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We know that John Middleton is prepared to spend copious amounts of cash, “And maybe even be a little bit stupid about it.’’
Now, according to Venezuelan reporter Juan Vené, the Phillies are no longer interested in Manny Machado:
Los Phillies ya no tienen interés en firmar a Manny (María Moñito) Machado. El mánager, Gabe Kapler, no lo cree conveniente. En esa organización tienen a un grupo de jovencitos, que requieren buenos ejemplos en el campo de juego, no la indolencia del joven que adorna su cabeza con las clinejas de María Moñito…
Now for the English-speaking among you:
The Eagles are in New Orleans as they look to turn around their season and upset the Saints on the road.
The Saints are favored at -7.5, according to Fanduel Sportsbook.
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In many ways, the Philadelphia Eagles enter their matchup with the New Orleans Saints this weekend in a similar spot to what their previous opponent, the Dallas Cowboys, found themselves in a week ago. More than a touchdown underdog on the road against what’s believed to be a far superior team, the Eagles appear outclassed and overmatched. Most people figured they were tuning into the Cowboys’ funeral a week ago, and just as many, if
Black Friday is just about a week away, and if you’re like me, you could probably use some extra spending money to take advantage of all the hot deals that will soon be out there. Good news. There will be plenty of betting opportunities to find some winners this weekend. It’s Week 11 in the NFL and the race for the playoffs is revving up. Every Top 25 college football team is in action. There’s
Shayne Gostisbehere was the only Flyer who was publicly honest about Saturday’s 6-5 overtime loss to the Tampa Bay Lightning:
“I mean we got a point out of it, but I don’t know if we had any business getting a point today.”
It’s always refreshing to hear blunt honesty. But the more disturbing thing is to hear the rest of his teammates – and his coach – wax poetically after this stinkburger of a hockey game about how well the team played and how there was solid effort and there are a lot of good things to build on.
Let’s break it down this way:
- The Flyers have now lost three-straight games after a 5-0-1 stretch got them back to respectability.
- All three games, mind you, have occurred on home ice, where the team has been dreadful this season.
- In the game itself, the Flyers penalty kill allowed three more goals in four shorthanded situations, and one was an abject mess of systemic hockey.
- There was a 22-minute stretch in the game where the Flyers were outscored 5-1. Most of that time was in the second period, and the coach, displaying great delusion, said, “Our first two periods were good periods. We came out of it on the wrong end of it. We have to do a little bit more. But our first two periods were pretty darn good periods.”
- For the record, it was 3-1 Tampa after two periods.
- The team is playing with two goalies who are no better than AHL level. With Brian Elliott out for at least two weeks and Michael Neuvirth occupying his customary place on injured reserve, the Flyers goaltending duo at the moment is Calvin Pickard and Alex Lyon. Lyon hasn’t been given a shot yet, but Pickard allowed six goals on 26 shots against Tampa and made no big saves when the team needed him.
- His goals against average is now 4.60 and his save percentage is .852. Both are the worst in the NHL among goalies who have played in at least five games this season.
- After allowing six more goals, the Flyers have the second-worst goals against average in the NHL (3.56) and have allowed the third-most goals in the league.
Yeah, really solid effort, boys.
Now, there were positives in the game. It’s not lost on me in this analysis that the power play – the much beleaguered and criticized power play – finally had a good game. The Flyers scored three power play goals. They hadn’t done that since last Jan. 4 against the Islanders – a span of 62 games.
They did badly outshoot one of the best teams in hockey significantly (45-26) and they did stage an epic comeback, scoring four goals in a span of 6:04 in the final 10 minutes of the third period, becoming only the ninth team in the history of the NHL to do so.
(It should be noted here that the NHL originally sent out a note saying it was the first time in league history that this happened. It was written everywhere in initial stories, so you might have seen it, but the league was wrong and later corrected that error).
And although Hakstol is off his rocker about the second period, and the players are fooling themselves with all the talk about playing a mostly good game and showing a never-say-die attitude in coming back the way they did, they did have an excellent first period. Despite not scoring, they showed they are a team that can feed off emotion, albeit sometimes that emotion takes them the wrong way – more on that in a minute.
Still, the mistakes continue to mount. The same deficiencies rear their ugly heads repeatedly and at the most inopportune times. And although there is talent here, and, at times the Flyers make you think they are turning the corner, they remain nothing more than inconsistent and mediocre. They are 9-9-2 at the quarter pole of the season. In the three previous seasons under Hakstol they were:
- 2015-16: 6-9-5 (17 points)
- 2016-17: 9-8-3 (21 points)
- 2017-18: 8-8-4 (20 points)
Notice a trend?
And here is an example of the worst trend about the Flyers:
— Tampa Bay Lightning (@TBLightning) November 17, 2018
Not one player on the ice does anything right for the Flyers.
Penn State and Rutgers are playing something that resembles a collegiate football game this afternoon in New Jersey. Of course, that’s not particularly noteworthy, unless boring football between one underachieving team and one absolutely brutal team does it for you.
But I am here to show you this “highlight” which took place with Rutgers trailing 13-0 in the third quarter facing a fourth and goal from the Penn State two-yard line:
HAHAHAHA RUTGERS JUST BOTCHED THE PHILLY SPECIAL IN THE MOST SPECTACULAR FASHION!!! pic.twitter.com/DiFVkMW0aH
— Zach Shanker (@Zach_Nighthawk) November 17, 2018
THE PHILLY SPECIAL! Great play call, great execution, and…the quarterback dropped it.
Now carry on with your Saturday.
Jimmy Butler’s home debut did not disappoint.
Hell of a game last night, featuring a jacked-up crowd, big buckets from both squads, and a nice 4th quarter turnaround for your team, your town, your 76ers.
It looked like they were headed for another disappointing collapse after opening with a 14-point 1st quarter lead, but Brett Brown’s team executed when it mattered, going on a 8-2 run over the final two minutes to claim a six-point win.
Jimmy Butler scored on a key sideline out of bounds play to put the game away. Ben Simmons, who did not have his best night, got a tough bucket at the rim just one possession prior.
Let’s start with that, because there was a point in the third quarter where Simmons had a line of 6 points, 6 rebounds, and 6 assists, aka 666, the number of the beast. He’s been a little slow to figure out how to connect the dots as the point guard with Butler now in the starting lineup.
Simmons turned the ball over at the 1:45 mark in the 4th quarter with a lazy pass as Ricky Rubio overplayed a JJ Redick dribble-handoff. Jae Crowder was able to get a layup to fall on the other end to put the Jazz up two. Rubio tried the same overplay on the next possession, but fouled Redick and the Sixers tied the game on a pair of foul shots.
Even after the sloppy execution, Brown showed trust by going to Simmons again on the very next possession, bringing Redick off the baseline as a screener and resulting in this:
Ben Simmons hitting a clutch shot over Donovan Mitchell? You can’t write a more fitting script.
Gabe Kapler lost his home earlier this week in the destructive California wildfires that still continue to burn this morning across different parts of the state. It has undoubtedly been a devastating experience for Kapler and the thousands of others impacted by this tragedy, and I could only imagine how difficult it must be to pick up the pieces in its aftermath.
And that’s why I think it’s pretty damn cool that he took the time to meet and hang out with some awesome and brave children in the Phillies clubhouse last night. From Jeff Chirico of Action News:
Some special children got a rare chance to sleep in the @Phillies Clubhouse. Manager @gabekapler was there to greet them all tonight despite losing his home to CA wildfires days ago. #Phillies pic.twitter.com/zX2Ubv7ogW
— Jeff Chirico (@JeffChirico) November 17, 2018
Kapler didn’t talk about his home or the fires, but instead kept the focus on the children:
We have local hospital kids, we never let anybody sleepover at the clubhouse. It’s a real opportunity to let them take a break from some of the things they are dealing with and it feels amazing to be part of that.
With the holiday season approaching next week, and in the spirit of his selflessness, here’s a link Kapler is promoting for anyone that’s interested in donating to the Wildfire Relief Fund:
Donate, send me a screenshot, and your name will go into a random drawing for some @rhyshoskins signed baseballs.
— gabe kapler (@gabekapler) November 14, 2018
Photo Credit: Bill Streicher, USA TODAY
It was another Brett Brown “blow another ridiculously large lead” masterclass for Jimmy Butler’s Sixers debut on Wednesday. Somehow, Brown continues to ride the “Popovich coaching tree” pedigree into infinite employment as the Sixers’ head coach, no matter how often he turns comfortable wins into losses.
Tonight, anyway, the Sixers’ trade for Butler inoculated Brown from his own disastrous inability to hold a double-digit lead. Butler’s line tonight was 12 shots made from 15 taken with seven assists and a +12 for the minutes he was on the floor for the 38 minutes he played. He finished with 28 points.
Brown was appropriately complimentary of his new All-Star: “(H)e was incredibly efficient, physical, made some tough shots…that’s a fantastic debut, he was our bell ringer tonight.”
The Twitter accolades of Butler’s home debut as a 76er were appropriate and contained multitudes:
Home debut ends with a win, how's it feel?
— NBC Sports Philadelphia (@NBCSPhilly) November 17, 2018
Daily News | Sixers beat Jazz in Jimmy Butler’s 28-point home debut https://t.co/mu7I2BwRAO
— Philly Daily News (@PhillyDailyNews) November 17, 2018
Ben Simmons had this pretty, perfectly weighted dish to Jimmy Butler for the layup, but it’s the way the pair looked and nodded at each other that I’m sure is melting every Philadelphian’s heart. pic.twitter.com/CjTGCEIFeb
— Olgun Uluc (@OlgunUluc) November 17, 2018
I think I speak for every Sixers fan when I fantasize about Jimmy Butler’s time on this team with Joel Embiid and Ben Simmons and think, you know what:
That’s how it feels, anyway.
This is pretty cool. The Sixers have recreated the 1982 Sports Illustrated cover featuring Moses Malone to highlight their newest acquisition Jimmy Butler. Sixers President Chris Heck put out these tweets on Friday, featuring Butler in place of Malone: