Tuesday, August 09, 2005

Madden 2006

How many of you blew off work today to get Madden 2006 and then go home and play it?

Early reviewers don't seem that excited by it.

Most comment that the new quarterback vision is difficult to master at first and that the graphics have not changed much.

Also mentioned was the lackluster same old stadium scenes. Not sure what they were looking for in the stadiums. How much can they change?

By the way, does Donovan on the cover help the Eagles chances in the game?

Click on comment and give me your review.

Think Lord Stanley

Are you excited about the news coming from the NHL and the Flyers this week? Have they done enough to get you back in the game after sitting out the season?

As sports editor of The Inquirer, I am looking forward to getting back on the ice. What the Flyers did last week was the stuff fantasy leagues are made of. General manager Bob Clarke, whether you like him or not, went out to change the face of his team for what is expected to be a new game. He got it done in 72 hours.

Is it good enough? The oddsmakers think so. Here is sampling of odds from the Internet:

Vegas.com: 4-1 (favorite)

BettingExpress.com: 4-1 (No. 2, Boston Bruins favorite at 2-1).

America's Line: 10-1 (No. 5, Detroit Red Wings favorite at 6-1).

BetRoyal.com: +300 (favorite)

2ksportsbet.com: +450 (favorite)

That doesn't mean go out and bet the house. It just means the Flyers are very highly regarded by the bookies for the season ahead.

More on Mauch

It is interesting the way the Phillies Web site handled the death of former manager Gene Mauch.

There are two stories on the site, one from MLB.com and the other a Phillies press release and neither develops what a rich history Mauch had in Philadelphia. And neither is featured. You have to look into the update area to find a headline. In the featured area, there are six packages and not one is Mauch.

The Web stories stories give us his record and in one sentence tell of the 1964 collapse:

"With the Phillies, Mauch managed 1,331 games, won 645 and lost 684, all club records. Yet, he was burdened with the Phillies losing the 1964 pennant after leading by six and one-half games with 12 games to go. The Phillies lost 10 straight before winning the final two games."

Certainly his legacy deserves more than that. Hopefully, the Phillies come back with a true tribute to the man.