The “Italian Stallion” era may end with Creed

Sylvester Stallone Rocky VI 2005
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Warner Bros. Pictures and Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Pictures have released the full synopsis for their upcoming Rocky spinoff Creed. The opening day for Creed is on November 25, 2015. What does “an opponent more deadly than any he faced in the ring” mean for Rocky? I would hate to see the “Italian Stallion” era end with Creed. Rocky movies are good during a snow storm with a bag of extra butter popcorn. I can’t count the number of times I watched the first Rocky. Comments?

The synopsis:

Adonis Johnson (Jordan) never knew his famous father, world heavyweight champion Apollo Creed, who died before he was born. Still, there’s no denying that boxing is in his blood, so Adonis heads to Philadelphia, the site of Apollo Creed’s legendary match with a tough upstart named Rocky Balboa.

Once in the City of Brotherly Love, Adonis tracks Rocky (Stallone) down and asks him to be his trainer. Despite his insistence that he is out of the fight game for good, Rocky sees in Adonis the strength and determination he had known in Apollo—the fierce rival who became his closest friend. Agreeing to take him on, Rocky trains the young fighter, even as the former champ is battling an opponent more deadly than any he faced in the ring.

With Rocky in his corner, it isn’t long before Adonis gets his own shot at the title…but can he develop not only the drive but also the heart of a true fighter, in time to get into the ring?

Creed also stars Tessa Thompson (Selma, Dear White People) as Bianca, a local singer-songwriter who becomes involved with Adonis; Phylicia Rashad (Lifetime’s Steel Magnolias) as Mary Anne Creed, Apollo’s widow; and English pro boxer and former three-time ABA Heavyweight Champion Anthony Bellew as boxing champ “Pretty” Ricky Conlan.

Coogler directs from a screenplay he wrote with Aaron Covington, based on characters from the “Rocky” series written by Sylvester Stallone. …

Opening on November 25, 2015, the film’s production is being overseen by MGM. It will be distributed worldwide by Warner Bros. Pictures, a Warner Bros. Entertainment Company, with select international territories as well as all television distribution being handled by MGM.

NFL Mock Draft Sends McCoy to Raiders and Two First Round Picks for Mariota?

As reported by Pat Kirwan of CBS Sports, his NFL mock draft sends Lesean McCoy to the Raiders and two first round draft picks for Marcus Mariota.

4. Philadelphia Eagles — Oregon QB Marcus Mariota: The Eagles come up for Marcus Mariota and send their first-round pick this year and next year plus RB LeSean McCoy to the Raiders. McCoy has three years left on his contract and the Raiders have plenty of cap space to absorb the contract. If the Eagles have to throw in another player or later round pick to close the deal they should do it. Maybe they recoup some of the compensation by trading Nick Foles. Cleveland and the Jets should be interested in Foles.

The thought of moving up in the draft would be a great idea. I’m not sure trading McCoy along with two first round draft picks for Mariota is a good idea. Nick Foles is 14-4 as a starter under Chip Kelly. Do you want to wait for the next couple of years to see what Mariota can do? In my opinion, the Eagles would be a 3-13 team without Foles.

Evan Turner Puzzled About Sixers Trades: “I don’t know what they’re doing over there”

As reported by Boston Herald, former Sixer Evan Turner is puzzled about the Sixers trading Michael Carter-Williams.

Here is what Evan Turner says:

“That’s psycho, too,” he said of trading the 2014 rookie of the year. “I don’t know what they’re doing over there, to tell you the truth. Michael is going to benefit from going to Milwaukee. They have a great young core, on top of the fact that Jason Kidd is a point guard coach and it will help him grow as a PG.”

“I really don’t know. They traded Jrue Holiday, who was a 22-year-old All-Star. A class-act kid, and then they got rid of him,” he said. “I don’t know. Maybe they see something. Most people don’t. It’s a sad situation. I guess their analytics team has something in mind, but that’s something only they know. We’re not in the office every day.”

Since Turner left the Sixers, his career high season was as a Sixer in 2012-2013 season. Turner had 1091 PTS, 71 STL, 58-159 3PM-A.

Cole Hamels: “I’m a Phillie”

Cole Hamels pitching 2010
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The trade rumors on Cole Hamels are sky rocketing. Hamels had a news conference Saturday afternoon in Clearwater, Florida.

“You can’t count us out. We do have a lot of guys who like to go out and compete at the highest level and expect to do so and expect their teammates to do so.”

Hamels commented to USA Today earlier this week about wanting to be traded from a “continuation of a conversation from January.”

“I’m a Phillie”, said Hamels.

Hamels signed a 6 years/$144M contract back in 2012. He will earn $22.5M each season for next 4 seasons with a 2019 option for $20M club option ($6M buy out). The option guaranteed if Hamels has 400 IP in 2017-18 (including 200 IP in 2018) and is not on the DL with shoulder or elbow injury at the end of the 2018 season. The deal includes $6 million signing bonus.

Daniel Tosh: Bill Belichick’s Patriots will be remembered by cheating

Daniel Tosh is a comedian with Comedy Central. Tosh came out swinging at Bill Belichick and his New England Patriots during his season premiere of Tosh.0.

How will Bill Belichick be remembered?

“Belichick’s Patriots will be remembered by the Tuck Rule, Spygate, and DeflateGate,” Tosh said.

What about the Tom Brady?

“Tom Brady had one good year of lobbing it up to Randy Moss, and every other season he’s been a game manager,” Tosh said.

Ben Davis will join the Phillies broadcast team in 2015

Former MLB catcher Ben Davis is joining the Phillies broadcast team this season. Davis is replacing Jamie Moyer, who left last season with Comcast SportsNet. CSN announced the hiring on Thursday. Davis will be joining Tom McCarthy, Matt Stairs, Gregg Murphy and Mike Schmidt on the broadcasts.

Ben Davis’s statement to CSN:

“Growing up a Philadelphia Phillies fan, this is a dream come true,” Davis said. “I look forward to working with Mike, Matt, Tom and Gregg in the booth, and I thank Comcast SportsNet and the Phillies for this opportunity.”

Five Phillies go into spring training at 180 years of age

The Phillies officially began spring training today in Clearwater, Florida. Today, the pitchers and catchers reported. The teams first season workout will be held on Thursday. They are projected to have the worst season in history. The Sabermetrics system predicts the Phillies will finish with a 69-93 record. And to make matters worst, there are five players on the current roster that are 36 years of age.

Mike Adams – 36
Aaron Harang – 36
Cliff Lee – 36
Carlos Ruiz – 36
Chase Utley – 36

Allen Iverson’s Crossover Led Kevin Johnson into his retirement

Kevin Johnson tells the Post Game Network that Allen Iverson led him to his retirement. Johnson said, “A guy coming at me full speed named Allen Iverson. He did that kind of high crossover, and my knees buckled. I knew, I knew, it was time to move on”.

Kevin Johnson tells reporters what led to his retirement:

Kevin Johnson speaks the truth about Iverson.

Philly Sports Weekend Roundup

I’m going to try and do weekend roundups for everyone. I’ll do my best to keep up weekly. As you may know, having two kids takes up most of the day. Enjoy!

Flyers:

The Flyers get the win 2-1 against the Sabres on Sunday. Matt Read gets the first goal in the first period at 3:19. The second goal was by Michael Raffl at 12:45 in the third period. The Flyers are 23-22-10, 5th in Metropolitan Division.

Phillies:

According to The Boston Globe, The Boston Red Sox made an offer for Cole Hamels.

1. Cole Hamels, LHP, Phillies — General manager Ruben Amaro said last week that four teams had made offers for Hamels. One of them, according to a major league source, was the Red Sox. But what we’ve been able to piece together through various sources is that the package Boston offered was heavy on the major league side, trying to avoid giving up any of their top prospects. Suffice it to say, that won’t get you Hamels. The Phillies are insistent on prospects, and if they don’t get them now they’ll wait until the trade deadline when there might be more desperation by teams seeking to win.

Eagles:

The epic Riley Cooper calender controversy. The Eagles released this following statement: “We do not oversee the production of the annual team calendar,” the Eagles said in a statement. “We do not provide any input about the players who are featured or where those pictures appear in the calendar. The NFL licenses the production of that calendar to a third party and we do not have an opportunity to review the material.”

The Co-Host/Co-Producer of War Room Sports had his own opinion:

Sixers:

Julius Erving said he thinks the mascots are why the dunk contest lost popularity, according to a report from ESPN’s Darren Rovell.

From the Report:

“The mascots messed it up,” Erving said, referring to the stunts pulled during regular-season games as part of crowd entertainment. “It was great seeing regular human beings, even though they were 6-foot-6, 250 pounds, running and dunking a basketball. When mascots started doing it with all the trampolines and all the crazy stuff and falling on the floor, then it became more like the X Games. The players can’t live up to that.”