In Donovan We Trust

In Donovan We Trust

The Philadelphia Eagles play on Sunday in the Superbowl, something many of us have never witnessed.  The national media gives us almost no shot; New Englanders believe their Patriots have zero chance of losing, and Philadelphians think there is no way the Birds can fall short. 

There are so many subplots which leads to this being one of the best Superbowls of all time.  The Patriots have won16 of their last 18; the Eagles would have finished the regular season 15-1 had they not handed the final two games over to the Rams and Cinci.  The Patriots are the best team the NFL has seen in decades.  They know what it takes to bring home the coveted Lombardi trophy, but one team, one city, and one dream stand in their path to hold it this year.  The Patriots will face a force unlike anything they have ever seen.. Super 5.

I think there are two keys to the Eagles Defense on Sunday, the first and most important: Crack Brady in the Jaw. They have to get to Brady early and often. I m guessing Jimmy Johnson will bring the heat on Sunday and knock Brady around. Tom Brady can pick you apart if he has the time, the Eagles will have to pressure him and create turnovers.  The second key for the Eagles Defense is stopping Corey Dillon.  The Patriots getting off to a fast start and putting points on the board put the Eagles in a rough spot.  This could allow the Pats to pound away with Dillon, eating up the game clock.  If the Eagles force Brady or the Pats to turn the ball over, Eagles win.

Terrell Owens will play in the Superbowl, and will make a big impact when he is on the field.  I think he could see action in 50% of the offensive plays.  I'm sure he has some great TD celebrations planned.  The first key to the Eagles putting points on the board will be getting BWest 25 plus touches.  I have a feeling the Pats are going to jam him up coming out of the backfield, so the Eagles will give him more running plays than usual.  I think he will have to break a few rushes putting the Eagles in good scoring position.

The key to the Eagles winning the Superbowl lies in the hands of our leader, Super 5.  This is what Donovan is in Philadelphia to do... win this city the Championship it needs.  The Patriots Defense is sound throughout, but it has weaknesses.  Donovan can't come out nervous and throw balls into the ground or even a tad behind his receivers.  The Patriots might be able to keep Donovan's arm in check, but they can't stop his legs.  I'm feeling over 50 yards rushing for Donovan on his way to Superbowl MVP.

The Patriots are NFL Champs, led by the now legendary Bill Belichick and Tom Brady, but today is Friday.  Come Tuesday, the Lombardi trophy will run up the Art Museum steps and Philadelphia will be the home of Champions..

Eagles 27   Patriots 24                Can your hearts take a David Akers game winner?

Joel Embiid posts amazing tribute to Sam Hinkie on Instagram

Joel Embiid posts amazing tribute to Sam Hinkie on Instagram

The treasure trove that is Joel Embiid's social media presence unearthed another jewel on Saturday evening.

The Sixers' big man took to Instagram to post a picture of himself chatting with local folk legend Sam Hinkie. As if that wasn't enough, check out the captions he wrote at the bottom.

THE GOAT #HeDiedForOurSins #TrustTheProcess

A photo posted by Joel Hans Embiid (@joelembiid) on

Let us break this down.

"THE GOAT" - As in Greatest Of All Time, not an actual goat you would find at your local petting zoo.

"#HeDiedForOurSins" - St. Sam, patron saint of analytical basketball martyrdom.

"#TrustTheProcess" - The rallying cry of the masses.

Sure, they may have taken away Sam, but they'll never take away JoJo's social media platforms. Never!

Union have no answer for Didier Drogba, Impact in 5-1 loss

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Union have no answer for Didier Drogba, Impact in 5-1 loss

MONTREAL  -- Didier Drogba broke out with a hat trick to lead the Montreal Impact to a 5-1 victory over the Union on Saturday night.

The 38-year-old Ivorian striker hadn't scored since May 28. He returned last week after missing three games with a thigh injury.

Ignacio Piatti returned after sitting out a one-game suspension to score a goal and add two assists. Recent signing Matteo Mancuso, who went in for Drogba in the 79th minute, got his first MLS goal in added time.

Montreal improved to 7-5-8.

Chris Pontius scored for Philadelphia (8-7-6).

Odubel Herrera's bat returns, but so do Aaron Nola's struggles in loss to Pirates

Odubel Herrera's bat returns, but so do Aaron Nola's struggles in loss to Pirates

PITTSBURGH -- The good news for the Phillies on Saturday was that it finally seems All-Star Odubel Herrera's bat is returning to its typical, productive form.

The centerfielder had his second straight three-hit game Saturday as he continued to pull out of his slump, though it wasn’t enough to keep the Phillies from losing 7-4 to the Pittsburgh Pirates in the middle game of a three-game series at PNC Park (see Instant Replay).

Yet Herrera’s suddenly hot bat gave the Phillies some reason to feel good on a day when another player who the organization believes can be a foundation player backslid. Right-hander Aaron Nola (5-9) took the loss as he allowed six runs and six hits in four-plus innings.

The bad Nola returned after pitching six scoreless innings in his previous outing Monday against the Miami Marlins. Prior to shutting down the Marlins, Nola allowed a combined 30 runs in five starts while failing to get past the fourth inning four times.

“When he’s at his best, he has control of all his pitches,” Phillies manager Pete Mackanin said. “He’s lost his control and he needs to a find a way to get it back.”

However, Herrera improved to 6 for 9 in the series by going 3 for 4 with a triple, two runs scored and two stolen bases. He had been 4 for 41 in his previous 11 games before coming to Pittsburgh, a skid that dropped his batting average to .281 from .300.

“It was getting pretty ugly for about a week there, so it feels good to get some hits,” Herrera said. “That’s my job, to get hits, be successful and help the team win. I really don’t go into too many slumps, so it’s hard to try to fight your way through it and stay positive. When I get a hit, I am happy.”

Herrera is now hitting .290 with 10 home runs and 33 RBIs in 98 games.

There had been a school of thought that making his first All-Star Game appearance July 12 at Petco Park in San Diego might have had an effect on the 24-year-old. The schedule for the players during the festivities is basically non-stop for two days and then Herrera had to fly across the country to rejoin the Phillies in Philadelphia for the second half of the season.

“I was concerned it might have an effect on him,” Mackanin said. “It was the first time he had participated in an even of that magnitude and it can be hard to refocus after that.”

Herrera, though, said he is not sure how much being an All-Star played into his cold spell.

“Maybe it did,” Herrera said. “It was a busy couple of days there. I don’t know what to compare it to because I hadn’t been before. Obviously, I didn’t have the same chance to rest as a lot of other players, so it could have had an effect. However, playing in the All-Star Game was a great experience and I am glad I had a chance to be there.”

If Herrera plays like he has the last two games, Herrera figures to appear in more Midsummer Classics before his career is through.

“He has the ability to win a batting title,” Mackanin said. “He’s that good of a hitter. He’s a smart hitter. When pitchers start adjusting to him, he adjusts back. I only see him getting better.

“Then you throw in that he played a heckuva center field and it’s just an impressive total package."