Oct 16, 2012, 12:59 PM EDT
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.
Oct 14, 2012, 5:55 PM EDT
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.
Oct 14, 2012, 12:09 PM EDT
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.
Oct 12, 2012, 1:20 PM EDT
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.
Oct 12, 2012, 3:22 AM EDT
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.
Oct 11, 2012, 6:00 PM EDT
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.
Oct 11, 2012, 3:05 PM EDT
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.
Oct 11, 2012, 1:50 PM EDT
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?
Oct 11, 2012, 1:08 PM EDT
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…
Oct 11, 2012, 11:33 AM EDT
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.
Oct 10, 2012, 3:41 PM EDT
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.
Oct 10, 2012, 1:59 PM EDT
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.
Oct 10, 2012, 12:27 PM EDT
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)
Oct 9, 2012, 4:08 PM EDT
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.
Oct 9, 2012, 3:03 PM EDT
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.
Oct 9, 2012, 1:50 PM EDT
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.
Oct 9, 2012, 12:20 PM EDT
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.
Oct 9, 2012, 11:14 AM EDT
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Oct 9, 2012, 10:29 AM EDT
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.
Oct 8, 2012, 4:54 PM EDT
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?
Oct 8, 2012, 2:57 PM EDT
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]
Oct 8, 2012, 11:49 AM EDT
Okay, that headline might be a slight exaggeration, but by at least one measure, it’s absolutely true. Unfortunately for the Eagles, that one measure happens to be second only to “wins” in importance: scoring.
Oct 8, 2012, 3:31 AM EDT
Even at 37 years old, Allen Iverson has the itch to play. Granted some of his motivation might be financial, but watching A.I. give everything he had on the hardwood night after night, his love of the game is unquestioned. That would help explain why The Answer turned up in China over the weekend.
Oct 8, 2012, 2:15 AM EDT
You gotta hand it to Kurt Coleman, there’s seldom a dull moment in the Eagles’ secondary with the third-year safety. Number 42 has already been in on some of the most memorable plays of this short season — good and bad — but it’s equipment issues he’s quickly becoming famous for.
First he had his helmet trucked off by Cleveland’s Trent Richardson in Week 1. On Sunday, Coleman took out his aggressions on Antonio Brown’s shoe. [video below]
Oct 7, 2012, 4:56 PM EDT
For the fourth time in five games, Michael Vick led the offense on a long scoring drive to put the Eagles ahead in the fourth quarter. For the first time this season, it was not enough to get the job done.
In their longest drive of 2012, the Eagles finally reached paydirt on play number 17, capping an eight-plus minute drive with a two-yard touchdown pass to Brent Celek for their first lead of the afternoon. They left the Steelers far too much time to work though, and Pittsburgh used all of their six-and-a-half minutes to methodically march down the field, then kick a 34-yard field goal to deliver a 16-14 victory as the clock expired.
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