Fans Cheer As Sixers Land No. 3 Draft Pick

Last night, hundreds of Sixers fans crowded a Buffalo Wild Wings in the Far Northeast to cheer on the team. Of course, the 76ers aren’t in the playoffs — they’re in the NBA Draft Lottery for the third consecutive season.

That didn’t stop a certain subset of Sixers fans — the ones who believe in general manager Sam Hinkie, and think he’s setting the team up for Spurs-like dominance over a decade or so — from cheering like the Sixers were in the playoffs. The party, held by Sixers blog Liberty Ballers and Spike Eskin’s Sixers podcast, jammed in so many fans people had to tailgate in the parking lot.

The mantra was #OneSixEleven, which was the best possible result in the Lottery for the Sixers. The 76ers wouldn’t get the Lakers’ or Heat’s picks unless each team dropped in the lottery. The best-case scenario would see the Lakers falling to No. 6 and the Heat falling to No. 11. They could also move up to the No. 1 selection in the draft, from No. 3.

This had a .28% chance of happening. Still, the fans at this party didn’t let it get them down that the Sixers didn’t land pick No. 11 or pick No. 6. They were just happy the Sixers stayed at the No. 3 spot. Read more »

Arn Tellem and Franz Lidz Are Going to the Hall of Fame

Arn Tellem and Franz Lidz

Arn Tellem (left) and Franz Lidz (Photos: Courtesy of the Philadelphia Jewish Sports Hall of Fame)

Franz Lidz moved to Penn Valley in 1961 “during a legendary blizzard.” A year later, he struck up a friendship with a boy who had also just moved to the neighborhood: Arn Tellem. The two ventured into different careers — Lidz a respected writer for publications like Sports Illustrated and Smithsonian magazine, and Tellem a “powerful sports agent you can actually like” — but remained friends. On May 28th, they will both be inducted in to the Philadelphia Jewish Sports Hall of Fame. Read more »

The Trouble With Tom Brady

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With one, swift, arbitrary NFL commissioner’s office decision, Tom Brady went from perhaps the best quarterback in league history to the game’s biggest pariah. And the sporting world seems to be ecstatic over the ruling.

That, my friends, is an interesting dynamic and defines so much about the players we like and don’t like.

Brady is too perfect. He’s tall, handsome, has a Brazilian supermodel wife, and is secure enough to rip up his man card and wear Ugg boots, the brand created primarily for women. And, he plays for a team that, outside of New England, is universally despised because they win, they cheat, they have a curmudgeon coach who’s about as likeable as a lizard, and an owner who flaunts perfectly coiffed, $500 pocket silks on his five-thousand dollar suits.

So when we can chip away at the perfect man’s statue and stuff flakes off, we are very content. Read more »

Are These the New Sixers Jerseys?

There are many questions about the future of the Sixers. Which draft picks are they going to get in the lottery next week? If the Sixers get just one draft pick in the lottery — as is likely — will fans be upset? Who are they going to take in the draft? Will the team be any good next year or are we stuck with another year of awful basketball? Why won’t Sixers CEO Scott O’Neil say the name of the arena the team plays in? Did his family once lose its fortune in a Wells Fargo stagecoach robbery?

And, of course: What will the team’s new jerseys look like? The Sixers promise an actual announcement on June 18th at the Wells Fargo Center (or, as Scott O’Neil puts it, “the arena where we play”). But yesterday, Chris Creamer — of the famous-if-you’re-a-sports-dork SportsLogos.net — tweeted out images of the possible new Sixers jerseys. Or, at least, the words that are potentially on them.

The Sixers had previously teased new jerseys in February, hinting they’d be a mix of the ’60s, ’70s and ’80s jerseys. Read more »

Class-Action Suit Filed Against Mayweather and Pacquiao Over “Fight of the Century”

In this May 2, 2015, photo, Floyd Mayweather Jr., left, hits Manny Pacquiao, from the Philippines, during their welterweight title fight in Las Vegas.

In this May 2, 2015, photo, Floyd Mayweather Jr., left, hits Manny Pacquiao, from the Philippines, during their welterweight title fight in Las Vegas.

Like millions of other Americans, Center City attorney Allan H. Gordon and Rittenhouse Square realtor Seth Lamb wanted to watch last Saturday night’s “Fight of the Century” between Floyd Mayweather Jr. and Manny Pacquiao. So each man plunked down Showtime’s pay-per-view fee, which ranged from $89 to $100, and sat back in their respective homes — Gordon at his second home in Florida — and watched the match. And less than a week later, the men have joined forces to file a class-action lawsuit in a Philadelphia court against the fighters, the the cable network, and others. Read more »

WATCH: Mitch Williams, Lenny Dykstra Have Spat at Roast [VNSFW]

The language in the above video is considered not safe for work, unless you work on on a 18th-century shipping vessel or a factory where swear words are created.

A few weeks ago, Lenny Dykstra and Mitch Williams were roasted by a lineup consisting primarily of WIP jocks (and also Stu Bykofsky, John Bolaris and Susie Celek).

A video has now been making the rounds of a tense moment at the roast between Williams and Dykstra. It was posted by Joe Conklin’s Twitter account, so maybe — as Big League Stew speculates — it’s all an act. Read more »

13 Years Ago, Allen Iverson Delivered His “Practice” Rant

Thirteen years ago today Allen Iverson strode onto a podium and gave an end-of-season press conference for the ages. A year removed from the No. 1 seed in the Eastern Conference and a trip to the NBA Finals, the Sixers finished 6th in the division in 2002. They rallied from a 2-0 deficit in the first round of the playoffs to force a winner-take-all Game 5 in Boston. They were routed, 120-87. Read more »

Philly’s Ibraheim Campbell on Being Drafted by the Browns

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Ibraheim Campbell grew up in Germantown, went to Chestnut Hill Academy and still has a huge family in the area. And in the weeks leading up to the NFL draft, Campbell heard the rumblings that the Eagles — whose secondary struggled last season — might be interested in drafting the prospect out of Northwestern who looked good at the Senior Bowl. But he said he never really saw himself getting drafted by his hometown team: “I didn’t think they were all that interested.”

In contrast, he had several visits with the Cleveland Browns, the team that took him in the fourth round of this year’s NFL Draft. He met with them three times at the Senior Bowl and twice at the NFL Combine, an event where the only physical activity he did was bench press due to a nagging hamstring injury. Read more »

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