Thursday, December 31, 2009

Top Moments of 2009

May 19th 2009. DirtyWudders Kicks off with Namesakes "Game On" post. Over 660 posts later we are finished with 2009. Happy New Year. Re-post of our inaugural post, after the jump.


Game On

Welcome to Dirty Wudders, the sports blog dedicated to all things sports - Philadelphia sports in particular. This site is the aftermath of hundreds of arguments and debates over the years surrounding the four major Philly sports teams and their players. We here at Dirty Wudders are determined to answer the questions that have been plaguing the Philly faithful for years: Better WS Team, 1980 or 2008? Better QB, Cunningham or McNabb? Fruitier Met infielder, David Wright or Jose Reyes? These are the questions being asked, and we are the maniacs attempting to answer them. The contributors at Dirty Wudders are die hard sports fans who enjoy nothing more than a good sports debate, and with that in mind our primary goal is to share the anguish - and sometimes elation - that is being a sports fan in Philadelphia. Enjoy.
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Top Moments of 2009



Jimmy Rollins Wins Game 4 of the NLCS!
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DWDW Chick Fil-A Bowl

Dirty Wudders Degenerate Wagering is a feature of this blog where the DW contributors embarrass themselves picking the college and pro games of the week. Here is our pick for today's Bowl Game.


Tennessee (7-5) vs No. 11 Virginia Tech (9-3) Line: VT -5.5 O/U: 49
Lane Kiffin has spent the last couple of weeks dealing with off the field issues but the Vols have played much better of late and most likely will cover due to the 3 picks below.

DW Pick: VT

Doc Pick: VT

Namesake: VT
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Top Moments of 2009



Eagles knock off defending champs in their house in the playoffs.
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DWDW Insight Bowl Edition


Dirty Wudders Degenerate Wagering is a feature of this blog where the DW contributors embarrass themselves picking the college and pro games of the week. Here is our pick for today's Bowl Game.

Iowa State (6-6) vs Minnesota (6-6)    Line: Min -2   O/U: 48.5

DW refuses to add any Insight to this matchup between two 6-6 games.

DW Pick: Under

Doc Pick: Min

Namesake: Min
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Top Moments of 2009



Reynolds leads Nova over Pitt and into the Final 4!

(crossingbroad)
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DWDW Sun Bowl Edition


Dirty Wudders Degenerate Wagering is a feature of this blog where the DW contributors embarrass themselves picking the college and pro games of the week. Here is our pick for today's Bowl Game.

No. 21 Stanford (8-4) vs Oklahoma (7-5)    Line: Ok -10 O/U: 55.5

DW has only seen Toby Gerhart play against Notre Dame but it was enough for us to think he is the best back in the country. Oklahoma never fully recovered from losing Sam Bradford

DW Pick: Under

Doc Pick: Stanford

Namesake: Oklahoma
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B-Dawk Thanks the Fans


In today’s Daily News, Brian Dawkins wrote a thank you letter to fans on the back page of the Eagles Playbook.  B-Dawk is a class act all the way, one of the best to ever put on an Eagles jersey and he will be missed for a long time. In case you missed the letter, here it is:

Dear Fans:

When I was leaving the Linc the other night I was rushed.  I was able to quickly say hello and thank you to many friends and their families, former teammates, and many others who have been a part of my life for many, many years.  I regret that I was unable to thank YOU from the bottom of my heart for all the love that you have shown me throughout the years.

I want you to know that the feeling is 100% mutual.  You welcomed me into your home, you welcomed me into you hearts.

I want to thank you from the bottom of my heart, once again, for all the love that you have shown me and my family.

And, believe me, you will always have a special place in my heart until I leave God’s green Earth.

So thank you.

Love,

Brian Dawkins

Right back at you, Dawk. 

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DWDW Texas Bowl Edition


Dirty Wudders Degenerate Wagering is a feature of this blog where the DW contributors embarrass themselves picking the college and pro games of the week. Here is our pick for today's Bowl Game.

Navy (9-4) vs Missouri (8-4) Line: Miss -6.5 O/U: 52.5
Navy is a tough to team to play against. Missouri finished behind Nebraska in the turrible Big 12 North.

DW Pick: Navy

Doc Pick: Over

Namesake: Missou

DW: 8-7
Jgas: 4-3
Namesake: 3-4
Doc: 6-10
TH: 2-2


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Top Moments of 2009



"Just get me to the plate Boys"

Will Huston Street ever be the same? Down 2 runs with 2 outs and a 2-1 coming on the verge of the series being tied 2-2 coming back to Philly.
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DWDW Armed Forces Bowl Edition


Dirty Wudders Degenerate Wagering is a feature of this blog where the DW contributors embarrass themselves picking the college and pro games of the week. Here is our pick for today's Bowl Game.

Air Force (7-5) vs Houston (10-3) Line: Hou -4.5 O/U: 63

Rematch of last season's Armed Forces Bowl which Houston won 34-28. This should be an entertaning gain featuring alot of points!

DW Pick: Houston

Doc Pick: Over

Namesake: Houston

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The Morning After


Flyers 6 Rangers 0: 4th straight win for the Flyers. Gagne scored 3 and added an assist. Next up is the Winter Classic for the Orange and Black. Michael Leighton, Who? Michael Leighton pitched a shutout for the Flyers.

Sixers 116 Kings 106: Look out! That is 2 straight for the Sixers. Igoudala had 19, 7 and 9. Iverson scored 11 of his 20 in the 3rd and Lou addded 21.

No. 18 Temple 70 N Illinios 60: Juan Fernandez scored 26 points to help the Owls improve to 11-2 heading into their matchup with #1 Kansas on Saturday night at a sold out Liacouras Center.


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Wednesday, December 30, 2009

Top Moments of 2009



RIP Harry Kalas. Thanks for the memories
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Top Moments of 2009



Cliff Lee dominates the Yankees in game 1 of the World Series.
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Eagles Fans Last Fight at Giants Stadium



Via Busted Coverage


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DWDW Holiday Bowl Edition

Dirty Wudders Degenerate Wagering is a feature of this blog where the DW contributors embarrass themselves picking the college and pro games of the week. Here is our pick for today's Bowl Game.

No. 22 Nebraska (9-4) vs No. 20 Arizona (8-4)   Line: Neb -2.5   O/U: 41

Another game featuring 2 teams who just missed out on BCS berths. Both teams are led by stingy defenses. Player to watch: Ndamukong Suh, he almost single handedly beat Texas and is the likely #1 overall pick this Spring.

DW Pick: Neb

Doc Pick: Over

Namesake: Neb
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Lions and Tigers

Penn State (10-2) heads into the Capital One Bowl against LSU (9-3) with (from what I can tell) a distinct advantage over the Tigers.  Offensively, PSU leads LSU in every major category, outgaining them in the air by almost 50 yards per game (238.9 to 180.1), and on the ground by over 40 (173.6 to 129.6). On the defensive side of the ball, PSU is ranked 10th nationally against the run (93.9 ypg), 8th overall (277.1) and allows the 4th fewest points per game (11.8). These stats are no doubt a product of the cupcake schedule the Lions endured, but impressive nonetheless.  Conversely, LSU ranks a paltry 108th in total offense (309.7 ypg) giving PSU fans hope that a bowl win could be in the cards.  I don’t claim to be an expert – just look at my DWDW record in college football – but all signs seem to point towards a PSU victory in this one. 

Penn State is 1-3 in the Capital One Bowl, while LSU is 1-1, losing 30-25 in 2005 on a last-second touchdown pass in Nick Saban's final game as coach.

The last time these two teams met was a 16-9 Nittany Lions win in the 1974 Orange bowl, capping Joe Pa’s third of five unbeaten seasons.

Let’s go State!

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DWDW Humanitarian Bowl Edition


Dirty Wudders Degenerate Wagering is a feature of this blog where the DW contributors embarrass themselves picking the college and pro games of the week. Here is our pick for today's Bowl Game

Bowling Green (7-5) vs Idaho (7-5) Line: Even O/U: 68.5
BG's Freddie Barnes is 5 receptions away from from breaking the NCAA record for most catches in a season. He has 138 and finished second to Golden Tate for the Biletnokoff Award. Idaho will play in front of home town fans.

DW Pick: Bowling Green

Doc Pick: Idaho

Namesake: BG
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6 Birds Make the Pro Bowl

Hopefully zero play since this years game is the week before the Super Bowl and neither SB participants will have any players playing. The 6 players are Asante Samuel, wide receiver DeSean Jackson, left tackle Jason Peters, fullback Leonard Weaver, defensive end Trent Cole, and kicker David Akers.

The Eagles also have six Pro Bowl alternates, including Sheldon Brown. Quarterback Donovan McNabb is a first alternate, tight end Brent Celek is a second alternate, safety Quintin Mikell is a third alternate, and defensive tackle Brodrick Bunkley and guard Todd Herremans are fourth alternates. (philly.com)
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The Morning After


UCLA 30 Temple 21: Temple kicked ass in the first half but UCLA outscored the Owls 20-0 in the second half.

Cornell 78 LaSalle 75: Ryan Wittman scored 34 leading the Big Red. Rodney Green had 19 and 7 for the Explorers.

Siena 92 St Joe 75: The Hawks drop to 4-7 after leading by 1 at halftime. Tough day for the Philly schools.


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Tuesday, December 29, 2009

DWDW Champs Sports Bowl Edition


Dirty Wudders Degenerate Wagering is a feature of this blog where the DW contributors embarrass themselves picking the college and pro games of the week. Here is our pick for today's Bowl Game.

No. 25 Wisconsin (9-3) vs No. 15 Miami (9-3) Line: Miami -3 O/U: 58

The U won 9 games despite 17 INT's from explosive QB Jacory Harris. Wisconsin is led by bruising RB John Clay who led the Big 10 in rushing.

DW Pick: Wisconsin

Doc Pick: U


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Pro Bowl Rosters Picked Today

Pro Bowl rosters will be picked tonight at 7pm on the NFL Network. Which Eagles will make it? McNabb has had a good year but (probably) will not make it because Brees, Favre, Rodgers and Romo all have had as good or better years.

On Defense, Asante, Cole and Sheldon appear to have the best shot. Asante should be a lock due to his reputation and knack for the big play. He made it last year when he had an average year - this year he has 9 picks. Trent Cole has tied his career high with 12.5 sacks. Sheldon has had a good year but something tells me he will be over looked.

On Offense, Desean Jackson deserves to go but has some competition - Fitzgerald, Austin Miles, Sidney Rice and Steve Smith all have had good years. Jackson might go as a Special Teamer if he gets snubbed at WR. One of the 2 tackles might have a shot just because their are not too many good ones. I would vote Weaver because I cannot imagine another FB having as good a year. Then again, there are not too many FB's I could name...Does Kevin Turner still play? Jon Ritchie?

Akers also appears to have a good shot at kicker.

I think the birds will get 4 Pro Bowlers - Asante, Cole, Jackson and Akers with maybe McNabb being an alternate after Favre refuses to play. Am I missing anybody? No, you cannot predict Andy Reid as being the Coach after another NFC Championship loss.
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Bay to the Mets

WFAN's Mike Francesa just announced that the Mets have signed Jason Bay pending a physical. Joel Sherman tweets that it is a 4 yr deal, which could be a 5 yr deal.

Here is what the NYPost's Mike Vaccaro thought of it when discussed a couple of weeks ago.

And that brings me around to this point: How many times do you need to have anvils fall on your head before you take a step out of the way? Which is to say, how many times do you have to sign Kevin Appier and Bobby Bonilla before you recognize the difference between attracting the cream of a good free-agent class (see Sabathia, CC, and Teixeira, Mark) and the prettiest homecoming queens of Homely High? And that's what the Mets would be doing here.

I think Bay is a good player who will help the Mets but they have MANY more holes to fill before I expect them to challenge the Braves and the Marlins for second place in the East.

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DWDW Eagle Bank Bowl Edition


Dirty Wudders Degenerate Wagering is a feature of this blog where the DW contributors embarrass themselves picking the college and pro games of the week. Here is our pick for today's Bowl Game.

UCLA (6-6) vs Temple (9-3) Line: UCLA -4.5 O/U: 45

Temple gets its first Bowl game in 30 years and is looking for a 10 win season. UCLA limped in with a 6-6 record. Al Golden faces the school he interviewed twice for before Rick Neuheisel got the job.

DW Pick: Over

Doc Pick: TU taking the points


DW: 5-5
Jgas: 3-2
Namesake: 2-2
Doc: 4-7

(coed)

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Birds # 2

PFT has the Eagles #2 in this week's Power Rankings and tops in the NFC. Only San Diego is ahead of them. PFT has quickly fallen out of love with Indy, New Orleans and Minnesota. Dallas is the second highest NFC team, ranked # 4 and Minnesota has fallen to #8.

The Eagles have a HUGE game this weekend at Jerry's place with the division, as well as the Bye at stake. I think it is kind of crazy to drop Indy after backups blew a lead against the Jets.
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The Morning After


Bears 36 Vikes 30: The Eagles game next week against Dallas if now even bigger, as they have a shot at the # 2 seed. The Bears blew a 16 point halftime lead and won after a costly fumble by Adrian Peterson.

No. 18 Temple 63 Bowling Green 39: Ryan Brooks scored 19 and Ramone Moore added 17 as Temple continues to roll. It was turn back the clock night and the game was played at McGonigle Hall with retro uniforms. No.1 Kansas comes to town on Saturday.

76ers 104 Blazers 93: Elton Brand had a big night with 25 and 9 off the bench. Iverson chipped in with 19 on 7-11 shooting.
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Monday, December 28, 2009

DWDW Pro Monday Edition


Dirty Wudders Degenerate Wagering is a feature of this blog where the DW contributors embarrass themselves picking the college and pro games of the week. Here are our picks for Monday nights games


Minnesota (11-3) at Chicago (5-9) Line: Min -9 O/U: 42

The Vikes look to hold onto the # 2 seed as they head into Soldier field to face da Bears. Doc needs a big game from both Brett Favre and Peterson as he tries to come back from a 29 point deficit in his fantasy championship. Vikes win, Bears cover

DW Pick: Home 'dog taking the points

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DWDW Independence Bowl Edition


Dirty Wudders Degenerate Wagering is a feature of this blog where the DW contributors embarrass themselves picking the college and pro games of the week. Here is our pick for today's Bowl Game.

Texas A&M (6-6) vs Georgia (7-5) Line: Georgia -7 O/U: 67

Georgia fired the defensive coordinator after allowing 26.4 pts per game this year. Texas A&M can score on anybody but are even worse, ranking 107th in the nation on defense.

DW: A&M

Doc: Over



DW: 5-4
Jgas: 3-2
Namesake: 2-2
Doc: 4-6
*minimun 3 decisions


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Sunday, December 27, 2009

DWDW Music City Bowl Edition


Dirty Wudders Degenerate Wagering is a feature of this blog where the DW contributors embarrass themselves picking the college and pro games of the week. Here is our pick for today's Bowl Game.

Kentucky (7-5) vs Clemson (8-5) Line: Clemson -6.5 O/U: 53.5

Rematch of the Music City Bowl of a couple years ago which UK won. Clemson got snubbed on a bunch of "bigger" bowls after just missing a shot at the Orange Bowl. Look for CJ Spiller to have a big day.

DW: Over

Doc: Clemson

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Eagles-Broncos: The Return of #20


Honestly, I don't even give a sh*t that Brian Dawkins is coming back to the Linc. I loved him as an Eagle as much as the next guy, and he is obviously one of the greatest Eagles of all-time, but the fact of the matter is that he is on the Denver Broncos now. There is nothing we can do about it. Move on. With that said, it will be sweet to see him get a rousing ovation from the Philly crowd. More on the game after the jump.

The Broncos come into town 8-6 on the season and currently holding the wildcard playoff spot in the AFC. The Eagles sit at 10-4 with a playoff spot locked up and the #2 seed in their sights. The Broncos, once 6-0, have lost their last two games, including a 20-19 stinker to the Oakland Raiders. The Birds are sitting on a five-game winning streak, and their high powered offense has been impressive throughout the run. Doc and I disagree on this, but I don't feel like the Broncos offense will be able to keep up with the Eagles this week. I understand the Birds defense has shaky lately, but come on, Kyle Orton is Denver's QB. My prediction: Eagles 30 Broncos 13.
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DWDW Pro Week 16 Edition


Dirty Wudders Degenerate Wagering is a feature of this blog where the three contributors embarrass themselves picking the college and pro games of the week. Here are our picks for Sunday's games.

Doc's Picks

Dallas (9-5) at Washington (4-10) Line: Dal -7 O/U: 42

I'll be rooting for Washington tonight but last week's performance makes me think that the 'Skins have shut it down. Dallas forces a big game next week at Jerry's place.

Pick: Dal giving the points


Denver (8-6) at Philadelphia (10-4) Line: -7 O/U: 41.5

This line seems a little high against a desperate Denver team that MUST win. The birds have played well but have not beaten many winning teams thus far. The Eagles win on a late Akers FG.

Pick: Denver taking the points


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Wolverine




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The Time has Come




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Saturday, December 26, 2009

Weapon X




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Give Me Some Respect. RIGHT NOW!




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#20 Back in Town on Sunday



video via 700 level
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DWDW Emerald Bowl


Dirty Wudders Degenerate Wagering is a feature of this blog where the DW contributors embarrass themselves picking the college and pro games of the week. Here is our pick for today's Bowl Game.

Boston College (8-4) vs No. 24 Southern California (8-4) Line: USC -8 O/U: 44

Even after a subpar season, USC still gets a bowl game close to home. A couple of Frosh QB's meet in this primetime Saturday night matchup. Half of USC's squad is ineligible for 1 reason or another. Classy program

DW: BC

Doc: Over



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DWDW Meineke Car Care Bowl


Dirty Wudders Degenerate Wagering is a feature of this blog where the DW contributors embarrass themselves picking the college and pro games of the week. Here is our pick for today's Bowl Game.

North Carolina (8-4) vs No. 17 Pittsburgh (9-3) Line: Pitt -2.5 O/U: 44.5

Dave Wannstedt vs Butch Davis, 2 former Cowboy (Dallas and OK State)assistants who also coached at the U. This would have been a decent basketball game in recent years.

DW Pick: Pitt

Doc: Over

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DWDW Little Caesars Pizza Bowl


Dirty Wudders Degenerate Wagering is a feature of this blog where the DW contributors embarrass themselves picking the college and pro games of the week. Here is our pick for today's Bowl Game.

Ohio (9-4) vs Marshall (6-6) Line: Ohio -3 O/U: 49

This is possibly the worst of the season's bowl matchups. Ohio looked good hammering Temple and hanging with the Chippewas.

DW Pick: Ohio

Doc pick: Ohio

DW: 5-0
Jgas: 3-2
Namesake: 2-2
Doc: 3-3
TH: 0-1
Anthony:1-0

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Snowball Fight at the Linc

Sports Videos, News, Blogs

Thanks to Golden Glove for the link from Eagles fandome.
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Friday, December 25, 2009

DWDW Pro - Christmas Edition


Dirty Wudders Degenerate Wagering is a feature of this blog where the three contributors embarrass themselves picking the college and pro games of the week. Here are our picks for Christmas night's game.

San Diego (11-3) at Tennessee (7-7) Line: Ten -3 O/U: 47.5

Battle of two of the hottest teams in the NFL on Christmas night. Expect San Diego to lock up the #2 seed in the AFC.

DW Pick: SD

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Thursday, December 24, 2009

DWDW Hawaii Bowl Edition


Dirty Wudders Degenerate Wagering is a feature of this blog where the DW contributors embarrass themselves picking the college and pro games of the week. Here is our pick for today's Bowl Game.

Southern Methodist vs Nevada Line: Nev -14 O/U: 72.5
Nevada has the top rushing attack in the nation and SMU has not been to a bowl game since the mid 80's.

DW Pick: Under

Doc Pick: SMU

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Wednesday, December 23, 2009

DWDW Poinsettia Bowl Edition


Dirty Wudders Degenerate Wagering is a feature of this blog where the DW contributors embarrass themselves picking the college and pro games of the week. Here is our pick for today's Bowl Game.

No. 23 Utah vs California Line: Cal -3 O/U: 52.5
Jahvid Best is still out for Cal. Utah's 3 losses are against Oregon, TCU and BYU - 2 BCS teams and 1 bowl game winner already. DW says to take the points and run.

DW Pick: Utah

Doc Pick: Utah

Namesake: Utah

Bowl Game Record:

DW: 3-0
Jgas: 2-1
Namesake: 1-2
Doc: 1-3
TH: 0-1

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Westbrook Cleared to Play

Brian Westbrook was cleared to play after recovering from two concussions and is expected to return this week against Denver. Westbrook will be eased back into the offense and should only play a limited role.

Westbrook will be a welcome addition catching passes out of the backfield. He will no doubt be rusty but could be an added weapon come the postseason.
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Vick Gets Courage Award (?)

Philadelphia quarterback Michael Vick, who joined the Eagles this season after serving 18 months in federal prison for his role in a dogfighting ring, has been named recipient of the team's Ed Block Courage Award.

Given annually, the award honors NFL players who exemplify commitment to the principles of sportsmanship and courage. Recipients are selected in a vote by their teammates for team effort as well as individual performance. (ESPN)


It must be tough for Vick to bring in 1.6 million dollars, have a couple of TD's gift wrapped for him and for the most part do absolutely nothing positive on the field. But hey, he has courage.

Think this has anything to do with the Eagles trying to make him look good so other (desperate) teams may give something for him next year?

I hope so.
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The Morning After


Bullets 105 76ers 98: Gilbert Arenas scored 31 in a game featuring two of the most disappointing teams in the nba. The Sixers led by 7 entering the 4th but could not close it out. Elton Brand led the Sixers with 18 and 12 off the bench.

No.2 Texas 78 No. 9 Michigan St. 68: Damion James had 23 and 13 leading the Longhorns in their 11th straight double digit win.

BYU 44 Oregon State 20: Max Hall threw for 3 scores in this romp in windy Las Vegas. BYU and the OVER for those interested.


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Tuesday, December 22, 2009

I Love This Kid

I saw this posted on Hot Clicks earlier today...hilarious.




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DWDW MAACO Las Vegas Bowl Edition


Dirty Wudders Degenerate Wagering is a feature of this blog where the DW contributors embarrass themselves picking the college and pro games of the week. Here is our pick for today's Bowl Game.

Brigham Young(14) vs Oregon State(18) Line: OreSt -2.5 O/U: 58.5

BYU is playing in the Las Vegas Bowl for the 5th straight year. Interesting game here because BYU opened as the favorite. This should be a very interesting game featuring two good teams.

DW Pick: Over

Doc Pick: Oregon State giving the points

Namesake: OSU

Bowl Records:


DW: 2-0
Namesake: 1-1
Jgas: 1-1
Doc: 1-2
TH: 0-1


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The Morning After


Kentucky 88 Drexel 44: DeMarcus Cousins and Patrick Patterson each scored 18 points leading UK to their 2000th victory. Samme Givens led Drexel with 16. Pic via Spider Rico who was in attendance at Rupp Arena.

Giants 45 Redskins 12: Ahmad Bradshaw ran for 2 scores and Eli threw for two leading the Giants over the inepts 'skins.

Panthers 4 Flyers 1: The Flyers have now lost 14 of their last 17 games.

Oklahoma St 77 La Salle 62: Ok State never trailed in this one. Rodney Green led the Explorers with 22. La Salle drops to 7-4
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Monday, December 21, 2009

Rant from R.H.

Temple gave Seton Hall their first loss in Jersey the other night. In Jersey. Temple's my new favorite team in case you haven't noticed. This game was Sat. night at 7. I couldn't find it anywhere at all on TV. There was high school football on, but not this. Whatever. Good point by Jerardi, rematch of the 2000 Tournament game where Temple laid an egg and lost in OT. Ty Shine (pre- Eddie Griffin black eye) and Dalembert on SHU. Ugh, what a nightmare that was.
I was looking forward to Duke- Gonzaga at MSG, and only saw bits and pieces, but had to tune out quickly. Zags didn't show up. Duke is even more nauseating when up 30 in front of their shitbag fans. Jon Scheyer.....little p***y.

Nova gets Redding back, clean and sober hopefully. They needed him too. Needed his leadership and stability with all these young guards. Plus they'll need to him to win games with the Big East schedule coming up. I guess Syracuse is good, but I can't believe they're as good as they've looked so far. Jackson and Jardine-- Neumann connection. I still can't shake the fact that they lost to that DII team at the dome in a scrimmage.
Speaking of the Nova game, this from Mushnick in the Post:

* Villanova-Fordham, Saturday, on YES. A camera found a sweet picture of a kid, 9 or 10, holding ice cream. The kid gave the camera the finger. . .

Pretty funny, but sign of the times I guess with disrespectful punk kids. Don't get me started! Shades of Costanza with the ice cream on TV....



Drexel-Kentucky tonight at Rupp. Line is now at 58 and a half. I assume Bruiser and Calipari are buddies or something. Ick. Oh well, at least Drexel gets an ESPN game that doesn't start just before dawn. How bout Calipari, coming out and saying he "disagrees" with Knight, but nothing else? If you were innocent and someone said that about you, you would come back with guns blazing. But he knows what Knight said is true, and he has no comeback. Slimy fraud. I read an article about John Wall today. Towards the end there was a blurb that he was arrested in May for breaking and entering. Sounds like a nice kid. Maybe that's why Roy Williams didn't recruit him at all (and why Cal jumped on him) even though he played in his backyard.
St. Joe's held on to beat Lehigh at home. So, um, yeah.

I actually watched the second half of Sixers-Celtics Friday night--sans Iverson. Surprisingly entertaining and they actually played pretty well and won. Also, Sheed got tossed with two T's in the first half and had to be restrained by half the Celtics bench when he got tossed. What a complete stooge. Every time I think he's done amusing me with his childish, boorish behavior, he comes through with a stunt like that.
Anyway, this Speights guy looks really good. He should easily play the bulk of the minutes at center and Dalembert should be sent to Siberia or the wilds of his native Canada. I don't care how much he makes, let's not compound the mistake by starting the guy. It was Speights' first game back from injury and he played great. I could see him being a potential headcase down the road, but he has alot of ability. His postgame interview with Zumoff and Easy Ed was tough to get through without closed-captioning. Sweet Jesus!!! Gotta love the "student"-athletes the University of Florida churns out.
Brand has also been very spry off the bench lately. And this Holliday guy looks like a keeper as well. Wait, what's this? Are the Sixers becoming watchable again??? I thought so, just for a second, until they lost at home to the Clip-Joint the very next night. Wow. Sixers-Clippers in the midst of a blizzard!!! NBA Basketball, it's fantastic!!! I'm surprised anyone showed up for that game. Oh, also, the Sixers play no defense whatsoever, and it doesn't appear they ever will. And fuggetaboutit when Iverson is on the court. It takes 4 on 5 to a new level. It's like they're trying to kill off a power play or something.

Choppy Eagles game, but a win is a win. Actually was closer than it should've been. The Niners had no chance. Coming across the country on a short week after playing on MNF. If that Walter guy didn't fumble down inside the Eagles 10, it could be a whole different ballgame. This of course was after Reid's incomprehensible decision to go for it on 4th down from his own 30!! Stunning even for him. It's dumb even when Belichick does it, and he has 4 rings. The defense was better I guess. Couldn't be any worse. Tony Siragusa, the fat moron that stands on the field and screams dumb comments/observations every minute or so, said the Eagles defense was "unbelievable". Let's calm down. I'm pretty sure they were going up against Alex Smith.
Does Asante Samuel irk anyone else? I know he makes alot of plays (although that fumble recovery was all Sheldon Brown, he just fell on it). His "tackling" is horrifically bad. How bout when he completely whiffed on that tackle? What should've been a 3 yard gain turned into a 30 yard gain. Gambles a ton too. Can't have that against competent teams or you'll get burnt. Look at the Giants game. I know he's a good CB, but he annoys me sometimes. And stop dancing after you fall on a fumble!!!

Is anyone else giddy that the wheels are starting to come off Favre and the Vikings? Brad Childress is wound tighter than Reid's belt. Crazy that the Birds could possibly move ahead of them in playoff positioning. 4th and 26 game punts thrown up by Favre, here we come! It's a shame snowball-throwing fans didn't storm the booth and bombard Kenny Albert (Son of Gay Back-Biter) and "Moose" (Moose....Christ) Johnston with snowballs. Two jackasses.


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DWDW Pro Bonus Monday Edition



Dirty Wudders Degenerate Wagering is a feature of this blog where the three contributors embarrass themselves picking the college and pro games of the week. Here are our picks for Monday nights games.
N.Y. Giants (7-6) at Washington (4-9) Line: Nyg -3 O/U: 44

The Giants have to win to stay alive in the NFC. NFC East matchups are always tough but DW expects to keep their season alive.

DW Pick: Nyg giving the 3

Season:
Doc: 16-17
DW: 13-14
Namesake: 10-14-2
Section202: 4-4

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Temple Ranked #21

The latest AP Poll to be released has your Temple Owls sitting at No.21 in the country – good stuff TU!  Winners of five straight, including a huge win over Villanova last Sunday, Temple currently sits at 9-2 overall this season.  Led by guards Ryan Brooks (15.2 ppg), Juan Fernandez (13.5 ppg) and forward Lavoy Allen (11.5 ppg, 10.4 rpg), the Owls are putting together a pretty nice season so far.  They’re no PSU, but whatever.  Their next games is Saturday vs. Bowling Green.   Go Owls!

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The Morning After


Eagles 23 49ers 17: Donovan threw for one touchdown and ran for another, DeSean Jackson had 140 yards receiving and the Birds beat the Niners 27-13 Sunday to clinch a playoff spot for the eighth time this decade. It was a nice win for the Eagles, maintaining their one-game lead over the Cowboys in the East is big heading into the final two weeks.

Some quick thoughts on the game:

  • DeSean is a f*cking beast.  He’s unstoppable at this point.

  • Not only did Asante record another interception yesterday, his 8th of the year, but he actually made a great tackle late in the game. 

  • I hope the Birds hold onto Sheldon after this season, he seems to make a play on defense every week.

  • How about the neck on Takeo Spikes? That thing is like a parasitic twin growing off of his shoulders.

  • Doc: Looks like Vick just has a quad contusion…the experiment continues.  Sorry dude.

  • Fact I did not know: The Eagles D had not allowed a running back to surpass 100-yards in 24 games – Frank Gore ran for 107 yesterday.  That’s impressive.

  • Michael Lewis looked like his old self yesterday, getting burned deep by WR’s and barely making an impact on the game.

  • Another playoff birth for the McNabb-Reid Eagles…good stuff. 

Let’s hear your thoughts on yesterday’s game. What do you think about the Eagles chances in the postseason?

Dawkins comes home next weekend; I expect to see a ton of #20 jerseys in the crowd.  It should be a pretty emotional game for him and the fans.  Thoughts?







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Sunday, December 20, 2009

DWDW New Orleans Bowl Edition


Dirty Wudders Degenerate Wagering is a feature of this blog where the DW contributors embarrass themselves picking the college and pro games of the week. Here is our pick for today's Bowl Game.

Middle Tennessee St. (9-3) vs Southern Mississippi (7-5)      Line: (S Miss -3.5)   O/U: 58.5

Second New Orleans Bowl in a row for Southern Miss. Middle Tennessee has won 6 straight but also had the worth strength of schedule of any bowl teams (yes including PSU).

Doc's Pick: Over 58.5

Bowl Records:
DW: 2-0
Namesake: 1-1
Jgas: 1-1
TH: 0-1
Doc: 0-2


Post your picks below!

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DWDW Pro Week 15 Edition


Dirty Wudders Degenerate Wagering is a feature of this blog where the three contributors embarrass themselves picking the college and pro games of the week. Here are our picks for Sunday's games.

Doc's Picks:

San Francisco (6-7) at Philadelphia (9-4) Line: Phi (-7.5) O/U: 40.5

Low number for this game. I know it will be cold but I expect the Eagles and 49ers to cover that number easily.

Pick: Over

Miami (7-6) at Tennessee (6-7) Line: Ten (-5) O/U: 43

Miami should be desperate in this one hoping to keep their playoff and division hopes alive. The Titans dug themselves too big a whole with their bad start but have won 6 of 7 games.

Pick: Miami taking the points.


Season:
Doc: 15-16
DW: 13-14
Namesake: 9-13-2
Section202: 4-4

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'04 Hawks are SI's Team of the Decade

Si.com

BEST SINGLE-SEASON TEAM: Saint Joseph's, 2004
St. Joe's didn't quite pull off a championship (losing to Oklahoma State in the Elite Eight), but the Hawks, led by incandescent point guard Jameer Nelson, became the first team to complete a perfect regular season since UNLV in 1991.

Wow not bad for a little Big 5 school. That team was fun to watch. Not to rain on their parade but the weak A-10 played a part in them finishing undefeated. It was still a huge accomplishment though
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The Morning After


No.2 Texas 103 No.10 UNC 90: Damion James scored 25 points and grabbed 15 boards and Dexter Pittman had 23 and 15 in a top 10 showdown at Jerry's place. UNC fought back late but fell short.

No.7 Duke 76 No. 15 Gonzaga 41: Looks like the Zags weren't used to the cold - played at MSG. I predict Duke falls in second round of NCAA Tourney....again.

Wyoming 35 Fresno 28: (AP)—Freshman Austyn Carta-Samuels threw three touchdown passes, the last a 13-yarder to David Leonard in the second overtime Saturday, and Wyoming beat Fresno State 35-28 in the New Mexico Bowl. DW contributors and readers were wrong on this one.

Clippers 110 76ers 103 OT: Igoudala had 20, 9 and 7 for the Sixers in the second half of a back to back. Mo Speights had 28 points and 9 boards off the bench. That is a good sign. Need to see more of Speights. Igoudala drained a clutch shot just after the buzzer of regulation. Speights is the key to this teams future. I smell a much needed sixers post coming.

Rangers 2 Flyers 1: Another loss for the flyers in a game of two over priced underachievers. Here is another drunken prediction... Flyers reach the Conference Finals. Please don't ask for reasoning just believe it, its early.

'Boys 24 Saints 17: Marion Barber rushed for 2 td's and Romo hit Miles Austin for a TD ending New Orleans perfect season.
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Saturday, December 19, 2009

Welker Does Not Seem Happy


Courtesy TiricoSuave


R.H.'s favorite player is one tough honkey.
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DWDW Bonus Pro Saturday Edition


Dirty Wudders Degenerate Wagering is a feature of this blog where the three contributors embarrass themselves picking the college and pro games of the week. Here are our picks for Saturday night's games.

Dallas (8-5) at New Orleans (13-0) Line: No (-7.5) O/U: 53

Not much on the Line for New Orleans and the Boys are fighting for their life. Then again this is December.

DW Pick: Dallas covers but loses.


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DWDW St. Petersburg Bowl Edition


Dirty Wudders Degenerate Wagering is a feature of this blog where the three contributors embarrass themselves picking the college and pro games of the week. Here are our picks for today's Bowl Game. Place your picks in the comment section.

Central Florida (8-4) vs Rutgers (8-4) Line: Rutgers -2.5 O/U: 44.5

Fifth straight bowl game for Rutgers and 3rd ever for UCF. Both the Knights and the Scarlett Knights will try to run the ball.  Home-like crowd advantage goes to UCF.

Doc Pick: UCF

DW: Rutgers giving the points

Namesake: Rutgers

Put your picks in below.

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Eagles-49ers game moved to 4:15 ET

According to PFT the Eagles game has been pushed back to 4:15pm on Sunday due to snow. The extra time will allow city and stadium workers more time to clear snow. The storm is expected to wrap up by Sunday morning

Go Birds.
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Jack Bauer Interrogates Santa


I hope that Sec202 has a better relationship with Santa than Jack does.

Courtesy of manofest
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DWDW New Mexico Bowl Edition


Dirty Wudders Degenerate Wagering is a feature of this blog where the three contributors embarrass themselves picking the college and pro games of the week. Here are our picks for today's Bowl Game. Place your picks in the comment section.

Wyoming (6-6) vs Fresno State (8-4) Line: Fresno (-11) O/U: 55

Wyoming struggles on offense and they struggle of defense. Fresno State has an explosive rushing attack and will walk away with this one as long as they don't get killed in the turnover battle.

Doc Pick: Fresno by 21

DW Pick: Over

Namesake: Fresno State

Post your picks in the comment section!

Final Season Records:

Doc: 18-18
DW: 16-18
Namesake: 10-15-1
Sec: 4-6


(csufresno)
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Featured Fightin'


Check out Golden Glove's philliesPulse for their new Classic Featured Fightin'. Today it is Glenn Wilson, 1985 All-Star. Wilson played for Philadelphia from 1983 thru '87. I has about 25 of the card to the left. '87 topps were the best.

PhilliesPulse is your source for year-round coverage of the Fightin Phils. Fast, simple access to the information you need.
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The Morning After


Villanova 23 Montana 21: 1AA Champs! Matt Szczur ran for 159 yards and two touchdowns and had another 68 yards receiving giving Andy Talley and the Cats their first championship. Pretty good '09 for the Cats, Final four in hoops and the FCS, whatever that is, 1AA crown.

76ers 98 Celtics 97: You had doubts about this one? Elton Brand had 23 points off the bench and Mo Speights chipped in with 17 and 10, also off the bench leading the answer-less sixers over the Celtics snapping Boston's 11 game win streak.
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Wasted Cowboys Fan



Via Busted Coverage.
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Friday, December 18, 2009

Phillies Excersise Option on Rollins

The Phillies exercised their club option on shortstop Jimmy Rollins' contract for the 2011 season, Senior Vice President and General Manager Ruben Amaro Jr. announced today. (press release)

Rollins signed a five-year, $40 million contract extension in June, 2005, will make 7.5 this season and 8.5 in 2011.
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Ranking the Bowl Games

2009BowlGames.com rankes the Bowl games 1 thru 34. Read up and get your picks in on our DWDW college bowl posts. We'll keep track if you get them in on the comments section. Games start tomorrow.

30. EagleBank – UCLA v. Temple – Tuesday, Dec. 29 at 4:30 p.m. (ESPN)

THOUGHTS: Temple plays football? Would make a better second-round college basketball tournament game.
PREDICTION: Temple 61, UCLA 58


5. Capital One – Penn State v. LSU – Friday, Jan. 1 at 1 p.m. (ABC)

THOUGHTS: Battle of two clueless coaches will help you feel better about yourself while you nurse a hangover.
PREDICTION: LSU 19, Penn State 13



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Lee "In Shock"

I think I would feel better about losing Lee if everything I heard about there being no chance he would resign with the Phils were true. What the Phils are saying, take it for what its worth, is that it was a baseball decision and they only traded Lee because they gave up 7 of their top 10 prospects. Lee's words after the jump.

My initial reaction was shock and disbelief.  Initially, I was disappointed because making it to the World Series was a lot of fun, and I was looking forward to making a third run at it.
At first I didn’t believe it, because I thought that we were working out an extension with the Phillies and I thought that I was going to spend the rest of my career there…This goes to show this is a business, and you never know what’s going to happen until you have a full no-trade clause.”
Why do you think it an extension didn’t work out?
“There was not enough dialogue. (Also) They had an opportunity to get the best pitcher in baseball, and I can’t blame them for choosing Roy Halladay over me…I was under the impression they would keep me for a long time.
I’m going to be as positive as I can, and go over there and try to make it to the World Series with those guys…it’s a new chapter. I’ve got to go to the Mariners and make the best of it. I’m going to go in with an open mind and do everything I can.”
(martino)

These prospects the Phillies got in return for Lee may very well turn out to be good players but the Phils could have received 2 first round picks if Lee walked in 2010. Drafting above slot this summer could also have helped quickly replenish the system. Players want to come to Philly - high school and college kids will to. Damn - how good would a Halladay-Lee-Hamels-Blanton-Happ rotation have looked.

I'll stop bitching about losing Lee soon enough but not quite yet.
Here are the before and after top 10's

Top 10 Before Top 10 After
1. Domonic Brown, of 1. Domonic Brown, of

2. Kyle Drabek, rhp* 2. Trevor May, rhp

3. Michael Taylor, of* 3. Anthony Gose, of

4. Travis D'Arnaud, c* 4. Sebastian Valle, c

5. Trevor May, rhp 5. Phillippe Aumont, rhp**

6. Anthony Gose, of 6. Jarred Cosart, rhp

7. Sebastian Valle, c 7. Antonio Bastardo, lhp

8. Jarred Cosart, rhp 8. Tyson Gillies, of**

9. Antonio Bastardo, lhp 9. Domingo Santana, of

10. Domingo Santana, of 10. Scott Mathieson, rhp


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The Morning After


Penguins 3 Flyers 2: The Penguins beat the Fyers for the second time in 3 days. Jeff Carter and Claude Giroux scored goals for the Flyers. There are only 3 teams in the NHL with less points than the Flyers.

Colts 35 Jags 31: Peyton Manning threw 4 touchdowns and 308 yards and the Colts stayed perfect. David Garrard threw for 2 scores and MJD scored 1 rushing and 1 receiving for the Jags.
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Thursday, December 17, 2009

DWDW Pro Bonus Thursday Edition


Dirty Wudders Degenerate Wagering is a feature of this blog where the three contributors embarrass themselves picking the college and pro games of the week. Here are our picks for Thursday night's game.


Indianapolis (13-0) at Jacksonville (7-6) Line: Ind (-3) O/U: 43

Jacksonville is fighting for its life and Indy has everything pretty much wrapped up. Caldwell says his starters will play but DW wonders how hard. Jax straight up!

DW Pick: Jax taking the points

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Is It April Yet?


There is only one piece of the pie left for your Phightin Phils, and that is bullpen. I trust that Amaro will go after the right pitchers that can pitch in the right roles out of the pen. There are rumors that Fernando Rodney or Mike McDougal may be the next to put on the red and white pinstripes. At this point who wouldn't want to put them on. I cannot remember a time up until now that players wanted to play in Philly. The best pitcher in baseball settled for less than what he was asking for to pitch in Philly. If this doesn't get you pumped then you better go to Flushing, New York and become one of those loser Mets fans! Which is my next point that I want to make. How 'bout them Mets! While the Phils are getting key players to make another run, the Mets are trying to negotiate a contract with a 35 year old over weight catcher hahaha. By the way if he signs with the Mets, that will be their third catcher that they signed this off season (Henry Blanco (38) and Chris Coste (34)). You know its bad when Chris Coste is making excuses for why he signed with the Mets. Although, I did hear that there are talks about going after Jason Bay, but he is not of Hispanic descent so I am sure that Minaya thinks he is no good. I hope that there are some Mets fans out there that read this, but I doubt there will be. Just in case any of you do read this though, I just want to say to all of you: Merry Christmas you losers, by the way Santa told me that he hates all of you. While all of you will be crying about being in 4th place in the NL East next year, Phils fans can go to sleep at night knowing that Roy Halladay is a Phuckin Phil! Read More

Wednesday, December 16, 2009

"This is Where We Want to Be."



It's official Roy Halladay is a member of the Phillies wearing Cliff Lee's #34. As R.H. pointed out today "There is a new Doc in town - also a new R.H." It is now possible that we will have 3 namesakes here at DW.
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So This is Why the Flyers Suck


According to The Philly Four, the Flyers locker room is in shambles amidst rumors that Jeff Carter had an affair with Scott Hartnell’s wife.  Apparently the locker room is split over the incident, and this could be a reason for the team’s terrible play lately. Wow.  Reminds of the time Ricky “Wild Thing” Vaughn slept with Roger Dorn’s wife.  Pretty f’d up story.






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On the Pharm

Thanks to CSNPHILLY for breaking down the new prospects received in the Blockbuster. Read it here

Phillipe Aumont, who was the 11th pick in the 2007 draft, is similar in style to Jason Knapp, whom the Phillies traded to Cleveland in July as part of the previous Lee deal. He’s long and lanky and brings it in the low-to-mid 90s. He’s not anywhere as polished as Drabek and, like Knapp, is nowhere near ready to pitch in the upper levels of the minor leagues let alone the Major Leagues.

Though drafted as a starter, the Mariners moved Aumont to the bullpen in 2009, his first full season in pro ball. Aumont, who will turn 20 next month, was 2-6 with a 3.88 ERA in a combined 44 appearances at High Desert of the Class-A California League and West Tennessee of the Double-A Southern League.

He had 16 saves, only four of them coming in the Southern League. He had a 5.09 ERA in 17 2/3 innings at West Tenn.


Tyson Gillies, is legally deaf and wears a hearing aid in each ear, led the Cal League with 44 steals. He finished second in hits [170], OBP [.430], runs scored [104] and triples [14]. He was third in hitting [.341] and also led the league after getting thrown out trying to steal 19 times.

Gillies relies on his speed, no doubt, but how he fares outside of the offensive-minded Cal League will be more telling. The Eastern League, where he will likely be playing in 2010, is a grinding league.


Juan Ramirez, turned 21 in August and also spent the entire season in the Cal League, going 8-10 with a 5.12 ERA in 28 games [27 starts]. Like Gillies, a truer indication of how he’ll fare will come in 2010 in the Eastern League. The Cal League shreds young pitchers and it is rare that any one can step in and succeed at the high altitudes and bandbox ballparks.

He also has some control issues – he hit 17 batters in 2009 and uncorked 14 wild pitches. Like Aumont, though, he has a lively low-to-mid 90s fastball that occasionally creeps into the upper 90s. Ramirez simply needs to figure out how to control it.


There you go, these are your new phils of the future.

Also - (philled in) with some good stuff on the prospects.

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Tuesday, December 15, 2009

So What Do We Think?

Still not finalized but it looks like the Phils are going to be giving up prized prospects Michael Taylor, Kyle Drabek and Travis d’Arnaud in return for prospect pitchers Phillipe Aumont, J.C. Ramirez and outfielder Tyson Gillies.

Am I forgetting anybody? Ahh yes, the Phils get Roy Halladay and lose postseason hero Cliff Lee.

What could have been without Moyer's ill advised 2nd year?

Short term, I don't think the Phils are much better if at all for 2010. This deal was made for the security of having Halladay for multiple years- which is huge. Halladay is widely regarded as the best pitcher in baseball. Lookinng forward to some Halladay vs Santana matchups this summer. The Phillies have to hope Halladay stays healthy and Hamels can learn from his work ethic.

I can't say I know much about the Aumont, Ramirez and Gillies except from what I am reading - they seem pretty good yet raw. Taylor hits the snot out of the ball but he would have been stuck at AAA this year with an even bigger prospect (Brown)on his heels. It is tough giving up Drabek but hopefully Aumont and/or Ramirez can offset losing him. Gillies seems to be a few years away but could replace one of the outfielders eventually.

This is a tough deal to grade right away. Yes I would have loved to have Lee and Halladay but the wallets say that could not have happened. I say suck it up, eat the 9 million and then collect the two 1st rounders next year...Oh well. I am cautiously optimistic. I hate to lose Clifton but it didn't seem like he was going to resign. I hate to lose the prospects but it seems like the Phils got some in return.

I look forward to seeing Roy in Phils Red and another long postseason run.

Been quiet around here. What do you guys think?

Reading material:

Stark

Matthew Pouliot

Salisbury
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The Morning After


Flyers 3 Bruins 1: Kimmo Timonen scored two 3rd period goals as the Flyers beat the Bruins in a preview of the Winter Classic. The Flyers entered the night tied for the second fewest points in the NHL. Boucher had 26 saves. (yahoo)

76ers 117 Warriors 101: Big night for Thaddeus - 26 points and 14 boards. Iverson added 20. Jrus Holiday showed a glimpse of the future with 15 points 7 rebounds and 6 assists.

San Fran 24 Arizona 9: Arizona had 7 tunrovers and Frank Gore rushed for 167 yards and a TD. Alex Smith threw for 144 yards and touchdowns to Michael Crabtree and Vernon Davis. The Eagles are next up for the niners.
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Monday, December 14, 2009

Latest on Halladay

This is from Jayson Stark: The specifics of the trade took some twists and turns on Monday. The trade’s latest structure would send Phillies outfielder Michael Taylor, Phillies catching prospect Travis d’Arnaud and a Phils pitcher — either Kyle Drabek or J.A. Happ — to Toronto, sources said. And indications Monday night were that that pitcher was likely to be Drabek. Under that scenario, the Phillies would not have to include their top position-player prospect, Domonic Brown, and they would receive Seattle’s top pitching prospect, Phillippe Aumont, who originally appeared ticketed for Toronto.
The Phillies also would receive one other prospect — believed to be 21-year-old outfielder Tyson Gillies — from Seattle in exchange for Lee, who is a year away from free agency.



In this scenario the Phils would lose their top pitching prospect and gain one of Seattle's top pitching prospects. I think the Jays should stick with the French Canadians, Aumont and d'Arnaud.

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DWDW Pro Bonus Monday Edition



Dirty Wudders Degenerate Wagering is a feature of this blog where the three contributors embarrass themselves picking the college and pro games of the week. Here are our picks for Monday nights games.

Arizona (8-4) at San Francisco (5-7) Line: Ari (-3.5) O/U: 46

Zona is coming off a big win last week against Minnesota. This could be a letdown game as San Fran has already knocked off the Cards this season. DW is going to go out on a limb and pick the 49ers OUTRIGHT!

DW Pick: San Fran taking the points

(tempe12)
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Mid-Air Bump




Thanks to Johnny Nas via 700Level
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Halladay to the Phils, Lee to Seattle * updated

Wow! Si.com's Jon Heyman is reporting that the Phillies are in agreement on a three-team trade with the Mariners and Blue Jays to acquire star pitcher Roy Halladay. Halladay has to agree to a contract extension to complete the deal but that is apparently a formality.

The deal is rumored to have Lee going to the M's for prospects who would go to Toronto. The prospects have not been confirmed. No word if Happ or Hamels were involved.

I am going to hold judgement until I hear who all is involved but Wow! that is a blockbuster.

Cliff Lee's second half and playoff performance will never be forgotten in Philadelphia.

* UPDATE: Now Heyman is backing off! "sorry, quick trigger finger. Mariners definitely the third team. checking now with cliff lee is the pltcher they get." Some people are saying maybe it's Cole Hamels

nbcsports

Heyman

**Update: The source said Phillipe Aumont — a Canadian right-hander — is among the players headed from Seattle to Toronto in the deal; the source added the Philadelphia is expected to send one of its outfield prospects, possibly Michael Taylor, to the Blue Jays. (foxsports)

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Rant by R.H.

Glen Miller out at Penn. Can't say I'm surprised.


Two good Big 5 games the last few days. St. Joe's-Nova was surprisingly competitive. By far the best St. Joe's played all year. But in the end, they tried to run with Nova and gave up 95 points. The overrating of Martelli continues unabaded. I must say, Nova probably wouldn't have won without Taylor King. I wanted to hate him, because you know, he's a Dukie, but he was clutch as hell. Pretty impressive for a kid from California in his first game in the hellish Palestra. Way better than he was when he was a freshman at Duke. Not that he got a ton of time back then, but he was just a mindless chucker who rarely came inside the 3 point line (like me when I play now). But now, he got boards and even created some things. Sweet lefty stroke doesn't hurt either.

By the way, that Hilliard guy on St. Joe's had a poor man's Laettner game going for a while. Perfect from the field and the line. I think he finally missed a shot from the field. Nova hit 29 straight foul shots in the second half. Nuff said. Good job by ESPN having Rafftery do the game. He just "gets" the Big 5. Probably the only ESPN analyst you can say that about. I also love when, after an iffy walk call on Nova, he said, "I don't comment on travelling calls on Villanova anymore." (obviously referring back to the '04 Sweet 16 game against Carolina when that phantom walk was called on Nova.....costing them the game. Still hurts). Of course, this comment was met by awkward silence from the clueless play-by-play guy.

Temple!! I can't say I was too shocked that they beat Nova yesterday. Luckily I caught like the last 15 minutes or so. For some reason, it was buried on some CBS College Sports station that too a GPS for me to find it. Disgrace that Comcast Sportsnet didn't carry it. I guess it would've messed up their 9 hour Eagles pregame. We wouldn't want to miss Rendell praising Donavan again.
Anyway, Juan Fernandez was a revelation! Pepe with a jump shot!! The guy was unconscious!! Knocked down like three 3's in a row right after I turned it on. I'm not saying he's better than Pepe now, but he could be someday. With him, Brooks, and Lavoy Allen, they have three really nice players. Allen was a madman controlling the paint down the stretch. I also can't believe he only had 3 assists. I swear I saw 4 just while I was watching. Love his game, he just needs to play with a fire under his ass like that alot more. They look like a tournament team right now (should've beaten G'Town too, oh well). That win will look huge come March. Also, that Kansas game on 1/2 just became much more interesting.

Not a bad loss at all for Nova. Might not be the worst thing in the world. And if they had to lose, why not to another city team. Game obviously meant alot more to Temple. Thought King (my new favorite player) probably should've been more aggresive in looking for his shot. Down the stretch, only Reynolds was being aggressive. Nova will be fine. Redding will help them when he comes back soon.....if he's clean. Oh yeah, Lappas was the analyst for the game!! Horrific New Yawk accent was more evident than ever ("Derrick Jeetuh!!!!"). And that lisp...ugh.... the mic was soaked by game's end. Isn't it embarrassing for him to do Nova games now? ("Hey Steve, here's that program you ruined!"). Just sayin'.

LaSalle stayed close to Kansas for a few minutes. Ugh. Loathe Kansas and Self. Speaking of loathesome coaches. I heard after the UConn-Kentucky game last week that Calipari and Calhoun hate each other. I guess it goes back to the days when Calipari was at UMass and they for some reason never played each other. Two assholes.

Wild Eagles game to say the least. Although I've seen better defense at my Ryan's toddler soccer games. Atrocious tackling on both sides.
DeSean Jackson....my God. I mean, I could do without all the showboating, but this guy is outrageous. It's rare to see a guy in the NFL that is just that much faster than everyone else. That punt return was straight out of the schoolyard. It was beautiful how he toyed with the Giants on that play, and it was even better because it brought out the Coughlin "Rocky's Trainer Mickey" face. Jackson should probably get the ball more (and yes, I subscribe to the theory--started by me-- that McNabb doesn't throw to him more because he doesn't want him to become a bigger star. Too late. See: T.O.). For as much as I blast him, Reid was pretty good. Sure there was the requisite blown challenge, but whatever. Some great play calls. Now let's all spray Bactine in our eyes as we think about the next 4 years with him still here.

It's a known fact that the Giants season-ticket holders despise any games that don't start at 1PM. 8:30 starts are their most hated of course there most hated. (65,000 70 year-olds with their thermoses and bologna sandwiches-- it's a bunch of Morty Seinfelds-- they're ready for bed by halftime. "If we're gonna be here till all hours of the night, can we at least order some food?"). So that made the win even sweeter. I'm sure they're just getting home right about now.

NFC East is setting up nice. Dallas with their annual December swan-dive. Stupid stadium. Birds are in good shape. I can see the NFC Championship Game loss coming from a mile away...

I think Wes Welker is my favorite player in the NFL right now. That's one tough honkey. Love watching him play. Speaking of the Pats, I have Randy Moss on my fantasy team. I'm glad he picked my bye week to quit on his team. Shades of Oakland and the horrible end in Minnesota. F the Pats. Also, last Feb. when I was in Vegas I took the Chargers to win the Super Bowl this year. So come on, Bolts!!! My two others were homer bets just missed-- Nova to win it all (stupid UNC) and the Phils to win the World Series (*%#$$*$^*^$&*%@^!!!!!!!!!!!!!!).

Alright, I have a Seinfeld Quizzo to prepare for....



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