Wednesday, August 04, 2004

It's a Start

The Phillies managed to get their series in San Diego ("the greatest city in the world", according to on-the-hot-seat Larry Bowa) off to a good start last night by hanging on to win, 5-2. Todd Zolecki and Marcus Hayes have the game stories. Zolecki's notebook has Bowa's reaction to the constant rumors surrounding his employment status:
I couldn't care less about the talk. I couldn't care less about it. We're the only team in the history of baseball where you lose four or five games and the manager gets fired. I couldn't care less about it. I just go out and do the best I can.
Meanwhile, Phil Sheridan outrageously proposes that the Phillies and Expos swap places. He writes that the Phillies are sounding more and more like a broken record:
Is it 2004 or 2003 or 2002? Does it matter? Not to the Phillies. They are like a computer stuck in an endless loop, doomed to repeat and repeat and repeat and repeat and - OK, you get the idea - until someone reboots it.
Meanwhile, Eagles' training camp coverage is beginning to dominate the sports pages more than the Phillies. Not that this should come as a surprise to anyone. Bob Brookover writes that Jeff Lurie is one happy NFL owner. Rich Hofmann has this interesting quote from Lurie that Glen Macnow played on WIP last night:
You're competing against 31 other teams. If your risk quotient is average, you'll probably be an average team. You'll probably be drafting 16th every year. You've got to be, from the top down, not risk-averse and be willing to make mistakes because the rewards are worth the risk. You take your shots. I'm a big believer in taking risks.
Hofmann notes that Lurie even managed a little self-deprecating humor, in reference to his "Eagles are the gold standard of the NFL" proclamation he made at last year's "State of the Eagles" address:
I try to have a little fun. You know, in today's world, the gold standard is kind of not-that-great anyway. You've got platinum cards. You've got black cards. You've got all sorts of credit cards these days.
Bob Grotz believes that Lurie has changed his tune a bit, noticing that he mentioned "winning the Super Bowl" (singular), as opposed to the multiple championships he may have alluded to in the past. Grotz writes, "A chunk of Eagles fans felt uneasy with the plural, for the Eagles had yet to break the ice with their first title."

Les Bowen talks about a brief scare involving Terrell Owens at practice yesterday, and also has another article talking about assistant coach Marty Mornhinweg's downplaying the part he played in landing T.O. here in Philly. Bob Brookover has a look at officials explaining the NFL's "point of emphasis" regarding illegal contact on receivers this year. Les Bowen has Todd Pinkston wisely saying, "if you look for help from a 'chuck' rule, you ain't doing your job." Bob Grotz has Ron Jaworski and Mike Quick saying the NFL is just trying to increase scoring, which will supposedly increase fan interest (and is this really necessary, since the NFL is already the biggest among the four major sports?), a la arena football. Nick Fierro explains some of the actual rule changes this year, including the banning of "choreographed multiplayer celebrations." The No Fun League at its finest. Paul Domowitch talks with Duce Staley, who can't seem to get the Eagles out of his mind. Here's some of what he had to say:
I strongly believe that, if we had been committed to the run in those three [NFC Championship games], we would've won all three.... I'm just thankful I'm able to move on with a good team that's positive. There's a possibility here I might touch the ball 25 times a game. With the Eagles, you can only dream of that. With the Eagles, to touch the ball 25 times, we've gotta be up 50-0. Even then, we might throw it on third-and-1.
A bit of exaggeration there, don't you think Duce?

ESPN's Bill Simmons is looking for suggestiosn from Philly fans about what game to show of the last championship team in this city ('83 Sixers) in a special NBA TV Weekend he is putting together for later this month. Mark Murphy of the Boston Herald wrote this yesterday:
Someone in the NBA home office clearly has a sense of humor. How else to explain a Nov. 3 opening night against Philadelphia at the FleetCenter, marking the return of the prodigal coach, Jim O'Brien? O'Brien and his retooled Sixers, including a new look with Allen Iverson controlling the ball even more at point guard, certainly increases the stakes in terms of drama.
The New York Post reports that Sixers fans need not worry, that Antoine Walker is apparently headed to the Atlanta Hawks.

Don Steinberg says the Phillies are behind schedule in terms of demolishing the Vet and replacing it with lots of parking spots in time for the upcoming NFL season. I guess Bowa's to blame for that too...

CSN has Phillies-Padres at 10:05.

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