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No, I don’t have any Markelle Fultz video.
When the gym opened up to media on the first day of training camp, the second-year guard drained a three pointer and shot a layup before walking off the floor and into the weight room.
And you know what?
Good. Who gives a shit? He worked all summer on his jump shot and we’ll see how he does when the Sixers play against the Sixers during Tuesday’s intra-squad scrimmage at the Palestra.
Brett Brown described Saturday’s session as “spirited,” with a lot of carryover from last season. He was asked about Ben Simmons’ shooting ability coming into the new campaign and agreed with Ben’s media day quote where he explained that he’s not going to be looking to shoot a ton of three pointers.
“The notion that he was going to come back after the summer and (it was going to be), ‘wow, he’s shooting a lot of threes!’ (is wrong). The reality of the summer was going to be looking at the rim and if people back off you, find a way to feel confident and comfortable in punishing that. I think that he’s getting there. I think his confidence and his body language, his eye contact sort of looking at the target has improved.”
More notes from Brett’s availability:
The Eagles put up a disappointing performance last week against Ryan Fitzpatrick and the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in their first loss since December. Now with Carson Wentz back in the fold, the Birds look to get hot again with the Indianapolis Colts coming to town.
The Eagles are favored at -7, according to Fanduel Sportsbook.
Our predictions are after the jump: Continue Reading
Sports Betting Updates
Your pal Paddy is off to a rough start here. Two losing weeks in a row has shaken the confidence, but there isn’t any use in dwelling over the bad breaks of the past. This weekend’s Premier League slate contains endless opportunities for profit. We just need to look in the right places. Here are Paddy’s Picks for Week 6.
CARDIFF CITY v. MANCHESTER CITY
“I wish I knew how to quit you,” I heard someone say somewhere. Manchester City has lightened my wallet twice so far and yet their match with lowly Cardiff in Wales this weekend is too attractive to stay away from. Man City are almost certainly going to win this match — Cardiff was just promoted in August, and City have won 16 of their last 21 matches against newly-promoted sides. So we have to find value here somewhere. The handicap market is not much use to us because Cardiff has conceded 10 goals in their last three matches in all competitions. They are probably going to cough up a few to Man City, too.
Ultimately, then, the question is really this: Can Cardiff score even once at home? Even in the past three matches where they have had their heads handed to them, Cardiff scored in each of them. Additionally, Man City has conceded at least one goal in three of their last four league matches. With Man City reeling and exhausted from a mid-week loss in Champions League play, Cardiff has better than half a chance to at least score. So the pick here is Manchester City to win AND both teams to score at 2/1.
LIVERPOOL v. SOUTHAMPTON
Liverpool is unbeaten in their last 23 Premier League matches at Anfield, their happy home hunting ground. Southampton’s last Premier League effort saw the Saints blow a two-goal lead at home to a Brighton and Hove Albion side that is as nondescript and devoid of threat as Southampton is. The temptation is great here to see this as an easy 3-0 or 4-0 win for Liverpool, whose five wins in five league matches have them sharing the league lead with Chelsea (though the Blues lead on goal difference.)
Ah, but there’s that pesky Champions League again, getting in the way of what should be an easy day for Liverpool. The Reds expended a ton of energy at Anfield mid-week, beating Paris Saint-Germain in a thriller. Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp is almost certainly going to have to rotate his squad and sit some of his best players, at least at the outset of this match. There is no reason to pick Southampton to win or even draw this match, but there is definitely cause to temper expectations for how dominant Liverpool can be in this match. The pick: Liverpool to win AND over 2.5 goals at 4/6.Jose says “this pick is a lock, chalk it up now.” Photo Credit: Mark J. Rebilas, USA TODAY
MANCHESTER UNITED v. WOLVERHAMPTON
Wolverhampton has been a nice story at the outset of this Premier League campaign. Wolves lead the newly-promoted sides comfortably in the table, having won twice already in five tries in league play (more wins than Cardiff City and Fulham combined thus far.) Wolves have also been great value, and helped your humble tout with a timely win at West Ham in Week 4. Wolverhampton is riding a three-match winning streak in all competitions and is unbeaten in four. So you should take Wolves, yes?
No. United have won the last six matches against Wolves at Old Trafford. Wolves have only managed to score twice in their last seven visits to the Theatre of Dreams. Perhaps most crucially, United manager Jose Mourinho has never suffered back-to-back home league defeats in his managerial career. He won’t lose this one either. Take Manchester United to win at 3/5.
Good luck this week.
LAST WEEK’S RESULTS:
$100 to win $240 on Watford/Manchester United draw: LOSS
$100 to win $83 on Arsenal over Newcastle: WIN
$100 to win $75 on Manchester City win over Fulham AND over 3.5 goals: LOSS
TOTAL LAST WEEK: -$117
TOTAL TO DATE: $-197
I didn’t make it over to Camden today because repair guys are at the house to fix my leaking roof.
Anyway, a large portion of Sixers media day was shared by the team, including Markelle Fultz’s eight-minute availability.
The biggest thing that jumped out to me was a question from the AP’s Dan Gelston about comments made this summer by trainer Drew Hanlen:
Gelston: Drew said this summer in a podcast that you had the yips, where you forgot how to shoot. That’s what he said. How does that happen – is it just the injury? Is there more to it? Confidence? How do you get that?
Fultz: Yeah, you know, I think it was a mis-term in words. But me and Drew have talked, and what happened last year was an injury. Let me get that straight. It was an injury that happened that didn’t allow me to go through a certain path that I needed to to shoot the ball. Just like any normal person, when you’re used to doing something the same way each and every day, and something happens, of course you’re going to start thinking about it. It’s just normal. So, of course I had that injury happen, and then people took certain things, of changing shots, and ran with it. But that didn’t affect me. That’s the reason I didn’t just come out last year and try to go against the media or whatever. I just was worried about getting healthy and getting back to what I do. That’s what I did this summer, so I’m happy.
For reference, the Hanlen quote comes from Daniel Schmidt’s “Talking Schmidt” podcast.
I promised I was going to do part two of the video review, so here it is.
The main focus from the Tampa game was the multitude of breakdowns in the secondary, which we went over on Wednesday.
Today let’s go over the all-22 film again and look at how Doug Pederson used his receivers, running backs, and tight ends while trying to navigate the injuries to Mike Wallace and Jay Ajayi. How did he line them up? Did Nelson Agholor play more on the inside or outside? How can he adjust with Jordan Matthews now available?
Before I get into the film, I do want to re-post what I logged on Monday after the game in terms of how they divided up their runs and passes from under center and shotgun:
- 44 passes out of the shotgun (a lot in the 4th quarter while chasing the game)
- 7 passes from under center
- 13 runs out of the shotgun (including the direct snap to Agholor)
- 8 runs from under center (two quarterback sneaks and the option/toss to Smallwood)
- (two more under center sets were wiped out due to a holding and tripping penalty on the second drive)
And in week one, this is how Doug lined ’em up:
- 35 passes out of the shotgun
- 1 pass from under center (play action)
- 18 runs out of the shotgun
- 5 runs from under center
From week one to week two, Pederson went from six to 15 under center sets and cut back on the amount of running he did out of the shotgun. Part of that, of course, was the fact that the Eagles were playing from behind, which forced them into throwing 44 passes out of the shotgun as a necessity. The Eagles showed more RPO and sweep action looks in week one and got away from that in the Tampa Loss.
Right, so there’s the context for that.
Some other things I saw on film:
I’m all-in on this. These videos are good.
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— Philadelphia Flyers (@NHLFlyers) September 21, 2018
My theory is the mascot has something to do with a Zamboni.
This is the second video the Flyers have put out– the first noted some strange goings on during building construction.
Of course, the Flyers won’t come out and say it’s a mascot, but I bet we find out soon enough. Given the clues, it might just be Donald Trump.
Are eSports the future?
That one guy in the comments section seems to think so, but 97.5 the Fanatic isn’t so sure.
Philadelphia’s first FM sports station is putting out feelers to see if any of their listeners care about video gaming. They sent out this message to people on their email list, seeking feedback:
Mike didn’t write that, of course. Some producer or creative services or sales person did.
But I find the email very interesting because I am almost one million percent certain that the 97.5 listener base does not care about eSports. I don’t think Bernie from Broomall or Jose from Norristown or that Bob guy from Tennessee with the great accent know a single thing about video games, nor would they have any interest in listening to eSports programming or podcasts.
Anthony Gargano will no longer host the 97.5 morning show. He is not on the air this morning following The Maestro’s reveal that Marc Farzetta would be coming to the station to be on in the mornings. This came as news to virtually everyone at 97.5, including Gargano, his producer, Jamie Lynch, and other top hosts at the station.
This morning, Philly.com confirmed our deep, probing speculation that Farzetta was joining the station to replace Gargano. We believe that Gargano found out about all of this yesterday, and that the decision to replace him with Farzetta was in the works for some time.
Farzetta curiously didn’t pick up shifts for Angelo Cataldi at WIP when he was on vacation this summer. Many in the industry have non-competes that restrict them from appearing on a competitor’s station for timeframes of 90 days or so. Maybe this was the case with Farzetta and thus explains his quiet disappearing act at WIP.
What’s quite clear, however, is that our war reporting kicked off a series of events that led to Gargano finding out that he was being replaced by Farzetta. Always listen to the sounds of The Maestro’s concertos. MUSIC NOW: