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Phils Go Four in a Row

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For the fourth consecutive year the Philadelphia Phillies have clinched the National League East pennant. This comes after trailing by seven games earlier in the season.

In a season plagued with injuries where every starting position player went on the disabled list, it seemed improbable  that the Phillies were a championship-contending team; however, the mid-season call-ups and bech players stepped up and filled the roles nearly to perfection.

Wilson Valdez stepped up nicely while both Chase Utley and Jimmy Rollins were injured this season. Not only did Valdez deliver a solid defense but he also brought the lumber. While batting .257, Valdez gained 84 hits bringing in 33 runs.

Greg Dobbs, Ben Fransisco, Cody Ransom, Brian Schneider, Paul Hoover, and Mike Sweeney. These are all names that you would think of first when thinking of Phillies players. Nonetheless, all of these players contributed to the team's success by coming off of the bench or filling in for an injured starter.,

Another contributor to the late success of the Phillies is Dominic Brown, Once named the top prospect in all of baseball, Brown finally got his call to the big leagues due to an injury to centerfielder, Shane Victorino. In Brown's 31 games he racked up an average of .211 while belting two monsterous home runs.

But despite having the number one prospect in all of baseball playing in the organization, the big story for the Phils this year was pitching. The offseason addition of pitcher Roy Halladay was the greatest acquisiton in baseball.

Not only did Halladay toss a complete game shutout to clinch the division, but he also became the first Phillies pitcher to win 20 games in a season since Steve Carlton accomplished the feat 24 years ago. To top off this amazing season, the southpaw also threw nine complete games, three of which were shutouts, as well as a no-hitter.

It would seem that behind solid pitching of Halladay, Cole Hamels and Roy Oswalt that the Phillies could be an unstopable force in the playoffs. As long as everyone stays heathy and continues playing the way they have been lately, there could be a repeat trip to the World Series.

Vick Leads Eagles to Week 3 Triumph

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When it was announced on Tuesday that Michael Vick was going to be starting quarterback for the Philadelphia Eagles, most fans were ecstatic to say the least. It came as a huge suprise though, as head coach Andy Reid had announced the day before that Kevin Kolb would have the start.

"I think his play has even exceeded expectations over the last two weeks," said Reid.

That could not be more true. Vick has gone 37/58 emassing 459 yards and four touchdowns in his first 6 quarters of play this season. He has also racked up 140 yards on 18 rushes.

Vick's passer rating of 105.5, which is fourth best in the NFL, is nearly double that of Kevin Kolb (56.3 passer rating).

So when gametime came around on Sunday, all eyes were following Michael Vick. That would be enough to make anybody nervous, let alone a new starting QB. Despite that, Vick remained cool and collected.

When asked if he was jittery about having the starting role again, Vick calmly replied, " When you first start, it's a different feel, a different atmosphere. You're on the road. Haven't started in four years, so it's all a part of the process you have to go through. And I think it's good to have butterflies in the beginning of the game, but once that ball is snapped and the game is on, then it's on for 60 minutes."

Well Vick showed he can talk the talk and walk the walk. In the 28-3 win over the Jacksonville Jaguars on Sunday, Vick threw the ball for 291 yards and three touchdowns. Vick also ran for 30 yards and another touchdown.

For the first time in his career, Vick does not have to worry about the entire team being carried on his back. He has many passing targets such as DeSean Jackson, who had five receptions for 153 yards and a touchdown; Jeremy Maclin, who had four receptions for 83 yards and two touchdowns; and Brent Celek, who had four receptions for 42 yards.

Vick also had two 40+ yard passes in a game for the first time in his career. While we are on career firsts, another one for Michael Vick occurred today. He has now had a passer rating of over 100 in three consecutive games.

This seems to be the begining of a new era. Michael Vick 2.0. He reamins comfortable on the field and is quickly taking this team, who many said would end the season with an 8-8 record, and turning them into serious playoff contenders.

Pros and Cons of Being a Philly Fan

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This blog will be about sports with a concentration on philadelphia and the city's teams. I will be covering games, trades, and just news about the teams in general. It will focus on the Phillies, Eagles, Flyers, and 76ers. I do attend many games and when I cannot I do tend to watch a lot of coverage on television as well as online.

I am currently a Junior attending Indiana University of Pennsylvaina. I am majoring in journalism. I am from Philadelphia and currently reside in Norristown, Pa., about 30 minutes outside of the city. I have been a fan of Philly's teams for as long as I can remember.

This is relevant to Indiana, Pa. becasue roughly 2000 of the 14000 Indiana University of Pennsylvania students are from Philadelphia and the surrounding three counties. In addition, a recent survey of 100 IUP students showed that 38 percent said that the Philadelphia Eagles were their favorite team.

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