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Jul 24, 2017

Here’s a sobering thought for Eagles’ fans everywhere and even more so for the Eagles themselves. 

What if quarterback Carson Wentz is just OK? Not a total bust such as former No. 2 overall picks Ryan Leaf or Rick Mirer, but just a solid NFL starting quarterback in the mold of say Kansas City’s Alex Smith.

“That wouldn’t be good for them,’’ said a top personnel man for an Eagles’ rival. “It would be good for the rest of us. But for what they gave up to get (Wentz), he needs to be more than just another guy. He needs to be special.’’

Before the 2016 NFL Draft Eagles general manager Howie Roseman, after his successful coup to regain the power in the orga...  

Jul 21, 2017

Here we are at what could be the most exciting part of our Phillies season - the last days before the trade deadline. Guys will be moved, that is for certain. But who? In a recent meeting, Phillies manager Pete Mackanin told his players, "The next couple of weeks, anything could happen. You think you are getting traded, you might not. You might. Don't worry about it. Just keep playing. Play hard. See what happens."

I am not a player in that clubhouse, and honestly, what happens at the deadline will likely be of more interest than most of the baseball we have seen from this club thus far. In a recent article, I named a few guys that I wanted "axed." To be honest, I wrote it in the middle of a 1,300 mile trip to Florida, so excuse me if I was a bit cranky. And no, I wasn't driving at the time. That said, those ...  

Jul 19, 2017

With the 2017-2018 NBA Season right around the corner, so is the release date for the new 2K video game NBA 2K18! Every season, the hot discussion amongst the basketball community is what their favorite player’s ratings will be; although in reality, these ratings are absolutely meaningless. Joel Embiid was the first Center to receive his 2K rating and his reaction was no shock.

On Monday afternoon, Embiid was asked in an interview what he thought his 2K rating would be. He responded that he was deserving of a 95, but was told that he was way off with an 86. Mr. Process then tweeted to the public how unhappy he was with his 86 rating. He joked,

“My Durability rating must've not allowed my 2k rating to be at least 95????!!!! Gotta work on...  

Jul 19, 2017

Every offseason there’s always rumors about where stars will go.  This offseason, the Sixers were fortunate to add two veterans who have been a part of many playoff teams their entire careers in JJ Reddick and Amir Johnson.  These two players will add the veteran presence the Sixers have longed for ever since the start of “The Process”.  However, teams with a lot of cap space (like the Sixers and Lakers) are looking forward to the summer of 2018 when the LeBron James sweepstakes open up again for the first time (where there is a chance he leaves) since 2010.

I see on social media that people think if LeBron were to leave Cleveland again, his destination would automatically be Los Angeles.  I have quite a few ideas that would make Philadelphia a realistic destination for The King.  Besides ob...  

Jul 18, 2017

It goes without saying that there are some things that data cannot explain. I can present to you several facts that cannot be disputed and you will still hold steady to your argument. For whatever reason, all logic goes out the window because you just know, you just feel it in your bones and you can't understand why people cannot see it from your perspective. I had a similar experience over the weekend when presented with the follow question...

"Where does Alshon Jeffery rank as a wide receiver in the NFC East? Assuming that we all agree that Odell Beckham Jr is number 1"

That question is how the conversation started between my podcasting partner Tom Young and I and it evolved to this:

"Who is better? Dez Bryant or Alshon?"

Let me get this out of the way and just come clean to the fact that I lov...  

Jul 18, 2017

Ever since the Sixers were fortunate enough to acquire the number one overall pick from the Boston Celtics, the entire city has been speculating how all of this young talent will mesh together.  With players like Fultz, Simmons, and Embiid being compared to players such as James Harden, Magic Johnson, and Hakeem Olajuwon, the summer league is where we evaluate how the role players will pan out (with the exception of Fultz).  When Fultz went down with the ankle injury, the entire city held its breath.  But lucky enough for us, it was just a sprain and there’s no need for major concern

. Two players that caught my eye the over the past few weeks were Jonah Bolden and Furkan Korkmaz.  These guys are going to be complimentary role players when they put on their jerseys this fall (with the exception of Bolde...  

Jul 7, 2017

 “Trust The Process” has become a staple for all Philadelphia sports on social media thanks to the 76ers. With an unfortunate losing culture in Philadelphia over the past couple seasons, all the focus has been on the 76ers “process.” In the meantime, the Flyers are slowly digging out of a cap space dilemma and taking their team in a new direction; all while keeping their playoff hopes high.

Unfortunately, the plan has been an up and downhill battle. The Flyers have missed the playoffs in 3 of the last 5 seasons after making the postseason 15 of 16 years since 1995. GM Ron Hextall has be known for staying conservative with his young talent, but it is time to let these kids loose and make some noise in the NHL. It’s time to #TTP, Trust the Prospe...  

Jul 7, 2017

From the University of Arizona to the farm system of the Philadelphia Phillies Scott Kingery has been starting to truly shine in the minor leagues. Scott Kingery is a second baseman for the Philadelphia Phillies triple-A affiliate the Lehigh Valley IronPigs. Kingery was invited to Spring training before this season and seemed to really stand out among the prospects that were there. Although Kingery stood out in Spring Training, the Phils did not think that Kingery was ready for the big leagues.

In 2017, Kingery started with the Phils’ Double-A affiliate the Reading Fightin Phils. With Reading, Kingery played in 69 games, and in 278 at-bats, had 87 hits, 18 homeruns, 44 RBI’s and an average of .313. On June 26, 2017, The Phils decided to promote Kingery to the triple-A affiliate Lehigh Valley IronP...  

Jul 6, 2017

You never know what life will throw at you.  That’s the beauty of it.  Everyday there’s a new challenge that presents itself and your attitude will be the driving force that compels you to complete your goal.  This is the story of Radnor High School athlete Michael “Ozzie” O’Sullivan, who suffered a stroke back in 2013 and is on his way to recovery.

Ozzie was a just a regular kid growing up in Wayne, Pennsylvania.  “I enjoyed sports as a young kid, played little league baseball… I went to Radnor high school, class of 79, played baseball there, played right field, and pitched…”  That was his passion growing up.  He loved the game of baseball more than anything.  He spoke on how he got into the sport and he said: “Baseball?  I had a lot ...  

Jul 4, 2017

Happy Independence Day

Over my sports lifetime (mid-80s on) there have been too many players to count for whom I celebrated their independence from our beloved city.  Either they were high draft picks that didn’t meet their potential or they came in a blockbuster trade and fell flat on their face.  So, in honor of Independence Day and DGB’s recent cut, remember with me the following players that couldn’t have left Philly any sooner. 

Eagles: Danny Watkins - The MVF - most valuable fireman.  I have the utmost respect for Danny’s dedication to his volunteer firefighter service, but his time in the NFL didn’t light anyone on fire.  (Man that was hacky) Watkins was the Eagles first-round pick in 2011, an...  

Jul 1, 2017

So, here we are, the end of June, and the Phillies are the worst team in baseball. They are 5-17 in their last 22. Many games aren't even competitive. Guys have been axed; more should. Below are some guys I wouldn't be sad to see gone by the trade deadline.

Odubel Herrera is the first one on my list. Mike Schmidt got a lot of flack for saying Herrera couldn't be the guy to build the team around because of the language barrier between him and his teammates. Schmidt gave an honest opinion to a simple question, and I think he got way more negative press than necessary. In reality, Herrera can't be the guy to build around because 1) he's not good enough and 2) he is simply not a smart ballplayer and 3) he is lazy. He is not the guy you want, "setting the tone" for your team. Honestly, I hope there's a language ba...  

Jun 30, 2017

The NHL Draft concluded on Saturday and the Flyers brass should be smiling.  Unlike their Wells Fargo roommates who controlled their own destiny on Thursday night, the boys on the ice were going to have their decision kind of made for them.  However, much like the Sixers, the Flyers may have been the beneficiaries of injury concerns and ended up landing the best player in the draft in the big American center Nolan Patrick.  According to many of the experts this was a two-person draft at the top and Patrick would be the indisputable #1 if it wasn't for the injury.  Hockey prospects are more akin to baseball prospects in that it may take a few years before we see these guys wearing the Orange & Black, but let's take a quick look at the newest Flyers.

Nolan Patrick (1st round, #2): A 6&...  

Jun 30, 2017

Philadelphia fans at long last have two teams to be genuinely excited about after several years of slogging through mediocrity. The Eagles and 76ers are poised to make some serious noise in the coming seasons for each team. While I don’t expect a championship run, nevertheless each team can make a playoff push in their sport and make the upcoming Fall and Winter seasons a time of fun, excitement, and anticipation for the seasons beyond. I’d like to offer my two cents worth on the men that currently lead each team and how it may play out for each.

Doug Pederson was hired as a direct response to the disaster that was the Chip Kelly Experiment. Owner Jeffrey Lurie wanted to return to a more stable and successful era in his time as owner. Since there was no way he could hire Andy Reid he figured he&rs...  

Jun 26, 2017

The NHL Draft concluded on Saturday and the Flyers brass should be smiling.  Unlike their Wells Fargo roommates who controlled their own destiny on Thursday night, the boys on the ice were going to have their decision kind of made for them.  However, much like the Sixers, the Flyers may have been the beneficiaries of injury concerns and ended up landing the best player in the draft in the big American center Nolan Patrick.  According to many of the experts this was a two-person draft at the top and Patrick would be the indisputable #1 if it wasn't for the injury.  Hockey prospects are more akin to baseball prospects in that it may take a few years before we see these guys wearing the Orange & Black, but let's take a quick look at the newest Flyers.

Nolan Patrick (1st round, #2): A 6&...  

Jun 21, 2017

“We’re very excited about the certainty of #1… The right time to move forward”. 

Those are words we haven’t heard in a long time.  About six years to be exact.  The last time any sort of “winning” was brought up in the city of brotherly love was when the Sixers made a blockbuster (or maybe just a buster) trade that sent Andrew Bynum our way in hopes to win a championship with Evan Turner and company.  Well that didn’t happen so someone stepped in and took a whole new approach that changed the basketball world forever, even though people are only realizing it now.

Sam Hinke stirred a downward spiral in the 215 by collecting draft pick after draft pick and loss after loss.  National fans grew tired of it, the ...  

Jun 21, 2017

Sligh, Sligh, Sligh.  That’s all everyone is talking about in the greater Philadelphia area.  For those who don’t know what or whom I’m talking about, RaShaun Sligh is a Temple University student with a dream.  Being one of the more remarkable stories in sports, I sat down with the Eagle hopeful Friday afternoon where he’s been waiting for the call to enter the Nova Care Complex.  I’ve known RaShaun since I was a freshman in college about three years ago and I know this man will fit well with the midnight green. 

RaShaun has had a tough time getting into the complex due to his lack of experience on the gridiron at the college level.  I asked him when the last time he put on the pads and what that experience was like and he told me:  “Before (the Soul tryout)? 2014.  The ...  

Jun 21, 2017

The Eagles concluded a quick minicamp Thursday and now get some time off before training camp.  Without the opportunity to witness the practices first hand, I followed a lot of the local beat writers and other outlets’ observations of the happenings at the NovaCare Complex.  Friends of 215 Sports, Turron Davenport (@TDavenport_NFL) and Matt Lombardo (@MattLombardoPHL) always do a great job giving you play-by-play of the excitement.   In minicamp, you don’t expect to get a fully formed view of what this team will be once the season starts.  Players aren’t wearing pads.  Rookies are getting more time than they may actually see during the season.  Veterans are sitting on the sidelines.  New packages and concepts are being introduced.  These factors make minicamp more of a “getting to know you” experience than a preparation for t...  

Jun 21, 2017

For those of you who have read some of my articles, you know I was as optimistic as anyone (and more than most) about this year's Phillies. After a promising April where they were 11-12, they managed to win only 5 games in May. June hasn't been much better (5-12) so far. They are the worst team in baseball. Why? There are several reasons, and not all of them will affect this team long term. Below are some of those reasons, and some reasons to not feel like not all is lost. 

Several of the off season pick ups have been big disappointments. Buchholtz gave up 16 hits in 7.1 innings before ...  
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Jun 20, 2017
On this Father's Day 2017 the Philadelphia Flyers and the rest of the NHL teams had to submit there expansion draft protected list. The Flyers have chose to protect:

7 Forwards
Claude Giroux
Jake Voracek
Wayne Simmonds
Scott Laughton
Valerie Filppula
Sean Couturier
Brayden Schenn

3 Defenseman
Shane Gostisbehere
Brandon Manning
Radko Gudas

1 Goaltender
Anthony Stolarz

The players left unprotected for the Vegas Golden Knights to take in the expansion draft from the Flyers are:

13 Forwards
Pierre Edouard Bellemare
Matt Read
Michael Raffl
Chris VandeVelde
Jordan Weal
Dale Weise
Taylor Leier
Boyd Gordon
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Jun 20, 2017

It's quite obvious at this point that everybody has seen the news on the Sixers trade with the Celtics. I for one am trying to temper my excitement. There's a great video online of a guy burning a custom-made Markelle Fultz Celtics jersey. That's a big reason why until I hear Adam Silver call his name I'm going to do my best to stay as reserved possible. I know it's all but a done deal but like an 18-year-old heading home from Tijuana after spring break, I've been burned before. I'm just going to sit back relax and enjoy the next 4 days. Some of the quotes from the Sixers brass has me geeked out over what this means for the future.  

“We are very pleased with the outcome o...  

Jun 7, 2017

Last week, the Flyers gave the youth movement another nudge down the path by signing Oskar Lindblom to an entry level contract.  This move was expected by some, including our own Sean Doris (see our article “10 Things to think about this offseason”), as the Flyers look to bolster their roster from within instead of through the free agent market. The 6’2” almost 200 pounds forward can play either wing, but projects most likely as a left winger.  It is a position where the Flyers lack quality veteran depth and could potentially lose a player like Read or Raffl this offseason in the expansion draft.

The contract doesn’t guarantee that Oskar will be on the big team come the start of the season, but he’ll be g...  

Jun 7, 2017

"As soon as the 13th card went over, it was like, oh my God this is special!"
-Flyers GM Ron Hextall

When the Philadelphia Flyers name wasn't under the 13th card in the NHL Draft Lottery in Toronto back on April 29th. Ron Hextall and all the Flyers faithful new they had landed one of the top three picks in the 2017 NHL draft. As it turns out they will pick 2nd. The draft will be in the United Center in Chicago June 23rd and 24th. The Flyers should land an impact player who should be able to step right in. 

Getting the number 2 pick took us to an important event last week. That event was the NHL scouting combine at the Key Bank Center and Harbor Center in Buffalo. All 31 clubs got a complete medical and physical assessment on 104 players. The players were 58 forwards 36 defensemen and 10 goalies, 84 North American and 2...  

Jun 5, 2017

The buzz around the city of Philadelphia is generating more and more now that we are in the month of June.  All everyone has been talking about is what the Sixers are going to do on draft night ever since they landed the number three pick back on May 16th.  Everyone has been thinking and talking about how well Josh Jackson will fit in their system and I have a few reasons why the Sixers organization might not select what their fans are hoping for. 

Quick disclaimer: I do like Josh Jackson a lot as you can tell from the last article I put out about him after we landed that number three spot a couple weeks ago.  Now, assuming Fultz goes one and Jacksons draft stock rises him to the number two spot, Lonzo Ball (who has apparently gained little interest from the Lakers) is now available at that spot.  I think tha...  

Jun 5, 2017

I think most Eagles fans would agree that a glaring need for the team at the end of last season was help for Carson Wentz (let’s forget about the cornerback thing for the sake of this discussion).  The expectations at the beginning of the offseason were pretty low considering the cap space the Eagles had available and the quality of players that the Eagles would be able to attract with that cap space.  But then Howie pulled a few rabbits out of his hat, like he seems to do with ease somehow, and got Carson a formidable (dare I say, All Pro caliber) supporting cast.  The Eagles are now going to trot out an offense with Alshon Jeffery, Jordan Matthews, Torrey Smith, and Zach Ertz as his targets.  Complement that with a running game that has last year’s TD leader in LeGarrette Blount and two guys that can slip through cracks like a puff of smoke ...  

Jun 5, 2017

This has been an ongoing debate/argument since the new Collective Bargaining Agreement was signed by both the players and NFL team front offices a few years ago. It greatly reduced the physical contact of training camps, it gave more days off to the players in training camp, and it made some former mandatory team activities optional including the OTAs or Organized Team Activities.

There are many perks to being a professional athlete in the four major sports leagues. Fame, fortune, and loads of down time during the off season are just a few. It has also been said to those that much has been given, much is expected. I'm going to single out, right or wrong, one particular professional athlete who plays for the Eagles and much has been given. During this past offseason he signed a very generous contract in the ne...  

May 30, 2017

The IIHF World Championships just concluded last weekend with Sweden beating Canada in a shootout to win the gold. Russia took bronze by beating Finland. Team Canada took 5 players from our Philadelphia Flyers. Travis Konecny, Sean Couturier, Brayden Schenn, Wayne Simmonds and our captain, who also captained Team Canada, Claude Giroux. Flyers general manager Ron Hextall was the general manager for Team Canada. The head coach of the orange and black, Dave Hakstol was an assistant coach for Team Canada as well.

Flyers were well-represented in the tournament with 5 other players playing for four different countries. Pierre Edouard Bellemare played for France. Jakub Voracek and Radko gudas suited up for the Czech Republic. Young Ivan provorov, who was the Flyers best defenseman this year, was on the blue line for...  

May 18, 2017

Good question.  On Tuesday night the process came to a close and now Bryan Colangelo and the rest of the Sixers front office have a big decision to make come June 22nd.  The ping pong balls told us that our pick swap with the Kings came to use as the Sixers were granted the number 3 spot in this year’s draft.  Having already filled the need of a point guard, small forward, and center with Simmons, Saric, and Embiid, the only thing the Sixers need is a playmaker and this draft class is loaded with them.

It’s very likely that Boston and L.A will go with Fultz and Ball in that order.  That leaves the Sixers with everyone else.  After hearing rumors of an extended deal for Covington which (will ultimately put him in the starting lineup), you have Simmons as the primary ball handler, Saric on the wing,...  

May 12, 2017

I was beating the drum for the Eagles to go heavy on the defensive backfield in the draft. I’m just going to assume that Howie is a fan of 215 Sports and got the message. The Eagles took a gamble in the second round and drafted, who they hope, will be their shutdown corner of the future. Deke shared some thoughts on Sidney Jones (See “A Sidney that Philly Can Love”). Jones will most likely miss the entire season. While the Eagles hope Sidney is Mr. Right, Rasul Douglas is going to need to be Mr. Right Now. So, let’s introduce you to the cornerback out of West Virginia. One note before that, the front office really seems to be building a pipeline to Morgantown in recent drafts - Smallwood, Rasul, wide receiver Shelton Gibson, and even the rookie free agent center Tyler Orlosky. 


May 11, 2017

Sometimes your best players come from the unlikeliest of places. The Phillies gained Victorino and Herrera through the Rule 5 draft. Werth was picked up as a free agent after the Dodgers gave up on him due to an injury plagued and ineffective 2005 season and him spending the entire 2006 season on the DL. Now Aaron Altherr, a 9th round pick in 2009, whose early injury-filled career has somewhat mimicked Werth's, is red hot and making the fans in Philly wonder if he's going to be a long term answer in the outfield and middle of the order.

Even as I'm typing this article, questioning my own sanity getting excited about a player who hit just .202 last year with an abysmal .293 slugging percentage, I see his highlights being played between innings of the Phillies game due to him being named the most recent, "Phillie of the Week." It's hard not t...  

May 3, 2017

In my draft recap, I said it was too early to start grading the players.  However, that won’t stop me from the ridiculous exercise of trying to predict what the roster will look like once preseason comes around.  
No brainers (20 players):  These guys either completely forgot how to play the game or did something really bad if they aren’t on the team come September.

QB: Carson Wentz                    
RB: Darren Sproles, Wendell Smallwood                
WR: Alshon Jeffery, Torrey Smith, Jordan Matthews            
TE: Zach Ertz                        
OL: Lance Johnson, Jason Peters, “Big V” Vaitai, Brandon Brooks, Isaac Seumalo
DL: Brandon Graham, Fletcher Cox, Beau Allen
LB: Nigel Bradham, Jordan Hicks
DB: Jalen Mills,...  

May 3, 2017

Sidney Jones was a multi position player at West Covina, CA High School in West Covina in Los Angeles County. And of course cornerback was one of them.

In recent decades the Washington Huskies have raided the state of California and come away with many blue chip players and Sidney Jones is the most recent. He wasted no time in 2014 as a true freshman year and started 12 of 13 games. He had two interceptions and seven passes broken up. At the end of his sophomore year he was rewarded for his increased production with the conference coaches naming him first team all-conference in the PAC-12. He had 14 passes broken up, 4 pick offs, and 3 forced fumbles. In his junior and final season of 2016 his numbers slipped but he was still named as a first team PAC-12 all-conference. His numbers were 6 passes knocked down and 3 interceptions. I’m g...  

May 2, 2017


Sean: With all the talk and hype surrounding the NFL draft being in our home town of Philadelphia this year. The top draft news this weekend just may have come from the NHL and the Flyers. The NHL held its draft lottery Saturday night in Toronto. The picks were set for the draft that will be held on June 23rd and 24th in Chicago.

Surprisingly our Philadelphia Flyers will be selecting 2nd! After finishing with the 13th worst record in the NHL this past season, and just missing the cut for the playoffs in the final two weeks of the season. The Flyers we're looking at a 2.4% chance of landing the 2nd pick. Well Flyers fans, pinch yourself, because it happened! You can think of it like this. It is equivalent to the Eagles...  

May 1, 2017

The time has come yet again to find out where ping pong balls determine the future of the next generation of NBA stars.  This year’s draft has a lot of twists and turns with culminations of pick swaps containing a lot of teams who have been in rebuilding mode.  These 14 teams are looking to capitalize on wherever the ping pong balls lie in this year’s draft lottery.  Held in New York City, each team will send a representative to be present for the selection for the lottery.

Two storied franchises have the opportunity to turn their past struggles into playoff opportunities for the 2017-2018 season.  The Philadelphia 76ers and Los Angelis Lakers are looking to land the top picks in this year’s draft.  The Sixers have a 14.7% chance to land the top pick and the Lakers are at 15.6% odds to land ...  

May 1, 2017

Before my thoughts on the players, I want to say how awesome it was to have the draft in Philly.  We looked and sounded great on TV.  Everyone gushed over how great the atmosphere was and how impressed they were with how Philly set the bar for drafts to come.  I had a chance to go down on Saturday with my son and it was a great time.  Fans from all over came together to celebrate a game that we all love.  Sure, there was some ribbing for and from certain teams’ fans, but it was all in good fun.  I even had a kid in a “Zeke” t-shirt give my son a Carson Wentz card he won from one of the games without attaching a wise comment to it.  Maybe there is hope for our future.  Way to go Philly and Eagles fans, and here’s hoping we get it again next year (and draft Saquon Barkley).

 It is waaay ...  

Apr 27, 2017

Barnett became the first true freshman defensive lineman to start the season opener in Tennessee history. Overall, he played in all 13 games and made 10 starts. He finished the season with school true freshman records of 10 sacks and 20.5 tackles for loss. Both Barnett and Myles Garrett broke Jadeveon Clowney's SEC freshman sack record, which had previously been 8.0. On December 30, 2016, in the 2016 Music City Bowl, Barnett broke the University of Tennessee's career sack record of 32.0, which was formerly held by ...  

Apr 25, 2017

In December of 2014 the Phillies acquired Zach Eflin and Tom Windle for a declining Jimmy Rollins. At the time many people, including myself, felt the Phillies wait too long to move J-Roll, as his stock had clearly dropped considerably. Few people regarded Zack Eflin to be a huge pick up at the time, but he is proving his worth right now having made two impressive starts so far in place of injured Clay Buchholtz. In his first two starts Eflin has a 2.25 ERA in 12 innings and has surrendered just 6 hits. He has walked 3, all of which came in the first inning of his first start, and has struck out 7. Basically, he has been efficient and dominant, attacking the strike zone and letting batters get themselves out.

Eflin, who only turned 23 years old earlier this month, has faced some serious adversity in his life. His first start last year went ...  

Apr 25, 2017

215 Sports NFL 2017 Mock Draft v. 1.0 (Don’t expect 2.0!)

Everyone else is doing it so why can’t we?  Some of your favorite 215 guys got together to run through the first round with who we think teams will be selecting on Thursday night.  The only rules were no trades (though most of us think there will be some), draft who you think the team will draft (not what you would draft), and we all get a shot at the Eagles pick when it comes up (majority rules).  Here we go:

  1. Browns - Myles Garrett, DE, Texas A&M (Deke): Wow, the Browns do something right and take the best player in the draft.
  2. 49ers - Solomon Thomas, DL, Stanford (Scott)
  3. Bears - Jonathan All...  
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Apr 20, 2017

With guys like Darryl Sutter out there, does Ron Hextall bring back Dave Hakstol?

Sean: I think it's too early to get rid of Hakstol. He did have some ups-and-downs in his first two years, but he deserves a shot at coaching this team when they are fully loaded. There are plenty of other names out there who are failing with much more talented teams. Why would we think they will come here and succeed? I think Hextall understands this and has no intentions of moving on from Hakstol.

Jim: I haven’t been impressed with Hakstol. His handling of some of the younger guys, which I thought was going to be his strength, is questionable.  I think he’s somewhat responsible for Shayne Gostisbehere’s shaky sophomore season.  He also allowed a team with a 10-game win streak during the season to miss the playoffs....  

Apr 19, 2017

The 2017 Phillies are not off to the hot start that everyone hoped for with their improved pitchingstaff, bullpen and lineup. Unfortunately the everyday lineup is struggling and a change could be coming in the near future. The Phils’ farm system has been ranked ninth out of thirty major league teams in 2017. The Lehigh Valley IronPigs (AAA) have started their 2017 season with a record of 5-6. The Reading Fighten Phils (AA) have started their 2017 season with a record of 4-6. The Lakewood Blueclaws (A) have started their 2017 season with a record of 7-5.The Phils have a strong young lineup with a lot of potential but the middle of the lineup has not been producing like we have all hoped it would. Maikel Franco is hitting .174, Michael Saundersis hitting .225 and Tommy Joseph is hitting .167.
The season is still young but these hitters are not ...  

Apr 19, 2017
It's the offseason and I'm looking to make a prediction on a football season that is months away. Hey, it's what I do and besides our winter teams made our sports winter miserable save a six week period for the Sixers and the 10 game win streak for the Flyers. And the Phillies are the Phillies.

This is a fairly difficult task but I'll give it my best shot. There are still moving parts to be set and pieces to be added. Contrary to GM Howie Roseman's statements I vi...  
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