Phil Sheridan: All season, it looked as if the Eagles had picked the perfect year to have an explosive offense and a flammable defense. After a quick playoff exit, we see why that formula didn't work out too well. The two teams playing Sunday night prove that defense is very much alive.
Phil Sheridan: It really is a remarkable transformation story, what has happened with the Phillies over the last five years. A less-often-told transformation story came out of yesterday's reintroduction of Cliff Lee. It was Philadelphia, the city itself, that lured them back.
Phil Sheridan became an Inquirer sports columnist after covering the Eagles for seven years. He brings a seasoned and reasoned point of view to a landscape of frustrated fans. But Sheridan knows where they're coming from, being a Philadelphia native and a graduate of Temple University.