Sometime you may find yourself in a situation where there is a grizzly bear trying to get into your camp and steal all your peanut butter and Nutella sandwiches. Bears are always hungry. It can be a problem. So you might need someone to wrestle the bear. That's where Jonathan Papelbon comes in handy.
Ryan Lawrence, the Phillies beat writer for the Daily News, put together an interesting yet flawed -- more on that in a minute -- "offbeat" Q&A with Philadelphia Phillies first baseman Ryan Howard earlier in the week and asked him some crazy stuff.
DN: Who in here would have the best chance at killing a bear in the woods?
RH: That's where you have to find your hunters. I would say – I'd put Cookie in there, Cliff (Lee) in there.
DN: You don't think Roy Halladay is keeping charts on the bear, figuring out its weaknesses?
RH: I'd probably say (Jonathan) Papelbon; he'd probably wrestle (the bear). I would say those three guys.
And later in their conversation:
[Papelbon walks into room.] See, doesn't that look like someone who would wrestle a bear? Exactly.
We're with you, Big Piece. Nick threw together the photoshop you see above to help nail that point home.
So about those flaws in the journalistic integrity of the Q&A... Howard is asked about his television watching habits and admits to watching way too many Real Housewives shows.
He's admitted to this in the past as well.
Once Howard puts it out there though, Lawrence fails to ask the hard-hitting follow ups. What's your favorite Real Housewives city? Who is your favorite Real Housewives character? Etc.?
Solid Q&A otherwise. And the correct answers are obviously New Jersey, and Kim Richards or Teresa Giudice.
>>Offbeat Q&A with Phillies' Ryan Howard [DN]
The Sixers are losing a top assistant coach just five months after he joined the team.
According to Adrian Wojnarowski of Yahoo's The Vertical, the Houston Rockets are finalizing a deal to hire Mike D'Antoni as their head coach. According to Wojnarowski, the deal is for four years, with a team option in the final year.
D'Antoni had been a Sixers associate coach since last December, when the team hired him after starting the season with a 1-26 record.
While he took a supporting role in Philadelphia, D'Antoni has 12 years of NBA head coaching experience with the Nuggets, Suns and, most recently, the Lakers. The 2013-14 Lakers went 27-55 under D'Antoni.
Earlier in the week, Wojnarowski reported P.J. Carlesimo could take D'Antoni's place.
Carlesimo, 66, and Sixers head coach Brett Brown were both assistant coaches under Gregg Popovich with the Spurs from 2002-07. Carlesimo also has previous head coaching experience with the Blazers, Warriors and Sonics/Thunder.
Former Prep Charter and current Washington Wizards star Markieff Morris was detained at Philadelphia International Airport Thursday, according to law enforcement officials.
Morris, who was with a party that included his mother, checked a bag for an international trip when “a suspicious item” was found in his suitcase, according to law enforcement.
A secondary search of his bag revealed what law enforcement officials called “suspected marijuana.” Terminal A at Philadelphia International is overseen by Tinicum Township Police in Delaware County, not by the Philadelphia Police Department. Philadelphia airport security notified Tinicum Township Police. Morris was then taken to the Tinicum Township Police precinct for questioning. He was later released on his own reconnaissance.
A Tinicum Township police spokesman said the investigation is on-going.
Morris, a Philadelphia native, is in his first full season with the Wizards, who acquired him from the Phoenix Suns in February. The Suns drafted him out of Kansas with the 13th overall pick in 2011. Morris' twin brother Marcus was drafted one pick later by the Houston Rockets before being dealt to Phoenix, where played with his brother for a little more than two seasons. Marcus now plays for the Detroit Pistons.
Brian Dawkins, one of the most beloved Eagles off all time and a guy who clearly still hits the gym, was in Philadelphia on Thursday and was spotted at the NovaCare Complex to watch the team practice.
As you can see, Dawkins still has biceps as big as your waist. The team sharing a simple photo of Dawkins got fans all in a tizzy.
Was it a coincidence that Weapon X appeared just days before "X-Men: Apocalypse" is set to hit theaters? Only he knows.
For his part, Dawkins acknowledged that it's better to stay in shape than become a fat old man.