The second installment of our Philly Friday Segment. We’ll call this a lite edition. So grab a soft pretzel and start reading.
Phillies: Chris Elder
The Philadelphia Phillies are not in last place. Let me say that again so you can process it. The Philadelphia Phillies are not in last place. It’s incredible to think that despite a roster that is, by all accounts, well past its collective prime, the Phillies are playing well. And I actually mean well, not just “okay.” Sure, there are players who are still not getting it done, but with an injection of new, young talent over the course of the next few months, who knows what the future of this team will be? It might not be as dismal as everyone has been led to believe. Too bad we can’t play the Diamondbacks every game!
Union: Chris Elder
What do you get when you take five goalkeepers, four injuries, three staff members, two wins, and one CEO determined to not look inept? I wish I had a better punchline, but the answer is the 2015 Philadelphia Union. They’ve played the most games out of any MLS team, yet only have two wins to show for it and a total of nine points through twelve games. I should mention that all of the above information was all true. The Union technically have five goalkeepers on the roster at the moment, with one banned from the team for another month, two hurt, one on loan in Colorado, and one who’s actually playing for the team.
The transfer window opens soon, so hopefully reinforcements will be on the way. The team is looking to boost the Left Back position as well as the midfield corps. Depth has always been a challenge, but it’s completely possible that the team is able to find some young talent to plug holes and build for the future.
The team plays their next game at 5 PM this Sunday, 5/24 against the New York Red Bulls on ESPN2.
76ers: Dan Martin
This past week, your team, your town, your Philadelphia 76ers had their fate determined: they redesigned their logo. Now the Philadelphia Ben Franklin’s are ready to take on the NBA!! Oh BTW, the Sixers also drew the third pick in the draft this year (thanks for nothing Lakers and Heat). At 3 the likely pick seems to be Ohio State’s D’Angelo Russell, which honestly I’m down with. Don’t look at any mock drafts because most of those idiots have the Sixers taking Emmanuel Mudiay. Don’t get me wrong Mudiay is good but DRuss is a straight BALLER. As the saying goes, in Hinkie we trust.
Flyers: Dan Martin
Despite not being in the playoffs the Flyers have been making plenty of headlines lately. The biggest one being the hiring of rookie head Coach Dave Hakstol. Hextall Hakstol, see what I did there….
Hakstol comes from the University of North Dakota where he has coached players like Jonathan Toews, T.J. Oshie and Ron Hextall’s son. He took UND to the Frozen Four (Final Four for those who don’t watch hockey) seven times in his eleven year tenure good for a .629 win pct. Simply put, the guy knows how to win hockey games. He’s also known for holding his players accountable and giving a mean stare down (watch out Zebras). The biggest upside to this hiring IMO is the fact that for once Flyers fans won’t have any expectations. We’re just going to see how it plays out, which makes me even more excited.
In other Flyers news they signed some guys from the KHL recently, D-man Yevgeni Medvedev and F Aaron Palushaj. Palushaj will likely never get called up to the big club but Medvedev could impact roster decisions. Stay tuned to see what Hexy does with the D core over the next few weeks.
Eagles: Dan Martin
It’s summer and the draft has passed so there hasn’t been much going on at the NovaCare Complex these days. Not that anyone cares but Demarco Murray posed for his photo in his uniform. Looking sharp buddy.
As for actual news…..position battles, the most important one being who is going to start safety next to Malcom Jenkins. Honestly I’m just waiting until they announce you can get a Tim Tebow jersey because let’s be real, he’s the best QB on the roster.