Cole Hamels no-hitter is recognized by former players

Cole Hamels pitching 2010

Cole Hamels tosses an amazing no-hitter yesterday against the Cubs with 13 strikeouts. It’s been 50 years since anyone pitched a no-hitter against the Cubs. Could this be his last time in a Phillies uniform? Former players give praise on Twitter.

Mark Sanchez Ranks #1 out of 32 backup quarterbacks

According to NFL.com, Mark Sanchez ranks #1 out of 32 backup quarterbacks.

It’s possible that Sanchez starts the season, but the Eagles are paying Bradford $12.985 million this year to Sanchez’s $2.5 million. If Bradford isn’t fully healthy by Week 1, Sanchez gives Chip Kelly a player familiar with the system and one who led the Jets to consecutive AFC title games. His inspired play tailed off down the stretch in 2014, but I’m also basing this off fit: Philly’s run-heavy, “QB-proof” attack is an outstanding landing spot for our top-ranked backup.

Sam Bradford’s health is always going to be a concern this up-coming season. As you already know, Bradford has not played football since 2013. Keep in mind that Sanchez could be our starting quarterback. I have my doubts that Tim Tebow will be doing anything this season. Tebow would be useful in redzone wildcat plays.

FirstEnergy Stadium Adds Vape Lounge

FirstEnergy Stadium located in Reading,PA will be adding a vape lounge provided by Sabor Vapors this season. FirstEnergy stadium is currently a smoke free stadium, as per a City of Reading Ordinance. I’d rather smell nothing at all, so maybe it’s a good idea. Although nothing could take me away from a game of baseball for vaping, unless they are giving away free beer.

While smoking has been prohibited inside FirstEnergy Stadium for several years, as per a City of Reading Ordinance, the Reading Fightin Phils have always felt it was important to provide smokers with a comfortable area to smoke. Because of this, the Fightins have had a comfortable smoking area outside the stadium for several years.

Recently, as vaporizers have become popular across the country, stadiums, including America’s Classic Ballpark, have tried to accommodate fans who enjoy vaporizers while respecting their need to not inhale tobacco smoke found in a smoking area.

Beginning with the current 2015 season, the Fightins have created the Vape Lounge presented by Sabor Vapors. The area, which has become a comfortable gathering spot for fans that enjoy vaping during games, is located near the previously existing smoking area, which is also sponsored by Sabor Vapors. The Vape Lounge is separate from the current smoking area and allows those in the lounge to avoid secondhand smoke. Throughout the season, the area will evolve as it has already added blue decorative lighting and plans to add Adirondack chairs.

The Vape Lounge presented by Sabor Vapors area is believed to be the first area in any baseball stadium specifically designated for fans to use vaporizers.

“The Vape Lounge presented by Sabor Vapors has been very successful since being installed prior to the start of the season,” said Fightins General Manager Scott Hunsicker. “It is often full of Fightins fans enjoying a break and meeting each other over a shared enjoyment of vaporizers. We look forward to a continued partnership with Sabor Vapors and hope to add some specific events for vaping in the near future.”

Sabor Vapors sponsorship of the previously existing smoking area also includes signage encouraging those that smoke nicotine cigarettes to quit smoking cigarettes and consider Sabor Vapors as an alternative.

“We are a tight family with busy lives like most in today’s world and we have always enjoyed the special moments we share at First Energy Stadium. It has been a dream come true to build a personal & business relationship with the Fightins,” said Amelia Rivera, owner of Sabor Vapors. “We are so very grateful for their support and understanding of the ever-changing times of the community around them to include us in this opportunity and to develop the oasis getaway of the first and only vape lounge in ballparks. We want to help inform, educate, and support those that struggle with the cigarette addiction and hope to build similar relationships with the Fightins fans while we are at the ballpark or store.”

On Saturday, June 20th, representatives from Sabor Vapors will be at a table in FirstEnergy Stadium selling vaporizer kits, e-juice, and exclusive flavors just for Fightins fans.

Located in Hamburg, Sabor Vapors provides an alternative to smoking in a flavorful, fun, and socially acceptable way through the sales of vaporizers, flavored e-juice, and more. Sabor Vapors storefront also features a newly-designed vapor lounge feature comfy leather seating. For more information, you can go to SaborVapors.com.

via fightins.com

Rams have begun long-term contract talks with Nick Foles

According to ESPN, The Rams have begun long-term contract talks with Nick Foles. On Tuesday, Rams coach Jeff Fisher said that the team has begun talking with Nick Foles and his agent, David Dunn, on a long-term contract extension.

“We’ve had some discussions,” Fisher said. “I think what Nick has done early in his career, he has proven that he can get the job done on the field. He’s carried things on here so we are going to continue to talk and see if we can get something that’s good for both sides.”

Foles ended last season with 8 games played due to a left shoulder injury. He had 13 touchdowns, 10 interceptions, 2,163 passing yards. In 2013, he had a career high of 13 games played, 27 touchdowns, 2 interceptions, 2,891 passing yards.

A healthy Nick Foles could be dangerous if he can have another career high like he did in 2013. Foles will be entering his 4th season in the NFL. The Rams could be gambling with giving him a long-term contract if he can’t remain healthy. Good idea or not? I guess time will tell.

2013-2014 Highlights of Nick Foles:

The Eagles make the list of NFL’s most talented teams

As reported by NFL Media Analysis Bucky Brooks, The Eagles are among NFL’s most talented teams.

9) Philadelphia Eagles

Blue chips (7): OLB Connor Barwin, DE Fletcher Cox, RT Lane Johnson, C Jason Kelce, OG Evan Mathis, RB DeMarco Murray, LT Jason Peters.

On the rise: LB Kiko Alonso, CB Byron Maxwell, K Cody Parkey.

Chip Kelly has ruffled some feathers with his bold personnel moves, but skeptics can’t question the depth of talent on the Eagles’ roster. The offense will place the NFL’s reigning rushing king (Murray) behind one of the most talented O-lines in football. The melding of a one-cut runner and a group of blue-chip blockers (Peters, Mathis, Kelce and Johnson — who’s still a bit raw, but I’m willing to bet on his athleticism and potential) should produce fireworks in the Eagles’ zone-read system. On defense, Cox and Barwin are disruptive playmakers capable of wreaking havoc at the point of attack. Their ability to create pressure could allow Maxwell to flourish as a CB1 in a new defense. And if Alonso can get back to his rookie form after a season lost to injury, Philly fans will quickly learn to love the athletic linebacker. Parkey led the NFC in scoring as a rookie.

“On the rise” – Your short breakdown:

LB Kiko Alonso – Drafted on April 26, 2013 by the Buffalo Bills in the second round (46th overall) of the 2013 NFL Draft. Alonso signed a four-year contract on May 13, 2013. On March 10, 2015, the Bills traded Alonso to the Eagles for LeSean McCoy.

CB Bryon Maxwell – 173rd overall pick in the 6th round of the 2011 NFL Draft by the Seattle Seahawks. In 2014, Maxwell played in 13 games, missing three weeks with a strained calf. He had 39 tackles, 2 interceptions, 12 passes defended. In Super Bowl XLIX, Maxwell had 5 tackles, but the Seahawks lost 28-24 to the Patriots-GASP! On March 14, 2015, Maxwell signed a six-year, $63 million contract with the Eagles.

K Cody Parkey – Undrafted in 2014 draft. Parkey signed with the Colts in 2014. On August 20, 2014, He was traded to the Eagles for David Fluellen. Parkey recorded 32 FGM/36 FGA – 88.9% last season.

Nerlens Noel Will Represent Sixers At Draft Lottery

As reported by NBA.com, Nerlens Noel will be representing the Sixers at the NBA’s annual draft lottery on Tuesday in New York City. 

On Tuesday, representatives from all 14 non-playoff teams will travel to New York City for the NBA’s annual Draft Lottery. For the Philadelphia 76ers, that representative will be 2013 lottery pick and rising sophomore Nerlens Noel.

Showtime’s “Iverson” Documentary Airs May 16 and more

Showtime’s documentary “Iverson” will premiere on Saturday, May 16 at 9 p.m. ET/PT. The documentary will go beyond the 11-time NBA All-Star’s basketball career.

Matt Barnes sat down with Sports Illustrated last month and claims that Iverson was spending $30,000 – $40,000 “everytime” they went to a gentleman’s club, saying he showed him “how NBA players spend money in strip clubs.”

Via Sports Illustrated:

One early lesson came from Iverson, his teammate for half a season in Philadelphia. “Allen was the first guy that showed me how NBA players spend money in strip clubs,” Barnes says. “That guy went. HARD. He’d throw so much money, and this was when I was first in the league, that I used to take my foot and scoop the s— under my chair and either re-throw it or put some in my pocket. He’d throw $30,000, $40,000 every time we went. I’m like, ‘You realize what I can do with this money?’”

Iverson sat down with Josh Innes and Tony Bruno last Friday from the Innes and Bruno show on 610 WIP in Las Vegas.

AI: “I don’t know what Matt is talking about,” Iverson said with a laugh. “I was rich at 21, so ain’t no telling what I may have done, but I know I ain’t do that.”

Today is the 13th anniversary of Iverson’s practice rant: