Bryce Brown's Valiant Effort Couldn't Save the Eagles from Their Seventh Straight Loss

Bryce Brown's Valiant Effort Couldn't Save the Eagles from Their Seventh Straight Loss

Panthers 30, Eagles 22.

That's seven straight losses.

On the plus side: Bryce Brown. The rookie rushed for 178 yards and two touchdowns on 19 carries for an average of 9.4 yards per attempt. He also fumbled twice, but considering everything else he did to keep the Eagles afloat and the scene in the stands from ever turning as ugly as expected, hats off to Brown on the debut. As for everything else ...

Nick Foles was a competent enough manager — going 16 of 21 for 119 — though he got lucky in the early stages on two passes thrown into coverage and wasn't really asked to do much of anything.

Although Brown was having a great deal of success, it was somewhat surprising to see Foles — or any Eagles quarterback — play such a limited role, as the run plays outnumbered the pass plays. Plenty of fans, writers and analysts are probably wondering where this sort of commitment to the run was when LeSean McCoy was actually available to carry the ball.

And the defense, they gave up 28 or more points for the fifth straight game.

See that guy soaring through the air and breaking the plane in the picture above? Cam Newton scored all four of the Panthers touchdowns Monday night, throwing for two painfully easy scores in the first quarter and rushing for two more later on in the evening. This is the same guy who's been having mini-meltdowns at the postgame podium as of late. Nice of the Eagles to give him a bit of a boost.

If there's anything that puts the night, the losing streak, the season in perspective, it's this nugget from Roob Frank. If you've been on "Jorrick Calvin watch" this year, you'll know the Eagles haven't had a kick return longer than 35 yards since Calvin did it during the 2010 season. Brandon Boykin broke one off late, with the Eagles trailing by eight, but...



That fumble gave the Panthers their final possession of the game, allowing them to run down the final 4:29.

Obviously, we'll have more in the morning — Kulp will get his say — but in the meantime, as far as immediate analysis goes, it's hard to really be upset anymore. That seems to have been the prevailing wisdom down at the Linc. The anger and the passion and the general will to even complain have subsided.

There were no doubt those who made their voices heard Monday night, but judging from the wide-angle shots toward the end of the broadcast, empty seats were doing most of the talking.

Three wins, eight losses, and five more games to go. The season has been long over. Now we just have to wait for it to end.

Until then, we'll keep trying to make heads or tails of this rookie quarterback from Arizona. There's always something, right?


Conspiracy charge added for 3 former Penn State administrators

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Conspiracy charge added for 3 former Penn State administrators

HARRISBURG, Pa. -- A Pennsylvania judge on Thursday allowed prosecutors to add a conspiracy charge against three former Penn State administrators, increasing their possible penalty if convicted of crimes for their handling of the Jerry Sandusky child molestation scandal.

Judge John Boccabella granted a request by the attorney general's office to tack on a related conspiracy count to the charges of endangering the welfare of children.

Prosecutors said each felony count carries up to 7 years in prison and a $15,000 fine.

Jury selection is scheduled for March 20 in Harrisburg in the case of former university president Graham Spanier, former vice president Gary Schultz and former athletic director Tim Curley.

The defendants sought permission last week from Boccabella for an appeal that could delay the trial. The judge has not ruled on that request.

They argue Boccabella erred when he declined to dismiss the child-welfare charges, arguing the statute of limitations expired, the defendants did not provide direct care for children and they are charged with actions that occurred before the law was revised.

Earlier this month, the judge dismissed charges of failing to properly report suspected abuse, and last year the Superior Court threw out perjury, obstruction and conspiracy charges.

The three administrators fielded a complaint in 2001 from a graduate assistant who said he saw Sandusky, then retired as an assistant football coach, sexually abusing a boy in a team shower.

They did not report the matter to police or child welfare authorities, but did tell Sandusky he could no longer bring children to the campus and they notified his charity for children, The Second Mile.

Sandusky currently is serving a lengthy state prison term after being convicted in 2012 of 45 counts of sexual abuse of 10 boys.

Last week, a new judge appointed to preside over his appeals under the state's Post-Conviction Relief Act scheduled a March 24 hearing at the courthouse near State College to "present and finalize the evidentiary portion" of the hearing.

Hits King Pete Rose on Phillies' Wall of Fame ballot

Hits King Pete Rose on Phillies' Wall of Fame ballot

CLEARWATER, Fla. -- The Phillies have released their Wall of Fame ballot for 2017 and Pete Rose is on it for the first time.

Baseball’s all-time hits king joins Steve Bedrosian, Larry Christensen, Jim Fregosi, Gene Garber, Placido Polanco, Ron Reed, Scott Rolen, Manny Trillo and Rick Wise on the ballot.

The Phillies had to receive permission from commissioner Rob Manfred to include Rose on the ballot. Rose was placed on baseball’s permanently ineligible list in 1989 after he admitted to wagering on baseball during his time as manager of the Cincinnati Reds. The ban precludes him from appearing on the ballot for the Baseball Hall of Fame in Cooperstown, New York.

Rose is still on the ineligible list, but Manfred has shown some leniency in recent years and Rose has been able to participate in some ceremonies. He was inducted into the Cincinnati Reds' Hall of Fame last summer. 

Rose was one of the stars on the Reds’ Big Red Machine, a club that won back-to-back World Series in 1975 and 1976. He came to the Phillies as a free agent before the 1979 season. He spent five years with the Phils and his leadership was considered key in getting a talented team over the top on its way to winning the 1980 World Series. 

The Phillies’ Wall of Fame ceremony will take place Aug. 12 at Citizens Bank Park. 

Fans have a voice in the voting, which is has begun on the team’s website -- www.Phillies.com. Fans can select their top three choices and the five finalists will serve as the official ballot for a special Wall of Fame selection committee.