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Archive: October, 2008

Eagles remain alive

Sunday, October 12, 2008, 7:27 PM
The Eagles arrived in San Francisco injured -- both physically and made a little bit psychologically. They came here with a 2-3 record, without one of the league's best players in Brian Westbrook, without both of their presumed starting wide receivers (Kevin Curtis and Reggie Brown), and in the midst... Read more

Phils grab control

Friday, October 10, 2008, 8:10 PM
That there was sadness mixed with the joy goes without saying. Because, yes, the Phillies took a 2-0 lead in the National League Championship Series against the Dodgers with an 8-5 victory. But also because, yes, this was the day when Phils manager Charlie Manuel received word that his mother had died... Read more

Phils grab Game 1

Thursday, October 9, 2008, 10:58 PM
People grab games at this time of year and make them theirs. They take them, literally. It is a sport that is decided by moments -- by blinks, really. Players either grab them or they don't. Chase Utley grabbed his moment Thursday night. Pat Burrell grabbed his moment, too. The Dodgers' Derek Lowe... Read more

Rollins calm before the storm

Thursday, October 9, 2008, 10:05 AM
As someone who lives his life in such a relaxed state that many people mistake it for a coma, I tend to recognize most of the signs. And while it's a little harder for a professional athlete to be calm -- big stage, bright lights, etc. -- it has always been the Jimmy Rollins style, especially off of... Read more

LA Times calls us "Angryville"

Wednesday, October 8, 2008, 10:50 PM
Some people make it so easy. There is little to be done here but reprint the first few paragraphs of the column T.J. Simers wrote for Thursday's editions of the Los Angeles Times and then re-check the press box seating chart when I get to the ballpark to make sure I'm not sitting next to him. I'm... Read more

Phils slight NLCS favorites

Wednesday, October 8, 2008, 3:46 PM
A guy from Bodog sent me (and a few thousand other sportswriters, I imagine) some betting odds for the Phillies-Dodgers series, and there is an anomaly in the numbers. The Phillies are listed as slight favorites in the series against the Dodgers -- Phils are minus-120, Dodgers are even -- but the Dodgers... Read more

Rest Westbrook

Monday, October 6, 2008, 8:49 PM
We have all seen this movie before. We have all seen the Eagles start slowly. Because of that, frustration makes more sense as an emotion than panic at this point. Let's begin there. And with this: Brian Westbrook and his broken ribs really should not play this weekend in San Francisco. They need to... Read more

Why not the Phils?

Sunday, October 5, 2008, 4:06 PM
Last spring, during their long and unexpected run in the Stanley Cup playoffs, the Flyers had t-shirts made up that recounted a conversation general manager Paul Holmgren had with the team in the middle of the season. The gist of the talk was three words: Why not us? That is what it said on the... Read more

Blanton in Game 4 the right move

Saturday, October 4, 2008, 11:20 PM
There is no question that Joe Blanton should be the Phillies' starter in Game 4. None. To do anything else would not just signal a whiff of panic on the part of Phils manager Charlie Manuel, but an overwhelming stench. Starting Blanton here is a confident move made by a confident team. To perform... Read more

The Interference Rule

Saturday, October 4, 2008, 10:51 PM
The play from Game 3 that everyone will talk about came in the ninth inning, Pedro Feliz hit a ground ball to third base with bases loaded and nobody out. It was a dead double play ball. At second base, Shane Victorino barreled into Brewers second baseman Craig Counsell, who still managed to complete... Read more
About this blog
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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