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Around the Cooler 6/1/14: Little League All-Stars

EA SportsHere’s what we’re talking about:

  • Ben Revere hit his first home run! We reflect on our little league experiences
  • Ransom stops by to talk the 10th pick and some draft rumors
  • We talk about our favorite EA sports games following the $40 million settlement

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Sean Lee’s Injury Leaves No Defense in Big D

Sean LeeSean Lee, the Dallas Cowboys starting inside linebacker, is the first major injury in the NFL this season after tearing the ACL in his left knee. It also doomed the Cowboys season.

Dallas has literally been the definition of average as they’ve finished 8-8 each of the last three seasons with no playoff berths. Thanks to owner/GM/guy-who-probably-owns-lots-of-self-portraits Jerry Jones, the team is also poorly managed within the salary cap. They have a seemingly annual restructuring party followed by notable roster cuts and free agent departures, which cripples their ability to improve.

The most glaring case is actually this past offseason. Heading into the offseason the Cowboys were projected to be $31 million dollars over the cap. As a result, Jones kicked off the annual restructuring party by fine tuning Tony Romo’s six-year $106 million deal one year after it was signed. He then finagled Lee and cornerback Orlando Scandrick to shift some money around to get the Cowboys nearly cap compliant.

Since the Cowboys still had more money to shed from the books Jones had forced himself to release future Hall of Famer, seven-time Pro Bowler, and team icon DeMarcus Ware for cap reasons. He’s now a part of what looks like Peyton Manning’s last stand in Denver. Then Jason Hatcher, who earned his first Pro Bowl vote in 2013, was allowed to hit the market and signed with a division rival in the Washington Redskins. The only quality players left on the Cowboys defense were Sean Lee, Brandon Carr, and free agent signing Henry Melton.

The roster moves alone were devastating for the Cowboys when you look back at the numbers. For the 2013 season the Cowboys were one of the league’s worst units. They had the 7th most points allowed, 2nd most penalties, and the most yards allowed per game in the league. They were awful even with Ware and Hatcher. Now Lee is gone too. How will this team survive?

They won’t thanks to Jerry Jones. May he own the Cowboys forever.

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Around the Cooler 5/25/14: (Lottery) Ballin’

The oddest things have been the most exciting under Sam Hinkie

The oddest things have been the most exciting under Sam Hinkie

Here’s what we’re talking about:

  • We finally know the Sixers draft order! Who do they take with the third overall pick?
  • Feminine Persuasion gets catty
  • Should the NHL be concerned with the KHL’s growth?
  • TWCNN gives us a newsbreak
  • Ruben Amaro is in the running to be the MLB commissioner. Seriously.

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Landon Donvan and the Slumbering Giant

landon donovanLandon Donovan is not going to be on team USA for the upcoming go at the 2014 World Cup in Brazil, which is shame. I find Landon Donovnan to be a truly fascinating figure in American soccer due to both his personal achievements and his place in time.

As a player, he’s the perfect fit for American lore. At 5’8, 155 pounds he’s been the undersized hard-working player that electrified fans on a global scale with last minute heroics and dazzling passes. He did an admirable job over the years as he helped an average US squad win four CONCACAF titles and a berth out of the group stage in the 2010 World Cup.

Adding to Donovan’s mystique is the success that he’s had in the MLS. In 14 MLS seasons with the San Jose Earthquakes and the LA Galaxy Dononvan has played in 310 games, scored 134 goals, and 119 assists. He’s played in 13 straight MLS All-Star games, been named to the MLS All-Time Top IX and is considered the greatest American player of all time.

However, Donovan has been a big fish in a small pond. Despite the records and accolades Donovan never truly stacked up to world-class competition. He has a total of 51 appearances in European leagues with 28 coming from his stint with Bayer Leverkusen in 1999-2004. After that, he had short and unproductive stints with Bayern Munich and Everton. Given the state of American soccer, it’s quite fitting.

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Ruben Amaro Has the World in His Hands

6a0120a6dde087970b0153923f2efd970b-800wiCarlos Ruiz, Marlon Byrd, AJ Burnett, Roberto Hernandez, and Chase Utley are all in their mid to late 30′s and all signed contracts with the Phillies. They’re also some of the best players on the team. Burnett and Hernandez have been solid performers for third and fifth pitchers with ERAs under 4.0. Utley (.338), Byrd (.296) and Ruiz (.284) have the Phillies top three batting averages.

However, the success of Amaro this first quarter of the season could be his best moment or worst mistake.

The Phillies are considered to be “in the race” and 19-22, but as far as I’m concerned they’ve over-achieved. This team is like watching your formerly badass WWII vet grandpa giggle at cat pictures on the internet. He’s your grandpa, but he’s not the man you knew. Attendance has proven that fans feel the same way with this mirage that Ruben has fielded in 2014.

The worst kept secret in Philadelphia is that the Phillies are averaging over eight thousand less people per game than last year. They’ve officially devolved from local heroes to an unbearable burden.

As a result of this tension between “success” and attendance, Ruben Amaro needs to make a decision: is this year worth it?

Is it worth wasting the trade value of your older players for the sake of loyalty? Is it worth wasting the prime of Cole Hamels? Is it worth alienating your fan base further?

Honestly, to him it may be. There’s nothing that Amaro has done during his tenure to show that he’s interested in the future as he consistently traded prospects for vets. He’s even openly admitted that he doesn’t do five year plans! In baseball! The slowest turn-around sport there is!

Just look at the future of the team and the neglect is apparent. Dom Brown, Ben Revere, Cody Asche, Darin Ruf, Phillippe Aumont, Tommy Joseph: all of these players were expected to lead the Phillies into the future and none of them seem capable. There’s no great new hope that the team can follow into a new era. The Phillies are screwed.

That’s where these recent signings come into play. By virtue of those players carrying the team, Amaro has stumbled upon lots of older players with inflated trade values. Utley Ruiz, Byrd, Burnett: all of these players could contribute to contenders in exchange for prospects. You add Cliff Lee and Jimmy Rollins to the mix of tradable players and suddenly a turd has become fertilizer. There’s hope for the Phillies filling stadiums with screaming fans again.

However, if there is hope for such a future the team needs to be destroyed this season. If they hit the trade deadline without tearing the team apart we won’t have witness just the end of an era, we’ll have witnessed the death of a franchise.

So your move, Ruben. Is this year worth it?

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Around the Cooler 5/18/14: Identity Crisis

100 wins for Cole Hamels!

100 wins for Cole Hamels!

Here’s what we’re talking about:

  • A quarter report of the Phillies and the future surrounding Cole Hamels
  • Sixers prospects at the NBA combine
  • We begin our partnership with The Wooder Cooler News Network (TWCNN)!
  • We completely disagree on the merits of jockeys in horse racing.

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A Lost Detail in the NFL Draft Aftermath: Bryce Brown

Peace!

Peace!

It was hard to imagine Bryce Brown as an Eagle this year. In fact, I gave him a notable roast with the expectation that he’d be going home. Then the Eagles traded him during the draft and I became the smartest man alive. Now to understand why trading Brown, a fringe contributor, was so intriguing you have to understand the full series of events involved.

The whole thing started when the Buffalo Bills traded up to the 4th pick in the draft. Originally slated at 9, the Bills gave the Cleveland Browns their 1st and 4th round selections in 2015 to move up. They then selected Sammy Watkins out of Clemson. That’s where the dominos fall.

Once Watkins was brought in, the Bills had a receiving core of Watkins, Robert Woods, Mike Williams and Stevie Johnson. Johnson, who was the team’s best receiver the past few seasons, was considered expendable given the depth and price tag.

He was traded to the San Francisco 49ers in exchange for a conditional pick. Specifically, the pick could be a fourth in 2015 or a third in 2016. Given that Johnson is a 27 year-old receiver with a price tag of roughly $5 million a year it was a fair deal.

However, the Bills traded that conditional pick from the 49ers to the Eagles for Bryce Brown. Yes, transitive property (there it is again), then suggests that the Bills value Stevie Johnson as the same as Bryce Brown. What!?

Here’s the numbers:

Stevie Johnson
Year G GS Rec Yds TD
2010 16 13 82 1073 10
2011 16 16 76 1004 7
2012 16 16 79 1046 6
2013 12 12 52 597 3
 Average     72 930 7

 

Bryce Brown
Year G GS Att Yds TD
2012 16 4 115 564 4
2013 16 1 75 314 2
 Average     95 439 3

It feels like stealing from the Eagles perspective. They traded what would have been their 4th string running back in camp for the value of a starting wide receiver! That’s ridiculous.

It’s also quite humorous because the Bills are loaded with backs. They have CJ Spiller and Fred Jackson so Brown will hardly play anyway unless he has a revelation with his field vision. Consequently, it defeats the purpose of trading Johnson in the first place because of depth at receiver. They traded away depth for a lesser quality player that will never play.

Great work by Roseman to pull off such a horribly lopsided deal.

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Around the Cooler 5/11/14: Eagles Draft Special!

Notice the length he uses to hold the jersey

Notice the length he uses to hold the jersey

Here’s what we’re talking about:

  • Marcus Smith, sleeper or reach?
  • Understanding the MO of the front office
  • MURDERLEG!!!!!!!!!!!
  • Female persuasion continues!
  • Michael Sam, the Rams, and Tony Danza

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Flyers Gettin’ Hexy with New GM

Am I winking? I can't tell. It's hard.

Am I winking? I can’t tell. It’s hard.

Because this is the Flyers and of course, Paul Holmgren has been promoted. However, it’s not to award Holmgren but to promote Ron Hextall to GM.

While Hextall is well-respected, the main concern is that Holmgren is still with the team and Ed Snider isn’t getting enough marlocks to live forever. Nothing is going to change until Snyder dies. I don’t buy it.

Teams wanted to get hot and heavy with Hexy and the Flyers knew it. Vancouver and Washington specifically were mentioned as teams that were possible destinations for the former Flyers goaltender.

However, he worked with Holmgren and Snyder this year. He lived through a season that included major free agent signings and the firing of a coach. He’s aware of what he’s getting himself in to. So why would Hextall—a man in demand—settle for a job where he’s constantly overridden by upper management when he could have total freedom somewhere else?

So, assuming that Hextall will actually have say over the team what is there to expect?

Primarily, Hextall is known for his role in building the LA Kings into a winner with the help of guys that Holmgren traded away. Now he’ll bring a development-based mindset to an organization that took pride in annually rubbing their junk on antique lamps in hopes of finding a genie.

What does that mean in non-disturbing terms? I’ll explain!

Remember trading James van Riemsdyk? Remember all of the trade rumors surrounding Brayden Schenn, Sean Coutourier, and Scott Laughton? Those are done. This team will build up with their youth instead of adding players in their 30′s and hoping for the best.

It’s a new direction for the Flyers, which is all you could ask for.

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Eagles Will Not Draft a Receiver in the First Round

Eagles are in line for another non-sexy pick (AP Photo/Matt Slocum)

Eagles are in line for another non-sexy pick (AP Photo/Matt Slocum)

DeSean Jackson was released by the Eagles on March 28th. Once the angry mob subsided, conventional wisdom dictated that the Eagles will draft a receiver with the 22nd overall pick to replace the 27 year-old Pro Bowler.

The Eagles have a hole at wide receiver—a 1,332 yard hole. Wide receiver is considered the deepest position in a highly rated draft. That hole isn’t going to be filled on Thursday night.

That’s not because Jackson’s production is irreplaceable with a first round pick, but because Chip Kelly and Howie Roseman won’t even try.

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