I’m not a huge Jeopardy! guy, probably because I feel intellectually inferior whenever it’s on. I can go entire segments without knowing an answer (or question, I guess?) and then some dumbass in the room gets a few right and I develop an inferiority complex.
I can, however, honestly say I would’ve had this one right on tonight’s episode:
“The World Almanac’s editors picked items for a figurative 2018 time capsule, including this furry orange mascot of the Philly Flyers.”
— plainpizza (@oneplainpizza) February 16, 2019
I love how this Eric guy is absolutely to the moon over nailing it. The self-confidence. The folded hand placement at the belt. The smile. He’s thoroughly pleased with himself.
I know you think you’re better than me, Eric. You knew a hockey mascot. Cool. Way to be conscious during 2018, but I’m not impressed with your quiz show knowledge or your affable demeanor.
Sorry. Like I said, inferiority complex.
And with that, I’m back in.
I SWORE to myself that I wouldn’t get all worked up over Bryce Harper’s social media follows or likes anymore. Swore to it. I’ve been down that road many times this winter, and it has been a dead end every single time.
But then he had to go and do this…
— John Clark (@JClarkNBCS) February 15, 2019
A follow or a like is one thing, but a comment? Totally different story. You don’t just drop a “suhhhh kid” on Rhys Hoskins’ absolute FIRE Instagram post in which he looks like a god damn BOSS and then turn around and sign with the Giants or Padres. Doesn’t work that way. That’s not proper social media code in 2019.
Phillies, he wants it. You want it. Give it to him.
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I wrote Thursday about Markelle Fultz’s introductory press conference in Orlando.
Did he take a shot at the Sixers? Or was his quote received the wrong way? Coggin ripped Markelle this morning, and while I’m not 100% certain he was intentionally shading Philly, my takeaway was that Markelle didn’t do himself any favors by leaving this quote open to interpretation:
“…Another thing I’m big on is just the relationships and everything like that. I heard a lot about coach, not only from players that played here, but a lot of players across the league that I’m really close to. I think it just excites me to know that I have coaches that are going to push you to be better and not just gonna tell you what you want to hear. So from that aspect that made me even more excited.”
People argued about that quote on Facebook and Twitter over these past 24 hours.
Interestingly enough, his mother Ebony, who reportedly is very involved in Markelle’s life and day-to-day affairs, said this to Josh Robbins of The Athletic, who covers the Magic:
That sentiment — that the Magic will be patient — seems to be the biggest takeaway Markelle and Ebony Fultz have taken from their interactions with the team so far.
“I get a great vibe,” Ebony Fultz said. “It’s very refreshing to hear the positivity, the support that they have for (the players) and the fact that they’re constantly saying, ‘We want to do this the right way.’”
This is another head-scratcher of a quote.
Stunner on a Friday afternoon!
Colin Kaepernick and Eric Reid, who had filed a collusion lawsuit against the NFL, reached a settlement out of court.
A joint statement was released today, reading as such:
— Mark Geragos (@markgeragos) February 15, 2019
That’s from Kaepernick’s lawyer. The NFL shared the same statement on the official league website.
Couple of things to consider here:
- settling makes Eric Reid look like a hypocrite, considering that he called Malcolm Jenkins a “sellout” for accepting league money a while back, causing a divide in the Players Coalition
- Kaepernick also looks like a sellout for not riding this thing out to the end (assuming he just took a huge amount of hush money here).
- Reid just signed a 22 million dollar deal with the Panthers, so his case is weakened.
- If the NFL was willing to settle out of court, then there was probably enough evidence to hurt their chances in court
- Kaepernick said repeatedly that his protest wasn’t an affront to the military or United States veterans. He began taking a knee SPECIFICALLY out of respect to veterans. He was originally sitting on the bench during the anthem.
- I’m glad this thing is finally over.
The NFL Players Association also shared a statement, after the jump:
Darren Dreger is more or less the NHL’s Adam Schefter.
He mentioned last night that the Flyers and Oilers were talking about a Cam Talbot trade and offered this update a short time ago:
Oilers and Flyers in a holding pattern on Cam Talbot trade. As mentioned on Insider Trading last night, Anthony Stolarz likely in the return if they close the deal. RFA goalie end of the year.
— Darren Dreger (@DarrenDreger) February 15, 2019
Couple things here:
- Stoli is actually a group 6 unrestricted free agent right now. He has a chance to reach RFA status, but he needs 11 games of 30+ minutes to reach that mark. The Flyers only have 25 games remaining, so I don’t see a 14/11 Hart-Stoli split happening.
Explanation on that via Cap Friendly:
The first year we posted our Group 6 list we got burnt because we overlooked the 30 min requirement. Since then, we literally go back and look at every game sheet for goalies on the G6 list in order to weed out games under 30 min. Stolarz has 19 gms, but only 17 of 30 min or more
— CapFriendly (@CapFriendly) February 14, 2019
So he’s likely going to remain an unrestricted free agent.
Also, after the jump:
Slow news day.
Let’s talk about Hafthor Bjornsson, the guy who plays “The Mountain” on Game of Thrones, which returns in April. I’m pumped. I need to see what happens with the incest and the dragons.
Anyway, Bjornsson is a massive dude, something like 6’9″ and almost 400 pounds. He set a world record with a 1,041 pound deadlift last March, which is insane.
He broke that record this week by lifting 1,042 pounds, and the video is wild. Check out the guys in the background just going crazy and urging him on:
Outrageous. Looks like the dude is lifting a french fry.
Here’s some more on the record, via Muscle and Fitness:
We don’t have to tell you that 1,042 pounds is an incredible amount of weight, because one look at the seriously bent barbell in Björnsson’s video makes it pretty obvious.
The previous elephant bar world record was 1,041 pounds, set by Björnsson at the 2018 Arnold Strongman Classic. Over the summer, he also won the 2018 World’s Strongest ManOpens a New Window. competition. It’s safe to say that 2018 was the 30-year-old strongman’s biggest year yet, and he’s clearly starting 2019 off on the right foot.
NBA Commissioner Adam Silver was part of a presentation this morning where he revealed an electronic jersey that changes name and number via a smartphone app.
Don’t believe me?
See for yourself:
Adam Silver unveils the NBA jersey of the future. pic.twitter.com/h5GePOwOjx
— NBA (@NBA) February 15, 2019
This is PERFECT for posers, especially Los Angeles Laker fans living in our area.
For instance, when LeBron James misses a mid-range jump shot and then plays zero defense on the other end, you can change the back of your jersey to say “Kuzma” instead. And then when Kyle Kuzma gets traded to the Pelicans as part of the Anthony Davis deal, you can change the back of your jersey to say “Davis” instead.
It’s brilliant. All frontrunners and flaky bandwagon fans are going to have this on their Christmas list.
An old Chinese riddle has puzzled philosophers and seekers of truth for decades.
“If the first overall pick of the NBA draft takes a parting shot at the city and the coach that supported him for two angst-filled years, does anyone care?”
All apologies to Danny Watkins, but the biggest draft bust in Philadelphia history just couldn’t help himself. Markelle Fultz couldn’t resist taking one last passive aggressive shot at the coaching staff, fans, and city that cheered every awkward attempted three pointer, every herky jerky free throw, and every head-scratching excuse for an ever-devolving jump shot the cherubic cheeked failure could throw at us.
At least this time he said it to reporters instead of posting it on social media like a 16-year-old girl who was just dumped by her boyfriend before the big Spring Fling Dance.
“You really can’t trust NO ONE !! How could he have done this to me?!” We get it, Emma, enough already.
Talking to the assembled Orlando Magic media for the first time since being traded for a case of floor wax and Jonathon Simmons, Fultz decided it would be the perfect opportunity to toss a molotov cocktail at the franchise that went to exorbitant lengths to protect him and his delicate psyche at every turn.
During his introductory press conference, Fultz pontificated on what excited him about the change of scenery from Philadelphia and what would enable him to be a better player for Orlando:
“It just excites me to know that I have a coach that’s going to push you to be better and not just going to tell you what you want to hear,” Fultz said.
Oh, so that’s what Fultz needed….he just needed some tough love to reach the dizzying heights of a so far wasted professional career. He wasn’t held back by a mysterious pseudo-injury, or the yips, or a domineering mother, or his inability to ride a BMX bike…no no no, it was the yes men in Philadelphia that didn’t challenge him enough who held him back from truly being great.