“Carson Wentz is the guy that everyone is talking about, player of the week and all of this. Carson Wentz shoots guns. He hunts animals. He prays to God. Capital G-O-D. He invokes Jesus Christ on his Twitter account. He listens to praise music to get jacked up before games. Dare I say it, folks, Carson Wentz might just be a conservative,” Stigall said in a joking manner. “I just hope he keeps winning because if he doesn’t, look out. They’ll tolerate him as long as he keeps winning, but, I mean, if he fumbles, if he fails, if he wobbles, if he gets a little wobbly out there for a game or two, look out. You’ll meet the Tim Tebow fate, Carson.”
“Based on what I’m observing from Carson Wentz, gun owner, hunter, obviously a devout Christian. Oh, oh, oh, and he has a committed, long term girlfriend with whom he does not live. He doesn’t shack up. They’re not having sex. Folks, this guy, I hate to say it, I hate to do this to Carson Wentz, I don’t wish him any ill will but he sounds like a right wing zealot. He sounds like a gun toting, Bible thumping, moralistic, right winger. I hope they don’t get into his voter registration information. He may be a registered Republican.”
I’d consider myself slightly Republican. But it’s extreme takes like this that make it so hard to admit sometimes. What an unnecessary bit of hysteric commentary. Carson Wentz is obviously a pretty conservative dude, but unlike, say, Curt Schilling, a legitimately bat-shit lunatic, he seems to mostly be a private, well-balanced guy who doesn’t try to cram his beliefs down everyone’s throat. This is the sort of tinfoil paranoia that leads to a party having no one better to be its nominee than Donald Trump.
Football Outsiders rates the Eagles as THE BEST TEAM IN FOOTBALL… after three games, two of them against the Browns and Bears. But hey, FIRST:
Philadelphia pulls out to a comfortable lead in this week’s DVOA ratings. There’s a lot of shifting at the top, as most of last week’s top teams lost this week. Pittsburgh plummets from fourth to 22nd after the Eagles blew them out. Carolina, Arizona, and Detroit were also ranked in the top six last week and now rank 14th, 15th, and 16th, respectively.
Next week, of course, we begin adding in opponent adjustments for the first time, and this will definitely affect Phildelphia’s rating. Two of the Eagles wins come against the teams currently ranked 31st and 32nd, Chicago and Cleveland. However, I think it’s fairly reasonable to assume that their third opponent, the Steelers, are not going to have a below-average DVOA all season, especially now that they are getting Le’Veon Bell back.
Read it here.
The Sixers’ new single-game ticketing platform – which is run completely through StubHub – launched this week. Gone are the days of “face value.” In its place is fair (or not) market value, not unlike airline tickets. Fans won’t know whether they’re buying tickets directly from the Sixers or from a re-seller. This is a progressive, modern approach which makes a lot of sense, but it also allows for the Sixers to sell tickets for much more or less than advertised pricing tiers for season tickets and group sales and escape the negative publicity that comes with very expensive (or cheap) tickets.
The assumption is that the Sixers can price gouge for big games – like they did for the Lakers last year – and unload inventory at comically low prices for Tuesday games against a team from a city that doesn’t have a major airport.
How is it working out in practice? We decided to take a look at a wide-range of games and seating locations to see how the best values on StubHub compare to the advertised prices for Sixers group tickets, which can essentially be used a surrogate for face value. It’s early, and prices will presumably change throughout the season, but the early returns are that prices typically are in the fans’ favor [yes, I know “face” may not be the appropriate term, but consider it the MSRP for Sixers tickets]:
Sunday, November 27 vs. Cleveland – Tier A
- Mezz Corners Rows 8-15
- Section 209 Row 11 – $66
- Face – $56
Friday, March 3 vs. New York – Tier B
- Baseline Rows 18-23
- Section 115 Row 22 – $120.75
- Face – $103
Friday, November 25 vs. Chicago – Tier B
- Lower Level Corners Row 11-17
- Section 104 Row 12 – $82
- Face – $88
Tuesday, January 24 vs. LA Clippers – Tier C
- Lower Level Ends Rows 11-17
- Section 119 Row 13 – $47.20
- Face – $63
Friday, December 16 vs. LA Lakers – Tier C
- Mezz Ends Rows 8-15
- Section 220 Row 15 – $22
- Face – $21
Friday, January 13 vs. Charlotte – Tier D
- Lower Level Corners Rows 6-10
- Section 121 Row 10 – $57.50
- Face – $80
Friday, December 2nd vs. Orlando – Tier E
- Mezz Center Rows 1-3
- Section 215 Row 1 – $24
- Face – $42
Sunday, December 18 vs. Brooklyn – Tier F
- Center Court L/R Rows 11-17
- Section 102 Row 13 – $92.08
- Face – $100
Wednesday, November 16 vs. Washington – Tier G
- Center Court L/R Rows 1-5
- Section 114 Row 4 – $111
- Face – $110
Monday, November 7 vs. Utah – Tier G
- Mezz End Rows 8-15
- Section 209 Row 11 – $8
- Face – $11
Monday, February 27 vs. Golden State – Tier GSW
- Mezz Center Rows 1-2
- Section 202 Row 1 – $200 each
- Face – $130 each
Saturday, March 4 vs. Detroit – Tier D
- Center Court L/R Rows 1-5
- Section 114 Row 4 – $139
- Face – $192
So as you can see, it’s still possible to get seats that are on-par or better with the Sixers’ face value-ish price. For some games (or really good seats) finding options cheaper than face or very close to it becomes a little more rare. Some of the weird prices – $92.08 each, etc. – are from taking the average of the prices of two seats together, which is a feature of the new partnership with StubHub– one could be from the Sixers, one could be from a re-seller, but you can buy both in one transaction.
So do the Sixers have the option of hiking a price if, say, LeBron comes through town late in the year averaging 40/20/15 and also decides that he’s retiring right after the game and moving away to be a monk? Yes, they do. But so do re-sellers. And having all of your options in one interface is convenient. You don’t have to go to the Sixers’ site and open StubHub on your phone and compare prices while asshole-buttoning your Sixers ticket rep for the fifth time today.
In describing the new platform to Philly.com’s Jonathan Tannenwald this week, Sixers Chief Revenue Office Chris Heck spun this as being in the fans’ favor, but he also came across as kind of a jerk: Continue Reading
After Carson Wentz shot out of the gate this season like Noah the brain-damaged bald eagle zooming around defenses with no regard for human feelings, CBS analyst and former Jets LB Bart Scott called his opening competition weak and soft. “He could play Towson University and get a harder challenge than playing those two teams,” Scott said. He’s “fool’s gold.”
Wentz then went out and impressed everyone with eyes and a brain (and also Noah probably) by embarrassing previous SB probables the Steelers and getting the Eagles to 3-0. Hey Bart, do you want to take a couple more weeks to take your fool’s gold take back?
Scott was on The DA Show last night with Damon Amendolara and he walked back his statements with a shocking amount of calm for Bart Scott:
“I would take that back. I’m man enough to say when I’m wrong.
Could he be the real deal? Yes, but I’m not about to judge and call a rookie the real deal until he’s been in the league for 3 years…Is the kid playing well? Yes. But he has a lot of support around him.”
He also said he’d hold back a little bit of praise until Wentz faces the Cowboys in Week 8 on All Hallow’s Eve-Eve, where a win would cement the Eagles’ own Ginger Jesus as the most popular Halloween costume across the tri-state area.
The first time Jeff McDevitt (@JeffMcDev), he who created the very concept of playground pickup basketball (still subject to historical verification), ever tweeted about challenging someone — anyone — to a game of one-on-one was March 2015. The prize? A Carrabba’s $50 gift card.
It’s almost 18 months to day: Wednesday, September 14, 2016. The site is 18th and Catharine in Graduate Hospital. Tip off, as always, is called for 5:53 PM. I get there at 5:59. The first thing I see is the DJ. He’s wearing a full Sixers warmup. It’s blue
suede velour. Really. I later learn this is one half of Lunch Money Quizzo.
The second thing I see are the jerseys. There are usually more, but it’s still a solid collection: Sonics Shawn Kemp #40 (McDevitt), Grizzlies Mike Bibby #10 (@MaxRappaport), New York Liberty Rebecca Lobo #50 (other member of Lunch Money Quizzo duo and obviously the belle of the ball jersey here), St. Joe’s Jameer Nelson #14 (@meechone), red Sixers Andre Igoudala #9 (@scottdkessler), what I initially thought was Sixers Mark Davis #7 but then realized when the guy turned around it was an Andre Miller jersey (duh), Lakers Gary Payton #20 (@kurtwearshats).
Jeff, as he’s wont to do, went above and beyond. He made me a credential (out of an old Drexel one with the laminated portion ripped off) with all the rules and reserved a prime seat on the bench with a “Media Only” designation. The 28-year old Conestoga High School and Temple University grad is such a sweetheart, and he cares so very much about others. Also, his brand. Continue Reading
Cox coming up huge on the D. This is really hard to win. Just a massive, throbbing honor. I love Cox:
I’m not a big fan of hunting and killing innocent animals, but I’m also a big pussy and the sort of dude who gets emotional when he has to pick up the dead baby rabbit his dog murdered in cold blood while the mother watches from behind the fence. So if Carson can’t control his Alpha ID and feels the need to blow off some stream by depositing a few
.30-06 Springfields arrows into the upper region of a defenseless buck… well, YEEEEEE-MOTHERFUCKING-HA! Just make sure to save some for the Lions next week. Yep, just like that:
The Phillie Phanatic is the best mascot in sports history, but many of us may not know a ton about his origins. SI Now tracked down everyone who is anyone that was involved with The Phanatic to talk about how he came to be, why Dave Raymond jumped inside the costume, and how $5,200 was too much money for the character’s rights, according to Bill Giles (he eventually paid $500,000). Check out the whole “Phillie Phanatic: Pheel the Love” docu-clip after the jump.