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The Word of the Day – WIN – Shero

In Philadelphia Flyers, The Word of the Day on July 9, 2013 at 10:07 pm

Fred Shero

“Win today, and we walk together forever” 

Fred Shero

Philadelphia Flyer Coach Elected to the 2013 Hockey Hall of Fame

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Are any Phillies going to the All Star Game?

In Philadelphia Phillies on July 6, 2013 at 9:44 am

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The major league baseball All Star game is fast approaching and the question in Philadelphia is this, will any of the underachieving Phillies be part of the mid-summer classic?

There are only 3 possible candidates in our eyes with 1 outside chance.

First, Dom Brown has the best chance. As of July 6 he’s hitting .279 with 22 Home Runs and 60 RBI’s. He presently ranks second among leftfielders in the NL in HR’s and RBI’s behind Carlos Gonzalez. He should be selected.

Second, Cliff Lee. Lee is 10-2 with a 2.73 ERA after last nights win against the Braves. Lee also comes with a reputation that won’t hurt his chances. He should be selected.

Third, Jonathan Papelbon. “Paps” is 2-0 with a 1.87 ERA. He has converted 18 of 22 save opportunities. He’s currently 8th in the NL in saves.

The outside candidate is probably a long shot.

Ben Revere. Revere has been hot over the last 50+ games hitting over .325 and raising his average nearly 100 points. He went from hitting 8th or being benched to leading the team in hitting with a .293 average and 20 stolen bases. He presently has the 4th highest average of any everyday centerfielder.


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Who’s Your Favorite Eagles QB, Jaworski, Cunningham or McNabb?

In Philadelphia Eagles on July 5, 2013 at 4:30 pm

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While listening to opinions and fielding questions in regards to our present poll we’re conducting in our article “What Philly Non Hall of Famer has meant the most to the City” The link follows: there was great support for a couple of Eagles QB’s. Most surprising to us is that Ron Jaworski received a bunch of immediate support and received a handful of early votes. Not long after the Donovan McNabb supports came out. One voter went so far as to say “there shouldn’t even be a poll there’s no one close to what McNabb did in this city”.

 This conversation led the boys to get back together over a few beverages and a BBQ to discuss the subject and we want to give you a chance to vote again.

 From 1977-2009 there have been 386 Philadelphia Eagles regular season football games started by Ron Jaworski, 137, Randall Cunningham, 107 and Donovan McNabb, 142 at the QB position.

 Here are some facts and stats to help you decide which of the three is your favorite Eagles QB covering over 30 years of Eagles football.

 Ron Jaworski – “The Polish Rifle”

 Jaworski was traded to the Eagles and thrived under coach Dick Vermeil and led the offense in the rebuilding process that lead to the Super Bowl following the 1980 season and Jaws only trip to the Pro Bowl.

 Jaws overall record with the Eagles was 69-67-1. He threw for 26,963 yards, 175 TD’s and 151 interceptions.  He was at the helm as the Eagles made 4 consecutive years of playoff appearances recording a 3-4 record winning one NFC Championship.

 He never led the league in any category except getting sacked. He led the league in that in 1977, 1982 and 1983 with 47, 31 and 53. The man took a beating!!

 After his retirement following the 1989 season Jaws settled in South Jersey and has been a fixture in Philadelphia thru TV, ownership, golf courses and charity work.

 Randall Cunningham – “The Ultimate Weapon”

 Randall was a 2nd round draft pick in the 1985 draft. He picked up where Jaws left off by starting 107 games for The Birds from 1985-1995. This was known as “The Buddy Ryan and Rich Kotite Eras”. During that time Cunningham and the Eagles were 63-43-1 in games he started. He threw for 22,877 yards, 150 TD’s and 105 interceptions in his Eagles career. He rushed for 4,482 yards and 32 touchdowns which included a 942 yard season in 1990. He also has a 91 yard punt to his credit, which is the longest in Eagles history and the 4th longest of all time.

 Randall made 3 Pro Bowls as an Eagle, 1988-90, won the Pro Bowl MVP in 1988 and was named NFC Player of the Year in 1990.

 With Randall under center the Eagles compiled a 1-4 playoff record and never won an NFC Championship.

 Donovan McNabb – “5”

 After the Eagles squandered at QB from the end of the 1995 season through 1998 new Head Coach Andy Reid selected Donovan McNabb with the 2nd overall pick in the 1999 draft. That was the start of “The Andy Reid Era”.

 McNabb went on to start 142 Eagles regular season games from 1999-2009. The teams’ record in those games was 92-49-1. McNabb threw for 32,872 yards, 216 TD’s and 100 interceptions. He also rushed for 3,249 yards and 28 TD’s in his Eagles career.

 “5” was selected to 6 Pro Bowls. In 2004, he was selected NFC Offensive Player of the Year and NFC Player of the Year.

 During his tenure with the Eagles, he led the team to four consecutive NFC East division championships (2001-2004,  five NFC Championship Games (2001-2004 and 2008), and made one trip to the Super Bowl. His teams were 10-8 in the playoffs with 1 NFC Championship.

 Donovan holds nearly every passing record in Eagles history.

 There you have some statistical history which may or may not mean anything to you because you already have a favorite. Now’s your time to pick you favorite Eagles QB of the last 30+ years.



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The Word of the Day – PEOPLE – Twain

In The Word of the Day on June 19, 2013 at 11:44 am

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“Keep away from people who try to belittle your ambitions. Small people always do that, but the really great make you feel that you, too, can become great”

 Mark Twain


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Philly Pressbox Trivia – Philadelphia 76ers

In Philadelphia 76ers, Trivia on June 18, 2013 at 1:56 pm

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Basketball Hall of Famer Charles Barkley was a member of the Philadelphia 76ers from 1983-84 to 1991-92. During those seasons he wore #34 which hangs in the rafters at the Wachovia Center. In Barkleys final year with the team he wore a different number. What was the number and why did he switch over to it???


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Philly Pressbox Milestone – 15,000 Views

In Penn State Football, Philadelphia 76ers, Philadelphia Eagles, Philadelphia Flyers, Philadelphia Phillies, The Word of the Day, Trivia on June 10, 2013 at 1:34 pm

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Philly Pressbox reached another milestone yesterday when our site passed the 15,000 view mark on our writings. We would like to thank everyone that has taken the time to read our material. We enjoy talking all Philly and Penn State sports as well as our very popular inspirational Word of the Day. We’ve recently added the daily Philly sports and PSU Football trivia that people seem to really like. You can go to the “ARCHIVES” section on the site and see all of our writings in the files. Feel free to click “FOLLOW” and receive our writings directly to your email.

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2012 Penn State Season Preview

In College Football, Penn State Football on August 30, 2012 at 8:26 pm

With the college football season upon us we asked our friends at College Football Coverage to provide Philly Pressbox with an update preview of the upcoming 2012 season. As usual, they have provided in-depth position player analysis and game by game win-loss predictions. With all of the turmoil of the last year, a new coaching staff and the loss of several key players it looks like rough times ahead for Nittany Lions in 2012.

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2012 Preview

Penn State Nittany Lions

 2011 Review

 Last season was a very disappointing year for the wonderful fan base, alumni and of course the storied football program of Penn State. Joe Paterno, the legendary coach of 61 years, was caught up in a very difficult situation that eventually led to his dismissal. With everything going on around the program, the team rallied and fought hard, but it was still another subpar season on the football field for the Nittany Lions.

Penn State finished the season at 9-4 and lost 3 of the last 4 games including a blowout loss to Houston in their bowl game. The offense really struggled in 2011 ranking near the bottom of the FBS in total offense averaging 342 yards per game. They also had a hard time scoring points averaging below 20 point per game. In fact, they were ranked 110 in scoring offense. The running game was really mediocre as well ranking 46th in the FBS with only 165 yards a game. Silas Redd is a very good player, but teams really stacked the box with the inability of the QB’s to distribute the football effectively. The passing offense ranked near the bottom at 96th in the FBS and only generated 177 yards a game. It was a very tough year across the board for the offense and the only positive was the offensive line which only allowed 1 sack a game and ranked 18th nationally in this category.

The defense was very strong in 2011, really driving the Nittany Lions to their 9-4 season. They ranked 5th in scoring defense at just over 16 points a game and 20th in total defense in the FBS. The rush defense wasn’t great ranking 42nd and giving up 165 yards a game, but the pass defense was strong ranking in the top 20 at number 17. They were also able to get pressure on the opposing QB’s ranking 26th in sacks for the season with over 2 sacks a game. The defense was the glue that held things together in this very difficult and tumultuous season for PSU.

Longtime assistant coach Tom Bradley filled in admirably when Paterno was let go, and he provided a glimpse into the kind of head coach he could be, but the Nittany Lions were just not talented enough to overcome their deficiencies on the offensive side of the ball.

 2012 Preview

  Penn State is looking for a fresh start as they embark on the first season without Joe Paterno on the sidelines. There were some people out there, including alumni, that didn’t particularly like the direction that the school went when they hired an outsider with no Penn State ties. Bill O’Brien, a first time head coach, and former offensive coordinator under Bill Belichick in New England, was hired to replace the long time legend in Happy Valley. We at CFC actually feel this was a great move by the school and not just a stopgap to something else in the future. This hire has the potential to be a monumental move and one that could save the program and actually propel it into the new age of college football. It will be tough with the hand that they were dealt by the NCAA, but he has handled himself very well and done a great job holding things together. O’Brien will implement more pro-style elements to the offense, he will develop the QB’s and the smartest thing he did upon being hired, was keep assistant coaches Larry Johnson, one of the best recruiters in the country and LB’s coach Ron Vanderlinden.

Before the sanctions came down, things looked positive for this new staff. They were recruiting well, there was a new buzz around the program and there was true optimism about what the future could hold.

Then came the very unique and uncharacteristic ruling by the NCAA, after the Freeh report was released, hitting the university with major sanctions including a 4 year bowl ban and the loss of scholarships over the next 4 years. This matter has been discussed and covered in this very forum, so we won’t get into the particulars of the validity of the report or the sanctions, but the NCAA was very heavy handed with the sanctions and it changed the entire dynamic for the 2012 season.

With ten players transferring including some of the very best on the roster in Silas Redd, Justin Brown and Khairi Fortt, this left PSU with a huge void in terms of depth and the offense will simply not be very dynamic with loss of such playmakers.

Penn State will now return two starters from last year’s offense that really struggled to be consistent. McGloin will be the starting QB and look for him to play better under the tutelage of O’Brien, but he has a very limited skill set.

The running game will look different with Redd at USC, and look for Bill Belton, Derek Day and freshman Akeel Lynch to get the bulk of the carries. This could be a serviceable group for PSU and Lynch is exciting, and could be the future at the position for the Nittany Lions.

The wide receivers will need to step up with the loss of Smith and Brown in the off season. Players like Shawney Kersey, Alex Kenney and Allen Robinson will have to produce. This is an inexperienced group, but they do have some talent.

The offensive line was pretty good last season, but they only return one starter from that group. Now, they do have some players coming back that have played before, so there is some experience. They will need to be the foundation for the Nittany Lions in 2012, and they have recruited well in this area, so we don’t expect a huge drop-off. This could actually be the best position group for PSU in 2012.

The defense will need to replace four of the front seven and two of the back four, but they have been able to recruit very well on this side of the ball, so we don’t expect a major drop-off in terms of production. A lot of the players that will fill-in next season have played for the Nittany Lions in the past. Players like LB’s Mike Hull and Glenn Carson.

Look for DE Deon Barnes and DE Sean Stanley to have a big years and DE Pete Massaro is back from an injury and he will provide depth. At defensive tackle PSU is pretty healthy with the likes of DaQuan Jones and Jordan Hill playing at the Nose and 3-Technique.

The second level will be solid with the above mentioned Carson stepping in. LB Michael Mauti is back and his leadership will be needed and of course the Nittany Lions return a tremendous player in Gerald Hodges at OLB.

If there is one area of concern for Penn State on defense though, it has to be the secondary, as they don’t have much depth. They will have two new starters pairing up with Stephen Morris and Malcolm Willis, who are back in 2012 for PSU. Corner Back Adrian Amos and Safety Stephen Obeng-Agyapong will have to step up and fill the void of the departing seniors from last season. Unlike up front on the defensive line, they just don’t have the bodies to feel comfortable if any injuries occur.

Overall we expect the defense to still be very good and they will likely keep PSU in a lot of the games in 2012.

 Prediction Time:

 The schedule will be tough on Penn State in 2012, even with 7 home games. There will be some highs and lows, but with us projecting inconsistent QB play again, the Nittany Lions will once again struggle in some of the bigger games. We expect the offense to really struggle with big plays in the pass game and the run game will be more serviceable than explosive. The defense will keep the Nittany Lions in some ball games, but it won’t be enough.

We believe that the Nittany Lions will play inspired ball early in the season, but once the schedule starts to get difficult, the season will turn for the worse and we expect to see a very tough run through late September all the way through the end of the season. Below is our forecast for the season with game predictions.

  Schedule and Prediction for 2012 Season

 CFC predicts that Penn State will go 4-8 in 2012














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In Greatest QB of All Time on February 17, 2012 at 6:14 am

I’d like to thank everyone for the feedback of our Greatest QB of All Time Preview article. A lot of votes came in for Otto Graham, Johnny Unites, Joe Montana, Dan Marino and Joe Namath. As we discussed in the preview article we selected 14 QB’s and performed a statistical analysis to try to determine who the Greatest Quarterback of All Time is. As we stated the passing craze that began in the 1970’s eliminated many great QB’s from earlier times when the ball wasn’t thrown every down. Greats like Johnny Unites, Bart Starr, Otto Graham, Norm Van Brocklin and others of that era just couldn’t compare statistically, which doesn’t take away from them in any way as all time greats of the game. We will do a second study that would include just QB’s prior to 1970.  We have selected the following as our Top 14 in alphabetical order:

  • Troy Aikman
  • Drew Brees
  • Terry Bradshaw
  • Tom Brady
  • John Elway
  • Brett Favre
  • Dan Fouts
  • Jim Kelly
  • Peyton Manning
  • Dan Marino
  • Joe Montana
  • Ben Roethlisberger
  • Roger Staubach
  • Steve Young

Each of these QB’s are either members of the Pro Football Hall of Fame, won a Super Bowl or have won a Super Bowl and will be members of the Hall of Fame in the future.

We selected 8 regular season statistical categories that we felt would put all of the players on a level field without showing bias to a QB that played longer than the rest, Brett Favre, and holds many of the career QB records. What we did was break it down by how they performed in the categories by percentage across their career.

If a player did not play in at least half of his teams games in a season that seasons numbers were not included. For example, Tom Brady played in just 1 game in 2008 due to injury. Also, one of the hardest guys to include in this was Steve Young. There are several seasons in which Young missed games, mainly because he was backing up Joe Montana when he was in San Francisco but he also split time early in his career in Tampa Bay. With that said here are the 8 regular season categories:

  • Career Total Yards Produced versus Teams Total Yards %
  • Career Passing Yards/Game
  • Career Yards per Pass Attempt
  • Career Yards per Pass Completion
  • Career Pass Completion %
  • Career Pass Interception %
  • Career Pass TD’s  %
  • Career Game Winning Drives

Each QB was given 14 points if they finished 1st in the specific category 13 for 2nd, 12 for 3rd, down to 1 point if they finished last in the category. All 8 categories were added up and the QB with the most total points in the 8 categories becomes our Greatest Regular Season QB of All Time.

We will show you who finished 1-5 in each of the categories and we will show you how all 14 finished and what their total points were. You may want to match how the QB finished and who had Hall of Fame running backs in the same backfield.

Once we came up with those results we added 2 Playoff stats, Super Bowls played in and Super Bowls won.  We used these 2 categories since playoff stats are all over the board and impossible to compare based on numbers of games each played. Obviously doing this helps Tom Brady and John Elway, as it should since they’ve played in more Super Bowls than any other QB with 5 but also helps Joe Montana and Terry Bradshaw who have won the most Super Bowls with 4. It also helps Jim Kelly with his 4 Super Bowl appearances even though he didn’t win. Making 4 Super Bowls is an amazing accomplishment. The guys it really hurts are Dan Fouts with no Super Bowl appearances and Dan Marino with 1. You will see how the addition of the Super Bowl stats changed the overall ranking.

Here are the results. See what you think and feel free to click “Respond” and say your piece. Did we miss anybody that should’ve been included? Did we include statistics that didn’t make it fair? Finally, did you like the results?

Career Total Yards Produced versus Teams Total Yards %

  1. Brett Favre
  2. Peyton Manning
  3. John Elway
  4. Tom Brady
  5. Drew Brees

Career Passing Yards/Game

  1. Peyton Manning
  2. Drew Brees
  3. Dan Marino
  4. Tom Brady
  5. Brett Favre

Career Yards per Pass Attempt

  1. Ben Roethlisberger
  2. Steve Young
  3. Dan Fouts
  4. Roger Staubach
  5. Peyton Manning

Career Yards per Pass Completion

  1. Terry Bradshaw
  2. Roger Staubach
  3. Dan Fouts
  4. Ben Roethlisberger
  5. John Elway

Career Pass Completions %

  1. Drew Brees
  2. Peyton Manning
  3. Steve Young
  4. Tom Brady
  5. Joe Montana

Career Pass Interception %

  1. Tom Brady
  2. Joe Montana
  3. Steve Young
  4. Drew Brees
  5. Peyton Manning

Career Pass TD’s %

  1. Tom Brady
  2. Steve Young
  3. Peyton Manning
  4. Terry Bradshaw
  5. Roger Staubach

Career Game Winning Drives

  1. Dan Marno
  2. John Elway
  3. Peyton Manning
  4. Brett Favre
  5. Tom Brady


1.     Peyton Manning – 88 points of 112 possible points

2.     Tom Brady – 84 points

3.     Drew Brees – 73 points

4.     Dan Marino – 68 points

5.     Ben Roethlisberger – 66 points

6.     Joe Montana – 65 points

7.     Steve Young – 64 points

8.     Brett Favre – 60 points

9.     Dan Fouts – 55 points

10.   John Elway – 54 points

11.    Jim Kelly – 48 points

12.   Roger Staubach – 48 points

13.   Terry Bradshaw – 40 points

14.   Troy Aikman – 30 points

The categories below were calculated like the rest. Due to my formatting they had to be listed in numerical order but the points were done the same way. For example on Super Bowl Wins both Bradshaw and Montana got 14 points and Brady, Aikman and Young got 12. This covers the ties.

Super Bowl Wins

  1. Terry Bradshaw – 4
  2. Joe Montana – 4
  3. Tom Brady – 3
  4. Troy Aikman – 3
  5. Steve Young – 3

Super Bowl Appearances

  1. John Elway – 5
  2. Tom Brady – 5
  3. Terry Bradshaw – 4
  4. Joe Montana – 4
  5. Jim Kelly – 4
  6. Roger Staubach – 4



1.     Tom Brady

2.     Peyton Manning

3.     Joe Montana

4.     Steve Young

5.     Ben Roethlisberger

6.     Drew Brees

7.     John Elway

8.     Dan Marino

9.     Brett Favre

10.   Roger Staubach

11.    Terry Bradshaw

12.   Jim Kelly

13.   Dan Fouts

14.   Troy Aikman

The results are in. As we stated we’re open for any and all comments and opinions. Thanks again for your interest in Philly Pressbox. Feel free to follow us on Facebook at Philly Pressbox as well.


In Greatest QB of All Time on February 15, 2012 at 7:33 pm

We’d like to thank everyone who has viewed and commented on our Greatest QB of All-Time Preview. There have been so many great names put out as the greatest ever from Otto Graham to Johnny Unites to Joe Montana to Dan Marino to John Elway to name a few. In every case the comment was there is “no question” who was the best. That’s what has made this so interesting. Feel free to go to our original post and read all of the comments. There were also many comments on Facebook and LinkedIn in different groups.

With that said, we will be posting the results on Friday morning. Feel free to comment. I’m sure there will be more debate when you see how things turned out. Remember we have 8 regular season categories and those results. We then added 2 Super Bowl related results, Super Bowls won and Super Bowls played in and calculated the numbers again. You can see it all.

Thanks again for the interest and we’ll see you when the final results are posted.

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