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Let’s Talk about Jimmy Rollins’ Half-Assed Effort Yesterday (Video and Twitter Reactions, Too)

Kyle Scott - August 16, 2012

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Yeah, let’s. 

To be honest, I didn’t see it live yesterday when Jimmy Rollins grounded out weakly to Jose Reyes in the sixth inning of the Phillies-Marlins game. I used to use this whole work for yourself thing as an excuse to watch day games. But not anymore. I’d rather spend the time writing a blog post or creating an invoice. You know, trying to make money or something.  

Anyway, I imagine most of you have joined me on this boat. Part of the reason is because the Phillies are very bad this year and, after watching five straight years (hell, 10) of highly-competitive baseball, seeing this slop product is a real letdown. The other part is that most of the Phillies look like they don’t give a shit. Players who were once young and hungry, that usually played a brand of baseball worth emulating, have now gone the way of so many high-paid athletes before them– through the motions.

Enter J-Roll™.

My Dad has always loved Rollins. Loved his speed. Loved his defense. Loved the fact that he often stepped up when the lights were brightest. I’ve fought my Dad on this point, citing the fact that Rollins often has a misguided approach at the plate, is stubborn, often too outspoken and, even after being benched a few years back for not running out a groundball, still gives less than 100% effort on his treks to first base. We’ll disagree on those points for the rest of time… but at least I now have a new card to play.

As most of you are aware by now, in the sixth inning yesterday, Rollins grounded to Reyes (who was playing back and not in great position to make a play on a speedy runner) and lazily jogged (even that might be too strong a term) down to first.

As you can see after the jump, J-Roll™ heard about it on his Twitter after the game [includes video of the play, with six different broadcasters having a problem with Rollins’ effort]. Step over with me.

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Ilya Bryzgalov Named NHL First Star of the Month

Kyle Scott - April 2, 2012

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Look at those stars. So bright. So pretty. So… Russian?

The NHL named Ilya Bryzgalov their first star of March, which is, obviously, perfect timing for getting hot for the playoffs (you know, minus him fracturing a bone in his foot).

Bryzgalov went 10-2-1 with a 1.43 goals-against average, .947 save

percentage and League-high four shutouts as the Flyers (46-24-9, 101

points) moved within one point of the Pittsburgh Penguins for the fourth

seed, and home-ice advantage, in the Eastern Conference. He won his first

seven starts of the month and became the first Flyer to pick up four

shutouts in a five-game span. Bryzgalov recorded three consecutive blank

sheets March 8-13 and set a franchise record with a 249:43 shutout streak.

In total, he allowed two goals or fewer in 11 of 13 starts. The Togliatti,

Russia native is 32-15-7 with a 2.46 goals-against average, .910 save

percentage and six shutouts in 57 appearances. 


The Pens’ Evgeni Malkin was named the second star, and Sabres goaltender and female Ryan Miller was third star.

Wayne Simmonds was also named NHL player of the week for, well, this: 

Simmonds scored in four straight games, totaling five goals and one

assist as the Flyers (46-24-9, 101 points) moved within one point of the

Pittsburgh Penguins for the fourth seed, and home-ice advantage, in the

Eastern Conference. He scored once in a 5-3 loss against the Tampa Bay

Lightning March 26, recorded two goals and an assist in a 7-1 victory at

the Toronto Maple Leafs March 29, deflected a shot in off his face in a 4-3

shootout loss against the Ottawa Senators March 31 and closed the week with

a goal in a 6-4 triumph at the Pittsburgh Penguins April 1. In his first

season with the Flyers, the 23-year-old has established career highs in

goals (27) and points (48) in 79 games.


Carry on.

Skate Bites: Bryz Named NHL First Star of the Week (Again), Claude Giroux Video That Will Dampen

Kyle Scott - March 19, 2012

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– After setting the Flyers all-time shutout streak record, Ilya Bryzgalov has been named the NHL’s First Star of the Week for the second week in a row.

– In partnership with Unsung Hero Apparel, Claude Giroux is lending his support to get the small community of Hearst, in Northern Ontario, its own physiotherapy and rehabilitation centre… 

The promo video they put together features Claude being dirty, as usual.

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Phillies First Baseman Jim Thome Hasn’t Traveled With a Glove in Five Years

Kyle Scott - March 12, 2012

Video via David Hale of the Wilmington News Journal

I don’t know why, but I’m getting more ansty about the 2012 season each day.

Chase Utley’s knee may have fallen off. Ryan Howard experienced a setback. And the man who will spend time filling in for The Big Piece, Gentleman Jim Thome, hasn’t traveled with a baseball glove for the past, oh, half a decade.

Speaking to reporters today following a few innings at first base during a minor league game, Thome was asked if he even carried a glove during his time as a DH in the American League:

"I didn’t. No. No. No, because I was always told I was just the DH. Not that I wouldn’t have went out and done it, I just never have done it." 

Did the Phillies need to order you some?

"I had a bunch of [gloves] still left, so…"



Thome fielded a chopper cleanly, but fell over like an awkward puppy pawing at a beach ball on the lone ground ball that was sent his way (:40 mark).

He played one game at first base with the White Sox in 2007, and three games in 2006.

Thankfully, we have a long way to go before the season starts.


Kyle Scott - January 9, 2012

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 Philadelphia 76ers!

Flyers Playoff Schedule

Kyle Scott - April 11, 2011

Per the Flyers, here is the first round playoff schedule.

Game 1 – Thursday, April 14th at Philadelphia, 7:30 P.M. on CSN, Versus

Game 2 – Saturday, April 16th at Philadelphia, 5 P.M. on CSN

Game 3 – Monday, April 18th at Buffalo, 7 P.M. on CSN, Versus

Game 4 – Wednesday, April 20th at Buffalo, 7:30 P.M. on CSN, Versus

Game 5 – Friday, April 22th at Philadelphia, 7:30 P.M. on CSN, Versus

Game 6 – Sunday, April 24th at Buffalo, 3 P.M. on NBC

Game 7 – Tuesday, April 26th at Philadelphia, TBD on CSN 

Reports Insist Kevin Kolb is Worth A First-Round Pick

Ryan Gillon - March 21, 2011


"Did you hear that, Michael? People want me."

The Eagles must have been serious when they said they were listening to offers for backup Kevin Kolb.  The NFL Owners Meetings are currently taking place in New Orleans, and Peter King is reporting that one team may have already put a deal on the table for Kolb. Via Monday Morning Quarterback:


At the NFL meetings Sunday, a good source told me Reid already has one team willing to offer a first-round pick for Kolb, and now he's looking for a team with a higher choice in the round to make him a better deal.

What you can draw from this is that the Eagles seem serious about moving the embattled quarterback if the asking price is right. Unfortunately nothing can be done regarding any type of deal if the league remains in its current state of limbo.
There is, however, one loophole that Tim McManus points out in his piece over at Philly Sports Daily. It could allow for trades and free agency to take place the way that we have grown to know and love it.
The players association has filed for an injunction to block the current lockout. If that injunction is granted then teams would in all likelihood be allowed to sign free agents and trade players.
It's just another twist and turn in the world of shit that currently is the NFL. As a fan, you would have to hope that something like this can get done. If not,  the draft won't be like the draft you've seen in the past and the Eagles seemingly have something to lose if that's the case.

Exploitation of Vick Continues, Quarterback Not Behind Latest “Cancellation”

Ryan Gillon - March 4, 2011


This is just getting ridiculous.

After being scheduled to appear for an interview on ESPN First Take this morning, the show's Facebook page sent a message to its followers saying, the following:

"The Philadelphia Eagles have pulled Mike Vick from our interview. First Take and Oprah now have something in common."


Well, apparently, Vick never agreed to appear on the show, nor was he ever asked. Eagles spokesman Derek Boyko called the accusations towards the Eagles "ridiculous". He instead suggested it was someone else who was behind the whole ESPN blunder.

“Lou Tilley booked Michael for an interview with ESPN and never asked Michael or myself or any Vick representative,” Boyko said. “I was here with Michael. He never canceled. He was never asked. It was ridiculous.”


If you don't know who Lou Tilley is, he works for the Maxwell Club, where Vick will accept an award today. Tilley has been dabbling in Philadelphia sports media purgatory for the better part of a decade, and is believed to bathe twice a day in a vat of insignificance. Who the hell knows what he was thinking when he set this up… if in fact, this is the true story.

This is the latest in a series of event-related snafus involving Vick, or at  least his name. Here's a quick list:

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