Part owner Will Smith was in attendance again, and so was Knicks fan Spike Lee, who, let’s be honest, puts out a hit once every decade or so, yet, because he sits courtside at Knicks games, has a disproportionately high Q Rating. The last thing he was involved with that I even recognize was Kobe Doin’ Work, a self-indulgent documentary with 18,000 cameras trained on a rapist for one game. But Lee wears glasses and funny hats, so let’s blast his mug everywhere. Done.
New Eagles linebacker DeMeco Ryans, who genuinely seems like a cool dude was there, too:
Sitting courtside with Wayne Simmonds and Sean Couturier (in the middle)!
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Did Shephard Smith walk onto set awkwardly? Yes. Does he speak in a curious staccato? Yes. Are Penn State folks going to like this segment? No.
H/T to (@goodnightsnack), the man I once watched get freaky with a lady friend in a dog bed as I slept just feet away. True story.
According to AP writer Dan Gelston, Will Smith and his wife, Jada, are investors in the new Sixers ownership group, which is led by Joshua Harris. Harris, 46, is the managing director and co-founder of Apollo Global Management, a private equity investment firm that owns Caesars Entertainment Corp., Norwegian Cruise Line, CKX – parent company of 19 Entertainment, which produces American Idol and So You Think You Can Dance. The sale is official and the team will hold a press conference today at 11:30 at the Palestra.
No word on how much stake or involvement the Fresh Prince will have with the Sixers, but I’d imagine we’ll see a few more courtside sightings.
Back in 2006, Smith was part of a group that tried to buy the Sixers.
I kinda like this guy, though he might want to lose the hat.
After seeing the massive backlash from fans on his Facebook page the other day, Steve Smith promptly responded with a fairly apologetic post and thanked those who were reasonable. Today, he took aim at the fans who claimed he turned down a huge offer from the Giants:
For those of you saying the giants offered me a 5 yr $35 million contract w/$15 million guaranteed before i got hurt- thats news to me bc if that happened i would have signed it and done back flips on my way to practice !! u should also check out these 2 articles as i think the comments on the bottom of them say a lot.. thx again to those supporting me
The first coherent response?
If I send your Giants jersey back to you, will you unsign it for me?
Considering the fact that the Eagles are giving him $4 million ($2 million guaranteed), you certainly can't blame him for a hypothetical jump at 35/15. The articles he points readers toward (here and here) are from Pro Football Talk, where the comments are mostly critical of the Giants, not Smith.
I would also highly recommend taking a look at some of the fan made Photoshops on his Facebook page…
Yeah, the rivalry just got turned up a notch.
H/T to (@DXFlyers)
You probably already knew that, but a number of folks have tipped us off to Giants fans’ response to Steve Smith’s Facebook post… which said:
I will always cherish my time in NY and the super bowl victory.. This was obviously not an easy decision for me or something i ever expected but unfortunately the business aspect proved that the eagles wanted me to be part of their organization MUCH more than the Giants did.. A special thanks to my WR buddies, coach Gilbride, all of u amazing fans on here, and the entire giants organization for drafting me.. Time for a new beginning…
Aw. Nice guy, that Steve. Let’s see what Giants fans had to say in response. Keep in mind, most of these are just from the last hour. You about ready to do some kissin’?
Warning, the language is, um, rather colorful:
The one from the Giants.
Howie Roseman went shopping again today. He picked up a slightly discounted former Pro Bowler, Steve Smith, who is coming off micofracture surgery.
Grilled Reuben Frank just reported on CSN that Smith could be back as early as late-September. High-risk, high-reward signing right there… though it does have to make you wonder about Jeremy Maclin's odd illness…
Philly Sports Daily has the story.