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Mike Piazza is the New Manager of the Italian National Baseball Team

Kevin Kinkead - November 13, 2019

Mike Piazza hails from the GREAT city of Phoenixville. Actually, he was born in Norristown, but grew up in Phoenixville, long before all of the cool bars and restaurants were added to Bridge Street.

Unfortunately, he played most of his career with the Dodgers and the Mets, but ‘that’s okay,’ as Joe Cordell once said. Piazza is a local dude and a heavy metal fan, so he’s good in my book.

Now he’s got a new gig, as revealed on Twitter:

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Alshon Jeffery is “Day to Day” With Ankle Injury

Kevin Kinkead - November 13, 2019

Eagles/Patriots Sunday at Lincoln Financial Field.

Super Bowl 52 REVENGE game for the Pats, who are coming off a loss to the Ravens and hit their bye week at the same time as the Birds.

Today head ball coach Doug Pederson addressed the scribes at NovaCare, informing them that Alshon Jeffery is still recovering from the ankle injury suffered against da Bears about a week and a half ago. The week off was fortunate:

“It helped him,” Pederson said Wednesday. “He’s still store, but a lot of guys are still sore. We’ll see. He’s kind of day-to-day right now.”

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Obligatory “Should the Eagles Attend Colin Kaepernick’s Workout” Article

Kevin Kinkead - November 13, 2019

Colin Kaepernick will get another crack at the NFL via a league-organized workout that will take place on Saturday.

Adam Schefter at ESPN:

NFL clubs were informed Tuesday that a private workout will be held for free-agent quarterback Colin Kaepernick on Saturday in Atlanta, according to a copy of a memo obtained by ESPN.

The session will include on-field work and an interview. All teams are invited to attend, and video of both the workout and the interview will be made available to them.

Apparently the workout came as a surprise to Kaepernick and his team, as Schefty continues:

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A Violent Blowtorch – Observations from Sixers 98, Cavaliers 97

Kevin Kinkead - November 13, 2019

After a hairy, one-point win at the Wells Fargo Center on Tuesday night, Brett Brown was asked if he felt like his Sixers were “playing with fire” based on the competitiveness of these early season games.

“It’s a blowtorch and it is violent,” said the head ball coach in response.

That drew a couple of of laughs among reporters, but it’s true and concerning. The Sixers couldn’t hit the broad side of a barn from three point range and stumbled their way to a five-point third quarter deficit that resulted in grumbling and boos from the home crowd. After buckling down in the fourth quarter, they were able to gut out a win on the strength of a well-executed sideline play and some scrappy loose ball scrambles, plus a pivotal jump ball to regain possession with less than 30 seconds on the clock.

A win is a win, and you’ll typically take it any way you can get it on the front side of a November back-to-back, but the Sixers’ offense should worry you. They shot 8-38 from three last night (21%) and turned the ball over 10 times in the second half alone. They only went to the free throw line 13 times and didn’t transform into the “smash mouth, bully ball” team we know they can be until midway through the final stanza, when Joel Embiid starting throwing his body on the floor as the defense and intensity was ratcheted up a few notches.

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Gabe Kapler is the San Francisco Giants’ New Manager

Kevin Kinkead - November 13, 2019

Three-year deal for the former Phillies manager out in San Fran:

Kapler was always linked to San Francisco because he worked with President of Baseball Operations Farhan Zaidi in Los Angeles. Zaidi was the General Manager and Kap was Director of Player Development.

Zaidi told reporters last night via conference call that he received great feedback on Kapler:

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NBC Flexes the Eagles/Seahawks Game Out of Primetime

Russ Joy - November 12, 2019

This one hurts. If you have tickets to the Eagles/Seahawks Week 12 game on Sunday, November 24, get ready to change your plans. While the Eagles are accustomed to getting flexed into a primetime game due to the team’s success, today they learned what the NFL’s TV partners giveth, they taketh away:

It’s a bummer, but it’s not entirely surprising. Looking at the schedule, the Eagles would drop to 5-5 with a loss to the New England Patriots, while the 8-2 Seahawks will be coming off their bye week. NBC opted to flex into the Green Bay Packers v. San Francisco 49ers game instead. Coming off their first loss of the season on Monday night, the Niners should enter Week 12 at 9-1, while the Packers will be coming off their bye week at 8-2.

Here’s some good news: After suffering through a week of Dick Stockton and some subpar announcing crews on Fox, the Eagles/Patriots game is getting arguably the best team in the business:

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Mack Hollins, Who Hasn’t Caught a Pass Since September, is One of the Eagles’ “Top Graders Every Week”

Kevin Kinkead - November 12, 2019

Wide receivers coach Carson Walch doesn’t speak with reporters often. He’s asked to do media only a few times a year, when position coaches are made available down at the NovaCare Complex.

As such, I don’t expect him to be a public relations wizard. I feel bad burying the guy, who is working his first season in a new role after a summer promotion, but Monday he delivered one of the worst quotes I’ve ever heard.

Here’s Walch talking about Mack Hollins, who hasn’t caught a pass since September:

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Jahvon Quinerly’s Mother Not Happy With NCAA Eligibility Decision

Kevin Kinkead - November 12, 2019

Jahvon Quinerly was a five-star recruit who played one season at Villanova before transferring to Alabama.

After being originally denied an eligibility waiver by the NCAA last month, he spoke to the Committee for Legislative Relief on Monday, but had his appeal also denied. That means he’ll have to sit out until next year.

Bama Athletic Director Greg Byrne and head basketball coach Nate Oats released this statement in response to the news:

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