Monthly Archives: May 2010

Ready to Rock and Roll with Flyers Rally

Just because the Stanley Cup Finals don’t start until Saturday doesn’t mean Flyers fans can’t suit up now.

That’s right it’s rally time.

The Flyers are encouraging fans to get Flyer’d up at the Wachovia Center Friday from noon to two.

The rally will feature official Cup merchandise along with alumni appearances, live music and free food!

The Prince of Whales Trophy that Flyer Mike Richards so eagerly hosted up after Philadelphia knocked off the Canadians will also be on display.

Hot dog it’s going to be a wild time.

The fan store will also have a tent set up loaded with the latest Flyers gear that you can score.

Summer may not be the season for orange and black but this season the New York fashion tycoon may have to turn a Queer Eye to the city of Philadelphia.

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Flyers Stanley Cup Schedule is in!

Memorial Day weekend doesn’t get much more memorial than this.

Don’t discard the regular booze, babes and beaches just add some ice.

For the first time since 1997 it’s the Summer of Hockey in Philadelphia and the Stanley Cup Finals fall right on the opening weekend.

The NHL has released the Cup Schedule and channel listings between the Eastern Champion Philadelphia Flyers and the Western Champion Chicago Blackhawks.

Saturday, May 29 at Chicago, 8 p.m. NBC, CBC, RDS

Monday, May 31 at Chicago, 8 p.m. NBC, CBC, RDS

Wednesday, June 2 at Philadelphia, 8 p.m. VERSUS, CBC, RDS

Friday, June 4 at Philadelphia, 8 p.m. VERSUS, CBC, RDS

*Sunday, June 6 at Chicago, 8 p.m. NBC, CBC, RDS

*Wednesday, June 9 at Philadelphia, 8 p.m. NBC, CBC, RDS

*Friday, June 11 at Chicago, 8 p.m. NBC, CBC, RDS

*if necessary

The Flyers will host Games 3 and 4 and if necessary Game 6.
The Blackhawks will host Games 1 and 2, and Games 5 and 6, if necessary.

So this Memorial Day do the right thing and bring the Orange Crush to the beach rush.

Especially to New Jersey…

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Owls Are Golden

Money talks.

Especially at Temple University where the Owls made a strong statement Wednesday morning announcing a five-year contract extension for football coach Al Golden through 2014.

Later in the afternoon the Owls reached deep into the nest again giving Philadelphia icon basketball coach Fran Dunphy an eight-year extension through the 2018 season.

Nice stability in this economy.

Stability well earned.

Dunphy earned Atlantic 10 Coach of the Year in 2010 after leading the Owls to a 25-6 record.

For the third year in a row Temple captured the A-10 conference tournament championship sealing their third straight NCAA
Tournament appearance.

Despite Hall-of-Fame coach John Chaney’s huge shoes to fill, literally they’re like size 14, Dunphy has brought a fading basketball program back into the national spotlight, not because of his walrus-like mustache but because of his keen recruiting and a shutdown defense.

Al Golden had no shoes to fill.

In 2005 Golden inherited the worst football program in the nation when he arrived in Philadelphia.

But the former Penn State captain has used a vigilante attack on local talent to capture the Owls first bowl appearance in thirty years. Despite their loss to UCLA, who unsuccessfully tried to lure Golden to California in 2007, in the bowl, Golden has not disappointed the Temple community.

After going 1-11 in his first season, Golden’s tactics have improved every year leading the Owls to a 9-4 record last season before losing the MAC championship to Central Michigan.

Golden is 19-30 after four years with the Cherry and White partly because he is a no nonsense type of guy- just what the program needed.

Before his next five years are up look for him to be a leading candidate as Joe Paterno’s successor at Penn State.

Until then enjoy Temple’s Golden years.

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Phillies Motivation Could Be Fatal

The Philadelphia Phillies have had a lot of motivation to win over the last three seasons.

2010 isn’t much different.

Tragically Phillies Hall-of-Famer Robin Roberts passed away early Thursday morning of natural causes.

Roberts was the cornerstone of the Whiz Kids of the ’50’s winning 20 games six times.

He established himself as the best pitcher in the National League during his era with 234 wins as a Phil, starting five All-Star games and appearing in one World Series, a lost to the New York Yankees in 1950.

Eriely Roberts death continues a deadly tradition for the Phillies.

In 2007 with the passing of former player and coach John Vukovich, the Phillies clinch their first National League East Championship since 1993.

In 2008 Philadelphia had a resurgence in the playoffs knocking off the Dodgers and the Rays to win the organizations first World Series in 28 years after skipper Charlie Manuels mother, June, passed away in early October.

After a Hall-of-Fame broadcasting career and shortly after making his defining call, “The Philadelphia Phillies are the world champions of baseball,” the voice of the Phillies Harry Kalas passed away in the Washington Nationals broadcast booth. Needless to say with his baby blue jacket in the dugout the 2009 Phils repeated as NL Champions.

So who is the team playing for in 2010?

Roberts of course.

But do the Phillies really need death as a motivation?

Isn’t the heartbreak of a city good enough?

Whatever the reason for our own little dynasty, the Phillies have their own motivation to win.

It’s expected.

Not just by the city or Major League Baseball, because the team expects themselves to win.

And they are.

It’s no coincidence that the franchise locked up Ryan Howard with the biggest pay day since Barry Bonds paid of the drug companies.

Howard’s all natural and so is this team and if you want to debate so are the hot dogs at dollar dog night as well.

With the perfect blend of homegrown talent in Howard, Chase Utley, Jimmy Rollins, Carlos Ruiz and Cole Hamels along with imported All-Stars like Roy Halladay, Placido Polanco and Raul Ibanez, the Phillies have assembled a team that can win.

For a long time.

As a matter of fact all their homegrown talent but Ruiz have been All-Stars. It’s only a matter of time before “Chooch” joins them.

The Phillies also developed a rich track recorded of finding the hidden gems that can elevate a team to the next level. Rule 5 Draft signees Jayson Werth and Shane Victorino looked to have no future left in baseball until the Phils gave them a career.

Jamie Moyer, Chan Ho Park, Pedro Martinez and most recently Jose Contreres have all had their careers successfully rejuvenated by the Phillies.

All the while General Manager Ruben Amaro, Jr. has still found time to stack the minor league system as well. Most notably with Dominic Brown, who could very well take over right field if Jayson Werth leaves for free agency.

Perhaps it’s the memory of fallen Phillie heroes, personal conquests, money or a reason to slick back the mane, grow out the beard or not wash the ol’ jock strap, whatever the motivation is to win the Phillies have it.

Philadelphia is in the midst of the greatest era in Phillies history and it doesn’t look like it will die any time soon.

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Phillies Motivation Could Be Deadly

The Philadelphia Phillies have had a lot of motivation to win over the last three seasons.

2010 isn’t much different.

Tragically Phillies Hall-of-Famer Robin Roberts passed away early Thursday morning of natural causes.

Roberts was the cornerstone of the Whiz Kids of the ’50’s winning 20 games six times.

He established himself as the best pitcher in the National League during his era with 234 wins as a Phil, starting five All-Star games and appearing in one World Series, a lost to the New York Yankees in 1950.

Eriely Roberts death continues a deadly tradition for the Phillies.

In 2007 with the passing of former player and coach John Vukovich, the Phillies clinch their first National League East Championship since 1993.

In 2008 Philadelphia had a resurgence in the playoffs knocking off the Dodgers and the Rays to win the organizations first World Series in 28 years after skipper Charlie Manuels mother, June, passed away in early October.

After a Hall-of-Fame broadcasting career and shortly after making his defining call, “The Philadelphia Phillies are the world champions of baseball,” the voice of the Phillies Harry Kalas passed away in the Washington Nationals broadcast booth. Needless to say with his baby blue jacket in the dugout the 2009 Phils repeated as NL Champions.

So who is the team playing for in 2010?

Roberts of course.

But do the Phillies really need death as a motivation?

Isn’t the heartbreak of a city good enough?

Whatever the reason for our own little dynasty, the Phillies have their own motivation to win.

It’s expected.

Not just by the city or Major League Baseball, because the team expects themselves to win.

And they are.

It’s no coincidence that the franchise locked up Ryan Howard with the biggest pay day since Barry Bonds paid of the drug companies.

Howard’s all natural and so is this team and if you want to debate so are the hot dogs at dollar dog night as well.

With the perfect blend of homegrown talent in Howard, Chase Utley, Jimmy Rollins, Carlos Ruiz and Cole Hamels along with imported All-Stars like Roy Halladay, Placido Polanco and Raul Ibanez, the Phillies have assembled a team that can win.

For a long time.

As a matter of fact all their homegrown talent but Ruiz have been All-Stars. It’s only a matter of time before “Chooch” joins them.

The Phillies also developed a rich track recorded of finding the hidden gems that can elevate a team to the next level. Rule 5 Draft signees Jayson Werth and Shane Victorino looked to have no future left in baseball until the Phils gave them a career.

Jamie Moyer, Chan Ho Park, Pedro Martinez and most recently Jose Contreres have all had their careers successfully rejuvenated by the Phillies.

All the while General Manager Ruben Amaro, Jr. has still found time to stack the minor league system as well. Most notably with Dominic Brown, who could very well take over right field if Jayson Werth leaves for free agency.

Perhaps it’s the memory of fallen Phillie heroes, personal conquests, money or a reason to slick back the mane, grow out the beard or not wash the ol’ jock strap, whatever the motivation is to win the Phillies have it.

Philadelphia is in the midst of the greatest era in Phillies history and it doesn’t look like it will die and time soon.

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