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FAA investigating man flying drone over Citizens Bank Park during Phillies game


Drones are becoming more and more commonplace.  For the shopper looking to acquire one, the prices are pretty much within reach of the regular person; a drone can be purchased for as little as $50.00.  One man appears to have decided to use a drone to take pictures of the Phillies game on Sunday afternoon.  That idea went horribly wrong.

CBS Philly reports that the man flying the drone was immediately arrested:

Around the 6th inning, security officials noticed and notified police, who quickly apprehended the man.

Director of Security for the Phillies Sal DeAngelis says there is a national law against flying anything near the ballpark:

“You can’t fly anything over a stadium lower than 3,000 feet or within three nautical miles and that’s been in place since 9/11.”

Police then turned the investigation over to the FAA. 

6ABC reported that it was Eagles security who actually apprehended the man, who was operating the drone from outside the stadium.   The man cooperated with security and police, according to the report.  The man also had a gun on him, but it was legally registered.

Of course, our pal Joe had plenty of fun with the situation on Twitter:


Flying High or Fading Fast? The Philadelphia Eagles with the most to gain/lose this summer?

The Philadelphia Eagles formally kicked off Summer this past week—no offense, Memorial Day weekend—and quenched an early-summer thirst for meaningful sports talk when they gathered in South Philly for organized team activities (OTAs).  While the NBA Draft lottery & Phillies General Manager Ruben Amaro, Jr. provided some recent water-cooler fodder, both were over shadowed the minute Eagles Head Coach Chip Kelly began his epic press conference on Tuesday.  At that moment, football season began in the Delaware Valley.  We were just beginning to digest Kelly’s comments when the media-frenzy open practice at Novocare on Thursday began & was followed by interviews with following roster members:  quarterbacks Sam Bradford, Mark Sanchez, and Tim Tebow; running back Demarco Murray; new defensive backs Byron Maxwell & Walter Thurmond; center Jason Kelce; etc.

All of the guys listed above have something to prove to both Kelly & the thirsty fan-base.  The expectations have been set high—thanks to Byron Maxwell—and everyone who lands on the final 53-man roster will be on the hook for fulfilling Maxwell’s “dream team”-esque guarantee.  But which Philadelphia Eagles have the most to gain—or stand to lose the most—based on their performance in the early-going?  There are roster battles to be waged, starting positions to be won & contract-extensions to be earned.  Below is a list of the guys from the 90-man roster who have the most at stake in the early summer:

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Rockies backed by two homers in win over Phillies

Final: Rockies 4, Phillies 1

WP: Rusin (1-0) LP: Williams (3-5) SV: Oberg (1)

Philadelphia, PA- Rockies complete the sweep and win season series against the Phillies, five games to two.

Phillies offense was rather quiet again this afternoon. Cody Asche and Odubel Herrera were the only two players for the Phillies to have a multi hit games.  Jerome Williams lasted five innings giving up four runs. Rockies starter, Jordan Lyles, only lasted 1.1 innings due to injury. Rockies long man, Chris Rusin, took up the slack, pitching 4.2 no run innings.  The Rockies got on the board in the first inning, with Nolan Arenado's two run home run.  Phillies were able to get one run back in the second by Cameron Rupp doubling to the right field fence driving in Cody Asche. Rockies added to their lead in the fifth, after DJ LeMahieu hit the Rockies second two run shot of the game.

In the bottom of the seventh, the Phillies had a chance to get back into the game with the bases loaded, no outs. The Rockies proceeded by striking out Cameron Rupp, Darin Ruf, and Ben Revere. Ultimately the Rockies bullpen were too much for the Phillies as they were defeated 4-1.

Starting Pitchers

Williams  5.0 8 4 4 0 4 2 5.49
Lyles 1.1 2 1 1 0 2 0 5.14
  • Lyles: ND; 44 pitches, 29 strikes; 1 groundouts, 0 flyouts; 6 faced batters
  • Williams: L; 65 pitches, 47 strikes; 4 groundouts, 3 flyouts; 23 faced batters

Out of the 'Pen


  • Jeanmar Gomez (6th-7th): 2.0 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 ER,  1 BB, 2 SO, 0 HR, 2.70 ERA
  • Justin De Fratus (8th): 1.0 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 1 SO, 0 HR, 4.07 ERA
  • Jonathan Papelbon (9th): 1.0 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 2 SO, 0 HR, 1.35 ERA


  • Chris Rusin (W) (2nd - 6th): 4.2 IP, 4 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 1 BB, 2 SO, 0 HR, 0.77 ERA
  • Brooks Brown (7th): 1.0 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 3 SO, 0 HR, 4.08 ERA
  • Christian Friedrich (8th): 1.0 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 1 SO, 0 HR, 3.18 ERA
  • Scott Oberg (S) (9th): 1.0 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 0 SO, 0 HR, 4.15 ERA

What's Next

Tuesday, June 2, 2015: vs. Cincinnati Reds, 7:05 pm

  • RHP John Cueto (3-4, 3.03 ERA) vs. LHP Sean O'Sullivan (1-4, 4.81 ERA)
  • TV: CSN; Radio: 94 WIP, 1210 WPHT, SBP 1480 (Sp.)

Wednesday, June 3, 2015: vs. Cincinnati Reds, 7:05 pm

  • RHP Johnny Cueto vs. RHP Sean O'Sullivan
  • TV: CSN; Radio: 94 WIP, 1210 WPHT, SBP 1480 (Sp.)

Thursday, June 4, 2015: vs. Cincinnati Reds, 7:05 pm

  • RHP Mike Leake vs. LHP Cole Hamels
  • TV: CSN; Radio: 94 WIP, 1210 WPHT, SBP 1480 (Sp.)

Andrew Shipotofsky (@Ashipotofsky) of

Free agent Kevin Correa would be a good gamble for Phillies

The Phillies are getting good solid starting pitching from their ace Cole Hamels and from the veteran Aaron Harang.   Still giving starts to Severino Gonzalez and Sean O'Sullivan, the Phillies are incredibly thin in the starting pitcher department.  With potential trades on the horizon for both Harang and Hamels, the Phillies need some veteran arms to pitch the innings without putting undue pressure on the bullpen.  One option just became available.

Veteran starter Kevin Correia informed the San Francisco Giants that he was going to opt out of his minor league contract.  Correia has made six starts in the Giants system this season, going 0-1 with a 3.58 earned run average.  The Giants starting rotation is full, so Correia was not going to get a chance there.  The Phillies could use Correia immediately to give Severino Gonzalez time to develop at AAA.   The Phillies have not let Gonzalez pitch deep into any ballgame.

Correia will not be much more than Jerome Williams has been to the Phillies.  But that is okay; the Phillies need to let young players develop in the minor leagues and put the young players at the major league level develop.  An overexposed bullpen has not helped the likes of Justin De Fratus and Jake Diekman, who have pitched too much in 2015.

Correia is 34 years old and has a lifetime record of 76-95 in his major league career, which began in 2003.  Correia has pitched with the Giants, the San Diego Padres, Pittsburgh Pirates, Minnesota Twins, and Los Angeles Dodgers.  Who knows - Correia was traded at the trade deadline in 2014 - maybe the Phillies could even get something in return for him later.


Phillies try to snap six game skid, avoid sweep at the hands Rockies

The Philadelphia Phillies will try to end their second six game losing streak of the season and avoid a series sweep to Colorado Rockies this afternoon. They are trying to avoid their second consecutive series sweep. Aaron Harang gave the Phillies six strong innings yesterday but it was not enough. Jerome Williams will take the mound today. Game time is 1:35.

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This Week in Flyers History: Week ending May 31

Flyers history

May 28, 1987

It’s Game 6 of the 1987 Stanley Cup Finals between the Flyers and the Edmonton Oilers at the Spectrum. The Flyers were down three games to two and needed a win on home ice to force a Game 7 back in Edmonton.

To get there, the Flyers would need contributions from everyone to beat the high-flying Oilers and not see them parade the Cup around on their home ice. One would expect a star of the team to step forward and be the hero - Rick Tocchet, Brian Propp or even smooth-skating defenseman Mark Howe.

On this day, it would be 21-year-old rookie defenseman J.J. Daigneault.

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Emmanuel Mudiay 360 Degree Scouting Report


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Patrick Causey, @PhillySportsJD

Emmanuel Mudiay might be the poster child for why top flight prospects should avoid playing basketball overseas. He is a 6'5, 200 pound combo guard with a rare combination of size and speed. He was once considered the second best prospect in the entire nation and a favorite for the number one overall pick in the draft.

But academic issues forced him to abandon his commitment to play at SMU under the tutelage of point guard guru Larry Brown. He wet overseas to play in the hyper-competitive China Basketball Association, but an ankle injury limited him to only 12 games.  

So most teams have not seen him play competitive basketball since his senior year in high school, which as you can imagine is a problem for a team considering using a top draft pick and investing millions of dollars in a relative unknown.  His stock has accordingly dropped, and he should be available when the 76ers pick in the upcoming draft.

Let's try to lend some clarity to what type of player Mudiay is, and what type of player he can become.

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Eagles Quarterback Matt Barkley Hearing Footsteps From Tebow

Eagles Quarterback Matt Barkley Hearing Footsteps From Tebow

Coaches know Matt Barkley needs to step up this year. Fans know Matt Barkley needs to step up this year. And for the first time, it seems as though Matt Barkley finally knows that he needs to step up this year.

There are dynamics at work in the Eagles offense this year.   A second 10-6 season which ended with a "close but no cigar" twice.  No player can be complacent on this team.  Legendary players like Trent Cole, NFL elites like LeSean McCoy, and even comeback players like Jeremy Maclin, are no longer on this team.   So when a third string quarterback notices another quarterback signing, and with unique skills that would appear to fit what Chip Kelly is trying to do on offense, it's logical that he would be a little nervous.   To a quarterback about to get sacked, they sometimes gain the sixth sense of knowing when pressure is arriving.  The quarterback "hears footsteps".   Barkley knows Tebow is breathing down his neck.  At least that's how I'm categorizing his comments after Thursday's practice.

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Sizing Up Sandberg: Amaro and Ryno both under fire

GM Ruben Amaro blasted Phillies fans earlier this week, reminding us all who is primarily to blame for the Phillies' current state of affairs. Ryne Sandberg surely deserves to be on a hot seat all his own, but the spotlight is scorching right now in Amaro's direction. I'll borrow a line from JK Simmons' Oscar-winning performance in last year's "Whiplash":

"Now, either you are deliberately playing out of tune and sabotaging my band, or you don't know you're out of tune, which I'm afraid is even worse"

To lash out at the fans in defense of the moves he's made proves he's either ignorant of his own incompetence... Or he's deliberately sabotaging the team . I know, I know-- this isn't a movie, and Amaro is doing his best. As such, real life offers few guarantees for happy endings, and Amaro should probably answer for the mistakes that he's made come season's end. One of those mistakes may have been the hiring of Ryne Sandberg.

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Harang strong, bullpen and bats not as Rockies down Phillies

Harang strong, bullpen and bats not as Rockies down Phillies

Final: Rockies 5, Phillies 2

WP: Eddie Butler (3-5) LP: Aaron Harang (4-5) S: John Axford (9)

Aaron Harang pitched decently enough to win, but thanks to another poor offensive showing from the Phillies lineup, Harang's effort was wasted. Harang went six innings and allowed just two earned runs. Both runs were solo home runs: one from third baseman Nolan Arenado and one from Mike McKenry.

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