About Kirk

I grew up in Springfield, Delaware County. From about two-years-old on, sports were my thing. If I wasn't watching them, I was outside in the yard, street, park, wherever, playing them. I had an immediate love for the Flyers and Phillies and have followed both as long as I can remember. I moved to Maine a few years back, chasing a dream to work in sports. I'm still following that dream and Sons of Saxer is the perfect place for that path to continue.

Flyers: Five Games to Watch in 2017-18

It’s only August, but I’m jonesing for some hockey.

Maybe it’s because I basically live in Canada or because watching Game of Thrones has me thinking about ice, but I’m impatiently waiting for the puck to drop on the new season.  So, with about two months to go before the Flyers open up their new campaign, here’s five games to circle on your calendar.

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Game of Thrones: ‘The Queen’s Justice’ React

Episode Three of Season Seven has just aired.  Obviously, if you haven’t watched, stop reading.  There’s spoilers ahead.

The moment we’ve all been waiting for.  Jon and Daenerys.  They would be great together.  But they’re niece and nephew.  I’m not into that Lannister shit.

Davos nearly spilled the beans about Jon’s rebirth.  C’mon, Onion Knight, keep your cool.

Cersei just got her rocks off killing that Sand Snake.  I get why she wanted it.  Still hate her.

Tyron’s quotes.  He’s the man.

Did you see the look Dany gave Jon.  DON’T EVEN THINK ABOUT IT, HE’S YOUR RELATIVE.

I’m surprised they brought Bran back into the fold.  But that was heartwarming.

Bran is creeping me out.  I don’t care if you’re the Three-Eyed Raven, you don’t need to be so creepy.

SAM DID IT.

Slughorn is not amused.  Don’t fuck with the Potions Master, Tarly.  But you didn’t fuck up.  So we good.

You’re still our little bitch.  You’re basically a freshman, but worse.

Casterly Rock is Helm’s Deep, but not as epic.

If the Unsullied are half the warriors they’re supposed to be in the book, they’ll take Casterly Rock with like ten percent casualties.

Damn, I was excited to see the Lannisters go down.  At least we know why they didn’t go balls to the walls with the battle.

Cersei made some smart moves.  This chess match will be incredible.

Queen of Thorns going toe-to-toe with Tyrion for best lines

“I want her to know it was me.”  Olenna, you’re cold. Jamie regrets letting you die peacefully.

I know that’s not a lot, but I’m new at this. Not quite as action-packed as some may hope, but the plot builds further and the story is moving.  The on-coming war will be insane.

Flyers Draft Recap

There’s a lot to dive into here.  Free agency starts in a couple of days, but both the Expansion Draft and Entry Draft happened the last couple of days.  We’ll start with the who Vegas took from the Flyers and move on to who Philly added.

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Phillies MVP: May Edition

After a decent April, I–and I’m sure many other–Phillies fans thought, “hey, maybe this year won’t be terrible.”  Then May happened and I laughed at how foolish my hopes had been.

The month of May resulted in a ghastly 6-22 record with few bright spots.  The only two people that shined at all were two of the younger players on the team–Tommy Joseph and Aaron Altherr.

When I first went to write this, Tommy was going to be my pick for the month’s MVP.  He was slightly outperforming Altherr, but number 23 didn’t fall off the way Joseph did, so he gets the nod.

In the month of May, while the Phillies struggled, hitting just .230 and scoring just 99 runs in 28 games (3.53/game), Altherr was a force to be reckoned with.  He hit .300 in 28 games while knocking in 22 runs.  He had 14 extra base hits, including six long balls, coupled with a .402 on-base percentage.

This compares to a .299 average on the season with eight home runs and 28 RBI.  That means the majority his production came in the second month of the season.

Joseph similarly hit .300 in May, but only knocked in 17 and going deep once more, hitting seven home runs.  The big difference why I chose the six-foot-five outfielder instead though–he was consistent.  Joseph set a torrid pace in the middle of the month, but the last seven days, his average dropped to .200.

I didn’t catch a lot of games, but the ones I did, Altherr was strong in all facets.  He hits the ball hard, he can play defense and he’s smart.

The Phillies had the first day of June off.  We’ll see if Altherr keeps this pace up or, like the team, rockets back to Earth.