The Prophecy Comes True: Kolb to Arizona for Rodgers-Cromartie, Pick

The Prophecy Comes True: Kolb to Arizona for Rodgers-Cromartie, Pick

And it's over. After three years of living in Donovan McNabb's shadow, one off-season of being billed as the quarterback of the future, thirty actual minutes as the Eagles' starting signal caller, and many months of speculation about his future, the Kevin Kolb saga has ended in Philadelphia. The Birds predictably traded their top pick in the 2007 Draft to the Arizona Cardinals, where we hope he will not have a long and illustrious career of knocking his old team out of the playoffs.

In return for a franchise quarterback, the front office not only filled their most glaring need at cornerback by acquiring Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie, they also scooped the Cards for a second round pick. All things considered, this seems like a pretty fair deal for a player who has started seven career games in four NFL seasons.

Even though it had been reported a bunch, particularly over the last week or so, it's still something of a surprise the Eagles wound up with Rodgers-Cromartie. Player-for-player trades are a relatively rare proposition for the NFL, often just wishful thinking during barstool conversations.

For that matter, the fact that the Cardinals were willing to part with DRC—a 25-year-old former first round pick with a Pro Bowl selection to his name—might set off some red flags. Sure, they used this year's first on Patrick Peterson, but now they are thin again at cornerback. The word is Rodgers-Cromartie did not have a very good 2010, so there may be some issues with consistency there.

Still, there is no denying the kid has all the talent in the world. In three seasons, DRC has already compiled 13 interceptions, four of which he returned for touchdowns. He also forced three fumbles during his all star '09 campaign, which is a decent total for a guy with a reputation as a poor tackler. Listed at 6'2", 182, he also has the size and ability to fill the need for a press corner opposite Asante Samuel.

As for Kolb, who was only a second rounder himself, he should step right in as Arizona's starter, and will be an immediate upgrade over Derek Anderson, Max Hall, and John Skelton. With Larry Fitzgerald on the outside, Kolb will be paired with one of the game's truly elite receivers, so the Cardinals should see some improvement right away, particularly in the weak NFC West.

While some will suggest it was a mistake to trade him, primarily over concerns about Mike Vick's durability, the situation sort of dictated the Eagles do this. Unless a long-term extension is reached with Vick before September 20, both quarterbacks would have become free agents in 2012, which means one of them would have been able to walk away without the team receiving anything as compensation.

Adam Caplan reports the Cardinals agreed to a five-year contract valued at a whopping $63 million, with $20 mil guaranteed.

We'll have more on this trade in the coming days, but now that the deal is finally done, how do you feel? It was nice to kill two birds with one stone, but would you have been happier with signing a different corner and getting more/better picks? Would you have preferred they held on to Kolb and got nothing at all one year from now? Or would you say, for once, this deal is jussst right?

NBA Playoffs: Warriors sweep their way to 3rd straight NBA Finals

NBA Playoffs: Warriors sweep their way to 3rd straight NBA Finals

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SAN ANTONIO -- Stephen Curry scored 36 points as the Golden State Warriors closed out the Western Conference Final against the injury-ravaged San Antonio Spurs with a 129-115 victory Monday night, becoming the first team in league history to start the playoffs 12-0.

Golden State led by as many as 22 points in cruising to its third straight NBA Finals. The Warriors await a possible third straight championship matchup with Cleveland, which leads Boston 2-1 in the East finals.

"It's great to be one of the last two teams standing, we'll see how it goes," said Kevin Durant, who had 29 points and 12 rebounds.

San Antonio's only lead came on the opening possession when Manu Ginobili tossed in a left-handed scoop shot. The Spurs started Ginobili in what could be his final game with the team. The 39-year-old had maintained he will not ponder whether to retire or return until after the season.

Unsure if the beloved veteran will return, the crowd serenaded Ginobili with "Manu, Manu" chants as the game came to a close.

"An amazing competitor, even more fun playing against him," Durant said of Ginobili. "He was phenomenal this series."

Kyle Anderson scored 20 points to lead the Spurs, who were without Kawhi Leonard, Tony Parker and David Lee. San Antonio didn't go down without a fight despite the injuries.

Anderson dove on the court for a loose ball that the Spurs had tipped away defensively, pushing the ball upcourt to Patty Mills who fed Ginobili for a 3-pointer that pulled San Antonio to 108-94 with 7 minutes remaining.

The effort made Spurs coach Gregg Popovich smile and clap at times, but the Warriors' depth and talent proved too much for short-handed San Antonio.

Golden State shot 56 percent and were 14 for 39 on 3-pointers.

Draymond Green had 16 points, eight rebounds and eight assists for the Warriors.

Spurs forward LaMarcus Aldridge closed out a disappointing series with his second eight-point effort against the Warriors.

Ginobili finished with 15 points in 32 minutes.

Phillies held to 3 hits again, pounded by Rockies in return home

Phillies held to 3 hits again, pounded by Rockies in return home

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The loudest noise made by the Phillies' offense on Monday night was the thud — clearly audible above the small crowd — that Odubel Herrera created when he smashed his batting helmet on the dirt infield after grounding out to third base to end the seventh inning.

Herrera's frustration spoke for an entire team. The Phillies were hammered, 8-1, by the Colorado Rockies (see Instant Replay). They were out-hit, 13-3. The loss was the Phils' 18th in the last 22 games and they have been outscored 126-89 over that span.

The loss left the Phils at 15-27 for the season, matching their worst 42-game start since 2000 when they finished 65-97 in front of tiny crowds at Veterans Stadium in Terry Francona's last season as skipper.

Over the last two games, both losses, the Phils have just six hits.

"Three hits today, three hits yesterday," manager Pete Mackanin said. "You're not going to win a lot of games getting three hits."

Aaron Altherr had two of the Phillies' hits, both doubles against Colorado rookie Jeff Hoffman, who was very impressive with seven walk-free innings and seven strikeouts.

Herrera went hitless in three at-bats and is hitting just .200 in the month of May and .232 overall — not what the front office expected when it signed him to a five-year, $30.5 million contract extension in the offseason.

"It's very frustrating because I feel like I am being selective and waiting for my pitch, but when I make contact things don't happen," Herrera said. "I feel like I'm swinging the bat well, but I'm just missing."

Phillies starter Jerad Eickhoff gave up nine hits, seven of which were singles, and four runs over six innings. Four of the hits that Eickhoff allowed came in the third inning when the Rockies scored three times. Two of the runs scored on a flare double and the other on a groundball through a drawn-in infield.

"I executed a lot of good pitches," Eickhoff said. "I got a lot of the contact I wanted. The ball just didn't land in the gloves."

Eickhoff did not walk a batter. He struck out four.

Despite being 0-5 with a 4.70 ERA in nine starts, the right-hander believes he has made strides his last two outings. He gave up three runs (two earned) over six innings in his previous outing at Texas. Prior to that start, he worked on fixing a mechanical flaw in his delivery.

"These past two have been night-and-day different," he said. "I felt great today and in Texas and I'm going to keep that positivity going."

Finding other things to be positive about with this team is becoming difficult.

This Phillies team was not expected to contend; it is still in a rebuild. But things weren't supposed to be this bad, either.

"I'll tell you what, I'm getting frustrated, too," general manager Matt Klentak said before the game. "This team is better … there is more talent on this team than we've shown in terms of our record.

"We'll pull out of it. We will. That's what talented players will do. I'm not going to tell the fans they shouldn't be frustrated. We've gone through a tough stretch.

"But I'm not ready to call it regression. I think there's been a lack of consistency on our team in general, with some players more than others. There's been a lack of consistency, but especially for young players, two months is a relatively small sample size to categorize it as regression."

At 29-17, the Rockies have the best record in the National League. They have 16 road wins, which is one more than the Phillies have overall. The Rockies are in town for three more days. This ugly start could get even uglier.