One thing you have to credit Chip Kelly with is this—the guy can stick to a script. After his Eagles turned in their second horrifying performance in a row—Halloween ain’t got nothing on these Birds when it comes to scary stuff—Kelly faced some tough questions in yesterday’s press conference.
He deflected most of them with relative cool and a certain grace under pressure that’s admirable, considering the dismal state of his team. Then Kelly was asked about the problems with his offense, aside from the rotating cast of guys under center.
“You just hope if you’re a little unstable at quarterback, we can kind of lean on something else that can help us get through those murky waters,” Kelly said. “That’s where, as a group, we’ve got to do a better job… take a little bit of pressure off.”
Coach, if there’s one phrase to avoid in your post-game comments, it’s “we’ve got to do a better job.” See also: “time’s yours.” And avoid throat-clearing whenever possible.
And he’s outta here! Utley’s rare triplex penthouse is for sale for $4.3 million. The listing points to the amenities and highlights with language better than we could muster, frankly:
audio and Crestron systems…An expanded Bulthaup kitchen with a large island, Miele and Sub-Zero, including a full-size wine storage unit…an exquisite table, lit by a smoky quartz chandelier, was made to fit the room and is included. A study, made private with pocket doors… a custom-crafted stairwell with walnut treads and walls finished in Blue de Savoie marble [to] the lower level…a specially designed, “smoked oak” wet bar with Sub-Zero wine chiller, refrigerator and freezer drawers, Fisher-Paykel drawer dishwasher, ample storage and stainless counter and backsplash…a terrace…private elevator…a cleverly designed main suite overlooks the main living room via a wall of glass…motorized window treatments with sun-shade and room darkening options. Two valet parking spaces and two storage rooms…
You know, just for starters. Perhaps Ruben Amaro is in the market for a downtown real estate investment?
Remember this? Remember Harry Kalas? (Aw, man.) Remember when Chase Utley’s knees worked?
The Phillies won the World Series five years ago today. It was pretty cool. On the other hand, the Bill Simmons Five-Year Grace Period Rule means that the team’s fans can now start griping again about all the team’s missteps since then. What? You say they already were? Nevermind.
This is a strange moment in Philadelphia sports. For the first time, all four of our major teams are led by rookie managers or coaches—the Eagles (Chip Kelly), Phillies (Ryne Sandberg), Flyers (Craig Berube) and Sixers (starts with a B … I think). Of course, this also means four guys got canned.
With such historic bloodshed and so many questions about the new men in charge, it’s a good time to look back at the best coaches and skippers in this city’s history. What, exactly, do I mean by “best”? One way to define it would be by championships won, but that would not only be relentlessly boring; the resulting list would also be—in this land of crushed sports dreams—ridiculously short.
Instead, for the purposes of these rankings, I’m defining “best” by Philly-ness—some essential Pattison Avenue quality about each of the men honored here, in ascending order of their bona fides. You’ll see that Andy Reid didn’t make the cut; despite his success with wins and losses, we see nothing of ourselves in Big Red (aside from, perhaps, his waistline). And in this town, your record alone doesn’t earn you a statue. Instead, this list pays tribute to the assholes, the also-rans and the epic losers (along with a winner or two) who, for better and often for worse, made us who we are as sports fans.
Breaking Bad writer Thomas Schnauz sent out this tweet earlier today. What?! Screw you! We’re not unlikable! Calm down everyone who just thought that! It was a joooke. Turns out Walter White isn’t the Phillies fan; it’s Bryan Cranston who likes the team.
MLB.com reports: “The Phillies made a host of changes to their coaching staff on Tuesday, highlighted by the returns of Larry Bowa and Pete Mackanin. Bowa, a former Phillies player, coach and manager, will serve as manager Ryne Sandberg’s bench coach. Bowa, 67, played shortstop for Philadelphia from 1970-81, was third-base coach from 1988-96 and managed the club from 2001-04.”
This past July, during an audience Q&A following his address to the national convention of the Society of American Baseball Research here in Philadelphia, Phillies team president Dave Montgomery was asked whether, in light of the Phils’ second straight subpar season, it might be time for the organization to take a look at something it has long resisted: advanced statistical analysis.
Montgomery, in the Q&A and an interview afterward, replied that contrary to the belief of many, the team does actually give some consideration to advanced stats. He said the Phillies’ front office has three employees in its player personnel department who have statistical evaluation as part of their portfolio, although no one employee does the work full-time. Montgomery added, however, that “character” plays a major role in the team’s personnel decisions. Read more »
The 700 Level takes a look at the 20 best moments from this doomed DOOMED I SAY! Phillies season. The best moment? Those few weeks in the spring when it seemed Domonic Brown might finally be justifying the hype that once attended him.
“If you remember this Phillies season for one thing and one thing alone, let’s hope it’s for the span of late May to early June, where there was simply no hotter hitter on the planet than Domonic Brown,” writes Andrew Unterbarger. “The potential long-promised from the Phillies’ 25-year-old outfielder took such a long time to consistently show itself that many understandably assumed it had just never existed in the first place. Then Dom hit ten homers in 11 games, taking the baseball world by storm and securing his first All-Star bid (though somehow, not a slot on the NL’s squad for the home run derby–thanks, David Wright and Michael Cuddyer). With the possible exception of watching LeSean McCoy juke his way out of a sure tackle, there was simply no sight in Philly sports this year more exciting then Dom squaring up on a ball on the outside corner for those couple of weeks.”
Of couse, Brown hit his last homer in mid-August, which makes the whole thing a bit less fun. Still, we take our relief where we can find it. Wait till next year!