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Couch Side Podcast — Episode 29: Wiki, Wiki Wildcard

Couch Side co-host Craig Paul (right) gives fellow host Wade McMillin a titty twister minutes before they start recording the podcast.

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Couch Side hosts Wade McMillin and Craig Paul are back for another football heavy episode with a baseball twist. The duo discuss Week two of the NFL regular season and preview what could be an exciting Week three. In the big picture, our hosts examine the National League Wildcard and how baseball is a better game with its expanded playoff system. Click below to start downloading, streaming or subscribing to the Couch Side podcast!

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MLB playoffs: Don’t count out the Phillies just yet

Philadelphia Phillies fans would be up in arms if some how their team snuck into the playoffs after a disastrous first half of the season. Photo by: Keith Allison / Flickr


Dare I say I believe in the Philadelphia Phillies?

Philadelphia does too, apparently. Despite the NFL season starting up and many Philly fans shifting their fandom into the usual griping about Andy Reid’s atrocious play calling and Michael Vick, the Phightin Phils are staying relevant.

Expectations in March were nothing short of contending in the East while Ryan Howard and Chase Utley rehabbed their way back into the lineup, and they’d let the pitching staff carry the load. Much to the surprise of everyone, the offense was nothing short of awful for much of the season, Cliff Lee couldn’t buy a win, and Roy Halladay was struggling.

By the All-Star break, this team was dead and buried, they had traded popular Shane Victorino and Hunter Pence, the pitching staff was up and down, and the investment in Jonathan Papelbon wasn’t quite working out.

With a 3-1 win earlier Wednesday over the Miami Marlins led by embattled ace Lee, the Phillies are a game over .500 at 72-71 and seemingly have new life. Is this surge the result of the players putting their foot down and deciding to play like the team that led baseball with 102 victories, or the convenience of having a healthy Howard, Utley, and Halladay healthy at the time? (more…)