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Marcus Smith's future is in his hands

philly.com — Posted: Tuesday, August 4, 2015, 3:01 AM By 1:30 Monday afternoon, all the Eagles players, except two, had left the practice fields at the NovaCare Complex. The two who remained were linebackers Connor Barwin and Marcus Smith, and they charged toward and slap-boxed with an orange-padded tackling dummy, honing their pass-rush moves.
Aug 03, 2015

A column on Marcus Smith and the opportunity in his hands po.st/ff5ZBH #Eagles

Aug 03, 2015

Marcus Smith's future is in his hands, writes @MikeSielski. Travis Long's injury only emphasizes the point: philly.com/philly/sports/…

Aug 03, 2015

From sneaking fried food to doing extra work, Marcus Smith is trying to transform himself into a real NFL LB: po.st/d472CR #Eagles

Aug 04, 2015

OLB Marcus Smith's future is in his hands, writes @MikeSielski. Travis Long's injury only emphasizes the point: philly.com/philly/sports/…

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Did Amaro just save his job?

philly.com — Ruben Amaro Jr. was supposed to be explaining why he and the Phillies had traded Cole Hamels and what they had received in return, but for a few seconds Friday afternoon, he did something rather remarkable, shrinking the Citizens Bank Park news conference room into a confessional.
Aug 01, 2015

A column on a question that most #Phillies fans don't want to contemplate: What if Ruben Amaro just saved his job? po.st/sal9Jt

Aug 01, 2015

Ruben Amaro shrank a press-conference room into a confessional Friday. Will the #Phillies forgive his sins? po.st/WAtoS8

Aug 01, 2015

RT @MikeSielski: Ruben Amaro shrank a press-conference room into a confessional Friday. Will the #Phillies forgive his sins? po.st/WAtoS8

Aug 01, 2015

RT @phillysport: .@MikeSielski considers whether beleaguered Phillies GM Ruben Amaro saved his job with some recent trades: bit.ly/1SssT5x

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Aaron Nola has big role to fill as Phillies' ace

philly.com — Posted: Friday, July 31, 2015, 3:01 AM In the locker to the right of where the new ace of the Phillies' pitching staff was sitting, everything was still in its place: Cole Hamels' nameplate, Cole Hamels' clothes, Cole Hamels' shoes.
Jul 30, 2015

A column on the #Phillies' new ace, with all of two big-league starts: Aaron Nola: po.st/oX5i4R

Jul 30, 2015

RT @phillysport: According to @MikeSielski, Aaron Nola has a big role to fill as the Phillies' ace with the departure of Cole Hamels: bit.ly/1h9r8JG

Jul 30, 2015

RT @MikeSielski: A column on the #Phillies' new ace, with all of two big-league starts: Aaron Nola: po.st/oX5i4R

Jul 31, 2015

A column on the immediate result of the Cole Hamels trade: It makes Aaron Nola the #Phillies' ace. po.st/ZSrlaj

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The Broad View: Keep an eye on Sam Bradford

philly.com — Posted: Wednesday, July 29, 2015, 3:33 PM On today's The Broad View, the Inquirer's Mike Sielski and the Daily News' Les Bowen discuss the Jonathan Papelbon trade, the Tom Brady suspension ruling and what to watch for at Eagles camp.
Jul 29, 2015

RT @phillysport: The Broad View: @MikeSielski & @LesBowen discuss Jonathan Papelbon, Tom Brady & what to watch for at Eagles camp. http://t…

Jul 29, 2015

RT @phillysport: The Broad View: @MikeSielski & @LesBowen discuss Jonathan Papelbon, Tom Brady & what to watch for at Eagles camp. http://t…

In new media world, Rice video bound to end up on TMZ

articles.philly.com — There's a valuable lesson in that scene that applies to the three-pronged news that broke Monday: TMZ.com's revelation of the security video that showed Baltimore Ravens running back Ray Rice punching Janay Palmer-Rice, who was then his fiancee and is now his wife; the Ravens' subsequent decision to release Rice; and NFL commissioner Roger Goodell's subsequent decision to suspend Rice from the league indefinitely.

A Lot of Old Guys - WSJ

wsj.com — NEWARK, N.J.-The only other time he played in the Stanley Cup Finals, Dainius Zubrus was an 18-year-old NHL rookie for the Philadelphia Flyers.

Kelly's admiration of SEALs offers insight into his coaching

philly.com — Posted: Wednesday, July 29, 2015, 3:01 AM "I look at it from the Navy SEALs' point of view: 'I do not advertise the nature of my work, nor do I seek recognition for my actions.'
Jul 29, 2015

Chip Kelly's admiration of SEALs offers insight into his coaching, @MikeSielski writes: philly.com/philly/sports/…

Jul 29, 2015

Chip Kelly's admiration of SEALs offers insight into his coaching, from @MikeSielski: philly.com/philly/sports/…

Jul 28, 2015

A column on Chip Kelly, his admiration of the military, and the smashing of cliches: po.st/0nxRQe #Eagles

Jul 28, 2015

"What Kelly is tapping into is the 125-year connection between athletics ... and the U.S. military." po.st/ZakgJU #Eagles

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Hamels shows his talent and grit in no-hitter

Jul 26, 2015

Pitch perfect column by @MikeSielski 'Hamels shows his talent and grit in no-hitter' po.st/Affunc via @phillysport

Jul 26, 2015

RT @MikeSielski: A column on Cole Hamels, Donald Trump, and rollerblading foo-foo boys: po.st/cMfHJX #Phillies

Jul 26, 2015

A column on Cole Hamels, Donald Trump, and rollerblading foo-foo boys: po.st/cMfHJX #Phillies

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Devils' Lamoriello: A role model for Sixers' Hinkie?

philly.com — When it came time to clean out his office at the Prudential Center in Newark, N.J., Lou Lamoriello probably didn't have much work ahead of him. He decorated the place sparsely on purpose - no photos of his family or friends or former coaches and players, not a touchstone from his personal past to be found, nothing to obscure his single-minded focus.
Jul 25, 2015

A column on Lou Lamoriello & Sam Hinkie, who might have more in common than you think: po.st/f1N2P4 #NJDevils #Sixers

Jul 26, 2015

...and one on the connection between Lou Lamoriello and Sam Hinkie: po.st/TkN7Vc #NJDevils #Sixers

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How will Eagles deal with Bradford in the long run?

philly.com — Posted: Friday, July 24, 2015, 3:01 AM The Eagles begin training camp a week from Sunday, so here's a question: How do you solve a problem like Sam Bradford? By acquiring Bradford from the St.
Jul 23, 2015

A column on the #Eagles, Sam Bradford, and a way around the impasse ahead: po.st/4LwcFq

Jul 23, 2015

RT @phillysport: .@MikeSielski asks how will the Eagles deal with Sam Bradford in the long run? bit.ly/1gR3Bx1

Jul 24, 2015

A column on the #Eagles' long-term Sam Bradford problem, and how they can solve it: po.st/Z3TqAQ

Jul 24, 2015

RT @MikeSielski: A column on the #Eagles' long-term Sam Bradford problem, and how they can solve it: po.st/Z3TqAQ

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Aug 04, 2015

Rollins painted a picture of Ryne Sandberg as a manager who expected players to do what he said because he was Ryne Sandberg. #Phillies

Aug 04, 2015

RT @phillysport: Marcus Smith has a real opportunity to change perceptions after his disastrous rookie season, @mikesielski writes: bit.ly/1SHmUtY

Aug 04, 2015

Prediction: Jimmy Rollins delivers an opening statement in which he rips @KevinCooney. #Phillies

Aug 04, 2015

I wanted to do media play-by-play from #Eagles camp. BREAKING: @LesBowen TAKES THIRD SIP OF DASANI WATER twitter.com/PeterBotte/sta…

Aug 04, 2015

"He'd eat fried food 3 or 4 times a week, sometimes sneaking out of the NovaCare cafeteria with some." philly.com/philly/sports/… #Eagles

Aug 04, 2015

Fried foods and tennis rackets of flesh and bone: A column about #Eagles LB Marcus Smith: po.st/89Xlf9

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