The Post Game Show

Friday, September 23, 2005

*DJ Clue voice* New Layout! Chris Stevens updates blog look!

O.K., so after eight months of a pretty drab set-up, I finally took advantage of the numerous templates that Blogger provides, and I found this nice little blue setup, kinda reminds me of the Jay-Z Blueprint cassette I used to have. I also updated my profile to say a little bit more than two lines, so hopefully you guys will appreciate the 10 minutes of work I put in to make it look nice, ah-ha!

The Phils' Cards are Wild

So with nine games left in the season, the Philadelphia Phillies are still in the hunt for a National League postseason spot. Yesterday's 4-0 victory over the Atlanta Braves pulled them to within four games of the Braves in the Eastern Division and kept them two games behind the Houston Astros for the NL Wild Card. While they can only worry about their games, you get the feeling that the Phils could very well overtake the Braves or the Astros (or both) to get into the postseason party for the first time since 1993.

The fact that this team is contention without their biggest and most expensive bat (Jim Thome) and arguably their ace starting pitcher (Randy Wolf), this team is winning in spite of the embecillic ways of GM Ed Wade. Ryan Howard, who should be Thome's replacement at first base, is hitting like he isn't even aware that a playoff race is going on, Jimmy Rollins is definitely on a J-Roll, with a 27 game hitting streak and becoming the table setter and leader the Phils always envisioned he'd be.

The real key is the young pitchers who have been able to hold the fort down. Rob Tejada and Eude Brito have thrown lights-out innings for the Fightins and Aaron Fultz has been a pleasant surprise out of the bullpen, more than making up for Wolf's loss and the struggles of veteran reliever Rheal Cormier.

It would be considered a disappointment if the Phils can't cap off the comeback and get into the playoffs, but it gives the Phils a real cause to be excited about next year. If Ed Wade does his job right, or owner Dave Montgomery finds somebody else to do it for him.

Hornets battling a bird

Trying to get over last weeks "Mama I promise I won't do it no more" Ass-whippin handed to them courtesy of James Madison, the Delaware State football team travels to South Carolina to take on the Chanticleers of Coastal Carolina, an up-and-coming NCAA I-AA Football program. The Chanticleers beat JMU 31-27 two weeks ago, which explains the Dukes' foul mood that they took out on State last week.

CCU is a passing team, which could very well prove to favor the Hornets, especially now that they have safeties Jamel Trott (dislocated shoulder) and Kadafi Tunsill (NCAA paperwork issues) back in the lineup. The biggest thing is to see how quarterback Vashon Winton bounces back from the rude awakening he suffered at the hands of the defending I-AA champions last week. The kid's not gonna run and hide, he's going to play his game, which involves quick feet and a red-beam arm, and he'll play well.

The running game should return to form, especially Rodney Roy, the bruiser of the two running backs Coach Lavan alternates. When Roy finishes beating them on the inside, look for Emmanuel Marc to run them to death on the outside.

Coastal's mascot intrigued me, so I asked around about what the bloodclot a Chanticleer was, and found the answer from the always-reliable SID here at DSU, Dennis Jones. It's a mythical middle-ages England rooster that according to DJ is "the HNIC of the barn" So I joked with him and defensive back Blake Saunders to bring me back a plate of Chanticleer, which I hope they do. Should've asked for fries and hot sauce with that.

My prediction? 24-17, Hornets.


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