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I Like the Difficulty of the Sixers’ Early-Season Schedule

Kevin Kinkead - October 18, 2017

Everybody talks about how challenging the Sixers’ schedule is, but I kind of like it.

In lieu of a harrowing slog toward the playoffs, you’re really just getting the hard part out of the way early.

Ten of the first 15 are on the road, including a five-game West Coast road swing. The reward for running that gauntlet is a “welcome home!” game against the Warriors, just seven days removed from a visit to Oracle Arena.

Yea, it’s gonna be a merciless start, but do you want Golden State now, or later?

This is a Sixers team that will need time to jell, evolve, and learn how to win. I’d prefer they start that curve in games where they won’t be favored, instead of facing pressure to get the job done right off the bat. Expectations feel like they’re a bit high for a squad that’s somewhere between nascent and burgeoning on the developmental scale.

We’re probably looking at a 5-10 or 4-11 start, but I don’t think anyone was expecting otherwise, not unless Ben Simmons and a restricted Joel Embiid come flying out of the gates ala Rhys Hoskins. Markelle Fultz is starting the season with the second unit and will need some time. I don’t know if a full-strength squad is winning at Houston anyway, so let’s get the ducks in a row before we get ahead of ourselves.

This isn’t next-level thinking; the flip side is that the back-end schedule is incredibly ideal.

You’re starting the final 15 games with six of seven at home against the likes of Brooklyn and New York. Assuming you tread water from December to March, there’s a really good chance to barrel towards the postseason with some momentum-building wins.

For the hell of it, let’s go down the list and see where we end up, starting with the first 15. Continue Reading

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The Eagles are Apparently Looking to Repeat … Something?

Jim Adair - April 22, 2015

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This season, according to NFL.com, the Eagles are trying to repeat. Repeat what? No one knows. Not making the post-season? Having a season derailed by injuries? Putting up a playoff-caliber record but not going anywhere? Putting together a fun but overall anti-climactic season? Yeah, let’s repeat that.

[h/t wunderkind Jake Pavorsky]

The Eagles are on the Road for Week Three Thanks to the Pope

Jim Adair - April 22, 2015

The only result when you search "Pope" Photo Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports

The only result when you search “Pope”
Photo Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports

There’s a lot going on in Philadelphia coming up. The Phillies play a bunch of games, the Democratic National Convention is coming, the Eagles schedule was just released, and the Pope is on his way. Some of those are more connected than others.

According to Peter King, the Eagles play the Jets in New York Jersey in Week 3 because of the Pope.

Phillies conflicts in Weeks 1 and 4, and a letter from Philadelphia Archbishop Charles J. Chaput to commissioner Roger Goodell (the archbishop spelled it “Rodger”) last July 8 respectfully requested the NFL not play in Philadelphia on the Sunday of Week 3, the day Pope Francis is scheduled to hold a mass for an estimated 2 million people on the Benjamin Franklin Parkway outside the Philadelphia Art Museum. In October, Katz wrote the archbishop to say the Eagles would be out of town that weekend … 93 miles up the New Jersey Turnpike to play the Jets on that afternoon, Sept. 27.

“Yes,” [NFL senior vice president of broadcasting Howard] Katz said, finally able to relax Tuesday evening in his scheduling den. “The pope did influence the NFL schedule. My name may be Katz, but I wasn’t taking any chances.”

How much of a conflict is there really with the Phillies? Plus, Tim Tebow and the Pope can’t be in the same place at the same time. I’m sure that’s written somewhere.

Here’s the 2015 Eagles Schedule

Kyle Scott - April 21, 2015

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Much easier than a two-hour network special.

Highlights

  • Opening season on Monday Night Football
  • Cowboys Week 2 NFC Game of the Week
  • Three-straight prime time games in October and November (with a bye in between)
  • Thanksgiving Day!
  • At the Patriots on December 6
  • Three-straight winnable home games in December, the middle one against LeSean McCoy

The more I look at this, the more I like it. FALL NIGHTS. THANKSGIVING DAYS. WINTER AFTERNOONS. I’M COZY JUST THINKING ABOUT IT. SOMEONE GET ME A BLANKET AND A BEER WITH AN ANGRY-LOOKING SANTA CLAUS ON IT!

Here’s are my predictions that I’ve given literally no thought to because doing so without context and before the Draft is one of the dumbest sports things: Continue Reading

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The Flyers Will Travel Less Than Any Other Team This Year

Jim Adair - June 23, 2014

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With the release of next season’s NHL schedule, fans immediately jumped to see when big rivalry games were happening or if they could plan a trip around a road game, but Dirk Hoag at Hockey Gear HQ started mapping. He charted which teams will be traveling the most and least this year (top and bottom three are up top there), and the league is bookended by the Coyotes’ league-leading 49,818 travel miles and the Flyers’ league-least 31,272. Playing geographically closer to other professional teams in the Northeast is a benefit here, and the Flyers’ 3,657 fewer miles from last season could just about take you from Philadelphia to Madrid.

It’s not uncommon for Philly (and really most eastern) teams to have more lax travel schedules. The Phillies’ numbers seem middle of the pack due to Interleague play, while the Sixers spent last season as the least-travelled team in the NBA. On the other side of it, the Eagles just barely missed the NFL’s top-travel teams for this upcoming season.

h/t Yahoo Sports

Please Welcome the Flyers to the “Metropolitan” Division

Kyle Scott - July 19, 2013

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The Shield handed down some proclamations today:

It announced that its players will, in fact, partake in the Olympics next winter in Sochi, Russia. This news was expected but continuously delayed.

The times for Team USA games at the 22nd Winter Olympiad are, well, they’re fucking terrible: their group stage games are all at 7:30 a.m. and the quarterfinals, semifinals and finals all take place between 3 a.m. and 7:30 a.m. est. And yeah, I know– Russia. Got it. Thanks. But surely they could have planned this better. Sochi is only eight hours ahead. Why not hold the games at 7 p.m. Communist and 11 a.m. Land of the Free Home of the Brave? That seems reasonable. The Eastern timezone audience is the most advertiser coveted in all the land. Instead, they put one of the most popular events on just above Dawn’s ass crack. Good idea.

Following this announcement, through a decree issued by high and mighty league czars, the 2013-2014 schedule was disseminated to the villagers. The Flyers will open their season on Wednesday, October 2 vs. Toronto. The rest of the schedule can be viewed after the jump. It was unveiled behind this ridiculous splash page on the Flyers’ website:

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Finally, and perhaps most notably, the Flyers’ new division – which will include the Hurricanes, Blue Jackets, Devils, Islanders, Rangers, Penguins and Capitals – will be called… the METROPOLITAN DIVISION. How cool. And for some reason, the new Atlantic Division includes Buffalo, Detroit, Montreal, Ottawa and Toronto.

This graphic from Deadspin, made before the names were announced, lays it out quite nicely:

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Schedule format looks like this:

Eastern Conference (8-Team Divisions)

Within Conference (Division): 30 games

* 5 games vs. two teams (3 Home/2 Away vs. one team, 2 Home/3 Away vs. one team) AND 4 games vs. five teams (2 Home/2 Away). Teams rotated on a yearly basis.

* 5 X 2 =10 games

* 4 X 5 = 20 games

Within Conference (Non-Division): 24 games

* 3 games vs. each team (2 Home/1 Away vs. four teams, 1 Home/2 Away vs. four teams). Teams rotated on a yearly basis.

* 3 X 8 = 24 games

Non-Conference: 28 games

* 2 games vs. each team (1 Home/1 Away)

* 2 X 14 = 28 games

The Stanley Cup Playoffs have a new division-based format. Playoff qualification will be primarily Division-based, with the top three finishers in each Division qualifying for the first 12 spots in the Stanley Cup Playoffs (and the first three “seeds” in each Division). The two additional playoff spots in each Conference, designated as “Wild Cards,” will be awarded to the next two highest-placed finishers in each Conference, ranked on the basis of regular-season points and regardless of Division. The League will play under this new alignment and playoff system for a minimum of three seasons, through the 2015-16 NHL season.

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The Eagles Will Hold Five Open Practices at Lincoln Financial Field (Full Training Camp Schedule)

Kyle Scott - June 4, 2013

From the Eagles’ website:

Tickets to the five training camp practices at Lincoln Financial Field will be made available to the public on Tuesday, June 18 at 2 pm. Fans can obtain tickets at that time by visiting PhiladelphiaEagles.com, Ticketmaster.com or by calling Ticketmaster at 1-800-745-3000. Seating will be general admission by section, with an 8-ticket limit per practice.

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Game Times and Broadcasters for Villanova, Temple and La Salle

Kyle Scott - March 18, 2013

La Salle will play the second game (around 9 p.m.) on Tuesday Wednesday on Tru TV. Jim Nantz and Clark Kellogg will have the call. If they win, they’ll play Friday at around 3 p.m.

Temple will play at 1:40 p.m. on Friday on TBS. Nantz and Kellogg will have the call.

Villanova will play at 7:20 p.m. on Friday on TNT. Marv Albert and Steve Kerr will have the call.

You can see the full schedule for the first round and that other nonsense here.