Harper to the Phils: Why Each Side Could’ve Done Better

Bryce Harper and the Philadelphia Phillies made history yesterday, as a record-setting contract brought the 26-year-old slugger to one of his former divisional foes. The deal, at 13 years, $330 million, is the largest contract in the history of the four major North American sports. It also includes no opt-outs and a full no-trade clause.

So, what does this deal tell us about Harper and the Phillies?

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Radio Row Recap: Bob Papa and David Diehl

New York Giants legendary radio announcer, Bob Papa, and former offensive lineman, 2x Super Bowl champ, David Diehl, join me to talk about a bus ride that changed the ’07 season, why losing to New England in week 17 that year scared the Pats more than the Giants and the team’s current QB situation.

Bienvenido Mariano: Cooperstown’s First Unanimous Inductee

Babe Ruth, Hank Aaron, and Tom Seaver. Just three of the now 230 Major League Baseball players who have been inducted into the National Baseball Hall of Fame in Cooperstown. Those three, along with many others, had careers so incredible that it’d be hard pressed to find a writer who wouldn’t include them on his or her ballot. Still, some left them off.

That all changed yesterday as New York Yankees closer Mariano Rivera became the first player ever to receive 100 percent of the necessary votes to be enshrined in Cooperstown. 425 out of 425. Incredible.

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Bowl Season Picks: Directors’ Cut Edition

Monday night, on the final episode of the Directors’ Cut this semester, Isaiah and I broke down a dozen of the upcoming bowl games. We also spoke to former NFL quarterback, and current ESPN color analyst, Dan Orlovsky, about the three games he’ll be on call for (the Gasparilla, Pinstripe and Liberty bowls). Here’s what he had to say, along with our picks and analysis for every bowl game this year.

The picks:

Saturday, December 15

Autonation Cure Bowl – Orlando, FL

Tulane (6-6) vs Louisiana-Lafayette (7-6) – CBS Sports 1:30 PM

Joe: Both teams rank in the bottom third of the country in terms of total defense, but both squads boast top-30 running games. Advantage to the Cajuns and RB Trey Ragas. Louisiana-Lafayette.

Isaiah: The Rajun-Cajuns win because of their offensive balanced attack. Louisiana-Lafayette.

 

New Mexico Bowl – Albuquerque, NM

Utah State (10-2) vs North Texas (9-3) – ESPN 2 PM

Joe: Expect a shootout as Mason Fine (UNT) threw for the eighth most yards in the country. Ultimately, the Aggies have a more versatile offense, and defend the pass slightly better. Utah State.

Isaiah: Utah State’s only losses are on the road against quality opponents, and they’ve been impressive on both sides of the ball. The Aggies will be too much for North Texas. Utah State.

 

Las Vegas Bowl – Las Vegas, NV

Arizona State (7-5) vs #21 Fresno State (11-2) – ABC 3:30 PM

Joe: The Sun Devils will be without star wideout N’Keal Harry as he will likely be a first-round pick in this year’s NFL Draft. KeeSean Johnson had the eighth most receiving yards in the country and will play for the Bulldogs. Give me Fresno and their top-three scoring D. Fresno State.

Isaiah: Without N’Keal Harry, Arizona State is going to struggle to move the ball on offense. Fresno State picks up the victory. Fresno State.

 

Camellia Bowl – Montgomery, AL

Georgia Southern (9-3) vs Eastern Michigan (7-5) – ESPN 5:30 PM

Joe: Georgia Southern has one of the best ground games in the country, and MAC teams don’t win bowl games. Georgia Southern.

Isaiah: Eastern Michigan won’t be able to stop Georgia Southern’s ground attack. Georgia Southern.

 

New Orleans Bowl – New Orleans, LA

Middle Tennessee State (8-5) vs Appalachian State (10-2) – ESPN 9 PM

Joe: The Blue Raiders always turn in a dynamic air attack, but the Mountaineers defense might be too stout. Most would be concerned with the fact that App State’s coach left for Louisville, but I say they use it as fuel. Appalachian State.

Isaiah: Appalachian State has been impressive on both sides of the ball, which should carry them to victory over the Blue Raiders. Appalachian State.

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