Eagles are NFC East Champs

Eagles are NFC East Champs

A.J. Feeley delivers to Matt Schobel for the touchdown!

And that's the kind of game this will likely be.  We may do a mini live blog here until we leave to go get drunk and bring in the new year.  So enjoy.  And Congrats to the Eagles clinching the NFC East.

-The Eagles are up 10-7 and there are only 3 starters in on defense.  I'm going to start drinking now.

-Buckhalter's got a "knee strain."  Buck has been playing well with the Eagles surging run game.  This could be bad for the Birds in the post season.

-The backfield of Thomas Tapeh and Ryan Moats is a dangerous duo.  Man, Feeley and Schobel have some nice chemistry going on.  Maybe the Eagles can use this game to showcase Feeley's talent and trade him for a second round draft pick, likely to the Dolphins.

-Start of 2nd Qtr, Eagles 10 Falcons 7: Not much game action, but I just saw this tidbit about how Jon Gruden wants Jeff Garcia to be the starting QB in Tampa Bay next season.

-Sean Considine is turning into a player.  He's made a nice open field tackle on Vick, one of the toughest guys to bring down one-on-one, and defended a number of passes nicely, just missing a pick.  If he continues to get better, he could turn into a Pro Bowl caliber player.  Eek!  Just as a type that last sentence, Considine gets called for a personal foul.  It would have been a nice sack, his hand just happened to smack Vick in the face.

- Joselio Hanson, who the ladies love, makes two great plays in a row.  Also, Morton Anderson is old. Eagles 10 Falcons 10.

-Hey everybody, The Birdman is with us.  He's one of those sorry souls who has to work on New Year's Eve.  But at least he's drinking of course!

-Reno Mahe gets a carry!  Alright Reno.  Man, John Abraham has a club on his arm.  I don't know how anybody plays with one of those things.  That'd be like me trying to type this live blog while wearing mittens.  Maybe I'll try that.

-I actually think Troy Aikman is one of the better Fox guys.  He actually speaks pretty highly of the Eagles on most occasions.  And on 3rd and 34, the Eagles hold the Falcons to no gain.  Falcons punt to Reno Mahe.  I think the only thing that could make this game worth watching is a Reno Mahe touchdown.

-Greg Lewis!  Amazing catch by GLew.  I don't know how he came down with that ball.  And Thomas Tapeh drops his one chance at a touchdown.

-A.J. Feeley to Jason Avant for a score!  That marks the first touchdown for Jason Avant in the NFL.  Eagles 17 Falcons 10.

-The Eagles finally get to Vick and Juqua Thomas gets the sack.  Where has Juqua been in recent games?  Also, I just looked it up and I guessed the spelling of Juqua correctly.

-Looks like the first half will end with the Philadelphia leading Eagles 17 Falcons 10.  If I'm back for the second half it will be after the jump.

Second Half:

Reno Mahe fumbled.  And I'm done.

Former Phillies pitcher, Hall of Famer Jim Bunning dies at 85

Former Phillies pitcher, Hall of Famer Jim Bunning dies at 85

LOUISVILLE, Ky.-- Hall of Fame pitcher Jim Bunning, who pitched six seasons with the Phillies and went on to serve in Congress, has died. He was 85.

Bunning's death was confirmed by Jon Deuser, who served as chief of staff when Bunning was in the Senate. Deuser said he was notified about the death by Bunning's family.

Bunning won 224 games in a 17-year major-league career and pitched the first perfect game in modern National League history. It came with the Phillies on June 21, 1964.

He became the first pitcher after 1900 to throw no-hitters in both the American and National Leagues.

He belonged to a rare group of major league pitchers to throw a perfect game in the modern era.

A Kentucky Republican, he was the only member of the Baseball Hall of Fame to serve in Congress. He served in both the House and Senate.

Today's Lineup: Cesar Hernandez (groin) returns

Today's Lineup: Cesar Hernandez (groin) returns

Cesar Hernandez returns to the Phillies' punchless lineup Saturday afternoon against the Reds (4 p.m./TCN).

Hernandez, who missed Friday night's 5-2 loss with a groin injury, is back at second base and leading off. Hernandez has led off in all 44 games he's started this season. The fifth-year pro has struggled after getting off to a torrid start. He's hitting just .185 (10 for 54) over his last 14 games.

After bouncing around the lineup, centerfielder Odubel Herrera returns to his customary spot in the two-hole. Herrera's season is a microcosm of the Phils' woeful offense. An All-Star in 2016, Herrera is hitting just .227 this season. Manager Pete Mackanin hopes the Venezuelan will hit his way out of it soon (see story).

Here is the rest of today's lineup:

1. Cesar Hernandez, 2B
2. Odubel Herrera, CF
3. Aaron Altherr, LF
4. Tommy Joseph, 1B
5. Michael Saunders, RF
6. Maikel Franco, 3B
7. Cameron Rupp, C
8. Freddy Galvis, SS
9. Jerad Eickhoff, P