Weekend Wrap-Up: 6/21-6/23

Cole Hamels has fallen to 2-11 on the season.

Cole Hamels has fallen to 2-11 on the season.

The Phillies had yet another dismal weekend going 1-2 against the lowly New York Mets. The situation for the Phils is looking more and more dire as the team approaches July. One Eagles star took his talents to the diamond to raise money for a very worthy cause. The future of the Flyers’ top netminder is still in question as the team has yet to make his fate known. A potentially historical trade is up for league approval and could change the outlook of the Atlantic Division or the 76ers.


It was another rough weekend for the Phillies as the team dropped two of three to the New York Mets at Citizens Bank Park. The team lost the first game on Friday night 4-3. Cole Hamels took the mound and was opposed by righthander Jeremy Hefner. Hamels pitched six innings giving up four runs to earn his 11th loss of the season. On Saturday, the Phillies responded with an 8-7 victory. Despite a blown save by Jonathan Papelbon,  the Phillies were able to pull out the win on the strength of a ninth inning walkoff homer by Kevin Frandsen. Ryan Howard also got into the act hitting two homeruns and pushing across four runs.

With a chance to win the series, the Phillies sent John Lannan to the hill to face Matt Harvey. The Phillies fell behind 1-0 in the first and never recovered as they lost 8-0. The Phillies are now 36-40 as they head out west to face the Padres and Dodgers to finish up the month.

LeSean McCoy held a charity softball over the weekend to help fight ALS.

LeSean McCoy held a charity softball over the weekend to help fight ALS.


Eagles running back LeSean McCoy traded in his helmet and pads or a bat and ball on Saturday night. McCoy hosted the second annual LeSean McCoy Foundation Charity Softball Game at Clipper Magazine Stadium in Lancaster, Pa. The attendance at the event was just under 5,000.

The game raises money to fight ALS. McCoy’s grandmother died from the disease in 2010. The event pitted Eagles players against NFL figures. The Eagles team included McCoy, Brent Celek,  and Jason Avant while the NFL team included Torrey Smith and interestingly, McCoy’s agent Drew Rosenhaus.

LeSean McCoy stole the show at his own event as he won the Home Run Derby prior to the game and recorded a walk-off homerun in the seventh to win it for his team.

To learn more about the LeSean McCoy foundation and their fight against ALS CLICK HERE 

Ilya Bryzgalov may not be smiling for long if the Flyers decide to part ways with him.

Ilya Bryzgalov may not be smiling for long if the Flyers decide to part ways with him.


There has been no definite answer given from the Flyers on the future of goaltender Ilya Bryzgalov. The Russian netminder has become better known in Philadelphia as a punchline than he has for his play in the net. Bryzgalov was brought to Philadelphia to complete a team with championship aspirations but that has not been the case since his arrival and many are speculating about whether or not he has played his finally game in orange and black.

The team is considering an option to use one of two compliance buyouts to remove Bryzgalov’s salary from the books for the upcoming season. This move will allow the Flyers to use that money elsewhere. The buyouts go into effect two days after the conclusion of the Stanley Cup Finals. The team has already informed Danny Briere that he will be bought out. Many fans have voiced their appreciation for what Briere has done for the Flyers and he said Philadelphia will be his home from this point forward. A break-up with Bryzgalov will most likely not go so swimmingly, but it is a decision that could indeed become a reality soon.

The Sixers foe may be sending Doc Rivers to L.A. and he could be taking one or two of his own stars with him.

The Sixers foe may be sending Doc Rivers to L.A. and he could be taking one or two of his own stars with him.


The Sixers may have seen the last of Doc Rivers in the Atlantic Division. According to ESPN’s Jackie MacMullan, the Clippers and Celtics have agreed to a rare deal that involves trading a head coach. The trade is still pending league approval which may become an issue for the passage of this trade.

The Celtics will send Rivers to the L.A. Clippers in exchange or an unprotected 2015 first round drat pick. NBA teams are permitted to structure a coach’s contract in a way that requires compensation from another team to allow the coach out of the agreement. The problem is that the trade has been discussed in conjunction with another deal that would send Kevin Garnett to the Clippers for DeAndre Jordan and picks. Paul Pierce has also been linked to these talks.

Coach trades and player trades have to be done separately and Commissioner David Stern has made it clear that he will not approve deals between the two teams that appear in anyway to be linked to one another.

The motivation for the move from the Clippers perspective is to appease free-agent Chris Paul who many believe would be thrilled to play for Rivers.

The Sixers certainly would not mind to see a Celtics team that does not include Rivers and potentially Garnett.

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