With the hole the Birds have played themselves into in the first quarter of the season every Sunday has turned into a must win. Sunday night the Eagles hosted the hated Dallas Cowgirls in what was no doubt another must win. It had all the makings of a playoff type of atmosphere, both teams fighting for division relevancy. The thing is only one team came out fighting. The Eagles manhandled a lost-looking Dallas team in all facets of the game en route to a 34-7 victory at Lincoln Financial Field.
Week 7 is rather early in the season for a bye and they lost most of their momentum that they gained from their week 6 win against a now struggling Washington team. But the bye gave a battered and banged up Eagles squad a chance to rest and get ready for the finish of the season. When the team returned to practice yesterday, two former pro bowlers and two of the team’s most important players returned as well. Defensive End Trent Cole and Left Tackle Jason Peters both returned to practice and are expected to return on Sunday night after they missed the previous two games with a injuries.
The Eagles win! Let’s collect our breath and think about that one for a bit, EAGLES WIN. Incredible, considering we have become accustomed to Eagles leads dwindling down to nothing and eventually turning into a loss. In what was most certainly a make or break game for the Eagles the Birds held on strong to claim a huge division win in Landover, Maryland holding off the Redskins for a 20-13 win. The Birds are still breathing!
It's quite obvious from the lack of content on this site over the last few days that I may still be in a state of mourning of what was the 2011 Philadelphia Phillies. It is still hard to put into words a state of shock and disbelief of how a season so filled with lofty expectations and high hopes dwindled down to an early post-season exit. The big question now is...."Where do we go from here?"
The 2011 Phillies will either see tonight’s decisive 5th game as the way their season ended or potentially a spring board to something better. All of the spring training hype around this team and the 162 regular season games will come down to tonight’s game at the Bank. There has been a lot of negativity over the last few days and some people already seem to be throwing dirt on the 2011 Phillies. But I honestly don’t get the doom and gloom outlook since they will send the best pitcher in the game till the hill. This type of situation is exactly the reason Ruben and Company were so adamant to acquire the services of Roy Halladay after the 2009 season.
I think every Phillies phan lost a few years of their lives while watching today’s game. The 5-time reigning NL East Champions bats did little through the first 6 innings against the Cardinals tough lefty. But then with one swing of the bat the almost forgotten Ben Francisco sent a ball over the left field fence that nearly hit the newly found ball magnet Vance Worley, who was warming up in the bullpen. The rest of the game was put in the hands of the bullpen and that’s when you started to hear the hearts of the Philly Phaithful echoing through Broad Street. The Cardinals had base runners in each of the final 3 innings but the pen was able to hang on as the Phillies took Game 3 3-2! They will send Ace number 4 to the hill tomorrow night to try to close out his former division rival.
Yesterday was not a good day in the Philadelphia Sports world. Both of the Eagles and the Phillies sprinted out to early leads in South Philly but both ended up losing in the end. The Phillies played the night cap in the double header and they were able to give Cliff Lee a 4-0 lead after 2 innings.But they only collected 1 hit after the 2nd inning as the shaky Cards pen shut them out for 6 innings. Now instead of going to St. Louis with a 2-0 lead, they find themselves in a 3 game series with 2 of those games being played on the road. Cardinal’s left fielder and cleanup hitter has missed the 1st two games due to a hand injury and it looks as though his contributions to this series may be just as a pinch hitter.
October 1st, 2011. The hot summer days have passed us by with the cold, crisp fall air moving in faster than David Herndon’s exit off the playoff roster. It’s playoff baseball; it is no secret that this Phillies team has made it old hat playing baseball in October. But this year is different. 2008 has become a distant memory. A sea of red flooding down Broad Street, an iconic memory engrained in our minds. A city, a team desperately wanting that pheeling again.