Tuesday, August 30, 2005

Eagles roster moves

From the Eagles

Tuesday, August 30, 2005

The Philadelphia Eagles today announced DE Jerome McDougle (gunshot wound) and S J.R. Reed (nerve damage) have been placed on the non-football injury reserve list and LB Greg Richmond (back) and FB Thomas Tapeh (hip) have been placed on the physically unable to perform reserve list.

All four players are eligible to return to practice anytime between weeks 6-9 of the regular season. If a player returns to practice, the Eagles have up to 21 days to either activate him to the 53-man roster or place him on the Injured Reserve list.

With these moves, the Eagles active roster now stands at 71 players, including six NFL Europe roster exemptions.

All NFL teams are required to trim their rosters to 53 players by Sunday, September 4.

Chase for the ... wild card

The second season begins tonight. The Phillies have played 131 games and none of those mean anything now. They might as well be 0-0 and opening on the road against the Mets.

In looking at the pitching matchups for the three-game series in New York, the Mets would have to be favored. In a battle of call-ups tonight, New York's Jae Sao (6-1, 1.30 ERA) should have the edge over Robinson Tejeda (4-3, 3.20). Pedro Martinez (13-5, 2.77) should beat Phillies ace Brett Myers (11-6, 3.55) and in a battle of disappointments, Tom Glavine (10-11, 4.06) will go against Jon Lieber (12-12, 4.81).

This is the closest the Mets have been to the wild-card lead and could very well be in the lead on Thursday night.

My prediction: Mets win two out of three.

What about yours?

Busy day at Temple

It was a day of celebration and a day of reality at Temple University.

Yesterday started as a celebration for baseball coach Skip Wilson. After 46 years, Wilson is retiring, leaving the school and the game that took such good care of him. There were 1,034 wins, 14 NCAA tournaments, 10 conference titles and two College World Series appearances. More importantly, he touched the lives of thousands of players, including major-leaguers John Marzano, Bobby Higginson, Jeff Manto and Joe Kerrigan.

It's too bad that he had to share the headlines with seven Temple football players being ruled ineligible because of academic failures. Four seniors and three juniors, which included four starters will miss the season.

When the Owls open this week against Arizona State they will be without senior running back Tim Brown, senior safety Bobby Fulmore, senior receiver Mike Holley, junior guard Sam McNaulty, junior cornerback David Reese, senior defensive end J.C. Braker and junior defensive end David Fatherly.

I am curious why this is just coming out now. The timing is terrible for the team. Didn't anyone know back when classes ended in May or at the conclusion of summer classes.

Coach Bobby Wallace certainly should not have been surprised by this if he was keeping track of his team's academic progress. Judging by his comments, Wallace seemed surprised: "It's very difficult at this time to find this information out," he said.

Temple also announced that the men's basketball team has added Anthony Ivory to the roster. Ivory, a 6-foot-9, 325-pound center, accepted a scholarship offer and was in school on Day 1. Ivory, who was academically ineligible last year was cleared to play this season by Temple and the NCAA.

It was a busy day at the Temple sports information office and it was just the first day of school.