Dallas Morning News: “I think Chip Kelly is one of the best coaches in the league”

Staff writer Jon Machete for the Dallas Morning News covers the Dallas Cowboys, answered some questions during a chat session. The first question asked was about Chip Kelly.

Question: Chip Kelly, Eagles Coach, proved he can win games with a team Andy Reid built, but can he build a winning team?

Jon Machota: I think Chip Kelly is one of the best coaches in the league. I have no doubts that he’ll be able to keep Philadelphia among the NFC’s best for years to come.

In Chip We Trust. Chip Kelly all the way!!!!

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Reading Fightin Phils 2015 Promotions includes a Pedro Martinez Bobble Head

The time is almost here baseball fans. The Reading Fightin Phils released their 2015 promotions. The first giveaway will be on April 17 to celebrate the 65th Anniversary of America’s Classic Ballpark. The giveaway will be a America’s Classic Ballpark fleece blanket. The Pedro Martinez bobble head caught my eye, and that will be a giveaway on July 28 to celebrate Martinez’s August 9 , 2009 rehab start in Reading.

Reading Fightin Phils 2015 Promotions

Chip Kelly Doesn’t Really Want Marcus Mariota Unless……

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It says here using elementary logic predicated on Chip Kelly’s actions or rather in actions , one could arrive at the conclusion that he either does not want Marcus Mariota , or he does not believe Mariota will be on the draft board long enough for the Eagles to move up and select him. Now shall we quickly glance at the elementary logic and action\in action part of the equation? It seems quite logical to this writer that if in fact coach Kelly wanted Marcus Mariota as badly as some talk radio hosts and writers both locally as well as nationally believe or would like Eagles nation to believe , that Chip would have simply played reserves at many positions for evaluation purposes vs the N.Y. Giants for the last game of the season. The ultimate process of evaluation is real game situations, so no one would question a decision enabling a coaching staff to evaluate reserves and prospects during an actual game which meant absolutely nothing to the Eagles who were already eliminated from contention. The excuse of compromising the integrity of the game was also invalid because the Giants were also eliminated, therefore the Birds were not just surrendering a win to a team in contention thus giving them an unfair advantage over other teams competing for a playoff seed. So, without wandering off tangent too far, if Chip wanted Mariota that badly he would have started Matt Barkley at Qb, and benched or at least limited the reps for stars like McCoy or Maclin , and perhaps did the same to many of the other seven pro bowlers, as well as other key starters, ( you get the idea) for evaluation purposes. This would have or at least could have exponentially increased the chances for defeat, thus providing the Birds with a much better draft position at fifteen then they currently have at the twentieth spot. Now for the unless segment…..All bets are off if Mariota slips in the draft like Aaron Rodgers and falls to the Birds at or around their current position. Only time will tell what the ramifications of that useless and potentially harmful win vs the Giants will be….one could even say careless win. Especially for a coach who is rumored to want his former college qb.

Former Eagle John Spagnola to help manage $2.6B Deal with NFL

The Former Eagles tight end John Spagnola is one of the managing directors at PFM Asset Management. PFM Asset Management won a bid with the NFL to manage $1 billion for the NFL Player Annuity Program. This plan will also include $1.6 billion of the NFL Player Second Career Savings Plan (a 401K plan) and the NFL Player Capital Accumulation Plan on a non-discretionary basis.

John Spagnola played for the Eagles for 8 seasons from 1979-1987. Spagnola had 256 receptions, 2,833 yards, and 14 touchdowns during his career with the Eagles. Following Spagnola’s NFL career, he was a player representative and executive vice president of the NFL Players Association.

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Flyers’ Kimmo Timonen is “Pretty Excited”

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Kimmo Timonen had an interview with 94.1 WIP Friday morning. He remained positive about his future in the NHL. Timonen, who is 39 was diagnosed with a blood clot in September. Timonen will be honored at the Philadelphia Sports Writers Association for the “Good Guy Award” on January 16, 2015.

“We still may be four, four weeks away until my medicine runs out,” Timonen told Angelo Cataldi and the 94WIP Morning Show on Friday morning. “Until that time, we’ve got to do some re-testing probably in a couple weeks to see where I’m at and we go from there. But so far, everything looks good. I’m in good shape and I’m pretty excited about what might come in four weeks, but we don’t know. We haven’t done any testing, so you know, it’s not about me it’s about the health and what the picture will show.”

Former Phillies’ Tyler Cloyd Signs with Korea

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The South Korea Samsung Lions have signed the former right-hander Phillie Tyler Cloyd. The deal is for $550,000 one-year deal with a signing bonus of $100,000. The Lions have won the past four KBO championships.

Cloyd pitched for the Phillies in 2012 and 2013, going 4-9 with a 5.89 ERA in 19 appearances, 17 of them starts. He spent last season with the minor league Triple-A team the Columbus Clippers, an affiliate of the Cleveland Indians. Cloyd was 10-8 with a 3.89 ERA in 27 appearances, and pitched a no-hitter July 30 against the Louisville Bats.

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