Cowboys @ Eagles 2nd Half Live Blog

Cowboys @ Eagles 2nd Half Live Blog

To see the first half live blog -- complete with Jim Cramer, iPhone commercials, and the Eagles getting stomped -- click right here.

Some thoughts on the second half, after the jump.

Halftime - Something about igloos and ice bergs melting.

2nd Half - The second half gets off to a great start for the Eagles with the Cowboys returning the ball to about midfield.  I don't know if I'm going to be able to do this for another half.

Terrell Owens walks about 40 yards into the endzone to put the Cowboys up 28-7.  T.O. proceeds to do his Eagles wing flapping TD celebration.  To be honest, he was kind of prancing around while doing it.  Which is weak. Nobody likes a prancing TD celebration.  And nobody in Philadelphia likes Terrell Owens.  Let me put this in terms you can all understand: this game sucks.

Eagles get a first down!  L.J. Smith lives!  On third and inches, Andy Reid calls a pass play (natch) and Donovan does a little bit of scrambling before finding L.J.  A few plays later, McNabb had Smith open in the end zone but the couldn't connect.

On third and sixteen, Donovan finds Westbrook about 5 yards down the field (natch) and the Eagles settle for a David Akers field goal.  Dallas 28 Eagles 10

Movie commercial analysis: Did every single kid who was forced to read Beowulf when they were in high school absolutely despise it?  I'd refuse to see the movie based of the fact it'd probably give me nightmares of Mr Roper's English class.  One good fact about Beowulf, it introduced me to the concept of mead.  Anyone actually ever had mead?

Fight!  YES!  Break Terrell Owens ankle!  Kick Tony Romo in the groin!

Jason Witten catches a touchdown on an impressive pass from Tony Romo.  Will James, you didn't look to good.  34-10 Cowboys.

And with that, our live blog will probably suck from here on out.  Hey Eagles fans, you may want to send text messages to all your friends, just to make sure they don't do anything stupid.

Correll Buckhalter fumbles on the kick off return.  I'm fairly surprised the Cowboys didn't end up with it.

I quote: "You knew this would happen. When the game starts getting out of
reach, go back to talking about Andy Reid and his family. Now, the game
is secondary."

At least Brian Westbrook doesn't suck like the rest of the Eagles.  He runs for a nifty little scamper for a first down.

...Running out of things to say...

Jason Witten takes a -- *BOOM* /Madden -- hit that forces his helmet to fly off and continues to run another 20+ yards without his helmet.

Brian Dawkins makes the first good play against Terrell Owens all day, preventing more embarrassment.  The D stops Barber on third and goal.  This was a vital stop, keeping the Eagles within only 4 touchdowns instead of 5.

Prediction: Kevin Kolb will replace Donovan McNabb... at some point in the future.

The Eagles convert on a 4th and five.  Donovan McNabb then fails to connect with Terrence Newman on an out route.  Damn people just can't catch passes McNabb throws right to 'em.

TOUCHDOWN HANK BASKETT!  38-17 Cowboys.  Now all the Eagles have to do is execute a successful onside kick, score a touchdown, another onside kick, score a touchdown, another onside kick, score a touchdown, and it's a tie!

Onside kick attempt fails.

Not at all shocking news of the night: Terrell Owens loves attention.  Never would have guessed that one.

You know who you kind of have to feel bad for through all of this?  Brian Westbrook.  That guys is a beast.

And to cap off the piss poor night, Donovan finally gets a completion to Terrence Newman.

Final score: Dallas 38 Eagles 17

Are the Eagles really this bad?

Upon arrival, newest Eagles LB Stephen Tulloch ready — but for what?

Upon arrival, newest Eagles LB Stephen Tulloch ready — but for what?

Stephen Tulloch walked out of the NovaCare Complex on Tuesday afternoon chatting with new teammate Brandon Graham, while wearing a crisp white No. 54 jersey for his first practice.

Jim Schwartz wasn’t sure if Tulloch would make it onto the field Tuesday because of all the “administration stuff” the linebacker needed to do, including putting ink to paper. But as the Eagles took the field at around 1:30 p.m., Tulloch joined them. He wouldn’t miss it.

After all, practice is where the 31-year-old feels most comfortable.

Schwartz on Tuesday morning recalled a story from training camp several years ago, when, as the head coach of the Lions, he wanted to give Tulloch a veteran day off. The coaches even told the training staff that Tulloch wouldn’t be participating that day.

“He came in my office mad as a hornet and was ready to practice,” Schwartz said.

Tulloch then told his head coach that he was ruining his streak. Forget games — dating back to high school, the linebacker hadn’t missed a practice.

Schwartz admitted he’s not one for compromising, but did make a compromise that summer day. Tulloch was allowed to practice, but his reps were cut down some.

“He knows how I am. I prepare,” said Tulloch, who remembered the story. “To me, practice is more important than that game. When you miss a rep, you miss something and you can’t make it up. I try to be present every day that I’m out here on this field. We’re playing a kid’s game. I’m 31 years old and to be able to come out here and play this game, it’s pretty fun.”

Tulloch was 28 during the 2013 training camp and went on to play and start all 16 games in the 2013 season. In 2014, he played just three before tearing his ACL, but returned to play in all 16 last year.

Tulloch told Schwartz he has been working out twice per day while unemployed this summer. “Guys like that, they know how to get themselves ready,” Schwartz said.

“I have tremendous respect for guys that get 10 years in the NFL because you can’t make 10 years on talent alone,” Schwartz said. “You can’t make 10 years by being a try-hard guy. You gotta have a great combination of things and also in 10 years, you’re going to be working with different coaching staffs in 10 years. You gotta have the ability to work in a lot of different schemes, whether you’re an offensive player or a defensive player. I’ll bow down to guys who play 10 years in this league because that’s tough business.”

Tulloch has been a starter in the NFL for years but likely won’t have that role in Philly. The Eagles have a starting linebacker group of Jordan Hicks, Mychal Kendricks and Nigel Bradham. Doug Pederson said Tulloch will compete at the middle linebacker spot, but Hicks is still the starter for now (see story).

For a long time, Tulloch was very good. He's one of just nine players in the league to have five interceptions and 12 fumble recoveries since 2006. And he’s played six of his 10 NFL seasons under Schwartz, who already has three of his former players in prominent roles this year.

Schwartz said Tulloch is “not here to replace anybody,” but added that a rotation isn’t out of the realm of possibility. The defensive coordinator, citing an analogy in which everyone brings something different to a party, said it’s important to accentuate each of his players' strengths.

Despite starting for most of his career, Tulloch in 2016 will likely be a backup, which includes playing special teams. Earlier in the week, Pederson said he wants to get Tulloch on at least one special teams unit. The veteran linebacker on Tuesday said he hasn’t played special teams since 2006 or 2007.

“Whatever’s asked of me, I’ll do,” Tulloch said.

Tulloch was informed of his release from Detroit in February, but he wasn’t officially cut by the Lions until July, after he healed completely from a minor ankle surgery. He said he felt good a long time ago, and had a couple other teams interested in him. Ultimately, though, he decided to join the Eagles and reunite with Schwartz, for whom he has great respect and whose defense he feels most comfortable in.

Even if Schwartz tries to make him take a day off.

“I just love football,” Tulloch said. “I think this is my 26th, 27th year of playing football. I started back in 1991 when I was five years old. It’s just a way of life for me. It’s something I do. I have a passion for practice, I have a passion for the game. I play hard, I work hard, I take care of my body. I do what I have to do.”

Tonight's lineup: Phillies load up with righties vs. White Sox lefty Carlos Rodon

Tonight's lineup: Phillies load up with righties vs. White Sox lefty Carlos Rodon

The Phillies are loading up with right-handed hitters for Tuesday's series opener at U.S. Cellular Field against White Sox lefty Carlos Rodon.

Odubel Herrera is out of the lineup and Aaron Altherr takes his place in center field. Peter Bourjos and Tyler Goeddel are in the outfield corners. 

Carlos Ruiz serves as the designated hitter against Rodon, who has huge platoon splits. Righties have hit .305/.365/.484 against Rodon; lefties have hit .220/.268/.286.

Rodon has a changeup to stave off right-handed hitters, but he's used it only eight percent of the time this season. He's thrown his 94 mph fastball, sinker or slider with 92 percent frequency (see game notes).

Emmanuel Burris gets a start at second base.

Ryan Howard is out of the lineup. U.S. Cellular Field is the only active stadium in which he's never played. The Phillies haven't been there since 2004.

1. Peter Bourjos, RF
2. Aaron Altherr, CF
3. Maikel Franco, 3B
4. Tommy Joseph, 1B
5. Cameron Rupp, C
6. Carlos Ruiz, DH
7. Freddy Galvis, SS
8. Tyler Goeddel, LF
9. Emmanuel Burris, 2B

Philadelphia to host 2016 U.S. Hockey Hall of Fame ceremony

Philadelphia to host 2016 U.S. Hockey Hall of Fame ceremony

Philadelphia will host the U.S. Hockey Hall of Fame induction ceremony on Nov. 30.

USA Hockey on Tuesday announced that the Flyers will host the event for the first time.

The 2016 Hall of Fame class includes legendary high school coach Bill Belisle, former NHL forward Craig Janney, and the 1996 World Cup of Hockey team. 

That team featured Brett Hull, Brian Leetch and Abington native Mike Richter. It also has a special connection with Philly. The 1996 World Cup of Hockey was the first sporting event played at the CoreStates Center (now the Wells Fargo Center). The U.S. would go on to win the tournament.

“We’re excited to bring the U.S. Hockey Hall of Fame Induction Celebration to Philadelphia,” Dave Ogrean, executive director of USA Hockey, said in a statement. “It’s one of our nation’s very top hockey cities, thanks in large part to the decades-long efforts of the late Ed Snider, and fans in the area will enjoy being part of enshrining the Class of 2016. This is always one of the most anticipated events on the calendar each year and we’re grateful for the advance support we’ve received from the Flyers and our Atlantic Affiliate.”

Tuesday also marks 50 days until the Flyers begin their 50th anniversary season.