Justin Rose and Phil Mickelson Praise Philadelphia and Its Fans for Hosting a Wonderful U.S. Open

Justin Rose and Phil Mickelson Praise Philadelphia and Its Fans for Hosting a Wonderful U.S. Open

Remember the early week threat of a "doomsday scenario" at Merion? The idea that the 2013 U.S. Open could be a nightmare are now long forgotten after four wonderful days in Ardmore.

U.S. Open Champion Justin Rose and runner-up-for-life Phil Mickelson both talked about what a wonderful hosting job Merion Golf Club and the Philadelphia fans did this week.

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Here's what Phil had to say following his disappointing final round:

Q.  Playing here in the Philly area and hearing the happy birthdays all around, did you get a special feeling they were behind you?

PHIL MICKELSON:  Yeah, the people here have been fabulous.  And to look at the members and what they've done and the homeowners, what they've sacrificed to allow this tournament to come back is pretty cool.  The way the community has wanted this and supports this tournament, more so than just about any place we've ever been.

We've played U.S. Opens at great golf courses where the membership voted not to have us back.  Here they want us back, they're opening their homes to the USGA for the infrastructure.  Coming out when they can't really see too much, coming out to be a part of the tournament.  It's great the way the city of Philadelphia has supported this tournament.

Justin Rose added that he tried to feed off the crowd energy and felt very supported by the crowd. You can watch him talk about it below.

Well struck, fellas.

Malcolm Jenkins is prepared for both a zombie apocalypse or Donald Trump as president

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Malcolm Jenkins is prepared for both a zombie apocalypse or Donald Trump as president

A zombie apocalypse or Donald Trump becoming the President of the United States of America are both nightmare scenarios for many people. But Eagles safety Malcolm Jenkins is prepared in the case of either.

At least that's what he says.

The Philadelphia Eagles have a bye this week, so Jenkins found the time to post the below video to Twitter, teaching us a little bit about his quirks.

"Something you might not know about me is that I'm a half-hearted doomsday prepper. For the last two or three years I've been silently preparing myself for a zombie apocalypse... or Donald Trump becoming President, whichever comes first. Communications, food, protection, everything, I've been stockpiling. I took a zombie survival course a couple of years ago," Jenkins said.

"Hopefully I won't have to use my skills."

 

Tonight's lineup: Tommy Joseph's last start of the year?

Tonight's lineup: Tommy Joseph's last start of the year?

Tommy Joseph, who has been missing from the lineup lately, starts at first base and bats fourth tonight.

Joseph will most likely be making his final start of the season with Ryan Howard expected to start the final games of the season. Joseph is batting just .235 against the Braves this season, but does have two home runs. The rookie first baseman has 21 home runs and 15 doubles in 104 games during his first season in the majors. 

Howard will be playing what are almost definitely his final games in a Phillies uniform this weekend vs. the Mets.

Maikel Franco bats fifth and plays third base. Franco, who has been hot lately, has three home runs and is batting .320 over his last 25 at-bats. He will look to continue his success against the Braves, as five of his 25 home runs this season have come against them.

Cameron Rupp gets a day off behind the plate and will be replaced by veteran catcher A.J. Ellis. Ellis has exceeded expectations in a short sample since coming over in the Carlos Ruiz trade last month. Ellis is 8 for 28 with a home run and nine RBIs in 10 games with the Phils. He's batting .285, which is astronomically better than his paltry .194 mark with the Dodgers. 

Part of the reason for Ellis' start could be his history against Braves starter Josh Collmenter. He is 4 for 11 with two home runs and four walks against the former Arizona Diamondbacks pitcher.

Here is tonight's lineup:

1. Cesar Hernandez, 2B
2. Freddy Galvis, SS
3. Odubel Herrera, CF
4. Tommy Joseph, 1B
5. Maikel Franco, 3B
6. Cody Asche, LF
7. A.J. Ellis, C
8. Aaron Altherr, RF
9. Jeremy Hellickson, P

And for the Braves:

1. Mallex Smith, CF
2. Dansby Swanson, SS
3. Freddie Freeman, 1B
4. Matt Kemp, LF
5. Nick Markakis, RF
6. Anthony Recker, C
7. Jace Peterson, 2B
8. Rio Ruiz, 3B
9. Josh Collmenter, P