Nova is garnering national pub and, with the way they can shoot, they deserve it:
The rollouts aren't as clever as they used to be. Rules prohibit the
shower of streamers onto the court after the first made basket. Some of
the games are now played on the Main Line or in North Philly instead of
in the wonderfully musty Palestra.
Yet the Big 5, that thoroughly
blue-collar, totally old-school, completely Philadelphia creation, is
very much alive. It still resonates in a city that will proudly put its
hoops history up against the nouveau riche on Tobacco Road.
The main story is by the Daily News' own Dana Pennett O'Neil but for some reason when she writes for ESPN she is just Dana O'Neil. She seems to think the city of Philadelphia is brain washed by the Eagles, which I don't entirely agree with. Sure, Philly bleeds green, but the entire city was behind St. Joe's a few years ago. I'd say she was right on if she were talking about the average fan, which many of you may be, but a good portion of Philly fans are more than just die hard Birds fans. Anyway. It's nice to see 'Nova get some good national attention, even if I am somewhat of a 'Nova hater. Long story: grew up cheering for Nova but went to a school which used to be in the Big East so I learned to hate them. Then you have the whole Main Line attitude to deal with. I get a kick out of the Villanova kids who think their school is as hard to get into as an Ivy. They've probably just spent too much time in the tanning bed sun.
I did spend many summers growing up at Rollie Massimino, Fran Dunphy, and I think even one Phil Martelli basketball camp, so I will always have a soft spot for the Big 5.
Anyway, some great reads over at ESPN for you Nova fans.
-Pro teams falls have fueled Nova's interest
-Andy Katz: You Can't Beat the Big 5 (6?)
-St. Joe's Martelli likes Nova
-Fran Frischilla: Guard play has been a Big 5 cornerstone (Insider)
The Eagles have signed former Dolphins offensive guard Dallas Thomas to a reserve/futures contract.
Thomas, 27, was drafted by the Dolphins in the third round (No. 77) out of Tennessee in 2013 and was with them until this past season.
In his four-year career, Thomas has played in 37 games with 26 starts. He started nine games in 2014 and started all 16 games at left guard in 2015.
Thomas (6-5, 315 pound) and 2014 third-rounder Billy Turner were both released in October after a poor showing agains the Titans. While Thomas was the team's starter at left guard in 2015, rookie Laremy Tunsil took over that position with the Dolphins in 2016.
In 2015, when Thomas started all 16 games at left guard, he was ranked as the worst guard in football by ProFootballFocus. He gave up 10 sacks, 10 QB hits and 36 QB hurries.
Mike Trout sure does win a lot when the Eagless beat the Cowboys.
Not only did the Los Angeles Angels outfielder get a touchdown ball from Carson Wentz during the Eagles win over the Cowboys to cap off the season, but he also won a bet on the game with a friend.
Turns out, Trout had some sort of bet with DJ Cottrell, whose Twitter profile says he is from Trout's hometown of Millville, NJ. Cottrell is likely a Cowboys fan and came up on the losing end.
"The fact I have to wear an entire Eagles uniform to the gym for a week is going to be the death of me," he Tweeted on Tuesday.
Then he posted a photo of himself in the ridiculous football uniform while posing alongside Trout.
It's good to be Mike Trout. Not so much a Dallas Cowboys fan these days.