Two Out of Three Ain’t Bad

7 May

Unless you’re a Flyers Fan.

You thought you caught me for a minute, didn’t you? No, I’m well aware of the fact that the Phillies only won one in DC. But it was a 3 for 3 day yesterday with 3 Philly sports teams playing so I thought we’d briefly take a peek at all three.

Let’s go in reverse order.  How refreshing to see the Phillies win a game with some home runs, two for Hunter Pence to be exact.  But the night really belonged to Cole Hamels.  Not only did he pitch brilliantly, 8 innings, 8 strikeouts, one earned run, but he sent a message to those Nationals by hitting their rookie sensation Bryce Harper in the back with a fastball, which he actually admitted later was intentional.

Finally a little fire from this team.  And for those who may think that Hamels is the laid back California guy on the roster, think again.  The 5-time division winners were beaten twice by the upstart Nationals and they had the swagger to prove it.  Hamels wanted to take a little of that mojo back for his team who badly needed it. Let’s hope Hamels started a little fire that will last longer than one game.  Long Live ‘King Cole!’

By the way, former Phil Jayson Werth suffered a broken wrist in the game trying to make a diving catch.  Now that’s something no one wants to see.

Next up, as we move backwards through Sunday night’s sports activities are the Flyers.  Much of their game was played during the Phillies but we kept half an eye on it nonetheless.  As it turned out, half an eye was all it deserved.  The team most thought would make quick work of the New Jersey Devils seems to be suffering from a Penguins hangover.  The Devils beat the Flyers 4-2 last night giving them a commanding 3-1 lead in the series.  The Flyers face an uphill climb as the Devils have never lost a playoff series after taking a 3-1 lead.

But let’s finish on a brighter note, literally:

“Clap your hands everybody, for Philadelphia 76ers.” 

Come on sing it with me.  If you don’t know the words just hum along (an inside joke for my sisters just to see if they’re still reading.)

OK, so Derrick Rose and now Joakim Noah are out with injuries but that’s just part of sports.  I’m tired of hearing all of the national people talk about what a tough break this is for the Chicago Bulls and their fans, giving the Sixers no credit whatsoever. When you have the opportunities you have to grab them and that, my friends, is what your Philadelphia 76ers have done so far.

The Phillies are missing Ryan Howard, Chase Utley and Cliff Lee and no one seems to be shedding any tears over their losses.  So let’s give credit where credit is due.  Spencer Hawes had 22 points and despite a dismal first 3 1/2 quarters when he missed his first five 3-point attempts, Jrue Holiday was sensational when it counted.  He hit two critical threes down the stretch to seal the deal and end up with 20 points.  Coach Doug Collins, who always tells his young point guard to keep shooting no matter what, as always puts it in perspective:

“Don’t fear the consequences, if you miss, you miss.”

Thanks, Coach.  That’s a pretty good lesson for life, too.

This is the first time the Sixers have won three straight playoff games since Allen Iverson fueled their run to the 2001 NBA finals.

And speaking of The Answer, I’ll leave you with this little nugget.  Today marks the 10 year anniversary of the press conference heard around the world.  You know the one I mean.  Take 2 minutes and check it out.  I promise you, it’s worth it:

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2 Responses to “Two Out of Three Ain’t Bad”

  1. Ray May 7, 2012 at 1:44 pm #

    Susan,

    Yes, two out of three aint so bad at all. The Phillies just have to put together a few back to back winds and get out of the funk they are in. The Flyers…well, they just look lost this series, as much as that pains me to say. They are just getting outplayed.

    Its Monday, so perhaps it brings with it a better week 🙂

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