Monday: the Phillies did not make qualifying offers to free agents Carlos Ruiz and Roy Halladay. If either Carlos Ruiz or Roy Halladay sign with another team the Phillies will not receive draft pick compensation.
Former Braves pitching coach Leo Mazzone, who was pitching coach in Atlanta when great pitchers Greg Maddux, Tom Glavine, and John Smoltz were playing for the Braves, tweeted the Phillies official Twitter account saying, “I would be very interested in being your pitching coach #championshipball”.
Catcher Tommy Joseph has fully recovered from the concussion that cost him most of his season and will be heading to play in the Dominican winter league.
The Eagles defeated the Oakland Raiders in Oakland 49-20 with a historic performance by Eagles quarterback Nick Foles. Foles had an outstanding game as he went 22 for 28, threw 406 yards, a perfect passer rating of 158.3, and threw 7 touchdowns in only 3 quarters. As a result of this record setting game, Foles’ jersey, cleats, and the football that he threw to tie the NFL record for touchdowns were all sent to be on display in the Pro Football Fame in Canton, Ohio. The buzz around Foles didn’t stop there as he received NFC Player of the Week for the second time. Wide receiver Riley Cooper benefited the most out of the receivers on the team getting 5 receptions for 139 yards and 3 touchdowns.
The Eagles brought back cornerback Curtis Marsh just two months after he was cut after training camp. Defensive lineman Cedric Thornton practiced on Thursday after he missed two days of practice this week.
The Flyers lost 2-1 to the Hurricanes in overtime. The Flyers collapsed in the final minutes of the game allowing to 2 goals which cost Steve Mason a shut out and more importantly a win for the Flyers.
Craig Berube said this about the collapse, “It’s upsetting. Coverage there andeverything and we have to make sure we stay with our man. We didn’t. They tied it up. Then a turnover in overtime, breakaway, it can’t happen.”
The week for the Flyers just got worse as they lost 3-0 to the Devils at home. The fans voiced their frustration at the team at one point booing Wayne Simmonds on his way to the bench. The Flyers held a players only meeting after the game to talk out the season and their frustrations, and trade rumors quickly followed. Among them was a fake trade announcement that Wayne Simmonds was traded to the Oilers which was quickly corrected. News also spread that a team shattering rebuild was about to take place and the only players safe from trades were Giroux and Mason. That theory hasn’t quite panned out yet.
The Sixers were defeated at home on Monday by the Warriors with the final score of 110-90. The Warriors were led by former Sixer Andre Iguodala scored 32 points and hit seven threes. Everyone knows that shooting threes is not Igoudala’s forte and Evan Turner said this about the loss, ” The guys we let beat us, beat us.” The Sixers were defeated yet again beat by the Wizards with the score being 116-102. The Sixers let up a blistering 39 points in the first quarter and 24 points to John Wall for the entire game. Wall hit 3 of 5 three pointers which is very uncharacteristic of him but this led the Wizards to the win over the Sixers. The Sixers play the Cleveland Cavaliers on Friday which is another for MCW as he goes 1 on 1 with point guard Kyrie Irving and the return of the hated Andrew Bynum.
Bynum said this about the fans, ” I think they’ll probably boo, but that’s their choice. It wasn’t my choice to get rid of me, I don’t feel bad at all.”
- Andrew Bynum on Sixers Fans booing him: “I Thought it was a Little Weak” (blacksportsonline.com)
- 10 Random Philly Sports Observations (brotherlysportstalk.wordpress.com)