Thursday, February 28, 2008

Sixers Win; Eagles Cut Kearse

The Sixers beat the Orlando Magic at home last night by a score of 101-89. Andre Miller had a phenomonal game, putting up 26 points, while adding 9 assists. He was especially effective in the first half, when he put up 22 points, in driving the Sixers to a 61 - 42 first half league.

Willie Green and Andre Iguodala both submitted fine efforts, scoring 26 and 24 points respectively.

As it sits this AM, the Sixers (26-32) are in the 7th spot in the Eastern Conference, a mere 1.5 games behind the Washington Wizards. Contrast this with the Allen Iverson-led Denver Nuggets out West, who have a far better record than the Sixers (34 - 23). If the playoffs started today, the Nuggets would be on the outside looking in, sitting in the 9th spot out West.

Eagles No Longer Have Their Freak On

Today, the Eagles cut ties with "The Freak", Jevon Kearse. Kearse never played a full season for the Eagles, was constantly banged up, and never was able to put up a double-digit sack season. The 24 sacks he recorded in his 4 years with the Eagles were probably the most expensive sacks in the history of the NFL, what with the huge $65 million dollar contract he signed back in 2004.

Kearse was never as dominant as he was in his early years with the Titans, but on the other hand, the attention he did command at his end of the line did enable the end of the other side of the defensive line to have some success. Both Derrick Burgess and Trent Cole, players similar in style to Kearse, enjoyed great seasons playing on the opposite end of the line from Kearse. On some level, Kearse should probably at least get some credit for that (but it shouldn't be overstated either).

Kearse was enjoying a good start to the 2006 season, when he tore up his knee against the Giants in an overtime loss. He was out the remainder of the 2006 season and was never the same last season, eventually losing his job to Juqua Thomas.

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