Eagles-Cowboys Week 11 Live Thread

Chris Jastrzembski - November 19, 2017

After last week’s bye, the Eagles return to action on Sunday Night Football as they take on the Dallas Cowboys down in Jerry World.

On the injury front, Alshon Jeffery (ankle) is questionable to play, but Doug Pederson expects him to play. Adam Schefter confirmed the news earlier today as well. Ronald Darby and Zach Ertz will play. That’s all for the active Eagles.

For the Cowboys, it’s a little more extensive. First off, Ezekiel Elliott is in the second game of a six-game suspension. He’s somewhere training. As for non-suspended players, linebacker Sean Lee and kicker Dan Bailey are also out. Left tackle Tyron Smith, safety Jeff Heath, defensive tackle Maliek Collins, and backup tight end Geoff Swaim are all listed as questionable. Smith won’t play tonight, according to Ian Rapoport, which means Byron Bell will get the start. Heath’s status is up in the air, but he didn’t practice on Friday.

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Eagles-Cowboys Predictions

Chris Jastrzembski - November 19, 2017

After a much needed bye week to recover from injuries, the Eagles are back in action tonight in primetime as they take on the Dallas Cowboys down in Texas. The Eagles look to go 9-1 on the season and put a stranglehold on the NFC East.

To recap, here’s where the staff stands entering Week 11:

1: Bob (9-0)

2: Tyler (8-1)

T3: Chris, Coggin, Kevin K, Kyle, Tim (7-2)

8: Phil (6-3)

9: Anthony (2-7) (2-4, according to Anthony)

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Your Friday Morning Roundup

Chris Jastrzembski - November 17, 2017

Good news: The Flyers scored last night. Twice in regulation! Also good news: Nolan Patrick returned for the first time in nine games!

Bad news: The Flyers lost their lead to the Winnipeg Jets with 49 seconds left in regulation and ended up falling in a shootout! Are you surprised by that?

The two goals came in the first 5:15 of the game and were scored by two-thirds of the top line, with Wayne Simmonds contributing an assist while on the second goal on the power play. Brian Elliott stopped 31 of 33 shots, while Winnipeg’s Connor Hellebuyck stopped 30 of 32 shots.

They got a point with the shootout loss, but outside of the first five minutes of the opening period, the team looked like the same old team we’ve seen.

Even more bad news: Radko Gudas was ejected from the game in the first period after he tried to decapitate Mathieu Perreault:

I expect he’ll be suspended or at least disciplined in some way. Flyers host Calgary Saturday afternoon.

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Your Wednesday Morning Roundup

Chris Jastrzembski - November 15, 2017

The last time the Flyers scored a goal was at the 3:51 mark of the second period in a 3-1 win over the Chicago Blackhawks last Thursday.

It’s been 156:09 of game time since their last goal. That’s two entire games, plus an entire period and the majority of another. You can’t win games if you don’t score.

For the second time in four days, the Minnesota Wild shutout the Flyers. This time, it was a 3-0 defeat, and the first goal came just 12 seconds in. 12.

This is a mediocre Flyers team, and it hasn’t been the same team that many fans have been used to for a very long time. The offense can be at the opposite ends of extremes at times, and head coach Dave Hakstol decided to move Jordan Weal up to the second line, centering Wayne Simmonds and Dale Weise to get something going. It obviously didn’t work.

The defense, when healthy, has been somewhat of a bright spot, with Shayne Gostisbehere, Ivan Provorov, and even rookie Robert Hagg leading the way.

At this point, I wouldn’t be surprised if Steve Mason starts for Winnipeg when the Flyers play the Jets Thursday night and shut them out. Because that’s how the Flyers operate.

On the injury front, Nolan Patrick might play Thursday night against the Jets, while defenseman Andrew MacDonald will be skating today.

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Trust the Cleaning Process

Chris Jastrzembski - November 13, 2017

How do college kids make the worst part of party hosting fun? You theme it around the Sixers.

Cleaning is never enjoyable, but these guys from St. Joe’s get it. One of them is a junior forward on the Hawks’ soccer team. Whoever thought of this idea in the house is a god damn genius:

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Your Friday Morning Roundup

Chris Jastrzembski - November 10, 2017

Last night was a reminder of where the Sixers stand in terms of their growth and development.

They’re beyond the point of losing nearly every game. Even though they went on a five-game winning streak, there’s still flaws that opponents are able to pick out. And the Sacramento Kings did just that with a 109-108 win in the final seconds.

The Kings scored seven unanswered points in the game’s final 1:38, which reminded me a little bit of the loss to the Rockets at home two weeks ago.

Robert Covington, who’s had a huge impact on the team’s success, had a game-high 24 points, while Joel Embiid (22 points, 15 rebounds) and Dario Saric (13 points, 10 rebounds) each had double-doubles.

But the Kings’ bench played a significant role, outscoring the Sixers’ reserves 56-17. The Sixers also had eight more turnovers than Sacramento.

The team has a big game ahead Saturday night in the Bay Area against the Golden State Warriors. Also, be sure to read Kevin Kinkead’s post on how the Sixers are numbers wise, along with balanced contributions from the team.

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Nike Is Trying to Stop the NBA “Ripgate”

Chris Jastrzembski - November 9, 2017

Nike is working on a way to keep their NBA jerseys in one piece.

There have already been five incidents this season of uniforms being shredded and torn during the course of a game.

In a statement to ESPN, the athletic company admitted a need for improvement:

We are very concerned to see any game day tear and are working to implement a solution that involves standardizing the embellishment process and enhancing the seam strength of game day jerseys. The quality and performance of our products are of utmost importance and we are working with the NBA and teams to avoid this happening in the future.

Nike signed an eight-year, $1 billion deal with the NBA that began this past year. Adidas was the previous uniform provider.

NBA jersey ripping has happened before. It occurred with former Sixer Elton Brand when his shirt was torn by current Sixer Amir Johnson, who was then playing for the Raptors. But it doesn’t happen regularly.

The recent shredding began in the preseason with Tyler Ennis. Since then, LeBron James, Draymond Green, and Kevin Love have also been victims, along with Ben Simmons last week in the Hawks game:

Nike had jersey problems in the past with the Eagles. Back when the team switched over to the “Elite 51” fabrication, the team wore their white and black jerseys for the first 10 games of the season. The Midnight Green jerseys didn’t debut until the second half of that season because it was a custom color for Nike and required extra time to make.

The Birds upgraded to the “Vapor Untouchable” template this year and debuted their midnight green jerseys at their Week 3 home opener against the Giants. That was the game where this happened:

Your Wednesday Morning Roundup

Chris Jastrzembski - November 8, 2017

Roy Halladay. I still can’t believe it’s real.

Halladay passed away yesterday afternoon after his plane crashed over the Gulf of Mexico. After retiring from baseball, Halladay wanted to become a pilot, and has bought multiple planes since.

The outpouring of condolences immediately came after the confirmation by police. From the Phillies, to Chooch, Ruben Amaro Jr., our own BWanks, and plenty of others across the city, the country, and even from Canada.

The golden age of the Phillies coincided with middle school and early on in high school for me. I remember rushing home from school in October to catch the Phils in the NLDS against Cincinnati. Near the latter part of that era came Halladay. He always had a presence that forced you to notice him on the mound. He was a workhorse and had the stuff of an ace for the majority of his career, and he was a giant. His great life was cut short. Rest in Peace, Doc.

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