Swept Back to Texas!

Swept Back to Texas!

Things got a little heated in South Philly last night and the Phillies sent the Rangers packing.  The night started a little rough for Vincente Padilla giving up 3 runs on 2 homers in the first, but he settled down enough to keep the Phillies in it.  Balls were flying out of CBP and in the 2nd Burrell and Thome went back-to-back and Todd Pratt added a solo shot later in the inning.

Things got a little interesting in the 5th when Padilla hit Mark Teixeira on a seemingly harmless pitch.  Texas didn't seem to happy about Padilla dinking their two home run guy and retaliated in the following inning.  Abreu led off and was hit hard in the back of the upper arm.  Pat the Bat, who had homered earlier, came in and sent a blast deep into left.  Pat slammed the bat to the ground after his shot on his way to first.  It was awesome.  This team is starting to play some exciting ball and I love the emotion Burrell showed in support of his man Abreu.

The two newest Phillies made appearances with Ramon Martinez grounding out in a pinch hit and Mr. Urbina pitched a shaky third of the ninth.  I kind of think Charlie should have let Ugueth work through this one instead of pulling him and going with Billy Wagner.  Urbina came in for the perfect first chance with his new team; up big with a chance to get a few outs and leave to a big ovation.  Instead he got lit up and pulled.  Could this mess with his head?  Hopefully not too much but their have been some grumblings of Uggie having some attitude issues.

Wagner came in to get the final two outs, but not after allowing 2 runs and giving the Phillies faithful an unnecessary scare.  Endy Chavez made a stellar catch going extremely deep to center and running one down.  Wags got his 17th save and Padilla got his 3rd win of the season.

With Abreu and Burrell playing All-Star caliber ball and Chase Utley's pop being added to the everyday lineup, if Jim Thome can resemble his former self, the Phillies lineup could be nasty.  Plans for the Bandwagon are being made.

Temple DE Haason Reddick 'overwhelmed' after Cardinals take him 13th overall

Temple DE Haason Reddick 'overwhelmed' after Cardinals take him 13th overall

Haason Reddick started the next chapter in his success story Thursday night.

The Temple product was taken 13th overall by the Arizona Cardinals in the NFL draft. He becomes the second highest selection ever for a Temple player.

Reddick will call a new coast his home next season, but he has plenty in common with his new head coach Bruce Arians. Arians was Temple's head football coach from 1983-88.

"To play for a fellow Temple guy, that's special," Reddick said through a smile at the podium sporting a red tie to match his Cardinals fitted hat.

But that's not all of the ties Reddick has to Arians.

While Arians was at Temple, he coached running back Paul Palmer, a former Heisman Trophy runner-up who was selected 19th overall in the 1987 NFL draft. 

Palmer is an assistant coach at Haddon Heights High School in Camden, New Jersey where Reddick went to high school. Palmer witnessed the transformation Reddick went through from a cornerback at Haddon Heights to a dominant edge rusher for the Owls. 

"Coach (Palmer) coached me and now (Arians) is going to get a chance to coach me as well," Reddick said. "It's just like a generational thing. It's being passed down, passed down, passed down from Temple alums. That's special right there."

For Reddick, the process of walking across The Philadelphia Art Museum steps and hearing his named called in the city he played college football in was a long one. At one point, Reddick thought he was going to be a "regular college student."

Reddick walked-on to Temple and was told he wasn't being brought back by then-head coach Steve Addazio in 2013. 

But when Addazio left North Broad Street for the head coaching job at Boston College and Matt Rhule became the head coach, Francis Brown, the defensive backs coach, fought for Reddick to stay on the team.

Rhule trusted Brown and brought back Reddick, who helped Temple win its first conference championship since 1967. 

"I never thought what could come out of it until my junior year in college," Reddick said. "And I put in even more work the senior season and continued to grind, continued to work hard. And now that I’m here, I finally got my name called and it's still sinking in, man. It's still sinking in. I'm being overwhelmed by emotions but it's still sinking in."

Prior to getting a scholarship at Temple, his mother took out a loan for him to have a meal plan. His father was also always there to support Reddick when he was uncertain of his football career.

Reddick has often talked about getting his mother a house where the sun shines in the lead up to the draft. Somewhere in Arizona might be a good spot.

"It was beauftiful," Reddick said on getting the phone call from Cardinals general manager Steve Keim. "I'm glad I had the people I had around me. Most of the people there are people that stuck with me throughout this whole journey. And to be able to share that moment with them, I wouldn't want to spend that moment any other way."

NBA Playoffs: Raptors advance past Bucks despite blowing 25-point lead

NBA Playoffs: Raptors advance past Bucks despite blowing 25-point lead

MILWAUKEE -- DeMar DeRozan scored 32 points and the Toronto Raptors squandered a 25-point lead late in the third quarter before holding on for a 92-89 victory Thursday night over the Milwaukee Bucks to take their first-round playoff series in six games.

Cory Joseph had five points in a 9-0 run in the final 2 minutes, including a 3-pointer with 1:27 left, to help stave off the pesky Bucks.

The Raptors move on to face the Cleveland Cavaliers in the Eastern Conference semifinals in a series that starts Monday. They'll need to work on finishing off opponents in the second half.

Jason Terry's 3 with 3:06 left gave the Bucks an 80-78 lead, completing an unlikely comeback from the 25-point deficit with 5:16 left in the third quarter. The Raptors looked as if they were on cruise control after DeMarre Carroll's 3 gave them the 71-46 advantage.

Giannis Antetokounmpo spearheaded the second-half rally for Milwaukee. He had 34 points.

But the Bucks finished one comeback short.

The furious effort appeared to sap the energy of the young Bucks. Even Antetokounmpo, a renowned gym rat, looked tired with his hands on hips as he caught his breath during fourth-quarter breaks. He played 47 minutes.

Antetokounmpo finished 13 of 23 from the field but was 2 of 6 in the fourth.

The Raptors could finally breathe easy after DeRozan went 2 of 2 from the foul line with 3.1 seconds to play for a three-point lead. Tony Snell's inbounds pass on the ensuing possession was intercepted by DeRozan (see full recap).