In the Tradition of Festivus, Jason Babin Airs His Grievances with the Eagles

In the Tradition of Festivus, Jason Babin Airs His Grievances with the Eagles

The Eagles released Jason Babin four weeks ago, which might
seem like an eternity, but apparently wasn’t long enough for the wide-9
specialist to get over it. As his Jacksonville Jaguars prepare for their Week
17 finale in Tennessee – one of many stops in Babin’s nine-year NFL career – he
simply couldn’t refrain from running his mouth about his latest ex.

Speaking to members of the Titans media, Babin went off on a
bit of a tangent describing his departure from Philadelphia. It’s difficult to
summarize as it’s sort of all over the place, but you could easily say he
deflected any and all blame for his and former defensive line coach Jim
Washburn’s falling-out with the organization. However, the money quote was
probably when he described the Eagles as some sort of socialist regime. Via Adam
Caplan:

That was probably their approach
because they don’t have amicable splits with people. You saw how dirty they did
(Jim) Washburn with leaking out the false stories and the way they talked about
him on the way out. It’s kind of a big socialistic system that they have. I
didn’t really care. I’m only going to worry about what I can control, and
that’s practicing hard, working hard and playing hard on Sunday.

Babin’s diatribe continues, as he claims the Eagles clearly never
trusted Wash based on the presence of a defensive line consultant – a position
that is not listed on their coaching staff’s web page. Then as he wraps up on
the topic, he adds this delicious morsel:

But that’s life, I can’t really sit
up here and whine and complain about my situation when people around the
country and around the world for that matter are in a lot worse situations than
myself.

None of these statements constitutes as whining or complaining?

Look, we get it, Jason. You feel like you were wronged
because it didn’t work out here, and to your credit, a
lot of players that came and went over the last 14 years would probably agree
the Eagles are bad at breaking up with people.

That said, maybe the coaches were trying to change you
because you had 5.5 sacks in 11 games this season. Maybe the organization was
second-guessing Washburn because the production vanished. Whatever the case, the Eagles decided to move on. Maybe you should, too.

Phillies' rookie Zach Eflin has surgery on left knee

Phillies' rookie Zach Eflin has surgery on left knee

Six weeks after undergoing surgery to repair the patella tendon in his right knee, Phillies rookie Zach Eflin went under the knife again Friday.

As expected, Eflin had the same surgery - performed by Dr. Steve Cohen - done on his left knee.

According to the Phillies, Eflin will be immobilized for six weeks and is expected to make a full recovery.

Eflin, 22, has been dealing with knee problems since he was about 11 years old. The issues caused him to make just 11 starts in his rookie campaign. 

“You know this is an issue he’s been fighting since he was a kid,” general manager Matt Klentak said on the day of Eflin’s first surgery in August. “I think he told me since he was 11 years old, he first started battling knee problems. The hope here is that it’s going to alleviate the problem. And that he’s not going to have to deal with it. And in just talking candidly with Zach last night, while not excited to undergo the knife today, he was pretty excited about the possibility of coming to spring training next year pain-free for the first time in his life.”

That is still the expectation.

Eflin finished his rookie year 3-5 with a 5.54 ERA in 63 ⅓ innings pitched. He was 5-2 with a 2.90 ERA in 68 ⅓ innings at Triple A Lehigh Valley.

Temple's Trey Lowe to redshirt as recovery from car accident continues

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Temple's Trey Lowe to redshirt as recovery from car accident continues

Temple head coach Fran Dunphy had a feeling some bad news would come regarding guard Trey Lowe's status for the coming season. On Friday, it was made official.

Lowe, a freshman who suffered serious upper-body injuries in a single-car crash in his native New Jersey last February, will miss all of the 2016-17 season and take a medical redshirt as he continues to recover, Dunphy announced on Friday.

"We all feel that this is in the best interest for Trey, as a person, a basketball player and a student," Dunphy said in a statement released by the university. "We feel at this time that concentrating on his rehabilitation this year will give him the best chance to come back strong and healthy for 2017-18. Trey will still be a big part of the team during this redshirt year, while continuing to work with our medical and strength team in preparation for his full return to action.”

Lowe was just starting to come into his own at the collegiate level around the time of the unfortunate accident. In a Feb. 17 game at the Liacouras Center against then-No.1 and eventual national champion Villanova, Lowe dropped a career-high 21 points. Though the Owls lost, 83-67, Lowe had made an impact and earned the trust of Dunphy, which isn't easy to do as a freshman.

A three-star recruit, Lowe played in all 28 games, including five starts, prior to his injury and averaged 4.8 points and 1.8 assists in 12.3 minutes per game. He would be a redshirt sophomore if he's ready to return for the 2017-18 season.

The absence of Lowe will leave the Owls particularly thin at guard this year. You may recall senior point guard Josh Brown, who was to be counted on as the Owls' leader this season, tore his Achilles tendon during an offseason workout. His status for this season is still unknown as he continues to rehab from his injury.

Junior forward Obi Enechionyia, who averaged 11 points per game last season, is Temple's leading returning scorer.

The onus to produce at guard will be placed on redshirt senior Daniel Dingle and sophomore Shizz Alston, Jr. True freshmen Quinton Rose and Alani Moore will also likely have to chip in.

They have just over a month to get ready. Temple hosts La Salle in both schools' season opener on Friday, Nov. 11 at the Liacouras Center.