Jimmy Rollins Calls Monday's Loss a 'Twilight Game'

Jimmy Rollins Calls Monday's Loss a 'Twilight Game'

The friggin' Houston Astros, man. There's something about the lowly Astros and the Phillies when it comes to late-in-the-season baseball that just doesn't spin the proper way in the universe.

Jimmy Rollins said it best after the Phillies 5-1 loss in Houston last night:
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It was a completely sloppy game for the Phillies; an unfamiliar and unwelcome sight to see them stumble so much defensively. The night was perhaps best summarized by the play pictured above during which Jimmy Rollins and second baseman Pete Orr -- instead of turning a double play to end the fourth inning -- collided and allowed a run to score while making no play on the ball.

This was not the kind of effort we've come to expect from the Phillies any longer. It's safe to say they mailed this one in. Charlie knew it, too.

“I thought we played a sloppy game,” Manuel said. “That bothered me a lot.”

If they weren't so damn good and so far ahead in the standings a fan might get angry. But, you know, there's that whole magic number thing that's rapidly setting into the horizon and will disappear completely in the next few days.

I'm not going to lose any sleep over this loss, but there's no denying it was a rare accented blemish on this wonderful season.

Even Charlie, despite showing his displeasure with the sloppy play, kept things a bit light.

From Jim Salisbury's game story:

Manuel blamed Orr for colliding with Rollins on the ball that resulted in an RBI hit for Jimmy Paredes.

“I
think Orr has to catch that ball in front of Rollins,” Manuel said.
“Then again, he’s been trying to bump into someone for three days.”

That was a clear reference to Orr’s nearly running into a bratwurst during the sausage race in Milwaukee on Friday night.

Colbert takes the hill on Tuesday night against Should Of Kept to try and get the Phils off the two game slide.

Nerlens Noel on Sixers' frontcourt logjam: 'I don't see a way it can work'

Nerlens Noel on Sixers' frontcourt logjam: 'I don't see a way it can work'

CAMDEN, N.J. — Nerlens Noel is standing his ground.

After saying that the Sixers' entering the season with three starting-caliber centers (himself, Jahlil Okafor, Joel Embiid) "doesn't make sense," Noel didn't back down from his stance during the team's annual media day.  

"I don't see a way it can work," Noel said Monday. "It's just a logjam. You have three young, talented centers that can play 30-plus minutes a night." 

The Sixers attempted to play with two bigs in Noel and Okafor last season but had little success. Now that Embiid is finally healthy, the fit to the puzzle doesn't figure to get any better.

Reports swirled during the offseason that the Sixers were looking to trade either Noel or Okafor to add backcourt help to the woeful franchise, but nothing came to fruition.

"Things need to get situated," Noel said. "I think things obviously need to be moved around, someone needs to be moved around. It's just a tough situation. I can't really say too much because I have no say in the matter, so obviously that's for who can handle the situation in the right manner.

"I've gone through a whole lot. Probably the most, arguably, that any player has gone through in the NBA in losing. It's a tough situation to still be in. Year by year, to see things get more difficult to show your value. Year by year, it's always been something. It's really at a point where it's just a lot."

Bryan Colangelo said he understands Noel's viewpoint. However, the Sixers' president said he is in no rush to trade any of the centers and will wait the situation out.

"It’s not disappointing. It’s understandable," Colangelo said. "I think Nerlens actually did a pretty good job sizing up what we have, which is a lot of depth and a lot of talent at that position."

Despite each of the three centers being early in their career, Noel, who is in the final year of his rookie contract, doesn't want to hold off to see if the trio can actually mesh on the floor.

"I can't say I do really understand that (wait-and-see approach)," Noel said. "If you have a group of players, I just don't think it makes too much sense to just still come into the season with such a heavy lineup at the center position. I don't know what there is to wait and see."

Noel made sure to express that he has no issues with Okafor and Embiid and said they are some of his closest friends on the team. But when asked whether he was happy to be a Sixer, Noel deflected.

"I feel good," he said. "I'm all right, I'm in a good place right now."

Sure sounds like it.

Darren Sproles' TD from Wentz set to Sonic the Hedgehog music

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Darren Sproles' TD from Wentz set to Sonic the Hedgehog music

You may fondly remember the time Darren Sproles took a punt return to the house last season and a wonderful Twitter user set the video to the Super Mario Bros.' star music, yes?

It was great.

Now that Sproles' put on the jets again yesterday in the Eagles win over the Steelers, the same @pacdude on Twitter has done it again.

This time it's the theme music from Sonic the Hedgehog 2. Please enjoy.