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Phils GM on Rollins trade: 'It was time to turn the page' — Posted: Saturday, December 20, 2014, 3:01 AM It was around late June or early July, Ruben Amaro Jr. was saying Friday, that he knew the Phillies were going nowhere. The recognition was a long time coming. They hadn't been as high as third place in the National League East standings since April 22, and Cliff Lee was hurt and A.J.

The obligation to use 'Redskins' — The obligation to use 'Redskins' The Eagles play the Washington Redskins on Saturday. Posted: Friday, December 19, 2014, 8:35 AM The Eagles play the Washington Redskins on Saturday. That sentence wouldn't appear on the editorial page of The Washington Post, or under the bylines of various sports columnists around the country, or in the student newspaper at Neshaminy High School in Bucks County.

Eagles don't come up big this time

Cowboys passing game could take advantage of Eagles secondary — Posted: Sunday, December 14, 2014, 3:01 AM There was this play last Sunday, during the Eagles' loss to the Seattle Seahawks, that you probably remember and that Bradley Fletcher said he's already forgotten. Seahawks wide receiver Doug Baldwin ran a fly pattern and pretty much ran over Fletcher, one of the Eagles' two starting cornerbacks, along the way.

Chip Talks, and We Wonder — So there’s this topic that fascinates me: the interactions among pro coaches, pro athletes, and the media who cover them. Here’s one example: the press conferences that NFL coaches give each week.

Jimmy Rollins: Unforgettable — With Jimmy Rollins, there were moments. There were always moments. Here was one: It was 1:30 a.m. on Oct. 22, 2009, and the carpet covering the floor of the home clubhouse at Citizens Bank Park was so soaked with champagne that a little puddle formed with every squishy footfall.

A losing proposition for Kobe in his final seasons — "He told me he's playing two more years - end of story," Downer said in a telephone interview Wednesday. "He's very grateful for what the Lakers have meant to him and especially what they did with that contract. I don't think he's going to play beyond two years, and I don't think he'd play anywhere else.

Eagles' mystifying support of Cooper — Posted: Wednesday, December 10, 2014, 3:01 AM What is it about Riley Cooper? The Eagles defend him as if he were accused of a crime he didn't commit and they were the law firm of Darrow, Cochrane, & Dershowitz. He had 47 receptions last season and already has 46 through 13 games this season.

Dick Allen comes up one vote short of Hall of Fame — Mark "Frog" Carfagno flew to San Diego on Friday, and he wore a Phillies jersey with ALLEN 15 on the back to the Manchester Grand Hyatt Hotel on Monday. There, he would learn if the crusade to which he'd devoted himself over the last two years had succeeded.

No Thanks — Posted: Monday, December 8, 2014, 12:13 AM While the Eagles were brilliant on Thanksgiving Day against the Cowboys, they saved their turkey for 10 days later at home against the Seahawks on Sunday. Here is a comparison of their offensive numbers in the last two games: At Dallas Statisic Vs.
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Dec 19, 2014

RT @phillysport: Ruben Amaro realized in June it was time to "turn the page." @MikeSielski has more on the Rollins trade decision:

Dec 19, 2014

@AndeWall I don't think it is in terms of a proper name, the actual text of a novel, and the intent to insult.

Dec 19, 2014

RT @joeclancy65: @MikeSielski Like a journalism class discussion. Chuck Stone would have loved this debate.

Dec 19, 2014

@theandrewnick I'm arguing that, if your job is to inform people, you inform them.

Dec 19, 2014

@KerithBurke I'm not justify the franchise's use of it. I'm calling them "Redskins" because that's their official name.

Dec 19, 2014

@KerithBurke Intent matters. Otherwise, you've got some heavy editing of "Huck Finn" ahead of you.

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