Sunday, February 7, 2016

What makes a quarterback elite?

Tuesday, February 2, 2016, 3:08 PM
As the Super Bowl looms, David Murphy and Mike Sielski debate which quarterbacks are truly the National Football League's best, and why. In particular, is Cam Newton one of them? And how far behind is Sam Bradford? Those are the big questions on this week's edition of Not Another Philly Sports Talk... Read more

Save your narratives, give me the Broncos and the points

Tuesday, February 2, 2016, 10:53 AM
Last I looked, the public had bet the Panthers up to a six-point favorite with 75 percent of the action still on Carolina. I think people are getting a little carried away with the Cam Newton narrative. The numbers say he's the same guy he's been throughout his career with a lot more touchdowns. Completion... Read more

Tanking, talent and the Warriors

Tuesday, February 2, 2016, 9:09 AM
A few observations after watching the Sixers last-second come-from-behind loss to the Warriors on Saturday night. 1) Pointing to the Warriors as evidence of building without tanking ignores the fact that they picked in the lottery in five straight drafts, three of them in the top 7, during which time... Read more

Why we should be rooting for Mike Richards

Monday, February 1, 2016, 2:31 PM
Mike Richards is back in the NHL and not everyone is pleased. I learned that after writing about him last week, learned that there are still people out there who don’t understand the paradox of famous and favorite athletes becoming addicts while trying to play through the pain and injury the... Read more

Forget the purists: Why the DH in the NL makes sense

Monday, February 1, 2016, 11:13 AM
Among the positions that will make your colleagues treat you the way liberals treat Donald Trump, supporting the universal use of the designated hitter has to be at the top. I swear I thought colleague Kevin Cooney’s head was going to pop off the other day when I supported a proposal to use... Read more

On John Scott, and the NHL showcasing the love of the game

Monday, February 1, 2016, 10:15 AM
Wayne Schaab scored 354 goals and had 929 assists over a 13-year professional hockey career that extended through the 1970s and into the early '80s. His best season, in which he had an incredible 69 assists and 96 points for the Flyers affiliate, the Maine Mariners, was also his second-to-last, because... Read more

How will Brent Celek's name echo in eternity?

Friday, January 29, 2016, 11:11 AM
This was originally going to be a post about Brent Celek, but then I looked up the Eagles' franchise receiving leaders since Andy Reid's first season and found myself trapped in a dark thundercloud of sadness, the kind that is so sad you feel yourself laughing just to generate enough tears. As you... Read more

The Phillies are building an R & D department, and that's brilliant

Friday, January 29, 2016, 7:29 AM
OK, maybe brilliant is a little strong. I suggested they do such a thing this past summer. So it was more obvious than brilliant. But when compared with what it will be replacing, its significance cannot be overstated. First, though, let's backup. You probably heard that the Phillies hired a former... Read more

Cam Newton was right to be wary of a race-based question

Thursday, January 28, 2016, 3:26 PM
Carolina Panthers quarterback Cam Newton was right to be apprehensive about responding. Asking a high profile African-American figure how his/her race can color individual perceptions of them is the ultimate “got you” question. There is no way to respond without generating some degree... Read more

The Union really needs to find a goal scorer

Thursday, January 28, 2016, 11:05 AM
Considering the Union opened training camp for the 2016 Major League Soccer season with just 11 players who were at last year’s camp, the impact of new Sporting Director Earnie Stewart will be clear to see. Not only did Stewart use the second and third overall picks in the MLS SuperDraft earlier... Read more
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