Friday, October 10, 2008

The Sixers, the Flyers, Penn State and THE PHILLIES!!!!

In two and half weeks, the new look Philadelphia 76ers finally begin a journey to take the next step. With Elton Brand in the fold and the additions of Kareem Rush, Royal Ivey, Theo Ratliff and Donyell Marshall, this team is deep, talented and poised to jump toward the upper echelon of the Eastern Conference.

Today, Skeets has his preview of the 2008-09 Sixers over at Ball Don't Lie. My favorite line of the entire piece:

This team is going to make people cry.

A couple more great lines from Skeets:

Iggy should be giddy at the thought of a new contract and the chance to play second fiddle again. Thaddeus Young is a motherflippin' beast, and Dre Miller showed no signs of letting up last year.

We're not going to say that we'd rather have Miller running the show as opposed to Chris Paul or Steve Nash, but Andre trumps both of those All-Stars when it comes to throwing lobs. And throwing down lobs is this team's finest skill.

The Sixers are going to finish second in the Atlantic and have the second best record in the East behind the Celtics. You heard it here, folks.

Tomorrow will be a busy, busy day for me. I'm taking in a football game during the afternoon, and I'll be returning to witness the Flyers opener against the Rangers and flipping to Penn State taking on Wisconsin at 8.

I expect this Flyers team to build off of last season, and many people are picking them to win the Atlantic. Well, they get an early test tomorrow against the Rangers, who are primed and ready to make a run themselves. With Sid the Kid and Malkin out there in Pittsburgh, this should be a three-team death match for the Atlantic Division.

The Flyers do have plenty of concerns heading into tomorrow night's game (at 7). First off, their blue line was a question last year, and now they are without the promising rookie Ryan Parent (who played excellent when called upon last season) and steady hand Randy Jones on defense.

It should be interesting to see just what this team is capable of and who will step up on defense. And as Sam Carchidi points out, the Flyers have many questions to answer. Tomorrow night, they have a chance to start formulating those answers.

And tomorrow night will also be the biggest test of the year to date for the undefeated No. 6 Penn State Nittany Lions. Traveling to Wisconsin is never easy, and now the Badgers have the added motivation of dropping their last two games. Salvaging their season is certainly on their mind.

The good news, as Black Shoes Diaries points out, is that Penn State is the only team in the country averaging more than 250 yards rushing and 240 yards passing per game. And they were pretty successful against the Badgers last time around.

And the good news keeps getting gooder(?). Jordan Norwood is ready to play, and the Nittany Lions have the edge in virtually every statistical category over Wisconsin. The game won't be easy, but I'm predicting a 10 point win for the Lions. And if they do win, they get to take on a downtrodden Michigan team at home next weekend, and then travel to Columbus with most likely the Big 10 title on the line against the Buckeyes. Let's Go State!

As excited as I am for all of that, in the big scheme of things, none of it means shit compared to tonight. Brett Myers takes the hill with a chance for the Phils to stomp on Los Angeles' throat. A win tonight and the Phils take a 2-0 series lead to La-La Land.

If that happens, I don't think Angreyville will quite so agitated tonight. LET'S GO PHILS!!!!!!

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