In partnership with the folks from MasterCard, we've picked a winner for the tickets to Sunday's Eagles game:
Congratulations to Natalie R. for her Priceless memory of DeSean Jackson's punt return in December. We had a number of really good responses, so we took a handul and put them into a hat. Thanks to everyone who entered.
Sports Betting Updates
Congrats to PSU Dancin' (Mike Kline) for winning two tickets to a Flyers playoff game. Mike, you have an email in your inbox from yours truly.
TWO 1st prizes: Profs (Andriy) and anthgal2 (Anthony Gallagher) both win a $50 gift card to Rock Bottom in King of Prussia.
Philly Sports Daily beat reporter Dave Isaac came in third… but he's not eligible. Sorry, Dave.
2nd and 3rd prizes: Devin O'Connor and docta (Pat Furness) both win Philly Phaithful t-shirts.
Essentially, we had five people win four prizes. So instead of going to a tie-breaker, we decided to give out two Rock Bottom gift cards to the second and third place finishers. Fourth and fifth get the t-shirts.
If you won, you should receive an email from me shortly. Thanks for playing. Full results here. Tooting own horn- I came in 29th out of 500, which was good for the 95th percentile nationwide. Sports!
The early afternoon games on the "real" first day of the NCAA tournament (these play-in games are bullshit) left nothing to be desired. A buzzer beater in the Butler-Old Dominion contest, a clutch three to propel Morehead State to a victory over one of the 11 Big East teams dancing this year, Brandon Knight's driving layup with two seconds left to spoil the upset for Princeton…
Oh, how sweet it is, and it's about freakin' time. I began at Temple as a freshman in 2003 and they haven't won a single tourney game until yesterday. Way to make me wait. Speaking of waiting, that was Fran Dunphy's first NCAA tournament win in 17 years! Insane.
Temple's last NCAA tourney win came in 2001 in the Sweet Sixteen when the Owls beat… you guessed it, the Penn State Nittany Lions. The Owls were sent home by Tom Izzo's Michigan State squad in the next round and didn't see a tourney bid for seven years. Man, that sucked.
What stood out almost as much as Temple's victory yesterday was the performance of Penn State senior guard Talor Battle. That kid can play. His 23 points led the Nittany Lions is scoring and Battle may have very well made a name for himself on the national stage.
Hey, maybe he can throw his name into the hat for the NBA Draft for the season that won't happen next year!
Temple goes on to face the Aztecs of San Diego State University, who have only lost two games this entire year. The Aztecs were in the conversation for a number one seed in this tournament, but they gave it to Duke… because… they always give it to Duke.
I think the Owls have a chance, but the absence of Michael Eric and Scootie Randall's limited play will catch up to them. It's only a matter of when.
As a Malvern Hockey alum, I was firmly rooting for my alma mater to beat La Salle in last night's AAA Flyers Cup Championship at the Wells Fargo Center. Imagine my horror as I watched my former school lose the championship on a shot from the exact same spot as where Patrick Kane won the Stanley Cup.
For real, this is scary. The same net. The same shot. Both to win a championship game just minutes into overtime at the Wells Fargo Center. It's like they uploaded the wrong program into the Matrix.
Malvern goalie Ryan Polischuk stood on his head, making one of the best saves I have ever seen – at any level – just to get the game to overtime. But in the extra stanza, he channeled his inner Michael Leighton, as La Salle's Nick Master slipped one in from an impossible angle.
Somebody needs to burn that net.
Much watch video after the jump.
Congrats to La Salle.
Bob was outstanding (again). I'm telling you, folks, this team is for real, yo.
Watch the full, extended highlights after the jump, then read the full recap at Philly Sports Daily.