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.

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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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Noel joins Sixers in New Orleans, may play Sunday in Detroit

Noel joins Sixers in New Orleans, may play Sunday in Detroit

NEW ORLEANS -- Nerlens Noel made another step toward his return from arthroscopic left knee surgery by joining the Sixers in New Orleans for their game against the Pelicans.

Noel arrived on Wednesday with Robert Covington, who is slated to start after missing the last three games with a left knee sprain. Noel is not cleared to play, but Brown doesn’t think it will be long until he suits up. 

“I don’t think far away,” Brown said of Noel’s regular season debut after shootaround.

When asked about the possibility of Noel playing this weekend when the Sixers face the Pistons on Sunday in Detroit, Brown replied, “Maybe.” 

Noel has missed the entire regular season recovering from elective surgery for an inflamed plica in October. He completed the first phase of his rehab in Birmingham, Ala. and has been continuing his work with the Sixers. This trip to New Orleans is the first time he has been with the Sixers on the road. 

“[He is] integrating with the team, studying a lot of tape, scripting with his teammates with the understanding that we have a chance to see him soon,” Brown said. “All that trying to ramp it up where he can go to an NBA court more comfortably.”

Noel spoke out about his displeasure with the Sixers crowded frontcourt at the start of the preseason. He recently stuck with his stance, saying, “I don’t think the roster’s changed.”

Brown is working to keep the team moving forward as a unit while still being aware of and recognizing Noel’s perspective. 

“It does,” Brown said when asked if Noel’s open frustration concerns him as it pertains to team cohesiveness. “But I feel like it’s so much a part of what we try do around here that it’s not like you’re going to blink and you’ve forgotten something that equals camaraderie, that equals team, that equals trying to keep this together, and you’ve left it for a week … 

“It’s a day-to-day focus for me and it’s a very candid conversation with me and the player. The team hears it, the individual hears it, we all understand it … We need to co-exist and we need to understand the reality of it all, too. There’s a human side you understand. It’s also pride, it’s competitiveness, it’s do your job, it’s nothing is given, you’ve got to take stuff, draw your own line in the sand, competitors rule the day.”

Last season Noel averaged 11.1 points and a team-high 8.1 rebounds per game. The Sixers will look forward to having him back on the court in that once-crowded frontcourt that is now shorthanded. Jahlil Okafor remained in Philadelphia with gastroenteritis. Ben Simmons still is rehabbing from a right Jones fracture. 

"Soon you’re going to see Ben Simmons coming to a team bench where he doesn’t come out with boots and have to push him in some type of wheely apparatus," Brown said. "We’ve dealt with so many injuries trying to find that balance of dealing with their health and so on, and then trying to integrate them back into a team is part of growing a program."

Flyers fans send amazing postcards to their beat writers

Flyers fans send amazing postcards to their beat writers

I like to give Flyers fans a bit of a hard time on occasion, but that's only because I love them.

One beautiful Flyers fan today reminded me of why I love them.

They took the time to send a postcard to's Flyers Insider -- and hater of the woo -- Tim Panaccio with one single word written on it.


Panotch says "Someone wasted a stamp and post card on this," but I say we just generated at least 50 cents in ad revenue from those of you that are reading this right now.

Money and time well spent.

Now, if you're not up on your wooing, Panotch penned a piece on how some fans wooing at games started annoying some of the players. Panotch hates the woo. BUT... and this is an important but... the Flyers are 6-0 since this all started.