Live Blogging the Pro BowlGrammys

Live Blogging the Pro BowlGrammys

A nice Sunday evening of Pro Bowl football, Grammys, and Desperate Housewives:

7:37 - Wow, Jason Miraz sucks at singing the national anthem.
7:55 - Donovan starts off 0 for 4, mostly dropped balls, but no signs of him puking.
7:58 - Donovan gets sacked for loss of 38 yards.
8:01 - Akers misses a 43 yarder.  Man can the Eagles suck any more?
8:05 - T.O. is hitting on Suzy Kolber and Michael Lewis gets burnt by Marvin Harrison: 7-0 AFC
8:09 - Donovan completes a pass!
8:14 - Donovan throws perfect pass to wrong team.
8:20 - Hines Ward makes Rhonde Barber look silly.
8:25 - Donovan gets the bench, 1-8, 24 yds, 1 int; Steve Young's wife is ehh.
8:29 - Fun fact of the Pro Bowl: Daunte Culpepper was born in prison.
8:31 - Jamie Fox and Alicia Keyes do a duet for Ray Charles at the Grammys.  Kinda weird.
8:34 - Westbrook scores a TD!  I love him.  14-7 AFC.
8:38 - NFC fails miserably at onsides kick, Hines Ward takes it in for a TD. 21-7
8:54 - AFC is winning by 42.  Peyton Manning throws touchdowns.
9:00 - Beyonce looks pretty good, No idea what Gwen is wearing, Joss Stone is pretty cute.  Tyra was at the Grammys, what does she do with music?
9:11 - Donovan jokes with Suzy, something about Stephen Alexander and Mushin Muhamed.. wearing green in the future? Half time score: 28-10
9:18 - Eva Longoria lays on a bed in pink lingerie trying to sell mattresses.  And Mike the neighbor got shot?  Anyone know what that was about?
9:26 - The Pro Bowl half time show includes "Tiny Bubbles."  Are you serious?
9:30 - What the hell is Quinten Tarantino wearing?
9:40 - Mike Vick has a gun, throws to Tory Holt for 6. 
9:46 - My brother IMs me: (9:46:48 PM): Kanye West "Jesus Walks" is money
9:47 - Lito Sheppard gets a NASTY pick, Wow!  That was phenomenal.
9:58 - BWest gets denied for his second touchdown, Vick gets popped on his way in for six.
10:03 - Joss Stone does a nice Janice Joplin tribute and then Mellissa Ethridge comes out to scare the shit out of me.
10:05 - Trotter makes a play; we better resign him.  I think he will want to stay here and sign for cheap.  I hope.
10:23 - David Akers kicks a field goal.  I think he has a bunch of points now.
10:31 - U2 wins a Grammy for best group song with Vertigo.
10:42 - I just brushed my teeth.
10:43 - Stevie Wonder plays harmonica in ensemble performance of Beatles tune.  Norah Jones is pretty hot, I am a fan.  Could the song of the year nominees be any more weird: John Mayer, Kanye West, Tim McGraw, Hoobastank, horrible.  Did you know John Mayer, who won song of the year, performs "Girls just wanna have fun" in concert.
10:52 - Peyton Manning gets named player of the game, meh.
10:54 - AFC wins 38-27.  Pretty boring game all in all.  Donovan stunk, BWest played pretty well.
10:55 - Usher does his Michael Jackson impression.  I don't like Usher much at all.  Why isn't Jessica Simpson performing this year?  James Brown is still alive.
11:01 - Lance Armstrong and Sherly Crow present a grammy to Norah Jones for her album with Ray Charles.
11:15 - Hurry up and give out the last damn award. I have to wake up early.
11:27 - The 2005 Grammy winner for album of the year is: Ray Charles - Genious Loves Company which beat out Usher, Green Day, Kanye West, and Alicia Keys.  The old dude who spoke for Ray Charles was pretty dull.  I should have gone to bed a half hour ago.
11:28 - Queen Latifah is fat.

Flyers hold brief practice amid 'stresses' of trade deadline day

Flyers hold brief practice amid 'stresses' of trade deadline day

VOORHEES, N.J. – The Flyers held a very brief morning practice on trade deadline day.

It wasn't a coincidence.

It was by design.

"We wanted to go out and get a good work day in, get a good sweat and we went short, went 20 minutes," coach Dave Hakstol said.

"Just pace and execution. Certainly, you want to be respectful of some of the stresses of today. Those are legitimate stresses for players and I am understanding of that."

For one day, the focus wasn't on the Flyers critical upcoming game Thursday against Florida but whether they'll all be around to see it.

Players seemed nervous in the dressing room. Some quickly undressed and left the room. This wasn't like last season when the Flyers were already on a playoff push and had some momentum. Guys weren't as nervous.

Not so this time around. The Flyers have been terribly inconsistent and most of their forwards have flat-lined in goal production. Their playoff chances are "iffy." Sportsclubstats.com rated this chance of qualifying at 2.3 percent.

"Guys checking [their] phone to find what's going on," Jakub Voracek said of the mood today. "It's never a very good day.

"If we were seven or eight points in the playoffs, it would be a different scenario. There's nothing in our control right now."

If the Flyers were seven or eight points up in the wild card, general manager Ron Hextall would likely be standing pat.

One player generating some interest, reportedly from Pittsburgh, was defenseman Michael Del Zotto. He admitted there was tension within the dressing room today.

"I've been through eight deadlines every year and it's the same every year," Del Zotto said. "My teammates and best friends have been traded. You learn early on how to deal with that.

"It's not easy, but it's part of the business. It’s tough. You're with these guys 8-10 months of the year. All day, every day. They become your second family. It's always tough when you see guys leave."

Sixers-Heat 5 things: Waiters welcomes the Sixers to Miami

Sixers-Heat 5 things: Waiters welcomes the Sixers to Miami

The Sixers (22-37) open March against the Miami Heat (27-33) at American Airlines Arena (7:30 p.m./CSN, CSNPhilly.com and the NBC Sports app).

Let's take a closer look at the matchup:

1. Gold rush
If you would have told the Sixers beforehand that they would limit the Golden State Warriors to 44.9 percent shooting from the field and 20.7 percent from three-point range that included Stephen Curry going 0 for 11 from deep, they might have expected to win the game.

Instead, the Sixers suffered a 119-108 loss on Monday night at the Wells Fargo Center.

While the defeat had a lot to do with the team's turnover problem rearing its head yet again (23 turnovers that led to 23 points), a bigger reason was the Warriors' ability to turn to their multiple stars when things got tense.

"That's the holy grail, what they have. That is the king, in my opinion, in our league as we speak," Brett Brown said.

2. Chasing revenge
The Heat may not be on a likely track for the NBA Finals like the Warriors, but they still have postseason aspirations. They are currently two games back of the eighth seed in the Eastern Conference.

If continuing their pursuit of the playoffs wasn't enough reason to be on their game, the Heat will also be out for a little payback against the Sixers.

In the last meeting between these two teams on Feb. 11, the Sixers snapped Miami's 13-game win streak. The Sixers had seven players score in double figures while they limited Hassan Whiteside to 12 points in 34 minutes during the 117-109 victory.

"They were relentless," Heat coach Erik Spoelstra said after that game. "They had us on our heels from the tip all the way to the end. They never let up."

3. Welcome to my house
One factor behind the Sixers' ability to knock off the Heat that night and snap their streak at 13 was the absence of Dion Waiters. The Philly native missed the game for the Heat with an ankle sprain.

Now Waiters welcomes the Sixers to Miami, where the shooting guard is enjoying the best season of his career. Waiters is averaging career highs in points (15.9, tied with his second season), assists (4.5), rebounds (3.5) and three-point percentage (38.9).

Waiters' scoring has been even better since returning from his ankle injury. He's reached the 20-point mark in three of the five games he has played since getting back on the court.

4. Injuries
Joel Embiid (knee), Tiago Splitter (calf), Ben Simmons (foot) and Jerryd Bayless (wrist) are out for the Sixers.

Willie Reed (calf), Josh McRoberts (foot), Justise Winslow (shoulder) and Chris Bosh (calf) are out for the Heat.

5. This and that
• This is the fourth and final matchup between the Sixers and Heat this season. Each team has protected home court with the Sixers winning in Philadelphia on Nov. 21 and Feb. 11 and Heat victorious in Miami on Feb. 4.

• Whiteside has averaged 24.7 points and 17.3 boards a game against the Sixers this season.

• The Sixers scored 50 points in the paint during their last matchup with the Heat.