Eagles Vs. Steelers: Sunday Recap Week 3

There’s probably not a person in the city today who isn’t well aware of yesterday’s Eagles victory. Rookie quarterback Carson Wentz led his team to its third victory in a row as the Eagles upset the Pittsburgh Steelers, 34-3. This takes our Eagles to a 3-0 record heading into next week’s bye week. To say that most analysts, media, and even fans were pleasantly shocked by the victory would be an accurate assessment.

The Eagles were easily underdogs going into Sunday’s game with a rookie quarterback, a first year head coach and a rookie corner covering one of the best, if not the best wide receivers in the NFL in Antonio Brown. While Brown was able to grab 12 catches for an impressive 140 yards in the game, the Eagles D came up huge in both keeping Brown out of the end zone, and getting to veteran quarterback Ben Roethlisberger. Big Ben completed just 24 of 44 passes for 257 yards, no touchdowns and one interception. Fletcher Cox again proving that he is a defensive star on this team with his agressive play, leading to a strip-sack of Big Ben in the third quarter. The ball was recovered by Brandon Graham who also clearly showed up to play on Sunday. Jim Schwartz’s impressive D has allowed its opponents to reach the end zone just three times so far this season, holding the first three teams they’ve seen to a combined 27 points. Less than their margin of victory for Sunday’s game alone.

Still in true Philly sports fashion, fans were reluctant to rush in with too many accolades. The fear of the Philly sports curse or the “jinx” is still very real. After two victories in their opening two games of the season against mediocre at best opponents, despite seeing obvious flashes of brilliance in the rookie quarterback, and solid performances by both the offensive and defense lines, jaded fans and analysts alike reserved their “WentzWagon” hype pending the outcome of Sunday’s game. Not just staying in the game as many had hoped, or even squeaking out a win as a few brave souls had boldly predicted, the birds shocked and delighted everyone with a trouncing of a team heavily favored to make it to the AFC Championship this year. And so the talk begins in Eaglesland. Could it be? Could it really be? Do we have a contender? After Sunday’s performance, even those used to playing it close to the vest have got to be thinking it over! We’ve got a bye week next week to figure it all out, to let it all sink in. After that, bring on Detroit!

E-A-G-L-E-S Eagles!!

The pre-season found the Eagles with a perfect 4-0 record. But as any Eagles fan can tell you, sometimes the preseason can be deceiving. Still fans remain as all Philly sports fans do, ever hopeful. 

We’ve got 16 chances to get it right this season. 16 shots at greatness. You’re 2016 Philadelphia Eagles schedule. 16 chances to show up, show off, and get it done.

 Here they are:

Week 1 – Cleveland Browns (Sept. 11, 1:00 PM, CBS)

Week 2 – @ Chicago Bears (Sept. 19, 8:30 PM, ESPN) on Monday Night Football 
Week 3 – Pittsburgh Steelers (Sept. 25, 4:25 PM, CBS)
Week 4 – BYE

Week 5 – @ Detroit Lions (Oct. 9, 1:00 PM, FOX)

Week 6 – @ Washington Redskins (Oct. 16, 1:00 PM, FOX)

Week 7 – Minnesota Vikings (Oct. 23, 1:00 PM, FOX)

Week 8 – @ Dallas Cowboys (Oct. 30, 8:30 PM, NBC) on Sunday Night Football

Week 9 – @ New York Giants (Nov. 6, 1:00 PM, FOX)

Week 10 – Atlanta Falcons (Nov. 13, 1:00 PM ET, FOX)

Week 11 – @ Seattle Seahawks (Nov. 20, 4:25 PM, CBS)

Week 12 – Green Bay Packers (Nov. 28, 8:30 PM, ESPN) on Monday Night Football

Week 13 – @ Cincinnati Bengals (Dec. 4, 1:00 PM, FOX)

Week 14 – Washington Redskins (Dec. 11, 1:00 PM, FOX)

Week 15 – @ Baltimore Ravens (Dec. 18, 1:00 PM, FOX)

Week 16 – New York Giants (Dec. 22, 8:25 PM, NBC) on Thursday Night Football

Week 17 – Dallas Cowboys (Jan. 1, 1:00 PM, FOX)


Summer Olympics: Local Athletes Represented Big in Rio

Sunday night the 2016 Summer Olympic Games came to an end with a three-hour closing ceremony. The baton was officially handed off to Tokyo, Japan who will host the 2020 games.

olympics2The games concluded with the US taking a commanding lead in the medal count. The United States finished out the games with 121 medals, 46 of which were gold. Following behind were China and Great Britain, with 70 and 67 respectively.

Locally we were well represented in the games. Villanova’s Kyle Lowry playing on the U.S. men’s basketball team, while 4 locals represented our area in women’s basketball:
Tamika Catchings of Stratford, Ella Delle Donne of Wilmington, and coaches Dawn Staley of Philadelphia and Geno Auriemma of Morristown.

Maggie Hogan of Philadelphia and Matt Baranoski of Perkasie represented the US in canoeing/kayaking and cycling respectively. Phillip Dutton and Boyd Martin are local equestrians, and Miles Chambray-Watson a PSU student, was representing the U.S. in fencing.

Field Hockey yielded the most local representatives in Rio:
Katie Bam of Blue Bell,
Lauren Crandall of Doylestown
Rachel Dawson of Berlin (who incidentally went to the same high school as my niece and nephew, Eastern H.S. in Voorhees, NJ)
Katelyn Falgowski of Landenberg
Julia Reinprecht of Philadelphia
Katie Reinprecht of Philadelphia
Caitlin Van Sickle of Wilmington)
and Michelle Vittese of Cherry Hill

Rowing saw these local athletes for the men:
Tyler Nase of Phoenixville
Steve Kasprzyk of Cinnaminson
Glenn Ochal of Philadelphia
Sam Ojserkis of Linwood, N.J.

And the women:
Kate Bertko of Philadelphia
Devery Karz of Moorestown
Lauren Schmetterling of Moorestown

Shooting was represented by Matthew Emmons of Browns Mills

Women’s Soccer favorite and local legend Carli Lloyd of Delran was in Rio.

Women’s Swimmers on team USA included Kelsi Worrell of Westhampton and Cierra Runge of West Chester.

Men’s Track and Field events:
High jumper Ricky Robertson of Mount Holly
Shot putters Darrell Hill of Darby and Joe Kovacs of Nazareth

Women’s Track and Field events:
English Gardner of Voorhees also of Eastern H.S.)
Nia Ali of Philadelphia
Taylor Ellis-Watson of Philadelphia
Ajee Wilson of Philadelphia
Marielle Hall of Haddonfield
Priscilla Frederick of Sicklerville competed in track and field on the team for Antigua and Barbuda.

Joe Maloy of Wildwood Crest competed in Triathlon. And rounding out our local Olympians were wrestlers Jordan Burroughs of Winslow and PSU student Frank Molinaro.

Congratulations to all of the amazingly talented local athletes for qualifying, competing, and representing in Rio this year!

This Week in Sports (Eagles Edition)


I have but one question for you Philly fans. Are YOU ready for some football?

While the 2016 Summer Olympic Games have been live from Rio all week and keeping many a die-hard sports fan satisfied (more on that later with an upcoming Olympic recap), seasoned Philly sports fans have been biding their time in the dog days of summer waiting for one thing and one thing only, the return of football season!

With The Phillies pulling together a season of highs and lows, and an interesting young core of talent, spending the post NHL and NBA days watching the Phils teeter slightly under .500 has been enough to keep some fans satisfied. But let’s face it, the summer time is a rough time for those who are true Philly 4 for 4 and more fans. Well, all if that ends today friends. The birds are back. And as we sports fans know, day one of preseason football only means there is more to come.

Already mired in a host of pesky issues like the unhealthy Jordan Matthews (WR), the impending suspension of Lane Johnson (OT) although at this time it is noted that Johnson is expected to play tonight, the injured Jason Peters (OT), and it wouldn’t be any fun in Philly without the usual Quarterback controversy.
What we will get to see is an Eagles era led by new head coach Doug Pederson  and rookie fist round draft pick Carson Wentz (QB) who is set to take his snaps in the second half of tonight’s game. And we will get our first test of how the Eagles corners will stack up this season as they go up against a talented Bucs receiving corps that includes Mike Evans and Vincent Jackson.
No doubt there will be a lot to talk about tomorrow when we all play Monday Morning (or in this case Friday morning) Quarterback.

What Eagles fans have to look forward to in the coming weeks:
August 11 Preseason Game 7:00 PM vs Tampa Bay Buccaneers at Lincoln Financial Field

August 14 Open Practice Lincoln Financial Field

August 18 Preseason Game 7:00 PM @ Pittsburgh Steelers at Heinz Field

August 27 Preseason Game 7:00 PM @ Indianapolis Colts at Lucas Oil Stadium

September 1 Preseason Game 7:00 PM vs New York Jets at Lincoln Financial Field



Hey Sports Fans!

We’re “tackling” sports! We started out bringing you local voices talking about the topics that move us, that unify us as a people. Eventually, those topics began to stand on their own. A few of the things that emerged as most successful among our readers were music, entertainment, sports, and human interest stories, all with a local flavor.

We’ve been bringing you our live and local entertainment calendar for a while now and we hope it’s gotten you out and about and into your dancing (or just watching) shoes. Now we’re adding a sports calendar into the mix. One thing we know about Philly, that everyone knows about Philly, is that it’s passionate about its sports! So we’ll be keeping you in the loop with all the games and sporting events going on in our town. And while I’d love to share my kids basketball schedule with you, or invite you to my daughter’s softball games, we’ll be sticking to the majors (and minors on occasion) for now.

So keep your eye on the ball, our sports calendar feature is set to debut any time now. And you can find out when that, our entertainment calendar and any other feature stories  appear by following us on Facebook or on Twitter. We hope this one will be a home run!

Sunday Spotlight… Sports Vault

The NFC and AFC Championship games are being played today. Super Bowl 50 is on the horizon. If you’re a local reader, many changes have taken place on the sports canvas in the last few weeks, and ultimately will in the coming weeks as well. So, sports in definitely on the minds of many right now. And then there are those of us who never really take a break from that sports-minded mentality.

Some of us plan our kid’s birthday parties around playoff games, can tell you the starting lineup of every major team in town, and when buying birthday or Christmas gifts for our friends and family, we need only know what team or sport is their favorite.

Enter our friends at Sports Vault, our Spotlight Sunday feature today.

Sports Vault’s locations offer an incredible array of sports related merchandise for the sports enthusiast of every kind. Whether you’re looking for your favorite team or player from the NFL, MLB, NHL, NBA, or College sports and more, you’ll find it when visiting a Sports Vault location. Sports Vault houses a fantastic selection of items, from autographed sports memorabilia, licensed apparel, trading cards and more. Sports Vault also proudly hosts many local and national sports professionals for in-store appearances and autograph signings.

With new products arriving all the time, and every possible sport and team represented, it’s the best place for the shopping sports fan. It’s a business for avid sports fans, run by avid sports fans that takes pride in joining fans with their sports heroes and celebrities, and providing more than a place to shop, but an entire sports experience.

Sports Vault can be found easily through their website and also on Twitter and Facebook.

Sports Vault has 3 locations:

Sports Vault (Moorestown Mall) Moorestown
400 Route 38
Moorestown, New Jersey 08057
Phone: 856-840-8017

Sports Vault (King of Prussia Mall) King of Prussia
160 North Gulph Road
King of Prussia, Pennsylvania 19406
Phone: 610-382-5105

Sports Vault (Exton Square Mall) Exton
229 Exton Square Parkway
Exton, Pennsylvania 19341
Phone: 610-561-6300

Go team!

Best of Philly…Two Polls

Today we really need audience participation! We have two separate polls today with 10 questions in each. We want to hear from you on your favorite spots in and around Philly. If your selection isn’t listed, you can enter it in the “other” option and other people will get to select it too!!! Your selection may be in Philly or the surrounding burbs. So please, take the poll and share it with friends. Results will be shared with you on Saturday. Thanks a bunch. You’re our favorite reader!!!!
POLL 1: https://www.surveymonkey.com/s/TCV96L2
POLL 2: https://www.surveymonkey.com/s/XY8ZDSZ