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?

Eagles mailbag: Jordan Matthews, injury concern, leading rusher

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Eagles mailbag: Jordan Matthews, injury concern, leading rusher

Another day, another mailbag. 

I hope you're enjoying your Memorial Day Weekend. If you're reading this on the beach or at a BBQ, well done. 

Yesterday, I answered the first round of your questions about Doug Pederson, Brandon Spikes and the possibility of adding another running back. 

Today, I'll answer some more: 

At times, Jordan Matthews will still be in the slot this season. But he won't be there all the time. 

In Doug Pederson's offense, the receivers will move around quite a bit, which means we'll see Matthews lining up out wide on both sides and in the slot. He has the ability to do both. Either way, he's going to be on the field. He's clearly the Eagles' best receiver and they're not going to take him off the field. 

I think there's a good chance we'll see some Josh Huff in the slot this year, which would make a ton of sense to me. Huff is at his best when he gets the ball in his hands and can make something happen. He's shifty enough to play in the middle. 

The idea that slot receivers are just small, shifty guys is outdated. It's all about matchups and Pederson won't be afraid to move his receivers around to find the best ones. 

Good question. I'll give you two names. One on offense and one on defense. 

Now, I didn't just pick the best players, I picked the best players with the biggest drop off to their backups. So on offense, it's Jason Peters and on defense it's Jordan Hicks. 

The scary thing: it wouldn't be shocking if either of these two go down in 2016. 

If Peters goes down, the Eagles will be fine at left tackle, because Lane Johnson will shift over. But that means either Dennis Kelly or Halapoulivaati Vaitai will come in. We all know what's happened in the past when Kelly comes in, and Vaitai is just a rookie. Not a ton of great depth at tackle. 

As for Hicks, we saw what happened to the defense when he went out last season. And this year, the team has virtually no depth at linebacker. If Hicks went down, either veteran special teams player Najee Goode or rookie Joe Walker would need to fill in. Yikes. 

I understand it's kind of a cop-out to just pick the top running back on the depth chart, but that's what I'm doing. I know Ryan Mathews has a lengthy injury history, but I can't see Darren Sproles, Wendell Smallwood or Kenjon Barner being the team's leading rusher. 

And when healthy, Mathews was the team's best running back in 2015, going for 539 yards on 106 carries, an average of 5.1 yards per attempt. If he manages to play 12 games this year, I think he'll be the team's leading rusher. 

Today's Lineup: Tommy Joseph, Andres Blanco in to help avoid sweep vs. Cubs

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Today's Lineup: Tommy Joseph, Andres Blanco in to help avoid sweep vs. Cubs

Seeking to avoid being swept for the first time since their opening series in Cincinnati, the Phillies on Sunday afternoon will ask Tommy Joseph to provide a much needed spark.

Joseph, 24, sat out Saturday's 4-1 loss to the MLB-best Cubs with Chicago trotting out right-handed pitcher Kyle Hendricks, who crafted a five-hit, one-run complete game masterpiece.

It will be Joseph's fifth game against a righty this week, as manager Pete Mackanin's platoon at first base with Ryan Howard seemingly is coming to an end. Joseph will bat fifth.

With the Phillies averaging 3.22 runs per game, second-worst in baseball, and owning a run differential of minus-38, playing Joseph more is one of a few moves Mackanin can make.

Take into account Howard's average dipped to .154 after an 0 for 4, two-strikeout game Saturday, the decision to give Joseph more at-bats makes sense. It has for a while now.

Plus, Joseph has enjoyed success during his time up with the Phillies. The first baseman is hitting .290 with two home runs and four RBIs. He is, however, hitting just .211 with seven of his 10 strikeouts in 19 at-bats against righties. He'll face a good one in John Lackey (4-2, 3.32) on Sunday.

Mackanin has also decided to start Andres Blanco at second base against Chicago, which has proved to be too much for the Phils through the first two games. Blanco, 32, will bat third against Lackey, who he has never faced in his career. The utility man is hitting .281 with one long ball and eight RBIs in 35 games this season.

In other lineup news, the Cubs will start Villanova product Matt Szczur in left field in the series finale, giving Jorge Soler the day off. During his junior baseball season at 'Nova in 2010, Szczur took time off to donate bone marrow that helped saved a young girl in Ukraine. (Read more on Szczur here from CSNPhilly.com's Jim Salisbury.) Szczur is hitting .375 with two homers and 12 RBIs in 40 at-bats this season with Chicago.

Here are today's full lineups:

Phillies
1. Odubel Herrera, CF
2. Freddy Galvis, SS
3. Andres Blanco, 2B
4. Maikel Franco, 3B
5. Tommy Joseph, 1B
6. Cameron Rupp, C
7. Tyler Goeddel, LF
8. Vince Velasquez, P
9. Peter Bourjos, RF

Cubs
1. Dexter Fowler, CF
2. Jayson Heyward, RF
3. Kris Bryant, 3B
4. Anthony Rizzo, 1B
5. Ben Zobrist, 2B
6. Miguel Montero, C
7. Addison Russell, SS
8. Matt Szczur, LF
9. John Lackey, P

For more on today's game, read Steven Tyding's game notes.

Chase Utley owns the New York Mets, according to Wikipedia

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Chase Utley owns the New York Mets, according to Wikipedia

The New York Mets' majority owner, Fred Wilpon, has a reported net worth of $500 million.

But on Saturday night, the Mets were not owned by a suit who made their profits off real estate development.

No, the Mets were owned by former Phillies second baseman and current Los Angelers Dodger Chase Utley.

At least according to the Mets' Wikipedia page.

Utley, who has become one of the greatest villians in New York sports of recent memory, made his return to Citi Field this weekend after breaking Mets shortstop Ruben Tejada's leg with a hard, controversial slide into second base successfully breaking up a double play during the postseason. On Friday night, the 37-year-old delivered a three-run game-tying double in the ninth inning, athough the Dodgers fell to New York, 6-5, after Curtis Granderson hit a walk-off homer in the bottom of the ninth.

But on Saturday night, Utley's legend grew even stronger in the Dodger's 9-1 win. Utley was thrown at — and missed — by Mets starting pitcher Noah Syndergaard, who was subsequently ejected from the ballgame, in the third inning. In his next at-bat during a scoreless game, Utley took New York reliever Logan Verrett deep to give L.A. a 1-0 lead.

It gets better. Coming to bat with the bases loaded and a 2-0 lead in the seventh, Utley entered the batter's box serenaded with boos from the Mets' faithful only to hit a grand slam. You can watch it all right here.

Owning the Mets is nothing new for Utley, however. The second baseman has 33 home runs, 113 RBIs and a .283 average in his career against New York. We love Utley in Philadelphia because he plays the game hard, was a key member of the Phillies' 2008 World Series team and he kills the Mets. Remember this one from 2007?

What will Utley do as an encore on Sunday Night Baseball? We will all be watching because some of us won't be able to catch Game of Thrones live because we work.

Remember, no spoilers. And plus, Utley owning the Mets is a better storyline than any TV show can give us.