Eagles-Seahawks Quick Thoughts

Frustrating.

That is the word that comes to mind after watching the Eagles lose 24-10 to the Seahawks. The game was there for the taking and the Eagles just could not put it together to be a very good and, most likely, playoff team.

For the entire first half, the offense was anemic. The offense could not get anything going, the defense let up a few big plays, and the game plan seemed ultra conservative and odd. In particular, Wentz had quite a few off target throws, one of which, to Nelson Agholor, probably would have went for a touchdown. Additionally, neither Alshon Jeffrey or Zach Ertz registered a catch (one target between the two) and the team decided to punt on two fourth and shorts. Continue reading “Eagles-Seahawks Quick Thoughts”

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One-and-Done Rule – College Basketball

 

Earlier this year, history was made during the men’s NCAA March Madness Tournament, when John Calipari’s Kentucky Wildcats made it to the championship game with an entire starting lineup of freshmen. Even though the group of freshmen Wildcats suffered a 60-54 loss to the veteran players of the Connecticut Huskies, it had almost no effect on their minds because four out of the starting five players (Julius Randle, James Young, Andrew Harrison, and Aaron Harrison) are most likely declaring themselves for this year’s National Basketball Association (NBA) Draft (Goodman). (UPDATE: Andrew and Aaron Harrison have made the decision to stay at Kentucky for another year after heavily thought. Julius Randle and James Young have both declared and have been drafted by the Lakers and Celtics respectively). Even though it could be argued that these players should stay at Kentucky and attempt to make another run at the championship next year, the “One and Done” rule allows them to start their NBA careers after one year of college.

The “One and Done” was established after the 2005 NBA season, Commissioner David Stern and the NBA’s Player Association decided that aspiring athletes could no longer declare themselves for the draft immediately after high school (Medcalf). The two groups believed that a year in college would allow players to adjust to the speed of the game at the professional level while also providing them with more maturity.

Unfortunately, the “One and Done” rule has not had the effect that two sides had hoped: the NBA has become plagued with younger players developing drug problems, having no leadership, and lacking skills to play at the professional level. There is no doubt that the “One and Done” rule has to be modified. The two proposed solutions are abolishing the rule entirely, which will allow players to enter the draft immediately after high school or raising the age minimum to 20 because it will allow athletes to avoid drug problems, refine their skills and techniques, and let them gain more maturity by achieving an education. By waiting that extra year, college athletes will much more successful at the professional level and is the route that Commissioner Adam Silver should take.

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Initial Thoughts of the Eagles Offense This Season and Things I Envision Happening in the Offseason

 

Another NFL season has virtually come and gone. Over the course of the season, a few NFL records were broken (Congratulations to you Peyton Manning and to you Devin Hester) and many team records around the league were broken as well. The competition in the league this year was tremendous and many playoff caliber football teams will be watching from home. Unfortunately, after an extremely promising start to the season, my favorite team, the Philadelphia Eagles, will be one of those teams.

Decimated by injuries throughout the season, the Eagles continually saw themselves crumble in crucial situations and lost (three/four) of the final games. Throughout the season, Philly lost Nick Foles (QB), Demeco Ryans (ILB), Trent Cole (OLB), and virtually every offensive lineman at one point or another.

I will be the first one to admit that when Foles went down during the Houston game, I was excited and eager to see what Mark Sanchez could bring to the field. After a promising preseason, I felt as if he could possibly be the one to elevate this team to the next level and at first, he did just that. Sanchez shined during the Houston game and played admirably against Dallas and Carolina. I would have loved to see him preform better against the beasts of the NFC (Seattle and Green Bay) but still I cannot fault his performances. There were times where I found myself with my face in my hands, questioning his decisions and his patented overthrows, but was Sanchez the one responsible for letting Dallas score 21 points in the first quarter in a division deciding game? No. Was Sanchez the one responsible for missing two crucial field goals against the Redskins? No he was not.

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