Consecutive wins for Sixers, who host Timberwolves on Saturday

The Greek God of Wrestling struggles to describe the incredible career of the awesome and unique Undertaker into words. Achilles Heel also describes the best moments from WrestleMania 33, tells you which wrestlers are returning and which ones are moving within WWE, and bids farewell to “Pretty Boy” Larry Sharpe.

The Greek God of Wrestling chronicles Braun Strowman’s meteoric rise to main event status. Achilles Heel also bemoans JBL leaving Smackdown, rips Sexy Star and for her conduct during and after a recent incident with Rosemary, and provides a link for Ric Flair’s first video after his nearly fatal medical issues.

After Allen Iverson didn’t show up for Sunday’s BIG3 event in Dallas, which comes two weeks after he didn’t play at the league’s event in Philadelphia, Eric Fisher expresses concern that Iverson is having difficulty handling the fact that, even in a 3-on-3 league for retired players, his days as a star player are over.

Archive for March, 2018

Michigan holds the key

Posted by Eric Fisher On March - 24 - 2018 ADD COMMENTS

We don’t have to wait for the Final Four to determine the champion of PhillyPhanatics.com’s Bracket Madness. The champion and order of top three finishers will be determined this weekend.

The leader is Ari Dardik (189 points), who is trying to lead the pool from wire to wire. But Ari’s once-comfortable lead has disappeared. Kevin Walder, who picked Texas Tech to reach the Elite 8, is just one point behind Ari. Ted Williams, who selected Michigan to reach the Elite 8, is 3 points behind Ari.

Ari, Kevin and Ted all picked Villanova as champion. The problem for Ari is that, other than Villanova, he doesn’t have any other way to add to his point total. Kevin would pass Ari on Sunday if Duke defeats Kansas. But that wouldn’t be good enough for Kevin if Michigan also reaches the Final Four.

Ted also picked Duke to defeat Kansas and reach the Final Four, so he would pick up the same points as Kevin would with a Duke victory Sunday, but he would pass both Kevin and Ari if Michigan defeats Florida State tonight. On the other hand, if Florida State beats Michigan, there is no other path for Ted to pass Kevin.

Tonight’s Michigan-Florida State game probably won’t be over until 11 p.m., so we could find out our champion tonight. Or, if Florida State wins tonight, we’ll find out our champion Sunday when Duke battles Kansas.

It should be pointed out that Chaim Galfand (169) has Kansas in the Final Four and Jack Brauner (146) has Michigan reaching the championship game, but they are too far behind to catch our leaders. Not surprisingly, nobody had Loyola of Chicago, Kansas State or Florida State in the Elite 8, so not many points were generated by that side of the bracket.

To break it down one last time: Ari and Kevin should be rooting for Florida State tonight, while Ted cheers on Michigan. If Florida State wins tonight, Ari should then root for Kansas to defeat Duke on Sunday.

(Meanwhile, don’t forget to check out all of the excellent columns and articles on PhillyPhanatics.com.)


What: PhillyPhanatics.com Bracket Madness!

Cost: $0

Deadline: Thursday, 11 a.m. (Those who submit their brackets earlier may make changes in their brackets until Thursday at 11 a.m. And nobody else can see your bracket until the tournament begins!)

Rules: Please submit only one entry per person (multiple entries from the same person will result in all of that person’s entries being disqualified)

Scoring: See below or click on the site link

Tie-breaker: Total points in championship game

Web site to enter: http://phillyphanatics.mayhem.cbssports.com/brackets (you will need a CBS Sports log in.)

***Upper Moreland High School students should use a personal email, NOT your school email.***



As stated earlier, we’re going to skip the play-in games on Tuesday and Wednesday. Once the field is whittled down to 64 teams, the scoring will be as follows:

1 point for each correct team in the round of 32;
2 points for each correct team in the Sweet 16;
4 points for each correct team in the Elite 8;
8 points for each correct team in the Final Four;
12 points for each correct team in the championship game;
15 points for correctly picking the champion.

Furthermore, there are bonus points based on seeding for teams you correctly pick to advance.

For example, if a No. 15 seeds upsets a No. 2 seed in the first round, you’ll earn 1 point for the win and 15 bonus points! If a No. 11 seed upsets a No. 6 seed in the first round, you’ll earn 1 point for the win and 11 bonus points!

Upsets pay off, but you risk losing points from higher-seeded teams down the road.

Good luck!

(Please check back in this space every day of the tournament for scoring updates.)


Posted by Eric Fisher On March - 23 - 2018 ADD COMMENTS

A quick look at 10 sports stories in the news…  

1. Wildcats put away Mountaineers Jalen Brunson pours in 27 points, Omari Spellman adds 18 points, 8 rebounds as East Region top seed Villanova battles past 5th-seeded West Virginia, 90-78, to reach Elite Eight of NCAA Tournament. Mountaineers force 9 first-half turnovers, trail by 2 points at halftime. West Virginia takes 6-point lead midway through 2nd half, but Wildcats go on 11-0 run to regain lead, which they never relinquish. Mikal Bridges contributes 16 points for Wildcats, who make 13 of 24 3-pointers. Villanova, which has made 44 3-pointers in its 3 tournament games, will face 3rd-seeded Texas Tech, a 78-65 winner over 2nd-seeded Purdue, on Sunday (2:20 p.m.), with winner advancing to Final Four.

2. Warrant issued for Eagles DE Bennett Newly acquired Eagles DE Michael Bennett indicted for felony in Texas for incident related to Super Bowl LI. Bennettt, whose brother Martellus played for Patriots, allegedly injured 66-year-old paraplegic woman while he “shoved his way to the field” to join the postgame celebration, according to release from Harris County District Attorney’s office. Houston police chief Art Acevedo opened lock doors and pushed his way to get to the field after being told to take different route to field access.

3. Sixers win 5th straight Ersan Ilyasova scores 18 points, Joel Embiid adds 17 as Sixers cruise to 118-98 triumph over host Magic to extend winning streak to 5 games. Sixers (41-30) pull within 1 game of Cavaliers, currently 3rd seed in Eastern Conference, guarantee they won’t have losing record for first time since 2010-11 season. Robert Covington, Marco Belinelli add 15 points apiece. Sixers could clinch playoff berth tonight (6 p.m.) when they host Timberwolves.

4. Flyers fend off Rangers Travis Konecny scores twice, Claude Giroux registers 3 assists for 2nd straight game as Flyers fight off challenge by visiting Rangers, 4-3. Flyers remain 1 point behind Blue Jackets, who help Flyers by defeating Panthers. Blue Jackets, Penguins tied for 2nd place in Metropolitan Division. Goalie Alex Lyon makes 33 saves, including several huge saves during 3rd period. Jakub Voracek, Oskar Lindblom also score for Flyers. Brandon Manning returns to lineup, leaving Robert Hagg as healthy scratch. Flyers (88 points) visit Penguins on Sunday (12:30 p.m.).

5. Jayhawks, Blue Devils reach Elite 8  Midwest Region top seed Kansas fends off 2nd-half challenge from 5th-seeded Clemson, 80-76, to advance to Elite 8. Jayhawks will face 2nd-seeded Duke, which fends off another upset bid by 11th-seeded Syracuse, 69-65, on Sunday (5:05 p.m.). Sweet 16 of NCAA Tournament kicked off Thursday with 11th-seeded Loyola of Chicago slipping past 7th-seeded Nevada, 69-68,  to reach Elite 8 in upset-filled South Region. Ramblers will face 9th-seeded Kansas State, a 61-58 winner over 5th-seeded Kentucky, tonight (6:09 p.m.). In West Region tonight, 3rd-seeded Michigan trounces 7th-seeded Texas A&M, 99-72, to earn Elite 8 meeting tonight (8:49 p.m.) with 9th-seeded Florida State, a 75-60 winner over 4th-seeded Gonzaga.

6. Franco, Nola power Phillies Maikel Franco hits 2 home runs, including grand slam, to power Phillies to 8-2 victory over host Pirates in Grapefruit League game. Aaron Nola, making final start before Opening Day, strikes out 5 during 4 shutout innings. Cesar Hernandez, Rhys Hoskins, Aaron Altherr contribute 2 hits apiece. On Thursday, Jake Arrieta, who signed 3-year deal reportedly worth $75 million for 3 years, gives up 2 runs in 2 innings during 6-2 loss to Tigers in his Phillies debut. Arietta strikes out first 2 batters he faces before Miguel Cabrera slams opposite-field home run. Tigers add run in 2nd inning. Arrieta threw 31 pitches in simulated 2-inning game Saturday, then threw bullpen session Tuesday. Odubel Herrera produces 2 hits for Phillies. Zach Eflin allows 3 hits, 2 runs in 2/3 inning. Phillies to visit Tigers today (1 p.m.).

7. Eagles sign WR Wallace Eagles sign free agent WR Mike Wallace to 1-year contract reportedly worth $2.5 million. Wallace, 31, caught 52 passes for 748 yards last season with Ravens.

8. Explorers, Giannini part ways La Salle parts ways with Dr. John Giannini, who spent 14 seasons as Explorers head coach. Explorers were 212-226 during Giannini’s tenure. Their only NCAA Tournament appearance was 2012-13 season, when they won three games to reach Sweet 16. La Salle, which finished with 13-19 record this season, has only had 1 winning season since NCAA Tournament appearance.

9. Leiter goes on DL Phillies pitcher Mark Leiter Jr. will start season on disabled list due to mild flexor strain in right forearm. Leiter, primarily a long reliever, expected to be sidelined until late April or early may. Starting pitcher Jerad Eickhoff expected to miss 6-8 weeks with upper back strain, described as strained lat muscle behind right shoulder. Phillies grant infielders Ryan Flaherty, Adam Rosales their unconditional release. Flaherty, who has opt-out clause in his contract if Phillies didn’t put him on roster by Thursday, batted .351 during spring training. Rangers claim first baseman Tommy Joseph off waivers from Phillies. Joseph was sent to minors to make room on 40-man roster for pitcher Jake Arrieta.

10. Giants trade Pierre-Paul Giants trade DE Jason Pierre-Paul, 4th-round draft pick this year to Buccaneers for 3rd- and 4th-round picks in this year’s NFL Draft.

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Sixers 108, Hornets 94
Spring training

Red Sox 6, Phillies 5
Women’s Basketball
Second round
St. John’s 53, Penn 48

Detroit 5, Flyers 4 (OT)
Spring training
Phillies 2, Blue Jays 0

Sixers 119, Grizzlies 105
Spring training
Phillies 7, Blue Jays 7

Flyers 4, Rangers 3
Sixers 118, Orlando 98
Spring training
Tigers 6, Phillies 2

Spring training

Phillies 8, Pirates 2
Men’s Basketball
NCAA Tournament
Sweet 16
Villanova 90, W.Virginia 78

Timberwolves at Sixers, 6 p.m.
Spring training
Phillies at Tigers, 1 p.m.

Flyers at Pittsburgh, 12:30 p.m.
Spring training
Orioles at Phillies 1 p.m.
Men’s Basketball
NCAA Tournament

Villanova vs. Texas Tech, 2:20 p.m.
(at Boston)


Chris Long, Lane Johnson lead E-A-G-L-E-S chant