700 Level Readers, It's Been Real, But I'm Leaving To Become Malik Rose's Head Writer

700 Level Readers, It's Been Real, But I'm Leaving To Become Malik Rose's Head Writer

One of the great developments here in the early part of the Sixers season, aside from their play, has been the color commentary of Malik Rose. Rose, who is the fifth person in five years to hold the Sixers color commentator job (Steve Mix, Bob Salmi, Ed Pinckney and Eric "Snooze Button" Snow preceded him) has been an incredible addition to Sixers telecasts. 
He's refreshingly honest, incredibly funny, and has developed an instant chemistry with play-by-play man Marc Zumoff. He's also displayed a wicked sense of pop culture. In response to a recent Evan Turner drive into the paint he dropped an Animal House reference by asking "Mind if I dance in your paint?". He also hit us with a Chappelle Show "Negrodamus" line.
Another reason to love Malik is that he is active on Twitter (@MalikRose). I've had a few Twitter exchanges with him, but nothing topped last night. See, Malik actually used a line I came up with on Twitter during the telecast.
The story begins on Tuesday night, just after Jodie Meeks hit a jumper to push the Sixers point total for the night to 100. Whenever the Sixers hit the century mark all fans in attendance at the Wells Fargo Center win a McDonald's Big Mac. Malik, being Malik, casually dropped a McDowell's Big Mick "Coming To America" reference to commemorate the occasion of fans winning free Big Mac's. 
In disbelief that Rose mentioned Coming to America Matt P. and I exchanged tweets confirming what we'd heard. Here's the exchange:

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@Rev215
Rev@mattp700level Kind of sounded like it. I thought @MalikRose was going to go with "MeekDonalds" when Jodie hit the hundo.
Jan 11 via Tweetbot for iPhoneFavoriteRetweetReply

Rose, clearly appreciating comedy genius when he sees it, tweeted back to me.

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@MalikRose
Malik Rose@Rev215@mattp700level that would've been AWESOME!!! I'll keep that in mind!
Jan 11 via EchofonFavoriteRetweetReply

Which brings us to the video below. The Sixers were blowing out the Wizards. The game was well in hand. The crowd was hungry. Hungry for more Big Mac's. But which Sixer player would oblige them and send them home with the promise of free two all beef patties, special sauce, lettuce, cheese, pickles, onion on a sesame seed bun? 
Hmmm, Jodie Meeks would be a good candidate. I mean, he was in the midst of tying a career high with 26 points. The planets were aligning, my friends. Meeks collected a pass from Lou Williams, gathered himself, and launched a three...buckets! Let the Big Mac's flow like the salmon of Capistrano. The crowd goes bonkers, drunk on the promise of free food, and Malik Rose hollers "MeekDonald's!!!"

Needless to say, I lost it as soon as I heard it. I immediately head to Twitter to a) put it on record that I heard what I heard and b) to let Malik know I heard it. 

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@MalikRose
Malik Rose@Rev215 Thank you Bro!!!!
Jan 14 via EchofonFavoriteRetweetReply

No, thank you, Malik. I hope it's cool that I put this on my resume and use you as a reference. Yeah, so, no big deal really. I am just a television writer now. It was great knowing you guys. Enrico, Matt, Kulp, Andrew, Nick, I'll try to stay in touch, but I can't promise anything.
Malik, I'll have my people call your people.

Stay or Go Part 8: Ryan Mathews to Steven Means

Stay or Go Part 8: Ryan Mathews to Steven Means

In the eighth of our 12-part offseason series examining the future of the Eagles, Reuben Frank and Dave Zangaro give their opinions on who will be and who won't be on the roster in 2017. We go alphabetically — Part 8 is Mathews to Means.

Ryan Mathews
Cap hit: $5M

Roob: The Eagles have to get better, younger, faster, healthier, more durable and more reliable at running back. I love the way Mathews runs when he’s healthy. The guy runs hard and he runs physical and he runs aggressive. Then he always gets hurt. Mathews actually has the third-highest per-carry average among running backs in Eagles history, but they just can’t rely on him anymore. How can you count on a running back who misses significant time every year? Time to move on. Factor in the cap savings — $4 million if the Eagles release him — and it’s a no-brainer.

Verdict: GOES

Dave: The Eagles can save $4 million in cap room to cut the running back who needed serious neck surgery after his season was ended in the Giants game. Mathews played pretty well in his two seasons with the Eagles, but, as has been the case during his career, health was an issue. And now he’s 29 and will turn 30 early into next season. Time to move on. 

Verdict: GOES

Jordan Matthews
Cap hit: $1.57M

Roob: Matthews is going into Year 4 and I’d still like to see him make a jump and become a 1,200-yard type of receiver. Maybe it will happen with another year under his belt with Carson Wentz. Matthews has the 11th-most catches in NFL history by a player in his first three seasons — 225, or 75 per year — but his 2,673 yards are 50th most. Matthews is as hard a worker and as committed a player as you’ll see. He'll get the most out of his ability. I’d just like to see him take his game up one more level, and I think he will.

Verdict: STAYS

Dave: It’s a shame the Eagles don’t have any legitimate threats at their outside receiver positions, because if they did, so much of the burden wouldn’t fall on Matthews. No, he’s not a great receiver, but he’s a very good one who has been solid in his first three years in the league. In his first three seasons, Matthews has 225 catches for 2,673 yards and 19 touchdowns. There have been just 10 receivers in the league to put up those numbers or better: Antonio Brown, Julio Jones, Demaryius Thomas, Odell Beckham Jr., DeAndre Hopkins, Emmanuel Sanders, Doug Baldwin, Mike Evans, Randall Cobb and Brandon Marshall. Matthews isn’t going anywhere and it’s time to think about an extension. 

Verdict: STAYS

Alex McCalister
Cap hit: $557K

Roob: McCalister, a seventh-round defensive end, spent the year on injured reserve but considering the Eagles’ lack of pass-rush potency, he’ll definitely get a look this summer. McCalister had 17½ sacks at Florida, so he’s got that going for him. Still a long shot.

Verdict: GOES

Dave: This is tough because McCalister was a seventh-round draft pick who was placed on IR with a injury that didn’t appear to be serious. The last year was a redshirt season for the defensive end who has some pass-rush ability but needed to work on packing more muscle onto his frame. Haven’t seen enough to think he sticks. 

Verdict: GOES

Leodis McKelvin
Cap hit: $3.45M

Roob: The Eagles have to do better than McKelvin. He made a few plays, gave up a lot more, and as far as I’m concerned, the Eagles should hang onto Jalen Mills and get rid of all their other corners. Not to mention the $3.2 million in cap savings the Eagles would gain if McKelvin is released. See ya.

Verdict: GOES

Dave: The Eagles can save $3.2 million by cutting McKelvin, which will probably happen. If it doesn’t, it’ll be because the Eagles think his lingering hamstring issue played a big role in his play and because defensive coordinator Jim Schwartz goes to bat for him. Ultimately, I think McKelvin’s days in Philly are over. 

Verdict: GOES

Rodney McLeod
Cap hit: $5.6M

Roob: McLeod played really well most of the season, tailed off the last few weeks, and goes into next year a question mark because of that inconsistency. When he’s right, McLeod is a sure tackler, willing run supporter, big hitter and capable in coverage. But those last few weeks raised some eyebrows. There were times you just wondered what he was doing out there. If the Eagles can have the first-10-games McLeod for a full season, they’re fine. But he has to be consistent. He’ll be here through 2017 but after that is anybody’s guess. Another mixed year will likely spell the end here for McLeod.

Verdict: STAYS

Dave: There were a few plays that showed questionable effort from McLeod this season, which was shocking based on his past. He was an undrafted rookie who worked his way into the league and into a contract with the Eagles. This ended up being a pretty good signing; he had a nice season. He’s under contract through 2020 and the Eagles hope he hasn’t yet fulfilled his potential. He and Malcolm Jenkins should only get better after more time playing together. 

Verdict: STAYS

Steven Means
Cap hit: $690K

Roob: Means, a veteran journeyman defensive end, played only 36 snaps all year. He did pick up one sack against the Vikings, but as far as his future? Most likely, he won’t be back.

Verdict: GOES

Dave: Means did everything in his power last training camp to make the 2016 roster. He flashed every day and in the preseason games. But in 2016, he didn’t get to play very much and was clearly buried on the depth chart behind Connor Barwin, Brandon Graham, Vinny Curry and Marcus Smith. The Eagles need to upgrade at the defensive end spot, which might be bad news for Means if more bodies come in. But for now, he's a good depth piece. 

Verdict: STAYS

Temple names Keith Gaither wide receivers coach

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Temple names Keith Gaither wide receivers coach

Temple head coach Geoff Collins on Monday added two new members to his coaching staff.

Keith Gaither will take over as the wide receivers’ coach and Kyle Lane is the new video coordinator. 

Gaither comes to Temple with 21 years of coaching experience. He spent last season as Army's wide receivers coach. Prior to that, he spent time with Tusculum College (1998-99), Thomasville City Schools (2000-04), Winston-Salem State (2005-08), Elon (2009-10) and Ball State (2010-14).

Gaither spent his collegiate career at Elon, where he was a four-year starter and voted all-region at defensive end before graduating in 1997. Collins originally had retained Frisman Jackson from the 2016 staff, but Jackson was hired by the Tennessee Titans. 

Lane is a Temple alum who spent time with Kansas during the 2016 season as its assistant video coordinator.