Thursday, April 15, 2004

Are You Ready for some Football?

Yes, the Flyers are up 3-1 on the Devils, thanks to their 3-0 shutout at the Meadowlands last night, and the rain has finally ended in the city after 3 days (and what seemed like 40 days and nights), so the Phils retake the field this afternoon. But the big talk on WIP yesterday was the release of the 2004 Schedule for the Eagles. The talking heads and prognosticators have already begun the annual week-by-week analysis and come up with their win totals. The schedule features 4 nationally televised primetime games, so they'll be getting plenty of exposure.

Bob Brookover breaks down the schedule, and has Andy Reid, in unsurprising fashion, state, "as always, we'll take our one-game-at-a-time approach." Les Bowen says that, with this schedule, the Birds should expect much better than their 0-2 start from last year.

Tim Panaccio has Martin Brodeur admitting "the only reason [the Flyers] won this game is because of Esche," who notched the first playoff shutout of his career. Rich Hofmann believes Esche is the story of this series. Sam Donnellon says this isn't the year 2000 anymore.

Bill Lyon chronicles a day in the park, followed by a (first) night in the park that never happened.

Joe Juliano chronicles the end of the Sixers' pitiful season last night. They finished with the 7th worst record in the league, and a coin flip against the Raptors (who finished at 33-49 with them) will determine who gets a few extra ping pong balls. Phil Jasner has some interesting pre- and post-game quotes, along with an incredulous "so what?" from Tracy McGrady, in response to the Magic having the best chance to land the #1 pick in the lottery, since there are no LeBrons or Carmelos in this year's draft. McGrady has an option to opt out of his contract following next season.

Comcast SportsNet has Phils-Reds at 1:05 (HD available).

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