'Close' Calls Key Two Critical Philly Victories

'Close' Calls Key Two Critical Philly Victories

On April 11, 2012, the sports gods smiled upon Philadelphia.

The Sixers, Phillies, and Flyers went three-for-three on Wednesday night, each club picking up an important victory at varying stages of their respective seasons. However, two of them benefited from a blown call by officials.

With one out in the bottom of the third inning, Juan Pierre singled for the Phillies, then attempted to steal second. The catcher's throw seemed to beat the runner by a mile, and Jose Reyes applied the tag, but Pierre was called safe, despite every piece of visual evidence indicating otherwise. Three pitches later, Pierre was the first of five runs to come across in the inning, setting the tone for a 7-1 win.

Trailing 3-0 early in the second period, Brayden Schenn fed an outlet pass from right outside Flyers territory to a surging Danny Briere, who slipped past the defense for a breakaway. A freeze frame shows Briere beat the puck into the attack zone by a few feet, but the linesman called the play onside, and the shooter buried the rubber top shelf. The Flyers eventually came all the way back, pulling off a stunning 4-3 win in overtime.

The Pens had a few calls go their way too, including an icing wave-off
that resulted in a goal. More
on that here
.

The Phillies moved to 2-3 for the season, but more importantly, snapped out of an offensive funk that was strangling the enthusiasm out of a brand new campaign. The Flyers, of course, stole game 1 right out from under the rival Penguins in their own building -- again.

On a related note, the Sixers defeated the Raptors 93-75 for their second consecutive victory. Perhaps they can regain some momentum yet.

Great night for Philly sports, terrible night for zebras. I guess sometimes you've got to be lucky to be good.

Pierre photo via US PRESSWIRE. Briere photo via @NOTSCNHL.

The Rockies Twitter account tweeted whole game in 'Rocky' quotes

The Rockies Twitter account tweeted whole game in 'Rocky' quotes

If you watched Monday night's Phillies loss at the hands of the Colorado Rockies, you probably weren't very entertained -- unless you're a Rockies fan.

But if you followed the game on Twitter and happen to follow the Rockies' account, you may have been slightly more entertained.

Slightly.

They tried something we haven't seen from an opposing team just yet. They tweeted throughout the game using only quotes from the Rocky movie franchise.

Now, you can debate how successful of a move this was but you have to at least give them some points for creativity. And it's not like this was a playoff game with high stakes. This was a relatively boring Monday night game in the middle of May.

You can read our recap of the Phillies' 8-1 loss right here. Or here's how the night transpired on Twitter:

Are we there yet? Philly Sports Talk examines the state of the Sixers

Are we there yet? Philly Sports Talk examines the state of the Sixers

All week on Philly Sports Talk on CSN, we examine how our teams got to this point and where they are in the rebuilding process. 

On Tuesday, Sixers Insider Jessica Camerato takes a look at the state of the Sixers

How did we get here?
By now, you all know about “The Process.” The Sixers last competitive season was five years ago when they reached the Eastern Conference Semifinals in 2012. They began dismantling that group, and the following year, went 34-48 under Doug Collins. 

The Sixers then entered a three-year period of dismal basketball with a revolving door of players coached by Brett Brown that culminated in a 47-199 record. During that time, they stockpiled injured players, draft-and-stash prospects and a handful of future picks through transactions made by then-general manager Sam Hinkie.

Hinkie stepped down from his role with a memorable 13-page resignation letter last April. The Sixers hired Bryan Colangelo as president of basketball operations, marking a new chapter in the organization. 

The 2016-17 season was the first glimpse into the potential of “The Process.” They finished 28-54, including a 10-5 month of January. Joel Embiid made his NBA debut after two years. While he was limited to 31 games because of (another) injury, he quickly proved he can dominate when healthy. Dario Saric came to the NBA two years after being drafted in 2014 and emerged as a Rookie-of-the-Year candidate after Embiid was shut down for the season. The Sixers landed the number one pick in the 2016 draft and are waiting on the debut of Ben Simmons, who suffered a Jones fracture in training camp. This season, the Sixers established legitimate pieces for their future, rather than players who could be on the summer league team. 

Are the Sixers on the right path back to prosperity?
The Sixers are on the right path back to prosperity, and it starts this offseason. They have the third pick in the 2017 draft, with the possibilities of adding another young talent or packaging the pick to land a more established player. The Sixers have flexibility with plenty of cap space — which they could use to acquire a key free agent. The team has maintained they will not rush into making a trade just for the sake of it  — Jahlil Okafor’s future with the Sixers is still uncertain — or spending money just because it’s available. The Sixers showed flashes of potential last season. If they gather the right pieces this summer and — a big “and” — they stay healthy, the Sixers will continue to move toward an upward trend of rebuilding with the longer-term goals (this isn't happening overnight) of becoming a contender again. 

Coming Wednesday: A look at the Phillies' rebuild