This week has had it’s ups and downs for all the Philly sports teams. It has gone from remembering great players to booing our own team.
As the MLB trade deadline neared the Phillies became subject to more rumors of Michael Young being traded to the Texas Rangers, the Boston Red Sox, or the New York Yankees. It was thought that he would be traded when top prospect third baseman Cody Asche was called up. All the rumors turned out to be false and the Phillies made no moves on the trade deadline. After last nights 2-1 loss to the Giants, Jonathan Papelbon made some noise by blowing the save after complaining to the media about the team’s bad play and continuous losses. “I didn’t come here to lose.” were Papelbon’s exact words on the subject. The Phillies aren’t expected to end the season well.
The Eagles week started with a great deal of excitement surrounding their first open practice held in the presence of 30,000 fans at Lincoln Financial Field. Beloved alumni like Brian Dawkins and Donovan McNabb showed up later in the week to announce McNabb’s official retirement as an Eagle. During the week, wide receiver Jeremy Maclin and line backer Jason Phillips both tore their right ACLs. Just when fans thought things couldn’t get any worse, accusations of racial insensitivity arose when by a recording of Riley Cooper at a concert went completely viral. The video led to a fine and Cooper has been excused from all team activities and will undergo counseling for the incident. Upon release of the video, Cooper immediately apologized to his fans, teammates and the media by saying that he was “embarrassed” among other things. However, reactions from his teammates have ranged from warm support to icy admonishment.
Since the trade deadline, things have remained uneventful for the Flyers organization. However, they have since extended 20-year-old centerman Sean Couturier by inking him to a 2-year, $3.5 million dollar deal. Flyers head coach Peter Laviolette will be returning to Olympics as an assistant coach for the USA National Hockey team. The team’s star player, Claude Giroux, was invited as well and will attend Team Canada’s Olympic Camp.
The Sixers have yet to hire a head coach and with training camp a couple of months away, fans have been getting anxious about the situation. The team has, however, interviewed Blazers assistant David Vanderpool for the head coaching spot on Monday. Lottery pick Nerlens Noel and second-rounder Arsalan Kazemi made an appearance at the Sixers’ Beach Bash this week. Noel hasn’t played since February from a torn ACL and won’t come back until the holiday season.
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