The Phillies didn’t go out on good terms as they ended their woeful season with a 12-5 loss to the Atlanta Braves. The Phillies missed the playoffs for the second straight season after winning five straight NL East division titles. A day after the 2013 season ended, the Phillies fired pitching coach Rich Dubee who was with the team for nine seasons. The team finished with its worst record since 2000 with the team finishing 73-89.
The Phillies released Michael Martinez, Pete Orr, Zach Miner, and Mauricio Robles. On Wednesday the Phillies announced that pitchers Tyler Cloyd and Rual Valdes. Tyler Cloyd was picked up the Cleveland Indians and Raul Valdes was claimed by the Houston Astros. For the first time since 2001 the Phillies have secured their highest draft pick at 7th overall.
The Eagles were completely torched by Peyton Manning and the Denver Broncos 52-20. The defense was completely picked apart by Peyton Manning. Cornerback Brandon Boykin simply said this about the loss, “It was embarrassing.” First year defensive coordinator Billy Davis is asking us to trust his future performance with the team after the loss “I’m asking you to trust me.” The Eagles defense is last in the NFL in yards, first downs allowed, last in yards per play, 31st in pass defense, 26th in third down percentage, and 26th in rush defense.
The Eagles are still unsure if free safety Patrick Chung will play this Sunday against the rival New York Giants. Chung missed last Sunday’s game against the Denver Broncos and hasn’t practiced since September 19th with a shoulder injury. Second year cornerback Brandon Boykin was limited on Wednesday but Chip Kelly said that Boykin’s injury is minor and he and Fletcher Cox are listed as probable for Sunday’s game.
The long wait is finally over for Flyers fans because hockey is back. The Flyers home opener unfortunately, didn’t give fans much to celebrate with a 3-1 loss to the Toronto Maple Leafs. The Flyers started out firing on all cylinders in the first period but then Maple Leafs led by goaltender Jonathan Bernier stifled the Flyers momentum in the second.
Although the Flyers took the loss, key free agent signing Vincent Lecavalier notched an assist in his Flyers regular season debut. Goaltender Steve Mason started the game against the Maple Leafs and allowed three goals and 22 out 25 shots. One of the Flyers noticeable flaws in this game was their inability to finish on the power play as the team went 1 for 7 on power plays and Brayden Schenn tallied the only goal.
Free agent signing point guard Darius Morris said he came to the Sixers to help rookie Michael Carter Williams and to get more opportunity. Morris said that he will have to wear a plastic facemask like Richard Hamilton because he broke his nose in a pickup game last week from Thaddeus Young’s forearm. Spencer Hawes twisted his knee in a practice this week doing defensive drills and fellow center Kwame Brown has not participated in scrimmages because of a hamstring injury. Guard Tony Wroten hurt his sore shoulder when he was hit by a blindsided.