Roy Ain't Worried

Roy Ain't Worried

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Man, after looking at Roy Halladay's terrible line from yesterday down in Florida, the collective outlook on the Phillies season certainly took a hit for the negative. Charlie was a bit concerned, beat writers twitched, and fans all started wondering if the end is nigh. But Roy Halladay says he isn't worried.

Doc described being lethargic yesterday during his outing. Which is a fine way for the rest of us to feel every single day of our lives when we go to work. But this is Roy Halladay we're talking about. Lethargic shouldn't be in his vocabulary.

But Roy just kinda brushes it off as his legendary workouts finally catching up to him.

“I was really lethargic,” he said. “Warming up it was as good as it has
been all year. Once we got out there (in the game) it was completely
different. I think it’s just that time of spring. You’re going all the
time. We had an extra day so I threw two bullpens in between, and you’re
trying to work on as much stuff as you can. So I really feel that kind
of caught up with me today.”

Halladay was not happy with the results. He was not troubled by them, either.

always been a lot harder on myself than any of you guys have ever
been,” he said. “It’s hard to explain sometimes how you’re feeling, what
you’re working on, what you’re going through, what you’re trying to do.
When you know in your head what’s going on, it’s a lot different. So
the results aren’t satisfying – that’s obvious – but I think with the
work we’ve done there’s been a lot of progress made. Unfortunately, we
got to a point where we’ve done so much throwing that I really kind of
just felt lethargic.

Jim Salisbury has a very reasonable take with more from Roy and Charlie. People seem to be a little worried. But not Roy.

So Roy says he's not. But are you? His velocity was way down yesterday, but he says that's likely due to his crazy workout regimen catching up with him as of late.

We know, we know. It's March 13th. But damn, your confidence in Roy for 2013 had to take a hit yesterday. Did it not?

>>Concern in Clearwater: Halladay battered by Tigers

Noel joins Sixers in New Orleans, may play Sunday in Detroit

Noel joins Sixers in New Orleans, may play Sunday in Detroit

NEW ORLEANS — Nerlens Noel made another step toward his return from arthroscopic left knee surgery by joining the Sixers in New Orleans for their game against the Pelicans.

Noel arrived on Wednesday with Robert Covington, who is slated to start after missing the last three games with a left knee sprain. Noel is not cleared to play, but Brown doesn’t think it will be long until he suits up. 

“I don’t think far away,” Brown said of Noel’s regular season debut after shootaround.

When asked about the possibility of Noel playing this weekend when the Sixers face the Pistons on Sunday in Detroit, Brown replied, “Maybe.” 

Noel has missed the entire regular season recovering from elective surgery for an inflamed plica in October. He completed the first phase of his rehab in Birmingham, Ala. and has been continuing his work with the Sixers. This trip to New Orleans is the first time he has been with the Sixers on the road. 

“[He is] integrating with the team, studying a lot of tape, scripting with his teammates with the understanding that we have a chance to see him soon,” Brown said. “All that trying to ramp it up where he can go to an NBA court more comfortably.”

Noel spoke out about his displeasure with the Sixers crowded frontcourt at the start of the preseason. He recently stuck with his stance, saying, “I don’t think the roster’s changed.”

Brown is working to keep the team moving forward as a unit while still being aware of and recognizing Noel’s perspective. 

“It does,” Brown said when asked if Noel’s open frustration concerns him as it pertains to team cohesiveness. “But I feel like it’s so much a part of what we try do around here that it’s not like you’re going to blink and you’ve forgotten something that equals camaraderie, that equals team, that equals trying to keep this together, and you’ve left it for a week … 

“It’s a day-to-day focus for me and it’s a very candid conversation with me and the player. The team hears it, the individual hears it, we all understand it … We need to coexist and we need to understand the reality of it all, too. There’s a human side you understand. It’s also pride, it’s competitiveness, it’s do your job, it’s nothing is given, you’ve got to take stuff, draw your own line in the sand, competitors rule the day.”

Last season Noel averaged 11.1 points and a team-high 8.1 rebounds per game. The Sixers will look forward to having him back on the court in that once-crowded frontcourt that is now shorthanded. Jahlil Okafor remained in Philadelphia with gastroenteritis. Ben Simmons still is rehabbing from a right foot fracture. 

"Soon you’re going to see Ben Simmons coming to a team bench where he doesn’t come out with boots and have to push him in some type of wheely apparatus," Brown said. "We’ve dealt with so many injuries trying to find that balance of dealing with their health and so on, and then trying to integrate them back into a team is part of growing a program."

Flyers fans send amazing postcards to their beat writers

Flyers fans send amazing postcards to their beat writers

I like to give Flyers fans a bit of a hard time on occasion, but that's only because I love them.

One beautiful Flyers fan today reminded me of why I love them.

They took the time to send a postcard to's Flyers Insider -- and hater of the woo -- Tim Panaccio with one single word written on it.


Panotch says "Someone wasted a stamp and post card on this," but I say we just generated at least 50 cents in ad revenue from those of you that are reading this right now.

Money and time well spent.

Now, if you're not up on your wooing, Panotch penned a piece on how some fans wooing at games started annoying some of the players. Panotch hates the woo. BUT... and this is an important but... the Flyers are 6-0 since this all started.