Sunday, April 27, 2008

36 hours of bliss

I hope you were paying attention this weekend, because we got to experience a rarity in Philadelphia sports: 36 straight hours of unadulterated, positive news.

Friday, 9:30 p.m. -- The Sixers put the finishing touches on a 20-point drubbing of the second-seeded Pistons in the biggest upset of the NBA playoffs this year.

Friday, 10 p.m. -- Phillies closer Brad Lidge pitches a perfect ninth inning to stop a Pirates comeback and lead the good guys to a 6-5 victory.

Saturday, 10 a.m. -- Eagles CB Lito Sheppard still not traded.

Saturday, 3 p.m. -- Awesome Cup champion Kid SmartyPants arrives at the annual Draftsgiving party in an Eagles shirt, in a bid to share his winning touch with the team.

Saturday, 5 p.m. -- In lieu of picking an O-lineman, the Eagles trade their first-round pick to Carolina for their 2009 first-rounder and two more 2008 picks.

Saturday, 7:15 p.m. -- Phillies 1B Ryan Howard hits a first-inning, two-run homer to break out of a personal slump and help lead the Phils to a 8-4 victory.

Saturday, 8 p.m. -- Two picks after drafting yet another defensive tackle, the Eagles draft WR/KR DeSean Jackson, who was projected to go hours earlier.

Saturday, 10 p.m. -- The Flyers finish off their upset win over the top-seeded Canadiens, their first win this season over Montreal.

Sunday, 12 a.m. -- Eagles CB Lito Sheppard still not traded.

Sunday, 10:30 a.m. -- ESPN announces the Eagles in the third-round drafted DE Bryan Smith, a player "vastly undersized for a defensive end," thus ending the string of good news.

But if you were going to ask for nothing but good news for Philly teams, you couldn't pick a better day than Draftsgiving.

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