Baseball, Sports

Philadelphia Phillies

As of 4/13/17, our Philadelphia Phillies are 3-6. Yeah, not good. Clay Bucholz and his enormous salary are 0-1, injured and have a 12.27 ERA. Unless he is the next ageless Jamie Moyer, the Phils are likely to lose 40-year old Joaquin Benoit to retirement. So far, the Vince Velasquez of last year looks like a fluke, at 0-2 with a 9.00 ERA. And players like Jerad Eickhoff have no offensive help at all, with a loss somehow while posting a beautiful 1.98 ERA for a starter. Meanwhile, players such as Nola have tons of offense, with a win yet 4.50 ERA. So how do we fix it?

Well, Clay Bucholz has to go. I don’t care if he always has a slow season start, we need players who will constantly perform. Maybe we could send him and Tommy Joseph to the Athletics for SP Sonny Gray and former Phillies CP Ryan Madson. Sonny Gray might be a price, but it would be a price worth paying. When your career record is 38-31 for the lowly A’s, you have to be good. Plus, he won’t have to pitch as much, so he won’t get hurt.

Also, let Daniel Nava play more. In 7 at-bats, he has 4 hits, a double, .571 batting average, 2 homers and 2 walks. He has been out once! He has more homers than Mets star slugger Curtis Granderson. If we do trade Tommy Joseph like I think we should, who will replace him at 1B? I’ll give you a hint: his last name is Nava.

Hopefully, the Phillies can pull this out, but it looks slim. Don’t be surprised if the Phillies are out of playoff contention before you can say, “Joe Carter”.


Repeat? A long shot… and crushed by a Badger.

My NCAA Bracket is ruined. Most likely, unless you despise Villanova, so is yours (unless you are one of 3 people on planet Earth who doesn’t have one).

Why? One reason: because of No. 8 Wisconsin, led by Nigel Hayes, who had the winning basket, upset 1. Villanova and Josh Hart. While the Championship team of last year has been dismantled, such as the loss of Ryan Arcidiacono, this is still very low.

Don’t forget, Wisconsin still hasn’t gotten over the loss of Frank Kaminsky. I think the title of THE PHILLY INQUIRER has it perfect… “Villan-over




Football, Sports

An Odyssey of a Bird

“HUT Hut! Hut Hut! Hike!” Wentz takes the snap. Has no protection, flag thrown in the backfield? Wentz throws, Ertz Touchdown! There are hints that it might be a Philadelphia holding. Let’s hear what the ref has to say. “Holding, Offense number 71. 5 Yard penalty, replay 3rd down.” That’s Jason Peters!

The Eagles fans heard that more than once this season, and not just for Peters. In the Eagles blowout, 32-14 loss vs. Cincy, the Eagles had 10 penalties for 88 yards. Despite how long Peters has stayed in Philly, it’s pretty clear: retire like you said you would, or you won’t be in Philly for long.

The Eagles QB lineup is simple:

  1. Carson Wentz, North Dakota St.
  2. Chase Daniel, Missouri
  3. Aaron Murray, Georgia

Yeah, that’s right. Aaron Murray. We have been forced to take one of Andy Reid’s players from Georgia. That’s Sad. Also sad? Coming into the season, the Eagles three QBs had 1 combined NFL win. Wentz had a good season, but he must learn to trash the ball, not take a sack or force it out.

In the NFL draft, the Eagles need a WR. Don’t be surprised to see Clemson’s Mike Williams  or Oklahoma’s DeDe Westbrook. Later in the draft, you might even see PSU’s Chris Godwin. Then, Philly can focus on Jahad Thomas or a QB to back up Wentz, like BYU’s Taysom Hill.

Football, Sports

Super Bowl LI

This was not what we wanted to see. We wanted to see a Roethlisberger comeback, with a strike to Antonio Brown to win.  We wanted a Rodgers Hail Mary to win the game. But no, here we are, with a pair of teams that are just 1-2 combined against the Eagles in 2 years.

How to beat New England: To beat New England, you have to blitz. No CB Blitz where you take away a man from Hogan, the LB Blitz is what you do. In the 2016 AFC Championship game at Denver, Miller and Ware got after Brady every play. You must run him out of the pocket and play Man-to-Man. Don’t let anyone get away. In the Eagles game, it proved that you need to win special teams.

On offense, you can’t pass to start. The Pats have no D-Line. If the Patriots let Freeman and Coleman run wild, the game is over and the Falcons win. When New England tries to fix the run, go straight to the pass game.

How to beat Atlanta: Do not double cover Julio. You double cover Julio, you leave Sanu open. You cover Sanu, you leave Tamme open. You cover Tamme, you leave Gabriel open. You cover Gabriel, you leave Hardy open. See where I’m going, right? They have a lot of targets.

On offense, you pass the ball constantly. And you keep the ball away from Vic Beasley Jr.

Summary: Atlanta can’t be beaten, New England can be. And yet the Eagles beat them both. Sigh, what could have been?gty_626141052.jpg

Football, Sports

Welcome to the Championship Game

See that, Brock? Those guys with the white jerseys? They are called “defenders.” You do not want to throw the ball to them. Brock? Brock?

In the Patriots-Texans game, Osweiler clearly did not listen to me, giving Duron Harmon, Logan Ryan, and Devin McCourty the ball and, most likely, bonus cash. Quite frankly, Brady was just as bad, with 2 picks, 20 incomplete passes, and 2 sacks. This time Gisele has no one to blame, with 4 players averaging over 11 yards per catch: no Wes Welker (currently with the Los Angeles Rams) or Kembrell Thompkins (currently with the New York Jets).

In the Steelers-Chiefs game, Big Ben was bigger for Kansas City than Pittsburgh, with a 27.7 QB rating due to 1 pick and 11 incomplete passes. No, far more like Big Boswell: the Steelers’ kicker had more field goals than it seemed Roethlisberger threw completions. And here’s the (not) surprising fact: 2 former Eagles blew the game. I’m not going to name names, but these guys names are Andy Reid (anti-onside kick) and Jeremy Maclin (anti-tying catch). 

In the Seahawks-Falcons game, RB Rawls rushed for 137 yards against the Falcons. Oops, I meant 137 less  yards than he did against the Lions. He clearly was lion, as he rushed for just 34 yards on 11 carries. QB Matt Ryan had 2 less sack yards, 1 more TD, 2 less picks and 113 more passing yards than Russell Wilson. Wrussell away, my friend. You’ll never beat Matt.

In the Packers-Cowboys game, no one seemed to tell Dak that to officially complete a comeback, you have to win the game. Aaron’ it out this game, Rodgers passed for 356 yards, or 268 more yards than his team rushed for. Better yet, 274 more yards than the team without Rodgers rushed for. So much for Dak Attack.


C’s Picks

Packers 31, Falcons 24                                                                    Patriots 28, Steelers 21

Packers 45, Patriots 42



San Francisco 49ers

In the previous article, I asked for input on a team that I could write on. So far the 49ers have the most votes, so…

With a QB, let’s face it. Kaepernick has gone from Rookie standout to bust. And his decision about the anthem and other subjects has made fans very unhappy. What they can do with the Q is not large, but expect maybe to see some talk with Lions QB Matthew Stafford. He’s athletic, Golden armed and can throw.


Tis’ the season of redemption

Inspired by the Philly Inquirer, sung to the tune of “Deck the halls”

Tis’ the season of redemption, Fa-la-la-la-la, la-la-la

Nelson Agholor, pay attention, Fa-la-la-la-la, la-la-la

Why can’t you make a catch, Fa-la-la-la-la, la-la-la

Another draft pick down the hatch, Fa-la-la-la-la, la-la-la

Coat the balls with lots of stick-em, Fa-la-la-la-la, la-la-la

Maybe Nelson then won’t brick-em, Fa-la-la-la-la, la-la-la

Makes me want to kick him, Fa-la-la-la-la, la-la-la

Can you explain why you’re so dropsy, Fa-la-la-la-la, la-la-la

Against the Giants you were rather flopsy, Fa-la-la-la-la, la-la-la

 If you play like don’t expect the Hall of Fame, Fa-la-la-la-la, la-la-la

After your performance, more like the Hall of Shame, Fa-la-la-la-la, la-la-la

Always the same. How lame.