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The Sixers, currently 0-14, actually played one of their better games this year against the Trailblazers last night. Yet, still a loss. This is bound to happen many more times this season, but how long will it be before the Sixers have a one in that win column? Mike Missanelli and Charles Barkley made a little bet about it.
Missanelli and Barkley both figure it’ll be a while before the Sixers win their first game, so they might as well get a little something out of it. Missanelli and Barkley agreed to a bet which states Missanelli will donate $200 to a charity of Barkley’s choice for each loss (thus losing money), and Barkley will join the Mike Missanelli Show the day after every Sixers loss (thus having to do stuff, which Charles hates). This will continue until they win that first game. The Sixers getting that first win so everyone can shut up about it would be nice, but money to charity is aways good and so is more Sir Charles on the radio.
But there is a technicality, according to the press release: “The 76ers are currently 0 and 14 and will play the San Antonio Spurs on Monday, Dec 1st the day the bet begins. If the 76ers win a game before that, the bet is off.” That leaves the Nets and Mavericks as the Sixers’ only possible bet-cancelling wins, so this thing will probably remain intact.
12th ranked Villanova DESTROYED 14th ranked VCU in the semifinals of the Legends Classic in Brooklyn last night. They’ll take on 19th ranked Michigan in the finals at 10 p.m.(!) tonight. Both the Cats and Wolverines are 4-0. Something has to give, and it’ll probably be the team in that weird shade of yellow.
Today, Villanova’s athletic department put out this video, which certainly has the same feel as one of those outstanding #FlyEaglesFly releases. Nice use of social media. Keeps the V’s coming.
Get your V shirt.
Stopping Chip Kelly’s offense has been a problem for most teams since the former Oregon coach took over the Eagles. We don’t even know what other teams have tried behind closed doors. Faster practices? Attempts to decode sideline Macarenas? Fake injuries? But at least the Eagles’ division rivals have been making calls to a man they think can stop Chip: his former defensive coordinator at Oregon.
Nick Aliotti, who was the defensive coordinator at Oregon under Kelly from 2009 to 2013 (now retired), told the Oregonian:
“I have been asked by everybody in the NFC East. The Giants asked me to come back when Chip got the first job. I didn’t feel right doing that. Some teams have called when they’re getting ready to play the Eagles and they call and have certain questions on the thing. Unless I know the guy and he’s a good friend, I don’t get involved with that.”
I get that in professional sports you do whatever you can to gain an edge, but calling up a dude’s friends to snuff out his weaknesses? That’s a bad look, guys.
The lead up to the Cowboys/Eagles game this Thursday is well underway, and the latest pre-game hype comes by way of a … ripped up tweet? Emmitt Smith was signing blown-up and printed-out versions of tweets sent to him for some reason I guess, and when he came across Sean Brace’s “Cowboys Suck” tweet he decided to record what he was going to do to it.
The biggest takeaway from this? People are signing tweets now. What kind of world do we live in?
You probably know Sonny Forriest Jr., the one-legged veteran who sings outside Eagles games and who had his leg stolen a few weeks ago during the Giants assault. The leg was found in short order – someone left it at the Olyney Septa station – and the whole thing prompted Forriest to, um, write(?) a song about it. This is just begging to be a ripped-from-the headlines Always Sunny plot. Really, I don’t think there’s one thing I would change.
As the Phillies reportedly back away from Yasmany Tomas ever-so slowly, other teams are beginning to move towards some current Phillies. According to the Boston Globe, Cole Hamels would be willing to waive his no-trade clause to the Red Sox if they agreed to pick up his option. Picking up the option that Ruben Amaro built-in there would make Hamels’ contract with the Sox worth $110 million over five years. The Globe continues:
The Phillies could go two routes in a trade with the Red Sox. They could go the Cespedes route or continue to pursue Bogaerts, infielder/outfielder Mookie Betts, catcher Blake Swihart, and some of Boston’s young pitching.
The Sox are in full steam ahead turnover mode, reportedly signing Hanley Ramirez and Pablo Sandoval today, and it’s unlikely those will be the last of their big moves.
Over at USA Today, they’re hosting videos of some Eagles cheerleaders supposedly explaining the read option and the no-huddle offense, but they could be reading the instructions for an electric stovetop or the details of your student loans and we wouldn’t notice the difference.