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Roy Oswalt to Philly done pending the pitcher’s approval

UPDATE: It appears as if Roy Oswalt has agreed to waive his no trade clause and head to Philly, according to ESPN's Jayson Stark. The Phillies will send J.A. Happ and two prospects, rumored to be Vance Worley and Anthony Gose, to Houston and will get Oswalt and $10 million from the Astros. More updates and reactions as news comes in. According ...

Allen signs, Cooper impresses, offensive line issues

The first three days of training camp are in the books and what have we seen so far? Honestly, not much. First round pick Brandon Graham still has yet to sign a contract, and contrary to his words from a couple of weeks ago, he's a camp no- show. While I am still confident that this isn't ...

Training camp preview: quarterbacks and receivers

With just a day from the start of training camp at Lehigh, it's time for us to bring you the second installment in our preview series. A few days ago we looked at the pros and cons of the offensive line going into camp, and now it's time to focus on some of the guys they're trying to protect ...

The Sixers fork in the road

The Sixers may have benefited from a short lived buzz due to the drafting of Evan Turner, the work is not finished.  In all reality, the work may not be finished before the start of the 2010/11 campaign. The Sixers have reached the proverbial  "fork in the road." It's where decisions must be made, like it or not. Mainly, the Sixers ...

The Big Piece is the missing piece for the Phillies

Posted by Kieran Kelly on November - 4 - 2009
For the record, I hate the Big Piece nickname, but it works well for a post title, so I’m going with it. Going into the World Series, Ryan Howard was on a tear.  In the first 9 games, he was 11-31 for a .355 BA to go along with 14 RBIs and 7 extra base hits, including a triple. He hit a brick wall, literally speaking, in Game 1 of the World Series.  Since facing off against C.C. Sabathia in Game 1, he’s gone...

Pedro to face his Daddy in New York for the 2nd time in the Series

Posted by Kieran Kelly on November - 4 - 2009
Honestly, there is no one in Philadelphia, probably the sports world who would have ever imagined Pedro Martinez making his second start of the World Series for the Phillies in New York at the beginning of the season. Hell, even when he signed in Philly, there wouldn’t have been anyone who could have seen this coming. Ever since admitting that the Yankees were his “daddy” when he was with the Red Sox, Yankee...

Life, Laliberte, and the pursuit of offense!

Posted by Chris Shafer on November - 3 - 2009
Laliberte (pronounced: La-lib-er-tay; not la-li-bert-ay; think “LIBERTY”) has the perfect last name for the city claiming to be the birthplace of freedom. In fact, based even just on Philadelphia’s history, his name is a journalist’s dream. Examples: The Liberty Bell “Four score and seven years ago our fathers brought forth on this continent a new nation, conceived in liberty and dedicated to the...

Phillies send the Series back up to New York

Posted by Kieran Kelly on November - 3 - 2009
In what many Phillies’ fans knew, and all hoped, the Fightins’ beat the New York Yankees in Game 5 to stave off elimination and send the World Series to the first Game 6 since 2003. Cliff Lee was his usual solid self, going 7+ while giving up 5 runs on 4 hits. He walked and struck out 3 as well. As for his availability, he said “I’m available.” Of course you are Clifton, it’s the last game...

New York can have Jay-Z. Philly’s got Guerriladelphia & G. Love

Posted by Kieran Kelly on November - 2 - 2009
Jay-Z makes all kinds of noise about how big a fan of New York he is, but then he goes and says he’s more famous than the Yankees are. The Phillies don’t need “fans” like that. We’ve got true fans like Guerriladlephia and G. Love saying how “Unstoppable” the Phillies are. They’re going to need as much support as they can. The video was put together by Krisitn Sugden for...

Phillies on brink of elimination

Posted by Kieran Kelly on November - 2 - 2009
As we sit here, 14 hours from the Phillies possibly being eliminated from the World Series, it’s hard to see just how quickly things can change in the World Series. The Phillies had the Yankees down to their last strike, and then all of a sudden, the Yanks put up a 3 spot in the top of the 9th against Brad Lidge. The entire game was a back and forth battle, but the end of the game was about as extreme a roller coaster...

Looks like we’ll have to win three in a row…

Posted by David Foley on November - 2 - 2009
I’m sure I’ll have more to say about the Phils tomorrow and why they find themselves in this 3-1 hole, but for now all we can do is sleep this one off and come back strong tomorrow. Each game from here on out is a Game 7, and that’s the approach this team is going to have to take. The Phils will have a decided advantage up to Game 7 in the pitching department, with Lee and Pedro set to go in Games 5 and 6....

Eagles make a statement on “Beat NY” Sunday

Posted by David Foley on November - 1 - 2009
If today is any indicator, rumors of the Eagles demise have been greatly exaggerated. The Super Bowl expectations may have skipped town after the loss to Oakland but a decisive 40-17 win over the rival Giants should go a long way towards restoring faith in this team. The Eagles dominated in every facet of the game. Defensively they got plenty of pressure on Eli(sha) Manning, did a terrific job shutting down Brandon Jacobs...

Cole Hamels: “Grenades are for pussies.”

Posted by David Foley on October - 31 - 2009
Evidently Cole Hamels made a cameo in a promotional video for Modern Warfare 2…laying down the law on random ‘nade tossing and pulling a Chase Utley at the end for good measure. My immediate reaction? The Phillies hat should be an unlockable piece of “armor”! Maybe this will help keep you entertained during the rain delay. Cole Hamels Reminds You That Grenades are “for Pussies.”...

World Series is back in Philly for the first time in 367 days

Posted by Kieran Kelly on October - 31 - 2009
When the Phillies won the World Series against Tampa Bay last year, I wondered when that World Series atmosphere would return to Citizens Bank Park. Little did we know that it would return in just over a year. After going 15 years between World Series appearances, the Phillies are back in the World Series as defending champions for the first time in their history. With the series tied 1-1 with the American League “Varsity”...

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