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Aaron Cox, Mike Trout’s Brother-in-Law, Passed Away

Kevin Kinkead - August 15, 2018

Millville native Mike Trout has been out of the Angels lineup for much of August.

It started with soreness in his right wrist, then he was inactive due a personal family matter.

Turns out his brother-in-law died at the age of 24.

Here’s a statement from the family:

Cox also graduated from Millville High School and finished his senior year in 2012 with a 6-0 record and a 0.86 ERA while striking out 71 batters in 48 innings. He was a 19th-round draft pick in 2015 out of Gannon University in Erie, where he pitched a no-hitter as a junior.

From ESPN:

The 24-year-old right-handed reliever had pitched the past three seasons in the Angels’ system. He made 11 appearances for the Angels’ High A team at Inland Empire this season, going 0-1 with a 4.11 ERA, but retired from baseball on Aug. 6. He had a career record of 7-3 with a 3.64 ERA in 68 appearances.

No cause of death has been released.

The Soup of Champions

Kevin Kinkead - August 15, 2018

We wrote last week about the limited edition Bud Light cans commemorating the Eagles’ Super Bowl win. There’s a Super Bowl wine bottle out there as well.

If you’re into collecting as much memorabilia as possible, here’s another one for ya – Chunky soup cans:

Mmmm… looks tasty.

You can get your Super Bowl soup beginning this weekend.

From the press release:

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Jalen Ramsey, Telling it How it is

Kevin Kinkead - August 15, 2018

There’s a wonderful interview on the GQ website with Jacksonville Jaguars cornerback Jalen Ramsey, which includes a couple of Eagles references.

The most interesting part is when he tells author Clay Skipper that he disagreed with some of the quarterback selections in the 2018 draft, which spins off into a discussion about the league’s best signal callers:

“I gotta go down the list of NFL teams, if y’all wanna make sure I’m hitting all the good quarterbacks….”

[At this point, Ramsey has his phone out, scrolling through names.]

“Deshaun Watson, he’ll be the league MVP in a couple years. One hundred percent. There’s not even a debate about that. Him and Carson Wentz, for every year starting now until five to ten years, it’s gonna be them two. They’re that good.”

Agreed. I’d love to see Watson stay healthy.

Nick Foles also came up, and Ramsey spun it off into a couple of Blake Bortles paragraphs:

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NFL Power Rankings

Kevin Kinkead - August 15, 2018

ESPN put out their first batch of power rankings, and your Super Bowl champion Philadelphia Eagles top the list.

As it should be, yes? The Birds return most of their championship squad minus a few defensive starters, and the question marks surrounding the team heading into the season opener have more to do with injury and less to do with overall talent. Sure, you need to find a slot corner and somebody has to assume the weakside linebacker role, but this is pretty much the same group that won it all half a year ago.

Here’s the rest of the top ten:

Hmm.. mostly accurate, I guess. You could make a case for the Rams in the top five based on what that roster looks like. The Packers are ranked too high just because they have the league’s best quarterback. The Chargers in the top ten might be a stretch. Maybe KC/Carolina/Tennessee sneaks in there. ESPN has those teams ranked 11, 12, and 14, with the Cowboys at 13 overall. The Texans round out the top 15.

A few more top ten lists –

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Mop Nuzzling with Ben Simmons and Blossom

Kevin Kinkead - August 15, 2018

Ben Simmons was on The Late Late Show with James Corden last night alongside Mayim Bialik, who played “Blossom” on that 90s sitcom and now stars on The Big Bang Theory.

I haven’t seen much of Corden’s show, but in watching the replay, it looks like he brings out the guests first and does some goofy skit before the traditional interviews at the desk.

Last night Simmons and Bialik played some game where you put on a blindfold and “nuzzle” a random item, and the gist is that you have to identify the item based on pressing your face up against it.

She went first:

“Is it a nylon grocery bag?” 

Ben went second, after the jump:

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Scumbag Phillies Fan Gives Foul Ball to Young Girl

Kevin Kinkead - August 15, 2018

Remember how Eagles fans threw snowballs at Santa that one time? And remember how we’re all raging assholes, spewing vulgarities and acting like boorish slobs while fighting each other at tailgates?

More appalling behavior was on display last night when this Phillies fan pulled off a clever wheelbarrow move to snag a foul ball, then gave it to a young Red Sox fan in the stands:

It made the SportsCenter top ten:

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The Flyers Get 17 Games on National Television

Kevin Kinkead - August 14, 2018

That means more Pierre McGuire for your viewing pleasure.

The NHL on NBC schedule came out this week and your town, your team, your Philadelphia Flyers have 17 games on national TV. That’s up one from last season.

The slate:

  • 10/4 (Thursday) – at Vegas, 10 p.m./NBCSN
  • 10/9 (Tuesday) – vs. San Jose, 7:30 p.m./NBCSN
  • 11/21 (Wednesday) – at Buffalo 7:30 p.m./NBCSN
  • 11/23 (Black Friday) – vs. Rangers 1:00 p.m./NBC 
  • 12/27 (Thursday) – at Tampa 7:30 p.m./NBCSN
  • 1/8 (Tuesday) – at Washington 7:30 p.m./NBCSN
  • 1/16 (Wednesday) – vs. Boston 7:30 p.m./NBCSN
  • 1/28 (Monday) – vs. Winnipeg 7:00 p.m./NBCSN
  • 1/29 (Tuesday) – at Rangers 7:30 p.m./NBCSN
  • 2/11 (Monday) – vs. Pittsburgh 7:00 p.m./NBCSN
  • 2/17 (Sunday) – at Detroit 6:00 pm./NBCSN
  • 2/23 (Saturday) – vs. Pittsburgh 8:00 p.m./NBC
  • 2/26 (Tuesday) – vs. Buffalo 7:00 p.m./NBCSN
  • 3/6 (Wednesday) – vs. Washington 7:30 p.m./NBCSN
  • 3/17 (Sunday) – at Pittsburgh 7:30 p.m./NBCSN
  • 3/24 (Sunday) – at Washington 12:30 p.m./NBC
  • 3/31 (Sunday) – vs. Rangers 12:30 p.m./NBC

So that’s four games on NBC and 13 on NBCSN. You’re gonna get three of the four games against the Rangers, Penguins, and defending champion Capitals on national TV, plus a Thursday night season opener at Western Conference champion Las Vegas.

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The Redskins Released Orlando Scandrick

Kevin Kinkead - August 14, 2018

NFC East news:

Washington is rolling with Josh Norman and a bunch of question marks in the secondary.

The Redskins released the veteran Scandrick on Tuesday in a shocker of a move, just five months after signing him to a two-year deal worth up to $7 million.

The longtime Dallas Cowboy was expected to start this season, but apparently the ‘Skins are really comfortable going with an inexperienced group of corners instead.

From ESPN’s John Keim:

A number of young corners have performed well, including Quinton Dunbar, a fourth-year player who switched from receiver during his first camp. The Redskins have been pleased with his development but have always liked his ability in press-man coverage.

They also have Fabian Moreau, a third-round pick in 2017 who has worked in the slot. Rookies Greg Stroman, a seventh-round pick, and Danny Johnson, an undrafted free agent, also have impressed the coaches. In addition, Washington drafted Adonis Alexander in the supplemental draft in July.

The Redskins’ corners now feature only one player, Josh Norman, with full-time starting experience. They’ll have new starters in Dunbar and Moreau (slot), plus the three rookies as backups. Redskins coach Jay Gruden said Tuesday he’s confident enough in this group to make the move with Scandrick.

Alright then.

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