Oct 3, 2011, 12:51 AM EDT
The Phillies opened the NLDS with a dramatic come-from-behind victory on Saturday night, mashing their way out of a 3-0 first inning hole. On Sunday, they returned the favor to the Cardinals, losing a game they’d led 3-0 after one.
A game billed as an aces’ duel ended with 19 total hits and only a pair of them coming off of the teams’ combined relievers. Cliff Lee opened the game in dominant fashion, and his offense responded by pouncing all over Chris Carpenter in the bottom of the first. Carp looked distressed through his four innings, clearly frustrated by not getting calls he thought he should’ve. He was pinch-hit for in the fourth to try to keep a Cards rally going, and it seemed a great thing that Tony LaRussa would be going to his bullpen so early.
Unfortunately, the Cardinals’ bullpen completely shut down the Phillies’ offense, allowing no runs on only one hit through six innings. Their three-run fourth erased Lee’s shutout, and while the Phils floundered against a handful of St. Louis relievers, the Cards found a way to eek out the tying run in the sixth and the go-ahead in the seventh. That spelled the end of Lee’s night, and his offense was unable to pick him up.
Oct 1, 2011, 11:02 AM EDT
Through three weeks, the San Francisco 49ers offense ranks dead last in the NFL in total yardage, averaging just 213.7 despite not playing a particularly tough slate of defenses so far (Seattle, Dallas, and Cincinnati). They’re neither running nor passing well, ranking very close to the bottom of the league in both categories. The Niners have picked up only 209 yards on the ground and 432 through the air.
Here’s a look at their key skill position players.
Oct 1, 2011, 9:48 AM EDT
Thursday night’s match hosting DC United had huge playoff implications for the Philadelphia Union, and they came out of the gate looking like they fully understood that.
Sebastien Le Toux continued his tear through the MLS’s second half, potting two goals in the game’s first 15 minutes. If you were late coming to PPL Park, you probably missed the first one. The U again did their best to catch the opposing backline flatfooted with the blazing fast Le Toux in motion, and it worked to precision on these two goals, which you can see in the first two minutes of the video below. Right about the 2:00 mark, you’ll see Le Toux doing his flashmob dance.
The match would stay level until the 57th minute, when Michael Farfan struck a great ball from distance, burying it in the top left corner. You can see that just after the 6:30 mark.
Sep 30, 2011, 10:38 PM EDT
Photos of Philadelphia Flyers goalie Sergei Bobrovsky’s new mask.
Sep 29, 2011, 10:28 AM EDT
Recapping the greatest 30 minutes of baseball we’ve ever seen.
Sep 27, 2011, 12:15 AM EDT
The league won’t be too happy with some of the storylines coming out of the encore to the Winter Classic announcement, a preseason game between the Flyers and the Rangers that had all the bitterness of a playoff elimination game. Another Flyer could be on his way to a suspension, and worse, less than a week after being on the receiving end of a hateful act of prejudice, Wayne Simmonds is alleged to yelled a homophobic slur at Sean Avery of the Rangers. More on that here.
It’s a shame to be focusing on Simmonds’ embarrassing decision rather than what we tune in for—the sport itself. There is plenty we’d rather be talking about, with Jaromir Jagr making his debut in front of Flyer fans (as one of their own, anyway) and tallying a pair of powerplay goals and an assist. The Flyers won by a 5-3 count, and Matt Read impressed once again.
Sep 26, 2011, 10:07 PM EDT
The preseason’s not even over yet, and the Flyers are in all likelihood about to have their second player suspended. Jody Shelley was the first to receive a detailed video explanation by new disciplinarian Brendan Shanahan, and I’ll be shocked if Tom Sestito doesn’t join him tomorrow. In the first period of what would become a rough preseason tilt between the Flyers and the New York Rangers, Sestito took a few full strides before smearing Andre Deveaux from behind. Unfortunately, Wayne Simmonds is said to have yelled a homophobic slur at Sean Avery.
Sep 25, 2011, 8:03 AM EDT
Seeing the Giants play the Eagles twice a season, we’re pretty familiar with what they have at the key offensive positions. Here’s an update on what their skill players have been up to lately.
Sep 24, 2011, 10:45 AM EDT
NFL Films has produced an edition of their “A Football Life” series on Eagles legends Reggie White and Jerome Brown. With as much as love both NFL Films productions and these two dominant defensive lineman, gone well before their times, we’re really looking forward to this.
The episode airs on Thursday, September 29th at 10PM on NFL Network. A video preview can be found here.
Sep 24, 2011, 10:14 AM EDT
Heading into one of their most important matches of the season, Peter Nowak’s Union side was without several key players. No Faryd Mondragon, Freddy Adu, or Sheanon Williams against a very tough and talented Sporting KC side in their new building? Sounds like a recipe for a point-less trip.
Sep 24, 2011, 9:24 AM EDT
We took a night off from Flyers preseason action last night, despite it being Jaromir Jagr’s debut in the color orange. It was hard not to continually peek at the scores (even harder given that I get text updates with every one), and see that Jags factored heavily into the Flyers’ 3-1 win over the Red Wings in Detroit. With moves like Jagr, it’s no surprise… (you kinda need to see the video below, which isn’t of last night’s goal or assist, but… you need to see it.)
Sep 22, 2011, 10:48 PM EDT
I’m at a loss for words regarding what happened in London, Ontario, tonight. With the Flyers and Red Wings playing an exhibition game, the Flyers came back from an early deficit to end regulation tied. After a scoreless overtime, the teams went to a shootout. According to Frank Seravalli of the Daily News, a fan threw a banana onto the ice as Wayne Simmonds attempted his shot. Simmonds, who came to the Flyers as part of the trade for Mike Richards, is black.
Sep 22, 2011, 9:29 PM EDT
Analysis of Brendan Shanahan and the NHL’s new goal of player safety and disciplinary transparency, based on the example of Philadelphia Flyer Jody Shelley’s lengthy suspension for boarding Darryl Boyce of the Toronto Maple Leafs.
Sep 21, 2011, 10:07 PM EDT
We’re not gonna go nuts analyzing this one, save for letting those of you who didn’t watch the Flyers second preseason game know that they lost it by a 4-2 count, and didn’t look quite as good as they did the night before. Despite dressing a more veteran group on Wednesday night and starting their new starting goaltender, the Flyers lost at home to the Maple Leafs and were generally outplayed for most of the game.
There was understandable rust combined with some bad luck with deflections getting past Ilya Bryzgalov, and really, we’re not going to lose any sleep over a lackluster first preseason game from a team that saw a ton of turnover in the offseason. One forward stood out among the group though, both before and during the game.
Sep 21, 2011, 5:25 PM EDT
Although last night’s 4-0 win over the Maple Leafs was a satisfying start to the Flyers’ preseason action, and we were all happy to see Bob notch a shutout, the most heralded new Flyer was not on the ice. In tonight’s rematch, we’ll get the opportunity to see Ilya Bryzgalov between the pipes and wearing the Orange & Black for the first time.
Sep 20, 2011, 5:50 PM EDT
It may be nothing more than a glorified scrimmage, but after months with no hockey following an awful exit from the playoffs, Flyers fans finally get to see some real live hockey tonight. At 7 PM on The Comcast Network, a mix-and-match group of Flyers including a Schenn and a Kessel will face a similar group of Leafs, also including a Schenn and a Wheeler (yes, they’re brothers). Tim Panaccio says the Flyers have Sergei Bobrovsky and Michael Leighton on the trip, so no first peek at Ilya Bryzgalov just yet.
Sep 16, 2011, 12:33 PM EDT
Here’s our weekly look at the key players facing the Eagles. First up, the Atlanta Falcons offense. From Matt Ryan and Roddy White to Michael Turner and Tony Gonzalez, they’ve got some dangerous weapons.
Sep 16, 2011, 11:07 AM EDT
On Saturday night, I’ll be at PPL Park for the third time in 11 days. Pretty standard stuff for your average Philadelphia Union fan. But the park got a return visit from a more notable fan yesterday, when Flyers forward James van Riemsdyk came to kick it around with Danny Califf for awhile.
The U had a custom 21 van Riemsdyk jersey waiting for him, as well as a sweet pair of Adidas Predators.
Sep 16, 2011, 9:24 AM EDT
Last night, the Flyers and Capitals played their annual rookie game, held this year at the Wells Fargo Center. I wasn’t down there, but it sounds like it was a pretty fun evening for all involved. Feels like forever since I’ve seen my twitter timeline blow up with actual game activity, and it certainly did last night. Here are a few of the storylines that came from the evening, which saw the lil’ Flyers top the mini Caps, 3-2, plus some video highlights.
Sep 14, 2011, 12:36 AM EDT
A night after former Phillie Brett Myers topped former Astro Roy Oswalt, former Phillie JA Happ beat Cole Hamels. After a loss to close out the series in Milwaukee, tonight’s 5-2 defeat at the hands of Wade’s Boys marks the first time the Phillies have lost three straight since early June.
Sep 13, 2011, 1:38 PM EDT
The Eagles have a slew of fantasy producers thanks to a high-speed, versatile attack, and a defense focused on what matters most in the majority of fantasy leagues—pass rush and picks. Here’s a look at how the Eagles fared in the fantasy world, which in most cases was not entirely unlike how they did in reality.
Sep 10, 2011, 12:27 PM EDT
Here’s a look at some of the St. Louis Rams’ key offensive players ahead of this Sunday’s Eagles opener.
Sep 9, 2011, 10:34 AM EDT
I’ve read quite a few tributes to McCrimmon since the news of his passing in the plane crash that took the lives of 42 people in Russia, some talking about the “Beast” on the ice, others the mentor on and off it. His story is more impressive with every different person you hear tell it, from Ed Snider to Howe, to Chris Pronger and others who played or coached with him in any of his six NHL cities.
Sep 6, 2011, 8:18 AM EDT
The Union have ended the summer on a decidedly down note, winless since mid-July. To make their most recent loss, a 2-1 defeat in Salt Lake City, that much more painful, goalkeeper and team captain Faryd Mondragon fractured the ring finger on his right hand.
As you can see here, Mondragon’s headed to surgery this morning, and his tweet yesterday said he’ll be out 2-4 weeks.
Sep 4, 2011, 8:05 AM EDT
This “Ilya Bryzgalov loves American history” story sure has some long legs. Now in Philadelphia and getting used to his new town, Ilya and his family visited the Betsy Ross House on Arch Street.
Here’s a video CSN put together
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