MetsPhillies: Is This A Rivalry Or What?

MetsPhillies: Is This A Rivalry Or What?

Things didn't exactly improve a whole lot for us Phillies fans over the weekend.  Sure, the Phillies finally got that first notch in the win column, but they failed to capitalize on RISP opportunities on Saturday and Sunday and flew north with that one lonely notch waiting for some company.  One win in the first week of the season certainly wasn't what we were looking for.

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The Rivalry Begins.  It's unfortunate for the Phillies that after one week, they're already looking up in the standings with the Braves being 4 games up on them.  That team from New York is looking down at us.  Jayson Stark sets the table for today and the future.

That moment every member of the Queens Division of the Jimmy Rollins Fan Club has waited for since January finally arrives Monday.

Phillies-Mets at Shea. Where it's always a Phillies lovefest, but especially this year.

Yeah, this year could be extra special -- because you might
actually get to witness a phenomenon that was probably bound to bust
out sometime or another in Mets history, if you were just willing to
wait about 45 leisurely years:

A real, live rivalry with that team down the turnpike.

Let's hope.  One of my best friends in college was a Mets fan and at the time I didn't even realize I was supposed to hate the Mets.  I even rooted for them against the Yankees in the Subway series.  In the years since that time, I've learned better.

It has all the necessary ingredients of a great rivalry.  Young stars who will play each other for years, close locales, passionate fans, and basically two sports cities who have no love for each other.  The Mets are the reigning NL East champs, the Fightins are the ones who need to step up and turn this thing into a rivalry.  You can't have one of those if you break your neck from looking up so damn much.

It all starts today in the beautiful ball park up there in Flushing.  Our man Cole Hamels goes up against John Maine.  First pitch at 1:10.  And so it begins.

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Instant Replay: Temple 86, Tulane 76 (2OT)

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Instant Replay: Temple 86, Tulane 76 (2OT)


Temple snapped a three-game losing streak Saturday with an 86-76 double-overtime win over Tulane on Senior Day at the Liacouras Center.

Shizz Alston Jr. scored a putback layup with eight seconds left in regulation to even the Owls with the Green Wave at 65 and send the game to OT. In the first OT, Alston made two free throws with five seconds left to put Temple up, 71-68. But Tulane rolled the ball up the court and Malik Morgan made a deep three as time expired to send it to double OT.

The Owls (15-15, 6-11 AAC) scored seven quick points in just under two minutes in the second overtime that put them up 78-71, a lead Tulane (5-23, 2-14) could not recover from.

Turning point
The Owls jumped out to a 17-4 lead early in the first 4:25 of the game and had a 35-28 lead over Tulane at halftime. They looked to be in control for most of the game until the Green Wave outscored them, 19-11, to take a 47-46 lead with 11:31 left in the second half.

In the second OT, however, Temple outscored Tulane, 15-5, to seal the win.

Big men on campus
The Owls were led by by Alston's 25 points (10 for 10 at the free-throw line), eight rebounds and six assists. Senior Daniel Dingle had 13 points and eight rebounds. Mark Williams, another senior, had 20 points and six rebounds after fouling out in the second OT. Junior forward Obi Enechionyia added 14 points.

Tulane was led by junior Cameron Reynolds, who scored a team-high 21 points.

Inside the box score
• The Owls shared the ball well with 17 assists, compared to just eight by Tulane.

• Temple led for 42:23 of game time, with 13 being its largest lead in the first half.

History lesson
The Owls move on to 7-2 all-time against Tulane, winning six straight in the series.

Up next
Temple will end its season on the road at USF next Sunday afternoon.

Tulane will stay on the road and play at Memphis on Friday.

Ilya Bryzgalov warns Flyers fans to bring speedos to Heinz Field

Ilya Bryzgalov warns Flyers fans to bring speedos to Heinz Field

The last time the Flyers were in an outdoor game, Ilya Bryzgalov was drinking from a thermos on the bench while Sergei Bobrovsky started against the Rangers five years ago.

Fast forward to Saturday night. Bryzgalov is out of the NHL, Bobrovsky has himself in the conversation for his second Vezina Trophy in Columbus, and the Flyers face off against the  Penguins at Heinz Field in Pittsburgh in a Stadium Series game … weather permitting.

The weather is expected to cooperate tonight, though. The forecast called for rain today and temperatures in the 50s, but it hasn't rained much. The temperature is expected to drop into the 40s and 30s, and may even hit a lot of 28, according to

Don't tell Bryzgalov that. "Bryz" took to Twitter to offer advice for Flyers and Penguins fans attending the Stadium Series match tonight.

You don't need no stinkin' thermos.

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