a future good pick is better than what the Eagles could end up getting for him: nothing.

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Halladay For 2K11

Posted by Decker on November 15th, 2010

Possible National League Cy Young award winner Roy Halladay will grace the cover of MLB 2K11. Teammate Ryan Howard graced the cover of MLB 2K8. The Rookies of the Year were announced today, so Halladay should find out his Cy Young fate soon enough. He is the favorite going in to win the award.

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