This Week In Sports

By Ross Salese
October 8, 2009

Phils prepare for rematch

As the Phillies prepare for their NLDS match up with the Colorado Rockies, players refuse to say they are looking for revenge. The 2007 NLDS between the two teams ended with the Rockies advancing in a convincing manner. The Phillies have changed considerably from 2007. On top of having a World Series title, half of the current roster wasn’t a part of the team in 2007. Additionally Brad Lidge, Cliff Lee and Jason Werth are all big time performers for the 2009 team. The Rockies came into the 2007 NLDS winning 14 out of 15 games, the hottest team in the majors.

Brent Celek, Mr. September

Fresh off an eight-reception 104-yard performance in a win against the Chiefs, fans may start to forget about the Eagles’ tight end questions. Celek is the first Eagles tight end since Pete Retzlaff in 1965 to record back-to-back 100-yard games. He has led the Eagles in receptions the last four games dating back to last year’s NFC championship game when he reeled in two touchdowns. Celek has been so good that he has had the best September in Eagles’ history for a tight end. Last year’s best tight-end Tony Gonzales had four less receptions and 69 yards this time last season. Celek attributes his early season success to devoting his off-season to football. Celek is on pace for a 11-touchdown 1300-yard season, although those numbers are inflated due to Celek only playing three games. His performance so far has showed promise for a great season.

Playoff before the playoffs

One hundred and sixty two games have been played and there still isn’t an American League central winner. A one-game playoff between the Minnesota Twins and the Detroit Tigers will be played, to determine who gets to play October baseball. The 86-76 Tigers beat the Chicago White Sox 5-3 on Sunday. Afterwards the team settled in front of the television to root on the Royals who were destroyed by the Twins 13-4 to force the one game playoff scheduled for Tuesday in Minnesota. Whichever team wins, their playoff berth might be short lived. The Yankees await the winner of the playoff.

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