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?

The Sixers without Joel Embiid: Still just the Sixers

The Sixers without Joel Embiid: Still just the Sixers

Well, if anyone hoped the Sixers' performance at game's end against Portland on Friday night -- with Joel Embiid riding the bench, ruled out for the game's remainder with a left knee contusion -- would carry over to an entirely Embiid-less game again Saturdaynight... I guess you're not alone, 'coz I sorta did. Perhaps it shouldn't have been particularly surprising to see that the Sixers were still the same team last night in Atlanta they were the previous Saturday against the Wizards: good enough to hang against an above-average East team, but not nearly good enough to actually win. 

At least they kept this one closer longer. Normally, against the Hawks, once the single-digit lead in the first half balloons into the double-digit lead in the third quarter, it never deflates back, but this time we cut it down to seven a couple times -- just never hitting that one big shot that would've really made things interesting, ultimately losing 110-93. It doesn't help that Nik Stauskas is in the midst of one of his most refrigerated runs as a Sixer, going just 7-30 (3-16 from deep) over Philly's last five games, or that Dario Saric is similarly bricking shots near and wide, a remarkable 2 for 22 over his last couple contests. 

This, sadly, is a primary reason why the Sixers' playoff hopes, while fun to dream about, are still unlikely to be more than a flicker. Over the next few weeks, the Sixers have a trio of back-to-backs coming up, with the back-end games coming against Milwaukee, Sacramento and San Antonio -- none of which Philly, 2-12 without their star center, are probable to win sans JoJo. Even if they can take care of business with Embiid on the court, it'll be tough to make up the ground that the Sons of Sam need to while they have to drop one every three or four games as Joel sits. 

That's fine, though. This season's been super-fun, but we shouldn't get too far ahead of ourselves: Let's ensure Embiid's health, maybe get Ben Simmons out there too, secure a nice draft pick or two (though the plummeting Kings could be of significant help with that themselves), and focus on making next year even more of a thing. The future remains impossibly bright, even if the present is going to have to be borderline-unwatchable once or twice a week.

Flyers-Islanders 5 things: Still trying to clean up mistakes after bye week

Flyers-Islanders 5 things: Still trying to clean up mistakes after bye week

Flyers (22-19-6) at Islanders (19-17-8)
6 p.m. – CSN/CSNPhilly.com and streaming live on the NBCSports app; Pregame Live begins at 5:30.
 
The struggling Flyers head north Sunday night to battle the Metropolitan Division rival Islanders at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn.
 
Let’s take a closer look at Sunday’s matchup.
 
1. New week, same Flyers
Those hoping the Flyers would be a refreshed, recharged team after the bye week met a harsh reality Saturday night.
 
The Flyers were blown out of the Wells Fargo Center in a 4-1 loss to the Devils that saw the same things continue to haunt the home team — defensive breakdowns and a lack of offense, among other things.
 
It’s no secret this season is quickly slipping away from the Flyers. They’ve lost their hold on the last wild-card spot in the Eastern Conference to the upstart Maple Leafs and the Hurricanes, Panthers and Devils are breathing right down the Flyers’ backs. To pile on the good news, every other team in the East is within four points of the Flyers, including the last-place Isles, who have 46 points compared to the Flyers’ 50 points.
 
Needless to say, the margin for error is all but gone.
 
This has been said many times recently, but the emphasis still hasn’t waned — if the Flyers want to save this season, it has to start with the next game.
 
2. What’s the mindset?
Michal Neuvirth, who was pulled before the third period of Saturday’s game for “precautionary reasons,” had a striking quote after the loss to the Devils.
 
“When you lose so many games, you lose confidence,” he told reporters.
 
He’s not kidding, and further proof of that came in the loss to the Devils, when the game was tied 1-1. In the second period, Radko Gudas was whistled for a clipping penalty and, boy, was it an awful call. It was nothing more than a hard hip check, aka a solid hockey play. Gudas got the two-minute minor and then Wayne Simmonds received an extra two minutes for unsportsmanlike conduct for protesting the call, giving Jersey a full two-man advantage.
 
Predictably, the Devils scored to take the lead. Also predictably, the Flyers unraveled after that point.
 
It just seems lately that when something goes wrong for the Flyers, it all goes wrong for the Flyers. And that’s a troubling trend.

3. Changes in Brooklyn
Superstar John Tavares is still there, but beside that, plenty has changed since the Flyers and Islanders last met, a 3-2 Flyers shootout win in November at the Barclays Center.
 
No more Jack Capuano behind the Isles’ bench, as he was recently canned amidst his team’s struggles. Assistant general manager Doug Weight, whom you may remember from his not so distant playing days, is the interim head coach for the Isles.
 
Remember goalie Jaroslav Halak, who started the two teams’ first meeting? It’s no longer his net in Brooklyn, as he’s had a falling out with the club, lost the starting job to Thomas Greiss and was recently put on waivers.
 
And the Isles have responded positively to the changes, as they’ve won three in a row heading into Sunday night’s contest. The last-place moniker is misleading because the Isles are still just five points out of the final wild-card spot and still have tons of talent.
 
4. Keep an eye on …
Flyers: Let’s go with Travis Konecny. Let’s just say the Flyers are in need of an energy jolt these days and the rook has just the type of skillset to provide it. He scored his team’s only goal Saturday against the Devils and isn’t afraid to throw his body around if need be. He also scored against the Isles earlier this season. He’s now up to eight goals and 14 assists on the season.
 
Islanders: It has got to be John Tavares. The guy is an absolute star, but still could fit into the “underrated” or “under the radar” categories just because he plays for the Isles. I mean, check out this goal he scored earlier this year against St. Louis. Holy moly. While you’re at it, get a glimpse of this one he scored against Dallas last week. He’s got 19 goals and 17 assists on the year. In his career against the Flyers, he’s got 15 goals and 13 assists for 28 points, the third-most points he’s tallied against any team in the NHL.
 
5. This and that
• In a scheduling quirk, Sunday evening will mark the fourth straight time the Flyers and Islanders will play in Brooklyn. They haven’t met in Philadelphia in over a full calendar year — Jan. 9, 2016, a 4-0 Flyers win

• Sunday is the second of four meetings between the teams this season. They’ll also play Feb. 9 and March 30, both times in South Philly.

• Greiss will start in net for the Isles on Sunday. He’s recorded shutouts in his last two starts. For the season, he's 12-7-2 with a .927 save percentage and a 2.29 goals-against average.

• Reinforcements could be on the way Sunday for the Islanders, as forward Cal Clutterbuck (lower-body) and defenseman Johnny Boychuk (upper-body) could be ready to return to the lineup after injuries.

• Sunday’s game will be the second of a back-to-back set for both teams. The Flyers are 6-3-2 this year in such situations.

• The Flyers’ ugly road losing streak is up to nine games. A loss Sunday would make it a not-so-perfect 10.