Wednesday, July 07, 2004

Can't We Come in First for Anything?

Sorry for no links yesterday. It's been a real busy week, and we'll have to stick with abbreviated links for the remainder of the week...

The Phils failed to homer for the second consecutive night, and this time it cost them, as they dropped a 4-1 decision to their division rival Mets. Todd Zolecki, Mike Olshin, and Dennis Deitch have the game stories. Zolecki's notebook reports on the progress of Marlon Byrd's swing down in the minors. Harvey Yavener has Billy Wagner's take on Eric Gagne, closer for the LA Dodgers, and his recently ended 84 consecutive-save record. Wagner believes that record will last "forever."

Marc Narducci has John Salmons trying to use the Sixers' summer league games as an opportunity to adjust to Jim O'Brien's offensive (and defensive) schemes. Al Morganti believes the concept of players getting bonuses for making the All-Star team is bogus, and grinds his axe a bit today with Curt Schilling, who stands to potentially get a check from the Red Sox for $150,000 should he be named the starter for next week's All-Star game. Morganti feels this is just another example of how out-of-touch with the fan base (who typically make significantly less annually than these bonuses) today's professional players are.

And just when you thought it couldn't get any worse, Philly comes in second in something, yet again. This time, it's ESPN's "most tortured sports cities" list. Yep, the only city with 4 major professional sports with a championship drought of over 21 years, and we can't even win this. Check out Sal Paolantonio's take on why Philly is cursed. Strange, no mention of the "curse of Billy Penn" in there, you know, the one that says the city is cursed because it hasn't won a championship since buildings started to exceed the height of ol' Billy Pen atop City Hall. Glen Macnow, who was mentioned briefly in the article, made this his topic of discussion on WIP last night. ESPN.com also has a failry accurate list of the top 10 most painful moments, including the absolute gut wrencher that was Bucs-Eagles in the now infamous Last Game at the Vet.

CSN has Mets-Phillies at 7:05.

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