I love target passing. Throw it to the spot for Alshon!
Hey, remember a month ago when online trolls pooped all over me for my #clickbait article about the Sixers being players for LeBron next season? Well, not so crazy now, am I?
First, Derek Bodner wrote an entire column about the possibility of the Sixers being in on Kyrie or LeBron (not both!), concluding that “the whispers [about LeBron] will be even more persistent, and have even more legitimacy behind them” (the rest is behind his paywall), and now Bleacher Report ranks them as the number one free agent destination. Behold, the Sixers:
Is premium flexibility, a possible Big Three-in training and plenty of other assets enough for the Sixers to woo anyone they please, up to and including LeBron James? Simmons’ choice of emoji on Twitter suggests he thinks so. And you know what: He’s not wrong.
Maybe James doesn’t bite. He probably won’t. But someone else probably will—if not next summer, then soon. Very, very soon.
So, to recap, the Sixers are on the come-up, in a watered down conference, just as the greatest player in the world is coming up on free agency, with three of the best players from the last four drafts, and they have just about the most cap space in the league. And they also play in a major market, with a brand new practice facility, and have business tentacles that stretch far beyond the court which could provide opportunities for super-rich mega millionaires to invest their time and money. Oh, yeah, it’s on.
Kyrie Irving is ready to end his run with the Cleveland Cavaliers, as league sources told ESPN that the guard has asked the team to trade him.
The request came last week and was made to Cavaliers owner Dan Gilbert. Irving has expressed that he wants to play in a situation where he can be more of a focal point and that he no longer wants to play alongside LeBron James, sources said.
James was informed of Irving’s request and was blindsided and disappointed, sources said. Other members of the team have learned of Irving’s intentions in recent days as well.
This is incredible. Kyrie’s departure would means James is all but gone next year. If he’d even want to stick around that long. Kyrie reportedly wants to go to the Spurs. That leaves LeBron in absolute limbo and the East WIDE OPEN. Is LeBron gonna demand a trade now that he loses Kyrie? HOW ABOUT?
This could get out of hand.
After Terrell Owens and then the delightful spectacle that was Lenny Dykstra and Mitch Williams, the Philly Sports Roast downshifted to Angelo Cataldi last year. So you may have thought it was fizzling out.
Not so much.
Pete Rose will be the guest of dishonor at the Crystal Tea Room on Thursday, August 10 at 7 p.m. Over-under on number of gambling jokes?
OHHHHHHHHHH YEAH WE’RE BACK, BABY!
I get so horned up for this shit that I should probably call a doctor. After almost a year of calm, pacifist diplomacy, multiple seats have opened up at 97.5 and the JOCKEYING has begun.
Yesterday, Rob Tornoe FLOATED the idea of Tony Bruno being the new 97.5 morning show co-host alongside Anthony Gargano. The maestro’s sources remained quiet on that front. I checked with Ms. Robin, Tony’s girlfriend and de-facto manager, but didn’t receive a reply to a follow-up question asking whether there was anything to the report.
Enter Marks, the former 97.5-er who knows Tony and thinks this is a 100% Bruno-driven agenda:
Piew, piew, piew, piew! That’s how I would imagine you would spell the sound of missiles being fired at key Bruno infrastructure. Marks is pulling NO PUNCHES in weighing in on Bruno’s motivations.
The article he linked to is from when Bruno attacked Missanelli last year. The Facebook live video that was embedded has indeed been deleted, though it’s hard to know if it was for nefarious reasons.
Marks is insinuating the Bruno and Gargano have not always been friendly. All I know on the matter is that they both live at Dockside and have never had any ill-will, of which I’m aware. Marks, of course, worked with Bruno for several years.
Another name being thrown out there is Bob Cooney, who has co-hosted with Gargano in recent days and I’m hearing is loved by 97.5 program director Matt Nahigian.
We don’t know what will happen with the 97.5 morning show co-host search, but we do know that Bruno has entered the battle and that Marks has just launched a unilateral attack into some of his most important infrastructure. Someone just shot the Archduke. The war may soon be underway. GET THE BAND:
So I recommend a lot of products on here. For better or worse, I get more feedback on that stuff, with people trying out a service, or beer, or movie, than I do on most sports things I write. And I’ve had several merchants come to me with a “hey thanks for the link, that generated a ton of sales!” Cool. So I’m going to keep recommending things, only now I’m going to use affiliate links to do it.
This will be an ongoing series where I recommend a product or service, but only ones that I use and like. I take great consideration before recommending something on here, because I know some percentage of you will go out and try it. Straight-up sponsored posts are different– advertisers pay us to promote them and I’m upfront about that. But with this I will only recommend things I like and which I think you, the reader, will like, too.
First up: Hello Fresh.
I’ve mentioned Hello Fresh before, and for good reason. My wife and I have been getting it for about six months now. It’s a food subscription service that delivers to you the ingredients for 2-5 full meals (for two) each week. You’ve probably heard of Blue Apron. Hello Fresh flies a bit more under-the-radar. We tried Blue Apron a few years ago, but we didn’t like it as much. Don’t get me wrong, their meals were good (perhaps a bit too eclectic), but we found that they took forever to prepare and required a lot more legwork in terms of cutting up fruits and veggies and such. Hello Fresh meals are much simpler to prepare. Each comes with exactly six steps, and if you follow them precisely, you’re all but guaranteed a good meal. They can all be cooked in roughly 30 minutes (though budget for 45 for some). They’re more consistent in their quality but varied enough to give you dishes you likely wouldn’t make on your own.
All of the ingredients are, as you would expect, responsibly-sourced and fresh. Not once that I can recall in the six or so months we’ve been getting it have we received any questionable ingredients, except for an avocado… that was so fresh it wasn’t ripe yet and therefore unusable.
Hello Fresh offers three types of plans: regular (for two), vegeterian (for two), and either of those styles in family size (for four). The regular and veggie plans cost $9.99 per serving (so we spend $60 per week to get three full, well-balanced meals for two people), and the family plan comes in a bit less at $8.74 per serving. Those prices are extremely reasonable for restaurant quality meals that would easily cost twice as much out, and would take substantially more time to prepare if you bought the ingredients separately and made them on your own. Hello Fresh sends all the ingredients, with the exception of some fruits and vegetables (where you get the whole item), in the exact proportions you need. There is very little measuring and such. What you get is what you use, right down to the condiments.
For us, the meals arrive each Monday (I think you can choose your day) in a box. They are hand-delivered by a Russian man in a white van, whom I’ve taken to calling Boris. Now, I know what you’re thinking– I’m home all day and can take the box inside right away so it doesn’t sit out in the heat. What if you are at work all day? No worries. Hello Fresh comes packaged in super-premium ice bags – for real, I have no idea how they stay frozen as long as they do – and is designed to stay cold for at least 12 hours. We’ve had several occasions where ours sat out until after 5 p.m. and wasn’t refrigerated until much later and everything was still plenty cold and fresh, including their fine, delicious meats.
With the regular plan, you can choose from a selection of meals each week – on their website or app – which include chicken, steak and fish. Their steaks are, quite frankly, incredible. Now, if you’ve listened to the podcast lately, you’ll know I’m on a bit of a quasi-vegan kick, so for the last few weeks we’ve been getting the veggie option, and the meals are shockingly good. If you’re trying to avoid meat as much as possible, it pretty much means salads and pasta for dinner, but Hello Fresh has managed to come up with hearty, full vegetarian meals that somehow taste just as or almost as good as the regular ones.
Their portions are sizable but restrained. When you finish a Hello Fresh meal you don’t feel like you want to puke (there’s a tagline!). Even if you get as many red meat options as possible, you’ll still feel like you’re being somewhat healthy because the portions are reasonable.
Anyway, if you’re thinking about a meal plan subscription service, I would HIGHLY recommend Hello Fresh. The meals are delicious, simple to prepare, and mostly healthy. Better yet, they are running a great summer deal right now to take $40 off your first 2 boxes. There is no commitment after that. It’s well-worth the money.