Philly March Madness: (4) Randall Cunningham vs. (13) Shane Victorino

Philly March Madness: (4) Randall Cunningham vs. (13) Shane Victorino

Over the next few weeks at The700Level, we'll be posting poll matchups as part of our Philly March Madness competition. Examine the cases of the two fine Philadelphia athletes below, and cast your vote at the bottom as to which you think should advance to the next round. And as always, feel free to explain your selection and/or debate the choices in the comments section.


(4) Randall Cunningham

Extraordinary. Electrifying. Astonishing. These are just a few words that have been used to describe Randall Cunningham, who was once famously featured on the cover of Sports Illustrated along with the title "Ultimate Weapon." Hard to argue. From 1987 to '94, Randall wasn't just the Eagles' starting quarterback; he was the offense, and occasionally the punter, too. At a time when signal callers were largely stationary in the backfield, Cunningham revolutionized the position with his ability to scramble. All opposing defenses could do was shake their heads in awe when QB Eagles improvised, defying the laws of gravity en route to highlight reel touchdowns. A torn ACL erased the '91 campaign for Cunningham, probably their best shot at winning a championship, and his natural gifts began to diminish thereafter. A broken leg derailed his '93 season as well, and two years later, he was ultimately benched as the team transitioned to a west coast offense. All told, Starship 12 threw for 22,877 yards and 150 touchdowns in his Philadelphia career, while totaling 4,482 yards and 32 scores on the ground... and changing the position forever. -Kulp


(13) Shane Victorino

Certain cliche sports terms get thrown around a lot, but when you're talking about Shane Victorino, "spark plug" fits. Need somebody to start a rally? Shane can ignite the offense, either with a big hit or on the base paths. Need somebody to help the grounds crew unroll the tarp during a severe rainstorm? The Flyin' Hawaiian and all his pals will be right out. It's not hard to see why he's become a fan favorite since being elevated to an everyday player in 2006. Vic plays hard. He runs the bases as if it were Albert Belle packed in that 5'9", 190 lbs. frame. He's a rangey centerfielder who isn't afraid to get his uniform dirty, with three consecutive Gold Gloves to show for it. But Vic also plays with emotion. When he makes those game changing plays, he's chirping or demonstratively clapping his hands. Or both. The other dugout knows he's there though, and so do his teammates. -Kulp

Who should advance to the next round?Market Research

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"

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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.