Sidelines: A lot of booing in Philly
The Sunday Night Football game is still a premier spot for teams to show off what they are made of, and to any Philadelphia Eagles fan, the Eagles definitely did not look like a Super Bowl Champion-caliber team. They lost to a very mediocre Dallas Cowboys team by the score of 27-20, thanks to some really poor coaching strategies in the first half.
It was a night of lackluster performances from both the offense and the defense. The coaching strategy to call 3 timeouts with only a minute and ten left in the half was a huge fail. The Cowboys were only up by 3 points at that time and the Eagles should have just held them at that score going into halftime. The Cowboys took advantage of this dumb approach and converted on a third-down play, scoring a touchdown. So that three point lead became a ten point lead. I don't expect we will see them do that again for the rest of this season.
On the offensive side of the ball, the Eagles HAVE to start coming up with bigger plays. If they don't figure this out immediately they won't be winning many more games. They have put themselves in a position where the game with the New Orleans Saints this week HAS to be a win. It's put up or shut up time.
In NBA news, the Philadelphia 76ers pulled off a trade for Jimmy Butler from the Minnesota Timberwolves. This shows that they are serious about competing for the Eastern Conference Championship once the playoffs come around in May and June. This trade makes me nervous because Jimmy Butler has been over-hyped. He has a lot to prove and I am fine with being wrong if he really is as good as they say he is.
In baseball off-season news, pitcher Jacob deGrom from the New York Mets has been selected as this year's Cy Young award winner for the National League. This is unusual because he only won 10 games this season, but had a very impressive 1.70 ERA. He was definitely the best pitcher in the National League.
Phillies Aaron Nola came in third in the voting. The Phillies will need him to have another great season next year as well. Maybe he will be next year’s award winner and help to give the Phillies a great season.
I'm allowed to wish aren't I?