The Joy of Sacks

The Joy of Sacks

It's been a rough last two weeks or so for Eagles fans. The season is only three weeks old, and already the drama has reached dizzying proportions. Well, I am going to spare you the agita and not focus on the myriad number of issues facing this team.

Instead, I figured I'd post something positive from Eagles history. The graphic above appeared on ESPN during the Cowboys/Redskins Monday Night game, and completely blew me away. The MNF production team ran the graphic after DeMarcus Ware sacked Rex Grossman. The sack was Ware's 85th in 99 career games.

As you can see from the picture above Reggie White had 105 sacks in his first 100 games. It's true, as Mike Tirico pointed out, that White was a professional when he came to the Eagles, having signed with the Memphis Showboats of the USFL.

It's also true that the NFL did not start keeping individual sack statistics until 1982. With that being said, it's been almost 30 years since then and Reggie sits 20 sacks ahead of Ware. That's ridiculous. The Minister of Defense averaged a little over a sack a game over his first 100 games.

During the strike-shortened 1987 season Reggie recorded an absurd 21 sacks in 12 games. He was an unstoppable force coming off of the edge. He could run through or around any tackle at any time. Check out this video of highlighting Reggie's 1987 season. And yes, the video is all the more amazing because it's narrated by Harry Kalas.

Brett Brown says Ben Simmons will return in January

Brett Brown says Ben Simmons will return in January

Ben Simmons is on track to return to the Sixers in January, Brett Brown told the Philadelphia Inquirer on Friday. 

Previous reports indicated that Simmons, who suffered a Jones fracture in his right foot in the Sixers' final training camp scrimmage on Sept. 30, would be out three months. Friday's news jives with that, but this is the first time the Sixers have given a timetable.

"It's not doom and gloom," Brown said. "Ben is coming back in January. We are still trying to find information on Jerryd (Bayless). Jahlil (Okafor) is still trying to touch the court in his first preseason game."

With long-term ramifications in mind, there had been some speculation that Simmons' camp wanted him to sit all season. 

This is rather encouraging news and it means the Sixers may avoid watching another of their top picks miss his entire first year.

Union offering great deals on field level seats ahead of MLS Cup Playoffs

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Union offering great deals on field level seats ahead of MLS Cup Playoffs

Playoff soccer is returning to Chester for the first time in five years, and while fans prep for the Union’s first postseason games since 2011, there is no shortage of seating options for Union tickets on the primary market.

Perhaps most importantly, fans won’t have to break the bank to be on hand as the Union compete for their first MLS Cup in franchise history. Union field level seats are available for both the team’s final home regular season game against the New York Red Bulls and the Eastern Conference Semifinal on October 30 should they advance past the knockout round.

The team’s official website lists feet-on-the-pitch seating starting from $155 per ticket for this weekend’s game against the Red Bulls. The first-place Red Bulls head to Talen Energy Stadium with a first-round bye secured, but Union head coach Jim Curtin expects them to bring the pressure with them on Sunday. Fans can look on up close – and for relatively cheap - as the Union look to hand the Eastern Conference leaders their final loss of the regular season.

The Union will take on either New York City FC or Toronto FC in the knockout round either next Wednesday or Thursday. Pending a victory on the road, they’ll return to Talen Energy Stadium to host an Eastern Conference Semifinal game on October 30. Field level seating is still widely available for the team’s first home playoff game since 2011 and start from $178 per ticket.

2016 marks the franchise’s second MLS Cup Playoffs berth in its seven-year existence. They clinched a first-round bye in 2011 but fell to the Houston Dynamo by a 3-1 aggregate in the Conference Semifinals. The Union bring a much different vibe into the playoffs this season, however, after a formidable stretch from September on nearly drowned their postseason hopes. The team won its last game on August 27 against Sporting Kansas City, losing four games and drawing in two others since. 

Despite the team’s recent struggles, there is a sense of renewment that will carry them into the MLS Cup Playoffs. Records are cast aside and the slate is wiped clean, beginning a new path on the long and often tumultuous road to a national championship.