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Report: Phillies Fire Gabe Kapler (Now Official)

Kevin Kinkead - October 10, 2019

According to Jim Salisbury:

I’ll update this thread with more info. Right now he’s the only one reporting it, but I believe him!

Edit 1:

Brookover reporting –

So they left Kapler hanging for 11 days before firing him. And if Matt Klentak and Andy MacPhail are sticking around, it should be interesting how they spin that story, because those guys didn’t exactly light the world on fire this season.

Edit 2:

Zolecki reporting –

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Report: Gabe Kapler Resolution Today

Kevin Kinkead - October 10, 2019

Jim Salisbury:

Thank you, Jesus.

The season ended on September 29th and it’s now October 10th. That’s almost two full weeks of hearing nothing at all.

Villanova is Not the Big East Preseason Favorite

Kevin Kinkead - October 10, 2019

At least according to the coaches.

The annual preseason poll came out today and Seton Hall just barely scraped past Nova, who had been #1 in this poll for five years straight:

Nova has won the Big East regular season in five of the last six years while claiming four of the last five conference tournament titles.

And Kyle probably doesn’t want to hear it, but the Cats didn’t truly become an elite program until UConn, Syracuse, Pitt, WVU, and Louisville left the conference.

Time’s yours.

NBA vs. China Debacle: Fans Were Also Ejected from the Wizards’ Arena

Kevin Kinkead - October 10, 2019

Tuesday night, a pair of Sixers fans were kicked out of the Wells Fargo Center during the preseason matchup against China’s Guangzhou Loong Lions. Sam Wachs and his wife sat about five rows behind the visitors’ bench, holding signs that said “Free Hong Kong,” and found themselves getting the boot during the game’s second quarter.

In a statement, both the Sixers and the WFC (run by Comcast-Spectacor), explained that the couple were issued warnings for their “disruptive behavior” before tossing them from the arena.

Guangzhou continued their U.S. tour with a trip to Washington last night, where the fallout from the NBA’s China debacle continued.

These guys had their sign taken:

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The Atlanta Braves Haven’t Won a Playoff Series Since 2001

Kevin Kinkead - October 10, 2019

I know it’s bad form to rip another team when your own team sucks. It’s the old adage about “throwing stones from glass houses,” but I’m throwing anyway. I’m throwing stones in the general direction of Cobb County, where the Atlanta Braves put up an all-timer stinker last night, allowing 10 runs in the first inning en route to a 13-1 loss in game five of the NLDS.

Believe it or not, that’s 10-straight postseason series losses for the Braves, who haven’t advanced to the next round since 2001. It’s so bonkers that you gotta see it presented in a visual format:

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All-22 Film: Blitz Pickup, Downfield Passing, and Coverage Sacks

Kevin Kinkead - October 9, 2019

Good afternoon.

I have three coaches’ film video clips to share with you, since we actually got some interesting quotes from coordinators Mike Groh and Jim Schwartz this week. Maybe they were more inclined to go into detail after blowing the doors off a horrific New York Jets team.

First topic, pass protection from running backs Miles Sanders and Jordan Howard:

Q. I was going to ask you about the running backs. It didn’t seem like either Miles Sanders or Jordan Howard came into the season with the reputation of being a good pass protector, but have you been impressed with what they have done in that role this season? (Bo Wulf)

MIKE GROH: Yeah, I would say go back and watch that tape from Sunday. Miles put the corner right on his back on one of them. I got a question about Miles in protection a few weeks ago. I would say he’s on it and he’s up to the challenge. I know he’ll be challenged again throughout the course of the season, whether it’s this week or the remaining weeks.

And Jordan has done the same thing. He had one in Green Bay where he stepped up in the hole and flat headed the backer that was rushing right there. We have a lot of confidence in those guys not only knowing their protections and being targeted right, but stepping up and keeping the pocket firm.

I didn’t notice the Sanders play during the game, so I went through the all-22 film and this has to be what Groh is talking about (the second angle is nasty):

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Here’s the Sixers’ Statement on Tuesday Night’s Fan Ejections

Kevin Kinkead - October 9, 2019

Last night two fans were kicked out of the Wells Fargo Center for holding up signs that said “Free Hong Kong.” They told their story to various local news outlets, explaining that they were booted during second quarter after their signs were confiscated.

Here’s the Sixers’ side of the story:

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Doesn’t Seem Like DeSean Jackson Will Play in Minnesota

Kevin Kinkead - October 9, 2019

What’s up with D Jaxx?

He hasn’t played since the season opener, which was more than a month ago.

“DeSean, we’re gonna try to at least progress him this week, try to get him on the field and see what he can do,” said head ball coach Doug Pederson at Wednesday’s press conference. “From a rehab standpoint only, see where he’s at and go from there.”

Doesn’t sound encouraging, does it?

Adam Schefter was on 97.5 the Fanatic this morning and also didn’t sound too convincing when asked about DeSean’s injury:

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