Roy Halladay's spring numbers sparked talk of the Curse of 35, references to Jamie Moyer, and the general belief that the sky is falling down.
After picking apart each one of his six spring appearances, it's almost as if Roy Halladay has already been declared "done." If that's the reaction to the guy's spring — when the games don't mean anything — then the rush to write off Halladay likely won't take long if he falters out of the gate.
Roy gets his first shot to shake off his scary spring when he and the Phillies face Paul Malholm and the Braves at 7:10 p.m. (MyPHL17).
It's worth mention that if Halladay is in the process of reinventing himself, as he's admitted, the reinvention might not happen overnight. So even if Roy gets out to a rough start in April, it's not inconceivable that he could improve throughout the season just like any other pitcher.
Nonetheless, all eyes are on Roy tonight and all the talk will be about his performance come tomorrow. In a perfect world, he breaks eight or nine faces and is back in time to hit up the zoo with the penguin in the morning.
However this start or this season turns out, Doc's already had such a stellar career that a win tonight would give him the 200th of his career, making him only the fourth pitcher in Phillies history to get No. 200 while wearing red pinstipes. The other three — Steve Carlton, Robin Roberts and, according to Wisniewski over at Beerleaguer:
"Guy Weyhing, of course! In 1893, when he finished 23-16."
Good ol', Guy.
Hey, no pressure, Roy. Just another start, right you guys?
Three games into his NFL career, Carson Wentz might need a bigger trophy case.
The 23-year-old, who picked up his first NFC Offensive Player of the Week award for his performance against Pittsburgh, has been named the NFL's Offensive Rookie of the Month for September.
Yes, Wentz's first NFL month was a special one.
The No. 2 pick from North Dakota State has completed 64.7 percent of his passes for 769 yards, five touchdowns and zero interceptions. He's the first rookie in NFL history to put up those numbers in the first three games of a career. And his 102 straight passing attempts without an interception is also a rookie record.
It's hard to believe that a little over a week before the season began, Wentz was scheduled to be the Eagles' third-string quarterback and have a redshirt year. That all changed when de facto GM Howie Roseman traded away starter Sam Bradford and the team decided to start the rookie.
While many thought the decision to start Wentz was the beginning of a long rebuilding year, the rookie has the Eagles off to a fast 3-0 start. Wentz has played very well, but has also been aided by a stout defense, led by NFC Defensive Player of the Month Fletcher Cox.
This week, Wentz is spending some time hunting while the Eagles are on their bye week. He bagged another trophy on Thursday.
The team will be back in action on Oct. 9 in Detroit to face the Lions.
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Joel Embiid really trusts the process.
And he'll tell you as much over and over.
In fact, JoJo said it so much yesterdady that he was cracking himself up about just how much he trusts the process.
By most accounts, Joel was a bit rusty in the first couple of practices to kick off training camp, but, you know, you've just got to trust the process.
And he does. Trust the process.