Phils lose Brewers Series; Time for Football

Phils lose Brewers Series; Time for Football

I watched a lot of the Phils series this weekend against the Brewers.  They had their chances Friday night and couldn't convert.  Saturday the Phils bats got going and they won an easy one.  One of the only quasi bright spots to come out of the weekend was the performance of the starting pitching.  They didn't blow up and they kept the Phillies in all 3 games.  But the bats couldnt come through in the clutch.  I think if you looked at the Phillies as a team and had to focus in on one thing which they are lacking in a big way it would have to be clutch hitting.  They are insanely unclutch.   The fightin's have Monday off and head out to L.A. to start a series with the Dodgers.

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So, while I am not giving up on the Phillies just yet, I am definitely focusing my interests towards the Eagles.  Training camp is in full effect and there is plenty to talk about.

With the season ending injury to Todd Pinkson and Mr. Owens outperforming his ego, the Eagles wide receiver position has a lot of question marks.  Dave Spadaro was reporting that rookie Reggie Brown took the number 2 spot in practices on Saturday along side Greg Lewis.  Dave has this praise to say about the two young wideouts, but be weary of Dave, for he gives praise rather easy:

Greg Lewis and Reggie Brown had fantastic days working with the
starters on Saturday morning. They both have had terrific camps. Lewis
just makes plays. He runs great routes, gets open and catches
everything.

Brown is scary. If he's as good as he's playing now, the Eagles
are going to go to him a lot in the passing game. He's been that
impressive.

Spadaro agreed with today's Inky article by Bob Brookover which tells us that Billy McMullen's tendency to drop routine passes is a concern:

The main concern about McMullen is his
habit of dropping balls. During the first part of yesterday's practice,
he dropped several passes before making some great catches. He made a
terrific lefthanded grab for a touchdown near the end of the morning
session, but it was ruled out of bounds.

"He needs to keep working on consistency," Reid said. "He's having a
good camp so far. He had a couple of drops today. He'll work through
that and those will be far and few between."

So the receiver position is an interesting on going story, but fans have to be excited about all the praise rookie Reggie Brown has been receiving.  The Eagles talk all the time about how hard it is for a rookie receiver to make an impact, but it looks like if any Eagles rookie WR in the past few years has a chance, Reggie Brown may be the one.

Matt Rhule's first Baylor hires include 4 Temple assistants

Matt Rhule's first Baylor hires include 4 Temple assistants

WACO, Texas -- New Baylor coach Matt Rhule has made some immediate Texas connections by hiring the president of the state's high school coaches who is a former Bears receiver.

Rhule announced his first five hires with the Bears on Friday, three days after being named Baylor's coach. They include four members from his staff at Temple and David Wetzel, the head coach and athletic director the past 13 seasons at Ronald Reagan High School in San Antonio.

Sean Padden will serve as Baylor's director of football operations, similar to his role at Temple the past four years.

Rhule didn't immediately announce the titles and job duties for Wetzel, Francis Brown, Mike Siravo and Evan Cooper. There was also no indication of when the rest of his staff would be completed.

Brown and Siravo were defensive assistants at Temple, and Cooper was director of player personnel for the Owls.

Wetzel, who has coached in the state high school ranks for 25 years, was serving as president of the Texas High School Football Coaches Association. He lettered at Baylor in 1990 and 1991 while playing for Grant Teaff, and also earned a master's degree from the school in 1994. Before Reagan, he was head coach at schools in Killeen and Austin.

Wetzel told the Waco Tribune-Herald that he expects to play a major role in recruiting, but didn't know yet if he'd be coaching offense or defense.

"Given the opportunity, it's really a unique deal," Wetzel told the newspaper. "I feel like it's God's timing for me to be in the right place at the right time."

When Rhule was introduced Wednesday in Waco, he said he had already received about 480 text messages, many from coaches. He also didn't rule out the possibility of some of the current Baylor assistants staying, but said he hadn't had a chance to meet with them. Those assistants were retained from former coach Art Briles' staff with Jim Grobe as acting head coach this season.

Note
Baylor announced Friday that Jalen Pitre, a defensive back from Stafford, Texas, signed a financial aid agreement that will allow him to enroll for the spring 2017 semester after graduating from high school early. Before Rhule was hired, Pitre was the only player verbally committed for Baylor's recruiting class in February. He had 83 tackles, six interceptions and four forced fumbles as a senior.

Dorial Green-Beckham fined by NFL for wearing Yeezy cleats

Dorial Green-Beckham fined by NFL for wearing Yeezy cleats

Dorial Green-Beckham didn't support any charity with his cleats last Sunday.

In reality, he was funding the NFL.

The Eagles' receiver was fined $6,076 by the NFL for wearing Yeezy cleats (Kanye West's shoes), which had no affiliation to a charitable organization or cause, CSNPhilly.com has confirmed. Players around the NFL last weekend wore decorative spikes supporting a charity or cause they felt passionately about as part of the league's My Cleats, My Cause promotion. Green-Beckham was fined because his cleats were unapproved by the league; earlier this season Houston receiver DeAndre Hopkins was fined for wearing Yeezy cleats. 

Green-Beckham told NJ.com’s Eliot Shorr-Parks he was supporting the "Yeezy Foundation." ESPN's Tim McManus first reported the fine on Friday. 

Bradham fined for tackle
Speaking of fines, Eagles linebacker Nigel Bradham was hit with a $18,231 fine for his horse-collar tackle last Sunday on Bengals running back Jeremy Hill in the third quarter.

The first-year Eagle finished the game with five total tackles and a forced fumble.