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Does Philadelphia Arena Food Pass the Test?

Kevin Kinkead - December 13, 2018

Really cool article over at ESPN.

They did an investigation into the quality of stadium and arena food by collecting “more than 16,000 food-safety inspection reports from health departments that monitor the 111 professional football, baseball, basketball, and hockey facilities across North America.”

In that data, they found that 28 percent of those venues incurred some kind of “high-level violation,” which doesn’t surprise me as somebody who used to work in the food service industry.

Researchers parsed all of this to come up with a nationwide ranking, and all three of the venues in South Philadelphia fell somewhere in the middle of the list, after the jump:

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Making Their Guards “Look Like Hall of Famers” – Observations from Nets 127, Sixers 124

Kevin Kinkead - December 13, 2018

I wouldn’t pin last night’s loss on any one thing specifically.

Start with the fact that the absences of Jimmy Butler and Mike Muscala forced Brett Brown into playing what essentially amounted to a seven-man rotation, with T.J. McConnell and Landry Shamet receiving 29 and 20 minutes, respectively.

That’s one thing.

Then you could go free-throw shooting, where the Sixers only hit at 75% on 16 trips to the line while Brooklyn shot 86% on 43 attempts. You can say that number might be bloated due to the late 4th quarter scramble, but it was lopsided well before then, with the Sixers still in single digit free throw attempts midway through the final period.

After that, you can look at Joel Embiid, who had 23 points on 10-15 shooting going into halftime, but put up only three more field goals in the second half.

You could make a note of JJ Redick’s 1-7 mark from three point range. Maybe jot down 17 turnovers in your notebook.

You could also spend some time talking about Brooklyn’s efficiency from the perimeter and about the constant struggles the Sixers have with this team.

Brown and his players touched on almost all of those subjects after the game, but before I go quote-heavy, I want to start with the two fourth quarter sequences that essentially put this one to bed.

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Sports Betting Updates

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The Best New Jersey Sportsbook Promos This Weekend

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Jimmy Butler Dished on “The Practice” and the Sixers on JJ Redick’s Podcast

JoyOnBroad - December 12, 2018

If you’ve ever wondered how interested Jimmy Butler was in joining the Sixers, what really happened at the now-infamous Minnesota Timberwolves practice, and what he thinks of Philadelphia now, you got your wish on the most recent episode of The JJ Redick Podcast.

Redick asked Butler if the Sixers were a team on his radar when he first requested a trade out of Minnesota.

Butler said:

When they were talking, Minnesota and Philly, they liked the deal that they were starting to get and then put together. So that’s when I became kinda aware that I could end up in Philly. Did I think this was gonna be where I ended up? I didn’t think so. And the only reason I didn’t think so was because it’s like, Philly is already a really, really good team. If you put me on there, I would like to think I’m a good enough player to add a little something and maybe get us to the hump of Eastern Conference finals, maybe even Finals.

At one point, Butler channeled his inner Allen Iverson when talking about the buildup to “The Practice”:

I would keep going into the office talking with management, talking with Thibs, and they would be like, “Hey, you need to come in and practice.” I was like, “Thibs, what I need to come in and practice for? Y’all gonna trade me.” What’s the point of practicing—going in there, getting up and down—and then I’m gonna be gone in a day. ’Cause it was always like: We almost got a deal, we almost got a deal, we almost got a deal.

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Check out the Sixers’ Christmas Day Jerseys

Kevin Kinkead - December 12, 2018

Via team President Chris Heck:

Looks like a white version of the Rocky-inspired City Edition uniform. They’ll wear these on Christmas Day and a few more times during the regular season.

Thoughts?

“For the Record,” a New Show Featuring Eytan Shander, Brian Westbrook, Krystle Rich, and Geoff Mosher

Kevin Kinkead - December 12, 2018

Programming alert.

We’ve got a new show hosted by:

  • beloved ex-Eagle Brian Westbrook
  • former 97.5 the Fanatic host Eytan Shander
  • former 97.5 the Fanatic host and longtime Eagles writer Geoff Mosher
  • Sixers Outsiders co-host Krystle Rich

It’s a web series and podcast called For the Record and it’s pretty straightforward – just four hosts sitting around and talking about sports and culture for a full hour without commercial breaks or useless phone calls via “Bob from South Philly.”

Phone calls like this:

Host: Bob from South Philly, you’re up.

Bob: Yeah? Hello?

Host: You’re up.

Bob: Oh okay, let me take you off bluetooth.

Host: Okay.

Bob: Yeah, hi? Can you hear me?

Host: I can hear you.

Bob: I want to talk about the Eagles. I think they should bring back John DeFilippo.

None of that on this show.

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“Philadelphia is Already Dysfunctional With Jimmy Butler”

Kevin Kinkead - December 11, 2018

According to Colin Cowherd:

Last time I checked, the Sixers are 10-3 since Butler arrived. Joel Embiid’s comments from the weekend were handled internally and he says that all is well.

Time’s yours.

Jimmy Butler’s MRI Results Came Back “Favorable”

Kevin Kinkead - December 11, 2018

Super short media availability today in Camden.

Brett Brown spoke for a few minutes and that was it. No players, who were in a mandatory meeting.

Here’s the update on Jimmy Butler via the head ball coach:

“The MRI came back favorable, but we will list him as doubtful for tomorrow night. In regards to what are we guessing or what are we thinking going forward, we really can’t make that prediction. What we can say is that the MRI revealed, as I said, nothing significant, but we deem him to be doubtful for tomorrow night.”

Brown is already dealing with a depleted bench due to the absences of Markelle Fultz and Zhaire Smith. There are essentially only eight players getting regular minutes now, which might open the door for a bit more of Amir Johnson or even Jonah Bolden or Shake Milton moving forward.

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15-Year-Old Guitarist Nails the Sixers’ Theme Song

Kevin Kinkead - December 11, 2018

You might know Brandon “Taz” Niederauer as the teenager who does the national anthem at the Sixers’ games every so often. He looks like a young Jimi Hendrix out there.

He sells out shows up and down the east coast, but more importantly, he’s a Sixers fan, and he’s gonna be in town this weekend playing The Fillmore. Before that gig, he’ll swing over to the Wells Fargo Center for the anthem again, but it looks like he’s added another tune to his repertoire.

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He’s ahead of me in the guitar department; that’s for sure. I didn’t start playing until I was 17 and it took me like three months to learn “Louie Louie.” I didn’t learn the Zakk Wylde riffs and pinch harmonics until college.