646. That's alotta wins, that's alotta Uncle Cholly, southern charm, phun-philled press conferences. I would pay the Phillies or any willing beat writer handsomely to allow me to sit in on just ONE of those press conferences. You can't help but tune in after every win just to hear the ol' skipper speak. It's just Charlie being Charlie.
The 2011 Phillies did exactly what they were expected to do during the regular season. They finished the season with a franchise record 102 wins, have home field advantage throughout the entire post season and entire the playoffs as the prohibited favorite to win the World Series. Later today the race toward 11 wins starts as American League games begin and the National League games will get underway tomorrow. The Phillies helped their opponent by knocking out the Atlanta Braves on the final night of the season. This will force them to take on one of the hottest team in baseball the St. Louis Cardinals.
The Phillies are in the middle of the stretch of the season that can become boring for most players. They have already accomplished everything they need to during the regular season as they have already clinched home field advantage throughout the playoffs. With the way they have played over the last week, it is apparent that they are already looking ahead to October. So I figured it would be ok to look past their recent struggles and take a look at what their post season roster may look like. Most of it is already set in stone but Charlie will have a few decisions to make before October 1st rolls around.
The Eagles were able to cruise to an easy victory over the Rams in week 1. The run defense was gashed on their first play of the season as Steven Jackson scored on a 47 yard touchdown. But they were able to limit the damage after that and hold the Rams to only 6 more points. Tonight the Eagles head to the Georgia Dome to take on Matty Ice and the Atlanta Falcons. The biggest story line going into the game is the return of Mike Vick to the franchise he revived. This is his second trip back to Atlanta but it will be his first as a starter. He should get a nice ovation from the fans during the pregame introductions but it will be interesting to see how they respond when 7 starts making plays for the opposition.
Despite the urges of former Eagles receiver Terrell Owens to “hold out” DeSean Jackson took the field last Sunday for the Philadelphia Eagles to the tune of six receptions for 102 yards and a score. It seems as if the on-going, off-going contract negotiations between Jackson and the Eagles didn’t bother the young wide receiver one iota. Thankfully for him and the Eagles offense Jackson didn’t listen to the advice of the drama queen extraordinaire.
Most teams in baseball are entering one of the toughest times of the season. After the grueling and hot summer months the calendar turns to September but most division races heat up. This is the time of year where most teams both step up and clinch a playoff spot or falter like the 2007 Mets. But luckily for the Phillies, most of their regular season business is almost complete. As of today their magic number to clinch a playoff spot is 2, the magic number to clinch the division is down to 6 and the magic number for home field in the playoffs is just 8. It is never a good thing to take things for granted, especially in the game of baseball but the Phillies are just about as close as you can be without already clinching.
During the offseason it looked like we might not have a football season this year. The lockout went on for what felt like years as the two sides were on able to come to an agreement. It forced teams to squeeze a few months of decisions into just a few days. Unless you have been living under rock for the last few months, you would have heard that the Eagles have had a successful offseason and head into the season as one of the favorites to win the Super Bowl. Now with all of the frustration of the lockout completely behind us, we get to do what we fans wanted to do all along. Simply just watch football on Sundays!
A dream team is something I can imagine every owner, every GM, every coach “dreams” to have. The best of the best to produce the best possible outcome. It doesn't always work out the way it’s planned due to financial restraints, lack of production, poor communication, etc. We don't have to look back very far in the sports almanac to see a supposed dream team not quite live up to all the hype. Lesson learned: save the championship celebration for the actual championship. I'm not naming any names but its starts with Miami and ends with Heat.
The rain and hurricane Irene might be the only things that can cool off the best team in baseball. In the midst of the rain delays and the postponed games, the Phillies seemed to have lost some of the momentum they had gained. But after 2 days rest, the Phightin’s heated up again against the team they swept in last season’s division series. Because of Irene they spent 5 nights in Cincinnati but they didn’t seem to bother them. It was the Phillies first 4 game sweep in Cincinnati since the Woodrow Wilson administration. The 1916 Phillies finished 2nd in the National League, just 2 games behind the Brooklyn Robins.