Before we get to the comment of the week today, I'd like to invite you all to mark your calendars to come out to Smith's Restaurant and Bar on January 23rd for The700Level.com Flyers watch party and meet up. How often do you get the chance to scream at people in real life who you've been yelling at in the comment section for years? The Flyers take on the Blue Jackets so maybe you'll spot one of those rare "win" things I'm told are possible in sports. Plus, beer!
We created a Facebook event for the watch party so you should hop on over and join us.
As for this week's comment of the week, we're going with somekat who was doing some defending of Nick Foles' most recent victim, the Tampa Bay Bucs. He wins a $25 gift card to Smith's Restaurant. For those unfamiliar, Smith's is located right off Rittenhouse Square in Center City and is an awesome place to watch football on Thursday nights or a regular full slate Sunday. They've got $4 Harpoon drafts and $5 guacamole, boneless wings, and chicken nachos during all NFL games. Tough to beat $5 chicken nachos.
This week's winner:
You mean the 0-4 bucs that hadn’t given up more than 23 points before last week, with 2 of the 4 being against he Saints and the Pats?
The 0-4 bucs that held Brady to 220 yards passing?
The 0-4 bucs that held Brees to a 67.5 passer rating?
The 0-4 bucs that are the only team that has made Geno Smith look like a rookie?
The 0-4 bucs that held the Cards to under 300 TOTAL yards?
If that is the 0-4 bucs team that you are talking about, then yes, racking up just short of 300 yards, on 70% completion, with 3 tds in the air and 1 on the ground, AND 3 for 3 in the red zone (against a team that was #2 in the league in that category going in), is VERY impressive for a guy who only has 8 career starts, and the first 7 was playing behind a decimated line, with no weapons to speak of.
Forward Savon Goodman has enrolled in graduate classes at La Salle and will play the 2016-17 season with the Explorers.
“Savon is the perfect addition to our team next year,” La Salle head coach Dr. John Giannini said in a statement released by the school. “He shoots a great percentage and rebounds and defends with a tough, athletic style of play. He was a key part of an Arizona State NIT team and has had big games against great competition.”
Goodman, a Philadelphia native, graduated from Arizona State and is not subject to transfer rules.
He averaged 9.6 points and 6.4 rebounds per game in 28 contests as a junior in 2015-16. He shot 55 percent from the field overall.
In leading Constitution High School to the PIAA State Championship as well as the Philadelphia Public League title during his senior year, Goodman earned Public League MVP honors.
A piece of modern baseball history will be on display in Philadelphia for the next couple of weeks.
The original contract Jackie Robinson signed with the Brooklyn Dodgers in April 1947 that allowed him to break the color barrier in Major League Baseball will be featured at the National Constitution Center from May 26 until June 5.
Mikalai Kontilia, CEO of Collectors Cafe, the company loaning the contract to the Constitution Center, brought both the Dodgers' document and the contract Robinson signed with the minor league Montreal Royals in October 1945 to The Comcast Network's Breakfast on Broad show on Tuesday morning.
"What's amazing is, these contracts, finally, after 60-some odd years, have been unearthed, discovered and the American people can finally see the Jackie Robinson contracts," Kontilia said.
The Dodgers' contract plays an important role in American history, and not just in terms of sport. Many people point to then-Dodgers owner Branch Rickey's signing Robinson as a starting point in the American civil rights movement.
Kontilia said a historic documentarian appraised the contracts at a value of $36 million.
For more on the contracts, check out the segment from Breakfast on Broad.
Photo credit of Robinson signing contract: DodgersNation.com.
As the Eagles kicked off their second round of voluntary OTAs on Tuesday morning at the NovaCare Complex, the team’s best player was still MIA.
Defensive tackle Fletcher Cox is staying away from the team as he awaits a long-term contract extension for big money. He hasn’t been at any of the team’s voluntary workouts this spring and the first mandatory date isn’t until June 7.
As the Eagles install a new defense, how much is Cox missing?
“It’s voluntary, so you can only do so much,” defensive coordinator Jim Schwartz said on Tuesday afternoon in a near-30-minute press conference. “Fletch was drafted in a scheme similar to this. He’ll catch up. But I’m sure there will be some carryover for him. I assume he’s a fast learner and I assume he’ll pick things up quickly.”
Without Cox on Tuesday, veteran free agent pickup Mike Martin worked with the first-team defense at tackle next to Bennie Logan. Last week, at the first open OTA practice, Taylor Hart filled in for Cox.
When asked if he has spoken with Cox since taking the job, Schwartz declined to comment, saying he prefers to keep private conversations with players private.
And by the third consecutive Cox question – this one about how Cox will eventually fit into his defense – the veteran NFL coach was ready to move on.
“Why don’t we do this: That’s probably enough Fletcher Cox speak,” Schwartz said. “Let’s just talk about the guys that are here. I really can’t comment on the guys that aren’t here. I haven’t had any experience with those guys. So anything I’d say would really be hypothetical, to tell you the truth.
“I did look, as the whole defensive staff did, we evaluated last year, what guys did. And he certainly had an impressive year last year. And we think that scheme-wise and technique-wise, what we’re going to do is going to fit him very well.”