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  1. VY Tweaks a Hammy, Sunshine and Kafka Get Jacked Up, But Some Good Signs in Eagles Final Tuneup

    Sep 2, 2011, 8:17 AM EDT

    The Eagles left the Meadowlands with the all-important preseason win, dropping the Jets by a 24-14 count, and they got a good look at some of the guys who could play key roles later in the season. A few guys will be pretty sore today though, with last night’s starter Vince Young coming up lame with a hamstring issue as he rolled out for a red zone strike.

    VY was having a very good night until that point, throwing for 193 yards (15 for 23) and two TDs, and generally looking pretty comfortable. On that final pass though, he pulled up without contact, wincing and grabbing his leg. After the game, he said he’d get an MRI when the team returns to Philly, but Andy Reid thinks he’ll be ready to go for the season opener. It was encouraging to see VY with a smile on his face on the sideline not long after coming out, and after the game he said it felt pretty good. No word on whether he’ll tweet the MRI for us.

    Mike Kafka had a scary moment too, taking a nasty hit to the chest, and for a minute it looked like the Eagles might have to send emergency QB Jason Avant in. Kafka was able to resume play though. Surprisingly, Riley Cooper was also OK after the hit you’ll see in the video below.

  2. More on Bryzgalov’s ‘We The People’ Mask, and a Phillies-Themed Winter Classic Mask on the Way?

    Aug 31, 2011, 10:27 PM EDT

    Drummond Custom Airbrush explains the thought process behind Philadelphia Flyers goalie Ilya Bryzgalov’s new mask (link to video and story). Drummond will also be working on a Phillies-themed mask for Bryzgalov to wear at the 2012 Winter Classic to be played at Citizens Bank Park.

  3. Van Riemsdyk Contract Extension: On Timing, Duration, and Value

    Aug 31, 2011, 11:17 AM EDT

    On Tuesday, the Flyers announced they’d agreed to terms on a contract extension for 22-year-old winger James van Riemsdyk, the second overall pick in the 2007 entry draft. The deal starts after the coming season and lasts for six additional seasons, with an annual cap hit of $4.25 million, meaning JVR is set to be under contract in Philly through 2017-2018.

  4. Back to Reality: Monday Morning After Headlines

    Aug 29, 2011, 8:24 AM EDT

    It was a little odd sitting on my back patio yesterday afternoon, empty blue sky overhead and the wind dying down by the hour. Don’t we have tickets for a game tonight? Obviously, despite the calm after the storm, the Phillies and Union made the right decision to just scrap a day that featured an early morning hurricane that did lay some damage around the area, from widespread power outages to some serious flooding. The road I usually take to get to PPL Park was completely flooded as of yesterday afternoon, and I’m guessing field conditions were less than optimal.

    With no sports on the docket yesterday, we enjoyed a little day off to recuperate from our Happy Landfall, Irene party. Today we’re sifting through the news debris as the Philly sports world gets back to reality.

    Headlines from the weekend and Monday morning below.

  5. Good News: Maclin and Smith Begin Practicing

    Aug 27, 2011, 12:47 PM EDT

    While we’re still well ahead of knowing when Eagles receivers Jeremy Maclin and Steve Smith will be fully healthy (particularly Smith), it’s encouraging to see that they’re both taking the field at the team’s practice today. Maclin has said he anticipates being able to play in the season opener against the St. Louis Rams on Sept. 11, but no timetable is yet available for Smith, who is coming off microfracture knee surgery. He has been taken off the PUP list though.

  6. Will They Play? Phils-Marlins Day Game in Jeopardy UPDATED: No Baseball

    Aug 27, 2011, 11:46 AM EDT

    With now zero Philadelphia sports on the agenda for this weekend, we’ll be posting some random goods in the hope of entertaining you before the power goes out and the world ends. Stay tuned and we’ll try to have some fun.

  7. Kevin Kernan Reminder! Ain’t a Thing Over Yet

    Aug 27, 2011, 10:50 AM EDT

    The Phils lost last night, and while that’s not the end of the world (Hurricane Irene is!), today’s a good day to look back on August 26, 2007, when a fella by the name of Kevin Kernan declared the NL East race over. (Yes, I meant to post it yesterday as an anniversary of sorts, but didn’t get to it.) The New York Post writer took one look at a mere 6.5-game New York Mets lead over the Phillies and was all PSSSSH, they got this.

  8. Flyers 2011-2012 “New Era” Season Teaser Video

    Aug 25, 2011, 10:05 AM EDT

    The Flyers have everyone locally and around the league wondering what the 2011-2012 season will bring. There are plenty of new faces, guys most of us have barely seen play in live action, as well as a guy we’ve seen plenty of in Jaromir Jagr. We need look no further than these promo videos for the upcoming season to be reminded that this particular team may take some getting used to, but there’s a certain excitement in the unknown.

  9. We the People Like the Looks of This Possible Ilya Bryzgalov Mask

    Aug 23, 2011, 12:45 AM EDT

    When we posted a picture and link to the Ilya Bryzgalov Tiger mask painted by Stephane Bergeron of La Griffe Originale, Level reader Bill commented that the people at Drummond Custom Airbrush in Bucks County were working on Bryz’s mask. I checked in with Drummond last week to see if this was the case, and they confirmed that they were indeed working on Bryzgalov’s mask.

    On Monday night, @PuckDucky tweeted a picture she said was Drummond’s Bryzgalov mask (right), which appears to be adorned with some awesomely Philly-centric images. Drummond confirms that this is their mask, and we’re pretty eager to see the rest of this it.

  10. Phils Lose Game, Series, on Brad Lidge Walkoff Hit By Pitch

    Aug 21, 2011, 6:49 PM EDT

    Watching all nine innings of the Phillies’ game against the Washington Nationals on Sunday afternoon, it kind of felt like watching a back-to-back doubleheader. Problem is, the Phillies only won the first one.

    Roy Halladay weathered a two-run first inning and was picked up by his offense, who answered with two of their own in the top of the next frame. Carlos Ruiz homered with Raul Ibanez on base, and Chase Utley did as well in the third inning. Doc didn’t allow a run through five, and the game became official just before it was halted for a rain delay. Halladay’s outing was over, but another game loomed with a start time of 4:30. It didn’t end as well as the first, particularly for Brad Lidge.

  11. Changes at WIP Continue With Move to FM, Addition of Michael Barkann

    Aug 18, 2011, 10:54 AM EDT

    The time of leaks, rumors, and speculation regarding the future of Sports Radio 610 WIP is for the most part, over, with the official announcement coming down this morning that the station will indeed take over the broadcast signal of sister CBS Radio station 94.1 WYSP, a long-time rock staple of the Philly landscape.

  12. Michael Nylander to Fill 2011 Bill Guerin Aged-Vet-in-Camp Role, or More?

    Aug 17, 2011, 9:59 PM EDT

    Earlier Wednesday, the Flyers announced via Twitter that they had invited center Michael Nylander to camp on a tryout. Nylander, 38 (39 in October), hasn’t played in the NHL since the 2008-2009 season, when he put up some pedestrian numbers with the Washington Capitals (9 G, 24 A in 72 games). But, he has previously been a very productive linemate of new Flyer Jaromir Jagr on two different teams, which “partly” played a factor in the team’s decision to bring him in, said Paul Holmgren to Tim Panaccio.

  13. Is This Ilya Bryzgalov’s New Flyers Mask?

    Aug 16, 2011, 9:47 PM EDT

    InGoal Magazine posted a link to the site of Stephane Bergeron of La Griffe Originale, which appears to contain images of Ilya Bryzgalov’s new Philadelphia Flyers mask. Prominent on each side is a green-eyed tiger, whose stripes appear to have a tribal-tattoo-like quality. The ones on the face look kinda Tyson-ish… On the chin is his trademark “BRYZ,” And a Flyers logo adorns the space just above the cutout.

  14. Harry Kalas Statue Unveiled at Citizens Bank Park

    Aug 16, 2011, 8:58 PM EDT

    Before Tuesday night’s game between the Phillies and the Arizona Diamondbacks, the team unveiled a fan-donated statue of legendary broadcaster Harry Kalas. Merion native Larry Nowlan sculpted the 7.5-foot bronze figure. Harry will now stand in the concourse on the third base side of Harry the K’s forever. His right hand is adorned with the 2008 World Series Championship ring, grips a microphone, and leans on a bat.

    Bruce Adams of the Daily Local News has more on the statue and the sculptor, and John Gonzalez covered the unveiling for CSNPhilly. Below, some screencaps of the statue, which was unveiled by Jimmy Rollins and Steve Carlton, as well as a video shot by a fan at the game.

  15. Gentleman Jim Thome Slugs 599th, 600th Homers, Thanks Charlie Manuel

    Aug 16, 2011, 7:21 AM EDT

    There was a glimmer of hope that Jim Thome might sneak back into Phillies pinstripes as the trade deadline approached, but he remained a Minnesota Twin. Even though he wasn’t a Phillie when it happened, I think we can all join him in celebrating hitting career milestone home run #600, which came on the same night he hit his 599th and collected three total hits in helping the Twins top the Detroit Tigers, 9-6. After the game, Thome thanked Charlie Manuel.

  16. Rainout Monday Morning Headlines: Phils Signings, Juan Pablo Angel, Flyers Prospects, Kalas Statue, and the Eagles Bubble

    Aug 15, 2011, 8:05 AM EDT

    Good morning, and welcome to the working week. To get us started, a look at some stories coming out of the weekend to meet us this delugional Monday morning.

  17. Fans New and Old, James van Riemsdyk, Excited to See Freddy Adu and the Union in Action

    Aug 14, 2011, 10:16 AM EDT

    A look at Freddy Adu’s first match with the Union, his potential impact on and off the field, and Union fan James van Riemsdyk’s perspectives on soccer and his own new teammates.

  18. Homecoming: Phils Back at the Bank, Your Kruk Memories?

    Aug 12, 2011, 5:20 PM EDT

    Just before every time one of our local teams has a string of games out west, I feel like we hear it referred to as a test for them. With the Phillies’ recent ‘test’ including a four-game set in San Francisco, home of the current World vomit Series Champions, as well as coming just after the big trade deadline swap meat went down in Major League Baseball, we were interested to see how the Phillies would fare in their 10-game road trip.

    A 9-1 away swing later, including two sweeps and three of four against the Giants, our Fightins are back home, returning to the packed stands of Citizens Bank Park. It’s a gorgeous summer night in Philly, a perfect evening for some divisional baseball.

  19. Eagles Open Preseason in Style, Top Ravens

    Aug 12, 2011, 10:36 AM EDT

    We try not to get too excited over results of exhibition games on the whole, and with a very limited training camp and scant opportunities for live scrimmages, the Eagles’ first preseason game was little more than a very glorified practice under the big lights at Lincoln Financial Field.

  20. Steve Smith (NYG) Is Now Steve Smith (PHI)

    Aug 10, 2011, 7:05 PM EDT

    Well, the Eagles have inked another Pro Bowler this off-season, agreeing to terms on a one-year deal with wide receiver Steve Smith, formerly of the New York Giants. Smith underwent microfracture knee surgery in December, and his now former coach, Tom Coughlin, previously said he has “a ways to go” before being ready to play again, so he will likely not be available at the start of the season, perhaps even starting off on the PUP list.

  21. Will Pronger Be Ready? D-Man’s Health Still Among Flyers’ Big Questions

    Aug 9, 2011, 1:08 PM EDT

    Amidst a whirlwind Flyers off-season that has seen significant roster turnover, Chris Pronger’s health may still be the most significant question facing the team heading into the 2011-2012 season.

  22. Polanco Given Dreaded ‘Sports Hernia’ Diagnosis, May Play Through It

    Aug 8, 2011, 11:35 PM EDT

    The news coming out of the Placido Polanco doctor’s visit could’ve been a lot worse, but no one in Philadelphia will be too thrilled with the words “sports hernia” being applied to another local athlete. Jim Salisbury says that for the time being, Polly won’t head to the DL, and he’ll get an anti-inflammatory injection on Tuesday, then be re-evaluated on Friday to see if he can play through it. If not, surgical repair could sideline him up to a month.

    Michael Martinez started at third on Monday night, and he’ll man the hot corner along with Wilson Valdez while Polanco is out, unless Ruben goes 3B hunting…

  23. Phillies Don’t Win

    Aug 7, 2011, 8:01 PM EDT

    The Hunter Pence streaks are over. Since the Phillies brought up their new right fielder from AAAA Houston, he’s hit in every game, and they’ve won ‘em all. Ten straight proved too much though, as the Giants blocked a sweep with a 3-1 win on Sunday afternoon.

  24. The Warriors: Phils Leave the Field of Battle

    Aug 6, 2011, 1:10 PM EDT

    Saw this great pic by Kelley L. Cox of US Presswire and just had to share. The guys look pretty badass after their scrap with what I guess we can consider their biggest rival at the moment.

  25. Them’s Fightin Sounds: Franzke and LA Call the Phillies-Giants Brawl

    Aug 6, 2011, 10:35 AM EDT

    Audio of the radio call from the Philadelphia Phillies-San Francisco Giants fight, synced to the video.