March 3, 2015

2013 NBA Draft: Sixers Big Board

Draft time! It's enough to get me off of Twitter to write more than 140 characters. It's an interesting draft for the Sixers. There is no big talent at the top, but the Sixers, and their new radio-silent analytics-loving GM, have 3 picks in the top 42. Sam Hinkie showed that he could find diamonds in the rough in Houston, and there are certainly some players that can be had from 30 on that could be the next Chandler Parsons or Danny Green. If I'm the Sixers, here is how my Big Board would … [Read more...]

Phillies’ 2013 Preview: Road to Redemption or Ruin?

As I said, I will briefly come out of retirement when I feel the need to write something more than 140 characters (follow on Twitter here). And I'm always a sucker for previews. A new baseball season will always get my juices flowing, so here is my quick take on the Phillies 25-man roster and my predictions for the season. Catcher Carlos Ruiz - Ruiz is the only reason the Phillies didn't finish well below .500 last year. He will miss the first 25 games due to suspension. Chances are, at … [Read more...]

What the hell happened to the 2012 Phillies? And how to make 2013 better


I'm alive! While the blog is not officially retired, it more or less is. I write a lot of stuff on Twitter these days (follow me @reclinergm) but simply don't have the time to maintain the blog here full time for a variety of reasons. HOWEVER... I do plan on occasionally posting longer stuff here that doesn't really fit in 140 characters. This blog was originally created because I do stuff like this on my own all the time and thought others might find it interesting. I will continue to … [Read more...]

The Philly Fifty, #23: Eddie Plank, Athletics

Eddie Plank

For the complete list and explanation of criteria and scoring, check out the Philly Fifty page Longevity - 5 The pitcher who has thrown the most innings professionally in Philadelphia? It's not Robin Roberts (3,739 IP), but lefty Eddie Plank, who threw 14 straight seasons for the A's from 1901-1914, and averaged an amazing 276 innings per season. His 3,860 innings are the most in Philly's history. Peak - 4 It's hard to identify a peak for Plank - he was very good his entire career. … [Read more...]

What the Sixers Big Board Should Look Like


Well, I enjoyed doing this for the Eagles so here I go for the Sixers. The basic exercise is to put together what I think the Sixers' big board should look like, based on my assessment of the talent in the draft and the needs on the team. Then I watch the draft and get super-pissed when they don't do what I said, as if I'm a professional scout or something. That being said... ahem... The Sixers are in a good position in the draft in that there looks to be a good player available at #15 … [Read more...]

Wrapping up the Sixers season – who should stay, who should go?

Jrue Holiday and Evan Turner

At the beginning of the Sixers season, I thought the best case scenario was that both Jrue Holiday and Evan Turner took significant steps forward and that the team could take advantage of the compressed season / short training camp and fight for the 3rd seed in the big group in the East behind the Heat and Bulls. Worst case was, well, getting the 7th-9th seed again, where NBA teams go to die. For a while there, it looked like the best-case scenario might come true as the team got out to a … [Read more...]

The Philly Fifty, #24: Tom Gola, LaSalle/Warriors

Tom Gola

For the complete list and explanation of criteria and scoring, check out the Philly Fifty page Longevity - 4 Gola is one of a couple athletes on here who had stints in Philly with multiple teams. Gola spent 10 years playing in Philly, 4 with LaSalle ('51-'54) and 6 with the Warriors ('55-'61). Peak - 4 In the college game, Gola was arguably the best player in the country over a period of several years. In 1953-54,  he led LaSalle to the title game and won the Final Four's most … [Read more...]

The last-place Phillies through the quarter mark

The Phillies season, despite what you may think, has gone about as expected... Without Ryan Howard and Chase Utley, the offense has been inconsistent (yet, still 7th in the NL in R/G). The starters, for the most part, have been excellent, with a combined 2.90 ERA in 260.2 IP. The bullpen, which was a question mark after Papelbon, has been flat out bad. With non-Papelbon relievers sporting a whopping 5.97 ERA with 8 losses. For all the focus on the offense, it's the bullpen that has … [Read more...]

My Eagles 1st Round Draft Board


The Eagles hold the 15th pick in tonight's NFL draft. Almost everything, except the top-2 picks, is in play, and the Birds have stated, as they always do, that they will go with the best player available on their board. Well, this is how I think their board should look, based on player talent and team needs. Hopefully they get someone in my top 15... 1. Robert Griffin III, QB - Yes, he's not in play, and yes, Luck is atop most draft boards, but I think the Eagles would be one of the … [Read more...]

The very simple reason the Eagles can’t reach the next level

Brandon Graham

The Eagles have had tons of scapegoats over the years. Reid and Donovan McNabb have obviously been the most popular, Juan Castillo the most recent and it probably won't be long before it's Michael Vick either for his inability to stay on the field or his inability to be Tom Brady or Aaron Rodgers. But to me, the reason the Eagles haven't found themselves hoisting the Lombardi trophy in February has been very, very simple. The Eagles are completely incapable of drafting, and developing, … [Read more...]