Week 10 made things tougher on top-seeded Eagles

Week 10 made things tougher on top-seeded Eagles

The Eagles got to sit back this week, get healthy and watch Week 10 of the NFL season play out. What happened was a best-case scenario and a handful of not-so-great things.
 
NFC East
From a divisional standpoint, Sunday could not have gone better. The Cowboys, playing without suspended RB Ezekiel Elliott and injured left tackle Tyron Smith, were blown out by the Falcons, 27-7. The Redskins and Giants also lost, so the Eagles now hold a three-game lead in the division with seven games remaining.
 
A win next week over the Cowboys would just about close the door on the division race for the Eagles. Beating Dallas would give the Eagles a magic number of three with six games left. That means any combination of three Eagles wins and/or Cowboys (or Redskins) losses would clinch the NFC East for the Birds.
 
That's the good news.
 
Conference contenders
While the NFC East came up snake-eyes, the teams immediately behind the Eagles in the race for the conference's top seed all won their games in Week 10. In fact, the teams ranked 2 through 9 in the current NFC standings all posted victories this week. That includes the Vikings, Saints, and Rams, all of whom are now 7-2, just a game behind your conference leaders.


 
So while this past weekend was another step toward NFC East supremacy, it also virtually eliminated the Eagles' room for error in their pursuit of the  No. 1 seed in the conference. They're still in the driver's seat with seven games to go, though.

Let's enjoy the ride.

Baseball Hall of Fame should expedite Roy Halladay's induction

Baseball Hall of Fame should expedite Roy Halladay's induction

Roy Halladay is a Hall of Fame pitcher. I don't think that can be disputed. But I think Halladay should get special dispensation to become a 2018 Hall of Fame pitcher.
 
As of right now, Halladay is not yet eligible for induction. The current rules for eligibility were set in 1954. Players must be retired for five full seasons to be eligible for induction. If a player passes away before becoming eligible, he must be dead for six months before appearing on a ballot. 

Only once since 1954 was an exception made: Roberto Clemente was inducted in 1973, after dying in a plane crash on Dec. 31, 1972.
 
When the balloting takes place later this month, I believe that exception should be made again, for Halladay.
 
Halladay's death earlier this week hit the Philadelphia sports community hard, myself included. As someone who remembers watching Steve Carlton pitch at the Vet as a child, I was excited when the Phillies traded for Doc before the 2010 season, and bought a partial season ticket plan for the first time. Every time he pitched was appointment viewing, and he delivered, night after night.
 
Although Phillies fans saw only two seasons of Halladay's excellence on the mound, his prime lasted a decade — the 2002 through 2011 seasons. Here are Halladay's ranks among all MLB pitchers during that span:
 
• 170 wins (1st)

• .694 win percentage (1st)

• 63 complete games (1st - by 30!)

• 18 shutouts (1st)

• 4.57 K/BB ratio (1st)

• 2.97 ERA (2nd)

• 148 ERA+ (2nd) — this means his ERA over that span was 48 percent better than league-average

• 2194⅔ innings (2nd)
 
He also made eight All-Star teams, won two Cy Young Awards, and he finished in the top 5 in Cy Young voting seven times in that 10-year span.
 
From 1995-2017, Halladay has more complete games that any pitcher (67). Here's the thing: Halladay only pitched from 1998 through 2013.
 
Being the best pitcher in baseball for a season is a feat. Being the best pitcher in baseball for an entire decade is something that is truly special. We all remember how great Tim Lincecum was at the start of his career. He also won two Cy Youngs. He didn't even make it to 10 full seasons in the big leagues before a degenerative hip injury derailed his career.
 
The end of Roy Halladay's baseball career, and his life, occurred far, far too soon. Voting him into the Baseball Hall of Fame later this month would not be.

Is Korkmaz the new Delaware yo-yo?

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Is Korkmaz the new Delaware yo-yo?

If you spent anytime on I-95 between Philadelphia and Newark, Delaware today, there’s a chance you came across 76ers swingman Furkan Korkmaz.

At 10:15 this morning, the team sent out this release:

Not a huge surprise. He’s behind a few players on the depth chart. It will be good to get him some healthy game minutes, and bring him back if they needed him to fill in.

But no more than four hours later…

What in the name of Lorenzo Brown is going on here? Korkmaz’s tenure in the First State was nearly as short as Mo Williams’ 76ers career. Our 76ers beat reporter Jessica Camerato fills in the blank:

I’m curious if Markelle Fultz asked him to hit the Chick-Fil-A at the Christiana Mall on the way back.