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Andrew Kulp

  1. Benching Vick Should Be Reid’s Last Resort

    Oct 18, 2012, 1:28 AM EDT

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    Whatever your opinion of Juan Castillo and the job he did as defensive coordinator, that experiment has concluded. It seems to me Andy Reid had far bigger fish to fry, specifically as it relates to the Eagles’ ghastly offense, but you can certainly find cause for Castillo’s removal. If nothing else, firing your friend and associate of 14 years sends a powerful message.

    Whatever the case may be, people were seeking blood over the club’s turbulent 3-3 start, and blood they got. Like spectators at the Roman Colosseum however, the citizens of Philadelphia do not appear to be satiated by a singular display of cruelty. All eyes turn to Michael Vick now as a city asks: will Reid squeeze the trigger on his quarterback next?

  2. Quotable: Crosby Being Crosby About Injuring Giroux, Losing

    Oct 18, 2012, 1:05 AM EDT

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    When Claude Giroux required off-season surgery on not one, but both of his wrists, the reason he gave was fairly straight-forward: Sidney Crosby. When pressed for comment on his predisposition to hacking the limbs off of opponents, a petulant Crosby was unapologetic for the damage.

  3. Joe Banner’s Departure from Eagles Also Became Official Today

    Oct 16, 2012, 4:00 PM EDT

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    Joe Banner actually stepped down as Philadelphia Eagles president months ago, but remained with the organization in a consulting role — until today. In all honesty, he was just biding his time while he waited to become part of an NFL ownership group, a goal Banner finally realized with Jimmy Haslam’s acquisition of the Cleveland Browns complete as of Tuesday.

  4. Progress on NHL Labor Front? Owners Make New Offer

    Oct 16, 2012, 2:28 PM EDT

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    After weeks where both sides did little more than mark their territory, finally we may be getting some good news toward ending the NHL lockout. Commissioner Gary Bettman announced owners extended a new collective bargaining offer to the players’ association on Tuesday, proposing an even 50/50 split of hockey revenue.

    It was the first presentation by either side since before the lockout began.

  5. Firing Juan Castillo Doesn’t Fix Eagles’ Real Problems

    Oct 16, 2012, 12:59 PM EDT

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    There are a lot of numbers being thrown around today. Here are two you may not have heard yet: 54 seconds and 23 yards.

    54 seconds is the amount of time the Eagles’ offense managed to eat up while clinging to a three-point lead on their final possession of the fourth quarter. 23 yards is all the distance the Lions needed to travel to kick a game-winning field goal in overtime.

    Say what you will about Juan Castillo. The decision to promote him to defensive coordinator may not have been the wisest. Maybe he truly was in over his head. Either way, his firing on Tuesday morning was the very definition of scapegoating.

  6. Lions Stun Eagles with Fourth-Quarter Comeback, Overtime Win

    Oct 14, 2012, 5:55 PM EDT

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    This is what happens when a team comes to rely on last minute heroics. Eventually, inevitably, they will fall short.

    For three of the first four weeks of the 2012 season, the Eagles were able to score late to either take or extend a lead. The offense held up that end of the bargain again on Sunday, just as they did last week in Pittsburgh. But similar to last week, the defense would prove unable to hold the fort in the end.

  7. Eagles Hosting Megatron and the Lions Before the Bye

    Oct 14, 2012, 12:09 PM EDT

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    As the Eagles get set to host the Detroit Lions, we are struck by the stark difference between being either 4-2 or 3-3 heading into the bye week.

  8. Are Sacks Vick’s or Offensive Line’s Fault? Probably Both

    Oct 12, 2012, 1:20 PM EDT

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    Michael Vick has been sacked 13 times this season. Some say he’s holding on to the ball too long, others point to an offensive line that’s been decimated by injuries. Statistics indicate both have been responsible.

  9. At Least the Sixers Are Back in Action, and They Won!

    Oct 12, 2012, 3:22 AM EDT

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    Hockey season may be on ice for the time being (clever word play!), but basketball season is right around the corner. In fact, the 76ers were in action last night, winning their first exhibition game in Orlando by a 102-95 count.

    Jrue Holiday paced Philly’s offense with 27 points.

  10. Hockey Season Does Not Start Tonight, But You Already Knew That

    Oct 11, 2012, 6:00 PM EDT

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    The Wells Fargo Center was supposed to play host to a nationally televised puck drop tonight, but that game between the Flyers and Bruins along with two weeks worth of NHL schedule were cancelled last Thursday. With the owners and players still stuck at an impasse, further cancellations are inevitable. But you already knew that.

  11. Cowboys Fans Are Bandwagoners, Says Cowboys’ Hall of Fame Quarterback

    Oct 11, 2012, 3:05 PM EDT

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    We’re not ones to miss out on an opportunity to needle Cowboys fans on this site, but this time it wasn’t us — it was one of their own (and now we’re going to pile on).

    Okay, so Troy Aikman didn’t exactly call Cowboys fans bandwagoners. He was talking about Dallas fans, the people who actually have a geographical reason to root for the Cowboys, not the actual bandwagon fans that you and I all know. I guess it’s one in the same, really.

  12. Kobe: ‘What was I supposed to do? Pass it to … Kwame Brown?’

    Oct 11, 2012, 1:50 PM EDT

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    Sixers fans have to be excited about some of the new additions to the team. But if Kobe Bryant couldn’t win an MVP while playing alongside Kwame Brown, how could Andrew Bynum?

  13. Ricky Watters Had an Amazing Career, Too

    Oct 11, 2012, 1:08 PM EDT

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    In case you’ve been wondering why Ricky Watters has been in the news so much recently, it’s because he’ll be the Eagles’ honorary captain this Sunday, and will address the fans before the game against the Lions. Of course, Watters isn’t often remembered in Philadelphia for his 5,112 yards from scrimmage and 32 touchdowns in three seasons with the Birds. You know where this is going…

  14. All of Baseball Is Rooting Against the Nationals

    Oct 11, 2012, 11:33 AM EDT

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    Are you performing your civic duty and cheering for whoever occupies the dugout across from the Washington Nationals? (Okay, so that’s difficult considering it’s the Cardinals, and wouldn’t get much easier if it were the Giants next.) Turns out you’re not alone.

    Baseball’s general managers are united with Phillies fans in their opposition to Washington’s success.

  15. Anonymous GM Rips Detroit Lions

    Oct 10, 2012, 3:41 PM EDT

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    Detroit finished with a 10-6 record and made the playoffs last year, so even where they stand after four games, you figure the Eagles will have their hands full on Sunday. But according to one anonymous general manager interviewed by Pro Football Weekly, the Lions really are not very good.

  16. Andre Iguodala Hasn’t Enjoyed Basketball the Last Couple of Years — Your Fault

    Oct 10, 2012, 1:59 PM EDT

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    While Philadelphia prepares itself for the Andrew Bynum show, Andre Iguodala has been quietly going about his business in Denver — until now.

    In a wide-ranging interview with Matt Moore of CBSSports.com’s blog Eye on Basketball, Iguodala opened up about his eight seasons with the 76ers. He admits criticism started to weigh on him toward the end of his run, and explains why he’s not the player you think he is.

  17. Opposition Beat: Talking Eagles-Lions with Justin Rogers of MLive.com

    Oct 10, 2012, 12:27 PM EDT

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    Each week during the 2012 season we’re hitting up some of the most knowledgeable people on the Internet when it comes to the Philadelphia Eagles’ opponent that particular Sunday. Today we are pleased to have Justin Rogers, Lions beat reporter for MLive.com, which serves the entire state of Michigan.

    Kulp: There probably aren’t many prognosticators who picked the Lions to be 1-3 at this point in the season — and it very easily could have been 0-4 — but that’s where they are after three consecutive losses against San Francisco, Tennessee, and Minnesota. What would you say has been the biggest reason behind their slow start?

    Justin Rogers: It’s easy to point to special teams as the biggest reason for the Lions’ slow start. There have been 10 touchdown returns on kickoffs and punts around the league and Detroit is responsible for four. (Full response below)

  18. Eastern League MVP Darin Ruf Is Not One of Eastern League’s Top Prospects

    Oct 9, 2012, 4:08 PM EDT

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    The Reading Phillies have three players on a list of the Eastern League’s Top 20 Prospects according to Baseball America. Catcher Tommy Joseph, third baseman Cody Asche, and pitcher Jon Pettibone all made the cut. Home run king Darin “Babe” Ruf did not.

  19. As NBA Preseason Draws Near, Bynum Getting Closer to Practicing

    Oct 9, 2012, 3:03 PM EDT

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    The Sixers will open their preseason schedule without Andrew Bynum this Thursday in Orlando, but insider Dei Lynam shared some good news from training camp on Monday.

    There was some legitimate concern after the team announced they were shutting down their newly-acquired center for three weeks, a precautionary measure taken due to a bone bruise in his knee. He may be over a week away from stepping on the hardwood yet, but Bynum admitted he is feeling much better recently, thanks.

  20. How Top Receivers Are Peforming Against Eagles D

    Oct 9, 2012, 1:50 PM EDT

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    Through five weeks, the Eagles’ defense ranks ninth in passing yards allowed (206.8), and fourth in opponent passer rating (67.1). Despite the decent numbers all-around though, some very good wide receivers have posted good games over the past three weeks. That could spell bad news with Calvin Johnson coming to town.

  21. Brian Westbrook Provides Some Sobering Analysis on Vick’s Dropsies

    Oct 9, 2012, 12:20 PM EDT

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    At this point we’ve already heard about one million reasons why Michael Vick can’t hang on to a football this season. Some believe it’s because he’s trying too hard to be a pocket passer, others claim he’s being asked or forced to run too frequently, and a whole bunch of nonsense in between.

    Heck, if we were to take his comments at face value, supposedly the quarterback doesn’t even realize it’s a problem at all.

  22. Wayne Simmonds Fightin’ around the World

    Oct 9, 2012, 11:14 AM EDT

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    ♪ Makin’ movies / makin’ hockey / and fightin’ round the world

  23. Utley: ‘Coming into Spring Training, I thought I was in a pretty good place’

    Oct 9, 2012, 10:29 AM EDT

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    If the Phillies are going to jump back into contention in 2013, they’ll be relying on a contribution from Chase Utley. The concern is knee injuries have prevented the second baseman from starting the season on time two years in a row. Who’s to say there won’t be a third?

    Jim Salisbury had a candid sit-down with the five-time All Star on Monday, who discussed his frustration with the situation, whether he was surprised it cropped up again this year, and how many games he hopes to be available next spring.

  24. Phillies Performance Reviews: Ruben Amaro Jr. and Charlie Manuel

    Oct 8, 2012, 4:54 PM EDT

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    Would it be fair to term this, the 2012-13 offseason, the single-most crucial winter for the Phillies since they won the World Series? How the organization chooses to address the club’s many needs could not only determine whether or not Philadelphia is back in contention next season, but quite possibly the trajectory of the franchise for years to come.

    Given the gravity of the situation, how do you feel about Ruben Amaro Jr. and Charlie Manuel as the men tasked with getting this operation back on track?

  25. A 2012 Phillies Highlight Reel

    Oct 8, 2012, 2:57 PM EDT

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    Okay, so it wasn’t the greatest Phillies season of this era, but you can’t go through 162 games and not produce some memorable moments. Courtesy of reader Kevin Watkin, who is responsible for putting together this highlight reel, here is a video package of the best of the Fightins in 2012. [video below]