Yesterday's Scores: Cubs @ Phillies PPD - Rain, New England 28, Pittsburgh 21
Today's Schedule: Cubs @ Phillies - Single Admission Doubleheader Beginning at 5:05 PM (CSN / 1210 WPHT, 94 WIP), Pennsbury @ La Salle - 7:00 PM (Bob Long Sports)
PHILS, RUBEN AMARO JR. PART WAYS
The post-Amaro era has started to take shape after yesterday's announcement that the Phillies would not renew the contract of now former GM and Senior Vice President Ruben Amaro Jr. Scott Proefrock is the Interim GM for the time being, while President Andy MacPhail heads a search for a permanent GM. In yesterday's press conference, MacPhail stated that the team needed "a fresh perspective in the baseball operations department," which makes sense. When asked about the amount of influence fans had on the decision, Phillies part-owner John Middleton stated that the team was very aware of the fans' feeling and that they played somewhat of a role in the decision. (REPORT)
PHILS, CUBS GAME RAINED OUT, DOUBLEHEADER TONIGHT
There was a game scheduled for last night, but it also rained a good amount, so that game was postponed to today. The Phillies and the Cubs will kick off their four-game series with a single admission doubleheader beginning at 5:05. Game 1 will have Adam Morgan (5-5, 4.42 ERA) on the mound against NL Cy Young candidate Jake Arrieta (18-6, 2.03 ERA). In Game 2, Alec Asher (0-2, 10.61 ERA) will face off against Kyle Hendricks (6-6, 4.08 ERA).
ERTZ, SMITH STILL LIMITED IN PRACTICE
Zach Ertz and Marcus Smith practiced again on Thursday, but in a limited role yet again. Ertz is recovering from a groin injury, something that he said on Wednesday that he had since his rookie year. Smith is recovering from a hamstring injury and said that he probably won't be 100% until Week 2 against the Cowboys. (REPORT)
DEMARCO MURRAY TELLS SHADY TO SHUT UP
Shady McCoy went off, again, in a GQ interview earlier this week and said that DeMarco Murray is not competition compared to himself. Well, DeMarco fired back...
"At some point you've got to move on with your life and career...I never worry about what someone else says about me, good, bad, and ugly...I can only control what I can control, and I can't control what someone else says about me...It's funny, but I don't take anything to heart. He has his opinion, I'm sure everyone else has theirs. I'm not worried about it at all."
CHIP KELLY CARES ABOUT US
In an interview with D. Orlando Ledbetter from the Atlanta Journal-Constitution, Chip kelly unveiled new reasons as to why the Birds offense runs so quickly...
Q: What is your theory behind the tempo attack and how best it should work?
A: We are just trying to get the game over quicker.
Q: But, anything football-wise? You know, other than getting the game over quicker.
A: That’s it. It’s all for the fans. We just want the game to get over quicker. People shouldn’t be paying a lot of money to watch guys stand around.
Q: No football reasons though?
A: Not really.
LA SALLE TAKES ON DEFENDING DISTRICT 1 CHAMPION PENNSBURY
After taking care of North Penn last week, La Salle will host Pennsbury in a big local test for the Explorers. Pennsbury is coming off of a 13-6 win over Council Rock South. Chris Sanders has a preview. Also, soccer travels to Ramp Playground to take on Father Judge in a big PCL matchup at 3:45.
ANTONIO BROWN HAS BAD HAIR
Prior to Pittsburgh's 28-21 loss in the NFL season opener to New England, we saw Antonio Brown being interviewed by Hines Ward. His hair made him look like a lego man or a puzzle piece in Tetris. Luckily (or sadly), his helmet covers his hair when he's on the field. (REVIEWS)
BRANDON BOYKIN TALKS AGAIN, BUT ITS ACTUALLY REALLY GOOD
In a guest column for the The Players Tribune, Boykin writes about the trade from Philly and facing adversity in the NFL Draft. He also praised the Philly fans. (STORY)
NYPD COMMISSIONER WANTS TO APOLOGIZE TO JAMES BLAKE
Let's set the scene: former tennis star James Blake was mistakenly arrested and thrown to the ground Wednesday. Officers were looking for suspects in an identity theft ring and one of the suspects look like the twin brother of Blake. Police Commissioner Bill Bratton wants to extend apologies, as well as Mayor Bill de Blasio. (STORY)
PITT, WEST VIRGINIA TO RENEW THE BACKYARD BRAWL
The two schools will play a series of four games from 2022 to 2025, starting in Pittsburgh. The rivalry dates back to 1895, with the Panthers leading 61-40-3. (REPORT)
DID YOU KNOW FLOYD MAYWEATHER IS FIGHTING SOME DUDE THIS WEEKEND?
His name is Andre Berto, and almost nobody had heard of him before the fight announcement was made. It might be Mayweather's final fight as well. (STORY)
MALLBRATS TO BE FILED AT EXTON SQUARE MALL
Kevin Smith, the star of the 1995 film MallRats, announced that the sequel, MallBrats, will be filmed at the Exton Square Mall.
CAN YOU PRONOUNCE THE NAME OF THIS WELSH VILLAGE?
- 1609: Henry Hudson discovers Manhattan Island and the indigenous people living there.
- 1777: The British celebrate a major victory in the Battle of Brandywine during the Revolutionary War.
- 1847: Stephen Foster's "Oh! Susanna" is first performed at a saloon in Pittsburgh.
- 1919: U.S. Marines invade Honduras.
- 1972: The San Francisco Bay Area Rapid Transit (BART) system begins passenger service.
- 1985: Pete Rose breaks Ty Cobb's record for most career hits with his 4,192nd hit. He should be in the Hall of Fame.
- Mickey Hart (72)
- Franz Beckenbauer (70)
- Paul Heyman (50)
- Harry Connick, Jr. (48)
- Ludacris (38)
- Ed Reed (37)
- Mike Comrie (35)
- Jacoby Ellsbury (32)
- Zack Stortini (30)
- Aroldis Chapman (27)
VIDEO OF THE DAY: DOG'S BEST DAY: BRETAGNE
From Barkbox: Meet Bretagne. She's the last known 9/11 search and rescue dog. Bretagne's first task was to find and save many people in the rubble of the World Trade Center after the 9/11 attacks. She had a dog's dream sweet sixteen, and it takes our hearts!