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.

Instant Replay: No. 1 Villanova 76, Seton Hall 46

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The Associated Press

Instant Replay: No. 1 Villanova 76, Seton Hall 46

BOX SCORE

VILLANOVA, Pa. — Back at No. 1, Villanova looked every bit like the best team in the country.

The Wildcats — who earlier in the day regained their top spot in the rankings after a week at No. 3 — demolished Seton Hall, 76-46, in a Big East matchup Monday night at the Pavilion.

The win was the fourth straight for Villanova (18-1, 6-1), the 1,700th in program history, and the 47th straight at the Pavilion, setting an all-time record. The previous mark of 46 was established between January 2007 and 2011. 

Leading by 13 at halftime, Villanova put its foot on the gas to start the second half, jumping out to a 53-26 advantage on a Kris Jenkins three-pointer followed by a baseline slam from Donte DiVincenzo.

The hot-shooting Wildcats continued to pour it on from there, with Jenkins hitting a couple of more tough threes to put Villanova up by a whopping 65-31 margin with 10:33 left.

Seton Hall (12-6, 2-4) closed a three-game road trip with losses in all three games.

Big men on campus
Jenkins led the way with 16 points on 4-for-6 shooting from behind the arc. He joined Jalen Brunson (13 points), Josh Hart (11 points), Eric Paschall (10 points) and DiVincenzo (10 points) in double figures.

All seven of the players in head coach Jay Wright’s seven-man rotation finished with at least eight points as Darryl Reynolds had eight points and nine rebounds and Mikal Bridges had eight points and seven rebounds.

Desi Rodriguez was the only Seton Hall player to hit double figures with 15 points.

By the numbers
• Villanova shot 47.4 percent from the field and 46.2 percent (12 for 26) from three-point range, while Seton Hall shot 29.1 and 25 percent.

• The Wildcats had nine steals and scored 27 points off 16 Seton Hall turnovers. 

• Villanova only missed one of its 11 free throw attempts.

First half
Seton Hall led 5-4 before Villanova went on a 13-0 run to take control, capped by a fantastic one-handed putback slam from Reynolds. 

The Wildcats extended their lead to 25-7 as Seton Hall struggled to make anything. Consecutive threes from Rodriguez gave the Pirates a glimmer of life late in the first half, but the Wildcats still took a comfortable 36-23 lead into halftime.

Hall trouble
The Pirates have more victories over Villanova than any Big East team since the new version of the league was launched in 2013, beating the Wildcats three times. One of those wins was in last year’s Big East Tournament title game at Madison Square Garden, Villanova’s final loss in 2015-16 before its magical run to the national title.

Seton Hall has had far less success at the Pavilion, however, with their last win there coming all the way back in 1994. 

Simmons in the house
Sixers rookie Ben Simmons, the No. 1 pick in the 2016 NBA Draft, was on hand to see the No. 1 team in the country. He sat courtside and took photos with fans at halftime. 

Up next
Villanova returns to action Saturday afternoon vs. Providence at the Wells Fargo Center.

Seton Hall goes home to welcome St. John’s on Sunday. 

Dario Saric: Joel Embiid 'has changed the sport in Philly,' deserves to be All-Star

Dario Saric: Joel Embiid 'has changed the sport in Philly,' deserves to be All-Star

Even Dario Saric is getting in on the Joel Embiid All-Star Game craze.

After the Sixers' 113-104 win over the Bucks Monday, Saric made the case for Embiid in a postgame interview with CSN's Molly Sullivan. 

"Joel, for sure, he deserves to be in All-Star Game ... he's the guy who changed the sport in Philly," Saric said.

"And if we get Ben [Simmons] to him, we got good couples for so many years."

Saric definitely trusts The Process.

"He deserve everything ... he's maybe the best big man in the league."

We'll find out if the fans like him as much as Saric does Monday at midnight when fan voting ends. 

Catch the full interview above for more.