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Aaron Nola has big role to fill as Phillies ace

articles.philly.com — "He was really welcoming, like all the other guys on the team," Nola said. "Really welcoming and really nice." There was nothing surprising about Hamels' open-armed acceptance of Nola. Over the 10 days since Nola arrived from triple-A Lehigh Valley, Hamels had made it clear that he regarded Nola not as a neophyte who needed to earn the respect of his teammates, but as an equal who already had it.

Will Hackenberg be a product of Penn State's offense, or the other way around?

philly.com — Posted: Sunday, August 30, 2015, 3:01 AM The word system comes up often in discussions of quarterbacks these days, especially college quarterbacks, and it usually comes up in a certain way, nestled within a certain phrasing. Boiled down, the question goes like this: Is he a product of the system?
Aug 28, 2015

RT @phillysport: .@MikeSielski ponders whether Christian Hackenberg will be a product of Penn State's offense or the other way around? bit.ly/1JC64lu

Aug 28, 2015

RT @phillysport: .@MikeSielski ponders whether Christian Hackenberg will be a product of Penn State's offense or the other way around? bit.ly/1JC64lu

Aug 28, 2015

A column on #PennState QB Christian Hackenberg and the question that will define his and the Nittany Lions' season: po.st/EyeoFd

Aug 28, 2015

Will Hackenberg be a product of #PennState's offense, or the other way around? @MikeSielski with the story philly.com/philly/sports/…

Aug 29, 2015

A column on Christian Hackenberg, an old-style QB turning a new-age football question upside down: po.st/asKeJW #PennState

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How Eagles guard John Moffitt gave himself a second chance

philly.com — Posted: Friday, August 28, 2015, 3:01 AM On the morning of Sunday, March 16, 2014, John Moffitt woke on the floor of a Chicago holding cell, his mouth bloody, his memory blank.
Aug 27, 2015

A column on #Eagles lineman John Moffitt, who gave himself a second chance in the NFL after a dark night in Chicago: po.st/Uf3bIq

Aug 27, 2015

A column on #Eagles guard John Moffitt, who wanted to rage against the machine, only to discover he needed it: po.st/Uf3bIq

Aug 27, 2015

A column on #Eagles lineman John Moffitt, who walked away from football, woke up in jail 1 night, and walked back: po.st/wBhzOr

Aug 28, 2015

A column on John Moffitt, getting a 2nd chance in the NFL with the #Eagles after one dark night: po.st/kreOju

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Exclusive: Sixers owner to give largest gift in PAL's history

philly.com — Last updated: Wednesday, August 26, 2015, 6:35 PM Philadelphia Sixers owner Joshua Harris has pledged to donate $3.5 million to the Philadelphia Police Athletic League - the largest gift ever recorded by the nonprofit youth group, The Inquirer learned Wednesday. The New York-based investment tycoon planned to go public with his philanthropy at an 11 a.m.

Remembering the play that defined Utley

philly.com — Around here, the hours that have passed since the Phillies traded Chase Utley to the Dodgers late Wednesday night have pretty much been a collective memory loop - people sharing their most treasured Utley moments, getting sentimental over someone who didn't have to reveal much of himself as a person to have a city's baseball fans appreciate him, even adore him, as a player.
Aug 20, 2015

A column on the play that defined Chase Utley's career with the #Phillies: po.st/O6pyWt #Dodgers

Aug 20, 2015

"By comparison, Utley is Euclid." A column on the play that defined the player: po.st/O6pyWt #Phillies

Aug 20, 2015

RT @phillysport: .@MikeSielski remembers the play that defined Chase Utley's tenure in Philadelphia: bit.ly/1htZub2

Aug 21, 2015

A column on the play that, more than any other, defined Chase Utley's career with the #Phillies: po.st/oMAMKB

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Utley battles age, injuries but remains a Phillies mainstay

articles.philly.com — He is 36. He is married, with a 3-year-old son and a 5-month-old son. The Phillies were a good team when he debuted for them in 2003. They were a great team for a five-year stretch in the middle of his career. They will be a terrible team this season.

Embiid faces same uncertainty that Jordan once did

philly.com — The countdown clock to Joel Embiid's prospective return to the 76ers has restarted, more than a month after the team announced that he would indeed need bone-graft surgery in his right foot. He had that surgery on Tuesday, a person with direct knowledge of the situation confirmed, so the mystery that had surrounded the process ought to be quelled for at least a little while.
Aug 18, 2015

RT @MikeSielski: "I went home and cried for days." A column on Joel Embiid, who didn't say this, and the man who did: po.st/H1bqWL #Sixers

Aug 18, 2015

RT @phillysport: Joel Embiid faces same uncertainty that Michael Jordan once did, @MikeSielski writes: bit.ly/1hmUyEI

Aug 18, 2015

A column on Joel Embiid, Michael Jordan, and the uncertainty of injury: po.st/yEATSl #Sixers #76ers

Aug 18, 2015

"I went home and cried for days." A column on Joel Embiid, who didn't say this, and the man who did: po.st/H1bqWL #Sixers

Aug 19, 2015

A column on Joel Embiid and his 30-year-old connection to Michael Jordan: po.st/0dTbpv #Sixers #76ers

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Matt Barkley gets job done - no hype necessary

philly.com — They did not chant his name, or give him a standing ovation, or stay out in the heat for an extra two hours just to say they saw him rumble into the end zone against a defense loaded with hangers-on and roster fodder.
Aug 16, 2015

RT @phillysport: No hype was necessary for Matt Barley to get the job done Sunday, writes @MikeSielski bit.ly/1TLO6Io

Aug 16, 2015

"I'm not checking message boards or headlines or anything like that." po.st/ZhupGW #Eagles #Tebow #MattBarkley

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Life changed for Eagles rookie Bailey after killing of a friend

articles.philly.com — "It was tough, going to school every day," he was saying after the Eagles practiced Wednesday. "It was kind of a scary feeling. You're like, 'All right . . .' " and here, Bailey glanced right, then left, then right again. "You didn't know."
Aug 16, 2015

Wrote this about Rasheed Bailey during minicamp. Seems like a good kid. #Eagles articles.philly.com/2015-06-22/spo…

Bill Davis faces make-or-break season

philly.com — Bill Davis gives a great news conference. He's expansive and informative and never condescending to a questioner. He maintains excellent eye contact, moves his hands in gestures that are both welcoming and non-distracting, and often tells the truth.
Aug 13, 2015

A column on #Eagles defensive coordinator Bill Davis and the make-or-break season ahead of him: po.st/YEVO2x

Aug 13, 2015

Bill Davis gives a great news conference. His defense has to be so good this season: po.st/MQJu7A #Eagles

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Aug 29, 2015

This is actually a Tweet template from 2012. Instead of the receiver's name, it has [ ]. #Eagles #NYJ twitter.com/jimmykempski/s…

Aug 29, 2015

Bradford's most recent coaches w/ Rams were Fisher & Brian Schottenheimer. Playing for Kelly must feel like getting out of jail. #Eagles

Aug 29, 2015

None of the voices on the #Eagles telecast has, to my knowledge, mentioned why Cody Parkey isn't doing his job.

Aug 29, 2015

Oh, dear. There's going to be a parade down Broad Street on Monday. #Eagles

Aug 29, 2015

To anyone who ever said Bradford and #Tebow were comparable throwers of the football ... dude. #Eagles

Aug 29, 2015

This #Eagles team isn't nasty or tough enough to win a Super Bowl. My column: twitter.com/jimmykempski/s…

Aug 29, 2015

Even though I'm not in Green Bay, I can report @LesBowen is also in street clothes. Lands End, most likely. #Eagles

Aug 29, 2015

"Haha! Fooled you suckers again!" --Chip Kelly #Eagles


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