Robert Dougherty

Robert Dougherty

Author of a trilogy of Lost books, concluding with "Lost: It Only Ends Once" now available at Amazon and iUniverse.

Readers can now go to my Yahoo Sports section to see the majority of my new stories.

Have now been quoted in the Columbus Dispatch's "How the golden voice video went viral" story on January 8.

Expertise: News, television, movies, pop culture, Lost, sports

Wrote the Sports Illustrated Guide to Philadelphia Sports in 2010, at

Was interviewed on CNN's "The Situation Room" in 2009:

Ranked No. 5 all time in AC page view numbers.

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Named 2010's Most Intriging Writer about Movies by Charlotte Kuchinsky, at
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  • 'Snowpiercer' Review
    Critics spent last weekend destroying Michael Bay and his robots, while wishing we would find refuse from Korean director Bong Joon-Ho, his post-apocalyptic train "Snowpiercer" and the action packed, brutal and ultimately devastating class warfare within.
  • Can VUSE E-Cigarette Help R.J. Reynolds Transform Tobacco Industry?
    Starting on June 23, R.J. Reynolds set to change the cigarette industry and consumers smoking habits, with its new VUSE e-cigarette. Five days earlier, their Vapor Company President and VP plugged VUSE in Philadelphia, which now carries it in 520 outlets.
  • Bob's Burgers: The True Heir to the Simpsons' Animated Throne
    Animated shows have tried to match "The Simpsons" for over 20 years, as Seth MacFarlane made a career out of it. Yet their actual heir is on FOX, but has no ties to MacFarlane, as "Bob's Burgers" embodies the true lessons of the Simpsons' heyday.
  • 'Transformers: Age of Extinction' Review
    Michael Bay's semi-reboot of Transformers has even more poorly handled human leads, at least three groups of villains and the usual mega destruction of major cities. But it might not have been so bad if there wasn't over 160 minutes of it.
  • First Half of Summer Movie Season Off to Surprisingly Blazing Start
    By this point in summer, the multiplexes are filled with bloated, disappointing spectacles. Yet at the halfway point, the majority of summer films have been pleasant, hit surprises with critical approval - but is there enough left for the second half?
  • How 'Frozen' and 'The Lego Movie' Both Took Moviegoers by Storm
    "Frozen" and "The Lego Movie" are the biggest animated hits in recent memory. They both did it by defying low expectations, keeping the best bits from trailers, making infectious theme songs, satirizing their own formulas, having surprise endings and more
  • Adam Sandler, Tom Cruise No Longer Able to Headline an Opening Weekend
    In old days, Adam Sandler would never have his movies open as sacrificial lambs to the X-Men, and an acclaimed Tom Cruise sci-fi epic wouldn't get blown out on opening weekend by tear-jerking teens. But these are new days for the old box office champs.
  • '22 Jump Street' Review
    Comedy sequels are usually ill-advised ideas - but Phil Lord and Christopher Miller are masters with ill-advised ideas. They did it with 21 Jump Street and The Lego Movie, and do it for much of 22 Jump Street with even more self-mockery than usual.
  • 'How to Train Your Dragon', '21 Jump Street' Sequels Hold Surprising, Fitting Showdown
    'How To Train Your Dragon' defied the usual DreamWorks formula to make it big, just as '21 Jump Street' defied all creative and commercial expectations. So fittingly, their sequels - which may be even bigger critical hits - are opening against each other.
  • 'Edge of Tomorrow' Review
    In the process of having aliens and Emily Blunt take turns killing a cowardly Tom Cruise more than ever before, Doug Liman makes 'Edge of Tomorrow' the most inventive mash-up of 'Groundhog Day,' video games and World War II in recent memory.
  • Is Disney Turning Legendary Female Villains Into Fatal Attraction Knockoffs?
    Disney's reimagining of Maleficent appears to say the legendary villainess really turned evil because she fell for the wrong man - like Disney's Wicked Witch of the West did. But such origins may be more suited for the age of Fatal Attraction than Frozen.
  • 'Orange is the New Black' Full Season 2 Review
    This weekend has been set aside for binge watching Netflix's returning champion 'Orange is the New Black.' The latest 13 episodes at Litchfield Prison have even more conflict, less Piper, more heartbreaking backstories and more crazy, desperate behavior.
  • 'X-Men: Days of Future Past' Review
    Bryan Singer gave birth to the X-Men films, and sparked their decline when he didn't end the first trilogy. Yet he returned just as the ship righted itself, in time to adapt the famed "Days of Future Past" story - a break he has the sense not to mess up.
  • Seth Rogen's Vast Generosity With His Co-Stars
    Seth Rogen has headlined a fair share of hits, including the new surprise success "Neighbors." Yet Zac Efron and Rose Byrne were the real stars of the show, continuing a tradition where Rogen winds up helping others steal his movies from him.
  • Ranking the Marvel Cinematic Universe
    Marvel Studios have created a cinematic universe onto itself, consisting of nine movies and several superheroes. This is a ranking of the best and worst efforts so far, with a year to go before Marvel's biggest installment yet.
  • 'Godzilla' Review
    Godzilla's 60'th anniversary brings a new vision with chills and often stunning attacks, due to director Gareth Edwards. But a lack of balance between the buildup and payoff, and a lack of screen time for the title monster, stall him more than humans can.
  • 'The Amazing Spider-Man 2' Review
    The second Spider-Man 2 in 10 years resembles Marc Webb's first Spider-Man more than Sam Raimi's second - with the same missed opportunities, inconsistent tone, perfect star couple, occasional soaring heights and teasers for something better next time.
  • 'Neighbors' Review
    The first comedy hit of the summer puts the sensibilities of a frat movie and a filthy Judd Apatow comedy in the same neighborhood. The best of both outweigh the worst, with new wrinkles from Zac Efron and especially Rose Byrne to put it over the top.
  • Parks and Recreation Can Go Out on Top Exactly Like 30 Rock Did
    Tina Fey's 30 Rock had a slow start, then became a classic, then stumbled in later seasons, but ended brilliantly again and went out on top after seven years. Now her best friend Amy Poehler can finish the exact same pattern with Parks and Recreation.
  • 'Captain America: The Winter Soldier' Review
    The latest Marvel sequel/set up for the next Avengers puts Captain America in direct conflict with his past and present, leading to a fight to stop a deadly future. However, the future looks bolder and better for the Marvel cinematic universe as a result.
  • 'Parks and Recreation': The Safest Show Left for Shippers
    The last month has torn apart countless TV relationships. But between the horrific "How I Met Your Mother" finale, the trainwrecks on "Community" and the breakups on FOX Tuesday nights, "Parks and Recreation" has been a rare source of comfort for shippers
  • WNBA Legend Tamika Catchings Continues Off-Court Legacy
    WNBA/Tennessee legend Tamika Catchings has won at every level on the court, yet has done even greater work off it. This includes her work with the AllState Good Works Team, which honors 10 special citizen-athletes in women's college basketball.
  • 'Her' Review
    Spike Jonze's "Her" poignantly presents a world where love between a lonely man and an automated computed system is possible, not so unusual -- and as fraught with human complications, pain and bittersweet joy as any strictly human connection.
  • 'American Hustle' Review
    David O. Russell has gotten more from Christian Bale, Bradley Cooper, Amy Adams and Jennifer Lawrence than anyone else. Yet the greatness he gets anew from Bale, Cooper, Lawrence and especially Adams only lifts up the merely good 'American Hustle'
  • 'Frozen' Review
    The rotten marketing for "Frozen" makes it look like a second rate Disney film about a talking snowman. Instead, the actual movie is a kind of sad, kind of satirical tale of two unique princess sisters - with the requisite laughs, magic and big songs.
  • 'The Hunger Games: Catching Fire' Review
    "The Hunger Games" launched Jennifer Lawrence and Katniss Everdeen into cultural icons. Yet with another Lawrence at the helm, "Catching Fire" expands the scope, stakes and unrest of Panem - and Katniss - in even deeper ways.
  • Showtime's Signature Programs Are Sinking Their Network
    Showtime started becoming a cable power with Dexter, then rose to the Emmys when Homeland broke out. But the disaster of Dexter's finale and the decline of Homeland have sunk Showtime's brand, and overshadowed the good shows it still has left.
  • Oscar Race Builds Up with Only Two Real Question Marks Left
    The Oscar race is still building up, but virtually every single frontrunner or potential challenger has been seen in some way. In fact, there are only two movies left that haven't really been seen by anyone, leaving the field only mostly settled already.
  • 3D Only Useful from Masters like Cameron, Scorsese, Lee and Cuaron
    3D is everywhere in movies now, yet the vast majority of films with them fail to justify it. There are only four movies since 2009 to really exploit 3D, including Gravity - and its no coincidence that four of our best directors in any dimension made them.
  • '12 Years a Slave' Review
    '12 Years A Slave' might be oversold as an historic masterpiece, yet it is certainly oversold as too hard to watch. Its brutality comes from more unsettling means than mere beatings, thanks to Steve McQueen's unblinking eye and his three much rawer leads.
  • 'Gravity' IMAX 3D Review
    The hype and hyperbole over the experience of 'Gravity' in IMAX 3D may seem hard to believe, and easy to nitpick. But for 90+ minutes in an IMAX 3D theater, Alfonso Cuaron - with assistance from Sandra Bullock -- makes it more believable.
  • 'Captain Phillips' Review
    Paul Greengrass is Hollywood's leading re-enactor of terrible, action packed historical events. While the story of "Captain Phillips" isn't as harrowing or important as "United 93" Greengrass and Tom Hanks work every nerve in making it come close.
  • How Breaking Bad Threw Off the Curve for TV Drama - and Its Own Finale
    The brutal, uncompromising final stretch of Breaking Bad - and the five years before it - exposed the weakness and lack of guts from most other TV dramas by comparison. But ironically, it might have also thrown off the curve for its own final episode too.
  • 'Rush' Review
    Pairing Ron Howard with a true life sports movie about a famous rivalry may make audiences think 'Rush' is a typical, inspirational biopic. But the actual story of 1970s Formula One rivals James Hunt and Niki Lauda irons out Howard's uplifting impulses.
  • Ranking Breaking Bad's First 61 Hours: Episodes 10-1
    The last part of a series that ranks all the episodes of Breaking Bad in order, from comparative worst to best, until the final hour takes its place among the previous 61. The top 10 best episodes follow within.
  • Ranking Breaking Bad's First 61 Hours: Episodes 20-11
    Part 5 of a series that ranks all the episodes of Breaking Bad in order, from comparative worst to best, until the final hour takes its place among the previous 61. The 20'th to 11'th best episodes follow within.
  • Ranking Breaking Bad's First 61 Hours: Episodes 30-21
    Part 4 of a series that ranks all the episodes of Breaking Bad in order, from comparative worst to best, until the final hour takes its place among the previous 61. The 30'th to 21'st best episodes follow within.
  • Ranking Breaking Bad's First 61 Hours: Episodes 40-31
    Part 3 of a series that ranks all the episodes of Breaking Bad in order, from comparative worst to best, until the final hour takes its place among the previous 61. The 40'th to 31'st best episodes follow within.
  • Aaron Paul's Best Bets for His First Post-Breaking Bad Guest Spot
    Eventually, Aaron Paul will likely be a regular on TV again after Breaking Bad ends, even if he will never have a character like Jesse Pinkman again. But until then, five existing shows can help him dip his toes back into TV for a guest spot or two.
  • Ranking Breaking Bad's First 61 Hours: Episodes 50-41
    Part 2 of a series that ranks all the episodes of Breaking Bad in order, from comparative worst to best, until the final hour takes its place among the previous 61. The 50'th to 41'st best episodes follow within.
  • Ranking Breaking Bad's First 61 Hours: Episodes 61-51
    Part 1 of a series that ranks all the episodes of Breaking Bad in order, from comparative worst to best, until the final hour takes its place among the previous 61. The 11 worst are listed first.
  • Five Weekends of Quality Movies May Actually Be at Hand
    The summer movie season was filled with divisive, disappointing blockbusters. As usual, many movie goers are waiting for Oscar season for relief - but they may be rewarded sooner with five straight weekends of films that already have raves and Oscar buzz.
  • Chip Kelly's Predecessors and Their First Seasons as Eagles Coaches
    Chip Kelly has a lot of work to do to make the Eagles a contender again over the next few years. But first he has to make Philadelphia improve in his first season, which many of his predecessors were able to do right away, even if they flamed out later.
  • 2013 Emmys: Best Drama Filled With Big Shows, Flawed Seasons
    The six nominees for Best Drama at the Emmys are six of the most popular, talked-about series on television. But for all the hype around these shows, none of them really had their best season this past year, which makes the race more anticlimactic.
  • Charlie Manuel and Philadelphia's Other Coaching Champions
    Charlie Manuel leaves Philadelphia not just as the Phillies second championship winning manager, but as only one of seven men to lead Philadelphia's current pro teams to titles. Some lasted a long time in doing so, while others came and went in quickly.
  • Breaking Bad: The True Moment of Heisenberg's Birth
    Breaking Bad fans can debate when Walter White truly turned bad - whether it was in the pilot, when he first committed murder or when he first let someone die. But the real moment when Walt died and Heisenberg took over for good wasn't until Season Three.
  • Breaking Bad: Should Fans Start Hating Jesse like They Hate Skyler?
    The end of "Breaking Bad" has made everyone celebrate the show, yet most refuse to celebrate Skyler White for nagging against Walt, his business and his evil deeds. By that logic, these fans should be consistent and start hating beloved Jesse Pinkman too.
  • "Breaking Bad"'s High Tolerance for Improvisation
    If things always went to their original plan on "Breaking Bad" the majority of its legacy would be different - and not just because Jesse would have died in Season One. Improvising and changing plans are really what made Walter White and his show legends.
  • Breaking Bad's Most Epic Showdowns, Monologues
    Breaking Bad is built on extremely long showdowns and monologues as much as blue meth, porkpie hats and moral downfalls. Here's a list of the most epic battles in the first four-and-a-half seasons.
  • 'Man of Steel' Review
    Superman fans are pouncing on Zack Snyder for making their 'Man of Steel' and his new movie like one of producer Christopher Nolan's humorless, violent Batman films. But the real crime is that Snyder can't match Nolan's depth in darkness or action.
  • The Mixed Efforts of Movies, TV to Hide Spoilers and Villains
    'Game of Thrones' just spawned a major debate about keeping spoilers and major secrets. Yet in the movie world, 'Oz' 'Star Trek Into Darkness' and 'Iron Man 3' had the same recent issue with their spoilers and villains, with much more mixed results.
  • Zack Snyder in Nearly No-Win Scenario with 'Man of Steel'
    If 'Man Of Steel' disappoints, director Zack Snyder will likely get blamed, as he did from those who hated '300' and 'Watchmen.' Yet even if it hits with critics and audiences, the best Snyder can do may be to share credit with producer Christopher Nolan.
  • Have Christopher Nolan's Dark Superheroics Run Their Course?
    While Christopher Nolan is only producing 'Man of Steel' it looks every bit like his usual intense, brutal, psychological epics. Is that still the future of superhero movies, or has Nolan lost ground to Marvel's lighter fare?
  • How Summer 2013 is Rebooting the Biggest Villains of the Early '80s
    Although it is 2013, 'Star Trek Into Darkness' went back to 1982 in rebooting one of that era's biggest villains, with a more gritty take - if not more iconic. But soon "Man of Steel" will use the same formula in resurrecting General Zod after 32 years.
  • 'Fast and the Furious 6' Review
    One of the most improbable franchises in memory has achieved the more unlikely feat of getting better in its fifth and sixth movies. "Fast and the Furious 6" is less of a guilty pleasure than "Fast Five" but the epic crashes and chases are still there.
  • 'Arrested Development' Season 4 Netflix Review
    It took 7 1/2 hours to watch the entire new season of "Arrested Development" today - but it will take even longer to sort out each plot point and foreshadowing, and sort out how much of it works overall. But some parts instantly work more than others.
  • 'Star Trek into Darkness' Review
    J.J. Abrams rewrote Star Trek history four years ago, yet saved the franchise anyway. "Star Trek Into Darkness" takes a different approach, in a way that has many strengths - but which can also be weaknesses as well. Spoilers within.
  • Warriors Recover from Game 1 Heartbreak Just like Grizzlies: A Fan's Take
    The Grizzlies and Warriors were already huge underdogs to the Thunder and Spurs before coughing up Game 1 upsets. But instead of crumbling afterwards, the Grizzlies got their upset in Game 2, then the Warriors had an even greater recovery in San Antonio.
  • 'Iron Man 3' Review
    Once again Iron Man kicks off the summer - this time with a threequel that often resembles one of writer/director Shane Black's 80's and 90's action movies. But that may not be good for everyone, depending on how some big twists land.
  • 'Zero Dark Thirty' Review
    In 3,000 words, I examine ‘Zero Dark Thirty’’s torture treatment, praise its reenactment of the rest of the hunt for Osama bin Laden, analyze how it reflects America’s post 9/11 journey, and hail Jessica Chastain for humanizing it all.
  • 'Django Unchained' Review
    Quentin Tarantino's latest history rewrite has an ex-slave taking down the South's vilest slave owner. But while "Django Unchained" has Tarantino's usual verbal, violent fireworks and dynamite cast, the bar from his greatest hits is too high.
  • 'Les Miserables' Review
    'Les Miserables' soars when it focuses on the heartwrenching story of Jean Valjean, the heartwrenching work of Hugh Jackman and Anne Hathaway, and the iconic musical cues. However, director Tom Hooper puts way too much more into the mix.
  • 'Silver Linings Playbook' Review
    To this native Philadelphian, 'Silver Linings Playbook' is tailor made for me with its look at mentally disturbed Philly residents and Eagles fans. But it still might have fallen short without Jennifer Lawrence lighting up the screen with Bradley Cooper.
  • 'Lincoln' Review
    Steven Spielberg and Daniel Day-Lewis make 'Lincoln' unlike anything they've done before - and show the Emancipator's fight to end slavery like never before on film. While the movie is a talky slow-burn, its weight and power becomes crushing over time.
  • "Flight" Review
    Robert Zemeckis hasn't worked on non-motion capture movies in a decade - and Denzel Washington hasn't had a real juicy part in about that time either. But they both return to form, in different ways than usual, in their bumpy "Flight' together.
  • "Skyfall" Review
    The 50'th anniversary tribute to James Bond pays homage to Bond and calls him over the hill - though it's too early to apply that to Daniel Craig. Yet "Skyfall" delivers the old Bond thrills in a new, unlikely fashion from unlikely director Sam Mendes.
  • Celtics' Stars Come Through Just Enough to Beat Wizards: A Fan's Outlook
    The Celtics struggled once again to beat the Wizards, but their stars all played a part in helping them survive. Brandon Bass, Kevin Garnett, Rajon Rondo, Jason Terry and even a struggling Paul Pierce all managed to do just enough.
  • Celtics Survive Latest Surprising Rollercoaster with Wizards: A Fan's Recap
    For the second straight time, the Celtics had to fight and claw to beat the Wizards, of all teams. But once again, the Celtics survived although it took five extra minutes to do it. However, more consistency may be needed at some point.
  • 76ers Offense Slightly Less of a Problem Against Hornets: A Fan's Analysis
    The 76ers don't usually win with offense, yet that proved to be a pretty big problem against the Knicks this week. It was also a problem against the Hornets last night as well - but not a big problem since the Hornets only had 62 points of their own.
  • 76ers Get Back to Being Carried by Defense in New Orleans: A Fan's Analysis
    The 76ers were let down big by their defense in two straight losses to the Knicks. But when they face a team that can't run up the score, like the Hornets, the Sixers make out better - as they did in a 77-62 victory at New Orleans.
  • Eagles-Cowboys Showdown Turns into 'Elimination Bowl': A Fan's Take
    In the old days, the Eagles and Cowboys used to have high stakes when they played together. But with both teams at 3-5, this Sunday's game will mainly determine who has lost their season first - although both of them probably already have.
  • Eagles Inspiring More Indifference Than Passion Now: A Fan's Outlook
    Despite an embarassing loss on Monday night, Philadelphia isn't calling out for Michael Vick and Andy Reid's heads more than usual. Since it appears that even firing them won't save this season now, indifference is starting to settle into Philly.
  • Celtics Need Much Stronger Performance Against Wizards: A Fan's Preview
    The Celtics struggled much more than they should have to put away the Wizards for their first win last Saturday. After a few days off, things should presumably go better for the Celtics in tonight's rematch at the Garden.
  • 76ers, Hornets Are Each Missing Their Centers of the Future: A Fan's Take
    Ideally, tonight's 76ers-Hornets game would be a true showdown between established star Andrew Bynum and star center of the future Anthony Davis. Instead, the Sixers and Hornets are each just trying to survive right now without their big man saviors.
  • Eagles Can't Take Advantage of Weak NFC East yet Again: A Fan's Analysis
    Last year, the Eagles were a win away from winning the NFC East at 9-7 and stopping the eventual world champions. This year, the NFC East is pretty weak again, with the Eagles in second place at 3-5 and still unable to take full advantage.
  • Eagles Barely in Top 20 of Week 10 NFL Power Rankings: A Fan's Outlook
    With every loss, the Eagles drop to a pretty low point in the NFL power rankings. Going into Week 10, the Birds are lucky to even be a top 20 team, although there's plenty more room to fall with another few losses.
  • Knicks Take Decisive Leap Forward Over 76ers: A Fan's Perspective
    The 76ers and Nets were hyped as the biggest Atlantic Division challengers to the Celtics, with the Knicks largely dismissed. But the Sixers can't dismiss them anymore after being blown out by them twice in under 48 hours.
  • 76ers Do Even Worse Against Knicks at Home: A Fan's Recap
    The 76ers were fairly lousy in their first game against the Knicks, but the rematch at home should have gone much better. Instead they were destroyed even worse, as the Knicks lit up the nets and cruised to their second straight blowout over the Sixers.
  • Eagles Actually Make Saints Defense, Running Game Look Good: A Fan's Analysis
    Since the Saints have no defense and have no real help for Drew Brees, the Eagles should have taken advantage last night. But instead, they made the Saints' defense look good -- in the red zone anyway - and were torn apart by three running backs as well.
  • Eagles Suffer Most Illogical Defeat yet to Saints: A Fan's Take
    The Eagles actually ran the ball, drove into the red zone countless times, and actually forced turnovers against a 2-5 Saints team last night. And yet they never stood a chance, as their inexplicable woes continued in a backbreaking 28-13 loss.
  • Anthony Sets Knicks Apart from Bynum-Less 76ers: A Fan's Outlook
    Both the Knicks and 76ers are missing big name players as they meet for a home-and-home series. But the Knicks still have Carmelo Anthony- an Anthony who's been on fire to start this season - and he is putting the Knicks a step ahead of the Sixers.
  • 76ers Defense Far from Enough Against Knicks' Offense: A Fan's Recap
    The 76ers usually win games with defense, but it doesn't work as well against a hot offensive team. The Knicks have been such a club in these opening days, which they proved by running over the Sixers to start their home-and-home series.
  • Vick Must Save Eagles like McNabb Did in 2008: A Fan's Analysis
    In 2008, Donovan McNabb was almost run out of Philadelphia, until a brilliant performance on Thanksgiving night triggered his last Super Bowl run. Four years later, Michael Vick needs a similarly brilliant prime time game to save himself and the Eagles.
  • Vick Has No Case to Blame Media for Eagles' Turmoil: A Fan's Take
    Michael Vick accused the media of creating more turmoil for the Eagles this season. But the media isn't the one who said that the Eagles had a potential dynasty in training camp - Vick was. Therefore, there are better things to blame for him being wrong.
  • Celtics Not Better Off Without Allen so Far: A Fan's Analysis
    The Celtics thought they'd be okay with only losing Ray Allen this summer, yet it hasn't turned out well so far. While they struggled in the opening week, Allen has already made a splash with the Heat, especially with a winning four-point play last night.
  • Celtics Struggle More Than They Should for Their First Win: A Fan's Recap
    The Celtics thoroughly shut the Wizards down at the beginning and the end of their game last night. But the moments in between were what almost cost them, as Boston needed to rely on defense just to escape with their first win of the year.
  • 76ers, Knicks Stage an Early Statement Series: A Fan’s Preview
    The 76ers and Knicks each have goals to overtake the Celtics this season, and each has a nice opening game win to start off. Now a home-and-home series starting in New York today will start to show who the Celtics’ top challenger is.
  • Can Eagles Keep Up Their Winning Ways in Election Years?: A Fan’s Analysis
    Since 1988, the Eagles have made the playoffs right after every presidential election, and even went to the Super Bowl in 2004 and the NFC title game in 2008. By that logic, there’s still time for the 2012 Eagles to avoid getting voted out as well.
  • Eagles Hope for Improved NFC Playoff Picture Before Saints Game: A Fan’s Preview
    The Eagles technically have nothing to do today before their Monday night battle in New Orleans tomorrow. But their playoff standing will still be affected before then, as several teams in front of them in the wild card chase battle it out.
  • Celtics Continue Ice Cold Start in Home Opener Loss: A Fan's Outlook
    Losing to the Heat on opening night was excusable for the Celtics, if not disappointing. But coming out flat in their home opener against the lowly Bucks was more troubling, as the Celtics scored only 30 first half points and never really caught fire.
  • Can 76ers Handle a Full 82-Game Grind?: A Fan’s Perspective
    Last year’s 76ers started on a tear, yet got cold in the second half – and if the season went longer than 66 games, they could have kept slumping long enough to miss the playoffs. But will this year’s team better endure a full 82-game docket?
  • Can Asomugha Ever Stop the Bleeding in Philadelphia?: A Fan's Take
    The beginning of the Nnamdi Asomugha era in Philadelphia brought a lot of Super Bowl-worthy hype. Yet things keep going from bad to worse for Asomugha and the Eagles, with his failed coverage of Julio Jones last week symbolizing rock bottom.
  • Eagles Must Start One of Their Customary Second Half Rallies Now: A Fan's Analysis
    The Eagles are fairly relieved that the first half of the season is almost over. Traditionally, they've done much better in the second half, and they'll need to do it again to save Andy Reid - and they need to get started right now.
  • Celtics Look to Stay Ahead of Teams Other Than Heat: A Fan's Take
    The Celtics will measure themselves against the Heat all season, yet they won't face them again for months. As such, they have to focus on staying ahead of non-Heat competition, starting with tonight's home opener against the Bucks.
  • 76ers Lock Up Holiday as Pillar of Their Future: A Fan's Outlook
    The 76ers are building a big future with Andrew Bynum, but he isn't guaranteed to stay beyond this season. However, thanks to a deal right after the season opener, the equally valuable Jrue Holiday will lead the Sixers for the next four years regardless.
  • 76ers Need Next 25 Years to Go Better Than Last 25: A Fan's Outlook
    The 76ers are honoring their 50'th anniversary in Philadelphia, yet most of their real highlights have come in their first 25 seasons. Hopefully, the next 25 years will go much better and offer fresh highlights to honor their 75'th anniversary season.
  • Eagles, Saints Paying the Price for Self-Inflicted Wounds: A Fan's Analysis
    The Eagles and Saints are used to being top contenders, yet they have each sunken to the depths this season - in each case, due to self-inflicted wounds like 'Bountygate' in New Orleans, and trusting Andy Reid and Michael Vick in Philadelphia.
  • Do Vick, Eagles Have Enough to Keep Up with Brees, Saints?: A Fan's Outlook
    The Saints and Drew Brees may not be very strong right now, yet Brees is still as deadly as ever. At the least, Michael Vick will need to be at his very best to keep up with Brees this Monday night - which may be too tall of an order right now.
  • Flyers May Have Hosted Last Winter Classic Until 2014: A Fan's Perspective
    The Flyers hosted the fifth annual Winter Classic on New Years 2012 - and the next one may not take place until New Years 2014. If that's the case, then the Flyers-Rangers Winter Classic will have been the last one of a golden era.
  • Hawes Reminds 76ers They Have More Than One Big Man: A Fan's Outlook
    All of the 76ers' hype was tied to Andrew Bynum, yet he isn't their only seven-footer. Spencer Hawes was rather valuable last year, and he was even more so in this year's opener, as his offense and defense powered the Sixers past the Nuggets.
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