Monthly Archives: December 2009

Why Philly Needs Andy

Growing up about 15 minutes from Philadelphia, I’ve learned a few things about Eagles fans: they have an extraordinary amount of passion for their team, they are one of the most dedicated and loyal fan bases in the NFL, and they are empty inside without a Super Bowl ring.

One thing is for certain, however: To fill that gaping hole in their ever-beating heart, Andy Reid has to be part of the equation. In light of Reid’s contract extension, here is an argument for why Philadelphia needs Andy Reid.

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Hot Reads: December 28th, 2009

While just about everyone else at St. Joe’s may be on vacation, we at The Hawk are still hard at work. And we know that with all the holiday milieu and gifts to return, we realize you might not have that much time to peruse the Web for the top sports stories. We, on the other hand, don’t have anything better to do half the time, so we’ll help you out by going through our browsing history:

It will come as no surprise that the hot topic this week is the decade-in-review articles, and it won’t take much to find a whole slew of them. Leading the pack is ESPN Soccernet’s superb index of categories chronicling all the best and worst in the footballing world this millennium.

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(By the way, real teams of the decade from yours truly:

Premier League (4-4-1-1): Shay Given, Gary Neville, John Terry, Rio Ferdinand, Ashley Cole, Ryan Giggs, Patrick Vieira, Roy Keane, Stephen Gerrard, Cristiano Ronaldo, Thierry Henry; Bench: Brad Friedel (Go USA!!), Sol Campbell, Paul Scholes, Frank Lampard, Ruud van Nistelrooy, Didier Drogba.

International (4-4-1-1): Gianluigi Buffon, Cafu, Paolo Maldini, Fabio Cannavaro, Roberto Carlos, Luis Figo, Claude Makelele, Zinedine Zidane, Cristiano Ronaldo, Ronaldinho, Thierry Henry; Bench: Iker Casillas, Carlos Puyol, Ryan Giggs, Kaka, Lionel Messi, Ruud van Nistlerooy). Continue reading

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You stay classy, Philadelphia

Eagles’s fans, copious amounts of alcohol, and record-setting amounts of snow.  There’s only one thing that could come of this combination: snowball wars.

The massacre of a pair of Niners’ fans in the Eagles’ 27-13 win was captured on video here at Deadspin. Philly wasn’t the only stadium with frozen projectile problems, as 29 ejections and one arrest were made at Giants’ Stadium during the Jets’ 10-7 loss to Atlanta. Just imagine the damage San Francisco had managed to escape the City of Brotherly Love with an upset.

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Perhaps the most hilarious aspect of the snowy ambush was head coach Andy Reid’s comments after the game. “We’re a classy crew in Philadelphia here, and we need to save that for the parking lot,” said Reid.

Right, Andy, because nothing oozes class quite like mauling innocent fans trying to get to their warm cars with hunks of ice. It’s also totally classy to refrain from chucking bottles at people in the stadium so that you can put them under their tires in the lot. Yeah, there’s no way karma plays into who wins the Super Bowl.

-Matthew De George ’10

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SJU vs. VILLANOVA Live Doubleheader: UPDATED

1:03- Well, we hope you’ve enjoyed our live look at the St. Joe’s-Villanova historic doubleheader day. It’s taken seven and a half hours, two train rides, a cab fare, four press passes, a bunch of running, lots of bad jokes, almost 6,000 words, two St. Joe’s losses, and a chunk of two writers’ sanity. That’s all we’ve got for tonight.

Thanks for reading, and good night.

12:15- Before we leave the Palestra, something has to be said about the effort of the Saint Joseph’s men’s team tonight. There was a clear gulf in talent between the two squads that proved irreconcilable, but the team that was out there tonight certainly wasn’t lacking for effort. It’s hard to believe that team that took the number three team in the nation to task for portions of the game tonight is the same team that couldn’t get past DePaul, Cornell, or Rider. If they can bring the same effort with them to Minnesota, they can fly back halfway across the country with a quality win in the bags. It may be too much to ask for this to be a turning point of the season, though rivalry games as hard-fought as this one often can be, but the desire of this team, at least tonight, isn’t something to be questioned.

12:05- A little reaction from both coaches:

Phil Martelli:

“The goal here was to be better than we were yesterday. We had 2 good days of practice, probably the best two consecutive days all year. We didn’t lose four in a row in one day; we got there collectively and daily. This was about this day and bout playing better basketball, and I think we were able to accomplish this.

“The worse compliment you can be paid, when they’re walking down that line shaking hands, is to say you played hard, because that’s bulls—t. It means you weren’t good enough. You play to win, and we didn’t win, so we came up short.

“I was pleased with out response. Against Purdue we crumbled. When they punched us in the chest in the second half, we absolutely cracked. Against Cornell, we cracked. It never really got uncomfortable for them, but we didn’t crack.

“In some ways, it was like a bout. They took a swing, we took a swing, then they took a swing. Were walking out of here scoring 89 points, and I’m saying we were working up hill the entire second half. We came here to win, and we played for 40 minutes.

“My fear was that if we had stopped, what would have happened is that this is a tremendous defensive team. If we had stopped and played possession basketball, they would have pushed up on us and made it physically difficult to make the next pass and the next pass. They’re remarkably balanced. They have a way about them offensively that is very fluid, and a way about them defensively that is very tough.

“I play to win basketball games, and this stinks. Tonight and for basically the last month. But for these kids, I want memories they can take with them. Not all losses are losing experiences, and not all wins are winning experiences; and this wasn’t a losing experience.”

Jay Wright:

“I don’t have anything else to say about these games. You can never predict what is going to happen and just have to tough it out. You never now what’s going to happen. St Joe’s has such passionate fans.

“Their team played great, and I’m proud of our guys. It’s a tough gritty Big 5 win.

“That’s the type of ft shooing team I want them to be; that’s what I mean by gutty.

[On Martelli’s assertion that they were never uncomfortable] “Yeah, yeah. The whole game. I don’t know if they [the players] were. They might not have because they might not know the history, but I’ve seen the history. We knew coming in, with all the young guards who are going to be great one day, one of them is going to go off and I don’t know which one. That’s what I was afraid of. Was it going to be two of them?

[On Taylor King] “Nothing is going on in that mind when he shoots the ball. He just shoots it anytime anywhere. That is the beauty of him.”

11:55- 22 points for Scottie Reynolds and 20 off the bench from Taylor King, including four threes in the second half, led the Cats over the Hawks tonight. Pena chipped in 15, along with 13 from Fisher, nine off the bench from Wyans, and eight from Cheek. The story down the stretch for Nova was from the free-throw line, as they finished 35 of 40, including a streak of 28 straight in the second half. The shot 46.8 percent from the field (46.6 percent) and eight of 19 from three. They held the edge on the boards, led by nine from King.

The Hawks were led by 22 points from Hilliard in a stellar effort (5-5 from the field, 12-13 from the line) along with a team high seven boards. Govens had 19 points on 7-13, 3-7. Jones and Crosgile had 16 and 12, respectively, but combined for six turnovers. Williamson added 13 points and seven assists.

The Hawks got dominated on the boards to the tune of 42-31, and each team had 16 turnovers. St. Joe’s shot 25-58 (43.1 percent) from the field and 10-26 (38.5 percent) from three. They missed nine free throws though, led by a six of 10 performance by Williamson, which could have kept the game closer down the stretch.

11:32- While we wait for Martelli and Wright to enter the press room, let’s catch you up on the women’s stats which I’m sure you’re dying to here. The final margin was 56-42, with the Wildcats outscoring the Hawks 32-30 in the second 20 minutes. Lauren Sweeney and Heather Scanlon led the way off the bench with 15 and 10, respectively. The Wildcats’ bench almost beat the Hawks on their own with 38 points.

The Hawks got 10 points each from Gillespie, Ford, and Djouara. They shot just 15-51 from the field (29.1 percent) and finished with 16 turnovers to just three assists.

11:25- Reynolds again sinks both, and a missed three by Govens is fumbled out of bounds by Nova. Crosgile returns the favor on the ensuing possession, and the Cheek dribbles out the clock in a 97-89 win by the Wildcats. Final stats and comments to come. Continue reading

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Iverson the Answer for fans longing for days of old

Forget the fact that the Sixers are 5-16 and sitting in next-to-last place in the Eastern Conference (with only the lowly New Jersey Nets behind them).  Forget the fact that they lost their 10th straight game Monday, 93-83, to the Denver Nuggets.  It is very rare that you can say this in sports, but winning is not the most important thing.  Not tonight at least.

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It’s all about Allen Iverson.  It’s all about getting one last chance to see the man who gave fans so many great memories in his decade as a Sixer suit up for the hometown team once again.

I was one of the 20,664 people who attended this game, the first sellout the Wachovia Center has seen for a Sixers game in a long time.  It was a surreal night that brought back so many memories. Continue reading

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Second-half surge sees Hartford over St. Joe’s

The Saint Joseph’s women’s basketball team missed a golden opportunity to add to their win total Friday night, dropping a 72-66 decision in overtime to Hartford.

St. Joe’s was in control most of the game, leading by as much as 12 in a sloppy, turnover-ridden first half. But the Hawks suffered through a field goal drought of nearly eight minutes starting at the 11:16 mark in the second half, allowing Hartford to embark on a 19-2 to take a seven-point lead.

St. Joe’s fought back though, and a Mariame Djouara, ’10, lay-up with five seconds left to tie the game at 59 and send it to overtime. Continue reading

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