Eagles @ Patriots 1st Half Live Blog

Eagles @ Patriots 1st Half Live Blog

It's Sunday night and the Eagles are playing.  This is usually cause for an abundance of beer and wings to be guzzled down amongst fellow Birds fans all across the Delaware Valley.  Tonight's match up has quite a different vibe.  It's like we're going to watch our best friend get his face pounded by Mike Tyson.  Sure, we got our boys' back, but it could get ugly.

We're in front of our TV wondering what the heck Keith Olberman is talking about half the time.  Anyway, more of our random ramblings after the jump.  Send us your tips if you're watching along with us.

John Madden is doing the game this evening, which should be fun, and if his video game is any indicator, the Eagles are going to give the Pats a battle tonght.  Madden 2008 says the Eagles lost 33-36 to the Pats in a simulation.  (they forgot to take McNabb out.)

Early games: It's good to see Eli Manning looking like himself.  Man, that guy is not good.  Also, anyone see the end of that Cardinals game?  Wow.  Tough way to lose.

This NBC Sunday Football opener makes me want to do lots of things.  Watching football is not one of them.  Sending text messages on my Sprint PCS phone? Yes!

Andrea Kremer tells us that the Patriots are the healthiest they've been all season.  Perfect.

KICK OFF -- Eagles get the ball first.

Well that was quick! A.J. Feeley throws a pick-six on only the third play of the game.  7-0 Patriots.  On the plus side, A.J. Feeley won't have to wait long to get back out on the field.

I may need to start surfing the Internet for other ways to entertain myself on this nice Sunday evening.  Don't know how long I can take it.  At this pace, the Eagles will lose by a score of 420-0.

The Eagles throw together a couple nice little plays there and get a first down.  Westbrook slithered his way for a first when there wasn't really a hole.

The Birds' line seems to be giving Feeley enough time to find open receivers.  If you take away that horrible interception, Feeley has looked fine.

4th and a half yard...  They're going for it?!? and Feeley sneaks it up the middle with no problem.  Gutsy play for call from Big Red.  That could have hurt a lot of you gamblers out there early.

TOUCHDOWN Brian Westbrook!  Eagles 7 Patriots 7 After a nice little play from Reggie Brown, Westy jumps into the endzone.  Man, the Eagles could be winning this game right now.

The great and mighty New Enland Patriots offense led by the infallible one, Tom Brady, will take the field for the first time this evening.  Put the women and children to bed now.

Jabar Gafney sighting!

JUQUA THOMAS! sacks the shit out of Tom Brady.  But did he lay on him long enough afterwards?

Anyone see a hold there on Trent Cole? on the completion to Gafney?  It's a good thing Tom Brady throws like Joe Montana 'cause he runs like a girl.  The Pats move the ball fairly easily down to the one yard line and are then forced to call a timeout because Brady saw a super model in the stands whose number he wants to get.

TD Patriots.  14-7

They just showed a shot of the Boston Harbor Hotel.  My parents stayed there when I graduated from BC.  One of the nicest hotels I've ever stayed at, complete with a great view of the hahbah.

Matt P. seems to have some great seats at the game tonight.  He also seems to have a crappy cell phone camera.  Here is a cellphone pic he sent me.

If you hadn't heard all of the hype regarding the New England Patriots, after watching the first quarter, you would think these two teams are fairly matched.

2nd QTR: Brian Westbrook is good.  Very good.

The Eagles try to run a little trickery with Avant getting a backwards pass and then failing to find anything open downfield.  Pats didn't bite for a second on that one.  I guess that's the kind of shit you have to pull if you want to beat The Darkside.

Ha!  A.J. Feeley connects with Greg Lewis, who apparently scares the Patriots and no one else, to tie the game up 14-14.  A heck of a touch pass from Feeley.  What's up now, chowdaheads!

The Eagles are hanging in early and the offensiveline hasn't allowed the Pats defense to really get to Feeley.  You give a backup QB enough time and he'll beat you.

ONSIDE KICK! ONSIDE KICK! GOD BLESS ANDY REID! ONSIDE KICK! EAGLES RECOVER!  Ah, this game just became fun.  Andy Reid is a little happy inside to outsmart Belichick on that one.

Madden makes a point: Tom Brady can't beat you if he's sitting on the sideline.  Madden makes another point that I've been making: that maybe Brian Westbrook is the best RB in football.  Thanks, John.

The euphoria of the onside kick lasted about 2 minutes.  I will now have some Thanksgiving desert leftovers to regain a high.  Sugar high.

Jabar Gafney, Eagles killer.  Randy Moss isn't too bad either, eh?  I think this drive shows us something, the only way to slow the Pats is to get a body on Brady.  I'd say holding the Best Offense Ever to a field goal is a moral victory.  17-14 Pats

That NBC show Chuck would be infinitely better if it starred Sir Charles.

Greg Lewis is the Patriot killer.  A.J. Feeley connects on a nifty little pass to GLew for a nice first.

The football gods are smiling on the Eagles tonight after A.J. Feely throws a blooper to Matt Schobel for another amazing first down.  A play like that never goes the Birds' way.

Greg Lewis, recognize! The Eagles lead the Patriots 21-17 late in the second half.

This is getting fairly interesting.  I'd pay to be a fly on the wall of Belichick's locker room at half time.  Not to see Tom Brady in his underwear either.

As many commenters are noting, the Eagles defense is stepping up on the big stage.  From Chris Gocong getting his first sack to BDawk preventing Randy Moss from making the big play, the Birds defense is making their statement.

People make fun of Peyton Manning all the time for his mannerisms at the line, but Tom Brady is pretty loud and commanding up there as well in the no huddle.

I think the Birds got the shaft on the offsides call.  Clearly Mr. Perfect got away with one there.

Whew, dawgy.  J.R. Reed has been laying some hits down.  But the Pats keep moving the chains but are running out of time.

Jabar Gafney, Eagles killer.  He catches a TD on a throw from Brady in which it looked as if he may not have had possession in the end zone.  Ouch, and he does the Eagles wing flap.  Ouch, you scrub, ouch.  24-21 Pats.

That'll do it for the first half.  Kudos to the Birds for a pretty good first half.  Pret-ty good.  Pret-ty, pret-ty good.

Click here for the 2nd half live blog.

Instant Replay: Roman Quinn injured as Phillies lose 7-6

Instant Replay: Roman Quinn injured as Phillies lose 7-6

BOX SCORE

ATLANTA – The Phillies blew a six-run lead and suffered a 7-6 loss to the Atlanta Braves on Tuesday night.
 
The Phillies also lost promising rookie outfielder Roman Quinn to a left oblique strain. Quinn had two singles and a double in his first three at-bats of the game as he helped the Phillies build a 6-0 lead. He struck out in the fifth inning then exited the game an inning later.
 
Oblique injuries generally keep a player sidelined for at least three weeks, so Quinn’s season is likely over. He missed six weeks with a similar injury at Double A Reading this summer. The 23-year-old outfielder came up from the minors on Sept. 11 and has been auditioning for a spot on next season’s opening day roster.
 
Injuries have been a consistent hurdle for Quinn ever since he was selected in the second round of the 2011 draft. He has missed significant time with a ruptured Achilles tendon, a wrist injury that required surgery, a torn quad muscle and an oblique strain. Now he has another one.
 
The start of the game was delayed 31 minutes by rain. The game was delayed again for one hour and 53 minutes at the start of the fifth inning.
 
Starting pitching report
Jerad Eickhoff sailed through the first four innings on one hit, no walks and five strikeouts. The only hit he allowed was a solo homer to Freddie Freeman in the fourth. Eickhoff was up 6-1 when the rains came and ended his night.
 
Eickhoff has made 32 starts and recorded a 3.72 ERA. He has pitched 191 1/3 innings.
 
Eickhoff has one more start left. That will come in Sunday’s season finale.
 
Braves right-hander Julio Teheran was hit hard. He gave up 10 hits and six runs in four innings. One of the hits was a first-inning grand slam by Ryan Howard.
 
Bullpen report
The Phillies’ bullpen was tagged for six runs. It has an ERA of 8.03 this month.
 
At the plate
Howard’s grand slam was his second this season and 15th of his career. He is second on the team with 24 homers. He has 52 homrers and 154 RBIs in 182 career games against the Braves.
 
Freeman’s solo homer against Eickhoff extended his hitting streak to 29 games.
 
Tyler Flowers had a three-run home run to lead the Braves' four-run sixth.
 
The Braves came all the way back with a pair of runs in the eighth. Mallex Smith drove in the tying run and Emilio Bonafacio knocked in the go-ahead run. Both of the hits came against David Hernandez, who took the loss. Leftfielder Darin Ruf failed to make a play on a double by Flowers to the warning track. The ball was catchable. The play aided the Braves’ comeback.
 
ICYMI
Pete Mackanin will take his plea for a hitter to the front office Friday (see story).
 
Pitching plans
With Jake Thompson skipping his final start, the Phillies will have to use their bullpen to get through either Friday or Saturday’s game. Mackanin indicated that he may use the bullpen Friday night against the Mets and go with Alec Asher in Saturday afternoon’s nationally televised game. Eickhoff is scheduled to pitch the season finale on Sunday.
 
Up next
The series continues Wednesday night with lefty Adam Morgan (2-10, 5.57) opposing Braves right-hander Mike Foltynewicz (8-5. 4.41).

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Friend texted worries about boating with Marlins' Jose Fernandez

Friend texted worries about boating with Marlins' Jose Fernandez

MIAMI -- Miami Marlins pitcher Jose Fernandez was a patron at a Miami River bar and restaurant the same night he and two friends were killed in a boat crash, a spokeswoman for the establishment confirmed Tuesday.

A friend of one of the victims said he warned him against the post-midnight trip, and Marlins center fielder Marcell Ozuna said he and at least two other teammates turned down invitations to go and tried to discourage Fernandez from going out.

American Social Bar & Kitchen spokeswoman Dana Rhoden said in an email that Fernandez was there before the accident. The statement did not say whether Fernandez had been drinking or what time he left.

The bar is along the Miami River in the city's downtown section and allows boats to dock alongside.

Fernandez, 24, died when the boat he owned slammed at high speed into a rock jetty early Sunday just off South Beach, investigators say. Emilio Jesus Macias, 27, and 25-year-old Eduardo Rivero also died.

A friend of Rivero's, Will Bernal, said they texted each other shortly after midnight, before the trio pushed off. Bernal posted the messages on social media.

"Yo please be careful bro," Bernal texted at 12:07 a.m.

"I will bro," Rivero said.

"Try to keep him close to shore if you go out," Bernal wrote back.

"Trust me," Rivero wrote, "it's not my time yet."

Bernal then asked Rivero to turn on his "find iPhone" application and to "keep Jose cool."

Ozuna, perhaps Fernandez's closest friend on the team, said all of the players knew Fernandez planned to go out on the boat that night.

"It was a bad decision for him," Ozuna said. "He heard everybody say, `No, go back to your house and take it easy.' Then you wake up and see the news."

Fernandez apparently had concerns he might be late to the ballpark for Sunday's 1:10 p.m. game, because he asked Ozuna for a wake-up call.

"He said, `If I'm not here by 10, call me,'" Ozuna said.

The Marlins announced a public viewing will be held Wednesday at a Miami church, preceded by a funeral procession scheduled to start at 2:16 p.m. outside the team's downtown ballpark. Fernandez wore No. 16 on his jersey.

A private funeral will be held Thursday for the Fernandez family and Marlins players and personnel.

The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission is investigating. Spokesman Rob Klepper said in an interview Tuesday that there's no timetable, and "we will provide a complete and thorough investigative report."

The 32-foot boat named "Kaught Looking" -- the "K" is backwards, signifying a strikeout when the batter does not swing -- will be thoroughly checked for clues as to why the accident occurred, authorities said. Miami-Dade County prosecutors have obtained search warrants for wildlife commission investigators seeking access to the vessel, said Ed Griffith, a spokesman for the state attorney's office.

"As you know, FWC has a duty to investigate fatal boating accidents like this one," Griffith said in an email. "Since the incident involved a single boat and there were no survivors, there can be no criminal prosecution derived from the FWC investigation."

Klepper said the wildlife commission has no record of any previous citation or warning involving the boat, Fernandez or the other two men who died. Normally vessel stops are not documented unless a warning or citation is issued, he added.

The Miami-Dade County medical examiner has not yet released toxicology results that might determine if Fernandez or the other two victims were under the influence of alcohol or drugs. Klepper said that report would be part of the wildlife commission's completed investigation. Authorities previously said no evidence of alcohol or drugs was found at the crash scene.

On Capitol Hill, Florida's U.S. senators, Democrat Bill Nelson and Republican Marco Rubio, introduced a resolution Tuesday honoring Fernandez for his journey from communist Cuba to Major League Baseball stardom and his contributions to the community.

The resolution notes that Fernandez was jailed in Cuba after an unsuccessful attempt to defect and once saved his mother from drowning after she fell from a boat off Mexico's Yucatan Peninsula.

"He risked his life escaping tyranny in Cuba to seek liberty and opportunity in America," Rubio, also a Cuban-American, said in a news release.

Meanwhile, a beachgoer found a bag containing four baseballs signed by the Marlins pitcher, WSVN-TV reported.

The station reported a black bag containing Jose Fernandez's checkbook and four autographed baseballs apparently washed ashore on Miami Beach not far from the accident site.

Ocean Rescue Division Chief Vincent Canosa said the bag was given to a lifeguard and that it apparently came from the boat.

Enormously popular in Miami's large Cuban-American community, Fernandez defected from Cuba at age 15, won the National League Rookie of the Year award in 2013 and became a two-time All-Star. He had been scheduled to pitch Monday night against the New York Mets, a game that instead became a tribute to him and remembrance of his life.