Joel Embiid Moves on to Rihanna, Continues to be Great at Twitter

Joel Embiid tweeted today, shifting his focus from Kim Kardashian to Rihanna — good move Joel —  and then he reported on his own tweets. Embiid continues to be great at twitter, and that’s really going to come in handy when he’s not playing basketball.


Twitter Reacts to Roy Halladay’s Love of Chase Utley

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Roy loves Chase and you love Roy for loving Chase. Your best Tweets, after the jump.

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From Doc, who may seriously be very drunk right now [compiled from a series of Tweets, with mild edits for readability]:

I struggle writing this due to the privacy of a man of integrity and the definition of a baseball player. In the video room in the stadium you will find a row of heart and hustle trophies with Chase’s name. Not because somebody chose to display them but rather a junk drawer of sorts for a man who although appreciates the honor and plays the game for all the right reasons! Not to be seen or heard or for attention. No look at me see how or any of the me-first mentality taking over all parts of baseball, sports, etc. One of my greatest honors was putting my heart and hustle trophy alongside the definition of the award. There must be one on every team. I’ve seen two in my life: Scott Rolen, and most of all, Chase Utley! The award has lost meaning. It’s normally given to the guy having the best year. But if you could somehow measure that in a man, Chase is run away from the pack! What’s really sad is some are busy patting themselves on the back and missing what a true baseball player is! I kid you not when he talked to me on the field I got goosebumps every time! Please encourage your friends, family, most of all your kids to be like chase! #26&chooch!

I have no words. Only tears.

UPDATE: As reader John points out, it’s entirely possible Roy Halladay misread the Chase Headley trade, which would make this all the more adorable:

UPDATE 2: It was in response to Chase winning his fifth Phillies Heart and Hustle Award.



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Les Bowen read something he didn’t like on the interwebs today. Again. As per the usual, angry beat writer fights modern web practices stories are best told via embeddable widget. To the Storify machine!

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The Phillies are Reportedly Telling Teams That Cole Hamels Isn’t Going Anywhere

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One down, everyone else to go … or … stay. For his part, Ruben Amaro said today that no one is “untouchable,” and he now has nine days to prove that.


NFL Refs Will be Expected to be in Better Shape to Keep Up With the Eagles Offense

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Photo Credit: Jeremy Brevard-USA TODAY Sports

Less than a year ago, before Chip Kelly even rolled out his fast-paced, high-powered style of a professional football offense, there was a report that referees would not be expected to speed up their own game to keep Kelly’s pace. The report at the time stated:

“League insiders say there are exactly zero indications NFL referees will be willing participants in the Kelly era. The NFL, they say, has a long-standing pace at which they do things between plays and the referees “aren’t going to change just to accommodate someone’s offense,” said Mike Pereira, a former NFL vice president of officiating who is now an analyst for Fox Sports …

Blandino said he has talked to every NFL team coaching staff during the off-season to emphasize that there’s no forcing the issue—the offense will not be able to snap the ball until the referees signals they’re ready.”

And now, as we begin to stare down the start of Kelly’s sophomore effort, the tune has changed. According to an NFL report, officials have been going through a more rigorous “physical assessment” than in previous years, as part of an effort to make sure they can keep up with a faster paced game.

In the video, former Eagle and current NFL Executive Vice President of Football Operations Troy Vincent said this:

“As the game evolves, we also must make sure that (the officials) are evolving as well. You see the likes of coach Kelly and that high-tempo offense. They’re running rapid plays. The ball needs to be spotted rapidly, and we want to make sure that our officials are now also evolving to that pace of our game.”

What a difference only one year, and one extremely high scoring season (a record 11,985 points were scored, with games averaging 46.8 points, the highest average in NFL history), with eight NFL teams averaging scoring drives under three minutes, makes. It’s like the NFL just now realized scoring is good.



Guy Who Had One Tackle for the Eagles Will Likely Never Have Another Tackle for the Eagles

Photo Credit: Howard Smith-USA TODAY Sports

Photo Credit: Howard Smith-USA TODAY Sports

If you’re anything like me, you saw a teaser for the news last night that showed a mugshot and promised an “Eagles player” got arrested. You then looked at the mugshot and thought to yourself, “Are they sure he’s an Eagles player?” He is. Kinda.

Keelan Johnson, a safety who spent some time on the practice squad before making the roster for two games and making one tackle, was arrested in Arizona on Saturday after he allegedly “‘violently pushed’ an officer in the chest, causing him to strike his head against a tree.” He’s been charged with aggravated assault on a police officer, resisting arrest and disorderly conduct. So what did the new Philadelphia Eagles, who hate doors and secrets, say about this? “We are disappointed … We are still trying to learn all of the facts.” Among those facts is probably when they can cut all ties with him. Does Friday around 4pm sound good? Although, there’s already no one paying attention to this story, so they can actually do it whenever.


Who Passed It Better: Lee or Papelbon?

[Gotta hit the audio button in the corner.]

Strong efforts from both Cliff Lee and Jonathan Papelbon, but I think I got to go with Lee. I don’t know. I feel like his had a nice mix of moisture and depth that is difficult to produce, especially on-command. There’s no doubt that he was aided by the CSN microphone, which has a wider audio spectrum (deeper deeps and wetter wets) than the undisclosed reporter’s recorder on which Papelbon’s expulsion was captured, but Lee’s just had more force. It was perhaps a shart. Papelbon’s sounded like a cardboard box being ripped and lacked bass in the same way the stereo system in your mom’s car lacks bass, because she “just wanted it to sound loud.” You don’t need to be an audiophile to shake your damn head at that approach.

What says you?

Lee Papelbon fart
Who passed it better?


Your 2014 Philadelphia Phillies!

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