Feb 24, 2010

Sportscenter Gets Punked

With the news that Brian Westbrook was released by the Philadelphia Eagles it became something of a national story. Every newspaper, TV channel or reporter was dying to get the first interview and for a second we thought it was going to happen on last nights 11:30 SportsCenter. The hosts were a tandem of Scott Van Pelt and Steve Levy, a good combo and funny enough to pull off what eventually happened when the entire ESPN nation got punked by a useless Howard Stern devote. This is not the first time this has happened but I think with all things considered Van Pelt kept his composure quite well.


Is Hannah Storm Hot?

It is public knowledge that PTI co-host Tony Kornheiser has been suspended for two weeks for some hurtful comments he said about Sports Center host Hannah Storm. On an episode of Sportscenter Storm wore a rather interesting outfit that could be compared to that of a catholic school girl. However the case here is what Kornheiser had to say about Storms outfit.

Hannah Storm in a horrifying, horrifying outfit today. She’s got on red go-go boots and a catholic school plaid skirt … way too short for somebody in her 40s or maybe early 50s by now.
She’s got on her typically very, very tight shirt. She looks like she has sausage casing wrapping around her upper body … I know she’s very good, and I’m not supposed to be critical of ESPN people, so I won’t … but Hannah Storm … come on now! Stop! What are you doing?
Now here is the question I post to you. Is that outfit that bad. I mean we all know that he deserves the suspension because of what he said but I kinda think Storm is hot. Id like to have your comments.


Feb 23, 2010

Westbrook Released

Don't worry there will be no smart ass comments or thank goodnesses cause as an outside observer of Eagles football I have always respected Brian Westbrook. Hes a local product and always gave you everything he had on every down. The man was a leader on and off the field and in a league where the shelf life of a running back is around 2 years this man gave 5-6 quality season to the Eagles. So as a fan that watched from a far, thank you for what you did for the city.

Just a highlight video of some of the best Westbrook moments.

Year Team G Att Att/G Yds Avg Yds/G TD Lng 1st 1st% 20+ 40+ FUM
2009 Philadelphia Eagles 8 61 7.6 274 4.5 34.2 1 25 13 21.3 1 0 0
2008 Philadelphia Eagles 14 233 16.6 936 4.0 66.9 9 39T 49 21.0 5 0 1
2007 Philadelphia Eagles 15 278 18.5 1,333 4.8 88.9 7 36 73 26.3 11 0 0
2006 Philadelphia Eagles 15 240 16.0 1,217 5.1 81.1 7 71T 60 25.0 8 1 1
2005 Philadelphia Eagles 12 156 13.0 617 4.0 51.4 3 31 27 17.3 5 0 0
2004 Philadelphia Eagles 13 177 13.6 812 4.6 62.5 3 50 38 21.5 7 2 0
2003 Philadelphia Eagles 15 117 7.8 613 5.2 40.9 7 62T 27 23.1 6 1 0
2002 Philadelphia Eagles 15 46 3.1 193 4.2 12.9 0 18 11 23.9 0 0 1
TOTAL 107 1,308 12.2 5,995 4.6 56.0 37 71 298 22.8 43 4 3

Iggy Overrated?.... Dare I say it

Overrated is such a harsh word. It is a basis of debate and mostly decided upon personal feelings. People in the media and fans constantly call Andre Iguodala overrated due to his inconsistent play on the court and the fact that he has never really lived up to the financial compensation that the Philadelphia 76ers have bestowed on him. Most people in the professional media bawk at the fans criticism when we call Andre Iguodala overrated because they say since we don't play the game we really don't know how important Andre is to the Sixers. But alas we finally have some insider information proving that its not just the fans that think Iggy has too much hype.

In the most recent issue of Sports Illustated they came out with the yearly confidential NBA players poll where among things like ranking the most likable or hardest worker,underrated player and player you'd like to play with the most the players had a chance to vote on who they felt was the most overrated player in the league. Not surprising former Rocket and current Knicks expiring contract Tracy McGrady was ranked first with over 9% of the polled players agreeing. Some other on the list is gunslinger Gilbert Arenas and coming in third is the Sixers own, useless all-star Andre Iguodala. See the fans do know something. Over 3% of the league feel that Andre has more hype then he deserves and is over payed.

2009 S.I. NBA Player Poll Most Overrated Player

1. Tracy McGrady, Rockets G/F 9%
2. Danny Granger, Pacers F 4%
3. LaMarcus Aldridge, Trail Blazers F 3%
3. Andre Iguodala, Sixers G/F 3%
3. LeBron James, Cavaliers F 3%

- b-chan

Feb 20, 2010

"Shot Doctor" Reaches Coaching Apex

This is an Examiner.com piece, to read the original CLICK HERE

Philadelphia University head coach Herb Magee tied Bobby Knight for most wins by an NCAA Men's basketball coach today as his Rams beat Post University 70-67. Magee is the only active coach to win over 875 games and has a chance to pass Knight and become the all time wins leader.

Magee has coached at Philadelphia University (Formally Philadelphis Textile Institute) for over 43 years and in that time has only had two losing seasons (10-14 '73, 13-14 '81). He is a member of the Pennsylvania & Philadelphia Sports Halls of Fame.

Magee nicknamed "Shot Doctor" due to his shooting instruction videos, also has one of the highest winning percentages in NCAA Division II history.

Magee is a Philadelphia University Alumni and after becoming a two-time All-American basketball player was drafted by the Boston Celtics as the 62nd pick in the 1963 NBA Draft. Magee turned down the offer to return to the Philadelphia area and coach.

Magee can pass Knight on Tuesday as his Philadelphia University Rams (22-6) take on Goldey-Beacom.

NCAA Wins Leaders (Mens Basketball)
1 Bob Knight 1965-2008 Army, Indiana, Texas Tech 902
2 Herb Magee 1967– Philadelphia 902
3 Dean Smith 1961-1997 North Carolina 879
4 Adolph Rupp 1930-1972 Kentucky 876
5 Mike Krzyzewski 1975– Army, Duke 854



Feb 19, 2010

Sorry But I Had To Do It....

If this is in bad taste I'm sorry but this was fun. 

Good morning, and thank you for joining me. Many of you in this room are my friends. Many of you in this room know me. Many of you have cheered for me or you've worked with me or you've supported me.
Now every one of you has good reason to be critical of me. I want to say to each of you, simply and directly, I am deeply sorry for my irresponsible and selfish behavior I engaged in.

I know people want to find out how I could be so selfish and so foolish. People want to know how I could have done these things to my wife Elin and to my children. And while I have always tried to be a private person, there are some things I want to say.

Elin and I have started the process of discussing the damage caused by my behavior. As Elin pointed out to me, my real apology to her will not come in the form of words; it will come from my behavior over time. We have a lot to discuss; however, what we say to each other will remain between the two of us.

I am also aware of the pain my behavior has caused to those of you in this room. I have let you down, and I have let down my fans. For many of you, especially my friends, my behavior has been a personal disappointment. To those of you who work for me, I have let you down personally and professionally. My behavior has caused considerable worry to my business partners.

To everyone involved in my foundation, including my staff, board of directors, sponsors, and most importantly, the young students we reach, our work is more important than ever. Thirteen years ago, my dad and I envisioned helping young people achieve their dreams through education. This work remains unchanged and will continue to grow. From the Learning Center students in Southern California to the Earl Woods scholars in Washington, D.C., millions of kids have changed their lives, and I am dedicated to making sure that continues.

But still, I know I have bitterly disappointed all of you. I have made you question who I am and how I could have done the things I did. I am embarrassed that I have put you in this position.
For all that I have done, I am so sorry.

I have a lot to atone for, but there is one issue I really want to discuss. Some people have speculated that Elin somehow hurt or attacked me on Thanksgiving night. It angers me that people would fabricate a story like that. Elin never hit me that night or any other night. There has never been an episode of domestic violence in our marriage, ever. Elin has shown enormous grace and poise throughout this ordeal. Elin deserves praise, not blame.

The issue involved here was my repeated irresponsible behavior. I was unfaithful. I had affairs. I cheated. What I did is not acceptable, and I am the only person to blame.

I stopped living by the core values that I was taught to believe in. I knew my actions were wrong, but I convinced myself that normal rules didn't apply. I never thought about who I was hurting. Instead, I thought only about myself. I ran straight through the boundaries that a married couple should live by. I thought I could get away with whatever I wanted to. I felt that I had worked hard my entire life and deserved to enjoy all the temptations around me. I felt I was entitled. Thanks to money and fame, I didn't have to go far to find them.

I was wrong. I was foolish. I don't get to play by different rules. The same boundaries that apply to everyone apply to me. I brought this shame on myself. I hurt my wife, my kids, my mother, my wife's family, my friends, my foundation, and kids all around the world who admired me.

I've had a lot of time to think about what I've done. (see picture left) My failures have made me look at myself in a way I never wanted to before. It's now up to me to make amends, and that starts by never repeating the mistakes I've made. It's up to me to start living a life of integrity.

I once heard, and I believe it's true, it's not what you achieve in life that matters; it's what you overcome. Achievements on the golf course are only part of setting an example. Character and decency are what really count.

Parents used to point to me as a role model for their kids. I owe all those families a special apology. I want to say to them that I am truly sorry.

It's hard to admit that I need help, but I do. For 45 days from the end of December to early February, I was in inpatient therapy receiving guidance for the issues I'm facing. I have a long way to go. But I've taken my first steps in the right direction.

As I proceed, I understand people have questions. I understand the press wants to ask me for the details and the times I was unfaithful. I understand people want to know whether Elin and I will remain together. Please know that as far as I'm concerned, every one of these questions and answers is a matter between Elin and me. These are issues between a husband and a wife.

Some people have made up things that never happened. They said I used performance-enhancing drugs. This is completely and utterly false. Some have written things about my family. Despite the damage I have done, I still believe it is right to shield my family from the public spotlight. They did not do these things; I did.

I have always tried to maintain a private space for my wife and children. They have been kept separate from my sponsors, my commercial endorsements. When my children were born, we only released photographs so that the paparazzi could not chase them. However, my behavior doesn't make it right for the media to follow my two-and-a-half-year-old daughter to school and report the school's location. They staked out my wife and they pursued my mom. Whatever my wrongdoings, for the sake of my family, please leave my wife and kids alone.

I recognize I have brought this on myself, and I know above all I am the one who needs to change. I owe it to my family to become a better person. I owe it to those closest to me to become a better man. That's where my focus will be.

I have a lot of work to do, and I intend to dedicate myself to doing it. Part of following this path for me is Buddhism, which my mother taught me at a young age. People probably don't realize it, but I was raised a Buddhist, and I actively practiced my faith from childhood until I drifted away from it in recent years.

Buddhism teaches that a craving for things outside ourselves causes an unhappy and pointless search for security. It teaches me to stop following every impulse and to learn restraint. Obviously I lost track of what I was taught.

As I move forward, I will continue to receive help because I've learned that's how people really do change. Starting tomorrow, I will leave for more treatment and more therapy. I would like to thank my friends at Accenture and the players in the field this week for understanding why I'm making these remarks today.

In therapy I've learned the importance of looking at my spiritual life and keeping in balance with my professional life. I need to regain my balance and be centered so I can save the things that are most important to me, my marriage and my children.

That also means relying on others for help. I've learned to seek support from my peers in therapy, and I hope someday to return that support to others who are seeking help. I do plan to return to golf one day, I just don't know when that day will be.

I don't rule out that it will be this year. When I do return, I need to make my behavior more respectful of the game. In recent weeks I have received many thousands of emails, letters and phone calls from people expressing good wishes. To everyone who has reached out to me and my family, thank you. Your encouragement means the world to Elin and me.

I want to thank the PGA TOUR, Commissioner Finchem, and the players for their patience and understanding while I work on my private life. I look forward to seeing my fellow players on the course.

Finally, there are many people in this room, and there are many people at home who believed in me. Today I want to ask for your help. I ask you to find room in your heart to one day believe in me again.

Thank you.


Feb 18, 2010

Jodie Meeks.... REALLY?


In the midst of the legitimate trades leading up to todays NBA trade deadline the Sixer ditched some dead weight for someother dead weight making a move to the Milwaukee Bucks for Francisco Elson and Jodie Meeks. The Sixers will send Primoz Brezec and Royal Ivey to Milwaukee and there could be a possible second round pick involved. This isnt really the blockbuster trade the Sixers were looking for but it does shed some useless weight for people that might actually see time on the court. Meeks was the 41 selection of the Bucks in the 2009 draft out of Kentucky. The 6-4 guard is averaging 4.1 points in his 11 minutes a game.

Francisco Elson is a 7-0 backup center in his sixth year in the league.

This isnt a terrible move cause it does give the team another young guard and ditches players that wouldnt be in the lineup next year but it really dosent have the punch that most fans were looking for before the trade deadline. It most likley the team will dump the Elson contract to free up room.


Let the King James Lottery Begin.

NBA trade deadline is approaching and the Sixers have less then 4 and a half hours left to make a deal. We have seen many players move and some that we expected to move stay put. When I wrote about the possible trade situations last weeks in my article Sixers poised to make a move I noted four teams that might be on the move and eager to move contracts and not suprisingly two of them have already swapped players.

Washington Wizards / Cleveland Cavaliers:

First trade was right before the all star break when the Washington Wizards began their mass contract cleanig dumping the contracts of Caron Butler, Brendan Haywood and DeShawn Stevenson in Dallas for Jason Terry and Drew Gooden. Both Gooden and Terry have expiring contracts and the young boost of Haywood could help Dallas make a huge surge in the Western Conference playoffs.

I had an sneaking suspicion when I wrote the initial article that if Washington made a move it might lead to a purging of most of the team and it looks like that is what they were headed for. We all know that the Cleveland Cavaliers were looking for help to keep LeBron James in town. The Cavs will make it far into the playoffs but they always seem to be one piece away, until yesterday.

The last real player in Washington after the Butler trade was Antwan Jamison and late yesterday it was reported that Jamison was a part of a three team trade. Basically it was a salary dump for Washington as they send Jamison to Cleveland and get back Zydrunas Ilgauskas who will most likley get dropped as soon as the paperwork is signed. The interesting part of the deal was the third team involved as the L.A. Clippers seem to be the odd team out adding Sebestain Telfair and Al Thronton in the deal, sending Telfair to Cleveland and Thornton going to Washington.

It was a good move for the Clippers because they lost Thornton and Telfair's contracts and only got back Drew Gooden,  Gooden was a part of the initial Dallas trade and was quickly sent to L.A. because of his expiring deal. Now I know this all seems confusing but Ill break it down like this:

Cleveland wanted Jamison to keep LeBron in town and hopefully contend for a title. Washington wants to clear money so that they can compete for a top tier free agent and the Clippers win the deal losing contracts, getting back money and now putting themselves in the best situation going into next season around $20 million under the cap and an ideal situation for LeBron to end up..... And we thought it was about money.... EVERYTHINGS ABOUT LeBRON.

Houston Rockets / New York Knicks

The next team I discussed as a possible place for a Sixers move would have been Houston and the chances of getting Tracy McGrady and his expiring contract. This seemed possible and even probable seeing and Tracy has publically said he would like to play in Philly. Mark Stein of ESPN.com reported that there was a deal in place to send Andre Iguodala and Samuel Dalembert to Houston for Tracy McGrady and rookie sharp shooter Chase Budinger. Apparently the deal was just waititng for the Sixers to approve but they refused. Aparently dumping almost $28 million and getting a prime free agent is not in the teams best interest...... ANYWAY.

It looks like T-MAC is going to be moved and he may be headed to either New York or the Sacramento Kings. Right now there are is trade in the works to send Sacramento Kings guard Kevin Martin to Houston which would send T-Mac to either NY or Sac and the Knicks would move either Nate Robinson or Jared Jefferies. This is a HUGE move for the Knicks and the Kings with both teams setting themselves up for alot of cap room in the off season. Once again markets are opening themselves up to court LeBron and other free agents like D-Wade and Chris Bosh. The Knicks have reported that they are the front runner in the LeBron lottery but with this I would not leave out Sacramento as they are a California mid market team and with players like Omri Cassipi and Tyreke Evans they could stand to be a interesting team for LeBron or Bosh.....

Phoenix Suns: O Where O Where Will Amare Go??

All of this leads to the final team in the pseudo Sixers wish list. It has been reported for the last few years the Phoenix Suns want to move Amare Stoudemire and it seemed that he was headed to Cleveland but all of the semantics of the deal couldnt get worked out. When that fell through Cleveland made the move Jamison and left Phoenix once again looking for a suitor.

Aparently the Suns feel that they have not recieved the right amount for Amare and are completely comfortable keeping him around instead of sending him to another team just to clear money. ESPN.com analyst Marc Stein reported this morning that Suns have announced that they are no longer shopping Amare. Owner Robert Sarver issued the statement. This puts to rest the last chance that I saw for the Sixers to make any kind of substantial move.

As I write this we still have 4 hours of trade time left and little to no chance of the Sixers making any of the moves that would prove to the fans that they actually give a damn about this team. This time of year always comes to me as the most frustrating. It looks like without a move the team will either not make the playoffs or make an early exit. And without a move the team is going to be stuck with what they can do in the off season. It looks like as the summer of LeBron approaches the Sixers will be in no place to woo anyone.


Feb 13, 2010

4 year anniversary of Iggy getting screwed.

So tonight was the NBA dunk contest and normally I keep an open mind but seriously this was the shittiest display of talent I have ever seen. No heart, creativity or originality. So this made my think of one of my favorite contest, the 2006 NBA slam dunk contest with the epic battle between Andre Iguodala and Nate Robinson. Nate won because of the epic dunk over Spudd Webb, yet not many people remember that legendary dunk Iggy had in the final round. All I have to say is that, as much as I am not a fan of the guy Iggy got hosed.


Feb 11, 2010

One for the thumb

*Because of the snow this is coming out a day late. Posted on Examiner 2/10/10*

This is an Examiner.com piece to read the original CLICK HERE

Ok so I know the title is a little hokey but hey who would have thought the Sixers would be on a five game winning streak. Despite the record of both clubs the Sixers and T-Wolves came into last nights game on a hot streak winning four of their last five. When the game tipped off at the Wachovia Center who knew the offensive effort the Sixers were preparing to display. Eddie Jordan sure didn't

In the first half the Sixers put up a staggering 73 points and proved something to the 11,000 or so fans in Philadelphia. The montra of a team that can't hold down a big lead was gone and that for the first time this season the team was ready to play. The Sixers went up by 12 at the 11:10 mark in the first period and never allowed Minnesota to get as close as 10 points for the rest of the game.

The Sixers (20-31) were lead by the forward tandem of Andre Iguodala and Elton Brand, both finishing with 20+ points. Iguodala finished with a game high 24 points on 9-18 shooting and Elton Brand ended with 21 points and seven boards.

Minnesota (13-39) had a balanced scoring attack with six players ending in double figures. Rookie Wayne Ellington lead the team with 16 points coming off the bench and Jonny Flynn ended with 14 points and six boards.

Minnesota center Al Jefferson had the games only double-double finishing with 12 points and 10 boards.

Next up for the Sixers is a trip north of the border tonight to visit Chris Bosh and the Toronto Raptors. Game time is set for 7 p.m.

Side Note: Sixers played without the services of Allen Iverson who is still away from the team dealing with the illness to one of his children.

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Feb 8, 2010

Maybe I Should Watch More Hockey

So for the first time this year I sat down and watched a Flyers game. They were playing the New Jersey Devils and in the midst of the boredom that I felt sitting through the game this happened.

This is why I have a new appreciation for hockey. In this clip you can see Flyers Jeff Carter completely lay out Devils player Anssi Salmela in the second period of the Flyers 3-2 victory Monday night.

If hockey is like this every night I might become a fan.

Game Box

Cliff Lee Has Surgery

This is an Examiner.com piece to read the original CLICK HERE.
ESPN.com is reporting that current Seattle Mariners pitcher and former Phillies all-star Cliff Lee had foot surgery in his home state of Arkansas to remove a bone spur in his left foot. The surgery is minor and is more of an comfort issue. Lee is expected to not participate when Seattle's pitchers and catchers report to spring training next week.

Lee had a small bone fragment floating in his left foot below his ankle and had the surgery to improve comfort in his opening stretch. This is a similar surgery to that of Phillies closer Brad Lidge.

Lidge had multiple bone spurs removed from his elbow and credited some of it to his discomfort and some of the velocity he believes he lost in his slider.

In a portion of their release to the media the Mariners estimated that Lee would continue his upper body workouts but gradually move into full motion activities in the next two to three weeks. The surgery did not require a cast.

Lee was a part of the highly publicized trades following the acquiring of starter Roy Halladay. Lee was sent to Seattle for a combo of three minor league prospects.

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Stephen A. Smith is GARBAGE!!!

So I wake up today thinking that this is just like any other Monday. Go to work write my examiner.com article then spend the next hour or so reading my typical array of sports blogs and columnists. In my search to read John Gonzalez on philly.com I see an oddly familiar name.

Screamin Stephen A. Smith who for some reason is still considered a contributing writer for the inquirer jumps back into his old media whoring ways and decides to tell us what he thinks about the Sixers and their season. So I figure lets see what this ass clown has to say.

Typical Stephen A. Smith nonsense. Acting like he should be a GM and telling us the most obvious things ever. "a bad $80 million dollar investment in Elton Brand" announcement like it something we have agonized over. The best part of the article is when Smith says that Eddie Jordan is a class act that needs the correct pieces to run his offense. For some reason Screamin thinks that we actually want Eddie around long enough to get this offense working.

He goes on to tell us that the Sixers are ruining their chances at a draft pick by winning games... Like this is something we all think every time were taking a lead no matter when it is.

Listen I am a Sixers fan. I read his columns all the time when he was the beat writer, but honestly hes terrible. he walks away and acts like hes the only person that has the right to talk about Sixers basketball. He is such as Allen Iverson all clown that he had the gaw to post Iverson's so called "Retirement Announcement" on his website.

The best part of the article was when he tried to rip apart the whole team and said that Sammy D was the most inconsistent player in the last few weeks for the Sixers. SAMMY HAS AVERAGED A DOUBLE-F*$KING-DOUBLE. At this point I brushed it off and started enjoying the fact that for once in my life I knew more about a team then a guy that got paid to write about them.

He ends the article talking about how the team needs to take a T-MAC trade and how it would help the team. (valid comment but a bit too late).. I covered that one last week.

He ends grandly talking about how if the owners really cared they would tank the season to get a top pick like this is a strategy we all didn't know about.

The best part of this article other then it ending was the fan comments. There was the typical fan (the uneducated WIP wing bowl fanatic) that electronically jacked off smith praising him for coming back. (Sorry ladies and gents we all know this guy doesn't read the inquirer, he seemed more like the 4th grade reading level the daily news recruits). What i enjoyed was the real fans that made comments such as "no wonder he got fired". "Who the hell are you" and "your show sucked". These helped me keep my sanity they really did.

Listen I am all about opinions hell that is why I am writing this now but there is a fine line you must draw. Stephen you ditched the city to "make it big" yet when your show failed (and it SUCKED) don't come back acting like were all grateful that your annoying us again. You do nothing but state the obvious all try to use common lingo "'folks" to prove that your still with it and not living in suburban new jersey...

Yes this is harsh but I am sorry there is no way this guy should be allowed to write in Philly again I think we all see that Kate Fagan is 10x the beat writer and actually cares about the fans. Stephen A always thought he was a pontiff preaching to all of us dumb fans.

To give you all a back story of the reason I am writing this article I will give you what happened the last time I met Screamin Stephen:

 Because I work in the media I was give the opportunity to attend the second game of what I called the "Iverson Comeback Tour" against the Detroit Pistons. Just like anything that can get you on T.V. in Philadelphia Stephen was buzzing around that place like a crack head looking for a dollar in 30th street station. He walked around like he somehow owned the place and when it came to game time walked to press row and took any old seat cause he thought he could. Luckily enough it was a seat in a row right in front of mine. I sat there writing and watching the game and watched as this smug asshole, who for some reason is loved by the people of this city, reject every small child that came up for an autograph and ignored everyone that didn't look like they could help him get a new pay check.

This guy is the model of smug arrogance and generally a huge P.O.S.

If you think im crazy read his original dribble here.

This was a fun rant and I thank you all for reading


Sixers Win Four In A Row???

This is an Examiner.com piece to read the original CLICK HERE

Who would have thought that at any time this season the Philadelphia 76ers would be on a winning streak. It was unknown territory for the team until last week yet for four games the Sixers have seemed to play like, dare I say it, a complete team.

Saturdays 102-95 win over the Houston Rockets was the first of hopefully more "Statement Games" for the Sixers (19-31). It was the first time this year (2010) that the team shot over 65% from the free-throw line and was a rarity with the team getting a win despite losing the turnover and rebounding battles.

The Sixers were looking to avenge their 91-96 loss to the Rockets, which occurred on December 11th.

Saturday was a complete scoring effort for the Sixers as they had five players finishing in double digits including four starters. Andre Iguodala finished with a double-double ending with 14 points and 10 boards. Iggy went six-of-six from the free throw line.

Forward Thaddeus Young came off the bench and ended with a team high 17 points in only 26 minutes of play. The second year forward controlled the ball coming in to play major minutes when Forwards Elton Brand and Andre Iguodala were getting rest time in the second half.

For the Rockets it was a one man game starring guard Aaron Brooks. Brooks ended with a game high 34 points and kept his team in the game with clutch three-pointers. Brooks has completed on a three pointer in every game this season for the Rockets (27-23).

Overall the Sixers ended 35-72 (48%) from the field and from the free throw line almost finished perfect going 22-23 from the charity stripe. On the contrast Houston shot only 41% (34-83) from the field.

Next up for the Sixers is a visit from Jonny Flynn and the Minnesota Timberwolves (13-38). Both teams are on four game winning streaks when they meet at the Wachovia Center. Tipoff is set for 7 p.m.

Game Summary: The Amare trade is completely FUCKED. Now Iguodala looks like a player so Stefanski is going to get sentimental and not trade him. Eddie Jordan gets a longer leash so they wont fire him either. And now every game they win they are getting closer to losing out on the lottery FUCK


Feb 5, 2010

At The Deadline: Sixers Hope To Make A Move

This is an Examiner.com piece to read the original CLICK HERE

The NBA trade deadline is February 18th at 3pm and the Sixers are in a position to make a big move. With a few huge contracts on their books (Andre Iguodala 12.2M, Samuel Dalembert 12M & Elton Brand 14.8M) and many teams looking to trade high profile expiring contracts it could lead to a huge salary dump for the Sixers. With all speculation and rumors aside I figured I would explain the top possibilities available if any moves are to be made.

(Houston Rockets SG)

T-Mac was supposed to be the franchise player in Houston to compliment Yao Ming. Even since Yao went down with a fractured foot and McGrady came back from an injury there has been a huge falling out between McGrady and GM Daryl Morey. T-Mac was expecting to come back as a starter but with a young nucleus of players McGrady didn't fit in their offensive scheme as much as he did with Yao. McGrady has a huge contract ($20.37 M) that is expiring at the end of the season and could free up cap room for any team that trades for him.

If McGrady were to come to Philly it would be a combo deal. ESPN NBA analyst Chris Broussard stated that their was a possible McGrady to Philly for the combo of Andre Iguodala and Samuel Dalembert deal in the works. This is an option and the money would even out but is very unlikely. This deal would only work if the Sixers decide to completely gut their lineup and start over from scratch not to mention as hard as it is to stomach Igoudala is the best player the Sixers have.

Chances of Happening: 15%

(Phoenix Suns PF)

Amare is in the last year of his contract in Phoenix and at the trade deadline he sits in a interesting yet familiar situation. It seems like an annual right of passage that trade rumors in Phoenix for the $15 M dollar forward are made. Amare is a amazing and young talent but at times his temper gets to him and can be a team chemistry destroyer. Also if any trade is to be made for Amare the team could be held for another year with him, seeing as he has a $15.07 M player option in his contract which makes a trade for him very risky.

If a trade would be made to Phoenix is would be more of a double switch sending the before mentioned combo of Andre Iguodala and Samuel Dalembert to Phoenix for Amare and a bench player, probably a young player like a Louis Amundson or an NBDL prospect like Taylor Griffin

Chances of Happening: 20%

This is the most likely situation and even Sixers Examiner Andy Jasner agrees: Posted Just Today "Iguodala could be headed to Phoenix"

Now what is really likely to happen

The Sixers will most likely not have the fire sale that most people are predicting. Its more likley that they will either trade to a team that is looking to be a contender or is riddled with injuries . Cleveland is a prime example of a team looking for help and would be willing to trade a quality product for a scorer. Cleveland is looking desperately for players to help LeBron stay in town. They would be interested in Iguodala and would be willing to get rid of a quality player to do it.

Another option but it would be a long shot would be a team a team like Washington who is looking desperately ditch the contract of Gilbert Arenas and could be willing to part with a player like Brendan Haywood as long as they aren't the ones that make the McGrady deal. Washington isn't really in a buying mood and would only be willing to make the trade if they can some how get rid of Arenas contract (nearly impossible due to the fact he has a no trade clause).

Chance of Happening: Cle 10% Wash 5%

Sixers Fans: Play GM (someone has to) and let me know what your ideal trade would be.

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Feb 4, 2010

Sixers Top Bulls in OT 106-103

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The Philadelphia 76ers needed an extra five minutes but eventually pulled out a tough hard fought 106-103 victory against the Chicago Bulls Wednesday night at the Wachovia Center.

Bulls guard Derrick Rose put on a show finishing with 30 including 13 in the final quarter to push the game to overtime but it wasn't enough as the Bulls (23-24) were outscored by Philly 12-9 in overtime. The Bulls came into the game on a five game road winning streak.

For the Sixers its was a nice showcase by the forwards. Elton Brand finished with a team high 26 points on 12-22 shooting and despite a cold first half Andre Iguodala finished with 25 points, 11-19 from the field. Both players were tough on the defensive end accounting for 17 of the teams 43 rebounds.

Center Samuel Dalembert had the games only double-double ending with 10 points and 13 boards.

The game stayed tight in overtime with Rose tying the game at 98 with 1:41 to go on clutch free throws. On the insuring possession Andre Iguodala hit his first three-pointer of the game to give Philly the lead for good at 101-98.

This is the second win in a row for the Sixers (17-31).

The Sixers had a strong outing from Willie Green who started in the place of veteran Allen Iverson. Iverson missed the game due to an illness to one of his children. Green ended the game with 16 points on 6-9 shooting.

The Sixers will now head on the road for a two game trip to New Orleans and Houston. Philly will hope to get their first three game winning streak of the season on the trip. The Sixers beat the Hornets 96-92 on January 11th and fell to the Rockets a month early 91-96. Both came at the Wachovia Center.


Feb 2, 2010

Phillies News 2/2

"Were Not The Yankees"

Damn right were not. Whether you call him smug arrogant or you bow in his presence (me) you have to understand how important Ruben Amaro Jr. has become in the world of Philadelphia sports. He was one of the guys that helped the Phillies get to the World Series and win then when he was THE GUY in charge he not only helped the team get back to the big dance but in the following months helped bring the most respected and dangerous pitchers in baseball to Philadelphia.

Everyone is still up in awe about the Cliff Lee trade and I understand but I think that Ruben stated his case very well this week. In a recent press conference he finally said it "We cannot be the New York Yankees," he went on further to say that if the team is to be good for the future and to stay in contention that it will all come from work inside the system and that if they fans want a quality product on the field that they need to understand that the team will never be in a position to get into a bidding war with the Yankees or any other of the top tear American League teams.

Howard in Clearwater

The Phils still have a few weeks until all pitches and catchers are to report to spring training but ina delightful surprise Phillies first baseman Ryan Howard is already in Clearwater and ready to go for the season. Howard reported this week with Phillies coach Sam Perlozzo working on mechanics and some defensive drills.

Sam reported that not only is Ryan in good spirits for the upcoming season but he has also trimmed down even beyond his slimmer and healthier frame he had last season.

Brown & Aumont among MLB.com finest.

Every year around this time MLB.com posts their top 50 prospects ready for the major leagues. It is usually a preview towards players that could be in the majors this year and also chronicles the top players and their future impacts to their clubs. Former top picks on this list have been Phillies pitcher Cole Hamels as well as Tampa Bay Rays phenom David Price.

Dominic Brown came in at 14 and was ranked as one of the most complete five tool athletes on the list. The 22 year old is presently in AA ball but could see time in the majors this season depending on the status of the Phillies bench or injuries.

Phillippe Aumont is one of the prospects that came to the Phillies in the Cliff Lee deal to Seattle. Aumont came in at 47 and is projected to either be a top of the rotation player (depending on when he makes the bigs) or even quicker as a relief pitcher. Aumont is still a raw talent but is making strides in AA.

Former Phillies prospect and present Blue Jays minor leaguer came in at 17. It still stings a bit to know hes no longer with the Phils but he should see some time with the Jays this season.

Also just in a bit of a throw back I found this on YouTube today:

Feb 1, 2010

So Much For "Improving The Farm System"

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Philadelphia Phillies pitching prospect Brody Colvin was arrested early yesterday in Lafayette Louisiana after a early morning altercation with police. Colvin is being charged with misdemeanor assault, disturbing the peace and resisting arrest.

This story was first broken by Daily News correspondent Phil Hagan . Hagan reports that the seventh round draft pick was arrested on Jefferson street, which is a hotspot for bars and nightclubs. It has yet to be reported if Colvin,19, had alcohol in his system at the time of arrest.

Colvin made one appearance for the Gulf Coast League Phillies and played in the Florida Instructional League last season. He was drafted in the seventh round out of St. Thomas More High School and passed up a full ride scholarship to LSU to play for the Phillies.

Colvin was paid a $900,000 signing bonus when he was drafted and was one of MaxPreps top 100 high school prospects.

Full details of the arrest have not been released and it could take up to 10 business days for the police report to be made public.


Sixers Survive Nets 83-79

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Two days after going the distance with the L.A. Lakers the Philadelphia Sixers barely got by the worst team in basketball as they beat the New Jersey Nets 83-79 at the IZOD Center. The Sixers ended a three game losing streak in the process but kept the game a little close for comfort.

The Sixers (16-31) were lead by forward Andre Iguodala, who despite numerous trade rumors this week, finished with 14 points and nine rebounds.

The game was kept close due to the mediocre play by guard Allen Iverson. Iverson who carried the Sixers against the Lakers finishing with 23 points, A.I. ended the game in Jersey with 11 points and five assists.

Center Samuel Dalembert finished another stellar game with a 12 point 11 rebound effort. Sammy has increased his production in recent weeks and since the beginning of 2010 is averaging close to a double double every night.

Despite losing the rebounding battle the Sixers forced the Nets into 18 turnovers converting for 25 fast break points.

The Sixers played catch up for most of the second half as New Jersey lead by 10 at one point early in the third. The Nets were lead by a pair of big men, rookie center Brook Lopez and seven footer Yi Jianlian. Lopez finished with a game high 18 points and Yi finished with a double double ending with 15 points and 12 rebounds.

This was another example of the lack of identity the Sixers are showing the season. The team finished with a dismal 31-85 (36.5%) from the field. The Sixers have become a tale of two teams who tend to stay competitive with over matched teams yet play down and tend to trail lower tiered opponents.

In the post game press conference Iverson reiterated this sentiment saying that its unacceptable to play against the world champions then finish a nail biter against a four win team...

Allen for once I agree with you..

The Nets (4-42) are on pace to end the season with the worst record in NBA history, a crown held by the 1972-73 Sixers who went an dismal 9-73.


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