No-hitters this season for Nationals pitcher Max Scherzer, who no-hit Mets on Saturday

The Phillies’ payroll is almost double the Royals’ payroll, but the biggest difference between the World Series-bound Royals and the Phillies is the qualities they value in players while building their respective teams.

The Super Bowl halftime show may have jumped the shark with the spectacular visual display that distracted viewers from the sub-par musical performances. Eric Fisher also rates the commercials, listing his Top 10 and the worst from Super Bowl XLIX.

Eric Fisher’s weekly column on a variety of topics. This week Eric serves up opinions on Pat Quinn’s legacy, Peter Forsberg entering the Hockey Hall of Fame and Mo’ne Davis writing her memoir.


A quick look at 10 sports stories in the news…

1. Redskins defeat Eagles Redskins drive 90 yards for TD on final possession of 4th quarter to defeat visiting Eagles, 23-20. Eagles (1-3) scored 20 second-half points to take lead after trailing at halftime, 13-0. But Eagles can’t take advantage of good field position midway through 4th quarter, give ball back to Redskins, who drive down field for winning drive, with Kirk Cousins (31 of 46, 290 yards) connecting with Pierre Garcon for 4-yard TD with 26 seconds remaining. Sam Bradford completes 15 of 28 passes for 270 yards, 3 TDs, with 195 yards coming in second half. Caleb Sturgis, signed to replace Cody Parkey, misses 33-yard FG at end of 1st half, extra point in 2nd half. Jason Peters, Mychal Kendricks, Byron Maxwell exit game during 1st half with injuries. Eagles host Saints next Sunday (1 p.m.).

2. Eagles postgame/Flyers preview show We will review the Eagles-Redskins game, preview the upcoming Flyers season and wrap up the Phillies’ disappointing season Sunday (6:30-7 p.m.) on a jam-packed PhillyPhanatics.com Blog Talk Radio show. To join the discussion with Gordon Glantz, Ron Opher, Josh Landsburg and host Eric Fisher, ask a question or simply to listen in live, please call 1-805-727-7014. You can also listen to the show live or later in archive at blogtalkradio.com. (To listen to past shows, please click here.)

3. Peters, Kendricks, Murray active Left tackle Jason Peters (quadriceps) listed as questionable for Sunday’s game (1 p.m.) at Washington, as are RB DeMarco Murray (hamstring), LB Mychal Kendricks (hamstring), safety Chris Maragos (quadriceps). All are active except for Maragos. LB Kiko Alonso (knee), DEs Cedric Thornton (broken hand), Taylor Hart (shoulder) will miss Sunday’s game. TE Trey Burton (shoulder), WRs Josh Huff (hamstring), Riley Cooper (knee) listed as probable. Former Eagles receiver DeSean Jackson won’t play Sunday for Redskins due to hamstring injury. Arthroscopic surgery on Alonso’s left knee reveals ACL graft used last year after season-ending injury in training camp is intact and not overly loose. Alonso expected to miss month. Eagles place kicker Cody Parkey (torn groin muscles), guard Andrew Gardner (Lisfranc injury in right foot) on injured reserve, ending their seasons.  Eagles sign kicker Caleb Sturgis, re-sign OL Julian VanderVelde to replace them.

4. Team of the century? Phillies enter today’s regular-season final with 99 defeats after visiting Marlins sweep doubleheader, 7-6 and 5-2. Last time Phillies lost 99 games was 1969. They haven’t lost 100 games since 1961. Marlins outfielder Christian Yelich bangs out 8 hits during doubleheader. In first game, Ken Giles blows second save opportunity of season. Phillies had been 47-0 this season when leading after 8 innings. Yelich begins 9th-inning rally with his 5th hit of game, then scores tying run on triple by Martin Prado, who scores winning run on single by Marcell Ozuna. Earlier, Phillies erase 4-0 deficit on bases-loaded triple by Cody Asche in 3rd inning, solo homer by Brian Bogusevic in 4th inning. Odubel Herrera goes 3 for 4, including go-ahead single in 5th inning. In second game, Maikel Franco, making 1st start since breaking wrist on Aug. 11, hits solo home run in 4th inning, finishes with 2 hits, 2 RBI.

5. Giant beat Bills Eli Manning throws 3 TD passes as iants roll to 24-10 victory over host Giants. In other early afternoon games, Falcons improve to 4-0 with 48-21 trouncing of Texans, keeping pace in NFC South with Panthers, who improve to 4-0 with 37-23  win over Bucs. Colts, without QB Andrew Luck, pull out 16-13 OT win over Jaguars, and Jets defeat Dolphins, 27-14, in London. In Sunday’s later games, unbeaten Broncos host Vikings (4:25 p.m.) and Saints host Cowboys (8:30 p.m.). On Monday, Seahawks host Lions (8:30 p.m.). On Thursday, Ravens rally from 13-point deficit in 2nd half to defeat host Steelers in overtime, 23-20, to notch their 1st win this season. Justin Tucker kicks 42-yard field goal at end of regulation to tie game, then wins it in OT with 52-yard field goal. Ex-Eagle Michael Vick completes 19 of 26 passes for 124 yards in place of Ben Roethlisberger, who is expected to miss 4-6 weeks with knee injury.

6. Owls roll to road win Jahad Thomas rushes for 109 yards, 2 TDs, Robby Anderson catches 2 TD passes from P.J. Walker as Temple, which broke open close game with blocked punt for TD in 3rd quarter, cruises to 37-3 victory at Charlotte. Owls are 4-0 for 1st time since 1974.  In today’s games, Penn State fails to take full advantage of 3 Army turnovers during 1st half, hang on for 20-14 victory; Frank Raggo kicks 29-yard field goal as time expires to complete Delaware’s comeback from 9-point 4th quarter deficit in 24-23 triumph over visiting William & Mary; and, after surprising Villanova last week, Penn gets off to slow start in 41-20 loss to visiting Dartmouth.

7. Flyers lose in shootout Jacob Josefson ties game with 3:31 remaining, then scores only goal of shootout as Devils post 3-2 win over visiting Flyers, who complete their preseason schedule. For Flyers, Ryan White scores shorthanded goal, Jakub Voracek scores power play goal, Claude Giroux registers 2 assists. Flyers must reduce roster by 1 before Tuesday’s 5 p.m. deadline. Regular season starts Thursday at Tampa Bay. Wild claim forward Chris Porter, put on waivers by Flyers. Porter scored during Wednesday’s 4-2 loss to Devils.

8. Chase comes to Dover AAA 400, the final race of Challenger round takes place today (2:30 p.m.) at Dover. Drivers in 13th and 16th place after Dover race will be eliminated from Chase. Dale Earnhardt Jr. enter Dover in 12th place, just 1 point ahead of Kyle Busch, Paul Menard for final berth in next round. Defending overall NASCAR champion Kevin Harvick, who ran out of fuel with 2 laps to go during last Sunday’s Sylvania 300, almost certainly needs victory Sunday to advance out of Challenger Round. Jeff Gordon, who finished 7th last Sunday while making a NASCAR-record 789th consecutive race, is in 10th place. Denny Hamlin, Matt Kenseth won first 2 Chase races, guaranteed spot in next round.

9. Sixers go camping Sixers continue training camp continues at Stockton College in Galloway Township, N.J. Second-round pick Richaun Holmes injures ankle. First preseason game Tuesday (7 p.m.) at Washington.

10. Union sack Sakiewicz Union dismiss CEO Nick Sakiewicz, who has been with team since its inception. Union to miss playoffs for 5th time in 6-season history. Chief Revenue Officer Dave Rowan takes over day-to-day business operations. Today, Toronto FC defeats visiting Union, 3-1, to clinch playoff berth. Union (9-16-7) eliminated from playoff contention.

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Marlins at Phillies, ppd. (Saturday)
New Jersey 3, Flyers 2 (shootout)
College Football
Temple 37, Charlotte 3

Marlins 7, Phillies 6 (Game 1)
Marlins 5, Phillies 2 (Game 2)
Toronto 3, Union 1
College Football
Penn State 20, Army 14
Dartmouth 41, Penn 20
Delaware 24, William & Mary 23

Redskins 23, Eagles 20
Marlins at Phillies, 3 p.m.
(ends season)
AAA 400, 2:30 p.m.
(at Dover)


No games scheduled

Sixers at Washington, 7 p.m.
(Preseason opener)

No games scheduled

Flyers at Tampa Bay, 7:30 p.m.
(Season opener)
Cavaliers at Sixers, 7 p.m.
(Preseason home opener)

No games scheduled

Flyers at Florida, 7 p.m.
Sixers vs. Nets, 3 p.m.
(Preseason, at Albany)
College Football
Tulane at Temple, noon
Indiana at Penn State, noon
William & Mary at Villanova, noon
Delaware at R.Island, noon
Fordham at Penn, 1 p.m.

Saints at Eagles, 1 p.m.


All Washed up?

The Eagles offense stalls again in the first half, but Sam Bradford throws three touchdown passes in the second half, only to have the Redskins march 90 yards for the winning score, handing the Eagles a 23-20 loss and leaving ...
All Washed up?

Who’s to blame?

Who is to blame for the Eagles’ awful early-season play? Chip Kelly? Sam Bradford? Byron Maxwell? Voice your opinion in Voice of the Phanatics.

Monster mission

Defending NASCAR champion Kevin Harvick needs a victory Sunday in the AAA 400 at Dover’s Monster Mile in order to advance to the next round of the Chase and keep his hopes of defending his title alive.

Fish ‘n Chips

Eric Fisher’s weekly column about a variety of topics. This week Eric serves up opinions on the positive spin being applied to Kiko Alonso’s knee injury, Chip Kelly’s avoidance of the truth and why Kevin Harvick will be extra aggressive during Sunday’s AAA 400 at Dover.

Indispensable Eagles

This is a Top 10 list of the players the Eagles can least afford to lose to injury. Let us know if you agree or disagree. Feel free to post your own Top 10 list.

Eagles-Redskins: Both teams in a rush

October - 3 - 2015 Reporter: Eric Fisher Respond

Eagles receivers must do a better job of getting open and holding on to Sam Bradford’s passes, but Sunday’s game with the Redskins (1 p.m.) will likely be decided by the Eagles’ ability to run and stop the run. We provide 10 questions to consider while watching Sunday’s game.

Putting it on the Line

September - 30 - 2015 Reporter: Eric Fisher Respond

Coming off his best record of this young season, Eric Fisher likes five road favorites to cover — and that makes him nervous.

Heel Turns: Kane built to last

September - 30 - 2015 Reporter: Achilles Heel Respond

The Greek God of Wrestling marvels at the staying power of Kane, who is back in the WWE World Heavyweight Championship picture. Achilles Heel also tells you who won titles and who was injured at Night of Champions, lists the belatedly announced matches for TNA’s Bound for Glory and tells you where you can see WWE events in person during the next week.

Imperfect 10

September - 27 - 2015 Reporter: Eric Fisher Respond

Darren Sproles scores two touchdowns to help the Eagles jump out to a 24-point lead in the first half, but the Eagles need three interceptions in the second half to hold on to for a 24-17 victory, their 10th win in 10 meetings with the Jets. Full story coming soon.

Eagles-Jets preview: Desperation in the air

September - 26 - 2015 Reporter: Eric Fisher Respond

The Eagles desperately a win Sunday (1 p.m.) against the Jets. Otherwise, they will fall into an 0-3 hole and have their already-shaken confidence shattered. We provide analysis, a prediction and 10 questions to consider while watching Sunday’s game.

Is Kelly the problem?

September - 25 - 2015 Reporter: Eric Fisher Respond

The most common evaluation of the Eagles’ 0-2 start concludes that the players aren’t good enough. But what if they are good enough? What if the problem is that the system the head coach is employing isn’t good enough?

Papelbon, Harper scuffle in dugout