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Earlier this week I polled readers and local sports fans to see how they view the city of Philadelphia’s sports scene. I had my suspicions of course, and the numbers backed up my thought that the Eagles own the town for right now. Later today I will have more on this over at Yahoo! Sports.
College football is not all that far away when you think about it, but who is counting? The expectations are as high as they have ever been in Louisville, with Teddy Bridgewater and company looking to build off of a Big East championship and Sugar Bowl victory in hopes of providing a sequel to what the men’s basketball team did this past March.
I was a guest on 1450 The Sports Buzz in Louisville to discuss Louisville hype in 2013 and to see just how long it might be until Kentucky can turn things around with Mark Stoops generating a buzz in Lexington.
It has been a while since I posted on this blog, but I would like to get back to using it to my advantage whenever possible.
As some of you may know, I am currently contributing some Philadelphia Eagles related content for Yahoo! Sports. I am still fresh in to the writing gig and expect to have a good amount of Eagles posts coming your way by the end of the week. I have an assignment this week discussing one of Philadelphia’s routine debates. Is Philadelphia an Eagles or Phillies town?
I will hold off on sharing my take on this topic for my story, which should be available by the end of the week, but I am curious what you have to say. Historically you can make a case that Philadelphia is a baseball and Phillies town, but since the Buddy Ryan era it would be difficult to suggest the city is anything but an Eagles town. I actually try to avoid this topic because I think it is fair to say Philadelphia is a sports town in general, but alas a line must be drawn for the purposes of this story. I’m giving you a say.
With no disrespect intended to the Flyers, Sixers, Union, college basketball, and Temple football loyalists out there (I know you’re out there, trust me), but I don’t think we need to narrow down the debate much more than this.
Is Philadelphia a Phillies or Eagles town?
For now I’m keeping the results private but I will share these results in my story coming up later this week. You can also include a comment about the poll with your thoughts below. If your comment is good enough I may even use it in my story, if it fits. Please feel free to share this with your friends and other Philly sports fans. Thank you for your input.
I have been a long time supporter of Tweetdeck. Since the time I first hopped on Twitter, Tweetdeck was both a necessity and a luxury to my social networking experience. The ability to manage multiple Twitter profiles without the need to sign out and in over and over was eliminated and being able to monitor multiple accounts from a single interface was flat out awesome.
Tweetdeck allowed me to check incoming messages, mentions, multiple lists and send out messages across Twitter, Facebook and more if I chose. At times the ability to send the same message or link to multiple profiles was preferred and I could do just that.
Tweetdeck had become a part of my daily routine for business and pleasure. There was no more necessary tool other than an Internet browser in my book. But on May 7 my desktop version of Tweetdeck will no longer be supported because Twitter will effectively kill it off by removing a vital code that allows Tweetdeck desktop apps to feed the content shared on Twitter.
In a nutshell, it is a pointless measure taken to keep users on the website instead. The thing is, the web app flat out stinks compared to the reach the desktop owned prior to Twitter’s buying out of the Tweetdeck team. I reuse to use the web interface after years of being able to have more control over my social networking experience with the desktop app. Call me stubborn if you will, but a step down in interface has never been met kindly.
So where am I to go now?
In a tournament that tends to turn out stories made for Hollywood, you just cannot script March Madness. Not this year at least.
Florida Gulf Coast, a school that was founded just 12 years ago, became the first school to reach the Sweet 16 of the NCAA Tournament as a No. 15 seed. They did so in their first NCAA Tournament, showing absolutely no signs of nervousness or jitters you would expect to see at some point from a young program entering the big stage for the first time. Instead Florida Gulf Coast has taken the basketball and sports world by storm with their high flying dunk sessions that turned out an upset win over Big East power Georgetown in round one and followed up with an encore at the Wells Fargo Center by soaring over San Diego State, one of the top programs from a Mountain West Conference that entered the tournament praised for the overall season of work – in the blink of an eye in the second half.
It was fitting to see the classic underdog coming out throwing punch after punch at heavy favorites in the city that idolizes Rocky Balboa, a fictional underdog turned feel good story and fan favorite. The fans that filled the Wells Fargo Center the past few days became Florida Gulf Coast fans by the minute, some even chanting “E-A-G-L-E-S EAGLES!” for their newly adopted team of choice. What Florida Gulf Coast is doing right now is something you would only imagine be in a Hollywood Script, and the script gets even better this week. Florida Gulf Coast is now set to play the Florida Gators, a program from the same state separated by fewer than 300 miles with a couple of national championship trophies sitting in the display case in Gainesville. As far as the state of Florida goes, this is a true David vs. Goliath match-up. If the Eagles can somehow pull some magic one more time against the top basketball program in the sunshine state, a match-up with storied programs Kansas or Michigan await with a trip to Atlanta on the line.
The Florida Gulf Coast story is fantastic. It deserves to be played up the way it is. The players deserve the chance to let loose and do a dirty bird strut from time to time. This weekend, they were the team everyone was talking about. Soak it up. Enjoy it Florida Gulf Coast. This is what every underdog program dreams of having a chance to enjoy.
To take nothing away from what Florida Gulf Coast is doing, La Salle’s journey may be just as captivating. (more…)
This story was originally written for Yahoo Contributor Network. It was not published so I am posting it here because I would hate for my time to go to waste.
Chip Kelly became a household name by molding his Oregon teams through recruiting dynamic and athletic football classes. Having changed his feathers, Kelly now prepares to mold the Philadelphia Eagles through the NFL Draft.
The Eagles own the fourth overall pick in the 2013 NFL Draft, putting Kelly in position to draft a high-profile player that could become a fixture on the team for years to come. With a high draft picks though comes a tremendous amount of pressure and options. Regardless of whether or not the Eagles hold on to the fourth overall pick remains to be seen, but having made a number of roster moves already with the team he inherited it appears Kelly is already leaving his mark on the team. (more…)
To this day Super Mario Brothers 3 remains one of the best video games I have ever played. It also brings a nostalgic feeling that few others games offer me. Super Mario Brothers 3 was one of the first video games I remember saving up my allowance to buy. As soon as I knew the game was coming I knew it would be mine (Oh yes, it would be mine). My uncle, who worked in retail management at the time, arranged to have the game delivered to me the day it was released.
After all these years I still find it to be one of the more enjoyable games to play. When the game was given a face lift for a Super Nintendo compilation of Mario classics I found myself enjoying Super Mario Brothers 3 – and the other classic titles – all over again. With the technology available today it was only a matter of time before somebody tried to give a fresh take on the classic again, right?
YouTube user freddiew has gone to lengths I never really considered for the platform adventure icon. First-person view! In his video we get a look at the final stages in SMB 3 from under the red cap and behind the patented mustache.
XFINITY is looking for somebody to represent their brand for the next year. The qualifications appear simple. The ideal candidate will possess a strong grasp for sports and social media. Hello. My name is Kevin McGuire and this is basically my life in a nut shell.
Read more on why XFINITY should pick me.