The Phillies have finally struck the long awaited and talked about TV deal this week. The Phillies and Comcast Sportsnet have agreed to a lucrative 25 year deal worth more than $2.5 billion. The Phillies will receive advertising revenue since that they acquired an equity stake in the network. The deal affects the broadcasting of Phillies games as Comcast Sportsnet will broadcast most of Phillies games but NBC10 is likely to get a certain share of Sunday broadcasts, WPHL will no longer be airing Phillies games. Comcast said this on the new TV deal, “We’re pleases to confirm that NBCUniversal and Comcast Sportsnet have signed a new long term deal with the Philadelphia Phillies that will expand Comcast Sportsnet’s role as the Phillies primary TV partner. Although the terms of the comprehensive deal are confidential, details surrounding the 2014 schedule of games will be provided in the coming months.”
The Eagles and Eagles fans raised their fists in triumph as the team beat the rival Dallas Cowboys in the final game of the regular season and won the NFC East division champs with the score of 24-22. Nick Foles played solid as he threw for 264 yards, 2 touchdowns and finished the game with a passer rating of 124.4. Foles finished the regular season with 27 touchdowns and an astonishing 2 interceptions. In the biggest game of his career to the point Nick Foles didn’t seem phased as he got the job done. LeSean McCoy capped the regular season with another spectacular performance. McCoy rushed for 131 yards on 27 carries and caught a touchdown from quarterback Nick Foles. McCoy broke the single season rushing record of Wilbert Montgomery and the record of Brian Westbrook’s yards from scrimmage record. Shady McCoy is the first Eagle to win the NFL rushing title since Eagle great Steve Van Buren did in 1949. Cornerback Brandon Boykin showed up in the clutch and made the season saving interception in the final minutes of the game. Boykin said this on the interception, “He threw it a little bit to me. It was awesome.”
Offensive lineman Jason Peters, Evan Mathis, and running back LeSean McCoy were named first team All-Pro. The Eagles host the New Orleans Saints in the NFC Wild Card game in Lincoln Financial Field. The Saints were missing a piece of their high powered offense as running back Pierre Thomas missedthe game due to a chest injury. Cowboy running back DeMarco Murray was fined $21,000 on Eagles defensive lineman Damion Square because Murray used the crown of his helmet.
For more on the Saints Game look for the next Eagles post and a shorter summary in next week’s wrap up.
The Flyers defeated Ilya Bryzgalov and the Edmonton Oilers 4-3 in a shootout. With the win, the Flyers snapped a 5 game losing streak away from the Wells Fargo Center. Wayne Simmonds scored 2 goals for a third straight game, Jakub Voracek extended his point streak to nine games, and Claude Giroux extended his point streak to eight games. Steve Downie returned to the lineup against the Oilers after missing the last two games with an upper body injury. Rookie Michael Raffl was named and will play for the Austrian National Team in the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi, Russia. The Flyers won another shootout on the road as the team defeated the Vancouver Canucks 4-3. Goaltender Steve Mason stood on his head as he finished with 41 saves and added 3 more in the shootout. Vinny Lecavalier scored the game winner in the shootout. Claude Giroux extended his point streak to nine games but his teammates Wayne Simmonds and Jakub Voracek saw their point streaks end. Brayden Schenn simply said about Mason’s game, “He was awesome once again.”
The Flyers picked up their fourth consecutive win as they beat the Calgary 4-1. Versatile defenseman Mark Streit scored his fifth goal of the season in the first period and his second in 2 games. With the win, the Flyers swept Western Canada with wins over Edmonton, Vancouver, and Calgary. The Flyers winning streak came to an end as the team lost to the Colorado Avalanche with score of 2-1. Wayne Simmonds was the lone Flyer to score in the game. Steve Mason was yet again solid in the loss with 29 saves. Mason addressed the game winner by Ryan O’Reilly as Mason, “It hit me on the right pad, the top of the pad bent down and the puck went up and over my shoulder. It was a pretty crappy break.”
For more on the Flyers 6 game road trip look forward to our next Flyers post and a summary in next week’s round up.
The Sixers finally ended their 13 game road losing streak with a 111-104 win over the Los Angeles Lakers. The veterans contributed mightily in the win as Thaddeus Young scored 25 points, grabbed nine rebounds, Spencer Hawes scored 19 points, grabbed eight rebounds. and five assists, and Evan Turner scored 22 points, pulled down seven rebounds, and six assists. Prized rookie MCW scored 13 points, pulled eight rebounds, dished four assists, and had four steals. Forward practiced with the Sixers for the first time since ankle surgery on New Year’s Eve. The Sixers won another road game as the Sixers beat the Denver Nuggets 114-102. Evan Turner scored 23 points, MCW scored 16 points, grabbed nine rebounds, and dished six assists. Evan Turner said this about the win, “Everybody is coming together and I think we are moving the ball well. And we are running. That’s the biggest thing. We are doing a lot of great things.” The Sixers picked up their third straight road victory against the Sacramento Kings with the score 113-104. Thaddeus Young led the way as he scored 11 quarter points and totaled a team high 28 points. Guard Tony Wroten scored 21 points on shooting 6-12 shooting from the field. Evan Turner had a double-double as scored 24 points, grabbed 10 rebounds, and added six assists.