Today Is and Feels Like Groundhog Day

Today Is and Feels Like Groundhog Day

The other day I asked why people are so negative about the
Phillies this offseason, and somebody suggested it was because of the pessimism
created by the Eagles, 76ers, and Flyers. Seeing as many fans are so specific with
their criticisms of the Phillies, I tend to think there is more to it than that
(although why you all hate Delmon Young so much is beyond me). The point that
the overall vibe surrounding Philadelphia sports is depressed right now is legit

We’re certainly no better off than we were a year ago. The
Phillies limped to a .500 finish over the summer, missing the playoffs for the
first time since 2006. The Eagles finally fired Andy Reid after 14 seasons,
only to replace him with a college coach who has no NFL experience. The Sixers
traded for a superstar player that has bad knees and is yet to appear in a game
– at least they won on Friday night.

First winning streak of the season, yay!

And the Flyers were literally nonexistent for four whole
months, but have returned… apparently for the sole purpose of sucking any last remnants
of bliss from your life. Oh, and if they can have your last dollar too, they
wouldn’t mind that either.

Seriously, the Flyers are in last place after Friday – not just
in the Atlantic Division, in the entire Eastern Conference. They could hardly
mount any offense against the Capitals who have one of the worst defenses in
the NHL, they left Ilya Bryzgalov hanging out to dry yet again, and honestly
the next step here is we start whispering about whether it might be time for a
new voice inside that locker room.

We’re not having a lot of fun, are we?

This is where we’re at in the last 24 hours though. The Flyers
dropped to 2-6, the 76ers defeated the Sacramento SuperSonics (they're hardly even a team!), and a guy
wearing a Tom Brady jersey won the friggin’ Wing Bowl. Some progress report.

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Union emotional after Maurice Edu's season-ending injury

Union emotional after Maurice Edu's season-ending injury

CHESTER, Pa. — On the eve of his comeback after missing nearly 13 months with a left tibia stress fracture and other related injuries, Union midfielder Maurice Edu fractured his left fibula on Saturday, keeping him out for the 2016 playoffs and beyond.

“I was trying to take the shot on goal and my foot got stuck in the turf,” Edu said Sunday, in his blue Union-issued suit and supported by crutches. “My ankle rolled and twisted and it kind of snapped a little bit. I heard it crack, and a lot of pain from there. I got a scan afterward, and there was a break.”

There's no timetable his return.

Edu, 30, has spent over a calendar year fighting various injuries that have kept him out of game action. His trouble began on Sept. 30, 2015, when he played through the U.S. Open Cup final with a partially torn groin and sports hernia. It was during Edu’s recovery from those injuries that he developed a stress fracture.

"A little bit frustration. A lot of frustration, to be honest," he said. "But all I can do now is get back to work, focus on the positives and make sure that my situation isn’t a distraction from the team."

Edu’s teammates were equally devastated by the news. Edu, the Union captain when healthy, is popular and well-respected in the locker room.

"I feel so bad for him," said Alejandro Bedoya, who wore a dedication to Edu under his jersey on Sunday. "He’s one of my good friends, so I was looking forward to playing alongside him. I know how hard he’s worked to get back, and to see him go out like that, it’s heartbreaking. I’m sad for his loss and I hope he stays strong."

Edu, who has been with the Union since 2014, returned to training in July and played three conditioning appearances with the Union’s USL team, Bethlehem Steel FC. He was on the bench for the Union’s last three games and was set to make his first appearance in over a year against the New York Red Bulls on Sunday, a game the Union eventually lost, 2-0 (see game story).

"We’re gutted for Mo," Union manager Jim Curtin said. "He was slated to start today. It’s real upsetting because he’s worked so hard to get back on the field. It’s been a tough 2016 for him, but I know he’ll come back stronger."

While he was visibly shaken by recent injury, Edu is driven to return.

"What happened, happened," Edu said. "I have no control over that. The only thing I do have control over is my next steps from here, how I prepare myself mentally and emotionally and how I continue to support this group."

Temple picked to finish 6th in AAC preseason poll

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Temple picked to finish 6th in AAC preseason poll

This is starting to become a trend. One Temple hopes to continue to prove wrong.

For the third straight year, Temple was chosen to finish sixth in the American Athletic Conference preseason poll. The poll, which was released on Monday, is voted on by the conference's head coaches.

Also selected to finish sixth last season, the Owls posted a 21-12 overall record and a 14-4 mark in the AAC to reach the NCAA Tournament. In 2014-15, TU tied for third in the AAC with a 13-5 record and was one of the last teams left out of the Big Dance.

Cincinnati was tabbed to win the American title in the poll, just ahead of UConn.

Temple, who returns three starters from last season's team, opens the 2016-17 campaign against city rival La Salle at the Liacouras Center on Nov. 11.