#AskFakeWIPCaller: A Philly Sports Mailbag

#AskFakeWIPCaller: A Philly Sports Mailbag

With the Eagles on their bye week, the Phillies assembling a squad of over-35 All-Stars and the Sixers completely ruining their future by trying hard and winning, I figured we'd try something different this week: It's the first-ever @FakeWIPCaller Philly sports mailbag.

All of them.

I wish the Eagles' owners had the competitive spirit and commitment to winning of Jerry Jones and Daniel Snyder.

No. My ranking of Eagles coaches goes Buddy, Chip,  Vermeil, Marion Campbell, Ray Rhodes, Rich Kotite, Andy Reid.

Donovan has guys?

You said it. I agree with the caller last week who demanded that the Eagles, right now, give Foles the franchise tag.

Only if they have a way to repeatedly ram it into the Braden Holtby statue.

His birthday was a huge distraction during the bye week.

Normally I'd ask for them to wait until the next induction ceremony, but I think the situation calls for a special exception, like the NHL did for Gretzky.

I agree. Andrews was a fat, lazy, embarrassing weakling, and shame on McNabb for picking on him.

Buddy and Dykstra, mostly. And every 65-year-old ex-Flyer with teeth missing.

Other Philly sports takes:

- I was really down on the 2014 Phillies, and didn't see much reason for hope. But now that I hear Ryan Howard lost weight? Game changer. First place is ours.

- Still, disappointing that the Phils lost out on Prince Fielder. Imagine him and Howard in the same lineup…

- So, so nice that Andy Reid's annual November collapse is happening in another city this year.

- According to the Daily News, the Sixers' biggest weaknesses so far this year are depth and defense. So here's hoping for less depth, and less defense.

- I said that line brawl against Washington would turn things around for the Flyers, and no one believed me. Well well well…

- T.O., Shawn Andrews, Freddie Mitchell. Every Eagles player McNabb feuded with his career is either broke, depressed, or in jail. I'm just saying, is all.

- Jon Bon Jovi wants to buy the Buffalo Bills? Wait until he promises them a concert...

- Happy Thanksgiving! It would be my favorite holiday each year if the Cowboys weren't involved.

Follow @FakeWIPCaller on Twitter.

Report: Brett Brown accuses longtime friend of defrauding him of $750,000

brett-brown.jpg

Report: Brett Brown accuses longtime friend of defrauding him of $750,000

Sixers head coach Brett Brown is in Australia this week, where he has accused longtime friend and former Australian men's national team assistant coach Shane Heal of defrauding him of $750,000, according to the Australian Associated Press.

Brown invested $250,000 into each of three companies for which Heal was the sole director. Brown wasn't given a legal title regarding the companies and didn't know the specifics of how the money would be used.

"I assumed that the money was going to be used for what Shane told me it was going to be used for," Brown said. "Because it was a friend that I had for 25 years."

Heal was charged last year by the Australian Securities and Investments Commission following an investigation relating to alleged misconduct in 2008, 2009 and 2010, according to the AAP.

The sides return to court in Brisbane on July 20.

Heal played in the NBA for the Minnesota Timberwolves in 1996-97 and was with the San Antonio Spurs in 2003.

Tonight's lineup: Odubel Herrera leads off; Cesar Hernandez (groin) out

Tonight's lineup: Odubel Herrera leads off; Cesar Hernandez (groin) out

A day after going 0 for 5 with five strikeouts, Odubel Herrera is leading off for the Phillies in their series opener Friday night against the Reds (see game notes).

It's the first time Herrera is leading off since last Aug. 19, a span of 84 games.

Cesar Hernandez gets the night off. He's been dealing with a groin pull for 10 days, manager Pete Mackanin said Friday.

Andres Blanco bats second and plays second.

Maikel Franco is back in the six-hole after going 1 for 5 with two strikeouts in the cleanup spot Thursday. Tommy Joseph bats fourth and Michael Saunders fifth.

Cameron Rupp, who walked three times in Thursday's win over the Rockies, catches Aaron Nola and bats seventh.

1. Odubel Herrera, CF
2. Andres Blanco, 2B
3. Aaron Altherr, LF
4. Tommy Joseph, 1B
5. Michael Saunders, RF
6. Maikel Franco, 3B
7. Cameron Rupp, C
8. Freddy Galvis, SS
9. Aaron Nola, P