I Was There: Almost almost no no

I Was There: Almost almost no no

First, a confession:  Cole Hamels is a big part of why the other women on the masthead at Ladies... asked me to join them to write about hotties, sports, and sports hotties.  So I make no pretense at objectivity here.  If you're looking for objective, go read the AP's story about the game.  I'll wait.

I'm a big believer in omens; those little messages from the universe that try to tell you when something momentous is going to happen.  So when I left work yesterday to head down to the CBP for Ryan Howard bobblehead night and Cole's seventh start of the season, there was a rapture-like downpour all over the Delaware Valley and four fire trucks blocked my progress to I-95.  "This is a bad sign," I said to myself.

I'm glad I ignored that thought.

Clearly a lot of other people threw common sense by the wayside too.


How much could I get on eBay for nine pallets of Ryan Howard bobbleheads?

From the Phillies Wall of Fame area in center field, I had a great view of the bathroom bullpen.  Too bad the ushers threw me out before I could watch Cole and Jeff Suppan warm up. 


After wandering around on the concourse for 90 minutes, drinking Victorino Hop Devil and growing ever more damp, I caught the grounds crew yanking the tarp off the field. 

Finally, Cole comes out to warm up.  I squee.



Eeeeeeeeee!



The minister of silly walks.



Brett Myers chats with a fan, then slugs him in the face.  Allegedly.



I think I took this photo during the first or second inning.  From my seat in Section 141, I had a very fine view of Pat the Bat.  Pat, you've got something on your pants;  let me brush that off for you.

Around the fifth, though, the atmosphere in the park changed.  People started to take notice of the Brewers' line -- a whole string of zeroes.  All of a sudden, people were standing up on every two-strike count, screaming for strikeouts, going wild on a 5-3 throw to first.  For all the flak Philadelphia fans take for their negative qualities, they're a force to be reckoned with when they get behind you.  It's hard to say who was carrying who;  Did Cole have these 40,000-or-so soggy Philadelphians on his back, or did we have him on ours?



Just look at that line!



It was Nurses' Appreciation Night at the CBP, so during the Phanatic's traditional sixth-inning appearance, he was kitted out in scrubs and a surgical mob cap. 

Eventually, though, the magic had to end (I blame it on the striped-shirt wearing douchebag sitting in front of me -- don't talk about a no-no while it's going on, dumbass!) J.J. Hardy and his stupid goatee lined a two-run homer out to Section 142.  It only took a little bit of booing for the guy who caught it to throw it back on the field, though.  Cole, with his incredible poise, fanned six of the next seven guys he faced.  What a stud.



Now Jason Bay has a friend!

Future Eagle (?) Latavius Murray posts workout with Carson Wentz on Instagram

Future Eagle (?) Latavius Murray posts workout with Carson Wentz on Instagram

Could the Eagles be interested in signing another top free agent running back named Murray?

No, not that guy. 

Oakland/Los Angeles/Las Vegas Raiders running back Latavius Murray.

Murray posted a picture on Instagram of the soon-to-be free agent working out with Carson Wentz with the caption "im just here to help."

"im just here to help"

A post shared by Latavius Murray (@lataviusmurray) on

It's no surprise the Eagles can stand to upgrade their running back corps this offseason — as several mock drafts have suggested. Could Murray be the answer?

 

Instant Replay: UConn 64, Temple 63

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Instant Replay: UConn 64, Temple 63

Temple’s roller coaster season continued with a new low on Sunday afternoon.

The Owls, who led nearly the entire way, allowed UConn guard Jalen Adams to make a reverse layup with 2.9 seconds remaining in a 64-63 loss at the Liacouras Center.

Shizz Alston Jr. missed the potential game-winning shot from half court as time expired.

Turning point
The Owls (14-14, 5-10 AAC) looked like they might avoid blowing a 10-point lead after Quinton Rose responded to Rodney Purvis’ game-tying three-pointer with a three of his own to give them a 63-60 lead with 2:32 left.

However, the Huskies (14-12, 9-5 AAC) responded with a pair of free throws from Adams before he snaked his way into the lane with the clock running down for the game-winner. The layup gave UConn its seventh win in the last eight games.

Big men on campus
The Huskies were led by Rodney Purvis’ game-high of 18 points on 7 of 14 shooting. He also added five assists. 

Adams shot just 5 of 13 for 13 points, but connected with the game on the line. He also chipped in five assists and five boards.

The Owls received a jolt Sunday from their young players, as freshmen Damion Moore and Alani Moore II scored a combined 22 points on 9 of 10 shooting. 

In a solid all-around effort, Temple’s Daniel Dingle scored 17 points, with six boards and six assists. Alston Jr. contributed 11 points, six assists and 5 rebounds.

Inside the box score
• After making 5 of 9 shots from three-point range in the first half, Temple finished the game 7 of 21 from deep.

• UConn's Kentan Facey had a big game in the first matchup between the two teams with 23 points and 10 rebounds. On Sunday, the senior was held to eight points and four rebounds after dealing with foul trouble in the first half.

• Temple couldn’t find any room inside, as the Owls lost the points in the paint battle 26-16.

History lesson
With the win, UConn improved to 9-7 in the all-time series. The victory was the Huskies’ third straight in the series.

Up next
The Owls will continue on a three-game homestand Wednesday at 7 p.m. against UCF.

UConn will stay on the road and play at Houston also on Wednesday.