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Archive: January, 2012

Flyers Shot Out Again

Wednesday, February 1, 2012, 12:45 AM
If the Flyers had won their shootout with the Winnipeg Jets Tuesday, they would have no longer been the NHL team with the worst winning percentage in shootouts. But they lost, and their winning percentage (.345) remains at the bottom of the NHL's shootout barrel. Personally — and nobody asked... Read more

The Pat Burrell One-Two

Tuesday, January 31, 2012, 3:28 AM
Pat Burrell retires with more World Series titles (2) than World Series hits (1), which is not that hard to do ... if you are a pitcher. And he wasn't. He also retires as one of only two overall No. 1 picks to win a World Series with two different teams (2008 Phillies, 2010 Giants). Darryl Strawberry... Read more

Iggy Goes 10-10-10 ... Again!

Monday, January 30, 2012, 12:05 AM
Saturday, the Sixers' Andre Iguodala managed the smallest of triple-doubles (10 points, 10 rebounds, 10 assists). According to basketball-reference.com, it is just the fourth 10-10-10 triple-double since 1985 ... and Iguodala has two of them. And — believe it or not — both came against... Read more

Some Eagles Will be Playing in the Super Bowl

Sunday, January 29, 2012, 12:28 AM
While the SEC has seemed to dominate the college football landscape lately, the ACC's Boston College will be the most represented at this year's Super Bowl. The Eagles could have as many as five former players suiting up Super Sunday. Schools with four or more players on the Giants and Patriots active... Read more

Radar Ronald Doing 60 for SJU

Saturday, January 28, 2012, 1:55 AM
By shooting 10-for-11 against Dayton Wednesday, Saint Joseph's sophomore forward Ronald Roberts Jr. raised his shooting percentage for the season to 61.6% (93-for-151). Seven more made field goals will make him eligible to join the list (below) of the 19 times a City 6 player has shot 60 percent or... Read more

Bye-Bye Brad Lidge, Part 2

Friday, January 27, 2012, 12:05 PM
More numbers on Brad Lidge, including a detailed breakdown of his 48-save performance in 2008: ♦ Lidge pitched in 22 postseason games in his Phillies career. He allowed runs in just two of them. ♦ Lidge in 2008 (regular season and postseason): 105 strikeouts in 78.2 innings. ♦... Read more

Bye-Bye Brad Lidge, Part 1

Friday, January 27, 2012, 1:45 AM
Brad Lidge's Phillies career will probably always be remembered at as "2008(!)" ... and those other years. Fact is, he was never going to match what he did in the title season (48 saves in 48 save opportunities), but his 2009 was so bad statistically, that even a pretty good 2010 seemed to fall by... Read more

Validating Valdez

Thursday, January 26, 2012, 3:29 AM
Over his two seasons in Philadelphia, Wilson Valdez started exactly half of their regular season games. And they didn't lose a thing with him in the starting lineup, judging by their record in those games. Here are the Phillies' records the last two years with Valdez in and out of the starting lineup: ... Read more

Working OT ... And Losing

Thursday, January 26, 2012, 3:15 AM
The Sixers Wednesday night played the 300th regular season overtime game in franchise history. If they had somehow managed to pull out a win over New Jersey Deron Williamses, they would have been the only of the cities' four franchises without an all-time losing record in overtimes. As it is, they... Read more

La Salle on a Home Roll

Wednesday, January 25, 2012, 12:05 AM
La Salle's current 12-game home winning streak is tied for the 13th longest in the country. Wednesday night, the Explorers will attempt to avenge their most recent home setback, an 82-80 loss to George Washington on Feb. 19, 2011. By the way, Temple had it's 25-game home winning streak snapped by... Read more
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