Eagles Making Headlines in December

Eagles Making Headlines in December

Last night Brian Dawkins and Brian Westbrook found themselves on the front-pages of The New York Times and ESPN.com, respectively.

Eagles fans have to be awfully happy with the way things have gone in recent weeks after our hopes were seemingly shattered when Donovan McNabb went down.  With the way Jeff Garcia has stepped up and the current state of the NFC, the Eagles have as good a shot as any team in the NFC to make some noise in the playoffs.  Nobody expects anything of these Eagles and that's exactly the kind of team who can come out of nowhere and stun people.  Maybe Andy will call games a little reckless and maybe the Birds will surprise some people, Eagles fans included.  I'm just happy we can still enjoy watching the Birds on Sunday.

>>This Time Giants Lose It In the Fourth [NYTimes]
>>Eagles gain control of  wild NFC race & Playoff Picture [ESPN]
>>Eagles Get Revenge at Meadowlands [My post at The Fanhouse]

Monday Extras:

  • The Inquirer has some great photos from yesterday's game including Westy in mid air. [Inquirer]
  • Cole Hamels, breaking the hearts of ladies all across the Delaware Valley. [Phillies]
  • We neglected to comment on Paul Arizin passing last week only because we are to young to remember him.  Sounds like he was a cool guy. [NBA]
  • Bill James likes stats and relates them to the Phillies.  Mostly, stats give me a head ache. [Inquirer]
  • The Flyers made a trade. [ESPN]
  • Scoop Jackson on A.I. dissected and torn apart. [AwfulAnnouncing]
  • Use Ooh Child in your trailer and maybe I'll see your movie. [YouTube]
  • Terrell Owens.. spits. Could he be suspended for our Christmas spectacular? [Deadspin]
  • I think Allen Iverson will end up in either Denver or Boston.

College Hoops wrap: St. Joe's edged in usual ending at Saint Louis

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College Hoops wrap: St. Joe's edged in usual ending at Saint Louis

No. 2 Villanova bounced back with a win over No. 23 Creighton, clinching the Big East regular-season title outright (see Instant Replay). Meanwhile, Temple was able to clip Tulane in double overtime to end a three-game losing streak (see Instant Replay).

Here's a look at the rest of college hoops in the Philly area. 

Saint Joseph's edged by Saint Louis in unusual ending, 61-60
ST. LOUIS -- Jalen Johnson scored 17 points and grabbed 10 rebounds, Mike Crawford hit a key 3-pointer, and Saint Louis edged Saint Joseph's 61-60 with an unusual ending on Saturday.

The Billikens were up 61-58 with five seconds left when Crawford missed a pair of free throws. The Hawks' Jai Williams grabbed the rebound and passed to James Demery. Demery dribbled the floor and bypassed Brendan Casper, who was calling for the ball just outside the 3-point arc, and made a layup as time expired, sealing a one-point win for Saint Louis.

Crawford's 3-pointer gave the Billikens a 59-58 lead with 1:15 to play. Johnson forced a turnover on Saint Joseph's next possession, and Aaron Hines made a layup to stretch the lead to 61-58.

Saint Louis (10-19, 5-11 Atlantic 10) snapped a three-game losing skid.

Chris Clover scored 17 points to lead Saint Joseph's (10-18, 3-13), which has lost eight straight (see full recap).

Drexel downed in Charleston, 80-67
CHARLESTON, S.C. -- Jarrell Brantley scored 22 points, grabbed nine rebounds and had four steals, Joe Chealey added 16 with three steals, and the College of Charleston beat Drexel 80-67 on Saturday to win its fourth straight.

Cameron Johnson scored 14 for the Cougars (23-8, 14-4), who have a No. 2 seed and first-round bye secured at next week's Colonial Athletic Association Tournament.

Chealey's free throw put the Cougars up for good 11-10 en route to a 36-26 halftime lead. Brantley hit three straight free throws and the Cougars led by 18, 70-52, with 6:30 left to play in the second half and were never seriously threatened.

The Cougars shot 27 of 40 free throws and outrebounded the Dragons 39-32, scoring 14 second-chance points off of 13 offensive rebounds.

Kurk Lee scored 13 points for Drexel (9-22, 3-15), which has lost five straight (see full recap).

Penn State allows near triple-double to Mason, loses to Minnesota, 81-71
MINNEAPOLIS -- Nate Mason had 16 points, 10 rebounds and eight assists, and Jordan Murphy added 16 points and 16 rebounds for the Minnesota Gophers in an 81-71 win over Penn State on Saturday.

Dupree McBrayer added 15 points off the bench for Minnesota (22-7, 10-6 Big Ten) with Akeem Springs scoring 12. Reggie Lynch had nine points and set a career-high with 11 blocks as the Gophers won their seventh game in a row and avenged an earlier loss at Penn State.

Tony Carr had 20 points and seven assists, while Shep Garner scored 10 points and grabbed eight rebounds for the Nittany Lions, who have lost three straight. Penn State had just five turnovers, all in the first half, but shot 35.5 percent.

Excluding the vacated season of 1996-97, Minnesota has won seven games in a row for the first time since 1978 (see full recap).