Watch A.J. Burnett discuss “extra special” complete-game gem

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Watch A.J. Burnett discuss “extra special” complete-game gem

The Philadelphia Phillies’ winning streak reached a season-best five games on Friday thanks in big part to A.J. Burnett. Not only did Burnett go the distance in the 5-1 victory over the St. Louis Cardinals, but he helped himself at the dish as well, crushing an RBI double off the centerfield wall. Burnett was nothing less than gracious after the game. He credited Carlos Ruiz for the idea to use the changeup to keep the Cardinals’ batters off balance—a pitch not known to be in Burnett’s repertoire. He credited Cole Hamels for setting the tone for the entire rotation, which posted a 2.21 earned run average this past trip through. Then Burnett shared. Unprompted, the 37-year-old told CSN’s Gregg Murphy what made this outing “extra special.” In 16 Major League seasons, Burnett’s grandmother had never made it out to a game… until now. [mlbvideo id="33898255" width="640" height="358" /] It was the rare postgame interview that was both thoughtful and insightful. Oh, and the moths in that video are no joke. Remember what it was like watching the first half of the Snow Bowl between the Eagles and Lions last year? Picture that, only replace the snow with moths. Burnett had something to say about that as well.

Burnett on the massive swarm of moths that descended on Busch Stadium: "They were hitting me. It’s a mess out there." #Phillies — Jason Wolf (@JasonChadWolf) June 21, 2014

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SI gives Sixers 'A' grade for offseason moves

SI gives Sixers 'A' grade for offseason moves

After three straight years in or near the cellar of the NBA standings, the Sixers may be gearing to start moving up.

And people are taking notice.

The Sports Illustrated staff graded each NBA team's offseason moves and gave the Sixers a grade of A for their moves. And it was well-deserved.

Sixers fans haven't had much to celebrate in the past few years, but seeing the team draft Ben Simmons and watch his stunning passing ability in summer league was enough to get many fans excited about the upcoming season. The article noted the Simmons pick as the Sixers' best move, saying taking him over Brandon Ingram, who went No. 2 overall to the Lakers, showed they're ready to take the next step.

Jeremy Woo, one of the contributors to the article, went on to describe their other important moves this offseason:

With Joel Embiid presumably ready to return, Dario Saric coming over from Turkey and Simmons here to anchor the franchise, the future in Philadelphia is bright for the first time in years. Brett Brown can mix and match and the front office can decide which prospects to build around. Some of these guys are inevitably going to get traded, and some of them likely won’t pan out. But at least Philly is moving forward, finally.

Yes, finally.

The Sixers should have three first-round level talents making their NBA debuts this season with Simmons, Saric and Embiid, all of whom represent a separate and long wait. With Simmons, it took three years for the Sixers to finally get the first pick in the draft. With Embiid, it was waiting two full seasons for him to return from a foot injury. And with Saric, it was the agonizing wait for him to come over from Turkey after the back-and-forth reports over what he was ultimately going to decide.

The article makes note of the change in power from Sam Hinkie to the Colangelos, one that could've runied "The Process," but instead helped it continue to flourish. It also said the Sixers' worst move was that they didn't make any big gambles in free agency, whether by choice or because of lack of interest from the actual players. But this criticism is much nicer than what some of the other teams in their division received.

The Knicks received a D grade after signing injury-prone Joakim Noah and trading for Derrick Rose, both of whom have large salary cap hits for their recent production. The Nets received a C- for trying to go after too many restricted free agents and ending up with Jeremy Lin as their top acquisition, who is a good player, but isn't going to turn this subpar team around. And the Raptors got a C for essentially doing nothing other than re-signing DeMar Derozan and letting Bismack Biyombo walk in free agency.

But while the Sixers may have had a better offseason than any team in the division, this by no means suggests they'll move up in the standings too much in the immediate future. They still have to see how the new young talent meshes together and develops. But continued development has a chance to show why this offseason was such a success.

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.