Lunchtime Extras: Eagles and Phillies Edition

Lunchtime Extras: Eagles and Phillies Edition

Cool A Phillie A Day feature on this blog, featuring anecdotes and tales of their greatness, and some artwork. Today is a two-for-one, with Chase Utley and Placido Polanco sharing the spotlight, though I'm not sure Utley should ever share the spotlight with anybody. [Alright, I'll Write]

An Eagles trade rumor has legs. The Browns will be discussing a possible deal with the Birds possibly up until the draft, when they'll agree to send a mid-round pick in exchange for... Chris Gocong? Well, that's boring. [National Football Post]

Another way to gauge how impressive the Phillies are defensively: last year they led the league in fewest unearned runs allowed with 36. By comparison, the Nats frequently shot themselves in the foot, allowing a whopping 86. The Nats... ha ha ha. [Sports Illustrated]

As we attempt to track and decipher the never-ending stream of McNabb-to-Team X rumors, there's another piece of the puzzle worth figuring out: who these mysterious sources are. "Sources close to the situation..." what is that? Wait a second, this has become a situation?! [Iggles Blog]

Will 2011 be the final season Jimmy Rollins is in a Phillies uniform? He'll be faced with the difficult decision to choose staying in the place he played his entire career and attempt to continue winning championships, or going wherever the most money is offered. Professional athletes are mercenaries, and this one likely won't be any different. [The Fightins]

Donovan McNabb would like to play for the Cardinals. Some day. Supposedly. According to sources "close to McNabb." The Cardinals would like to get some use out of former first round pick Matt Leinart. This season. Probably. According to me. [Yahoo! Sports]

The Phillies bullpen will have some new faces, but even the guys that have been there awhile will find their roles are not necessarily the same anymore. The comparison to the 2006 team does not do much to instill confidence in the current setup. [Beerleaguer]

The McNabb trade rumors have spawned a rash of articles that claim he is and generally always has been mistreated. They generally point to his being booed on draft day, his lack of weapons in the early part of his career, the Rush Limbaugh incident, and of course, the fact that he's now on the trading block. Did I miss anything? It's tired. We all know how these stories read as soon as we see the headline, but it's simply business as usual in the NFL. All I can say is I'm glad somebody put it out there. [On The DL]

Best of NBA: Dwyane Wade hits dagger 3-pointer in Bulls debut

Best of NBA: Dwyane Wade hits dagger 3-pointer in Bulls debut

CHICAGO -- Dwyane Wade scored 22 points in a triumphant Chicago debut, Jimmy Butler had 24 and the Bulls won their season opener, beating the Boston Celtics 105-99 on Thursday night.

Wade nailed a 3 from the corner in the final minute to make it a five-point game. Taj Gibson added 18 points and 10 rebounds, and the new-look Bulls got off to a winning start after missing the playoffs last season for the first time since 2008.

Isaiah Thomas led Boston with 25 points. Avery Bradley had 16, and Jae Crowder 14 points, but the Celtics came up short after opening with a win over Brooklyn the previous night.

The Bulls remade their roster in the offseason, jettisoning one hometown superstar and welcoming another when they traded Derrick Rose to New York and signed Wade to a two-year deal worth about $47 million in a move that stunned Miami.

The three-time NBA champion and 12-time All-Star is off to a good start with the Bulls after 13 seasons with the Heat.

Wade hit 4 of 6 3-pointers in this game after making just seven all of last season (see full recap).

New-look Hawks roll past Wizards
ATLANTA -- Dwight Howard dominated the boards in his Atlanta debut, Paul Millsap scored 28 points and Tim Hardaway Jr. ignited the new-look Hawks to a 114-99 victory over the Washington Wizards in their season opener Thursday night.

Howard grabbed 19 rebounds to go along with 11 points, just what the Hawks expected from their new center, and it certainly wasn't unusual for three-time All-Star Millsap to lead the way in scoring.

But Hardaway's performance was totally unexpected given the way he struggled in his first season with the Hawks, when he was largely confined to the bench and even forced to spend time in the D-League.

He scored 21 points, matching his high in an Atlanta uniform, and broke open a close game with back-to-back 3-pointers in the fourth. The Hawks, who led only 81-80 heading to the final period, outscored the Wizards 33-19 over the final 12 minutes (see full recap).

Best of NHL: Canadiens rally past Lightning for 6th straight win

Best of NHL: Canadiens rally past Lightning for 6th straight win

MONTREAL -- Max Pacioretty scored the tiebreaking goal in Montreal's three-goal third period as the Canadiens beat the Tampa Bay Lightning 3-1 Thursday night for their sixth straight win.

Alex Galchenyuk and Torrey Mitchell also scored to help Montreal improve to 7-0-1. Carey Price made 29 saves to win for the fourth time in four starts this season.

Alex Killorn scored the lone goal for the Lightning, who lost against an Eastern-Conference opponent for the first time this season. Ben Bishop stopped 23 shots.

With the scored tied 1-1, Pacioretty got the go-ahead goal at 10:23 by beating Bishop glove-side. Blown coverage by the Lightning left the Canadiens' captain all alone on the edge of the face-off circle, and Bishop couldn't see the shot with Andrew Shaw posted firmly in front of goal.

Montreal remains the only NHL team still undefeated in regulation (see full recap).

Crosby's late goal gives Penguins win over Islanders
PITTSBURGH -- Sidney Crosby scored the tiebreaking goal late in the third period to lead the Pittsburgh Penguins to a 4-2 victory over the New York Islanders on Thursday night.

Patric Hornqvist, Evgeni Malkin and Phil Kessel also scored -- each getting his third of the season -- to help the Penguins win for the third time in four games and improve to 5-0-1 at home.

Crosby, playing for the second straight game after missing the first six with a concussion, scored with 2:25 left as he caught a pass from Scott Wilson at the top of the crease and quickly turned to his forehand to put the puck behind Islanders goalie Jaroslav Halak.

Kessel added a power-play goal to cap the scoring 32 seconds later.

Marc-Andre Fleury stopped 35 shots while starting for the eighth straight game.

Travis Hamonic and Shane Prince scored for the Islanders, and Halak finished with 31 saves (see full recap).

Streaking Red Wings win marathon shootout vs. Blues
ST. LOUIS -- Henrik Zetterberg scored in the eighth round of a shootout to give the Detroit Red Wings a 2-1 victory over the St. Louis Blues on Thursday night.

Zetterberg's goal gave the Red Wings a six-game winning streak.

In the shootout, St. Louis' first shooter, Alexander Steen, scored but then Vladimir Tarasenko, Kevin Shattenkirk, David Perron, Nail Yakupoc, Robby Fabbri, Patrick Burgland and Dmitrjij Jaskin all came up short.

Gustav Nyquist scored on Detroit's second attempt but Frans Nielsen, Dylan Larkin, Andreas Athanasiou, Tomas Tatar, Riley Sheehan and Darren Helm all missed.

St. Louis had the better chances in overtime. Center Jaden Schwartz missed a wide-open net early in the extra session. Jori Lehtera was stopped on a breakaway midway through the period by Detroit goalie Petr Mrazek (see full recap).