On Monday Night Football this week, Ravens Safety Bernard Pollard was flagged for a 15 yard illegal hit penalty on Jacksonville WR Deji Karim. Pollard was called for a penalty on a third and seven at a crucial time in the game. This was an absolutely ridiculous call and the NFL needs to realize that they are taking something extrememely important in football out of the game.
Writing for this website, twitter is a very important tool. News in sports is constantly changing and most beat writers and national media personalities use twitter to share stories with their followers. Not only do writers use twitter, but athletes across all sports are becoming notorious for their twitter accounts. Patriots wide receiver Chad Ochocinco has the most followers out of any professional athlete. He occasionally stages meet and greets with any of his followers who want to come out and meet him. He once treated a number of people to dinner in Cincinnati all through a tweet. There are many Philadelphia athletes with twitters. Jimmy Rollins, Mike Vick, Evan Turner, JVR, just to name a few. Although recently, a new Philadelphia has made his way to twitter, and lets just say, I really wish he didn't.
Here it is, your Friday helping of steak and eggs! Let's get you caught up with what happened in the world of sports last night...The Texas Rangers scored 2 runs in the top of the ninth to come back and beat the Cardinals 2-1 last night. The win ties up the series at 1-1. With no outs in the ninth, Cards closer Jason Motte put runners at 2nd and 3rd. Two sacrifice flies by Josh Hamilton and Michael Young scored the winning runs. More here.
Same story, different day for the NBA. Once again talks ended with nothing accomplished. More and more games are looking to be cut. More here
Last night Arizona demolished UCLA 48-12. During the game, UCLA players, obviously frustrated losing to Arizona, who had not had a lead for nearly 300 minutes before the game last night, got into things with some Arizona players, leading to a huge brawl. Video here
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There are many grateful former Eagles. Brian Dawkins comes to mind. Brian Westbrook comes to mind. If you think hard, A.J. Feeley might have been the most grateful because he made a ton of money thanks to the Eagles drafting him then trading him to Miami. There are many more Eagles who are grateful to the organization but I think the most grateful is former Eagles running back Jerome Harrison.
You might remember Harrison from last year. Harrison played in eight games for the Eagles with 40 carries and 239 yards and a touchdown. I remember him running 50 yards down the field for his only touchdown with the Eagles against the Redskins on Monday Night Football in route to the Eagles 59-28 victory. This offseason the Eagles let Harrison walk and he signed with the Lions as a free agent. The Eagles responded by signing former Pro Bowl running back Ronnie Brown.
Well, things did not go as planned (like Ronnie Brown throwing the ball backwards into a crowd of 49ers on the goal line for a fumble) and the Eagles decided they wanted their ex-RB back. The Eagles completed a deal with Detroit in which the Lions would get Brown and the Eagles would receive Harrison and a seventh round draft pick (which Reid would use on a LB and then start him at MLB and tell us there is nothing to worry about). The deal was pending a physical and thank God for physicals.
Harrison failed his physical and was sent back to Detroit along with the draft pick. Brown was returned to the Eagles. End of story, right? Wrong. This trade could have saved Jerome Harrison’s life. Harrison failed a physical because, after an MRI, Eagles team doctors discovered a brain tumor. Harrison is out for the rest of the year but, because it was detected early, Harrison is believed to be alright moving forward after getting treatment.
Many times in sports we, as fans, forget that these guys that we watch are people too. They are guys with families and friends. Many of us take sports to heart and are emotionally invested in the outcome of the game as if it is life and death. The good news is, win or lose, the games are not life and death. When something happens like the death of an athlete (i.e. Dan Wheldon) we all get brought back to reality and remember that it is just a game and that life goes on. It often takes a tragedy to remind us that it is just a game and to cherish life outside of sports but, luckily for Harrison, it did not take a tragedy to reminder us how fragile life really is. This story, as scary as it is, is a reminder that it isn’t life or death on the field/court/ice.
But, with that being said, it is still normal to be emotionally attached to teams. Look at the four of us here at Whiz Wit Sports. Our moods are determined by the outcomes of games our teams play (i.e. Flyers v. Capitals tonight at 7:00pm). We just try not to lose sight of the fact that they are just games and there is more to life than just sports. -Steve Dolan
Not too much happening in the Philly sports world now that the Phillies are done, the Eagles have a bye week, and the Sixers are in a lockout, but nonetheless we give you your breakfast!
The Philadelphia Flyers are calling up a player who is talked about as being one of the NHL's next superstars. The Flyers are putting forward Brayden Schenn on their roster for tonight's game vs. the Washington Capitals. More here...
The Eagles made a trade on Tuesday with the Detroit Lions sending RB Ronnie Brown to Detroit for RB Jerome Harrison and a draft pick. However, Harrison failed the physical and voided the trade. More here...
The St. Louis Cardinals beat the Texas Rangers in game 1 of the 2011 World Series last night by a score of 3-2. Chris Carpenter got the win and becomes the pitcher with the most post season wins among active pitchers. More here...
The Philadelphia Union have a the biggest game of the franchise's short history tonight vs. the NY Red Bulls. With a win the Union can win 1st place in the Eastern Conference and knock the rival Red Bulls out of the playoffs. You can watch at 8pm on ESPN2. More here...
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The Philadelphia 76ers were sold by Comcast Specatacor and new owners, led by Joshua Harris were introduced at a press conference on Tuesday. Harris has a tough task ahead of him trying to make the once beloved 76ers relevant as they are seemingly the least popular of the 4 Philadelphia sports teams. However, he is off to a great start.