A shorthanded Sixers team dropped a tight, winnable game to the Denver Nuggets tonight. Joel Embiid shot a poor percentage from the floor (5/15) and had some turnover troubles (3, all in quick succession), but still turned in 16 points, 4 rebounds, and a career-high 5 blocks. Ersan Ilyasova, Dario Saric, and Sergio Rodriguez all dropped in 17 points on a combined 8 for 17 from long-range. Rodriguez notched 7 assists, Dario and Ersan each snagged 8 boards, and Richaun Holmes posted 11/8/2 in his backup center role. The biggest difference? Denver outscored the home team 21 to 7 on fast breaks. The Sixers ended the game with two turnovers on inbound plays (one 5 second violation, one pass soared out-of-bounds).
The Sixers play next against Memphis tomorrow, where they’ll be without Embiid and Okafor. Should be very watchable. Clip after the jump.
The soup du this fucking year is the whole fake news on Facebook thing, and since Donald Trump won, perhaps because half the country read about a world that isn’t real, they are cracking down on things and asking you if questionable stories are actually real. I guess famous pistachio girl getting fired for being a white nationalist was just a little bit too questionable for some algorithm.
H/T to (@ckrewson)
Back in June, Kyle expressed a little anxiety about how much money Howie Roseman was throwing around. We still don’t know if the strategy will work (so far: nope) but Roseman (and Lurie and Chip when he had control) have handed out the most money of any NFL team in the past four seasons.
According to the NFLPA, the Eagles have spent just under $614,000,000 since 2013. That’s over $26 million than the next highest spending team and $69 million more than the league average. Most of that money is on the books for a while too. The Eagles’ highest paid players this season are Fletcher Cox (expires 2023), Lane Johnson (2022), Jason Peters (2019), and Vinny Curry (2021). Some of those later contract years are less likely to get paid out (Lane Johnson, cough cough), but Howie’s strategy of “pay to build” is pretty clear.
It looks like Jaylen Watkins favorited Barstool’s RT of my Tweet. Meanwhile, Doug Pederson was asked about it today and gave just about the most wishy-washy answer possible:
“Yeah, it was a situation a think where it might have been the fact that uh, and I haven’t talked to Ertz yet so I haven’t seen him this morning, but looking at the tape and watching where Carson was scrambling of course, he was heading towards out of bounds, and I think he just pulled off at that point. That’s all I can say at that, but I’m definitely gonna ask him why.”
What would you like him to do in that situation?
“Well if he can pick up a block, obviously we ask our guys to turn and block and we don’t want anyone to block from behind or anything like that, but at the same time to try to find a block downfield if they can.”
This is after Doug spent 20 seconds trying to remember what play it was that everyone is talking about on Twitter. I’m just shocked he didn’t have projected on the wall of the NovaCare Complex as an example of how not to play football.
My family and I went to the Sixers vs. Celtics game on Saturday night. With Embiid sitting out, I expected to hear my dad complain all game long about JoJo not playing. Instead, what I heard were complaints about Okafor playing. “Oh, he sets great picks,” my dad complained. And he didn’t even read my post where I said that exact thing. If you dad is going to the game tonight, he won’t have to go through what my dad did, since Okafor is likely sitting the game out with the poops.
According to multiple reports, Okafor is questionable tonight with gastroenteritis, whose main symptoms are “watery diarrhea and vomiting.” If you ask me, putting diarrhea Jah out there is a great defensive strategy, because who in their right mind is gonna want to drive at him? Yet another Brett Brown coaching blunder.
BACK ON TOP AGAIN.
Villanova has won seven – SEVEN! – of their eight games by double-digits– the other came against top 20 Purdue on the road. This week they’ll continue their Big 5 compet… haha… against La Salle and then play Notre Dame on Saturday.
Temple received three votes.
Major League Baseball isn’t going to let the NBA have all of the #branding fun. Next season, when the NBA rolls out their manufacturers logo on their jerseys for the first time in history (Nike), MLB teams will be getting ready to prominently display their own.
Today, Under Armor and Major League Baseball officially announced their reported new partnership. Part of the new deal, according to Baseball America, is that Under Armor will have their logo on the front of jerseys teams wear on the field, unlike the tiny Majestic logo currently relegated to the sleeve:
Under terms of the agreement—financial terms were not disclosed—beginning in the 2020 MLB season, Under Armour will be the exclusive MLB provider of all on-field uniform components including jerseys featuring prominent Under Armour branding, baselayer, game-day outerwear, and year-round training apparel…
The agreement will put a logo on the front of major league jerseys for the first time—on the right side of the chest, above the nickname or logo, meaning for a Yankees jersey, for example, the Under Armour logo will be right above the interlocking NY.
That’s the right side of the chest to the viewer, left-side to the wearer. The NBA and MLB now jump ahead of the NHL and NFL – whose manufacturer logos are much less prominent, especially in hockey – in full-on branding.
Our designer outdid himself.
Woo is printed on super-soft poly cotton blend. We expect to be able to get this to you in time for Christmas, but can’t guarantee it. Like I’m fairly confident you will have this in time for Christmas, but because our printer has shit the bed on keeping up with Ugly Christmas Sweatshirt demand, I can’t say for sure.
So here’s the status on current shipping timeframes: Six calls to UPS since Saturday. That’s the status. Our printer ran out of blue ink for the Ugly Christmas Sweatshirts and sent us only half of our order, so some early orders were delayed. The rest are going out over the next few days. I’ve been on the phone with our printer – yelling at him – UPS – yelling at them for not making Saturday delivery that we paid for – and probably I’m about to fight with USPS for balking out the PALLET of shirts they’re going to be getting today. Anyway, we’re doing everything we can to get them out as quickly as possible. I’m helping out and literally packing some orders with a blogger’s touch so you can wear the most kickass Ugly Christmas Sweatshirt for all your holiday festivities.
Ugly Christmas Sweatshirt: Many have already shipped and others are going out over the next few days. All current orders should be received in time for this weekend. We expect to have all of our stock by Wednesday and shipping will return to the usual 1-2 day timeframe. 3-5 days.
Trust The Process: All current orders will be going out by the middle of this week. All new t-shirt orders will ship in 3-5 days. We are reordering more hoodies and expect to be able to get them to you by Christmas, but I can’t guarantee that. 3-5 days on t-shirts, 1-2 weeks on hoodies.
Bang: All orders going out this week. 3-5 days.
For The Championship: All orders going out this week. 3-5 days.
Everything else is in-stock and ready to ship.