Sure, the Phils lost to the Braves 5-2 tonight, but thanks to the tireless efforts of the ESPN production team we can now confirm that there's a veritable cornucopia of establishments in the Philadelphia area serving cheesesteaks.
The existence of these "cheesesteak" sandwiches was first brought to light last Sunday during ESPN's presentation of the Phillies/Mets game. Not content to rest on their investigative reporting laurels the ESPN crew ventured back out into the field and silenced those skeptics who remained unconvinced that such a sandwich was made here in our fair city.
In fact, *Buster Olney spent his entire sixty second in-game dugout feature listing nothing but various cheesesteak combinations: "American wit, Whiz wit, American witout, Whiz witout, pizza steak, cheesesteak hoagie, Provolone wit, Provolone witout..." and on he went.
It's Joe Blanton (back from the DL) versus Javier Vazquez as the Phils host visit the Marlins Monday night. Cheesesteaks.
* Not remotely true. Although, it may have actually happened. I blacked out after the 32nd shot of a cheesesteak.
Sixers point guard T.J. McConnell is doubtful for Wednesday's home game against the Raptors with a right wrist sprain.
McConnell was in a splint at practice Tuesday and said he would try to play but would leave it up to the medical staff.
McConnell is averaging 4.8 points and 5.4 assists in 38 games. The Sixers went 5-2 in the last seven games he started before his injury, and won 113-104 in Milwaukee without him. Sergio Rodriguez started at PG in McConnell's place and had 10 points, 7 rebounds and 6 assists. Chasson Randle backed up the point and had 10 points and a pair of threes.
Big men update
Joel Embiid did not practice Tuesday and is listed as probable for Wednesday night when the Sixers (13-26) host the Raptors (27-13).
“Joel Embiid ... was a little bit, had the flu,” Brett Brown said.
Brown also added that he does not think Embiid's minutes limit will increase beyond 28 this season.
Jahlil Okafor (probable) did not participate in practice and received treatment. Brown said Okafor had soreness. Gerald Henderson is also probable and had an individualized workout Tuesday.
So far, 2017 has been a pretty big year for Wayne Simmonds.
In addition to being named to his first All-Star team this year, Simmonds clearly had big plans on how to spend his bye week away from hockey, before returning to play the New Jersey Devils on Saturday. He popped the question to his girlfriend, Crystal Corey, and she said yes.
Simmonds announced the engagement on his Instagram.
It could be good news for the Flyers, too. Simmonds is the second Flyer to get engaged this season after Claude Giroux popped the question in December after winning three in a row. The Flyers made the winning streak an even 10 after. Congratulations, Wayne!