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.

Nerlens Noel on Sixers' frontcourt logjam: 'I don't see a way it can work'

Nerlens Noel on Sixers' frontcourt logjam: 'I don't see a way it can work'

CAMDEN, N.J. — Nerlens Noel is standing his ground.

After saying that the Sixers' entering the season with three starting-caliber centers (himself, Jahlil Okafor, Joel Embiid) "doesn't make sense," Noel didn't back down from his stance during the team's annual media day.  

"I don't see a way it can work," Noel said Monday. "It's just a logjam. You have three young, talented centers that can play 30-plus minutes a night." 

The Sixers attempted to play with two bigs in Noel and Okafor last season but had little success. Now that Embiid is finally healthy, the fit to the puzzle doesn't figure to get any better.

Reports swirled during the offseason that the Sixers were looking to trade either Noel or Okafor to add backcourt help to the woeful franchise, but nothing came to fruition.

"Things need to get situated," Noel said. "I think things obviously need to be moved around, someone needs to be moved around. It's just a tough situation. I can't really say too much because I have no say in the matter, so obviously that's for who can handle the situation in the right manner.

"I've gone through a whole lot. Probably the most, arguably, that any player has gone through in the NBA in losing. It's a tough situation to still be in. Year by year, to see things get more difficult to show your value. Year by year, it's always been something. It's really at a point where it's just a lot."

Bryan Colangelo said he understands Noel's viewpoint. However, the Sixers' president said he is in no rush to trade any of the centers and will wait the situation out.

"It’s not disappointing. It’s understandable," Colangelo said. "I think Nerlens actually did a pretty good job sizing up what we have, which is a lot of depth and a lot of talent at that position."

Despite each of the three centers being early in their career, Noel, who is in the final year of his rookie contract, doesn't want to hold off to see if the trio can actually mesh on the floor.

"I can't say I do really understand that (wait-and-see approach)," Noel said. "If you have a group of players, I just don't think it makes too much sense to just still come into the season with such a heavy lineup at the center position. I don't know what there is to wait and see."

Noel made sure to express that he has no issues with Okafor and Embiid and said they are some of his closest friends on the team. But when asked whether he was happy to be a Sixer, Noel deflected.

"I feel good," he said. "I'm all right, I'm in a good place right now."

Sure sounds like it.

Darren Sproles' TD from Wentz set to Sonic the Hedgehog music

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Darren Sproles' TD from Wentz set to Sonic the Hedgehog music

You may fondly remember the time Darren Sproles took a punt return to the house last season and a wonderful Twitter user set the video to the Super Mario Bros.' star music, yes?

It was great.

Now that Sproles' put on the jets again yesterday in the Eagles win over the Steelers, the same @pacdude on Twitter has done it again.

This time it's the theme music from Sonic the Hedgehog 2. Please enjoy.