After just being fired by the Phillies last August, former manager and Phillies franchise win leader for a manager, Charlie Manuel will not only still be working with the club in the front office but he will be inducted into the Phillies Wall of Fame on August 9,2014 during the traditional Alumni Weekend. Manuel will be joining former manager Dallas Green as the only two managers in the Wall of Fame. Manuel said this on the announcement of being inducted into the Wall of Fame, “I was a little surprised, but at the same time I thought, I’m a part of Philly. I belong in Philly.”
Phillies president David Montgomery commented on Manuel getting in, “It is only fitting that Charlie become the newest member of our Wall of Fame. His contributions to our club, his unparalleled connections with our fans, and his overall passion and love of the game made the decision an easy one. He has left an indelible mark on Phillies history and he deserves this honor.”
Former Phillie and postseason great pitcher Curt Schilling announced that he is battling cancer. Schilling said this about the situation, “With my incredibly talented medical team I’m ready to try and win another big game.” General manager Ruben Amaro Jr. admitted this week that he is “keeping an eye” on former set up reliever Ryan Madson.
The NFL season has come to a close as the Seattle Seahawks defeated the Denver Broncos 43-8 in Super Bowl 48. Quarterback Russell Wilson threw two touchdowns as he led the Seahawks to victory in the biggest football game of the year. This Super Bowl was the most anticipated in recent memory and rightfully so as it pitted the number 1 defense in Seattle against the number 1 offense in Denver. The Seahawks showed why they were champs and the hyped classic matchup was just a boring blowout unless you were a Seahawks fan.
Philadelphia has been trying to host a Super Bowl and Eagles president Don Smolenski commented on that possibility, “I think Philadelphia has so much to offer in and of itself, as a city and as a region, that it would be a great host city.” General manager Howie Roseman commented on bringing back wide receivers Riley Cooper or Jeremy Maclin, “Well, I think it is complicated, because you have guys that you want to have back and also, what resources are you going to devote to that position with the guys who are already on the roster? And then you look at it in the draft, obviously a very strong position, so I think… it’s a complicated situation but we’ve never ruled out bringing both of those guys back.”
Lincoln Financial Field is going under renovations include 1,600 seats and new high tech video boards. The renovation also will raise ticket prices to $75 to $130.
The Flyers took the 5-2 road victory over the San Jose Sharks. It was the first time the Flyers beat the Sharks in Northern California since November 5,1999. Claude Giroux led the charge as he tallied another goal to stay hot. The win over the sharks gave the Flyers a 2-1 record on a California trip that most people thought would go much worse.
Flyers legend and the builder of the famous Broad Street Bullies Keith Allen sadly passed away at the age of 90. Bobby Clarke commented on the passing of ‘Keith the Thief’,
“Every player who ever played under his leadership liked Keith. Everybody traded liked Keith. One of the few men in hockey, and maybe the only man, who everybody liked. Didn’t have a person who disliked him in the world. A wonderful, wonderful man.”
Veteran defenseman Kimmo Timonen returned after a two game absence due to a left foot injury in the Flyers 3-1 win over the Colorado Avalanche. Versatile defenseman Mark Streit scored a power play in the win. Owner Ed Snider was very outspoken about the Olympic break as he said, “I haven’t taken a poll, but how can anyone be happy breaking up your season? No other league does it. Why should we? There’s no benefit to it whatsoever. If anything, I only see negatives. The players want to play and the players’ association has a lot to say about it. As an owner, I think it’s ridiculous.”
The Flyers head into the Olympic break on a 4 game winning streak after beating the Kings, Sharks, Avalanche and Calgary Flames.
The Sixers fell to the Brooklyn Nets 108-102 in the Barclays Center. MCW returned from right shoulder soreness by scoring 21 points but going 6 for 17 from the field. Turnovers killed the Sixers as the team turned the ball over 26 times and led to the 32 points for the Nets. Veteran guard Jason Richardson is hoping to return and make his debut in March as he is still rehabbing from knee surgery. Second year forward Arnett Moultrie was sent to the NBA D-League as he is recovered from his ankle injury.
Michael Carter Williams was named Eastern Conference Rookie of the Month for January and for the second time this season. MCW and Allen Iverson are the only Sixers rookies to win the award more than once. The Sixers lost to the Boston Celtics 114-108 one week after Evan Turner hit the buzzer beater to beat the Celtics. Thad Young led the team with the 20 points and center Spencer Hawes recorded his 17th double double with 13 points and 14 rebounds. Tony Wroten hit a 58 foot prayer as the time expired in the third quarter.
Center Nerlens Noel increased his rehab activity and now is rolling off screens and throwing down dunks. MCW was chosen for the Rising Stars Challenge and Skills Challenge for this upcoming All-Star Weekend. The Sixers fell at home 112-98 against the Los Angeles Lakers. The Sixers hit a franchise record 15 three pointers and were an overall 15 of 32 from three point land. Tony Wroten hit another long heave but this time it was from 62 feet.