Sixers press release:
Philadelphia 76ers forward Ben Simmons rolled his right ankle during the final scrimmage of the team’s 2016 Training Camp at Stockton University earlier today.
After receiving an X-ray and MRI of the foot and ankle, the images were reviewed by Sixers Head Physician Dr. Christopher Dodson and Sixers Chief Medical Officer and Co-Chief of Sports Medicine Orthopedics at New York’s Mount Sinai Medical Center Dr. Jonathan Glashow.
It was determined that Simmons suffered a fracture of the fifth metatarsal bone of his right foot.
Further medical evaluation and treatment options are being considered at this time and additional updates will be provided when appropriate.
Fuck the process.
Congrats to Fantasy Harv for winning our Week 2 and 3 event and the Sixers tickets, courtesy of Draft Kings.
Here’s our official Week 4 contest for the Crossing Broad league– you’ll be competing only against Crossing Broad readers. It’s $5 to enter, 100 spots, top 15 finishers win money. Starts 1 p.m. on Sunday. We’ll do the same every week. Feel free to enter any of the other events people are creating in the Crossing Broad league.
I’m playing– my handle is bdncb1. I’ll list all the handles that beat me on the site next week.
With Ryan Howard’s last game as a Phillie approaching on Sunday, here’s part one in a short series about his career. First we look at his numbers. We all know regardless of our love/hate/annoyed relationship with Howard that he’ll go down as one of the all-time great Phillies – they might as well build a new Wall of Fame wing just for him, Chase, Cole, Chooch, and Jimmy – and his place on the all-time Phillie rankings proves that*:
- 6th in career Slugging (.515)
- 3rd in single season Slugging (.659 in 2006)
- 7th in Games Played (1569)
- 5th in Total Bases (2933)
- 383 Total Bases in 2006 (best since 1932)
- 10th in Doubles (276)
- 2nd in Home Runs (381)
- Owns the four top single-season home run totals (Schmidt and Thome are tied in some years)
- 3rd in RBIs (1192)
- 7th in BB (709)
- 2nd in SO (1839)
- 8th in Runs Created (1033)
- 4th in XBH (678)
- 2nd in IBB (154)
- 2nd in AB per HR (14.9)
And he’s on some all-time post-season rankings league-wide as well. Some good, some bad: Howard is the all-time leader in strikeouts in a single World Series (13 in 2009). He’s tied for 4th all-time for most doubles in an LCS (4 in 2010) and 6th all-time for most RBIs in a postseason with 17 in 2009.
Those RBIs and doubles are nice, but Howard made his name (and his contract) on home runs. He started his career with two bombs after a late call-up, when he wore #12. Both were pinch-hit home runs, the first of his career off Bartolome Fortunato of the Mets on 9/11/2004. He’s hit a home run off of 255 different pitchers in 26 ballparks.
Not known for going deep into counts, but getting away with it, Howard hit 154 of his round-trippers on either the first or second pitch of an at-bat. 59 of them came in the 6th inning– his best. He’s hit 6 walk-offs, 45 game-tying blasts, and 145 go-ahead dingers. Surprisingly, he’s hit only 2 homers with a 3-0 greenlight, and only 6 in an 0-2 hole. This season, in the twilight of his career, Howard is hitting a home run every 13.3 at-bats. It’s his best rate since he did it every 12.7 at-bats in 2008, and the 4th best rate of his career. Continue Reading
I may have to start keeping a list.
When the bubble bursts on these rookie quarterbacks, it will be much greater than a chewing gum bubble. Even greater than a helium balloon popping at a birthday party. Indeed, when things take an inevitable turn for Wentz and Prescott, it’ll be like a weather balloon bursting in the sky and mercifully falling back down to earth.
When the bubble bursts on these rookie quarterbacks, it will be much greater than a chewing gum bubble. This is potentially something I would fire Jim for writing. First graders have written more eloquent prose in string-bound books about their favorite room in the house. I like the basement because it is cold in the summer. The end. But let’s continue:
But just like Prescott has benefitted from the best offensive line in football, Wentz plays with a defense that has allowed a total of 20 points this year. He’s also not taking many chances on his throws. Wentz is averaging 6.86 yards in the air per pass thrown, according to Football Outsiders. Last week, his two passes that went longer than 20 yards in the air fell incomplete, according to NFL’s Next Gen Stats. Twelve of his 23 completions against Pittsburgh came at or behind the line of scrimmage.
Of course, none of this really matters, because as long as the Eagles keep winning, that Carson Wentz hype train will keep rollin’.
No argument that the Steelers’ game was Wentz’s least impressive passing effort. But the notion that he is just a game manager is completely wrong. He has thrown many perfect strikes, deep, across the field, or into a tight spot, over the first three games. Do we forget his Week 1 touchdown passes to Jordan Matthews and Nelson Agholor?
Do we forget his Week 2 touchdown passes to Matthews and Agholor?*
Photo credit: Mike DiNovo-USA TODAY Sports
Do we forget this 50-yard pass – on a roughing the passer penalty! – that DGB couldn’t hold onto even though it was in both hands and pressed against his body?
Yes, I know there are many plays not accurately reflected in the numbers – it’s not just unique to Carson Wentz – but he’s been incredible despite these misses. His throwing ability has been a strength, not a weakness. If anything, he’s missed some checkdown receivers because he spent too much time locking on to his number one receiver. Sometimes good things are too good to be true. Other times, they’re great. The need to shred Wentz (and Prescott) sounds more like the selfish desires of someone who hasn’t actually watched them play rather than insightful football commentary.
*Not actually touchdowns because Matthews’ and Agholor’s hands briefly reverted to their canonical stone form.
H/T to reader KPayne
Here are things:
Carson Wentz is a very good quarterback.
Dak Prescott may also be a very good quarterback.
Thus far, Carson Wentz has undeniably played better than Dak Prescott, or any rookie quarterback in the history of football.
The prospect of Carson Wentz and Dak Prescott duking it out in the NFC East for the foreseeable future is a fun one.
All of those things can be true. But, if you’re this doofus from PresnapReads.com, you can invoke Carson’s good name for your clickbait drivel even though you have no other point to make besides Dak Prescott played well against the Bears.
After reading that Tweet, one might think that the accompanying link builds a convincing case for why Prescott has been more impressive than Wentz. Nope! Just this, in a long, complimentary article on Prescott and how he played against the Bears (very well!):
That was his first drive of the game. Look back on those plays. Notice anything? Seriously, look back and see if you can recognize a trend that I haven’t mentioned so far in this article. Did you see it? On all but one of those plays, Prescott set the protection for his offensive line.
During a week when fellow rookie Carson Wentz was compared to Peyton Manning pre-snap and Aaron Rodgers post-snap, Prescott’s control of his offense has barely been mentioned, if at all.
For a fourth-round pick who had played in just two games, Prescott’s acumen diagnosing defenses and altering his offense to take advantage of what the defense is doing was spectacular in this game. He repeatedly identified linebackers to anchor the protection off or directed his running back to the right spot. He even executed full-blown audibles, communicating with all 10 of his teammates through hand signals while aggressively calling out a different play.
That’s it. That’s the only time Wentz is mentioned in the lengthy article. Clickbait at its finest, and for what reason? Did Fahey just want the clicks – and our collective scorn? – or does he actually believe that Prescott – medicore twice, really good once – has been more impressive than Wentz, who has done what Fahey is describing here in all three games. You’ve never seen a quarterback make pre-snap reads like that before, what, this season, when Carson Wentz pioneered that sort of thing? Fuckouttahere.
I like John Barchard’s* take on this, even if he did respond to his own Tweets like a lunatic zoo animal encountering his first mirror:
*Barchard is our partner with Liberty Podcasts, and former Crossing Streams co-host, so I might be a bit biased here, but his work ethic and determination to succeed in radio and podcasting with BGN Radio is downright impressive. I first met him two years ago when he was trying to gain traction for his Eagles podcast, and now he’s a WIP host and guest on their morning show talking about the Eagles. Put some respeck on that name.
Why do I have the sudden urge to punch Eric Cartman here in the face? GET OFF CARSON, YOU FAT SLOB!
Byron Maxwell was benched by the truly dreadful Dolphins – Adam Gase, anyone? – last night in their 22-7 loss to the Bengals. Not only did he not start, but he also didn’t play at all. Not a single snap… for a 1-3 team that lost 22-7. After the game, Maxwell, the former Eagle and overly cooked slice of bread sans butter, said he didn’t care. From the Miami Herald:
The coaches told him earlier in the week that he’d be on the bench, and Tony Lippett would be on the field, against the Bengals.
Did he think it was deserved?
“It doesn’t matter.”
Was he angry over the decision?
“It really don’t matter with emotions.”
And he needs to play much better if he wants to earn the $8.5 million he’s due next year. The Dolphins can wipe all but $3 million of that off the books by cutting him.
“We get back to work,” Maxwell said. “We come back Monday. That’s what I’ll do, and that’s what the team’s going to do. Most important thing is winning, getting the season back together, and win some games. That’s the most important thing.”
Score another one for Howie Roseman (though Kiko Alonso, who was traded along with Maxwell, is playing well for the Dolphins).