Joe Vallee’s TWO MINUTE DRILL
Joe Vallee’s TWO MINUTE DRILL
In a fitting tribute to Donovan McNabb and Kevin Kolb- two past and present Eagles who round out two of the three bottom slots in the NFL for WORST ranking in the two-minute drill, the good people at P2P have decided to give you our humorous yet accurate (at least we think so) thoughts on some local sports topics in a brief 120 seconds. It really shouldn’t take any longer than that to read. And if it does, “I really need to do a better job of putting my readers in a better position to read faster.”
And yes, I know the Eagles play today, but that hasn’t happened yet!!
-Former Eagles defensive end Reggie White was ranked seventh in the NFL Top 100 Greatest Players. Linebacker Chuck Bednarik finished 35th, one slot behind Deion Sanders, which is a flat-out joke. This is due in large part to Bednarik playing his last NFL game almost 50 years ago, but I wonder what an almost 90 year-old “Concrete Charlie” would have to say about this?…….
Former halfback Steve Van Buren rounded out the Eagles at number 58.
Philadelphia native and former Packers cornerback Herb Adderley finished 64th, and former Colts defensive end Gino Marchetti finished 39th. Marchetti, who is a long-time West Chester resident, recently helped revive his Gino’s hamburger franchise. The first location can be found in King Of Prussia- and I HIGHLY recommend you go…………RIGHT NOW!!!!!!
–Penn State’s Joe Paterno became the first ever Division 1 football coach to reach 400 victories as his team knocked off Northwestern 35-21. It is highly unlikey that any coach will ever come close to surpassing Paterno’s records. And with him looking as strong as ever at age 83, Paterno will probably add many more victories to his resume. Although there were some rumors in recent years about Penn State giving Paterno an ultimatum and possibly forcing him to step down, YOU try being the one to sit him down and give him his walking papers. Moreover, how would you replace the very generous contributions Paterno makes to the university for charity? Yeah, JoePa is going nowhere. And until he is physically unable to coach, that’s exactly how it should be.
-You have to give Jamie Moyer credit, but it looks like his nine lives are just about up. Moyer once again aggravated his left elbow pitching in a game in the Dominican Winter League Saturday. It might be best for Moyer to call it a career at this stage in the game. He has gone on record saying that the best times of his career were spent back home in Philadelphia as a member of the Phillies. For him to accomplish what he did and win a championship in his home town is the stuff that dreams are made of. The chances are slim to none that Moyer will amass 300 victories even if he gets healthy again. He has nothing left to prove and is most likely financially set. And while Moyer has cheated baseball mortality before, the injuries are starting to mount and linger after almost 25 seasons in the majors. With this recent setback, you have to wonder how far he is willing to go to pitch in the majors again.
-There seems to be no Stanley Cup loss hangover for the Flyers, who jumped into the top spot in the Eastern Conference Saturday night with a 2-1 win over the Islanders. This is due in large part to the emergence of rookie goalie Sergei Bobrovsky, who was again excellent behind the net with 31 saves. If the Flyers keep this up, they could actually give the Penguins and Capitals some fierce competition in the battle for Eastern Conference supremacy this season.
Despite his success in the first part of the season, it’s way too early to annoint “Bob” the next Pelle Lindbergh. We’ve been down this road before. For every phenom like Bobrovsky, there’s a Roman Cechmanek, Tommy Soderstrom, Robert Esche, Marty Biron, Antero Niittymaki, and Ray Emery. Let’s hope for the Flyers sake AND our sake, that “Bob” is the real deal. Because let’s be honest, wintertime in Philly is always better when the Flyers are playing well.
And besides, who will save us from the Sixers?
And by the way, Daylight Savings Time has arrived, so turn those clocks back!!!
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