Connie Mack Was Cheap! Didn't Want to Win NOW Then

Connie Mack Was Cheap! Didn't Want to Win NOW Then

Unfortunately for Phillies fans, we're not getting daily stories about the coming World Series this week. But Philadelphia baseball scribes haven't simply gone into hiding until February rolls around. Instead, we're getting a Philadelphia history lesson of sorts from's John Finger.

First up, Finger takes a look at the 1911 Philadelphia Athletics led by the legendary Connie Mack. Like all of you, I was not alive in 1911 and like most of you (I'm assuming) my knowledge of the history of the Athletics is quite limited. (I did see some of their elephant-adorned memorabilia in the Hall of Fame up in Cooperstown once.) But I find tales of old school baseball in our city fascinating.

Most people I know think of Connie Mack as the guy who simply had a stadium named after him, but he actually managed for an unbelievable 50 years! Finger asks: For a guy who was such an institution in this city for so many years, why is he not recognized more for it?

Also, one of the parts I found most interesting was Mack's apparent penchant for penny pinching, "He spent the last two decades of his career achieving solid mediocrity
in the standings and seemingly popularized the practice of the “fire
sale.” Oh yes, even a century ago Mack, also the owner of the A’s,
massaged his player payroll the way clubs do now."

I wonder how modern day fans in Philadelphia would have reacted to this?

Worth a read, baseball fans.

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Ben Simmons, Robert Covington react to Ersan Ilyasova trade

Ben Simmons, Robert Covington react to Ersan Ilyasova trade

On Wednesday, the Sixers traded Ersan Ilyasova to the Hawks in exchange for Tiago Splitter and a 2017 second-round pick, as well as the option to swap 2017 second-round selections (see story).

"I want to thank Ersan Ilyasova for his positive contributions to this organization both on and off the basketball court," president of basketball operations Bryan Colangelo said in a statement. "Ersan is a true professional whose daily examples of hard work, focus and consistency have helped facilitate the ongoing growth of our program and culture."

The Sixers took to Instagram to express their appreciation for Ilyasova’s leadership. Ilyasova quickly embraced the role of a veteran go-to when he was traded to the Sixers in early November. Both posts below exemplify his team-first mentality.

✊🏼 A true Pro @ersanilyasova7

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Thanks for being a great teammate @ersanilyasova7. Wishing you the best in ATL

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Best of NHL: Rickard Rakell, Ducks snap Bruins' win streak at 4

Best of NHL: Rickard Rakell, Ducks snap Bruins' win streak at 4

ANAHEIM, Calif. -- Rickard Rakell broke a tie with his second goal with 2:34 to play, and the Anaheim Ducks snapped Boston's four-game winning streak under new coach Bruce Cassidy with a 5-3 victory over the Bruins on Wednesday night.

Rakell also scored in the second period for the Ducks and has 24 goals in his outstanding season. Ondrej Kase, Josh Manson and Andrew Cogliano also scored for Anaheim, and Jonathan Bernier made 26 saves in his first victory since Jan. 23.

Frank Vatrano scored the tying goal in the third period for the Bruins, who hadn't lost since Cassidy replaced Claude Julien on Feb. 7. Defensemen Brandon Carlo and Zdeno Chara scored early goals, and Tuukka Rask stopped 20 shots.

Anaheim beat Boston for the seventh straight time (see full recap).

Rare goal from Russell lifts Oilers over Panthers
SUNRISE, Fla. -- Kris Russell's goal with 7:58 left was his first in more than a year and lifted the Edmonton Oilers over Florida 4-3 on Wednesday night to snap the Panthers' five-game winning streak.

Russell's goal was his first since Feb. 11, 2016, when he played for Calgary. He went goalless in his first 48 games with the Oilers.

Fellow defenseman Oscar Klefbom also scored for Edmonton, as did forwards Zack Kassian and Ryan Nugent-Hopkins. Connor McDavid, who came into the night leading the NHL scoring race, had an assist on Russell's goal.

Aleksander Barkov, Colton Sceviour and Jonathan Marchessault scored for Florida. Keith Yandle had two assists for the Panthers, giving him 400 points for his career.

Cam Talbot stopped 31 shots for the Oilers, who have won their last eight games at Florida -- last losing on the Panthers' ice in 2002. James Reimer made 31 saves for the Panthers, who just completed a 5-0-0 road trip (see full recap).