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.
Oct 7, 2012, 12:30 PM EDT
Another chapter in the sports rivalry between the cities of Philadelphia and Pittsburgh gets written today, albeit a much different one. The Flyers and Penguins play each other six times over a normal 82-game season, and can then meet in the playoffs for seven more as they did in April. The Phillies and Pirates play at least two series per season as well, and also could meet in the postseason — if the Bucs ever got there.
The Eagles and Steelers meet just once every four years, unless they were both to wind up in the Super Bowl. It appears both could be a long way from that goal in 2013.
The Steelers are 1-2 entering today, and there is a belief their entire campaign could hinge on today’s result. That’s not being melodramatic either, not in the AFC North where the Bengals are 3-1 and the Ravens are 2-2. Luckily for the Steelers, they are coming off of a bye and return three great players in Rashard Mendenhall, James Harrison, and Troy Polamalu.
Oct 6, 2012, 2:30 PM EDT
Braves fans looking for sympathy obviously won’t find much here. You can debate the merits of the infield fly rule in a specific situation, and it sure looked funny on a ball hit into what most people would consider the outfield on Friday night, but based on the letter of the law, I personally would have to agree it was a subjective call and therefore technically accurate. (I’m not as sure I agree with its application though.)
Braves fans weren’t having anything resembling a debate at Turner Field, which erupted into an uncomfortable scene in the moments that followed the controversial play.
Oct 5, 2012, 12:38 PM EDT
Now that some folks are finally starting to come around on Juan Castillo — very slowly, we will add — we thought it would be helpful to look at some of the numbers that explain why.
Oct 5, 2012, 10:30 AM EDT
It’s only October, but four weeks into the season it sure looks like the injury to Jason Peters is something the Eagles may never quite fully overcome in 2012. Pass protection and running to the left have been issues, and they’ve already flip-flopped Demetress Bell for King Dunlap at left tackle, then back again.
But Peters looms in the shadows of the non-football injury list, eligible to rejoin the 53-man roster between Weeks 6 and 9. As impossible as that prospect might sound, both Peters and Andy Reid seem to believe he could still make it back in time to contribute this season.
Oct 4, 2012, 4:55 PM EDT
On the same day the NHL announced the cancellation of the first two weeks of its 2012-13 season, two important Flyers finally made the move several of their teammates had already made as far out as weeks ago. Claude Giroux and Danny Briere, two of the franchise’s most recognizable players, are heading to Europe to play hockey.
Giroux and Briere apparently were a package deal, as both opted to join Eisbären Berlin in the Deutsche Eishiockey Liga in Germany. I’m not sure who else their roster is comprised of, but I’m willing to venture a guess they’re going to have a pretty good team with these recent additions.
Oct 4, 2012, 2:44 PM EDT
The puck was slated to drop in Philadelphia one week from today, but in what was essentially a foregone conclusion, the NHL has announced the inevitable: the 2012-13 season will not start on time.
Oct 4, 2012, 2:00 PM EDT
As new friend of the Level and Pittsburgh Tribune-Review writer Alan Robinson pointed out on Wednesday, Michael Vick has experienced some success in two career meetings against the Steelers. Then again, the Eagles quarterback’s struggles in Arizona might be telling us something completely different about this Sunday’s matchup.
Oct 4, 2012, 12:42 PM EDT
When the Phillies announced several changes in their coaching staff roughly an hour or so after the season ended, speculation was Triple-A manager and Hall of Fame second baseman Ryne Sandberg would be hastily promoted to the position of bench coach.
On Thursday, Sandberg was indeed hired by the big club, but reportedly to be the team’s third base coach. Nothing further — for now at least.
Oct 4, 2012, 3:52 AM EDT
This could be considered taking some journalistic liberties as we paraphrase ever so slightly, but we’re pretty sure what Jimmy Rollins was saying here is the equivalent of, “We’re still the team to beat.”
With the Nationals on their way to the playoffs, and the Phillies headed to the vacation spots of their choosing, J-Roll did not seem so convinced of the natural order of things. We’ll allow the ’08 MVP to describe this season on his terms, but it’s not much different from what we’ve suggested all along — that injuries played a prominent role in holding the Phils back first and foremost.
Oct 4, 2012, 2:47 AM EDT
Somehow, somewhere there is actually an ongoing conversation about who will win the American League MVP award. As an impartial observer, allow me to settle this for everybody, be it voters and fans alike.
Uh… I think it’s the guy who accomplished a feat that hasn’t been witnessed in 45 years.
Oct 3, 2012, 5:01 PM EDT
The time to say goodbye to the Phillies is upon us. While a sad occasion, for the first year since their last World Series appearance in ’09 — where win or lose, the season is over — we can’t say we didn’t see it coming.
For all intents and purposes, baseball season was over one-to-two weeks ago, at whichever point you felt the Phillies had fallen hopelessly out of the Wild Card race. Then again, by that logic some might say baseball season was already over as far back as July, when the team was 14 games under .500. Or you could argue baseball season wasn’t over until this past Friday, when they were eliminated from playoff contention.
Oct 3, 2012, 2:55 PM EDT
Round and round it goes…
The Eagles signed Demetress Bell in April to fill in for Jason Peters while he recovered from a ruptured Achilles that in all likelihood cost him the 2012 season. King Dunlap was retained as insurance, a policy from which the team had already drawn from after just one preseason game. Then a hamstring injury forced Dunlap from the lineup in Week 2, but now that he’s ready to return, it appears the offense will stick with Bell.
Where it will stop, no one knows.
Oct 3, 2012, 12:54 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 have Alan Robinson, Steelers beat reporter for the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review.
Kulp: Pittsburgh is 1-2 heading into the intrastate matchup, and you wrote their campaign could very well hinge on this game. The team seems to be getting healthy right on cue, with Rashard Mendenhall, James Harrison, and Troy Polamalu all potentially available this week. Assuming they all play, are the Steelers’ problems suddenly solved?
Alan Robinson: Not necessarily. (Full response below.)
Oct 3, 2012, 10:43 AM EDT
I’ve never eaten at a Jack in the Box, but I hear it’s really good. As a matter of fact, their new Sourdough Cheesesteak Melt looks tasty right about now. Of course, anything cheesesteak has to be promoted with a Philly stereotype, and here’s Jack’s.
Oct 3, 2012, 10:40 AM EDT
I’ve never eaten at a Jack in the Box, but I hear it’s really good. As a matter of fact, their new Sourdough Cheesesteak Melt looks tasty right about now. Of course, anything cheesesteak has to be promoted with a Philly stereotype — it’s the rule — and here’s Jack’s.
Oct 3, 2012, 1:09 AM EDT
The Phillies lost 4-2 on Tuesday, but that’s hardly the point. The night belonged to Darin Ruf anyway, who notched his second and third bombs of the season.
Reminder: he’s been playing in the big leagues on a regular basis for all of eight days.
Oct 2, 2012, 5:56 PM EDT
If you work a normal 9-to-5, that means tonight is likely your final chance to see the Phillies in action in 2012. Not saying you should be excited, just saying you might not want to take that opportunity for granted.
Oct 2, 2012, 3:34 PM EDT
Better drop that puck soon, ref. Max Talbot has his eagle eye on it.
With the lockout going strong, NHL players are finding plenty of other places to skate. In Max Talbot’s case, he’s currently involved in a Quebec vs. Montreal exhibition with new Flyers teammate and good friend Bruno Gervais. But in this case, it’s the unconventional
activity in his spare timeadvertising campaign that caught our attention.
Oct 2, 2012, 2:32 PM EDT
The Eagles-Giants rivalry is going as strong as ever, but the Shady-Osi feud appears to be running its course.
Osi Umenyiora stood by his pledge to take the high road after McCoy’s “ballerina” comment, and per an exchange between the two in the aftermath of Sunday night’s contest, the All-Pro back has declared a cease fire in the war of words.
Oct 2, 2012, 1:14 PM EDT
Heading into last night’s game in Washington, the Phillies still had a slim chance to prevent being on the other end of another team’s celebration. Who ever said that would have been a positive?
By now you know the Nationals lost, but experienced their moment of glory anyway because the Braves couldn’t take care of business against the Pirates. Know what? That’s okay, and not just because it was bound to happen anyway.
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