Catch Up On The Phillies

Catch Up On The Phillies

I haven't posted about the Phillies in a while, but have been keeping up with what has been going on.  For your educational purposes:

Yesterday, Beerleaguer noted that a Bobby Abreu trade to the Houston Astros could be a possibility, likely for pitching.  Following up the Beerleaguer's take is Tom G. who gives further analysis of a potential deal.

The Phillies had the third highest average salary last year behind the Red Sox and the Yankees.  Man, and Ed Wade really thought he did a good job.

Speaking of the Red Sox and Yankees, I can't help but truly enjoy the Red Sox fans squirm at the thought of their beloved Jesus descending into the Red Sox Nation Inferno that is Yankee pinstripes.  I think Red Sox fan's arrogance has exceeded that of the Yankees.  Maybe ESPN just plays too many clips of Peter Gammons on his knees.  Speaking of New York, I also find some sick sort of pleasure in all of New York having to walk to work.  Sucks to be you.

So the Phillies, where was I.. in case you missed it:
- Kenny Lofton signed with the Dodgers.  Kenny actually had a real nice year for the Phils last year, lets hope Rowand can take the CF spot to the next level. []
- Phillies traded Vincente Padilla for some guy you never heard of.. The Floatilla will be missed. [BL]
- Phils offer arbitration to Myers and JMike but not Endy.[PhilliesNation]
- They signed Fultz a while back.  One of the most reliable arms in the pen last year. [LA Times]
- Mr. Machete has to stay in jail.  The crazy part of this article is that in Venezuela, they use a tribunal? [ABC]

Future Eagle (?) Latavius Murray posts workout with Carson Wentz on Instagram

Future Eagle (?) Latavius Murray posts workout with Carson Wentz on Instagram

Could the Eagles be interested in signing another top free agent running back named Murray?

No, not that guy. 

Oakland/Los Angeles/Las Vegas Raiders running back Latavius Murray.

Murray posted a picture on Instagram of the soon-to-be free agent working out with Carson Wentz with the caption "im just here to help."

"im just here to help"

A post shared by Latavius Murray (@lataviusmurray) on

It's no surprise the Eagles can stand to upgrade their running back corps this offseason — as several mock drafts have suggested. Could Murray be the answer?


Instant Replay: UConn 64, Temple 63

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Instant Replay: UConn 64, Temple 63

Temple’s roller coaster season continued with a new low on Sunday afternoon.

The Owls, who led nearly the entire way, allowed UConn guard Jalen Adams to make a reverse layup with 2.9 seconds remaining in a 64-63 loss at the Liacouras Center.

Shizz Alston Jr. missed the potential game-winning shot from half court as time expired.

Turning point
The Owls (14-14, 5-10 AAC) looked like they might avoid blowing a 10-point lead after Quinton Rose responded to Rodney Purvis’ game-tying three-pointer with a three of his own to give them a 63-60 lead with 2:32 left.

However, the Huskies (14-12, 9-5 AAC) responded with a pair of free throws from Adams before he snaked his way into the lane with the clock running down for the game-winner. The layup gave UConn its seventh win in the last eight games.

Big men on campus
The Huskies were led by Rodney Purvis’ game-high of 18 points on 7 of 14 shooting. He also added five assists. 

Adams shot just 5 of 13 for 13 points, but connected with the game on the line. He also chipped in five assists and five boards.

The Owls received a jolt Sunday from their young players, as freshmen Damion Moore and Alani Moore II scored a combined 22 points on 9 of 10 shooting. 

In a solid all-around effort, Temple’s Daniel Dingle scored 17 points, with six boards and six assists. Alston Jr. contributed 11 points, six assists and 5 rebounds.

Inside the box score
• After making 5 of 9 shots from three-point range in the first half, Temple finished the game 7 of 21 from deep.

• UConn's Kentan Facey had a big game in the first matchup between the two teams with 23 points and 10 rebounds. On Sunday, the senior was held to eight points and four rebounds after dealing with foul trouble in the first half.

• Temple couldn’t find any room inside, as the Owls lost the points in the paint battle 26-16.

History lesson
With the win, UConn improved to 9-7 in the all-time series. The victory was the Huskies’ third straight in the series.

Up next
The Owls will continue on a three-game homestand Wednesday at 7 p.m. against UCF.

UConn will stay on the road and play at Houston also on Wednesday.