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Penn State and Rutgers are playing something that resembles a collegiate football game this afternoon in New Jersey. Of course, that’s not particularly noteworthy, unless boring football between one underachieving team and one absolutely brutal team does it for you.
But I am here to show you this “highlight” which took place with Rutgers trailing 13-0 in the third quarter facing a fourth and goal from the Penn State two-yard line:
HAHAHAHA RUTGERS JUST BOTCHED THE PHILLY SPECIAL IN THE MOST SPECTACULAR FASHION!!! pic.twitter.com/DiFVkMW0aH
— Zach Shanker (@Zach_Nighthawk) November 17, 2018
THE PHILLY SPECIAL! Great play call, great execution, and…the quarterback dropped it.
Now carry on with your Saturday.
Jimmy Butler’s home debut did not disappoint.
Hell of a game last night, featuring a jacked-up crowd, big buckets from both squads, and a nice 4th quarter turnaround for your team, your town, your 76ers.
It looked like they were headed for another disappointing collapse after opening with a 14-point 1st quarter lead, but Brett Brown’s team executed when it mattered, going on a 8-2 run over the final two minutes to claim a six-point win.
Jimmy Butler scored on a key sideline out of bounds play to put the game away. Ben Simmons, who did not have his best night, got a tough bucket at the rim just one possession prior.
Let’s start with that, because there was a point in the third quarter where Simmons had a line of 6 points, 6 rebounds, and 6 assists, aka 666, the number of the beast. He’s been a little slow to figure out how to connect the dots as the point guard with Butler now in the starting lineup.
Simmons turned the ball over at the 1:45 mark in the 4th quarter with a lazy pass as Ricky Rubio overplayed a JJ Redick dribble-handoff. Jae Crowder was able to get a layup to fall on the other end to put the Jazz up two. Rubio tried the same overplay on the next possession, but fouled Redick and the Sixers tied the game on a pair of foul shots.
Even after the sloppy execution, Brown showed trust by going to Simmons again on the very next possession, bringing Redick off the baseline as a screener and resulting in this:
Ben Simmons hitting a clutch shot over Donovan Mitchell? You can’t write a more fitting script.
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In many ways, the Philadelphia Eagles enter their matchup with the New Orleans Saints this weekend in a similar spot to what their previous opponent, the Dallas Cowboys, found themselves in a week ago. More than a touchdown underdog on the road against what’s believed to be a far superior team, the Eagles appear outclassed and overmatched. Most people figured they were tuning into the Cowboys’ funeral a week ago, and just as many, if
Black Friday is just about a week away, and if you’re like me, you could probably use some extra spending money to take advantage of all the hot deals that will soon be out there. Good news. There will be plenty of betting opportunities to find some winners this weekend. It’s Week 11 in the NFL and the race for the playoffs is revving up. Every Top 25 college football team is in action. There’s
Gabe Kapler lost his home earlier this week in the destructive California wildfires that still continue to burn this morning across different parts of the state. It has undoubtedly been a devastating experience for Kapler and the thousands of others impacted by this tragedy, and I could only imagine how difficult it must be to pick up the pieces in its aftermath.
And that’s why I think it’s pretty damn cool that he took the time to meet and hang out with some awesome and brave children in the Phillies clubhouse last night. From Jeff Chirico of Action News:
Some special children got a rare chance to sleep in the @Phillies Clubhouse. Manager @gabekapler was there to greet them all tonight despite losing his home to CA wildfires days ago. #Phillies pic.twitter.com/zX2Ubv7ogW
— Jeff Chirico (@JeffChirico) November 17, 2018
Kapler didn’t talk about his home or the fires, but instead kept the focus on the children:
We have local hospital kids, we never let anybody sleepover at the clubhouse. It’s a real opportunity to let them take a break from some of the things they are dealing with and it feels amazing to be part of that.
With the holiday season approaching next week, and in the spirit of his selflessness, here’s a link Kapler is promoting for anyone that’s interested in donating to the Wildfire Relief Fund:
Donate, send me a screenshot, and your name will go into a random drawing for some @rhyshoskins signed baseballs.
— gabe kapler (@gabekapler) November 14, 2018
Photo Credit: Bill Streicher, USA TODAY
It was another Brett Brown “blow another ridiculously large lead” masterclass for Jimmy Butler’s Sixers debut on Wednesday. Somehow, Brown continues to ride the “Popovich coaching tree” pedigree into infinite employment as the Sixers’ head coach, no matter how often he turns comfortable wins into losses.
Tonight, anyway, the Sixers’ trade for Butler inoculated Brown from his own disastrous inability to hold a double-digit lead. Butler’s line tonight was 12 shots made from 15 taken with seven assists and a +12 for the minutes he was on the floor for the 38 minutes he played. He finished with 28 points.
Brown was appropriately complimentary of his new All-Star: “(H)e was incredibly efficient, physical, made some tough shots…that’s a fantastic debut, he was our bell ringer tonight.”
The Twitter accolades of Butler’s home debut as a 76er were appropriate and contained multitudes:
Home debut ends with a win, how's it feel?
— NBC Sports Philadelphia (@NBCSPhilly) November 17, 2018
Daily News | Sixers beat Jazz in Jimmy Butler’s 28-point home debut https://t.co/mu7I2BwRAO
— Philly Daily News (@PhillyDailyNews) November 17, 2018
Ben Simmons had this pretty, perfectly weighted dish to Jimmy Butler for the layup, but it’s the way the pair looked and nodded at each other that I’m sure is melting every Philadelphian’s heart. pic.twitter.com/CjTGCEIFeb
— Olgun Uluc (@OlgunUluc) November 17, 2018
I think I speak for every Sixers fan when I fantasize about Jimmy Butler’s time on this team with Joel Embiid and Ben Simmons and think, you know what:
That’s how it feels, anyway.
This is pretty cool. The Sixers have recreated the 1982 Sports Illustrated cover featuring Moses Malone to highlight their newest acquisition Jimmy Butler. Sixers President Chris Heck put out these tweets on Friday, featuring Butler in place of Malone:
Just when it appeared the Flyers’ goaltending situation was on somewhat stable ground, Flyers fans received the obligatory bad news that starting goalie Brian Elliott sustained a lower-body injury in Thursday night’s game against the New Jersey Devils. Friday, the extent of the injury was still a bit uncertain, but the length of time for the starter’s recovery was announced:
— Philadelphia Flyers (@NHLFlyers) November 16, 2018
It’s a huge blow to the Flyers, who’ve seen absences from Elliott, Michael Neuwirth, Alex Lyon, and Anthony Stolarz this season. Elliott’s been a solid locker room presence and has answered every question in postgame scrums with poise and a refreshing level of candidness. He’s been the team’s best option in goal and now the team finds itself with a big question in goal.
So what next?
For the time being, Alex Lyon has been recalled from the Lehigh Valley Phantoms for the second time this season:
I’ve risen from my autumnal baseball slumber to discuss the very, very rousing and borderline erotic words of Phillies owner John Middleton that appeared in Bob Nightengale’s latest piece for USA Today.
Specifically, these words:
“We’re going into this expecting to spend money. And maybe even be a little bit stupid about it.”
Stupid? Now you’re speaking my language. Oh, please do go on:
“We just prefer not to be completely stupid.”
Don’t hedge, John. Be stupid. Be so stupid. I’m not interested in long-term financial flexibility and discipline. What I’m interested in is all of the short-term satisfaction, immediate hope, and self-assured shit-talking that all of your Comcast television rights and tobacco money can buy.
In many ways, the Philadelphia Eagles enter their matchup with the New Orleans Saints this weekend in a similar spot to what their previous opponent, the Dallas Cowboys, found themselves in a week ago. More than a touchdown underdog on the road against what’s believed to be a far superior team, the Eagles appear outclassed and overmatched. Most people figured they were tuning into the Cowboys’ funeral a week ago, and just as many, if not more, suspect they’ll be viewing the Eagles’ burial late Sunday afternoon. Of course, those projections of a week ago turned out to have the same accuracy as Thursday’s miscalculated snow forecast:
Disgusting loss pic.twitter.com/rFLGQy408k
— The Bitter Birds (@AdrianFedkiw) November 12, 2018
Sports, like the weather, are hard to predict, and I think this brings us to the point the most optimistic of Eagles fans are currently clinging to: anything is possible. While the “any given Sunday” point is a flimsy straw to grasp at, the matchups, momentum, and intangibles of this game sure make it seem like it is the only straw to grasp.
Is there any hope at all for the Eagles this Sunday? Let’s get into it.
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