The Phillies, man: Four in a row! Four games back!

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The Phillies, man: Four in a row! Four games back!

omg he got airborne!

The world is just a little bit better place when you wake up on a Friday morning and the Philadelphia Phillies are atop the New York Mets in the standings. Because it's Friday, obviously, but also because even in our darkest hours, being worse than the Mets is still really, really depressing. But the Phillies haven't been depressing at all as of late! In fact, they won their fourth straight game last night and now sit a remarkable four games back in the NL East. The NL East is not good. Not one bit. But winning the division seems absolutely feasible this fine morning. The Fightins won their fourth straight on Thursday night thanks in large part to Ryan Howard's continued penchant for home cooking in St. Louis. The Big Piece simply loves playing in his home town and bashes balls like that guy we once knew who hit 58 home runs in a season. [mlbvideo id="33866675" width="640" height="360" /] Howard was 2-4 with a homer and 3 RBI in the Phils 4-1 win over the Cardinals. This wasn't a one night fluke, either. Howard's swing has been looking nice as of late. And Phillies beat writer Jim Salisbury gets to write some happy words for a change:

Howard drove in six runs in the three wins at Atlanta. Playing in his hometown, he had three more RBIs on Thursday night and now has 50 on the season. He singled in a run in the fourth inning and smacked a two-run home run, his third in four games, in the sixth. In short, Howard is carrying this club right now. We’ve seen it before, but not in some time. Howard is healthy and his swing looks crisp. He’s swatting pitches where they are pitched, using the whole field and hitting balls hard.

And David Buchanon put in the best work of his career. 7.2 IP, 4 hits, 1 ER. If he can become a reliable arm in the rotation and Cliff Lee returns in normal Phifer form, who knows... The Phillies don't stink at the moment and are actually playing some entertaining ball. It's the weekend. Enjoy it while it lasts.

Phillies beat writer promises to 'eat his shoe' if Tim Tebow ever plays in MLB

Phillies beat writer promises to 'eat his shoe' if Tim Tebow ever plays in MLB

The Philadelphia Phillies are among the teams who will go give Tim Tebow a look during his baseball workout for roughly 20 MLB teams.

That's according to Phillies beat writer Jim Salisbury who writes that the chances of Tebow making it to Major League Baseball as "extremely thin."

Then, when appearing on Philly Sports Talk on Tuesday evening, he tossed in the added bonus of shoe eating.

"I think this is more of a due dillegence thing just to say that you were there," Salisbury told Michael Barkann. "This guy hasn't played baseball in more than a decade. Before that it wasn't like he was a standout. He was more of a tools plalyer, a good athlete."

"If he ever plays a day in the big leagues I will eat my shoe," Salisbury said.

I think it's safe to say we are all pulling really hard for Timmy to make it now.

Is this the best Philadelphia Eagles poster you've ever seen?

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Is this the best Philadelphia Eagles poster you've ever seen?

Well, is it?

It features Eagles' kicker Cody Parkey and defensive lineman Beau Allen playing the parts of Jennifer Gray and Patrick Swayze in 80's hit movie Dirty Dancing.

Redskins CB Josh Norman 'can't wait' to play Sam Bradford twice, insults Eagles QB

Redskins CB Josh Norman 'can't wait' to play Sam Bradford twice, insults Eagles QB

It's not enough for Eagles fans and members of the media to rip quarterback Sam Bradford. It's becoming quite popular for other NFL players to do it as well.

Credit Michael Bennett for starting the trend, as Bradford has been a favorite whipping boy of the Seahawks defensive end for some time. Now the Eagles' NFC East rivals are getting in on that action though, as Redskins cornerback Josh Norman got in on the action in a recent interview for ESPN The Magazine.

The context isn't entirely clear, as Norman's quote is provided only as a blurb in the online version of the story. Then again, not much context is really needed in this case. The message is perfectly clear.

"Have you ever once been one of the top 20 quarterbacks in the league? Not that I remember -- and you want more money? I can't wait to play him twice a year."

Unfortunately, the sentiments about Bradford's standing and contract match those of many people around here exactly. The part about looking forward to seeing Norman twice this season, not exactly.

Washington was fortunate when the Panthers decided to rescind the franchise tag from Norman, making the All-Pro corner a free agent. Scheme changes often don't benefit big-money free agents at the position, but the Redskins could be an exception as they play a similar style of defense.

>> Josh Norman: 'I'm the best cornerback on earth' [ESPN]