Wentz-less

Carson Wentz just got done throwing a record-setting 33rd TD pass to Alshon Jeffery when he left the field.  After watching the hard, sandwich hit he took on what turned out to be a non-play due to a penalty, I was amazed he went back into the huddle to play another down.  But, Carson Wentz played another four plays throwing a TD pass on fourth down.  He walked off the field and appeared to be limping just a little.  And then, he went into that dreaded tent.  When that happens in a game, my first thought is always “concussion protocol”.  Not this time.

Wentz left the tent and walked, under his own power, to the locker room. The injury still did not look season-ending.  But, on Monday it was reported he had suffered an ACL injury.  That injury would put him out for the season this year and, perhaps, next year.  The Eagles can ill afford to take any chances with their franchise quarterback.  They must give him the time to fully recover.

So with arguably the NFL’s MVP out for the season, how will the Eagles fare without Wentz?   Perhaps, the better question is, “Can the Eagles win with Nick Foles?”  Foles started one game for the Chiefs last year and posted a QB rating of 12.5 (not close to being even mediocre).  He certainly does not have Wentz’s mobility and was injured in each of his years with the Eagles.  Next up would be third–string QB Nate Sudfeld who has never thrown an NFL pass.  Or… dare I say it – Colin Kaepernick?

So is there hope? Yes – the Eagles can certainly run the ball with Blount, Ajayi, and Clement.  They should be able to throw safe and short passes to their three tight ends.  The Eagles’ defense is solid and seems to play at their very best with their backs against the wall.  And there should be time to learn to mesh with Foles.  They have the Giants away, and the Raiders and Cowboys at home.  They should be able to win those games and give Foles a chance to get comfortable.  Win them all and they are guaranteed the top seed in the NFC.

In 1990 the Giants won the Super Bowl with Jeff Hostetler, who was in the lineup because Phil Sims went down in Week 15. The Giants won the Super Bowl that year.

Can the Eagles do the same without Carson Wentz? I, along with throngs of Eagles’ fans have our doubts.  The season has been magical so far and it might need a true magician to reach the desired finish.

ABOVE THE EARS (SOME MUSINGS) 

    1. Seahawks defensive lineman, Quentin Jefferson, tried to go into the stands on Sunday in Jacksonville when, after being ejected, a fan threw a drink on him. His attempt was thwarted by an equipment manager.
    2. I was at the December 23, 1979, hockey game between the New York Rangers and the Boston Bruins played at Madison Square Garden when every Bruins player except one went into the stands after a Rangers fan reached over the glass and hit a Bruin player. I was far enough away to just be a spectator, but when we left the arena, angry fans had surrounded the Bruins bus. It looked like the entire NY police force was there to allow the players to leave the city. No one seemed to be in the holiday spirit. (There were suspensions, lawsuits, and installation on higher glass).
    3. Thanks to the NFL Red Zone, I was able to watch a great deal of the Bills-Colts game played in blizzard-like conditions on Sunday. I now understand what weathermen mean by “lake-effect snow.” The Bills won in overtime in a surreal environment.
    4. The Browns just cannot win a game. Even after wide receiver Josh Gordon caught his first TD pass since 2013 and having a 21-7 lead going into the fourth quarter, they still managed to lose to the Packers in OT 28-21. They now are 0-13. The Ravens are next.
    5. No one would argue that it has been a good winter so far for a Philadelphia sports fan (except for the Flyers) – the Eagles are great; the ’76-ers play exciting and winning NBA basketball; and the Villanova Wildcats are now the #1 college basketball team in the nation (Duke and Kansas both lost this week).
  • Two great wrestling matches will occur next week on RCN-TV when PA’s #1 team Bethlehem Catholic takes on Northampton on December 20 and Nazareth faces Easton on December 21. This is an early holiday gift for wrestling fan. High school basketball will be on RCN-TV Tuesday and Friday.

Gary’s Guesses: NFL Picks – (LAST WEEK – 8-8; OVERALL – 130-77 – 63%)

Week Fifteen

DENVER

DETROIT

CHARGERS

PHILADELPHIA

CAROLINA

MINNESOTA

MIAMI

JACKSONVILLE

NEW ORLEANS

WASHINGTON

BALTIMORE

RAMS

NEW ENGLAND

TENNESSEE

DALLAS

ATLANTA

 

 

 

 

Calling Your 2017 Nominations!!

First, a quick plug to ask for your votes for the annual “Best of RCN” contest. I would be remiss in not partaking in some shameless promotion of our “RCN SportsTalk” programs to vote for. Among the finalist for the “SportsTalk” nominations include:

  • Markelle Fultz’s H.S. Coach/Pro Baseball with Tom Housenick and Chuck Hixson – 6/20/17
  • Phillies Mid-Season Update with Steve Gross – 7/20/17
  • Eagles Camp/Former Coaches Show with Bob Stem & Bob Shriver – 8/3/17
  • NFL/HS Football; MLB Pennant Race with Freddie Coleman & Steve Shiffert – 9/7/17
  • Penn State/Ohio State Preview with Matt Millen – 10/26/17

Don’t forget to check the latest nominations/finalists, plus more information, including how to vote here on the RCN-TV website at rcn-com/rcntv/2017-best-rcn-tv!

Also, it’s almost time for the annual “SportsTalk” year-in-review show (not to be confused with the “Best of RCN” contest.)

Each year we toss out a variety of different topics to reflect upon for the previous 12 months, and we give our audience a chance to voice their opinion to our debate topics…something we’ll be doing on the next edition of the “SportsTalk” TV show.

So, if you’d like to weigh in on any of the following questions we’re posing—send us an email by this Thursday (12/14) at 7pm and we’ll read and respond to your email, along with Keith Groller & my own opinions to the following:

  1. Best Collection of Sophomores?
  2. Biggest Gripe About 2017?
  3. Hardest Working Group in Sports?
  4. Worst Story of 2017?
  5. Favorite Lehigh Valley Story of 2017?
  6. Biggest Local Question Mark of 2017?
  7. Biggest National Question Mark of 2017?
  8. Most Underrated Sports Program?
  9. Most Overrated Team/Personality of 2017?
  10. Most Underrated Head Coach?
  11. Biggest Sports Embarrassment of 2017
  12. 2017’s Sign the Sports Apocalypse is at Hand?
  13. Best” National Story of 2017?
  14. “Nicest” Sports Group of 2017?
  15. Biggest Myth of 2017?
  16. 2017 Will Be Remembered as the Year of…
  17. Most Disappointing Administrative Decision?
  18. Toughest Coaching Challenge for 2018?
  19. Biggest “Question Mark” Going Into 2018?
  20. Local Sports Thing You’d Like To See in 2018?
  21. “Stone-Cold” Lock for 2018

Also, if you have an additional topic that you might like us to add to the list, email us at rcnsportstalk@rcn.com

The 2017 “Year-in-Review” show will be airing at multiple times around the holidays on RCN, in addition to being available on the different media platforms.

However, there’s only one chance to watch the show LIVE so you can voice your choice(s) and to interact with us about this year’s topics, so make sure you tune in this Thursday at 7pm on RCN-TV!

And…have a wonderful holiday season!!!

 

HS State Playoffs

We’ve now reached the final week of the “state” round of the PIAA high school tournaments.

Best of luck to all remaining teams as they play in Hershey for the title of the top HS football teams in Pennsylvania. Unfortunately, with the Bethlehem Catholic football team’s lost to Imhotep last weekend, the fall season has come to an end for all of the teams in the RCN viewing area—with no teams capturing a title this time around (we had a whopping three championship teams crowned last fall).

RCN-TV covered playoff games every week leading up to this week’s state championships (the finals, produced by the Pennsylvania Cable Network, can be seen on RCN Lehigh channel 97).

If you missed recent games seen on RCN over the last several weeks, here are sample highlights of our broadcasts (the entire games are available to watch, for free to RCN customers, through Video On Demand).


We also want to take a moment to honor the local cheering teams. These young ladies not only were out with our local football teams all season long, but had their own exhibition and competitive schedule this year. (Remember, cheering is now a sanctioned PIAA sport).

Also, a few more fall sports results and All-League mentions were announced recently.

Here are the results of Colonial League Cheering Championship…

2017 CL Cheerleading Competition Schedule

And, the final results of the District XI Tennis Doubles Tournaments for both Class 2A and 3A…

2017-18 District XI Girls Tennis- AA Doubles

2017-18 District XI Girls Tennis- AAA Doubles

Last but not least, the results from the Colonial League’s All-Star selection voting…

2017 Colonial League XC All League Selections

If you have a high school sports question or comment, you can participate on the next “SportsTalk” show by either calling in to our Thursday night show, or by emailing us at RCNsportstalk@rcn.com at any time.

Coming up on this week’s show and podcast, we’ll have beat writers from both the NFL and MLB on to talk about the stretch run of the football season and address baseball’s “Hot Stove League” rumors!

Insanity

No one knows the source, but someone once said the definition of insanity is “doing the same thing over and over again and expecting different results.” I feel that way about this blog.  I want to make two points – one about college football and one about the Pennsylvania state football playoffs, knowing full well that this is a waste of computer space and will fall on deaf ears.  But, I will do it anyway.

Let’s start with the high school football playoffs. District XI, in my opinion, and I think most of our viewers would agree, has pretty good football.  This year we sent undefeated AAA Palisades , twice beaten (by AAAAAA schools) AAAA Bethlehem Catholic, AAAAA 9-3 Whitehall (2 losses to AAAAAA schools), and undefeated AAAAAA Parkland to the PIAA playoffs.  Three of the four were pummeled by Philadelphia private schools, where the student body of those schools had virtually no boundaries, not even by state. Palisades lost 34-17; Bethlehem Catholic lost 34-14; Parkland lost 49-14.  Whitehall did not lose to a Philadelphia school, but the team that beat them lost to one, Archbishop Wood, by a 41-14 score.

Now I understand this may sound like sour grapes. “Boo-hoo” – the Lehigh Valley teams lost and let the whining begin.  However, the playing field is not equal here.  Everyone knows it.  So since we all know the roster makeup of the Philly private schools will not be regulated, why not create a system where we have public school champions and private school champions?  If the PIAA is insistent on six classifications, then have four public and two private classifications.  May the best teams of both types, on an equal playing field, win!

Now that I have wasted my time on high school football, let me turn my attention to the college football playoffs – four teams in – Clemson, Oklahoma, Georgia, and Alabama; everybody else is out. That means Ohio State (Big 10 champion), Wisconsin (12-1), Auburn (beat Alabama), and USC (PAC 12 champions) and undefeated (the only one in the Top 25, by the way) UCF are all out.  I have no argument with the committee’s top four FBS selections; there just needs to be four more teams added to the mix.  That simply means one more week of football – eight teams to four; four to two; and the national championship game.  Ironically, the FCS (made up of schools like Lafayette and Lehigh) does it with many more teams – 24!  So arguments about time away from class and scheduling are moot.

There will still be plenty of arguments from teams below the top eight, but the volume of disgruntlement will be much less. Not having the Big Ten champion and the PAC 12 champion in the national playoffs just seems completely wrong.

The NCAA playoff system is in place until 2025 so no expansion is on the horizon.

In conclusion, the PIAA high school playoffs will not change; the NCAA college football playoffs will not change. Therefore, I have just wasted your time and my time.

But I plead “guilty by reason of insanity.”

 

ABOVE THE EARS (SOME MUSINGS) 

  1. A wise sage once told me that the reason a football game is lost can be broken down into five critical plays. Looking at the Eagles game on Monday against Seattle, how about these five:
  • A fumble by Carson Wentz at the one-yard line
  • An overthrow by Wentz to Nelson Agholor (probable TD)
  • Alshon Jeffery holds on a play where LeGarrette Blount ran to the one- yard line
  • Challenging a ball spot when the Eagles only needed an inch for a first down which they got on the next play
  • Not challenging a forward lateral which would have stopped a scoring drive by the Seahawks
  • That’s the game in a nutshell.
  1. Beca’s opponent on Friday, Imhotep Charter, won 34-14 without top player Isheem Young. He was considered one of the top athletes in all of Pennsylvania. However, the morning of the game, he was charged with armed robbery of a WAWA in July. He has since been removed from the Penn State’s commitment list by a recruiting site.
  2. I hope Eli Manning has a chance to latch on to a new NFL team next year. For the Giants to think they accomplished anything by playing Geno Smith this past weekend and benching Manning is a good indicator of why their season (2-10) has been so bad. Even the front office got it this week by firing head coach Bob McAdoo and GM Jerry Reese.
  3. Tiger is back! It makes golf much more enjoyable to watch when one of the greatest returns and Tiger’s successful weekend in the Bahamas sure had a tremendous impact on viewership and interest. Let’s hope he stays healthy.
  4. High school basketball begins on Tuesday, December 12, with Bethlehem Catholic at Parkland and Central at Whitehall. Friday, December 15, we will have Central at Liberty and Emmaus at Northampton. Let the games begin! 

Gary’s Guesses: NFL Picks – (LAST WEEK – 10-6; OVERALL – 122-69 – 64%)

Week Fourteen

NEW ORLEANS

DETROIT

BENGALS

INDIANAPOLIS

JACKSONVILLE

KANSAS CITY

VIKINGS

GREEN BAY

HOUSTON

CHARGERS

JETS

TENNESSEE

PHILADELPHIA

DALLAS

PITTSBURGH

NEW ENGLAND

 

 

 

 

Fall Sports Honorees – Part III

As we approach the end of the fall sports season (winter sports practices are now—officially—underway), it’s time once again to indentify some of the outstanding accomplishments and honors achieved by scholastic teams and student athletes in the RCN of Pennsylvania viewing area.

Below are more listings of top performers in the RCN coverage area—and make sure you check out recent editions and blog entries here at the “SportsTalk Shop” to see more of our local girls and boys athletes’ awards and standout performances.

The District XI Cross Country championships for both boys and girls program were held recently, involving a number of student-athletes from the RCN viewing area. Here are the results of the district tournaments:

AAA girls results
AAA girls team score
AAA boys results
AAA boys team score
AA girls team score
AA girls results
A girls team score
AA boys team score
AA boys results
A boys team score
A girls results
A boys results

Also, the Eastern Pennsylvania Conference announced its scholar athletes for the fall sports season:

Boys’ Cross Country:  Matt Bodon (Stroudsburg)

Girls’ Cross Country:  Emily Deschler (Central Catholic)

Field Hockey:  Morgan Mullen (Northampton)

Football: Gregory Bensley (Pocono Mountain West)

Golf: Thomas Munshower (Central Catholic)

Boys’ Soccer:  James Haag (Emmaus)

Girls’ Soccer: Sara Coyle (Pleasant Valley)

Girls’ Tennis: Molly Ehrig (Bethlehem Catholic)

Girls’ Volleyball:  Alix Buskirk (Whitehall)

Don’t forget, if you have a player, coach or team that you feel deserves recognition or is worthy of extra attention, don’t hesitate to pass that information along to me at rcnsportstalk@rcn.com and keep this email handy as we begin the transition to the winter sports season very shortly!

We are also coming upon our annual time to ask for the year’s best sports achievements in the RCN viewing area, so keep checking back to “The SportsTalk Shop” over the next few weeks to see how you can nominate and vote for your favorite teams, coaches, players and special moments during 2017.

Also, keep checking back to the RCN-TV website for holiday specials and unique marathons featuring the best of local programming in the month of December, leading up to a special New Year’s Day marathon!

Dream Come True

High school football has two more weekends and college football for the RCNTV crew has come to a close. College basketball has begun and high school basketball is right around the corner.

That can only mean that it is once again time for one of my favorite nights of the year and it has nothing to do with athletics. It is the night that I co-host the Dream Come True Telethon. Believe it or not (and I am a “not”), we will be doing the Telethon for the 32nd  year.  I did not host in the very early years (just a guest), but I have been around for most.

The Dream Come True organization, in case you did not know, was founded in 1984 by Kostas Kalogeropoulous, a local businessman. The goal of the organization is simple – fulfill the dreams of children who are seriously, chronically, and terminally ill and reside in the greater Lehigh Valley area.  Children are referred by family, friends, clergy, doctors, social workers, etc. and the dreams usually fall into three categories – trips, contact with celebrities, and special gifts (computers, shopping sprees, for example).

Scott Barr will be co-hosting again this year. We have spent this night together for many, many years and I would not want to work with anyone else. The telethon includes an online auction, which has already commenced. Scott handles the auction area during the telethon and, boy, is he terrific! If you watch Home Shopping Network or any of the other television all-day shopping channels, just watch Scott do his thing during the three-hour night.  He is as good as, if not better, than the professionals.

Here are the specifics:

 2017 Dream Come True Telethon & Online Auction
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The 32 nd ANNUAL DREAM COME TRUE TELETHON is Monday, December 4, 2017 from 6:00 PM to 9:00 PM, live on RCN TV. The goal of the telethon is to raise funds for and increase awareness of Dream Come True, an organization that grants the dreams of children who are terminally, chronically, or seriously ill. Join hosts Gary Laubach, Scott Barr and Vanessa Keiffer for heartwarming interviews with Dream recipients, special guests, and featured auctions.

Bid on incredible auction items  donated by your favorite networks! Online bidding opened Monday, November 20, and closes Monday, December 4, at 8:00 PM.

Make a financial contribution to Dream Come True by calling in during the Telethon or donate on-line now.

You will find a variety of unique items. If you want something really special that cannot be found in any store, tune in and bid on the items. You will make Scott’s night and, more importantly, help to make a child’s dream come true.

Vanessa Keiffer’s interviews with the children who have had their dreams fulfilled will demonstrate to you just how valuable your donations are.

The important facts again are:

The Date:        Monday, December 4
The Time:        6:00 – 9:00 PM
The Purpose:   To fulfill as many hopes, dreams and fantasies for seriously, chronically, and terminally ill children as possible
The Phone Number to Make a Donation:       1-800-749-8099

All proceeds from the online/on-air auction go directly to Dream Come True.

Thank you in advance for your consideration and support!  Your donation will help make a child’s dream come true!

ABOVE THE EARS (SOME MUSINGS)

  1. With the town of Philadelphia ecstatic about the success of the Eagles and the ‘76ers, it’s a shame the Flyers cannot be a part of it. As I write this, they are in last place in their division and mired in an eight-game losing streak.
  2. I had a chance to chat with two former Eagles this past Saturday when Parkland played St. Joe’s Prep. They were there to watch their sons play, one on the Parkland team and one on the St. Joe’s team. While talking to them, it became evident that one of their major concerns as they age is memory loss from concussions.  One of them pointed out that he was already suffering.  He pointed out that the game was much different back then with very little precautions taken.  Those older players are now paying the price.
  3. Speaking of football concussions, there is a new helmet being touted – the ZERO1.  It has ranked #1 in the testing labs set up by the NFL. The helmet is supposed to be a great improvement over the current ones.  The downside is that each one costs @$1500.  That is certainly an investment the pros could make, but could colleges and high school programs afford them?  It will be interesting to watch where the priorities will lie.
  4. Parkland, without question, was the best football team in our area, going undefeated and, for the most part, unchallenged. And then they ran into St. Joe’s Prep this past weekend, a Philadelphia Catholic school. Prep is made up of players from all over the city and many from New Jersey.  There was no comparison in the talent level on the field.  But, it is not a level playing field.  It’s time to have public school and private school champions in Pennsylvania.  If Pennsylvania wants six classifications, how about two private champions and four public school champions?
  5. There is one more football game on our schedule – Bethlehem Catholic against Imhotep Charter (another Philadelphia private school). This is the PIAA state semifinal AAAA game. We will televise it on RCN-TV LIVE this Friday night at 7:00pm.  No matter the outcome, our football season will come to a close.  The state finals will be on PCN the following weekend.  Thanks for watching!!

Gary’s Guesses: NFL Picks – (LAST WEEK – 11-5; OVERALL – 112-63 – 64%)

Week Thirteen

WASHINGTON

BALTIMORE

CHICAGO

ATLANTA

NEW ENGLAND

MIAMI

TENNESSEE

JACKSONVILLE

GREEN BAY

KANSAS CITY

CAROLINA

CHARGERS

RAMS

OAKLAND

PHILADELPHIA

PITTSBURGH

 

HS Football: District Recaps


We have completed District XI high school football season playoffs (a few winners from the RCN-TV coverage area were crowned last weekend).

There are a number of key matchups and interesting games to watch coming up as the PIAA playoffs unfold. Be sure to check out the broadcast schedule as it becomes available each week here on the RCN-TV website to see which playoff match-ups we’ll be broadcasting each weekend!

Here are highlights recapping the last few weeks of the high school football as seen on RCN-TV (the games are available to watch in its entirety, for free to RCN customers, through Video On Demand).


Check back to the “SportsTalk” shop over the next couple weeks for video highlights from RCN-TV’s broadcasts of our state high school football coverage!

Also, if you have a high school sports question or comment, you can participate on the next “SportsTalk” show by emailing us at RCNsportstalk@rcn.com at any time.

And … for a special Thanksgiving Day treat, join us for a recorded program this Thursday at 7pm as our special guests will be long-time football coaches Bob Stem and Bob Shriver, as they share memories of past Thanksgiving Day football games, the big Easton/Phillipsburg rivalry and many more local sports thoughts.

Happy Thanksgiving, everyone!

 

 

Greetings, Games, Guesses

FROM THE RCN-TV STAFF

Happy Thanksgiving

GAMES

 PIAA State Football

  GoParkland

    VS Saint Joe’s on Saturday, November 25, LIVE at 1:00 on RCN-TV

Bethlehem Catholic

  VS Selinsgrove on Friday, November 24, LIVE at 7:00 PM on RCN-TV


Gary’s Guesses: NFL Picks – (LAST WEEK – 10-4; OVERALL – 101-58 – 64%)

Week Twelve

DETROIT

DALLAS

WASHINGTON

CINCINNATI

PHILADELPHIA

NEW ENGLAND

KANSAS CITY

ATLANTA

CAROLINA

TENNESSEE

SEATTLE

NEW ORLEANS

JACKSONVILLE

OAKLAND

PITTSBURGH

BALTIMORE

Fall Sports Honorees – Part II

As I try to point out on a regular basis, there are some tremendous sports accomplishments that don’t get as much notoriety as the more “popular” sports (given attendance figures), such as football, basketball and wrestling.

Last month, I put a call out here at the “SportsTalk Shop” for local athletic directors, coaches and school administrators to pass along special accomplishments for us to highlight and let other people know about. Since that time, I’ve gotten a steady stream of lists, accomplishments, honors and highlights of local athletes from local athletic directors looking to get the word out about these special student-athletes.

Below are more listings of top performers in the RCN coverage area—and make sure you check out recent editions and blog entries here at the “SportsTalk Shop” to see more of our local girls and boys athletes’ awards and standout performances.

First, here are this fall’s Colonial League Girls Volleyball All-Star team members…

2017-18 Colonial League Girls Volleyball All-League Team

Here are the results of the District XI tennis championship results for both the “AA” and the “AAA” classifications for schools in our Lehigh Valley coverage area…

2017-18 District XI Girls Tennis- AA Singles

2017-18 District XI Girls Tennis- AAA Singles

The Eastern Pennsylvania Conference’s golf season has come to an end. Here are the results of the EPC championships…

2017 EPC Golf Results & All-Conference

Last but not least, here are the results from the Colonial League Cross Country Championships…

CL XC Scores & Results 2017

If you have a player, coach or team that you feel deserves recognition or is worthy of extra attention, don’t hesitate to pass that information along to me at rcnsportstalk@rcn.com.

Coming up on this week’s “SportsTalk” show on RCN-TV, we’ll preview this weekend’s big Lafayette/Lehigh football match-up (that will be broadcast on RCN-TV Saturday, live at 12:30pm) along with talking with high school football writers in both the Pennsylvania and Washington DC markets, recapping last weekend’s games and previewing this weekend’s playoff action.

The Competition

Even though I am sure the Eagles were quite happy that every team in the NFC East lost this past Sunday while they were enjoying a pleasant bye week, this week’s results actually did not help them as much as one might think.

Right now, the Eagles have the best record in the NFC and, for that matter, all of football. But, that honor is a precarious one.  The Vikings, the Saints, and the Rams all won their games this past Sunday and they are all 7-2 and certainly ready to become the team with the best record in the NFC should the Eagles falter.

If you are so inclined to use analytics, a crystal ball, or tarot cards, take a look at the remaining schedule for the Eagles and the teams chasing them:

The Eagles will certainly win their division – their toughest opponent may be the Seahawks. They will not encounter a suspended Ezekial Elliott the first time around against Dallas and may miss facing left offensive tackle Tyrone Smith for both games with the Cowboys.

The Vikings look like the most likely team to surpass the Eagles for the home field advantage based on remaining schedules.

There are, also, teams lingering: Dallas (5-4), Atlanta (5-4), Detroit (5-4), Carolina (6-3), and Seattle (6-3).  Remember there are four division winners and two wild card teams in the playoffs.

The final six weeks should be very interesting and Eagles fans should be excited! They could not be in a better position at this stage in the season.

ABOVE THE EARS (SOME MUSINGS) 

  1. Did you see where Colin Kaepernick was named “Citizen of the Year” by GQ magazine? In the article entitled “Colin Kaepernick Will Not Be Silenced”, he is not quoted once.
  2.  In case you were wondering, the win Sunday by the Patriots was the 270th for Bill Belichick. He is now tied for third place with the Cowboys’ Tom Landry. Do you know who #1 and #2 are? The answer is at the end of the musings.
  3. According to the ESPN Power Rankings, the 76ers are now #11 up from #17 last week. This could be the year that proves the last five awful years were worth the pain!
  4. Well, Notre Dame and Penn State fans in the Valley (and there are plenty of them) have been in tears the last few weeks. Penn State lost two in a row before this weekend and Notre Dame was routed by Miami on Saturday after climbing into the Top Four. Notre Dame is now #9 and Penn State is #13. Maybe they could play each other in a bowl game. It would not be for a national championship, but the stadium and television interest would be off the charts!
  5. Parkland will try to win their sixth straight District XI AAAAAA championship this Friday when they take on Freedom. The game will be LIVE on RCN-TV at 7:00 from Northampton.
  6. On Saturday RCN-TV will have the 153rd addition of Lafayette-Lehigh, college football’s most played rivalry. Game time is 12:30.

P.S. #1 – Don Shula (347); #2 – George Halas (324)


Gary’s Guesses: NFL Picks – (LAST WEEK – 9-5; OVERALL – 91-54 – 63%)

Week Eleven

PITTSBURGH

DETROIT

KANSAS CITY

TAMPA BAY

GREEN BAY

RAMS

ARIZONA

JACKSONVILLE

NEW ORLEANS

CHARGERS

CINCINNATI

NEW ENGLAND

PHILADELPHIA

ATLANTA