Your 2007 National League East Champion Philadelphia Phillies

Your 2007 National League East Champion Philadelphia Phillies


The Phillies have a playoff game on Wednesday.  Wow.

The scene at Citizens Bank Park yesterday was without a doubt the most electric atmosphere I've ever witnessed, on par with the 2004 NFC Championship game.  The difference: everyone expected the Eagles to get to that Super Bowl whereas this Phillies team was all but dead two weeks ago.  As one commenter said, "If someone were to look at this crowd and not know the circumstances,
they might think that the Phillies had just won the World Series."  It was that electric.

I want to see it get even crazier.

Sure, in March I correctly picked the Phillies to win 89 games and make the playoffs but that was long before the 4-11 start.  Long before even the most devout fans, ourselves included, had written these guys off a half dozen times.  The Phillies proved us all wrong and that fact makes yesterday that much more special.  It didn't hurt that in the Phillies' storybook run to the top of the East there was the epic crumbling of those hated New York Mets.  Boy was that a joy to watch.

Pregame.  CBP was BUMPING before the first pitch was even thrown.  It started with the fans sitting up in the scoreboard porch's Harry The K's where TVs were showing the Mets losing.  Cheers erupted throughout the entire park and there was an instant feeling of this being the Fightins day.  The Phillies were going to win this game.  There was no doubt.  When the out of town scoreboard posted the Marlins 7 Mets 0 in the first, it was pandemonium.

Jimmy.  Words and numbers don't do the man justice.  In the biggest game of his life, he started it off right.  Not only does he get a lead off hit, he steals two bases.  20+20+20+20=MVP.  I chanted as loud as I could.

Moyer.  Unlike Tom Glavine in New York, Jamie Moyer stepped up when his team needed him the most.  The crafty vet never let the game get too sticky and showed that a local boy can do good. (more on this later today)

Ryan Howard was on fire during the amazing run the Phils made in the last two weeks.  Sure he may hold the strikeout record, but 47 timely home runs more than make up for those outs.

The 2007 Phillies have turned Philadelphia back into a baseball town.  It's amazing what a little trip to the playoffs can do.  Not only that, but they're our kind of players.  Chase, Aaron, Shane, J.C., heck even once hated Pat and Uncle Charlie have become beloved.  After they won the biggest game of most of their lives, they didn't waste time in the locker room.  Instead, they came back out onto the field to share it with the fans.  (God, I wish I had stayed for that!@#!)

That's a team.  The thing about this squad is that on any given night, every single player wearing those pinstripes could step up and be the hero.  We've got a team
that is capable of beating anyone on any given night.  I'd put Hamels
and Kendrick up against any duo in the post season.

It's
October.  The Phillies are still playing baseball.

Goosebumps.

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>>20+20+20+20=MVP [The 700 Level]
>>Some amazing fan photos in The 700 Level flickr group [flickr]
>>Watch video of the final inning [The 700 Level]
>>Mr. Met gets some help from Phillie Phanatic [The 700 Level]

Here's my video from yesterday's amazing game.  It's your typical shaky fan video but you get a feel for the AMAZING vibe at the ball park.  (You may want to click play, pause it, then let it load fully.  **The quality also seems to be A LOT better when you watch it on the Blip.tv site here)


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Now 22/1 to win Super Bowl, Eagles also the NFC East favorite

Now 22/1 to win Super Bowl, Eagles also the NFC East favorite

The Eagles crushed a Super Bowl contender on Sunday at the Linc. And Vegas took notice.

According to Bovada, the Eagles' odds to win the Super Bowl went from 33/1 to 22/1. Just nine teams have shorter odds to win the Super Bowl. The Patriots are tops at 15/4, followed by the Packers (8/1) and the team the Eagles beat, the Steelers (9/1).

With the win, the Eagles also became the favorite to win the NFC East, going from 11/4 to 2/1. They're followed by the Cowboys and Giants (both at 11/5) and last year's division champs, Washington, is at 6/1.

The Eagles are also 12/1 to win the NFC.

Of course, the biggest story for the Eagles this season has been the emergence of rookie quarterback Carson Wentz. He had his first 300-yard passing game Sunday and was named the NFC's Offensive Player of the Week. His odds to win MVP went from 50/1 to 33/1. Those are the same odds as Drew Brees and Eli Manning.

Meanwhile, former Eagles quarterback and current Minnesota Viking Sam Bradford went from 50/1 to 25/1 to win MVP.

While Wentz's MVP odds shortened, his odds to win Rookie of the Year actually got longer, going from 8/5 to 7/4. That could have something to do with the odds of Ezekiel Elliot (7/4), Dak Prescott (5/1) and Sterling Shepard (7/1) all improving.

Flyers Notes: Ivan Provorov not in ‘younger’ lineup; Travis Konecny gets chance with NHLers

Flyers Notes: Ivan Provorov not in ‘younger’ lineup; Travis Konecny gets chance with NHLers

VOORHEES, N.J. — The Flyers’ morning skate Wednesday came with youthful flavor.
 
Ivan Provorov was no part of it.
 
The 19-year-old was with the big-boy contingent on the opposite ice, a group of mostly NHL players that will not play in tonight’s preseason game against the Devils at the PPL Center, home of AHL affiliate Lehigh Valley.
 
Flyers head coach Dave Hakstol said a younger lineup is set for the team’s fourth preseason game.
 
“Every game is a little different,” Hakstol said. “[Tuesday] night we had a more veteran group dress, so not only are we looking at individual performances but we would expect to see a little more of our structure come into play. Tonight’s roster is a little more younger, so we’re still obviously looking to build some of the concept and some of the systems and detail.”
 
Provorov, the Flyers’ prized blue-line prospect and No. 1 roster hopeful of training camp, was featured in the NHL-heavy lineup Tuesday night, playing 21:43 with key minutes on the power play and penalty kill. This followed a night of 28:48 ice time in the Flyers’ split-squad preseason opener Monday.
 
So it was highly unlikely Provorov would play Wednesday, but the fact he was saved for a veteran-laden game instead of a prospect-filled one is telling.
 
Then again, Provorov is far from your typical 19-year-old hockey player.
 
“Right from day one, I think we’ve all saw that early,” Hakstol said. “A year ago, the focus, the ability to be detailed and to handle himself like a pro, albeit a young pro. Ivan has a great level of maturity to him.”
 
Provorov has done his work thus far. It’s his time to watch for a game.
 
“You look for him to be able to go out and do things consistently and efficiently,” Hakstol said. “I think for the most part, Ivan was able to do that [Tuesday] night.
 
Konecny with Schenn, Raffl
While one 19-year-old sits, another gets his chance.
 
Although prospect Travis Konecny — also looking to make the NHL jump — did not play Tuesday, he’ll still have a chance to open eyes with NHL forwards tonight.
 
The talented winger will be paired with Brayden Schenn and Michael Raffl, both of whom were clearly especially selected to play tonight with Konecny.
 
“They see the ice real well, I’ve just got to move my feet and get in the good areas and I’m sure they’re going to find the spots,” Konecny said. “I’m going to try to not do too much tonight and just let the game kind of take care of itself — and take care of the little things I can control.”
 
The 24th overall pick of the 2015 draft amassed 101 points at the junior level last season. Putting NHL talent around him should only help and it serves as an amplified audition of sorts.
 
“It gives him an opportunity to play with two veteran players,” Hakstol said. “Travis is no different than anyone else, just go out and play his game. Every player, it’s one of the challenges coming into camp, to go out and make an impression. Every player needs to do that from Day 1. We’re getting into our fourth exhibition game here now, so it’s an opportunity for Travis to go out and play the way he plays. He has an opportunity to do that with two veteran players.”
 
Konecny, 5-foot-10 with speed and skill, is keeping things simple in his second NHL camp.
 
“I think this year I’m trying to approach it and play the game the right way,” he said. “Last year, I came in excited and I had my feet going, my energy, but I was kind of all over the place. I’m trying to follow the system and play the right way this year.
 
“My first game a couple days ago, it was quick pace, I wasn’t really expecting it — it’s been a long time since I was in that kind of speed. So I think tonight’s game I’ll be a little more relaxed and ready to go.”

Roster moves
The Flyers on Wednesday assigned Mark Dekanich, Chris McCarthy, Maxim Lamarche, Martin Ouellette, Jesper Pettersson, Steve Swavely, Kevin Sundher to Lehigh Valley, which opens its training camp Friday. The Flyers' roster now stands at 49.
 
Loose pucks
Other NHLers expected to play tonight: Defenseman Brandon Manning and center Boyd Gordon. “Boyd has had a good camp,” Hakstol said. “He got in game action the first time [Tuesday]. As you’d expect, he did a real good job within his role of starting with faceoffs and the responsible style of play he has.” … Alex Lyon and Anthony Stolarz will be the goalies. Both will compete for starting time with the Phantoms this season.