Thanksgiving Day Massacre

Ant Pineiro

Our Birdz are now 9-3 after spanking the Cowboys 33-10 on Thanksgiving. It really made the turkey taste that much better.

Well just start out with some tidbits from yesterday

And some solid headlines from yesterday

How about the homie Mark Sanchez? Scoring a rushing touchdown and all around slicing up the Cowboys D like it was a Turkey. Thanksgiving used to be a day of mourning for Mark ever since his whole ButtFumble incident.

But something was up Riley Coopers ass, he got screamed at by The Sanchize then got a ball thrown directly at him without even looking back for it.

But Shady was the man, shredding Dallas for 155 yards and a touchdown

And you see this “X” celebration? Look familiar?

Too bad Dez didnt have a chance to do it 😦

Cant forget about the defense though. They held Demarco Murray to 73 yards (the only time he hasnt run for 100 yards in a game all season) and killed Romos streak of throwing a touchdown pass in 38 consecutive games. They backed their shit up.

Man, the Boys werent happy at all about yesterday. Love seeing them scream in each others faces. Then cried after the game too.

“They were being kinda cheap, that’s another story,” Dez Bryant said. “It is what it is, I’ll get it cleaned up and I’ll be fine.”

Yeah, the Eagles were totally the ones being cheap.

“I’m really not mad at all,” Bryant said after the Cowboys’ 33-10 loss on Thursday. “They beat us and I’m going to accept that, but [expletive] can’t wait, but not looking past Chicago [on Dec. 4], but I cannot wait to go up there and play [Philadelphia] again, cannot wait.”

Cant wait to lose? Thats weird.

Man, those tears tasted amazing

How did beating them in their place on Thanksgiving feel?

Once again, fuck the Cowboys

Dick Allen And The Case For Cooperstown

Christopher Williams
Dick Allen launching another long one at Connie Mack Stadium in the 1960s.
Dick Allen launching another long one at Connie Mack Stadium in the 1960s.

Source: Rich D’Ambrosio DICK ALLEN BELONGS IN THE HALL-OF-FAME! Facebook page

Dick Allen was one of the greatest players to ever wear a Philadelphia Phillies uniform. He also starred for three other teams during his 15-year career. Some fans believe that Allen wasn’t just an outstanding Phillie; they feel he was one of the greatest players in major league baseball history. Many have campaigned to have Allen inducted into the Hall-of-Fame; his recent inclusion on the Hall’s “Golden Committee” ballot have buoyed hopes that their man will finally get the recognition they believe he deserves.

Does Dick Allen belong in the Hall-Of-Fame?

Allen Was A Force

To begin to answer that question, let’s examine his career. Baseball is, if anything, a game of numbers and Allen’s stats are impressive. During his first full season (1964), he hit .318 with 29 home runs and 91 rbi to earn National League “Rookie-of-the-Year” honors. Two seasons later, he tore apart opposition pitching with a .317 average that included 40 home runs and 110 rbi. His ’66 figures would have been even more impressive had he not missed 20 games due to an injury.

Allen was not your run-of-the-mill power hitter. He was a force. Hall-of-Fame pitcher Tom Seaver listed the man from Wampum, PA as the player who scared him the most. Allen didn’t just hit home runs; his round-trippers were often long titanic blasts. During his first stint with the Phillies (1963-69), the club played their home games at Connie Mack Stadium which featured a two-deck grandstand in left field. Allen crushed balls that landed on and over the roof over these stands on several occasions.

In 1965, Allen hit a pitch thrown by Nelson Briles of the Cards at the old ball park that traveled an estimated 529 feet. The ball was last seen sailing past the flagpole in dead center field. On another occasion, Number 15 hit one that cleared the gigantic, 75-foot high scoreboard in right field in a game against the Giants.

Allen takes a big cut at a pitch from Hall-of-Famer Bob Gibson at old Connie Mack Stadium.
Allen takes a big cut at a pitch from Hall-of-Famer Bob Gibson at old Connie Mack Stadium.

Source: Rich D’Ambrosio DICK ALLEN BELONGS IN THE HALL-OF-FAME! Facebook page
Allen would occasionally scribble messages to his detractors in the dirt around first base.
Allen would occasionally scribble messages to his detractors in the dirt around first base.

Source: Rich D’Ambrosio DICK ALLEN BELONGS IN THE HALL-OF-FAME! Facebook page

Allen vs. The Boo Birds

Allen’s offensive production continued high through the late 60s but his relationship with many Philly fans was terrible. The problem began in 1965 when he and veteran Frank Thomas were involved a pre-game altercation. This fight led to the popular Thomas’ release, resulting in fans booing Allen unmercifully whenever he came to bat or made a mistake in the field. Ironically, the boos would be replaced by thunderous cheers whenever the slugger would launch another moonshot into the North Philadelphia night sky.

In addition, Allen was forced to tolerate verbal taunts from hometown spectators, including racial epithets. Some fans threw small items at him from the stands, such as batteries, bolts, and coins. To protect himself from thrown objects, Allen wore a batting helmet while playing the field. Hate mail addressed to the third baseman would regularly arrive at Connie Mack Stadium.

In the face of near-constant abuse, Allen publicly expressed his desire to be traded. Club management demurred, not wanting to part-company with their talented slugger. In frustration, Allen began to do things he felt would force the Phillies to deal him to another team. He showed-up late for games, occasionally arrived at the ballpark under-the influence of alcohol, and missed team buses and planes. It was during this phase of his career that Allen gained a reputation in some circles as a troublemaking problem child.

Allen himself has admitted that he didn’t always handle the adversity in the best manner.

“At the time I thought I was the victim of racism. I was also something of a jerk. There were others who had to deal with racism, and some of them handled it better than I did.”

-Allen quoted on pg. 205 of September Swoon: Richie Allen, the ’64 Phillies and Racial Integration

To be fair, Allen was under a pressure that few have had to experience in any walk of life, not just baseball. Was it his responsibility to “just take it” from thousands of horses behinds that attended games at Connie Mack Stadium? Can he be faulted for trying to do something to improve his life and pursue his career? Would the morons who heaped abuse on this man stick around under similar circumstances or would they have looked for a way to escape?

The answers to these questions seem obvious.

Allen's high-octane performance in '72 nearly-propelled the White Sox into the playoffs.
Allen’s high-octane performance in ’72 nearly-propelled the White Sox into the playoffs.

Source: Rich D’Ambrosio DICK ALLEN BELONGS IN THE HALL-OF-FAME! Facebook page

Free At Last

Allen finally got his wish after the 1969 campaign when he was dealt to the Cardinals. After posting good stats for St. Louis in ’70 and the Dodgers in ’71, Allen found himself a member of the Chicago White Sox in the spring of 1972.

While playing for the Chi Sox in ‘72, Allen enjoyed his best season since 1966. He hit .308 while walloping 37 home runs. He drove-in 113 runs to go along with an astronomical .603 obp. Allen was never considered a great fielder but in ’72, he finished 2ndin the AL in first base fielding percentage. For his efforts, Dick Allen was named league MVP. It was a golden year and the high water mark of his career.

Injuries limited Allen’s playing time in ’73. In ’74, he led the AL in home runs (32) before announcing his retirement in September. With the club playing in a new ball park and in contention, the Phillies convinced Allen to rejoin the team in 1975. The layoff coupled with no spring training took its’ toll; Dick only hit .233 with 12 long balls in ’75. He rebounded somewhat in ’76 and was hitting well over .300 at the all-star break when an injury slowed him down in the 2nd half and limited his playing time. In 85 games, Allen hit 15 home runs and drove-in 49. Had he maintained that level of production over the entire season, his finally tally would have been close to 30 homers and over 90 rbi.

After the ’76 season, the Phillies and Allen parted company again. The Oakland A’s were looking for some pop in their line-up and signed the aging slugger for 1977. After appearing in 54 games, Allen decided to call it quits for good.

Allen being greeted at home plate after powering the Phillies to a walk-off win the late 60s.
Allen being greeted at home plate after powering the Phillies to a walk-off win the late 60s.

Source: Rich D’Ambrosio DICK ALLEN BELONGS IN THE HALL-OF-FAME! Facebook page
Dick Allen today. He refuses to campaign for his inclusion into the Hall-of-Fame.
Dick Allen today. He refuses to campaign for his inclusion into the Hall-of-Fame.

Source: Rich D’Ambrosio DICK ALLEN BELONGS IN THE HALL-OF-FAME! Facebook page

The Hall-of-Fame?

The question of whether Dick Allen deserves a spot in Cooperstown can be answered by comparing his career numbers with those who are already in the Hall. It would be easy to compare Number 15’s stats with those, let’s say, of Rabbit Maranville or Bill Mazeroski. Offensively, neither of these outstanding players came close to doing what Allen did at the plate. That would be too easy and a bit unfair. Rabbit and Bill were tremendous glove men who got their share of hits. They were vital members of some great teams. But they never put up the kind of numbers that Allen did. Conversely, Allen never approached their greatness as fielders.

An excellent comparison can be made between Allen and Tony Perez. Elected to the Hall-of-Fame in 2000, Perez played 23 years in the major leagues. Like Allen, he spent most of his career at third and first. They both played during the same era, so statistical adjustments aren’t necessary for factors like the dead ball, all day-time baseball, seasonal league hitting and pitching norms, etc. Let’s compare their overall career stats:

Perez .279 avg. .341 obp .463 slug 379 hr 1652 rbi 1272 runs

Allen .292 avg. .378 obp .534 slug 351 hr 1119 rbi 1099 runs

Dick Allen’s 15-year career compares favorably with Perez’s. It’s true that Perez had more life-time homers, ribbies and runs than Allen but Tony played eight more seasons. What kind of numbers would the Wampum Walloper have compiled had his career lasted 23-years? Allen had a higher lifetime average and on-base percentage and in eight less seasons hit just 28 fewer home runs.

According to the Baseball Reference website, here’s what “typical” seasons for both players look like:

Perez .279 avg. .341 obp .463 slug 29 hr 96 rbi 74 runs

Allen .292 avg. .378 obp .534 slug 33 hr 104 rbi 102 runs

As an every-day player, Dick Allen was clearly better than Perez. The genial Cuban who spent most of his career with the Reds added to his lifetime stats by playing several seasons at the tail end as a part-timer, including one year with the Phillies (’83).

Perez does get points for being an important part of some outstanding ball clubs but should Dick Allen be penalized because his fate was to play for more mediocre teams? It’s hard to imagine the 1964 Phillies almost winning the pennant without Allen in the line-up. And in 1972, Allen’s performance helped lift the White Sox into play-off contenders.

The purpose of this comparison is not to diminish the fine career of Tony Perez. He was a gamer and one of baseball’s best clutch hitters. He deserves to be in the Hall-of-Fame. But based on the stats, if he does, so does Dick Allen.

Hall-of-Fame infielder Rabbit Maranville--good but not as good as Dick Allen.
Hall-of-Fame infielder Rabbit Maranville–good but not as good as Dick Allen.

Source: Wikimedia Commons

If They Made It, Why Not Allen?

A typical Allen season also compares favorably to other Hall-of-Famers who played third/or first:

George Kell (15 years) .306 avg. .367 obp .414 slug 5 hr. 79 rbi 80 runs

Frank Chance (17 years) .296 avg. .394 obp .394 slug 3 hr 70 rbi 100 runs

Jimmy Collins (14 years) .294 avg. .343 obp .409 slug 6 hr 92 rbi 99 runs

Dick Allen (15 years) .292 avg. .378 obp .534 slug 33 hr 104 rbi 102 runs

(The power numbers for Chance and Collins are low because they played during an era when the balls weren’t as lively as they would be later in the 20thcentury. It was harder to hit home runs back then.)

Allen was one of the premier sluggers of his era and racked-up numbers equal-to or better than many who are already in the Hall. The main stumbling block to his candidacy seems to be the rap that he was a troublemaking bad boy who caused problems in the clubhouse. Even if this was true (and there are many who played alongside Allen who said this was not the case), since when is a bad boy image criteria for exclusion from baseball’s Hall of immortals? Ty Cobb, Rogers Hornsby, and Ted Williams were all self-absorbed jerks at times. Those troubled souls are in the Hall-of-Fame and nobody asks why.

Dick Allen deserves the same consideration.

Based on the statistics, Number 15 has earned a spot in the Hall-of-Fame.

c)2014 by Christopher Williams

SOURCES

September Swoon: Richie Allen, the ’64 Phillies, and Racial Integration Kashatus Penn State Press 2004

Shibe Park And Urban Philadelphia Kuklick Princeton University Press 1991

The New Phillies Encyclopedia Bilovsky and Westcott Temple University Press 1993

Baseball Reference website (pages for Dick Allen, Tony Perez, Frank Chance, George Kell, and Jimmy Collins)

Baseball Almanac website (pages for Dick Allen, Jimmy Collins, Rabbit Maranville and Bill Mazeroski)

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DALLAS WEEK MOTHER FUCKERS

Ant Pineiro

Christmas for Eagle fans, hands down the most hated rivalry in the NFL.

Steelers and Ravens? Im older than the Raven franchise

Patriots Colts? Pats were completely irrelevant before they started filming the opposing teams defensive coordinators.

Bears Packers? Outside of those shitty frozen cities noone could give a shit about them.

Cowboys and Birds have hated eachother for over 30 years. Beat that rest of the NFL

“We prepared during our bye week for Philadelphia,” Cowboys owner Jerry Jones said to USA Today, “so we’ve got some hay in the barn.”

Sounds like the Birds are pretty deep in your head JJ, dont blame you though. Getting embarrassed by us year in and year out has to wear on his mind a bit. But what the fuck does “Weve got some hay in the barn” mean? All those prostitutes are frying your mind bro.

Chip Kellys response to that?

“Our bye week a few weeks ago? Zero. We weren’t playing Dallas after the bye.”

As much as Id love a total massacre blowout like back in 08

Beating them last year to win the NFC East in a nail biter was unbelievably satisfying

But not as satisfying as Jerry Jones’ tears. Man they tasted good.

Fuck Desean, but this is still one of my favorite things ever

Eat Shit Dallas

NBA EASTERN CONFERENCE PREVIEW VOL. 2

Ian Capell

Now for the second straight year, I am here to bring you my predictions on how the Eastern Conference of the NBA will play out. The Eastern Conference was a tough conference to predict because there are so many teams on the same level.  Feel free to comment your opinions in the comment section or tweet me @icapell98.

Eastern Conference

1. Bulls 57-25
The Bulls are by far the best team in the conference as of right now and I don’t see that changing, at least for the regular season. With a superb team chemistry, and great defender like Joakim Noah and now a starter who has won multiple championships, Pau Gasol, I would be surprised if any other team was the one seed.

2. Cavaliers 51-31
What can I say, with a big three of Lebron, Kyrie, and Love, the team is an instant contender for the title. However, their depth could cause an issue for them. Not only is there bench not deep, but, with the exception of Tristan Thompson, rather old and in the regular season with so many games, expect their bench to hold them back.

3. Heat 47-35
Off to an impressive start, the Heat have been led by someone who isn’t name Lebron. The man I’m talking about is Chris Bosh. If he keeps up the numbers he has produced the first 7 games, there is no doubt he will be an MVP candidate. Also, besides Lebron, the Heat were able to keep most of their players and then some. Shabazz still has to adapt, but he looks like a surefire player and Luol Deng should play a pivotal role in Miami’s offense.

4. Raptors 46-36
In a rather weak division, the Raptors are undoubtedly the best team. Led by all star DeMar DeRozen and Kyrie Lowry, the once laughable team is considering themselves one of the best teams in the NBA and with the way they are playing, can you blame them?

5. Wizards 45-37
With an emerging super star in John Wall, the Wizards are a certified playoff team. With help from players like Bradely Beal, Marcin Gortat and Nene, the Wizards have a very well rounded starting lineup that will put them competing for the division title.

6. Hornets 43-39
Only a couple years after the embarrassing season in which they posted the worst winning percentage in NBA history, Charlotte is back in the playoffs. Led by young bloods like MKG, Kemba Walker and Al Jefferson this team can possibly make it to the second round. A lot of the credit goes to the coaching of Steve Crawford who I believe is the main reason for this turnaround.

7. Nets 41-41
As much as I HATE the Nets, I can’t deny that they have talented players on their team. Look for Deron Williams to step it up this year and play much better basketball than the first half of last season. Also, if Brook Lopez stays healthy (doubtful), look for the Nets to rise higher because their team starts and ends with their health.

8. Knicks 38-44
Two years ago, this team was a contender to win the east…. now not so much. But there is hope for the Knickerbockers as the now Phil Jackson run team, has Carmelo passing, Amare PLAYING, and the whole team (not just Shumpert) playing defense. Two keys to a good season is currently utilizing the triangle offense and making smart trades. The Knicks made it clear yesterday that they will trade JR Smith, now we just have to wait and see for who or if at all anyone

9. Hawks 38-44
For the first time in 8 seasons, the Hawks will not make the playoffs. The longest playoff streak in the east (7) will make no difference because besides Millsap, Horford and Teague, this team is subpar at best. Those three will have to have career highs if they want to do well.

10. Pistons 34-48
Now here is where the rankings gets hard. The Pistons, Pacers and Celtics are all at around the same level. But the Piston have a great coach with Stan Van Gundy who can help Drummond and Monroe develop, because he has already done that with D12.

11. Pacers 32-50
If Paul George comes back, then the Pacers will make the playoffs but knowing that that is very unlikely (and if he comes back he won’t be the same) the Pacers will suffer. Roy Hibbert, once considered elite, has been plummeting for awhile now and can’t help the Pacers, let alone himself. In addition, David West is hurt who played a key role in the postseason the past two years. The Pacers might take a plunge this year, but look for next year when that changes.

12. Celtics 32-50
With a great chance that Rajon Rondo will not be in a green uniform by the time June rolls around, the Celtics are in a rebuilding stage. But they do have some potential because of players like Jeff Green, Jared Sullinger, Kelly Olynyk, and Marcus Smart.

13. Bucks 29-53
Hey, at least they aren’t the worst team anymore. Drafting Jabari Parker was a great decision and will play a prodigious part in their system. Led by Jason Kidd, the Bucks will get better, but no where near the playoffs.

14. Magic 24-58
While the team is terrible (and I mean embarrassingly bad), the team does have some good potential. Victor Oladipo is one of the best players to come out of last years draft and Tobias Harris has been posting up quality stats. Oh, who am I kidding this is going to be a long year for the Magic and their fans

15. 76ers 23-59
Now I present to you, the best team in NBA history at tanking. For the second straight year, they pick a tall guy who will be out for a copious amount of time. I keep saying next year will be better, but the 76ers will probably pick another injury prone big man to stall their rebuilding process from taking off.

Eagles VS Panthers Quickie

Ant Pineiro

After the loss of our tall, sexy, amazing, well endowed QB, we turned to the one and only member of the team that is from south of the border.

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He entered the game and balled out. Was it because Texas is so close to the border? Or was he just well prepared? Obviously its because of the border.

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What exactly is in the chicken tenders Mark? Something we should know about? Chipscience? The world may never know.

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We also lost our defensive leader and father figure DeMeco Ryans, who cant be replaced. But Casey Matthews will try (and fail)

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Cam Newton played like absolute trash against the Saints, lets hope he repeats that performance this Monday night.

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Mark Sanchez has gone from Butt Fumble to The Sanchize, watch out Panthers. History is about to be made.

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