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Archive: October, 2009

Phils need a new plan

Sunday, November 1, 2009, 1:08 AM
Everybody did the same thing in their own way, playing out the World Series in their head before it started. If you were from Philadelphia, you spent your time trying to map out a way for the Phillies to win four games. This was my personal map: Cliff Lee wins Game 1 and Game 5; the Phillies’... Read more

A hitters' night?

Saturday, October 31, 2009, 6:11 PM
You thought it was going to be a hitters' World Series between the Phillies and the Yankees. I thought it was going to be a hitters' World Series. Phils manager Charlie Manuel thought it was going to be a hitters' World Series. So far, though... "I thought, if you had asked me before the series... Read more

Vick's first real test coming

Tuesday, October 27, 2009, 2:29 PM
One leftover from Monday night was a late post-game conversation with Michael Vick. The whole Wildcat thing has been a bit on the underwhelming side, you might have noticed. Vick completed one pass for 5 yards against the Redskins and ran three times for 9 yards with a long of 9 -- a run around the... Read more

It's a win, but not much more

Monday, October 26, 2009, 11:51 PM
WASHINGTON -- The Eagles beat the Redskins by 27-17. So why don't you feel better? The Eagles got out to a big lead against the poor, pitiful Redskins and then just kind of staved off disaster for the rest of the night, winning easily. So why don't you feel better? The Giants are coming, the Giants... Read more

Black death for Eagles

Sunday, October 18, 2009, 7:10 PM
It was a nightmare in the Black Hole. The Eagles were beaten and they were beaten up by the Oakland Raiders, 13-9. They are now 3-2 and they are entirely open to questioning -- about just about everything. Yes, it was that bad. It is hard to believe that the simple loss of left tackle Jason Peters... Read more

The Pedro Gamble

Friday, October 16, 2009, 11:46 AM
If the Phillies had lost Game 1 to the Dodgers, the gamble would have been more obvious, the question neatly crystallized. When Charlie Manuel decided to pitch Pedro Martinez in Game 2 of this series, he was rolling the dice again, in a big way. It will be great drama, a fine show, as Martinez comes... Read more

Manuel: Score early

Thursday, October 15, 2009, 7:04 PM
Charlie Manuel, in the hours before Game 1: "We need to score some runs early." It will the the story of this NLCS -- whether or not the Phillies can score early runs off of the Dodgers' starting pitchers, beginning with Clayton Kershaw. Everybody can see it. Everybody knows it. There is... Read more

Does America want the Phillies?

Tuesday, October 13, 2009, 3:57 PM
Bill Rhoden of the New York Times offers up a little snack to fuel the fires until the Phillies and Dodgers drop the puck on Thursday night. In a column the other day, Rhoden offered up a thesis that, truth be told, is probably the majority view in the country (and especially in the part of the country... Read more

Live Phillies Chat with Rich Hofmann - 10/13

Monday, October 12, 2009, 3:58 PM
Join Rich Hofmann for a live Phillies chat at 11a.m. Read more

Manuel goes for it

Monday, October 12, 2009, 10:30 AM
Charlie Manuel has managed every game of the playoffs this year as if it were an elimination game, and it takes your breath away -- the boldness, the bullseye he willingly paints on his back, the idea that post-season baseball is the time to go for it, to clearly and unequivocally put your ass on the... Read more
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Rich Hofmann arrived at the Daily News in 1980 for a job whose status was officially designated as "full-time, temporary." A senior at Penn at the time, he was hired to fill in on the copy desk during a staff illness. The notion of him covering the Eagles or being a columnist did not exist in anyone's imagination. It was supposed to be six weeks and out, but he never left. It is only one of the reasons why so many people have concerns about him as a potential house guest. Rich has blogged the postseasons of the Flyers and Eagles. E-mail Rich at Reach Rich at

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