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Ben Simmons Reportedly Has “Nerve Impingement” In Lower Back

Kevin Kinkead - February 25, 2020

Per Shams:

Two weeks would take us to March 10th, right before the Pistons home game, so Simmons won’t be involved in the four-game road swing. Sixers should be okay this week against Cleveland and New York, if Joel Embiid plays the way he did last night. They can beat the Cavs and Knicks without Simmons, then it gets tricky playing the Lakers and Clippers on the road before heading up to Sacramento and Golden State.

Doug Pederson Says There Are No Issues Between Alshon Jeffery and Carson Wentz

Kevin Kinkead - February 25, 2020

Doug Pederson was asked about the purported Alshon Jeffery/Carson Wentz beef at the NFL Combine today.

General consensus among Eagles fans/media/etc is that Alshon snitched to Josina Anderson last year, which she denies. Howard Eskin got involved in that, which turned into an entertaining mess of a week. Today Doug brushed aside the notion that there’s friction between his wide receiver and quarterback:

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Adam Haseley Leaves Phillies Game After Diving for Ball

Kevin Kinkead - February 25, 2020

Nasty face plant here.

Adam Haseley had to leave today’s Spring Training game after it looked like he cut his forehead or the area above his eye while diving for a fly ball in the outfield.

Couldn’t get the audio for some reason, but here’s the video clip:

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“Heck Yeah,” Doug Pederson Wants Jason Peters Back

Kevin Kinkead - February 25, 2020

Howie Roseman and Doug Pederson spoke today at the NFL Combine.

Howie didn’t say much of anything. His availability is going to be parsed in more of a “let’s try to read between the lines and examine his body language” type of way.

Doug was a little more upfront, and I did a double take when he said this:

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Original Costume Designers Call New Phanatic an “Affront” to Them and Phillies Fans

Kevin Kinkead - February 25, 2020

Maybe the Phillies should just pay off these people and be done with it.

Bonnie Erickson and Wayde Harrison, who designed the original Phillie Phanatic back in the late 70s, are currently embroiled in a legal battle with the team over the use of the mascot, due to some federal law that allows artists to renegotiate the rights to their work after a 35 year period.

The Phils changed the Phanatic costume recently as part of the ongoing lawsuit, which resulted in this statement today from Erickson and Harrison, shared via Corey Seidman at NBCSP and Matt Mullin at Philly Voice:

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Penn State Receiver KJ Hamler Will Meet With the Eagles Tomorrow

Kevin Kinkead - February 25, 2020

The NFL combine is here, and you know that means.

Time to read stories like “Player X is visiting with Team Y, here’s my shitty mock draft version 27.

Over the next six weeks you’re going to read all about why the Eagles should target this guy, or that guy, how big his hands are, and how fast he ran the 40-yard dash, as if that stuff really matters as much as everybody thinks it does.

The good thing is that the Eagles’ needs are pretty clearly defined. This is said to be a historically good wide receiver class, and golly, the Birds could use some of those!

One of the guys graded to go in the second or third round is Penn State’s KJ Hamler, who spoke today and said this:

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Can a Bandwagon Flyers Fan Be Welcomed Back Into The Fold?

Coggin Toboggan - February 25, 2020

I’m a bandwagon Flyers fan. I’ll admit it. I haven’t seriously paid attention to the team since the 2013-2014 season. Maybe the extraordinary energy it took to try and convince myself Steve Mason was a true number one goalie fried the last synapses of my fandom, but it was never the same after that year.

In my defense, there were some sorry, SORRY teams after that year. They made the playoffs twice, were never a threat to ever do anything in those playoffs, and seemed to be a rudderless ship, yo-yoing relevance to full-on rebuilding year by year.

They were purposeless. An afterthought in Philadelphia. We saw them lose the Stanley Cup in 2010 after a miraculous run, blinked, and they were still treading water nearly a decade later. Who has the energy for that shit? The franchise had no direction at all, no number one goalie, and the most exciting moment in the last five years was a new mascot that EVERYBODY hated when it was first unveiled.

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The Joel Embiid Career-High 49 Point Game – Observations from Sixers 129, Hawks 112

Kevin Kinkead - February 25, 2020

Safe to say the fun-loving Joel Embiid of years past is back.

He dropped a career-high 49 points on Monday night, then said “fuck it” on live television before apologizing for giving Kevin Huerter a middle finger late in the fourth quarter of a 17-point home win.

No worries, though. You can do whatever you want when you shoot 17-24 from the field, 14-15 from the foul line, and pull down 14 rebounds. Throw in three steals and three assists and that’s a nice way to put a bow on a career night.

The thing I liked the most about Joel’s game was that he committed himself to the post in Ben Simmons’ absence. He only shot three three-pointers, two of which took place in garbage time, and spent the majority of his night on the low block, putting Dewayne Dedmon in foul trouble by ducking in early and often. On certain occasions when the post-up was not there, or he drew early double teams, he was smart in kicking the ball out, re-establishing position, and then posting up again. It was a very cerebral game for him, which Brett Brown pointed to afterward:

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