It’s hard to trust the process any more than one does right now. The Sixers were down three when they lost Joel Embiid early in the fourth and they win it on two Robert Covington threes? There’s something going on here and I like it very much.
Good report today from Tim McManus, who sheds some light on the somewhat obvious notion that Jeffrey Lurie has taken a more hands-on role since firing Chip Kelly:
The most recent example of Lurie’s increased level of involvement occurred days after the regular season ended. The New York Jets requested permission to interview Eagles quarterbacks coach John DeFilippo for their vacant offensive coordinator position. According to a league source, Lurie stepped in and denied the Jets permission, preventing Pederson from granting the request as his mentor, former Eagles coach Andy Reid, typically had done.
Last offseason, sources say, the decision to re-sign quarterback Sam Bradfordwas driven by Lurie, who has been outspoken about the need to invest heavily in the position.
In December, Pederson revealed another way in which Lurie is more involved. Asked whether Lurie and Howie Roseman, the Eagles’ executive vice president of football operations, had expressed the standard by which they were evaluating his performance, Pederson responded by telling reporters he met weekly with Lurie and Roseman, “and we discuss a lot of things and go over a lot of things, and every week it’s very positive.” Lurie traditionally has huddled with his head coaches immediately after games for quick macro discussions – and continues to do so with Pederson — but holding an in-depth weekly meeting is a new practice.
Gulp. Lurie catches a lot of shit in Philly because he’s [different] [refined] [super liberal] [rich] [aloof] [greedy]– insert whichever you choose. But I’ve never understood the criticism that he doesn’t want to win. The Eagles are many things, but cheap isn’t one of them. And they’re always competitive, unlike the Dallas Cowboys, who have won only two playoff games in 20 years– no one would tell you that Jerry Jones is cheap or doesn’t want to win. But Jones is also a cautionary tale for what happens when an owner becomes too involved. They become both the most powerful person in the room and the least experienced in the particular subject matter (like Donald Trump, or just about all of his cabinet picks). That creates a situation where the least informed voice often has or influences the final decision.
Lurie pushing for the Eagles to re-sign Sam Bradford – who was traded away once a better option presented itself – sounds a lot like Ed Snider pushing for Ilya Bryzgalov. And indeed, both players had portions of their salaries paid by the Eagles and Flyers, respectively, after they left. It’s like a market correction for meddling owners.
I’m not gonna sit here and bash Lurie. He was obviously hurt by what Chip did to his team, both on and off the field, and I’m sure his intentions are good. He obviously wants to win. But if the turmoil in the Eagles’ front office over the past 6-7 years is any indication, Lurie is not a particularly strong leader, and the thought of him being involved in personnel decisions reminds me of David Montgomery wanting to keep Jimmy Rollins around because he was his favorite player… but now we’re getting into other comparisons and I think we can just shut it down here.
GET OUT OF HERE! The Sixers beat the Raptors, 94-89. They’ve won 5 of their last 6, 7 of their last 9… and they’re six games out of a playoff spot.
Joel Embiid put up 26 points, 9 rebounds and 2 blocks in 26 minutes. But it was Dario Saric who went balls-forward down the stretch after being yelled out by Brett Brown to “fucking move!”:
A few minutes later, he fucking BLOCKED: Continue Reading
This is intriguing.
Hulu says its new streaming service will focus heavily on sports. Here’s what their CEO Mike Hopkins told Ad Week:
“CBS has the No. 1 network [in ages] 18-54, and they have a lot of really great programming. We’re going to make this a sports-centric offering, and if you’re going to make that part of your package, you have to have NFL, you have to have the complete March Madness package and all of the other great sports that they have. We thought it would be important to have the big four broadcasters, and CBS certainly rounds that package out for us.”
Hulu will also have Disney, FOX and Time Warner channels. Hopkins says he also expects NBC Universal programming to be included.
The way I see it, for something to be successful as a sport-focused product, it needs to have three levels of content:
- The networks (ABC, NBC, CBS, FOX), because they still broadcast a number of major sporting events, most notably football.
- ESPN, because they still have the rights to major events, and to a lesser extent NBC Sports and FOX Sports.
- Regional sports networks. A majority of sports viewing is people watching their local team. Without CSN and other regional sports networks, anything posing as a sport-focused entity is a non-starter.
Playstation Vue already offers all of these things. Now it looks like Hulu will offer them as part of their (surprise!) bundle.
Hey, remember that time the Fraternal Order of Police eviscerated DA Seth Williams for not prosecuting LeSean McCoy after he beat the shit out of an off-duty copy, accusing Williams of taking Eagles season tickets? Well!, the Inquirer just called for Williams to resign after being fined yesterday for taking over $175k in undisclosed gifts. A lot of them had to do with sports:
Just like him, his targets failed to report gifts. But they took much less. Their gifts ranged from $1,500 to $8,750. Williams was far more grandiose. He took tickets to Phillies and 76ers games; sideline passes to Eagles games; $40,000 in home repairs, including a new roof; and expensive vacations to Caribbean resorts.
Williams declined to prosecute McCoy, dragging the situation out until no one cared and then announcing there would be no charges – hours before the Villanova-North Carolina National Championship game, to be precise… oh, you didn’t notice? – and quickly moved to dismiss allegations against Nelson Agholor, whom it seems probably rightfully wasn’t charged for whatever went down in the champagne room. But it’s almost as if Williams was… playing… favorites… with Eagles. Like the sort of thing that happens when you get sideline passes and locker room access. And now he’s being asked to resign for taking gifts. This is my shocked face:
Human piece of shit and Donald Trump throwaway Chris Christie was on WFAN in New York this morning because he’s desperate for attention and relevance. The topic of fandom came up, and Christie, a fatass from New Jersey who roots for the Cowboys, decided to opine on Eagles fans. From CBS Philly:
“I understand why people are interested if you are a public figure, as to who you root for,” Christie said on WFAN on Wednesday. “They’re interested. But the hostility, I will tell you that I take for being a Cowboys fan — and this is what I say to Giants fans all the time, and Eagles fans. Now Eagles fans I understand it from a little more because the Eagles do suck and they’ve sucked for a long time. And their fans are generally angry, awful people.”
“If they want to take some anger out at me, I’m all—I have no problem with it at all,” Christie said of Eagles fans on 94WIP in 2014. “They’re passionate, wild fans and they wanna get angry with me, that’s OK. But the one thing they can’t say, is that I don’t tell them the truth. And the truth is, I’m a Cowboys fan. I’ve said it since I’ve ran for Governor in ’09, never hid it from anybody, and so, I don’t understand why they’re angry about me being happy about my team winning?”
Is because you’re fat an acceptable response?
There is tons of speculation that the Sixers-Rockets game on January 27 being switched to ESPN could mean that Ben Simmons will make his debut that night. The WWL favored the Sixers over the Heat and Bulls, both of which stink and are uninteresting. Simmons, who isn’t even practicing in any significant way, fanned the flames with a curious 👀 ‘gram just after the news broke, but it’s hard to imagine the Sixers would rush him back before the all-star break. If anything, maybe, maybe this signals that Embiid will be an all-star, in which case you’d have a showdown between ALL-STARS James Harden and Embiid. Even if that’s not the case, Harden-Embiid is a pretty appealing national matchup compared to whatever slop the Heat are offering up these days. FAKE NEWS.
Let’s pretend for the moment that the Flyers are a TV show. If so, they have gone from This Is Us to Two Broke Girls.
From a promising, strongly rated show to one that needs major repairs.
This happens over time in TV land. Shows grow stale. Ratings tumble.
But what makes the Flyers’ situation so rare is that it has been weeks, not years, for the fall to take place.
There’s a lot of different ways we can go with this, but I’ll just point out that it seems Sam’s range in TV shows is rather limited. Also, this is awful.