The Sixers Are A Muddled Mess

After two years of tanking, this is all the Sixers have to show for it so far.

After two years of tanking, this is all the Sixers have to show for it so far.

The 76ers owner gave a state of the team address the other night, and one thing became perfectly clear to me: None of those fancy courses Josh Harris took at the University of Pennsylvania’s Wharton School included Public Speaking 101. I’d love to think Harris knows what’s going on in his own organization, but I haven’t seen a Sixer that stiff since Shawn Bradley.

Everything else with the Sixers is a muddled mess. The team concluded its second year of Tank Fest with another 20-win season, which is supposed to be good news. Losing for two straight years was supposed to mine more talent from the NBA draft. And as Harris said – between the countless “uhs” and “you knows” – it takes about four really good players on the floor at the same time to field a championship caliber team.

So where are the Sixers right now? They have exactly ONE reliable player in their foundation: Center Nerlens Noel, who rebounded from a shaky NBA start to get into a Rookie of the Year conversation. The other semi-foundation player is 7-foot Joel Embiid, who sat an entire season with an injury, but delighted folks in YouTube videos with shooting displays prior to a game he wouldn’t play. Who knows about Embiid?

The remainders are folks who may or may not be bench players in the NBA, and maybe not even bench players on good NBA teams. There are no players wearing Sixers jerseys right now who one can pencil in as starters next season alongside Noel and Embiid. Read more »

Good Fans Boo Bad Teams

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A snarky tweet to my Twitter account the other day make me think hard on the subject of what makes a good sports fan. And I have come to the conclusion that the more we bitch and moan about the state of our teams, the better the fan we are.

If you live in the Midwest and just read that line, you most likely are rolling your eyes and dismissing the Philadelphia sports fan, as per usual, as rude, crude and miserable, the type of person who would – dare I drag this tired, worn cliché out again for the millionth time – yes, boo Santa Claus. But I can’t help it if we view our sports world through second level thinking and a bigger prism.

The tweet said the following: “Yeah, @mikemiss975 likes to rip all the Philly sports teams. But when they win, he’ll be right back on the bandwagon.”

But isn’t that the way it’s supposed to be? Read more »

Bill Would Urge Pa. Pro Sports Teams to Adopt “Zero-Tolerance” Domestic Violence Policy

Janay Rice, left, looks on as her husband, Baltimore Ravens running back Ray Rice, speaks to the media during a news conference in Owings Mills, Md. on May 23rd, 2014.

Janay Rice, left, looks on as her husband, Baltimore Ravens running back Ray Rice, speaks to the media during a news conference in Owings Mills, Md. on May 23rd, 2014.

A state lawmaker from Clinton County is calling on Pennsylvania’s professional sports teams to take a tougher stance against domestic abuse.

Democratic state Rep. Michael Hanna said he is planning to introduce a resolution in upcoming weeks to officially urge the state’s teams to institute a “zero-tolerance” domestic violence policy. Read more »

Phillies Host Red Sox in 2015 Opener

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We are done waiting ’till next year: It is next year. It’s Opening Day in Major League Baseball, and the Phillies start the season with a home interleague game against the Boston Red Sox. Cole Hamels starts for the Phils.

So what kind of day is it going to be? What kind of year is it going to be?

MLB.com:

The Phillies, on the other hand, have been upfront that they view this as a rebuilding season.

Club president Pat Gillick candidly said on multiple occasions that he doesn’t expect the Phillies to contend in 2015 or ’16. “I don’t think it’s in the cards. I think somewhere around 2017 or 2018,” he said.

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Eagles Great Chuck Bednarik Has Passed

Former Philadelphia Eagle and Hall of Famer Chuck Bednarik sits on the sideline before the NFL game between the San Diego Chargers and the Philadelphia Eagles in Philadelphia. The Chargers won 33-30. (AP Photo/Brian Garfinkel)

Former Philadelphia Eagle and Hall of Famer Chuck Bednarik sits on the sideline before the NFL game between the San Diego Chargers and the Philadelphia Eagles in Philadelphia. The Chargers won 33-30. (AP Photo/Brian Garfinkel)

Chuck Bednarik — Eagles great, Pro Football Hall of Famer, and the last two-way player in the NFL — has reportedly passed away at age 89. Read more »

Who Cares About Student Athletes’ Grades?

As the NCAA’s three-week run of March Madness begins, it’s time to talk about basketball student-athlete … academic fraud?

Syracuse University has not been included in this year’s NCAA tournament. Several weeks ago, the basketball program self-imposed a postseason ban on this year’s team — to which the NCAA then added sanctions and the vacating of 108 wins under head coach Jim Boeheim.

Boeheim countered with a press conference Thursday morning, just hours before the official first round of the tournament would begin, claiming his innocence and his intention to appeal sanctions that he claims are “unduly harsh.” Read more »

WATCH: Kevin Hart Takes on Justin Bieber in a Game of Celebrity Tennis

Yesterday in La Quinta, California, Philly comedian Kevin Hart took on Justin Bieber in a game of celebrity tennis to raise money for Cancer for College, an organization that doles out scholarships to survivors of cancer.

TMZ has video of the match, showing Hart and Bieber playing (very poorly) while Hart’s Get Hard co-star Will Ferrell ribs them from the sidelines. Check it out above.

The duo will meet up again on March 30th when Hart takes on the duties of Roast Master during Comedy Central’s Justin Bieber Roast.

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Phillies Get a Lesson in Inclusivity at Spring Training Camp

Major League Baseball's Ambassador of Inclusion, Billy Bean.

Major League Baseball’s Ambassador of Inclusion, Billy Bean.

When former professional baseball player Billy Bean was appointed Major League Baseball’s Ambassador for Inclusion last July, the Phillies were among the first teams to invite the openly gay speaker to share his message of inclusivity. According to MLB.com, he showed up this afternoon to speak to members of the Phillies’ Major and Minor League teams on embracing all forms of acceptance.

“There’s a message of complete acceptance. It doesn’t mean that it’s specifically to LGBT people like myself. It’s for women. It’s for every race, every religion,” Bean said.

Bean has been invited to speak to 14 teams, but Philadelphia is the first camp where he spoke to both Major and Minor League Players. When he was finished, he played ball with teammates in the outfield, giving them a chance to answer questions in a one-on-one setting. “Today is a win for the Phillies,” Bean said. “The world didn’t stop spinning.”

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Welcome to Salary Cap City

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Welcome to Salary Cap City, the sports town where we don’t win a heck of a lot, but by gosh, we have an awful lot of money stored up for future use.

The Eagles joined the party (started by the Sixers and Sudden Sam Hinkie) this week when they dropped a series of bombs on their fan base. Boom went Cary Williams and his $8 million salary. Bang went Trent Cole and his $11 million paycheck. And then the carnage culminated with the elimination of LeSean McCoy and his $12 salary cap hit in a trade to Buffalo that brought the Birds linebacker Kiko Alonso. Read more »

The Sixers Are Good at Math. The Phillies Aren’t.

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We already know that the Sixers stink. We expect that the Phillies — barring a miracle — will do the same during their forthcoming season. But it turns out they stink in vastly different ways.

The Sixers stink in a very futuristic way, you see, while the Phillies stink in retro fashion.

ESPN did an analysis of all teams in the major professional sports — football, baseball, basketball and hockey — then ranked how committed each is to using advanced metrics (mathematical analysis of everything about a sport that can be quantified) to improve the team on the field.

The Sixers ranked first. The Phillies: Dead last.
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