Gunnin' For That No. 2 Spot: Nova and WVU in Regular Season Finale

Gunnin' For That No. 2 Spot: Nova and WVU in Regular Season Finale

With their utter humiliation at the hands of Syracuse last Saturday--out-running, out-boarding, out-shooting, out-everythinging them--Villanova no longer stands a shot at the Big East regular-season title. Being the first loser, however (also colloquially known as "second place") is still well within their grasp, as the Wildcats can lock down the #2 seed in the upcoming Big East tournament with a win tomorrow against West Virginia--who will be playing for similar positioning, though their path to the second seed is a little more convoluted. In any event, winning is good, we like winning, and we'd like to see our boys contine to rebound from the season's worst loss (now their third L in their last five games--scary stuff for a team with title aspirations).

More recently, Villanova was able to pull out the W, albeit a hard-fought one, against NCAA bubble team Cincinnati. Scottie Reynolds somehow went scoreless in the first half, but as he always seems to, showed up as the getting started to get good in the second half, ending up with 17 points in all. Five other players scored in the double figures--the kind of well-balanced attack that Nova really thrives on--as they escaped with the 77-73 road victory. “That was an outstanding road victory for us,” said Coach Wright. “We rallied this team after the Syracuse loss.”

12:00 tip from the Wachovia Center. The result of today's game, and of what Nova does in the upcoming Big East tournament, might end up making the difference between being a two, three or four seed in March Madness. Our boy Scottie, however, is keeping his eyes on the prize. "Our goal is still to be the best at the end of the season," insisted Reynolds. “Our job is not done until we reach that goal."

NFL salary cap set, a look at Eagles' situation in 2017

NFL salary cap set, a look at Eagles' situation in 2017

INDIANAPOLIS -- We’re starting to get a clearer idea of what the Eagles’ salary cap situation will look like when free agency opens at 4 p.m. on March 9. 

On Wednesday morning, the NFL’s 2017 salary cap was officially set at $167 million, a significant increase from last year, but a little on the lower side of what was expected. 

With their salary cap carryover from 2016 ($7,933,869), the Eagles’ adjusted salary cap number for next year in $174,933,869, according to the NFL Players Association. 

That sounds good, but the Eagles still don’t have a ton of room. 

Thanks to just over $7 million in dead cap space (owed to players who are no longer on the team) a part of $157 million in money owed for the season, the Eagles will have about $12.5 million in cap room when free agency opens. 

Of that $12.5 million, around $4.5-$5 million will go toward the rookie class. Now, they’re down to $8 million to spend. And that’s after they already cut cornerback Leodis McKelvin. 

The good news for the Eagles is that there’s still an opportunity to create more cap room. The news completely stopped after McKelvin, in terms of cutting players, but will likely pick up soon as free agency approaches. 

Cutting or trading Connor Barwin would save $7.75 million, Mychal Kendricks $1.8 million, Jason Kelce $3.8 million. Some of those decisions are expected to be made in the coming week as the Eagles’ brass meet with player agents in Indy.  

Another move would be cutting Ryan Mathews. That would save the team around $4 million in cap space, but that move could be held up by his neck injury that landed him on IR at the end of the 2016 season. 

No matter what the Eagles do, this is where vice president of football operations Howie Roseman thrives. He has the ability to manipulate the salary cap better than many throughout the league. 

"Yeah, it's unusual, certainly since I've been here, to have a more challenging situation," Roseman said in early January.

"But part of our job in the front office is to look at this over a long period of time. So as we sit here today, it isn't like the first time that we are looking at that situation, and we'll do whatever's best for the football team."

This year he has his work cut out for him. 

DeSean Jackson uses Eagles reporter's tweet to demonstrate how awesome he is

DeSean Jackson uses Eagles reporter's tweet to demonstrate how awesome he is

DeSean Jackson is a unique fella. He's one of one, if you will. DJacc is a pretty darn good speedster on the football field and then he's... something off of it. The dude does his own thing and he owns it, which you kind of have to respect him for.

With his future home after free agency still up in the air, DeSean is using social media to, if not sway a team to give him that $$$, then at least get some of his ardent supporters on his side.

We even wrote a couple of weeks ago that he's using the Eagles rumors to his own benefit. Smart dude.

Now he's using CSNPhilly.com writers' tweets as well.

Jackson shared the below stat, which is admitedly pretty cool if your name is DeSean, from Eagles writer and stathead Reuben Frank.

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If you check out the date, Roob tweeted this back in December when the Eagles played the Redskins, so either DeSean has these things bookmarked for future usage or somebody is sending him reminders of how awesome he is. Either way, points Roob.