Wednesday, January 21, 2015

Can Eagles gain hope from the New York Rangers?

Rangers goalie Henrik Lundqvist. (Kathy Willens/AP)
Rangers goalie Henrik Lundqvist. (Kathy Willens/AP)

LEAVE IT TO colleague Ed Barkowitz to use some New York Rangers history to shine a bright light on the fairly bleak current Philadelphia sports scene.

Eddie points out that in 1940, when the Rangers won the Stanley Cup, it was their third title (1928 and 1933) in a 13-year period. They then promptly went 53 seasons without another crown before recapturing the Cup in 1994.

We bring this up because the Eagles' 1960 NFL championship was their third in 13 years (1948 and 1949) and last year was their 53rd consecutive season of falling short.

We quickly tried to find another similarity between the two teams, but other than the head coaches' last names (Mike Keenan, Chip Kelly) starting with "Ke . . . ," we fell short.

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    Here are some other quick stats that caught our attention recently . . .

    * The Phillies and the Rangers each scored two runs on Thursday. For each it was the 39th time this season they had scored fewer than three. Only the Padres (51) have had more. San Diego, by the way, put up a 13 spot later that night.

    * Cole Hamels' current ERA (2.72) would be a career best for a full season.

    * Heading into the weekend series with the Diamondbacks, the Phils were 3-7 in last 10 games. If they do that six times over the last 60 games, they will reach 100 losses for the first time since 1961.

    * Eight of the nine Giants players in the starting lineup Wednesday night at Citizens Bank Park entered with a higher slugging percentage than Ryan Howard (.377), including San Francisco's starting pitcher.

    * The Phillies have played four 14-inning games this season. The team record (since 1914) is five (1958).

    * There were no 14-plus inning games at Veterans Stadium in its last nine seasons. Tuesday night's was the 13th in 11 years at Citizens Bank Park.

    * Only 25 players (of 90) who were invited to Andy Reid's final training camp (2012) will be at Chip Kelly's second camp (2014).

    * Nick Foles threw his only two interceptions last season in back-to-back games. In between (covering a little over five quarters), he was 24-for-39 (61.5 percent) for 356 yards and one touchdown.

    * Dallas quarterback Tony Romo has had more back surgeries the last 14 months (two) than the Cowboys have playoff wins over the last 18 years (one).

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