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Philly2Philly's Two Minute Drill: Michael Vick and Eagles, Roy Halladay wins Cy Young, Juan Samuel and Ryne Sandberg return, Flyers come back to earth

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Joe Vallee's TWO MINUTE DRILL

The good people at P2P have decided to give you our humorous yet accurate (at least we think so) thoughts on some local sports topics in a brief 120 seconds. It really shouldn't take any longer than that to read. And if it does, "I really need to do a better job of putting my readers in a better position to read faster."


Michael Vick playing his best football EVER for the Eagles

 

Maybe it was Michael Vick's two years in jail that made him realize HOW to play SMART football. Either way, it's one thing to KNOW what to do, it's another to actually DO it, and Michael Vick is playing better football than anyone in the NFL right now. The Eagles' 59 points against the Redkins Monday night was the second highest total in team history. Vick led the way with six touchdowns. Don't look now, but this particular Eagles squad is on pace to outscore the 2004 NFC Conference Champions in points and total yards.

It's not like I spit venom when he's on screen, but I must admit, rooting for Vick is still not the easiest thing to do to. Some people tell me I should get over what he did. Oddly enough, those people have never owned an animal in their lives. But I digress as this is not the place for a rant.

I root for the Philadelphia Eagles team. Always have. Always will. And none of those other guys should be held in contempt for his actions. Vick is playing great football right now, he is the best quarterback for this team, and I am excited to see what this Eagles team has the potential to do with him at the helm. However, I'm not annointing them a Super Bowl team just yet. They have a tough game against the Giants this Sunday, and I still hold their defense in question. There is such parity in the NFL in 2010, but the Eagles need to at least get to the playoffs before we start talking Super Bowl. Too often we have seen teams peak way too early. Let's hope Vick and Co. aren't one of those teams.

Halladay takes home second Cy Young

To nobody's surprise, the Phillies' Roy Halladay was the unanimous choice for the NL 2010 Cy Young Award. Halladay's season included of a perfect game, a no-hitter in the playoffs, and a league leading 21 victories. St. Louis' Adam Wainwright finished second and Colorado's Ubaldo Jimenez finished third.

Halladay becomes the fourth Phillies pitcher to win the Cy Young Award. Joining Steve Carlton (1972,'77,'80',82), John Denny (1983), and Steve Bedrosian (1987) as the only Phillies pitchers to ever receive the award.

This is Halladay's second Cy Young Award and he becomes only the fifth pitcher in baseball history to win the award in both leagues. While Halladay clearly deserved his hardware, this is kind of bittersweet. I'm sure Halladay as well as the entire Delaware Valley would exchange this award for another shiny World Championship Trophy.

Ryne Sandberg and Juan Samuel return to the PhilliesAll you can say is....DAMN IT!!!  Photo: http://www.gameuseduniverse.com/vb_forum/attachment.php?attachmentid=13365&stc=1&d=1209761656

In a move that seems to be about 30 years too late, Hall of Famer and former Phillies infielder (Hey, he did score ONE run with the 1981 Phillies) Ryne Sandberg's  career has come full circle. He has rejoined the Phillies' organization as manager of the Lehigh Valley IronPigs, the Phillies' Triple-A affiliate. Sandberg, who was considered a possible candidate for the Cubs' managerial position. However, when the Cubs retained interim manager Mike Quade, Sandberg left the Cubs to join the Phillies.

You have to give Sandberg credit. He didn't burn any bridges with the Cubs, and he is paying his dues in the minor leagues. Many players of his caliber feel that a major league coaching position is owed to them, but Sandberg has been coaching at different minor league levels since 2007. There is even talk that Sandberg could be a candidate to replace Charlie Manuel as the Phillies' skipper whenever Manuel decides to retire (and trust me, Manuel will be allowed to leave on HIS terms). We shall see.

After a 21-year hiatus, Phillies Wall of Famer Juan Samuel has returned to the Phillies as the team's third base coach. It was reported that Samuel would replace Davey Lopes at first base, but in the last few days, it was announced that he is now coaching third base, with Sam Perlozzo taking over at first base. Go figure....

When you look at Sandberg and Samuel, it really is the tale of two former Phillies prospects. Think of it as two friends who grew up next door to each other, but one of the friends became a movie star, the other friend made commercials. I LOVED to watch Samuel as a kid. But let's face it: who would YOU have rather kept? To be fair, the Phillies franchise went to two World Series over the course of Sandberg's career with Chicago. Two more than Sandberg and the Cubs participated in. I know it's a weak argument, but it makes me feel better.

In another ironic twist, there is a rumor that the Phils are trying to bring Mickey Morandini back to the organization as well. Oddly enough, it was Morandini who replaced Sandberg in Chicago following his second retirement in 1997. Talk about things coming full circle..........

Flyers are human after all

The Flyers lost for only the second time in their last eleven games as they fell to Montreal 3-0 Tuesday. You couldn't help but think that the Canadiens had a little extra incentive for this game. After all, the Flyers manhandled them in last year's Eastern Conference Finals.

Despite the loss, rookie Sergei Bobrovsky continues to play well, and you have to be excited about the Flyers' overall play so far in the 2010-2011 season. Jeff Carter was signed to a contract extension Saturday, so the core of this young group should be together for a long while. To be honest, it's great that the Flyers are playing the way they are, but as we noticed last year, none of this means anything until May and hopefully June.

Also to nobody's surprise, the Sixers lost again........................

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GAME OVER

Contact Joe Vallee at jvallee@philly2philly.com

Vick photo: Geoff Burke / US Presswire

Sandberg Photo: http://www.gameuseduniverse.com/vb_forum/attachment.php?attachmentid=13365&stc=1&d=1209761656