Hey, finally some game film to take a look at. I’ll try to do a shorter video post to follow each “observations” story on the day after Sixers games.
If you’ve got a better title than “fadeaways,” leave a really snarky comment below.
I could go in about 500 directions here, but let’s keep it simple with a couple of team topics. Continue Reading
The Eagles sit alone atop the NFC East, their quarterback is the Vegas-favorite to win MVP, and they play each of their next three games at Lincoln Financial Field. Things couldn’t possibly get any better, right?
— Ian Rapoport (@RapSheet) October 19, 2017
While it remains uncertain if Darby will take part in Monday night’s showdown against Washington, Eagles head coach Doug Pederson indicated this morning that Darby is doing “extremely well.” At the very least, the 23-year-old corner is nearing a return less than two months after his season appeared to be lost thanks to a gruesome injury suffered in Week 1 at FedEx Field.
This is obviously great news for the Eagles. Rookie Rasul Douglas has been a solid replacement, but the return of Darby would be a big boost to a secondary that could use an injection of speed.
So, just to recap: The 5-1 Eagles are on the brink of putting a stranglehold on the NFC East, they’re a consensus top three team in football, and now they’re getting healthier. I’m all tingly inside.
The truth is, I was going to use that headline win or lose. A win would’ve been better, but at least we can now link our lede to headline by saying that the Wizards kept the Sixers at arm’s length.
Welcome to the Wood. The last time I did this on any consistent basis was 2012, before the Phillies totally shit in their beds and began a five-year hibernation in it. The purpose of Wood, besides making it generally difficult to pee, is to regale in tales of the previous night and celebrate our superior team. We don’t do it for all the teams because it’s a lot of work (a grind, if you will) and something is lost when you’re trying to make tongue-in-cheek, not-so-thinly-veiled sexual references of sports conquest for dreadful teams. It just wouldn’t work with a squad who counted among its standout stars Jerami Grant, or had Alexey Shved on the roster. But this team, your team, your town… well, they’re worthy of such loosely scheduled morning posting.
For those of you who are new here, strap in, because the last time this series had its lifeblood pumping, we wound up making a t-shirt of a pissing horse. And for you OG CB readers, WELCOME BACK. I’ve missed you. Let me grind up on your hip as we awake from our slumber.
Let’s Wood! Continue Reading
That went a lot better than I thought it would. I didn’t have the Sixers hanging tough until the final minute of a one-possession game against a top-four Eastern Conference team.
The irony is that those backbreaking last-minute turnovers weren’t committed by rookies– they were committed by two of the team’s more experienced players.
And the further disappointment is that one of those players, Robert Covington, was absolutely fantastic for the prior 28 minutes he was on the court.
That’s what it came down to, a pair of brutal deflections that killed off a really nice Sixers comeback bid in an entertaining season opener.
There’s a lot to like about that game. They played tough against a quality team on the road. Ben Simmons didn’t look like a rookie. Markelle Fultz played better than I thought he would. Joel Embiid was on the floor in the fourth quarter. Covington shot the ball like the second coming of Jerry West.
Still, I think it’s legitimate to feel dissatisfaction with the way that game ended. Nobody expected this team to win in Washington, but they were in a position to do it. They blew a halftime lead with a sloppy third quarter, pulled level with a small ball fourth quarter lineup, then shot themselves in the foot with a combination of mediocre interior defense and a pair of momentous giveaways. Continue Reading
The Proccess is off to a 0-1 start. The Sixers fell to the Wizards on the road last night in the team’s season opener, 120-115.
Robert Covington led all scorers with 29 points, but unfortunately the Sixers fell to Washington when it was all said and done.
However, one of the biggest storylines has to be how much Joel Embiid played. After strongly coming out against his minute restriction, Embiid logged 27 minutes in Wednesday night’s contest, nearly 10 minutes more than head coach Brett Brown said he would play.
Markelle Fultz scored 10 points. Jahlil Okafor did not play, coach’s decision.
Philly faces Boston on Friday night at 7 p.m. in the its 2017-18 home opener.
Let’s go. Continue Reading
I’m gonna go way out on a limb and predict that one of the four teams that played last night will win the NBA championship.
Now that we’ve got that squared away, let’s talk about your team, your town, your playoff-bound Philadelphia 76ers. I went on the record Wednesday with this prediction:
41-41, 8th seed in the Eastern Conference
That’s assuming Joel Embiid can play somewhere between 50 and 60 games and isn’t hampered by his “fucking bullshit” minutes restriction.
Whether you agreed with The Process or not, I think everyone understands that this team still has a long way to go. Ben Simmons is a rookie. Markelle Fultz is a rookie. Embiid might as well be a rookie. But one facet of The Process that falls by the wayside is the idea that your core talent is being brought along at the same time. Sam Hinkie was patient enough to move on from guys like Michael Carter-Williams because he thought he could do better. He thought he could assemble a trio that would contend for a title and not just get the team into the postseason.
In that regard, The Process is over. Any half-hearted extension of the concept cheapens the philosophy and makes people forget why it was even executed in the first place. It’s like a band that releases a bunch of great albums then drops a disc like “St. Anger.”
This year, returning to the playoffs would be a big success for a team that has won 19, 18, 10, and 28 games in the last four years. Even cresting 30 wins is a step forward. You’ve been loyal enough to sit through four years of tanking, so suddenly putting the cart before the horse seems hypocritical for a fan base that has tolerated (and even invited) a half-decade of abeyance.
Here’s how I have it going down in the Eastern Conference: Continue Reading
The 76ers season starts in earnest tonight, driving the last nail into the coffin of The Process, the singular greatest/worst/cheapest franchise strategy ever seen in the NBA.
It was three years of either unending entertainment and a collective “fuck you” to the NBA and its team owners, or three years of unending embarrassment for fans that had to watch win totals of 19, 18, and 10 from 2013 to 2016.
It was awesome.
I’m sorry, it was. There has never been a bigger divide among Sixers fans in this franchise’s history. NEVER. You either were all-in, deifying Sam Hinkie as the genius architect of The Process, or you cursed Hinkie as a jowly, overly analytical loser who purposefully made the franchise so bad that they could acquire a greater amount of precious, precious “assets” in the hopes that one of them would eventually pan out.
I fucking loved it. The idea that a pale nerd, who looks like he could hardly dribble a basketball, turned the NBA on its head by declaring that the Sixers would SEEK to be awful (and thus improve their chances to be great) and could evoke such tremendous emotion from basketball fans throughout the country is insane.
It was a shadowy practice only discussed in half-joking, hushed tones from fans, put into practice from possibly the least impressive looking man that has ever stepped foot on a basketball court in any fashion.
You loved Hinkie or you hated him. People either wanted to punch him or fuck him. There was no in-between.
Blogs were created purely to discuss his genius. Podcasts were launched. His swollen face and sly grin are plastered on t-shirts that grown men proudly wear in public. Sixers Twitter exploded, with his legion of followers ready to pounce on the non-believers who dared to question his vision, or who didn’t understand his devotion to second round draft picks, or his willingness to swindle salary-cap-strained franchises with an eye for a payoff YEARS down the road. Continue Reading
The 83rd NFL Draft will take place on April 26-28, 2018 at the Dallas Cowboys’ AT&T Stadium in Arlington, Texas, marking the first time in history that it will be held at an NFL stadium. The Draft site will encompass the field, stands, and outdoor plazas, creating an all-encompassing atmosphere and enabling more fans than ever before to watch their favorite team’s selections.
NFL Commissioner ROGER GOODELL made the announcement today at the league’s annual Fall Meeting, following a review of the proposal by the Super Bowl & Major Events Advisory Committee and full ownership. This is the result of a comprehensive examination process over the past several months of plans submitted by various cities to host the 2018 NFL Draft.
“Philadelphia raised the bar by taking the Draft to another level, and this new opportunity in Dallas will enable us to continue the event’s evolution and grow it even further,” said Goodell. “We are grateful to the Dallas Cowboys, the cities of Arlington, Dallas, and Frisco, and the Dallas Sports Commission for their leadership in turning this vision into reality.”
Why mess with a good thing? There’s no way they do it better than Philly. Chicago got two years, New York got a thousand. Why not give Philly two? Because Jerry Jones is a big baby with the inferiority complex that is the size of his own state and he just had to wrangle it away, I’m sure thanks to some back room deal with Goodell where he promised to stop saying really dumb things about the anthem protests if he was awarded the draft. Fuck this. And fuck Jerry Jones.