Friday, September 28, 2007
I had a dream last night that the Phils were actually tied with the Mets for 1st place in the NL East. HA! What a good one! Like that would ever happen.
Well somebody better call Auntie Em cause we ain't in Kansas anymore.
As I said on Tuesday, this week would be one that could possibly live in Philly sports lore for years to come. 3 days later and here we are, on the veritable brink of the National League Playoffs and really, be honest, "who'da thunk it?" As recent as justr a few weeks ago the Division was being handed to the Mets and we were all scheming ways in which the Phils could get into the dance via the Wild Card.
The SS Metropolitan did not hit any iceberg or any other object. No this catastrophe is self inflicted. But that should not nor will not diminish the accomplishments of the Fightins.
Love him? Hate him? A little of both? And I certainly fall more into the hate area of the pie chart, but regardless of what you or I or anyone else thinks about him, Charlie Manuel has this team playing the game the way its supposed to be played.
Cliche? Of course it is.
True? You bet your bippy.
This Phillies team is flat-out fun to watch AND root for and they are getting attention from media outlets well outside the Philly area, trust me. If they don't watch themselves, they will become the trendy team, the one the entire country sans for the cities of their opponents, all cheer for.
They say good things come in threes. Moe, Larry & Curly. Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner. Rock, Paper, Scissors. The list is endless.
Well there are 3 games left to decide the Phils fate. Of course at the end of these 3 games, there may be cause for additional fate-deciding contests, but we will cross that bridge when we get to that toll booth.
Here's hoping we never come anywhere near that bridge and we wake up Monday morning making plans for the playoffs.
As for the Birds this week...
Will he play or won't he? That is the question.
If Brian Westbrook plays (and I think he will with the bye week looming), I think the Eagles can and will beat the Giants. I will say Eagles 27, Giants 16.
If #36 does not play, then it becomes a little dicier. Then the onus will fall squarely on #5 and the receivers and I do not get the same warm & fuzzy about them as I do when #36 is playing and thereby attracting much attention away from them.
If Westbrook does not play, I think the Eagles will still win but not by as much. Eagles 20, Giants 16.
'Til next time.
Posted by Steve Olenski at Friday, September 28, 2007