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A Whole Lot of Markelle Fultz – Observations from Sixers 127, Bulls 108

Kevin Kinkead - October 19, 2018

I think I traversed the entire length of the Markelle Fultz reactionary spectrum last night.

It started with the Wells Fargo Center crowd calling for him to “shoooooooot!” whenever he had the ball in his hands, which felt a little boorish to me. What kind of of rudimentary behavior is this?

But when the first shot went up, a mid-range jumper that didn’t even go in, I heard the roar from the stands and thought, “ah wow, they’re really pulling for this kid, this is special.”

It was confounding for me, because I’ve never really experienced anything like it. The entire thing had an overwhelmingly positive connotation to it, because the fans truly want Markelle to be successful and they want to help him through his struggles. It’s ridiculously antithetical to everything we’ve ever been taught about the Philadelphia fan base.

Still, the longer I sat there, I couldn’t shake the feeling of how elementary this whole exercise was. Here’s the #1 draft pick from a year ago, playing against a depleted Bulls team at home and getting cheers just for attempting a jump shot in a game.

How low has the bar been set?

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Tyrone Johnson and Krystle Rich Will Host New Show on NBC Sports Philadelphia

Kevin Kinkead - October 18, 2018

Press release:

PHILADELPHIA- (October 18, 2018) – NBC Sports Philadelphia, the home of the Authentic Fan – is launching “Sixers Outsiders” – a new, interactive program for Sixers fans, by Sixers fans. Hosts Tyrone Johnson and Krystle Rich – both huge fans – will provide their own unique take on that night’s game, with interaction on social media. “Sixers Outsiders” makes its debut on Saturday, October 20 immediately following “Sixers Postgame Live” on NBC Sports Philadelphia and the MyTeams by NBC Sports App.

During “Sixers Outsiders” Johnson (@TyJohnsonNews) and Rich (@KrystleRich) will provide viewers with the hottest takes, insightful analysis, and spirited commentary with interaction from fellow fans on social media. Fans can get a sneak peak of their new show this Thursday, October 18 during “Sixers Postgame Live.”

Tyrone currently produces the Mike Missanelli show, which is simulcasted on NBCSP.

The release says that Rich is a South Jersey native coming home from Los Angeles, where she worked as a reporter for “Time Warner Cable Network (now Spectrum SportsNet).” That actually looks like it was a few jobs ago. Her Linkedin page lists her most recent gig as a reporter/anchor at CBS Sacramento and she was previously a sports reporter and anchor at WBOC in Maryland. She’s a Rutgers alumna.

Thoughts on this new show?

Sports Betting Updates

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DraftKings Sportsbook Review

DraftKings Sportsbook has been live in New Jersey for over two full months now and a lot has changed since launch. While they were the first out of the gate for legal US sports betting, they now face competition from many sites, including FanDuel Sportsbook, SugarHouse Sportsbook, BetStars and others. How do they stack up and what promos does DraftKings Sportsbook offer? Let’s take a closer look. Bonus: First bet matched up to $200 Minimum

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BetStars NJ Review and $500 in Free Bets Promo

BetStars NJ launched their sports betting app which is now available for both iOS and Android, and they offering a pretty outrageous promo code and deposit bonus. Owned by The Stars Group, a Canadian-based company that powers the popular PokerStars app, BetStars is targeting DraftKings and FanDuel directly, bringing its mobile-focused product to New Jersey with an AGGRESSIVE promo and deposit bonus. Bonus: $500 in free bets and 100-1 odds on any team to win the

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Need To Know Betting Trends For The Eagles and Panthers

After seemingly getting back on track last Thursday night at MetLife Stadium, the Eagles will look to climb over the .500 mark when they host the Carolina Panthers on Sunday afternoon at Lincoln Financial Field. The Panthers, who are 1-4 all-time in regular season games played in Philadelphia, are looking for their first road victory of the season, and they will have their work cut out for them if they hope to get it. The

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Free Swag and a New Wendy’s Promotion at Sixers Games

Kevin Kinkead - October 18, 2018

If you’re going to the home opener tonight, congratulations, you’re taking home the t-shirt pictured above.

The Sixers also announced today all of the promotional stuff for the coming season, which includes five “Spirit of 76” games where the team will wear those gnarly City Edition uniforms:

  • Friday, Nov. 16 vs. Utah Jazz
  • Friday, Nov. 23 vs. Cleveland Cavaliers
  • Friday, Nov. 30 vs. Washington Wizards
  • Friday, Dec. 14 vs. Indiana Pacers
  • Friday, Jan. 11 vs. Atlanta Hawks

A lot of the old “activations” are coming back, such as the “Wendy’s Frosty Freeze-Out,” the Chick-fil-A challenge, and the Honda half-court shot.

HOWEVER –

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Kevin Harlan vs. Sixers Public Relations

Kevin Kinkead - October 18, 2018

This is the hottest feud of the year, definitely hotter than Khabib vs. McGregor.

Backstory:

If you listened to the national broadcast of the Sixers game on Tuesday, you heard play-by-play guy Kevin Harlan pronounce “Dario Saric” in this manner:

“duh-REE-oh” 

That resulted in some head-scratching and complaining on Twitter, because that’s not how you pronounce Dario’s name, right?

But Harlan defended himself and blamed the alleged error on a cheat sheet provided by the Sixers’ public relations staff, which he later furnished as proof in a sideways image shared on Twitter Thursday morning:

The misaligned picture does indeed say (dah-RIO) on it, so one would assume Harlan is only following team instructions on how to pronounce the power forward’s first name. As per standard rules of writing out pronunciations, you would put the emphasis on the syllable written in capital letters.

Examples:

  • the former Flyer would be Eric day-zhar-DAN, not Eric day-ZHAR-dan
  • the current Eagle would be Alshon JEFF-ery, not Alshon jeff-ERY
  • the current Eagle would be Tim JER-nuh-genn, not Tim jer-NUH-genn

Harlan doubled down on his pronunciation during a Thursday appearance with Jason Myrtetus and the Cuz on 97.5 the Fanatic, which you can listen to after the jump:

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What I’d Like to See From Markelle Fultz (and Brett Brown) Tonight

Kevin Kinkead - October 18, 2018

Ah yes, we still have 81 games left in the season. It didn’t seem that way after the incessant bitching and whining on Wednesday morning, but maybe we’ve come to our senses now.

The Sixers are going to commit to Markelle Fultz in this early part of the schedule, and they certainly should, but they need to be 100% in. You can’t half-ass this thing, and it starts with Brett Brown giving Markelle consistent second half minutes so that he finds rhythm and continuity with the first unit.

Fultz played 24 minutes on Tuesday night, 21 of which took place in the first half. The problem is not his minute total, because that’s a good overall number, but you have to distribute those minutes better so that he’s not sitting on the pine for most of the second half.

One thing you can do is split Fultz and JJ Redick in a front/back manner, meaning that Markelle can start each quarter before giving way to JJ to finish out the period.

It would look something like this:

  • 1st quarter: Fultz 7 minutes, Redick 5 minutes
  • 2nd quarter: Fultz 6 minutes, Redick 6 minutes
  • 3rd quarter: Fultz 5 minutes, Redick 7 minutes
  • 4th quarter: Fultz 4 minutes, Redick 8 minutes

That gives you 22 minutes for Markelle and 26 for JJ, who can then finish out the 4th quarter with the starters.

Fair? Unfair? Smart? Dumb? It’s just one way to move forward, depending on what the injury and bench situation looks like with Landry Shamet and T.J. McConnell in the mix. You’re going to have Zhaire Smith, Mike Muscala, and Wilson Chandler back at some point, so the rotation is going to look MUCH different than what we saw in the season opener.

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50 Hot Takes for the Philadelphia Sports Fan

Kevin Kinkead - October 18, 2018

It’s come to my attention that I’ve been incredibly neutral lately, just trying to do quality analysis and post-game breakdowns without the knee-jerk overreaction or outrageous hot takes.

In other words, I’m trying to be fair.

But fair doesn’t necessarily move the needle in 2018, when the most well-known media personalities are people who just say ridiculous and off-base shit, contradict themselves, and continue to make things up until someone finally pulls the plug or they retire.

I can hold my own alongside Jason Whitlock and Colin Cowherd, and to prove that I’m not Mr. Milquetoast, I pulled 50 hot takes out of my rear end, which you can dive into after the jump:

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Gabe Kapler is a Top 40 Coach in American Sports*

Kevin Kinkead - October 17, 2018

Not according to me, but according to “a panel of ESPN cross-sport experts” who put together a list of the top coaches in the United States.

*Specifically, the exercise was based on these parameters:

You’ve been handed the reins of a major North American professional sports franchise (and congratulations to you!). You now get to choose one coach who will lead your franchise to long-term greatness. Who’s your first choice?

More on the criteria from ESPN:

We stressed this was not a single-game exercise but was about “building a program,” and that respondents were permitted to consider age as part of their criteria.

Meanwhile, the ESPN analytics team devised a “résumé grade,” comparing achievements of leaders across the four major sports based on a formula factoring in win-loss records (regular season through Oct. 14), tenure and championships.

Make sense?

Your boy popped up at #39 overall.

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Eagles Wednesday: Ngata Problem at Defensive Tackle

Kevin Kinkead - October 17, 2018

Let’s get it back to the Eagles,” as Matt Nahigian would tell Rob Ellis and Harry Mayes.

Doug Pederson spoke to the media ahead of Sunday’s home game against Graham Gano and the Carolina Panthers.

Most significant were a couple of injury updates provided by the head ball coach:

  • Team has a plan at defensive tackle after releasing Destiny Vaeao. Haloti Ngata (calf) is “getting close” and is day-to-day in terms of readiness. Tim Jernigan keeps “progressing” but is not yet ready to practice. Pederson is “hopeful and optimistic” regarding Jernigan, which I would assume means he does play sometime this season.
  • Treyvon Hester is a part of the defensive tackle puzzle and they’ll continue to progress with him each week.
  • Jason Peters is doing fine and will practice today. RE: the biceps injury – “There’s something there. He definitely can play. No concern with injuring him any further.” Doug also said there’s no need to give Peters a rest to deal with niggling injuries.

More notes after the jump:

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