What Is Early Word? The Philadelphia Inquirer's experimental online "morning show", which began in Sept. 2005, went on hiatus in the summer of 2006, after a gradual shift to putting more of its content directly on Philly.com.
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Tuesday, February 14, 2006
Maximum Heartbreak Theory Is Back in Play Last summer, this Early Word hypothesis predicted the Phillies would tease us down to the wire. Just as the Eagles had in the Super Bowl. And Smarty Jones had the year before. Now's the next chance for fate to crank up the voltage to the torture centers of our brains. Here's the worst-case scenario: The Flyer's best player, Peter Forsberg, suffering from a groin injury, seems destined to cave into homeland pressure and play for Sweden in the Olympics. (See Inquirer story.) Watch: The Swedes will last just long enough for him to aggravate the injury just enough for it to flare up in the playoffs and cost the Flyers a title. I know it sounds pathologically pessimistic ... which is why I wrote to Dr. Phil. See next item.