It might not be exactly like "old times," but, hey, we'll take it.
The Temple University Owls will meet the Maryland Terrapins from inside The Cathedral of College Basketball at 11 a.m. Saturday morning (ESPN U / 1210 AM). The game is the second leg of a two-game neutral site agreement between the Owls and Terps. Last season, Temple defeated Maryland in a Dec. 5 matchup at the Verizon Center in Washington D.C. by a final score of 64-61. Temple senior center Micheal Eric's status is still unknown, though he is reportedly close to returning from a patella injury that has sidelined him for the last eight weeks.
At night, it's a Big 5 showdown between the Saint Joseph's Hawks and the University of Pennsylvania Quakers at 7 p.m. (610 AM). For St. Joe's, the matchup with Penn will be about plugging the holes in their leaking ship. After starting out hot, upsetting Creighton and pummeling Villanova, the Hawks have gone just 2-3 since Dec. 31 and have lost three of their last four. The team was without leading scorer Carl Jones in their loss to Xavier on Wednesday and could be without him again against the Quakers. Saturday night will be an important game for the Hawks, who will desperately need the win before embarking on a five-game swing that will see them take on the class of this year's Atlantic 10 in Dayton, Temple, Richmond, La Salle and St. Louis.
Anyone planning to brave the elements (Are the lines at Acme starting to back up yet?) to take in one or both of the games at the Palestra today? Be safe guys.
The Eagles have signed former Dolphins offensive guard Dallas Thomas to a reserve/futures contract.
Thomas, 27, was drafted by the Dolphins in the third round (No. 77) out of Tennessee in 2013 and was with them until this past season.
In his four-year career, Thomas has played in 37 games with 26 starts. He started nine games in 2014 and started all 16 games at left guard in 2015.
Thomas (6-5, 315 pound) and 2014 third-rounder Billy Turner were both released in October after a poor showing agains the Titans. While Thomas was the team's starter at left guard in 2015, rookie Laremy Tunsil took over that position with the Dolphins in 2016.
In 2015, when Thomas started all 16 games at left guard, he was ranked as the worst guard in football by ProFootballFocus. He gave up 10 sacks, 10 QB hits and 36 QB hurries.
Mike Trout sure does win a lot when the Eagless beat the Cowboys.
Not only did the Los Angeles Angels outfielder get a touchdown ball from Carson Wentz during the Eagles win over the Cowboys to cap off the season, but he also won a bet on the game with a friend.
Turns out, Trout had some sort of bet with DJ Cottrell, whose Twitter profile says he is from Trout's hometown of Millville, NJ. Cottrell is likely a Cowboys fan and came up on the losing end.
"The fact I have to wear an entire Eagles uniform to the gym for a week is going to be the death of me," he Tweeted on Tuesday.
Then he posted a photo of himself in the ridiculous football uniform while posing alongside Trout.
It's good to be Mike Trout. Not so much a Dallas Cowboys fan these days.