WELCOME TO THE FUTURE (CHET’S TAKE, 10-24-17)

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Different sports, sure, but Monday night’s Eagles-Redskins game at a raucous, sold-out Lincoln Financial Field and the 76ers-Pistons game at a half-empty Little Caesars Arena may have marked real turning points for the two storied Philadelphia franchises. How so? Well… Not only did the Birds’ 34-24 victory over the divisional-rival Redskins help Doug Pederson’s squad open up a 2 ½ …

HOW WILL THESE SIXERS DO? (CHET’S TAKE, 10/18/17)

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The start of a new season almost always begins with hope, but that hadn’t really been the case with the Philadelphia 76ers in recent years. We knew there would be lots of losses. It was all part of “the process,” we were told. Well, that original process is now over – or has, at the very least, transformed into a …

SHOULD WE CURB OUR ENTHUSIASM? (CHET’S TAKE, 10-16-17)

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Well, this was certainly unexpected. Six weeks into the season, there’s exactly  one NFC team with a record of 5-1, and it’s the Philadelphia Eagles. Remember last summer when fans looked at the first part of the Birds’ 2017 schedule and saw that four of the first six games were on the road, figuring that a 3-3 start might give …

A WIN WORTH WAITING FOR (CHET’S TAKE, 10-15-17)

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If you listen to our weekly Philly Pressbox Radio Roundtable or follow my escapades on Facebook, you know that I missed our latest show (other than a cameo phone visit) because I was vacationing in the United Kingdom. The vacation was fantastic, and Carl Henderson did a great job talking Philly sports with Bill Furman in my absence. But, while …

WHO DRAFTED THESE GUYS? (CHET’S PIECE, 10-4-17)

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You might not remember the name Marti Wolever, but he was the Phillies’ director of amateur scouting from 2002 until his firing at the end of the 2014 season. Now, scouting teen-aged ballplayers – and deciding which ones to draft – is not an easy job. You just don’t know how those kids will develop physically, what sort of work …

RUNNING TO VICTORY (Chet’s Take, 10-2-17)

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In case there was any doubt, what the Eagles have done the last two weekends should make it crystal clear: Establishing a running game greatly improves this team’s chances of victory. After the Birds’ 27-20 Week 2 loss to Kansas City, a game in which Doug Pederson called 56 pass plays and just 13 runs (excluding four scrambles by quarterback …

Special Phillie, Special Kid! (Chet’s Take, 9-29-17)

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These are some tense times in the sporting world, but there have been a lot of pretty cool things that have happened lately, too. (And, no, not just Penn State’s 4th-and-goal touchdown to beat Iowa with no time on the clock late Saturday, followed 18 hours later by that 61-yard Jake Elliott “walkoff” field goal, giving the Eagles a dramatic …

Future Is Bright As Flyers Camp Opens (Chet’s Take, 9-14-17)

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Training camp has opened, and another Philadelphia Flyers season is fast approaching. It’s season number 51 for the Orange & Black, but it’s now been 42 years since those back-to-back Stanley Cup championships, and we’re all wondering just how soon this club will again compete for a third Cup. First things first, Flyers fans: Don’t get your hopes up.  It’s …

The 2017 Eagles Will Finish… (Chet’s Take, 9-7-17)

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Predicting how a football season will go is never an easy thing to do. You never really know in advance how much a second-year quarterback might improve from his rookie season, how newly acquired free-agent wide receivers will adjust to their new home, how much of a contribution a first-round draft pick will make, or how good or bad all …