BIG ‘W,’ BIGGER ‘L’ (Chet’s Take, 12-10-17)

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It was one of the most exciting games of the 2017 NFL season, and when the final gun sounded, it was the Philadelphia Eagles coming away with a wild 43-35 victory over the host Los Angeles Rams — a win that improved the Birds’ record to 11-2 and allowed them to clinch the NFC East.  A big win to be …

Fun Read for Flyers Fans (Chet’s Take, 12-7-17)

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The Philadelphia Flyers have been around for 50 years now, and there have been just a handful of folks who have been part of the franchise from the beginning. One of those folks is Lou Nolan, the team’s public-address announcer since 1972 (and a public-relations assistant to another lifer, Joe Kadlec, the previous five years). If you think that a …

A Few of Our Charitable Friends (Chet’s Take, 12-6-17)

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The holiday season is a wonderful time of the year, and it’s also a time when many charities do some of their most important work, and that includes a lot of folks in our Philly Pressbox Radio circle. Mike Barnes and Michael & Ellen Barkann continue to do terrific things at the Barkann Foundation for families in need. Kudos to …

Concerns As Win Streak Ends (Chet’s Take, 12-4-17)

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OK. The nine-game win streak is over, and there were a bunch of  things to spark concern in the Eagles 24-10 loss to the Seahawks Sunday night in Seattle. In a nutshell, quarterback  Carson Wentz made a few bad throws and had a killer fumble at the Seattle 1-yard line, the offensive line didn’t have its finest game, and the …

Giving Thanks (Chet’s Take, 11-22-17)

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As I write this, it’s Thanksgiving Eve, so it’s a good time to send out a few thank yous! First of all, thank you, Rhys Hoskins … for turning a largely forgettable Phillies season into a reason to watch in August and September. Thank you, Ben Simmons and Joel Embiid … for giving us signs that our four-year trust in …

Recchi Now a Hall of Famer (Chet’s Take, 11-16-17)

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Another former Flyer is now a Hall of Famer, and he’s the kind of athlete Philadelphians love – a hard-working blue-collar guy. Mark Recchi, who was inducted into the Hockey Hall Monday night in Toronto along with four other ex-players and two executives, played 22 seasons in the NHL, including parts of 10 seasons over two stints with the Flyers. …

WOW-WORTHY ‘W’ (CHET’S TAKE, 11-5-17)

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Any victory earned by a contender during an NFL season is important, but not all of them are overly impressive. Sunday’s 51-23 rout of the Denver Broncos by the Philadelphia Eagles was beyond impressive; it was a beat-down of the team that entered Week 9 as the league’s No. 1 defense and No. 2 rushing defense. In a word, wow! …

THE FORGOTTEN SIXER (CHET’S TAKE, 11-1-17)

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Admit it, Sixers fans: You were pretty happy when your team used the third overall pick in the 2015 NBA draft to select 6’11” center Jahlil Okafor. And why not? He was a 2014-15 All-American at Duke, where he averaged 17.3 points and 8.5 rebounds in his lone season playing for legendary coach Mike Krzyzewski, helping the Blue Devils win …

THE PROF & R-DIDDY (CHET’S TAKE, 10-27-17)

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Philadelphia sports fans are tough critics, and that’s even the case when you ask them about Philly sports-talk radio. Mention almost any name – Cataldi, Gargano, Eskin, Carlin, Missanelli, etc. – and half of the people you ask will admit to listening, while the other half will say (regarding any of those hosts): “I can’t stand that guy,” or “he’s …