Well, Temple football was fun while it lasted. So much for Matt Rhule coaching the Eagles. So much for that statue. Rhule leaves to coach in the Big 12 for perennially top 25 team.
Rhule was making $1.3 million at Temple (which is obscene). Baylor’s previous coach made $4.2 million. Money talks.
I discussed with Jim, who is here packing Ugly Christmas Sweatshirts with no breaks, little water or food, his tough decision:
So much for sticking around:
UPDATE: And there you have it:
UPDATE 2: Matt Rhule, last year:
“This is hard man,” Rhule admitted. “This is really, really hard. People start coming to your door and say hey, ‘I got four million dollars.’ But you know what, I’d rather coach Temple’s kids. I love these kids. I’d rather coach here and coach Temple’s kids then just sell my soul for four million dollars. That is the truth and that’s as honest and open as I can be with you guys.”
H/T to (@yoitsbird)
I’ve joined in the long line of chucklefucks to engage in a Twitter argument with Jonathan H. Smallwood, who has the argumentative skills of a child whose basic motivation is a cookie. Jonetah, it seems, still can’t comprehend that the Sixers’ plan – with all of its faults – was to be bad, stockpile young talent, and then build a team around the young talent once they’re all in a position to succeed. They’re somewhere between steps two and three now. With Joel Embiid still on a minutes restriction, Jahlil Okafor just coming off his, Nerlens Noel injured, Ben Simmons also injured, and Dario Saric just assimilating into a society where a coup isn’t imminent (yet), the Sixers are still 2-3 years away from being a solid contender. And yet, Smallwood still employs an anti-Process argument that amounts to they’re not good now and therefore it will never work. Smallwood is not very intelligent, a fact he proved once again in this mind-numbing column today calling for the Sixers to be relegated to the D-leauge in much the same way underperforming English Premier League teams are kicked down a level:
There is a huge financial hit for dropping from the Premier League to the second-tier Championship League. In television revenue only, each of the 20 Premier League teams is guaranteed 100 million pounds. Television money for the Championship League is around 3 million pounds per team.
With that kind of cash at stake, it is no wonder Pardew is on the hot seat. Last week, Harris and David Blitzer, a Sixers partial owner and Crystal Palace investor, reportedly met with Palace chairman Steve Parish to discuss Pardew.
Perhaps if the NBA had a relegation system and the Sixers were actually sent to the D-League for having stocked a roster of D-League quality designed to lose, Brown would be under that kind of pressure from Harris to get things turned around, too.
I actually agree that all of the four major US sports should have a relegation system, but there are two fundamental problems with Smallwood’s take: 1) the D-league is a minor league for the NBA, and the Sixers actually own a D-league team, a much different structure than what goes on in English soccer, and 2) Smallwood is not suggesting a solution to make sports better, he’s searching for an easy crutch to spread his anti-tank shit. A column needed to be written today, dammit, and I’m all out of options– I know, soccer analogy!
Worse than his silly trope is his continued inability to comprehend the basic structure of the tank and the fact that the Sixers’ record now matters little in the grand scheme of things and it’s essentially pointless to surround raw or injured rookies with win-now veterans at this stage in the process:
Former Sixers president/general manager Sam Hinkie may have been the architect of “The Process,” but he did not have the authority to act autonomously.
Had Harris not been in favor of the idea of intentionally losing in order to gain high draft picks, Hinkie would have walked a different path in rebuilding the Sixers.
You can speculate on whether it was at the directive of the other NBA owners, but last December Harris, in a surprising change of heart, cut Hinkie’s legs out from under him by hiring Jerry Colangelo as chairman of basketball operations.
Near the end of the season, Bryan Colangelo was brought in to drive the car and Hinkie quit rather than slide over to the passenger’s seat.
But how much has changed?
The two-season wait for rookie center Joel Embiid has exceeded expectations and the drafting of Ben Simmons with the No. 1 overall pick brings more hope.
Still, Colangelo’s free-agent signings of Jerryd Bayless, Gerald Henderson and Sergio Rodriguez were not dial movers. And considering the assets Hinkie left in the cupboard to play with, Colangelo’s inability to move back up into the lottery and draft another talented young player was a passive decision when aggression was needed.
But what happened to the MAN OF ACTION the Inquirer wrote about prior to the draft? Smallwood contradicts himself at every twist, at one point arguing in favor of win-now, and a sentence later pleading with the family Colangelo to trade away assets for lottery picks, which was actually a central tenant of Hinkie’s plan. John no understand that. This is a bad column and John Smallwood is a bad columnist.
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.