76ers center Nerlens Noel—on the injured list all season after being drafted last summer—might actually appear in a game or two before the season ends. Does that mean the 76ers could actually win another game?
Richard Graffanino, a technology teacher who moonlights as an actor in River Edge, N.J., was fired from his teaching job for showing middle school students a clip of him in bed with an actress. From AP: ”The arbitrator said the scene conveyed the impression that the characters were waking up after having sex and was ‘clearly inappropriate’ for middle school students. A sheet covers the woman just below her bare shoulders and the shirtless Graffanino up to his waist.” More on the embarrassing story here.
Fresh off their 45-point drubbing at the hands of the Clippers on Sunday night, the Sixers faced Golden State on Monday night. And guess what happened? They lost, 123-80. A 43-point defeat. Hey, it’s an improvement.
Of all the franchises in the NBA, the Los Angeles Clippers are historically the worst. (They’re kind of like the Phillies of basketball.) Of all the NBA teams, only the 10-year-old Charlotte Bobcats have a worse winning percentage. This is a franchise where notoriously penny-pinching owner Donald Sterling once held a Black History Month event in March. The team has won 1 division title and been to the playoffs only 9 times.
Anyway, the Clippers’ biggest win in franchise history is now over the Sixers.
The Sixers are going to be bad this year.
Of course, you knew that. The Sixers may have the third-most victories and third-most playoff wins in NBA history — as the team reminded us in bizarre ad campaigns the last two years — but they are also frequently disappointing. It is a franchise that has turned Hall of Famers like Wilt Chamberlain, Julius Erving, Charles Barkley, Hal Greer, Billy Cunningham and Moses Malone and future Hall of Famer Allen Iverson into two NBA Championships. Two! That’s equal to the number of titles won by the Phillies, one of the worst-run franchises in sports history.
It’s going to be an odd season for the Sixers, so I’ve compiled a Q&A to help Sixers fans through this tank-tastic season.
There may be a tougher job in Philadelphia than selling Sixers tickets, but it would be awfully hard to find. I suppose the guy who has to clean the mess off the top of William Penn’s hat isn’t too happy. Or the person who has to clean up after City Council, for that matter.
The Sixers have had some bad seasons before, with the historic 1972-73 debacle atop the list, but there has never been a year in which it was trying to be so obviously rotten. We are at a point in the franchise’s history where fans may actually boo the team’s successes, however few they may be.
University of Nebraska football coach Bo Pelini is under fire this week after a nearly 2-year-old audio recording of him bashing the team’s fans surfaced.
The tape, obtained, as such things usually are, by Deadspin, quoted the coach as saying, “It took everything in my power to not say, ‘F— you, fans. F— all of you.’ F— ‘em,” after Nebraska fans left a game early en masse. He later added “Our crowd. What a bunch of f—ing fair-weather fucking—they can all kiss my ass out the f—ing door.”
First of all, it sounds like the Eagles hired the right college coach.
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The tale of two retirements speaks volumes about Philadelphia and our relationship with our sports stars.
Allen Iverson is finally calling it quits after running out of teams and countries that want his diminishing skills. The Philadelphia 76ers are sure to retire AI’s number 3 at a game this year.
The Philadelphia Eagles will retire Donovan McNabb’s No. 5 at halftime on Sept. 19, when former Eagles coach and McNabb mentor Andy Reid comes to town with his new team, the Kansas City Chiefs.
The 700 Level reports on the Business Journal’s report on the Sports Journal’s report on the Sixers’ new practice facility, which is supposedly proposed for the Navy Yard. It would be a nice change from their current, non-propietary practice space at the Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine.
Though team spokesperson Michael Preston offered the good old “no comment” when asked about the Navy Yard specifically, he, like team CEO Adam Aron, acknowledged that a dedicated practice facility would be a big step forward for the organization.