1. NFL Roster Cuts: Philadelphia Eagles Offseason Moves Mean More Running

    At the time, you figured them fillers. Though singular and detached, the Eagles ' offseason moves read like a series of sensible events. First came free agency. Then roster cuts...

    Matt Hammond Written by Matt Hammond about 3 years ago 1,423 reads 7 comments

  2. Phiadelphia Eagles: Sit Danny Watkins, Casey Matthews Against New York Jets

    Danny Watkins says he wants more work? Think Casey Matthews needs it? Think the New York Jets are the perfect job op? OK. Here's what you do: Let Wakins play Bobby Boucher. Give Matthews a hand truck and mail detail...

    Matt Hammond Written by Matt Hammond about 3 years ago 1,043 reads 7 comments

  3. Philadelphia Eagles: DeSean Jackson Won't Get His $10 Million Contract Extension

    Don't break it yet. But your hand can hover over the glass, Eagles fan. Maybe due for a raise, DeSean Jackson won't be compensated to the degree that he's motivated—to Jacksonian and (agent Drew) Rosenhausian standards...

    Matt Hammond Written by Matt Hammond about 3 years ago 3,747 reads 15 comments

  4. Michael Vick Contract: $100 Million Figure Important to Vick, Fanbase

    It was Vick's new vintage. Calm and candid, Mike leveled with the mob of less composed reporters. "It's no difference (sic)," he said, comparing his career's two $100 million deals...

    Matt Hammond Written by Matt Hammond about 3 years ago 1,143 reads 6 comments

  5. Michael Vick Signs $100 Million Contract: Not Great, but Extension Had to Happen

    Simply, it was a necessary evil. You can’t call the Michael Vick deal genius, resonating like too much coin for not enough accomplishment. Six years and $100 million seems an awful lot for a guy with one year under his belt...

    Matt Hammond Written by Matt Hammond about 3 years ago 706 reads 0 comments

  6. 2011 NFL Preseason: 18 Most Disappointing Rookies of the Exhibition Season

    Easy peasy, lemon squeezy. This slideshow isn't entitled "18 Sure-to-be Busts of 2011 Draft Class" for a reason. Making mention and condemnation aren't the same...

    Matt Hammond Written by Matt Hammond about 3 years ago 10,998 reads 73 comments

  7. Philadelphia Phillies: Jered Weaver Deal Telling for Jayson Werth, Scott Boras

    It wasn't what Jered Weaver did, ink a five-year, $85 million extension with the Angels Tuesday. It wasn't even what he said...

    Matt Hammond Written by Matt Hammond about 3 years ago 3,015 reads 12 comments

  8. Carolina Panthers: Cam Newton Never Said Jerry Richardson Tattoo Ban Was Problem

    On the surface, this slices two ways: One sliver of race, the obvious friction in pasty white southern money ( Carolina Panthers owner Jerry Richardson) saran wrapping the black skin of his No...

    Matt Hammond Written by Matt Hammond about 3 years ago 807 reads 0 comments

  9. Philadelphia Eagles: Cleveland Browns Game Is Michael Vick's First Telling Time

    It’s only the preseason. There, I said it. The harmonious acknowledgement that has to preface all things preseason. By and large, what happens now doesn’t matter...

    Matt Hammond Written by Matt Hammond about 3 years ago 552 reads 14 comments

  10. Philadelphia Phillies: Is Vance Worley Lofty or Lucky? BABIP, FIP Raise Doubt

    Kevin Negandhi was merely filling air. Dressing up a highlight. Teasing the Vance Worley story. He wasn't seeking to stoke a debate. But however accidentally, he did...

    Matt Hammond Written by Matt Hammond about 3 years ago 1,914 reads 29 comments

  11. Asante Samuel Trade Rumors: Terrell Thomas, Aqib Talib Developments Help out PHI

    Nobody's basking in misfortune. Nobody wanted Terrell Thomas' knee to go. Nobody wanted Aqib Talib to go criminal. Thomas was the Giants ' 2010 leading tackler (101 total, 80 solo) and No...

    Matt Hammond Written by Matt Hammond about over 3 years ago 2,617 reads 22 comments

  12. Philadelphia Eagles: 10 Observations Thru Two Weeks of NFL Preseason

    Hope you've been scribbling notes. These first two weeks of preseason play have been rich with lessons about your Philadelphia Eagles . Tidbits about the offense. Insight into Mike Vick's off-season improvement (or regression, depending on the day)...

    Matt Hammond Written by Matt Hammond about over 3 years ago 2,651 reads 26 comments

  13. New York Giants vs. Chicago Bears Preseason: Real-Time Reaction and Analysis

    Stay tuned throughout this Week 2 preseason matchup between the Chicago Bears and New York Giants , as we string together live observations and update storylines...

    Matt Hammond Written by Matt Hammond about over 3 years ago 786 reads 1 comments

  14. Cole Hamels: Should Phillies Be Very Concerned About Their “Third Ace”?

    Can you hear that? The ominous silence, broken only by beeps? Like the radar screen for putting the unforeseen in focus just lit up? Makes you turn and wonder: Is that Cole Hamels' ...

    Matt Hammond Written by Matt Hammond about over 3 years ago 1,241 reads 12 comments

  15. Plan to Clean Up the NCAA: Outsource Enforcement to Third-Party, Create NCAEA

    I'm tired of what can't be done. All the talk of hypocrisy. All the rumbling about contradiction. Talk about unproductive. Collegiate athletics need an answer. And answers are brewed by innovation...

    Matt Hammond Written by Matt Hammond about over 3 years ago 190 reads 0 comments

  16. Michael Vick Interview in GQ Magazine: Arrogance Resurfaces, Causes Concern

    I thought the call dropped. Considering the long-winded silence, and spotty Verizon service, I figured I'd lost him. I didn't. Sam Donnellon merely paused...

    Matt Hammond Written by Matt Hammond about over 3 years ago 1,649 reads 26 comments

  17. Terrelle Pyror Ruled Eligible for Supplemental Draft: NFL Needed Harsher Penalty

    Sternness has to be the default. That can fluctuate with the circumstances, easing or tightening with different situations. But firmness has to be the baseline. Otherwise, anything that follows is downright flimsy...

    Matt Hammond Written by Matt Hammond about over 3 years ago 249 reads 11 comments

  18. Miami Hurricanes: NCAA Won't Survive Without Death Penalty for The U Football

    Of all the punches you have to pull, jobs are the most sacred ground. In this business or any, you just don't call for peoples' heads...

    Matt Hammond Written by Matt Hammond about over 3 years ago 178 reads 18 comments

  19. Philadelphia Phillies: Decision to Leave Roy Halladay in Game Vintage Manuel

    The Phillies needed two outs. Six pitches. More whiffs at the ball than cracks. More leather than grass. And there Roy Halladay stood, the expressionless express to a win. That's who the fans saw...

    Matt Hammond Written by Matt Hammond about over 3 years ago 652 reads 8 comments

  20. Philadelphia Phillies: Roy Halladay Gets Standing O in Loss, Proves Untouchable

    Roy Halladay is untouchable. As if it wasn't already, that's done, decided and indelible after tonight. Problematic for hitters and off-limits for flak, Halladay (15-5) transcends convention...

    Matt Hammond Written by Matt Hammond about over 3 years ago 715 reads 0 comments

  21. Jim Thome Hits 600th Home Run: Doesn't Compare to Rest of Club, Jeter's 3,000th

    Maybe he wasn't overlooked. Unconsidered. A slip in seamheads' minds. Maybe, comparatively, Jim Thome 's pursuit of 600 home runs wasn't that big a deal. There's no denying that it didn't get play...

    Matt Hammond Written by Matt Hammond about over 3 years ago 176 reads 21 comments

  22. NFL Preseason 2011: 8 Most Heated (and Unconventional) Training Camp Battles

    This isn't your conventional "camp battles" slideshow. Sure, we'll dabble in all the usuals, like dueling quarterbacks Tarvaris Jackson and Charlie Whitehurst in Seattle ...

    Matt Hammond Written by Matt Hammond about over 3 years ago 680 reads 0 comments

  23. Philadelphia Phillies: 10 Weakest Throwing Arms in Team History

    I'm a positive guy. I don't dwell. I don't nitpick. I don't fume. Not without good reason -- or invaluable material, like flimsiest-armed throwers in Phillies history...

    Matt Hammond Written by Matt Hammond about over 3 years ago 2,710 reads 3 comments

  24. Texas A&M to Join SEC: Why We're Stuck With Conference Realignment and BCS

    A death knell tolled April 30, 2008 . Once time stamped as the end of the Big 12, it seems something else got the axe. Hope for a college football playoff. It's just not feasible anymore, now that Texas A&M scooted for the SEC...

    Matt Hammond Written by Matt Hammond about over 3 years ago 1,036 reads 5 comments

  25. Cowboys vs. Broncos: That Rob Ryan's Defense Struggled in Debut Is Good

    Learning curves aren't straight for a reason. True, some are steeper than others. And sharper students have a knack for steaming out the wrinkles. But a newly-installed defense shouldn't come easy...

    Matt Hammond Written by Matt Hammond about over 3 years ago 166 reads 32 comments