The Evster checks in with Ben Revere's Twitter account

The Evster checks in with Ben Revere's Twitter account

When I was around 10 years old, I bumped into former Sixer and all-around terrible basketball player, Bob Thornton, at the Acme on City Line Ave. No seriously, I walked right into him. Like, right into his leg. I was looking for Skittles and he was waiting in line to buy ice cream and a People mag. I remember thinking, "Wow, Bob Thornton eats ice cream?" which is crazy considering the guy was nose deep in an article about Glenn Close. But whatever, People magazine's awesome, I know that now, but at the time I was just so excited to come face-to-knee with an actual NBA ballplayer, I didn't know what to do.

Bob with his patented jitterbug jab step.

So I stood there for a sec, and gathered my thoughts, then said something dope like, "Yo, you're Bob Thornts!" and he was like, "Yeah," and I was like, "How's your back?" which was an amazing question to ask considering no one else in the supermarket even knew who he was, let alone was aware of his injury status. Now you would think that a dude who averaged 3 points per game for his entire NBA career would've been more excited to talk to a fan -- especially one who was as adorable and knowledgeable as I was -- but Bob kinda shrugged me off and said, "It's getting better," and that was the end of our conversashe. I walked away, paid for my Skittles and then biked to my friend Nate's house to play with matches.

OMG WHAT'S THE POINT OF THIS STORY, EV?!

The point is that A) Bob Thornton sucks butt, and has always sucked butt, and B) these days -- with platforms like Twitter, Instagram and People dot com -- it's so much easier to interact with our favorite athletes without badgering them at the grocery store.

Sooooooo, considering Villanova lost, and the Sixers suck, and I started this post before the Eagles traded for Darren Sproles (and a friggin plane crashed on the friggin runway!), I figured it'd be cool to check out what everybody's favorite Phillie, Big Ben Revere, has been up to this off-season.

The best part of this tweet is not the tweet itself -- even though it's hilarious that a major league baseball player would ask 63,000 strangers if they saw the new 300 movie -- it's the fact that a guy who calls himself the "Amazing Binder-Man" thought it was ass. And I'm not doubting him, the movie was probably ass, but imagine Ben Revere hanging out with Marlon Byrd last Friday night, trying to decide what movie to see.

Marlon: Yo, you wanna go check out that new 300 movie tonight?

Ben: Naw, I heard it's ass.

Marlon: Really? Who'd you hear that from?

Ben: Binder-Man. The Amazing Binder-Man.

Marlon: Oh word? Eff that then. Let's stay in.

When Ben does stay in, he tends to watch a lot of college basketball. He's from Kentucky, where the UK Wildcats rule, but he's also a fan of the Eastern Kentucky Colonels, who are not only a real basketball team, but the winners of this year's Ohio Valley Conference Championship.

Okay, I understand that $515,000/yr (Ben's current salary) is not a lot for a major league ballplayer to take in, but that doesn't mean that Ben has to live in squalor. Wires all dangling from the back of the TV. Eating off a styrofoam plate. I'm 95% sure Ben Revere lives at a Red Roof Inn.

Also, why wouldn't you take a picture of the actual game?! That's like a promo shot!

Earlier this year, when Kentucky was playing Cleveland State, Ben tweeted this:

Obviously I had to find out who Ben was talking about, so I googled Cleveland State's roster in hopes of finding the Bruno Mars lookalike. And as I clicked on player after player after player, I finally stumbled upon this guy, sophomore guard, Bryn Forbes.

Ding ding ding ding ding!

42% three-point shooter! Banged 77 triples this year. And he'll catch a grenade for ya!

Of course, when you hang out at home watching a lotta hoops, you need ice cream. And Ben is an ice cream FIEND. Here he is loading up at the supermarket.

I didn't even know Twix ice cream bars were a thing!

And he's got Fruit Loops in the cart!

You want another ice cream shot? I can get you another ice cream shot.

Ben captioned this with: "Me and my baby spending quality time tonight. #shesbouttogetit #bouttoeatherup #bouttogetthehammer lol"

Sometimes, when Ben's not droppin the hammer, he'll pop in a Blu-Ray, put on some 3D glasses, and get lost in some epic sci-fi.

Hashtag milkshake!

But above all else, Ben is a ballplayer. Here he is with his little league team back in the day.

This caption reads: #tbt Lagrange GA days!! #coachpitch #thecomeup #idontsmile #ikeepithood #justkidding #washavingabadday #didntgetmyfruitjuice #needmyfruitjuice

Yo look how wide those kids are smiling in the bottom left. How could anyone be that happy to do anything? And what's up with dude's hat in the upper right? His brim is bent like a Red Roof Inn. If you're counting at home, that's two Red Roof Inn jokes in one post. TWO. Gotta be a record, right?

Let's go to the judges.

Judge Waps?

Thanks, Judge!

Here's Ben today -- still #keepinithood -- in the clubhouse with Dominic Brown (who apparently is goin all beige eerythang).

He's standing on a chair!

Also, smart move by Ben to put his left hand on Dom's back for balance. I stood up on an office chair last week and almost broke my neck. That's not true. I don't even own an office chair. But those things are wobbly a.f.

All in all, I love Ben Revere. Cool dude, down-to-earth, lover of God, keeps it real. Also he's incredibly optimistic.

The Phils are 4-10 this Spring.

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Nerlens Noel excited for impending return to game action

Nerlens Noel excited for impending return to game action

NEW ORLEANS -- The weeks and months have quickly piled up. Nerlens Noel has not played an NBA regular-season game since last season ended for the Sixers on April 13. Nearly eight months later, Noel is nearing the return he has been eyeing for quite some time now. 

“It’s always an excitement to be able to play basketball after this amount of time, including the summer, not being able to play organized basketball at a competitive level,” Noel said Thursday. “I’ve been really looking forward to this. I think I’ve gained some momentum coming back from this minor surgery, and I think I’m in a really good place and I’m feeling good with my body. Everything is on point.”

Noel has been sidelined since undergoing elective left knee surgery in October to address an inflamed plica. He traveled to New Orleans on Wednesday to join the Sixers ahead of their 99-88 win over the Pelicans (see game recap). Noel continued his rehab Thursday while the team prepped for the game. 

“I’ve been able do five-on-five, full contact,” Noel said. “I’ve tried to maximize my opportunities of that with the team being gone on the road. I came down here and went through most of shootaround and it went well. Now these next couple of days, [I will be] going through practice, still working on my wind. I do like where I’m at now.”

The Sixers’ next game is Sunday against the Pistons in Detroit. Brett Brown had given Noel’s availability for that game a “maybe” (see story)

“I’m not sure,” Noel said of playing Sunday. “I’m ready to go with these next couple of days and see how my wind feels and how my body feels, which I have been feeling good. So it’s a possibility.”

When Noel does return, there is a scenario in which he could be paired with center Joel Embiid. Last year, the Sixers struggled finding the best way to utilize Noel and Jahlil Okafor, also a center, at the same time playing the four and five positions. As Okafor has said of playing with Embiid, Noel also believes his off-the-court friendship with the towering rookie would translate onto the court. 

“I think it would be something that’s experimented,” Noel said. “It’d definitely be interesting.”

Noel candidly expressed his opinion of the Sixers’ logjammed frontcourt at the start of the season. Since speaking to the media after his surgery, Noel has mentioned he is in a good mental place (see story). For him, that means being out on the court again. 

“I love myself and I love the game of basketball,” Noel said. “When I step out here to come and play, it just brings a lot of enjoyment and excitement to me. Regardless of what the details of it are, I just love the game and I’m happy to just be playing.”

Best of NHL: Flames edge Coyotes in OT for fifth straight win

Best of NHL: Flames edge Coyotes in OT for fifth straight win

GLENDALE, Ariz. -- Dougie Hamilton scored 1:09 into overtime, Chad Johnson stopped 27 shots and the Calgary Flames beat the Arizona Coyotes 2-1 on Thursday night.

Mark Giordano scored for the Flames in a chippy game filled with big hits and multiple fights.

Hamilton capped a fast-paced overtime by deking Arizona's Mike Smith with a forehand before flipping in a backhander. Calgary has won five straight and eight of 11 (8-2-1).

Max Domi scored before leaving with an upper-body injury and Smith stopped 33 shots for the Coyotes, who have lost six straight and 11 of 14 (3-7-4).

Arizona captain Shane Doan became Arizona's all-time assist leader and is the fifth player in NHL history to own his team's records for games played, goals, assists, points, game-winning goals and power-play goals (see full recap).

Crosby, Penguins roll over Panthers
SUNRISE, Fla. -- Sidney Crosby got his 18th goal and added an assist to lead the Pittsburgh Penguins over the Florida Panthers 5-1 on Thursday night.

Conor Sheary, Tom Kuhnhackl, Matt Cullen and Carl Hagelin also scored for Pittsburgh. Matt Murray made 28 saves.

The Penguins have won four straight and five of their past six.

Jaromir Jagr scored his 755th career goal, and Roberto Luongo stopped 25 shots for the Panthers. Luongo allowed three goals on Pittsburgh's first five shots.

Panthers coach Tom Rowe, who replaced Gerard Gallant on Nov. 28, made his home debut. The Panthers have lost five of six under Rowe, but managed a point in three of those losses (see full recap).

Price loses cool as Habs beat Devils
MONTREAL -- Carey Price lost his temper after being bumped twice in his crease and made 19 saves to help the Montreal Canadiens beat the New Jersey Devils 5-2 on Thursday night.

Torrey Mitchell scored twice and Phillip Danault, Artturi Lehkonen and Max Pacioretty also had goals for the Canadiens in their return from a five-game trip.

Adam Henrique scored a goal and set up one by Taylor Hall for New Jersey, which ended a two-game winning streak.

Montreal had a season-high 49 shots on Cory Schneider.

A wild first period included three goals, four goal reviews and Price's meltdown (see full recap).