7. If this whole "trade" thing doesn't work out and Donovan McNabb winds up an Eagle next year, will he demand another financial apology? Not sure who negotiates Florio's salaries, but generally the employer that tried to dump you doesn't turn around and hand you a raise. [PFT]
6. Among the notable cuts as the Phillies trim down to their 25-man roster was John Mayberry Jr. With his demotion back to Triple-A, the 26-year-old outfielder may have missed his opportunity to ever catch on with the big league club. [Beerleaguer]
5. It hasn't been the most confident of times for the Flyers, but they're still making noise as we come down the stretch. They still have a team that's capable of winning a playoff series or two, even if they were to wind up as the eight seed playing playing the Capitals. Oh, and something about a bridge being for sale. [Sporting News]
4. The Sixers are finding results from an unlikely player: Jason Kapono. Their current two-game winning streak (!!) coincides with Kapono's recent catapult into the starting lineup, a far cry from the abysmal beginning to his season when he was glued to the bench. [Burlington Co. Times]
3. Surefire way to start an unwarranted political debate on The Level: President Barack Obama will throw out the first pitch at this year's Phillies Nationals home opener against the Phillies.[Daily News]
2. Win or lose, most fans are simply happy Philadelphia has a pro soccer team. Dave Zeitlin watched the Union's inaugural game from the Dark Horse Pub, where the feeling after the game was upbeat. And drunk. Maybe just drunk... [CSN]
Even in the final minute, when the outcome was all but assured, a chorus of “Philadelphia” and “Uuuuuuuuuuu” chants echoed through every room in the pub with fans even applauding after the game ended.
Imagine that. Cheers after a loss.
1. Jayson Werth's luncheon and on-field conversation with Hall of Famer Reggie Jackson has sparked a mild case of paranoia. Paul Hagen suggests the Yankees are using Mr. October as a means to recruiting the free agent-to-be over to the dark side. Werth says Jackson is an old family friend, saying what they spoke about was their business. It's certainly not impossible as it seems to stay under the umbrella of the rules regarding tampering, but it sounds like it would an unnecessarily early step to take. [Philly.com]