Monday Extras: Play Ball! Except for Thomas

Monday Extras: Play Ball! Except for Thomas

Thomas Perez was released by the Phillies.  Man, I'm kind of sad.  I think this is a wise baseball decision, but this is like cutting the Phanatic to bring in a younger more athletic mascot or something.  [MLB.com]:

"I'm 32 years old, and know I can help another team," Perez said. "I
did my best for this team, and I appreciate what they did for me. It's
part of the life. They had to make a decision. I wish good luck for
these guys and this team, and thank the fans who support me for my
career.

"I have to turn the page."

-The Sixers are on a winning streak.. because the scheduling gods allowed them to play the Knicks in back to back games. Sixers are on fire! The Bulls have also won two in a row, so the Sixers are only 1.5 games up on them for the final playoff spot. [Yahoo]

-Lots of limo/taxi drivers in Vegas are sports fans, because they move
there to make gambling on games easier.  That's my theory anyway.  Limo
driver gives Jimmy Rollins some advice [FoxSports]
-The Playboy bunny who has an Eagles blog has posted 9 times in roughly four months.  Some of the posts actually have words.  But 3 definitely don't have any words.  She still probably gets more hits than most bloggers. [Bird Bunny Blog]
-Jim Thome looks pretty weird in a White Sox uni, but he didn't waste any time going long [Yahoo Picture]
-Phillies acquire Dave Dellucci for Rob Tejeda and prospect.  Should give the Phillies a nice lefty bat off the bench, something they were lacking. [Beerleaguer]
-In honor of opening day, The Natural and Sandlot clips [YouTube]
-The whole Paulie and his mother bit was way too much of a stretch.  David Chase must have been struggling for material.  It did bring out some anger in Paulie we haven't really seen.  Paulie ending the episode by beating the young kid and telling him not to tell Tony could be an interesting sign of things to come.  Sometimes I go about in pity for myself, and all the while, a great wind carries me across the sky.  Tony taking pleasure in the wind and just being alive juxtaposed with Paulie's anger.  Tony is no longer the same powerful, angry skipper.  His time is coming to an end.

Report: Eagles expected to hire Mike Groh as receivers coach

Report: Eagles expected to hire Mike Groh as receivers coach

It look like the Eagles have found their replacement for Greg Lewis.

According to ESPN's Adam Caplan, the Eagles are expected to hire Rams receivers/passing game coordinator Mike Groh.

The news that the Eagles fired Lewis came out on Jan. 9 and the team has been looking for a replacement. They reportedly interviewed Groh and Bills receivers coach Sanjay Lal.

Groh, 45, spent the 2016 season with the Rams after three years as the Bears' receivers coach. Groh is available because the Rams switched head coaches, bringing in Sean McVay.

Before coming to the NFL, Groh was a longtime coach at the college level. He is the son of former Virginia head coach Al Groh and eventually became an offensive coordinator under his father before bouncing from Alabama to Louisville and then back to Alabama before heading to the NFL. 

Groh was actually the quarterback at Virginia in the 90s before his father ever coached there. Groh's first coaching job was under his father as assistant coach with the Jets in 2000, when Al Groh was named their head coach for the season. 

If the Eagles are looking to sign a big-name free agent at wide receiver, there could be a reunion of sorts in Philly. During his four seasons as an NFL receivers coach, Groh has worked with Alshon Jeffery and Kenny Britt, who are two of the top receivers who will be available.

The Eagles started their season with a first-round pick, two second-round picks and a third-round pick at wide receiver, but their unit was one of the worst in the NFL. Jordan Matthews was consistent, but tight end Zach Ertz was the team's leading receiver.

It's unlikely Groh will have the same unit to work with as Lewis did in 2016, but it is likely Groh will be expected to get more out of his group in 2017.