Brett Brown Ignores the Haters, Signs on with Sixers for Four Years

Brett Brown Ignores the Haters, Signs on with Sixers for Four Years

Way to not give into peer pressure, BB. Despite Marc Stein's asserting on Friday night--after what seemed like official word of Brett Brown's commitment to the Sixers as their latest head coach--that Brown's coaching peers with the Spurs and elsewhere were trying to take him out of a coaching job in Philly, calling the Sixers a guaranteed 60-loss team, the San Antonio assistant has in fact signed his name on the line that is dotted to be the Liberty Ballers' next commander-in-chief. (And stay away from our man from now on, you poisonous coaching haters.)

SI has the story, and says that Brown has the positional security of a four-year guaranteed deal with the Sixers. Of course, nothing but the money is ever really guaranteed in such a deal, but with GM Sam Hinkie so consistently preaching the virtues of taking the long view on things, it's pretty unlikely that a couple 60-loss seasons will cost Brown his job--really, his job might be more in jeopardy if he somehow steers this team to 35 wins and out of lottery contention. (Not really, but he'd probably get a stern talking to about "trusting the process" or some such.)

Anyway, good on the Sixers for finally getting their man, even if it took many months and countless unnecessary interviews with other applicants to do so. Now all we need is a backup point guard and maybe another shooter off the bench, and we can sit back and prepare for the Ls to come rolling in.

Carson Wentz named Pepsi NFL Rookie of the Week

Carson Wentz named Pepsi NFL Rookie of the Week

As Carson Wentz rolls out of bed, he wins an award. Brushes his teeth, wins an award. Eats breakfast, award.

This time, the Eagles' rookie quarterback has been named the Pepsi NFL Rookie of the Week for his performance against the Steelers in a 34-3 Week 3 win.

Against the Steelers, Wentz completed 23 of 31 passes for 301 yards, two touchdowns and a 125.9 passer rating. He beat out Cowboys QB Dak Prescott, Cowboys RB Ezekiel Elliott, Browns CB Briean Boddy-Calhoun and teammate Wendell Smallwood.

This is the second time in three weeks that Wentz has been named the NFL Rookie of the Week.

Here are the awards Wentz has won so far this season:

- NFL Rookie of the Week for Week 1
- NFC Offensive Player of Week 3
- NFC Offensive Rookie of the Month for September
- NFL Rookie of the Week for Week 3

Wentz won't have any chances to win more awards this weekend as the Eagles are on their bye. They'll play again on Oct. 9 in Detroit.

Tonight's lineup: Howard batting 5th with Herrera batting 3rd

Tonight's lineup: Howard batting 5th with Herrera batting 3rd

Ryan Howard is batting fifth to begin his final series with the Phillies.

The 36-year-old first baseman, who has donned red pinstripes for 13 seasons, did not play in Thursday's 5-2 loss to the Braves, but he is expected to start all three games against the Mets this weekend.

The Phillies have a lot of speed at the top of the lineup, even with Roman Quinn likely done for the season. Cesar Hernandez leads off with Freddy Galvis and Odubel Herrera right behind him. The trio lead the Phillies in steals with a total of 59 this year. Herrera has 25 while Hernandez and Galvis each have 17.

If you're wondering, Howard has not stolen a base this season, but he was caught stealing once. He hasn't stolen a base since June 26, 2011, before his Achilles injury. He only stole more than one base in a season in 2008, when he swiped eight bases.

Cameron Rupp returns to the lineup at catcher. He'll bat right behind Howard, followed by Jimmy Paredes and Aaron Altherr in the corner outfield.

Here's the Phillies' full lineup:

1. Cesar Hernandez, 2B
2. Freddy Galvis, SS
3. Odubel Herrera, CF
4. Maikel Franco, 3B
5. Ryan Howard, 1B
6. Cameron Rupp, C
7. Jimmy Paredes, LF
8. Aaron Altherr, RF
9. Alec Asher, P

And the Mets lineup:
1. Jose Reyes, 3B
2. Asdrubal Cabrera, SS
3. Yoenis Cespedes, LF
4. Curtis Granderson, CF
5. Jay Bruce, RF
6. T.J. Rivera, 2B
7. Lucas Duda, 1B
8. Rene Rivera, C
9. Robert Gsellman, RHP