94WIP Fantasy Football Draft Results

PHILADELPHIA (CBS) — The SportsRadio 94WIP Fantasy Football Draft took place on Monday evening.

The 94WIP league consists of 12-teams. It’s a PPR league where each team starts 1 QB, 2 RB, 3 WR, Flex, TE, Def, and K.

The participating employees were: Eric Golden (Turtle), Andrew Porter (Roadshow), Jon Ritchie, Ben Livingston, Kevin Keenan (Coach), Jack Fritz, James Seltzer (Jimmi), Mike Angelina, Maria Donahue, Ike Reese (#58), John Barchard (BGN Radio), and Chris Carlin (Cookie’s N Cream).

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Philadelphia To Host 4 Of Next 5 Army-Navy Football Games

PHILADELPHIA (CBS) — Philadelphia will remain the primary host for the iconic Army-Navy football game, winning four of the games in the next five years.

Officials announced Tuesday that Philadelphia will host 2018, 2019, 2020 and 2022. New York is expected to be getting 2021.

“If a cadet left West Point on a bus going 60 miles an hour and a midshipman leaves Annapolis…,” joked Army athletic director Boo Corrigan.

Corrigan joked about the foundation of Philadelphia’s status as home of the Army-Navy classic. Picked because it’s midway and gives neither team home field advantage, the city has hosted 86 of the 117 games, and Navy athletic director Chet Gladchuk says it now transcends geography.

“Something that only, only Philly exudes, that next level of commitment, energy, enthusiasm and truly the spirit of Army-Navy,” said Gladchuk.

Still, Gladchuk and Corrigan say negotiations were tough. Lots of cities want the game. Officials declined to say how much the city put up to win the games but say the economic impact is estimate at $30 million.

Mayor Kenney says, this year in particular, the game offers something more.

“We can all take a page out of their book on this one, we’re going to disagree on somethings but at the end of the day we need to find our way back to remembering we’re all on the same team,” said Kenney.

Mayor Kenney says the game also offers a lesson.

Report: Phillies To Sign Former All-Star Pitcher Henderson Álvarez

PHILADELPHIA (CBS) — The Phillies are reportedly signing 27-year-old Venezuelan pitcher Henderson Alvarez, according to Jon Heyman. The deal is reportedly a minor-league deal worth $750,000 if he’s called up.

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Alvarez was a MLB all-star in 2014 with the Miami Marlins. He spent his first two seasons in 2011-2012 with the Toronto Blue Jays, before joining the Marlins in 2013.

In September of 2016, Alvarez underwent shoulder surgery and was outrighted to the Triple-A Nashville Sounds on October 7th, 2016. Álvarez signed with the Long Island Ducks of the Atlantic League of Professional Baseball on July 14th. 

College Football Preview: Ursinus College Bears

PHILADELPHIA (CBS) — The Division III Ursinus College Bears are waist-deep into preparations out in Collegeville for the upcoming season.

The Bears are coming off a frustrating 2016 season that saw them go 2-8 (2-7 in the Centennial Conference), but head coach Pete Gallagher likes what he sees here in the run-up to the 2017 season.

“We’ve got a good camp going,” he tells KYW Newsradio.

The Bears have a young starting quarterback returning in sophomore Thomas Garlick. The Quakertown High School product threw for 1,522 yards and eight touchdowns as a freshman last year with eight interceptions.

“I think anytime you get a quarterback back in a system, we’re trying to do a lot of the same things, he had a full spring under his belt, is certainly a positive,” Gallagher says. “His reads, looking at who he should look at, not just out there slinging around, now really controlling the offense. So we’re excited about him coming back.”

A key weapon in the passing game for Garlick should be senior wide receiver Carmen Fortino who led the Bears last season with 71 receptions for 801 yards and five scores. Last year’s leading rusher, Stacey Gardner, also returns for the Bears. He had 459 yards and five touchdowns last season on the ground as a freshman.

Up front on the offensive line, the Bears have experience.

“Grant Nulty, Greg Olsson and AJ Dalessandro all return as starters,” Gallagher says. “We’re moving Grant from center out to left tackle.”

Gallagher talks about some keys in the front seven on defense.

“It starts up front with our defensive line and returning Chuck Anderson,” Gallagher says. “He’s going to be a junior out of Northeast High School. He’s a very good player inside for us at tackle. Demarcus Henry out of Orlando, Florida, a senior for us, has been coming along and making some plays up front for us. At linebacker, Cody Richmond, a local kid out of Boyertown, was a defensive back a couple years ago, we moved down to linebacker last year, he’s flying around and making some plays. And another local kid out of Penn Charter, Jake McCain, has really caught our eye this preseason.”

Gallagher says they have some great competition in the defensive secondary.

“Senior Jamie Casseus at cornerback has played a bunch of football for us,” Gallagher says. “Mitch Bradford was a freshman last year, playing at corner for us and he’s back. King Nworu is back, played as a freshman, now he’s a sophomore. Freshman defensive back/safety Jack Spingler, an all conference kid, is back for us. Heath Hidlay is back for us as a senior in our secondary. They’re all getting pushed by the kids that are behind them. I think our secondary is going to be much, much improved and the strength of our defense.”

The Bears open their 2017 season at home on September 2nd against Bethany College out of West Virginia.

Fan Essentials: Who Won The Mayweather-McGregor Pre-Fight Buildup?

Ryan Mayer

Floyd Mayweather and Conor McGregor may come from different fighting backgrounds, but they both have one particular talent in common: trash talking. The two fighters have clearly been blessed with the gift of gab, and the lead up to their much anticipated bout on August 26th has provided plenty of material in the way of a war of words both through social media and in press conferences. This particular fight buildup was unique in its press tour in that the fighters went on a four-day, four-city international tour with press conferences/jawing sessions at each of the stops. The spectacle provided plenty of memorable comments, both good and bad.

Showtime Boxing announcers and analysts Mauro Ranallo, Paulie Malignaggi, and Al Bernstein have broken down this fight from every angle, giving their keys to victory for McGregor and Mayweather and also breaking down what most excited them about the fight. For them, the question of who “won” the pre-fight war of words is a tough one but they weighed in with their thoughts on which side took home the ‘W’ as we prepare for fight night this coming Saturday, August 26th, beginning at 9 pm Eastern time on Showtime PPV and the new Showtime pay-per-view app.

Fan Essentials: Who Won The Mayweather-McGregor Pre-Fight Buildup?

Ryan Mayer

Floyd Mayweather and Conor McGregor may come from different fighting backgrounds, but they both have one particular talent in common: trash talking. The two fighters have clearly been blessed with the gift of gab, and the lead up to their much anticipated bout on August 26th has provided plenty of material in the way of a war of words both through social media and in press conferences. This particular fight buildup was unique in its press tour in that the fighters went on a four-day, four-city international tour with press conferences/jawing sessions at each of the stops. The spectacle provided plenty of memorable comments, both good and bad.

Showtime Boxing announcers and analysts Mauro Ranallo, Paulie Malignaggi, and Al Bernstein have broken down this fight from every angle, giving their keys to victory for McGregor and Mayweather and also breaking down what most excited them about the fight. For them, the question of who “won” the pre-fight war of words is a tough one but they weighed in with their thoughts on which side took home the ‘W’ as we prepare for fight night this coming Saturday, August 26th, beginning at 9 pm Eastern time on Showtime PPV and the new Showtime pay-per-view app.

Randy Cross: USF, Quinton Flowers Could Get Off To A Really Hot Start

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We’re rapidly approaching the end of August, which means that college football season is right around the corner. “Week 0” as it is known, begins this Saturday with a slate of five games set to be played in the afternoon/evening. One of those games features a team that has been picked by many as a potential undefeated team in Charlie Strong’s South Florida Bulls, who take on San Jose State at 7:30 p.m. Eastern Time on CBS Sports Network.

With expectations for the Bulls riding high and the kick off of the college football season upon us, we caught up with CBS Sports college football analyst Randy Cross. He broke down South Florida’s outlook for 2017 while also looking at the AAC and college football as a whole as the season gets underway.

CBS Local Sports: South Florida is looked at as a team that could potentially run the table this year, what are your expectations for the Bulls in Year 1 under Charlie Strong?

Randy Cross: With their talent, and with their schedule, they can be as good as they decide they want to be. Defensively, I think they’re going to be good enough to beat anybody on their schedule. Offensively, they’re going to be good enough to score a lot of points. They’re going to score a lot of points quickly on people. Ask Ken Niumatalolo and Navy about how it went last year in Tampa for them. They were down 28-0 in a blink and, that’s the kind of team that South Florida can have.

It’s a lot of pressure though. And that’s the most significant thing they’ll have during the course of the year not unlike Houston last year. If people are picking you to be 12-0, 13-0, the hardest part is every week ignoring that talk and just concentrating on the next game. They could be the New Year’s Day representative, which means if they accomplish that, they’re 13-0.

CBS Local Sports: Charlie Strong takes over the helm after a disappointing couple of years at Texas, what do you expect from him with this USF program?

Randy Cross: I think it’s pretty easy to look at him (Strong) and say you have a jaundiced eye as far as what he can do. He proved before he ever got to Texas that he’s a hell of a football coach. All he did at Texas was prove that, when he doesn’t have 100 percent of the backing, when he doesn’t have the ability to recruit like crazy, and a quarterback, maybe he’s not as good a coach. But, you could say that about every single head coach out there.

It makes such a difference when you have the backing and the ability to say ‘look I’ve got a quarterback’. He’s got that now because I think he’s got time at USF, he has the ability to recruit at USF and he has arguably a top five quarterback in the country in Quinton Flowers.

CBS Local Sports: Flowers is a guy that’s been named to multiple award watch lists in the preseason, just how good of a season can he have?

Randy Cross: I think he’s expecting a huge season. Flowers is not the biggest guy in the world. He’s an amazing runner, he’s a very accurate passer, and he’s got very good receivers. The challenge for him will be to develop as a thrower into the 60 percent-plus club. If he can do that, he’s going to be doubly dangerous because he’s got some blazing speed.

You look at a guy that ran for as many yards as he did last year and passed for as many yards; overall, he accounted for 43 touchdowns. I’m expecting this kid to get off to a really hot start. If he gets off to the kind of hot start that he’s capable of, he can put himself in the same conversation as Lamar Jackson did last year where he plays so well that you can’t ignore what he’s doing when it comes to Heisman hype.

CBS Local Sports: The Bulls opponent in this opening week game, San Jose State, is coming off a couple of down years and just brought in a new coach in Brent Brennan. What do you expect from the Spartans this season?

Randy Cross: They’re going to be a team that I think is going to play with a lot of enthusiasm and love for each other because that would be a direct reflection of the kind of person that Brent Brennan is. I’ve known Brent since he was a little kid. I think it was an amazing hire by San Jose State. He’s a really good meat-and-potatoes football coach who spent the last several years up at Oregon State with (Mike) Riley and company. After that experience, I really expect, in the long-term, them to be much, much improved.

In the short-term, they have an offensive line that’s back almost intact that can be a highlight for them. That means they’re going to be able to run the ball effectively. The question is going to be, can you hold onto the ball and can you make the big plays. That’s going to be incumbent upon him to be able to bring those kind of kids into San Jose State.

CBS Local Sports: Now looking at the AAC as a whole, USF is projected to come out of the East, but there’s some tough teams out West that they could face in a potential championship game match-up. Who do you see as the biggest threats in conference to the Bulls?

Randy Cross: You look at what Niumatalolo and Navy have done, everybody sort of automatically discounts them every year, but until further notice, they’re the team that you’ve got to beat in the West. Houston again is going to be really good. I think (Chad) Morris and SMU are really going to surprise a lot of people as to what kind of team they’re going to bring to the party.

So, you’ve got those teams coming from the West and then, don’t forget Temple. All they’ve done is won 10-plus games on the East side the last couple of years. Memphis is going to be much improved, I’ve got them in Week 1 on a Thursday night game against Louisiana-Monroe and I’m really looking forward to what kind of a team they put on the board. They could be the type of team that comes out of the West that no one is expecting.

CBS Local Sports: Overall, as the college football season gets set to kick-off, who are the teams that you have pegged as College Football Playoff contenders heading into the year?

Randy Cross: There’s a couple of automatics to consider just by virtue of the programs that have been built. Alabama and Nick Saban are kind of automatic when you go to the top four and that’s not a biased opinion, it’s just a cold hard fact because of the program and the reloading that they can do in that program.

I put Clemson now in that same sort of tier. I think Dabo Swinney and that football team are going to be able to reload at the skill positions and at quarterback. The schedule’s not the friendliest in the world but, you’ve got an offensive line that brings four of the five guys back you can buy that quarterback and that running game a lot of time.

I like what Florida State has done. I love what USC has quickly become again because, we forget how down they were, how disadvantaged they were there for a couple of years. The final team that I’m watching is Ohio State. I know Penn State beat them head-to-head but I look at Ohio State as being a team (especially the way they’re configured right now), it smells like one of those years that Urban Meyer does his best job.

CBS Local Sports: Last year we saw Chris Peterson and Washington crash the playoff party. Is there a team or teams out there that you see as a potential dark horse candidate for a playoff berth.

Randy Cross: Anybody out of the Big 12. I don’t mean that in a bad way, it’s just, I think maybe we’ve come to expect a little less out of the Big 12. Oklahoma we think is going to be pretty good. Texas we think is going to be improved. If you had a dark horse team, I would go with Oklahoma State because I think Gundy and company have the potential and the schedule on their side that could make them a pretty tough team.

CBS Local Sports: Finally, who do you have as your top Heisman watch guys heading into the season?

Randy Cross: Well, first of all, we won’t have any defensive players winning it so we cannot have that conversation, which is just fine with me. And, I think running backs are at a distinct disadvantage, unfortunately, so that almost eliminates them too unless someone has a 2,500 yard season. Maybe a guy like (Derrius) Guice at LSU if he runs wild will get some consideration. But, I look at Lamar Jackson, J.T. Barrett, Trace McSorely at Penn State, (Jake) Browning at Washington and either Sam Darnold or Josh Rosen, the LA boys. It’s all going to be about numbers. Unfortunately, if it was all just about numbers, then Luke Falk would get that kind of recognition, but he’s just not going to be on that kind of team that’s in the national spotlight enough to garner conversation.