Tuesday, April 26, 2016

The Downfall of Sam Bradford



Jack Merlino



The 2016 NFL draft is upon us, and the Philadelphia Eagles find themselves at the heart of the latest league gossip. And at the heart of that heart is Sam Bradford, whose agent has gone public with his client's displeasure at the situation he's in. Let's review the timeline.

Tuesday, March 15, 2016

The Selection Committee is Cleverer Than You

Matt McCullers


Yeah, so it’s safe to assume that many of us are unhappy with the Selection Committee. It is maddening to see that teams like Syracuse and Tulsa were extended an invitation but teams like St. Bonaventure and Monmouth were denied one. In addition, some of the seeding just flat out did not make sense (I mean, how is Texas A&M a higher seed than Kentucky when the Wildcats BEAT them in the SEC Championship?). The root of all of this evil is the Selection Committee’s desire to be as clever as possible by creating potential match-ups between old conference foes and inventing new non-conference rivalries (one recent rivalry they unsuccessfully tried to create was a UNC-Kansas rivalry). Now, sometimes a little cleverness can be good, but this year it seems that the committee valued cleverness over straight statistical fact.

Thursday, January 7, 2016

If Griffey Jr. Got 99.3%, Rivera Should Get 100% HOF Vote


Sean Maliga


Yesterday evening, news broke that Ken Griffey Jr. and Mike Piazza will enter the Baseball Hall of Fame as the Class of 2016. Griffey and Piazza received 99.3% and 83% of the ballot respectively, and Griff’s 99.3% is the highest in baseball history (3 people out of 440 voters didn’t vote for him). Both deserve to be in the Hall of Fame, but I was shocked by how high Griffey’s percent of the ballot was. This got me thinking, if Griff can get 99.3%, then Mariano Rivera should definitely be the first unanimous, 100%, Hall of Famer in 2019.

Sunday, January 3, 2016

Predicted Teams For Top 5 Remaining Free Agents


Sean Maliga


Now that 2016 is officially upon us, it’s safe to say the biggest free agents of this offseason are now off the market. Price, Greinke, Heyward, Cueto, Zimmermann, and more have all found homes, but there are still quite a few big names left. With that said, here are the top five free agents remaining, and where I believe they will sign.

Tuesday, December 22, 2015

Top 20 Phillies Prospects (Pre-2016)



Jack Merlino




Oh my God.

This offseason has...well...it's been electric.

I'm pretty sure every imaginable record for contracts has been broken except for overall salary, and there've already been multiple blockbuster trades. Heck, in what feels like the span of a week, Zack Grienke came out of nowhere to sign with Arizona, the same DBacks went and traded the remaining valuable parts of the farm system for Shelby Miller, and the Phillies traded Ken Giles, who was thought of as the closer of the future, for a quintet of Houston pitching prospects.

Thursday, December 10, 2015

I'm Going "Ballistic" over What Jay Bilas Said

Matt McCullers

Last week, college basketball commentator and analyst Jay Bilas made this statement: none of the teams this year are as good as the top five from last year (this top five consists of Wisconsin, Kentucky, Duke, Arizona, and Virginia). Normally, I agree with Jay Bilas. He is by far my favorite commentator and he has an incredible knowledge of college hoops (despite attending that evil university). No offense Jay, but you’re dead wrong. I‘d let it slide if it were mentioned casually once or twice but you keep on talking about it and it’s driving me nuts.

Wednesday, December 9, 2015

Phillies Acquire Five Players From Houston for Ken Giles



Jack Merlino



The Phillies gave away youth and got even younger.

Late Wednesday night, new GM Matt Klentak made the first big move of his tenure as the Phillies matched up with their favorite trade partner and switched their traditional roles, with closer Ken Giles headed to Houston in exchange for pitchers Vincent Velasquez, Brett Oberholtzer, Mark Appel, Thomas Eshelman, and Harold Arauz