Audubon New Jersey's Joe Flacco Is Your Super Bowl MVP, Plus Juan Castillo Is a Champion!

Audubon New Jersey's Joe Flacco Is Your Super Bowl MVP, Plus Juan Castillo Is a Champion!

In a game that looked like a total snoozer before the lights went out, Super Bowl XLVII turned into a wild one that ended with a self-inflicted safety and a punt. You certainly can't say it was uneventful evening.

In the end, the early lead the Baltimore Ravens worked for proved to be enough. But damn, Colin Kaepernick and the San Francisco 49ers made it interesting.

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How about that no-call on the final San Fran chance in the end zone? Wild. Imagine if you were a Niners fan in that situation. Yikes.

There are plenty of Philadelphia tie-ins on the Super Bowl Champion Ravens. MVP Joe Flacco is the obvious local guy to get a ring. But Juan Castillo, former Eagles legendary running back Wilbert Montgomery, and former safety Sean Considine all worked to get Baltimore the trophy.

And of course John Harbaugh helped himself become a head coach by working under Ray Rhodes and Andy Reid with the Eagles.

The NFL Draft is on Thursday, April 25th.

But in related news: pitchers and catchers on February 12th.

Former Phillies pitcher, Hall of Famer Jim Bunning dies at 85

Former Phillies pitcher, Hall of Famer Jim Bunning dies at 85

LOUISVILLE, Ky.-- Hall of Fame pitcher Jim Bunning, who pitched six seasons with the Phillies and went on to serve in Congress, has died. He was 85.

Bunning's death was confirmed by Jon Deuser, who served as chief of staff when Bunning was in the Senate. Deuser said he was notified about the death by Bunning's family.

Bunning won 224 games in a 17-year major-league career and pitched the first perfect game in modern National League history. It came with the Phillies on June 21, 1964.

He became the first pitcher after 1900 to throw no-hitters in both the American and National Leagues.

He belonged to a rare group of major league pitchers to throw a perfect game in the modern era.

A Kentucky Republican, he was the only member of the Baseball Hall of Fame to serve in Congress. He served in both the House and Senate.

Today's Lineup: Cesar Hernandez (groin) returns

Today's Lineup: Cesar Hernandez (groin) returns

Cesar Hernandez returns to the Phillies' punchless lineup on Saturday afternoon against the Reds (4 p.m./TCN).

Hernandez, who missed Friday night's 5-2 loss with a groin injury, is back at second base and leading off. Hernandez has led off in all 44 games he's started this season. The fifth-year pro has struggled after getting off to a torrid start. He's hitting just .185 (10 for 54) over his last 14 games.

After bouncing around the lineup, centerfielder Odubel Herrera returns to his customary spot in the two-hole. Herrera's season is a microcosm of the Phils' woeful offense. An All-Star in 2016, Herrera is hitting just .227 this season. Manager Pete Mackanin hopes the Venezuelan will hit his way out of it soon (see story).

Here is the rest of today's lineup:
1. Cesar Hernandez, 2B
2. Odubel Herrera, CF
3. Aaron Altherr, LF
4. Tommy Joseph, 1B
5. Michael Saunders, RF
6. Maikel Franco, 3B
7. Cameron Rupp, C
8. Freddy Galvis, SS
9. Jerad Eickhoff, P