Points allowed by the Eagles in each of the past two games

In one year, Domonic Brown has gone from an all-star to a player the Phillies might have trouble giving away. Brown symbolizes the Phillies’ failure to develop players and their tendency to hold on to players too long.

Eric Fisher’s weekly column on a variety of topics, but this week Eric sticks to the NFL Draft, serving up opinions on the Eagles’ draft philosophy, Michael Sam getting selected and that annoying “I’m the Man” song.

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. Thanksgiving bad day for Birds QB throws 5 TD passes, team scores 45 points for second straight week as Lions lambaste visiting Eagles, 45-14. Eagles (4-7) lose 3rd straight game. Lions QB Matt Stafford completes 27 of 38 passes for 337 yards, 5 TDs. Calvin Johnson catches 3 TD passes, doubling his season total. Mark Sanchez completes 19 of 27 passes for 199 yards, 2 TDs. DeMarco Murray carries 14 times for 30 yards. LT Jason Peters leaves game in 1st quarter with left leg injury. CB Nolan Carroll breaks ankle, likely lost for season. Eagles’ next game Dec. 6 at New England.

2. Bradford doesn’t play QB Sam Bradford (left shoulder, concussion) inactive for 45-14 loss Lions, meaning Mark Sanchez makes his second straight start. Bradford cleared in concussion protocol, but left shoulder prevents him from playing. TE Zach Ertz (concussion), RB Ryan Mathews (concussion) both sit out Thursday’s game. LT Jason Peters (back), center Jason Kelce (knee) both are active for Lions game, but Peters leaves in first quarter with left leg injury. LBs Connor Barwin (quad), DeMeco Ryans (hamstring), Kiko Alonso (ankle) listed as questionable. Eagles promote WR Jonathan Krause from practice squad, cut LB Emmanuel Acho.

3. Sixers blow lead, make history Sixers hold double-digit lead midway through 4th quarter, but end up on short end of 84-80 decision against host Celtics. Including last season, Sixers (0-16) lose 26th straight game, tying NBA record for most consecutive defeats. Record set by Cavaliers in 2010-11, matched by Sixers 2 seasons ago. Sixers can set NBA record for consecutive losses Friday (8 p.m.) at Houston. Sixers 2 losses away from tying NBA record for most losses at start of season. They started last season 0-17 before beating Timberwolves to avoid tying record. Jahlil Okafor paces Sixers with 19 points, 9 rebounds. Robert Covington contributes 11 points, 14 rebounds. Hollis Thompson adds 15 points. Sixers’ last victory was against Nuggets on March 25. Nik Stauskas unlikely to play rest of 6-game road trip due to left knee contusion.

4. Okafor allegedly in altercation Sixers rookie Jahlil Okafor allegedly involved in altercation outside nightclub or bar in Boston on Wednesday night after loss to Celtics drops Sixers’ to 0-16. According to TMZ, video of incident shows Okafor punching heckler during incident on sidewalk and street.

5. Islanders stifle Flyers Claude Giroux puts Flyers ahead with power-play goal 3:59 into 1st period, but Flyers don’t score again in 3-1 loss to host Islanders. Flyers manage just 18 shots on goal. Steve Mason makes 33 saves. Defenseman Evgeny Medvedev, forward Vinny Lecavalier healthy scratches for 6th game in row. Flyers call up winger Colin McDonald to replace Sam Gagner, who sustained facial cut Monday. Flyers host Predators on Friday (3:30 p.m.).

6. Romo injured in Cowboys loss Panthers maintain perfect record with 33-14 victory over host Cowboys, who lose QB Tony Romo to another injury to left clavicle when he is sacked by LB Thomas Davis. Romo just returned from broken clavicle last Sunday, helping Cowboys end 7-game losing streak. Packers host Bears in Thursday’s late game (8:30 p.m.). On Sunday, it’s Andy Reid vs. LeSean McCoy as Chiefs host Bills (1 p.m.), Redskins host Giants (1 p.m.), Seahawks host Steelers (4:25 p.m.) and Broncos host Patriots (8:30 p.m.).

7. Eagles may play in London Rams will play in London next season against NFC East opponent. Order of finish will determine if Eagles, Giants or Redskins face Rams in London.

8. Owls host Huskies Temple, which moved back into Top 25 (25th) after win over Memphis, tries to clinch berth in American Athletic Conference championship game Saturday (7 p.m.) when it hosts Connecticut. Penn State closes out its regular season Saturday (3:30 p.m.) at Michigan State.

9. Brunson leads Wildcats Freshman Jalen Brunson scores 18 points to boost 8th-ranked Villanova past Stanford, 59-45, in semifinals of NIT Season Tipoff at Barclays Center in Brooklyn. Wildcats (5-0) will face Georgia Tech in championship game Friday (3 p.m.). Drexel faces UNC-Asheville at midnight. On Wednesday, Darien Nelson-Henry scores career-high 31 points, grabs career-high 14 rebounds as Penn recovers from 3-point halftime deficit to defeat visiting La Salle, 80-64. Sam Jones adds 18 points for Quakers. Cleon Roberts, Jordan Price pace Explorers with 20 and 18 points, respectively.

10. Sweet 16 Warriors cruise to 111-77 victory over Lakers, setting NBA record for wins at start of season by improving to 16-0.

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Flyers 3, Hurricanes 2 (OT)
Minnesota 100, Sixers 95
Men’s Basketball
La Salle 83, Lafayette 75

No games scheduled

Islanders 3, Flyers 1
Boston 84, Sixers 80
Men’s Basketball
Penn 80, La Salle 64

Lions 45, Eagles 14
Men’s Basketball
Villanova 59, Stanford 45
(NIT Season Tip-Off)
(at Barclays Center in Brooklyn)
Drexel vs. UNC-Asheville, midnight
(at Great Alaska Shootout in Anchorage) 

Predators at Flyers, 3:30 p.m.
Sixers at Houston, 8 p.m.
Men’s Basketball
Villanova vs. Ga. Tech, 3 p.m.
(NIT Season Tip-Off)
(at Barclays Center in Brooklyn)
Drexel at Great Alaska Shootout, TBD

Flyers at Rangers, 1:30 p.m.
College Football
Penn St. at Michigan St., 3:30 p.m.
Connecticut at Temple, 7 p.m.
Men’s Basketball
La Salle at Rowan, 3 p.m.
Drexel at Great Alaska Shootout, TBD

Sixers at Memphis, 6 p.m.
Men’s Basketball
Penn at Lafayette, 2 p.m.
Delaware at Temple, 5 p.m.


Thanksgiving Day Massacre

The Eagles played like turkeys on Thanksgiving, getting blown out by the resurgent Lions, 45-14. This is the second straight game in which a quarterback has thrown five touchdown passes and the Eagles (4-7) have allowed 45 points. ***** What do you do ...
Thanksgiving Day Massacre

Sixers’ first victory?

When will the 76ers win a game? Look at the schedule and tell us when you think the Sixers will get their first win.

Sixers Notebook

The 76ers could set NBA records this week for consecutive losses and for consecutive losses to start a season. In this edition of 76ers Notebook, Eric Fisher examines Jahlil Okafor sending a message to the Timberwolves, tells you who is likely to be the top pick in the 2016 Draft, and reveals when the Sixers notched their last victory.

Fish ‘n Chips

Eric Fisher’s weekly column about a variety of topics. This week Eric serves up opinions on the Eagles’ future, Rod Brind’Amour’s induction into the Flyers Hall of Fame and Penn’s unexpected Ivy League title.

Longest losing streaks

The 76ers are well-represented on the list of teams with the longest losing streaks in NBA history. This year’s Sixers are 0-14 and climbing their way toward the top of the list.

Putting it on the Line

November - 26 - 2015 Reporter: Eric Fisher Respond

After his best week selecting games this season, Eric Fisher tries to carry that success over to a Thanksgiving week during which the NFL’s two remaining unbeaten teams are in danger of suffering their first defeats. To see Eric’s Week 12 selections, including the Eagles-Lions matchup on Thanksgiving, click on the headline.

Eagles-Lions: Going in wrong direction

November - 26 - 2015 Reporter: Eric Fisher Respond

There are numerous questions about the Eagles (4-6) entering their Thanksgiving Day game against the Lions. We limit the number of questions to consider before and the game to 10 as we assess the Eagles’ chances to defeat the Lions.

Flyers Notebook: Brind’Amour Flyer for life

November - 22 - 2015 Reporter: Eric Fisher Respond

Rod Brind’Amour, entering the Flyers Hall of Fame, displayed the heart and desire that made him a Flyer for life in the eyes of Flyers fans. Eric Fisher also examines the Flyers’ scoring woes, a silver lining in a week full of losses and a look ahead to a busy week.


November - 22 - 2015 Reporter: Eric Fisher Respond

Doug Martin (pictured) rushes for 235 yards, 177 of them in the first half, and Jameis Winston throws five touchdown passes as the Buccaneers destroy the Eagles, 45-17, in an embarrassing performance by the Birds at Lincoln Financial Field.

Gordon leaves as winner

November - 22 - 2015 Reporter: Eric Fisher Respond

Jeff Gordon could finish his remarkable career with a flourish Sunday if he can capture his fifth overall championship. But, by winning 93 races and making a NASCAR-record 796 consecutive starts, Gordon has transformed his image from a resented pretty boy to a respected veteran who is the sentimental favorite Sunday.

Heel Turns: Who will survive?

November - 22 - 2015 Reporter: Achilles Heel Respond

The Greek God of Wrestling previews Survivor Series, with detailed analysis the tournament to crown a new WWE World Heavyweight champion. Achilles Heel also criticizes WWE for its awful judgment in ending RAW with an offensive segment in very poor taste, reveals the main event for Ring of Honor’s Final Battle ’15 at 2300 Arena and compares the 76ers to Mike Boyette.

Rod Brind'Amour earns Stanley Cup