MetsPhillies: Is This A Rivalry Or What?

MetsPhillies: Is This A Rivalry Or What?

Things didn't exactly improve a whole lot for us Phillies fans over the weekend.  Sure, the Phillies finally got that first notch in the win column, but they failed to capitalize on RISP opportunities on Saturday and Sunday and flew north with that one lonely notch waiting for some company.  One win in the first week of the season certainly wasn't what we were looking for.


%&^$ The Mets, originally uploaded by Cavalier92

The Rivalry Begins.  It's unfortunate for the Phillies that after one week, they're already looking up in the standings with the Braves being 4 games up on them.  That team from New York is looking down at us.  Jayson Stark sets the table for today and the future.

That moment every member of the Queens Division of the Jimmy Rollins Fan Club has waited for since January finally arrives Monday.

Phillies-Mets at Shea. Where it's always a Phillies lovefest, but especially this year.

Yeah, this year could be extra special -- because you might
actually get to witness a phenomenon that was probably bound to bust
out sometime or another in Mets history, if you were just willing to
wait about 45 leisurely years:

A real, live rivalry with that team down the turnpike.

Let's hope.  One of my best friends in college was a Mets fan and at the time I didn't even realize I was supposed to hate the Mets.  I even rooted for them against the Yankees in the Subway series.  In the years since that time, I've learned better.

It has all the necessary ingredients of a great rivalry.  Young stars who will play each other for years, close locales, passionate fans, and basically two sports cities who have no love for each other.  The Mets are the reigning NL East champs, the Fightins are the ones who need to step up and turn this thing into a rivalry.  You can't have one of those if you break your neck from looking up so damn much.

It all starts today in the beautiful ball park up there in Flushing.  Our man Cole Hamels goes up against John Maine.  First pitch at 1:10.  And so it begins.

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T.J. McConnell (wrist) in a splint, doubtful to play for Sixers Wednesday

T.J. McConnell (wrist) in a splint, doubtful to play for Sixers Wednesday

Sixers point guard T.J. McConnell is doubtful for Wednesday's home game against the Raptors with a right wrist sprain.

McConnell was in a splint at practice Tuesday and said he would try to play but would leave it up to the medical staff.

McConnell is averaging 4.8 points and 5.4 assists in 38 games. The Sixers went 5-2 in the last seven games he started before his injury, and won 113-104 in Milwaukee without him. Sergio Rodriguez started at PG in McConnell's place and had 10 points, 7 rebounds and 6 assists. Chasson Randle backed up the point and had 10 points and a pair of threes.

Big men update
Joel Embiid did not practice Tuesday and is listed as probable for Wednesday night when the Sixers (13-26) host the Raptors (27-13).

“Joel Embiid ... was a little bit, had the flu,” Brett Brown said.

Brown also added that he does not think Embiid's minutes limit will increase beyond 28 this season.

Jahlil Okafor (probable) did not participate in practice and received treatment. Brown said Okafor had soreness. Gerald Henderson is also probable and had an individualized workout Tuesday.

Wayne Simmonds gets engaged during Flyers' bye week

Wayne Simmonds gets engaged during Flyers' bye week

So far, 2017 has been a pretty big year for Wayne Simmonds.
 
In addition to being named to his first All-Star team this year, Simmonds clearly had big plans on how to spend his bye week away from hockey, before returning to play the New Jersey Devils on Saturday. He popped the question to his girlfriend, Crystal Corey, and she said yes.
 
Simmonds announced the engagement on his Instagram.

11,700 feet and she said YES! I Love you @cryscorey 💛#SimmondsandSimmonds

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It could be good news for the Flyers, too. Simmonds is the second Flyer to get engaged this season after Claude Giroux popped the question in December after winning three in a row. The Flyers made the winning streak an even 10 after. Congratulations, Wayne!