Wednesday, December 9, 2009

13 Hours of Sleep Links

When I got home from work last night, I laid on my bed watching PTI and Sportscenter, struggling mightily to keep my eyes open. So finally, I said screw it, and just went to sleep, passing out some time around 7. I didn't wake up until 8 a.m. this morning. That's one healthy sleep.

That means I missed the Flyers finally snap their losing streak in convincing fashion, pummeling the Islanders and former Flyers netminder Marty Biron to the tune of 6-2. I'm kind of disappointed in that, seeing as Mike Richards scored twice, once on the power play and once shorthanded, and so did Jeff Carter. I've been waiting for those two to get back to their scoring ways. Plus, I missed a chance to watch rookie sensation John Tavares do his thing, as the leading candidate for the Rookie of the Year lit the lamp twice, both on the power play. And Claude scored. Talk about the wrong night to fall asleep early.

At least I feel fresh as can be at work today, for whatever that's worth. Oh, and Ray Emery is out 6-8 weeks with a torn abdominal muscle. Hopefully that's why he was sucking complete and utter balls the past few weeks, not because he's Ray freakin Emery. To be honest though, Razor was playing real well early in the season, then fell off a cliff. You have to think the injury had something to do with it, but I guess we'll find out. In the meantime, the team is back in Brian Boucher's hands. Should be interesting to see.

Links …

-The Yankees traded for Curtis Granderson. The Phils signed Ross Gload to round out their bench. Something seems disproportionate there. Still, good move by the Phils.

That means no more Matt Stairs, and a Phillies bench consisting of Juan Castro, Brian Schneider, Ross Gload, Greg Dobbs and Ben Francisco. I'm OK with that.

-Andy Reid will essentially be here forever.

-Great read on Antonio Dixon, who has been playing quite well the past few weeks for the Eagles.

Incredible story.

-Spencer loves a boy named Suh, or something like that:

-Two hot-ass teachers were getting in on in school, via MLJ. Seriously, my high school sucked.

-Jordan Norwood has been released from the Eagles, via BSD.

-A little breakdown of the Penn State-LSU matchup in the Capital One Bowl.

-Peter Laviolette has a good track record and lofty goals. Let's hope it can bring in a Stanley Cup.

-Watch this (which I saw on Sportscenter last night before i fell asleep) and try not to want to punch Rick Reilly in the face and then bludgeon him to death with a pick ax:

Seriously, what a pompous dick.

-Not so fast Brandon Jennings, Chester's own Tyreke Evans is stating his case for ROY, via TrueHoop:

-The Phillies have what it takes to land Roy Halladay, but they are probably too cheap and too scared to do it, which makes no sense, seeing as they're selling out damn near every game and coming off two World Series appearances.

-Penn State grad Tamba Hali, named Shutdown Corner defensive player of the week:

Tamba Hali(notes), DE, Kansas City Chiefs -- This has been a nightmare season for the Chiefs, but Hali has been a rare bright spot. Against the Broncos last Sunday, he picked up three sacks, forced two fumbles, and drove All-World left tackle Ryan Clady(notes) nuts. "He's had a lot of almost-sacks and a lot of pressures," Clady said. "I think he's one of the best in the game right now." Hali's sack total was the highest for a Chiefs defender since Jared Allen(notes) slapped on the extra mayonnaise and picked up three quarterback takedowns in 2005. It was a fitting performance on the day set aside by the Chiefs to honor Derrick Thomas, the late Hall-of-Fame pass rusher.

-Former Flyer Rod Brind'Amour, the captain of the Hurricanes, was a healthy scratch against Pittsburgh, via Puck Daddy.

Oh, and Peter Gammons is leaving ESPN to go do his thing where his heart lies, Boston.

Peter Gammons is a bad-ass motherfucker.

BallHype: hype it up!

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