Let's not focus on how the Sixers have lost four in a row. Let's not
focus about how they got out-scored 30-10 in the first quarter last
night against Memphis and never let again. Let's not talk about how they
only shot eight foul shots all game. Let's not get all bent out of
shape about how our vaunted bench scored a combined 21 points on 7-32
shooting, and how Coach Collins finally gave Evan Turner extended
minutes for the first time in a few weeks and ET rewarded him with three
points on 1-5 shooting, with three turnovers. Let's not worry about any
of that.

Instead, let's focus on one thing and one thing only: This man.

No matter what the revisionist historians may tell you, Samuel Dalembert
was peerlessly infuriating during his nine-season tenure as a
Philadelphia 76er. He had no sense of his offensive limitations. He got
called for two goaltends a game. He got schooled by quick point guards
and abused by dominant post players. He had no clue how to pass. He
would be too busy celebrating his blocked shots to notice that his block
had gone straight to another opposing player, and that that player was
putting another, better shot up.

Now if you believe what the experts are saying, Sammy D is having a
career year in Houston, with some even claiming that Philly may have
made an error in judgment in jettisoning him so those years back. I have
not watched enough of the Rockets in 2012 to properly assess the season
Dalembert is having, but make no mistake: We are better off without
this guy. I would rather have Andres Nocioni start at center for the
rest of the season than have to see Samuel Dalembert take a single tip
at half-court for us this year. Even if Spencer Hawes never plays
another game in a Sixers uni, and we really kinda hope he does, the
ten-plus games he's played for us this season were worth trading Sammy
ten times over.

Anyway, we gotta beat this guy, and the rest of his H-Town buds. Forget
the losing streak, forget momentum going into the All-Star Break,
forgetting staying in front of the Knicks and Celtics and whoever—we
need to send this guy a message, and that message is You're Probably a
Very Nice Guy and You Do A Lot For Charity and Everything But You Suck
and We Don't Like You. Boom.

8:00 tip from the Toyota Center. Bring the motherf---in' ruckus, Lavoy Allen.

Union emotional after Maurice Edu's season-ending injury

Union emotional after Maurice Edu's season-ending injury

CHESTER, Pa. — On the eve of his comeback after missing nearly 13 months with a left tibia stress fracture and other related injuries, Union midfielder Maurice Edu fractured his left fibula on Saturday, keeping him out for the 2016 playoffs and beyond.

“I was trying to take the shot on goal and my foot got stuck in the turf,” Edu said Sunday, in his blue Union-issued suit and supported by crutches. “My ankle rolled and twisted and it kind of snapped a little bit. I heard it crack, and a lot of pain from there. I got a scan afterward, and there was a break.”

There's no timetable his return.

Edu, 30, has spent over a calendar year fighting various injuries that have kept him out of game action. His trouble began on Sept. 30, 2015, when he played through the U.S. Open Cup final with a partially torn groin and sports hernia. It was during Edu’s recovery from those injuries that he developed a stress fracture.

"A little bit frustration. A lot of frustration, to be honest," he said. "But all I can do now is get back to work, focus on the positives and make sure that my situation isn’t a distraction from the team."

Edu’s teammates were equally devastated by the news. Edu, the Union captain when healthy, is popular and well-respected in the locker room.

"I feel so bad for him," said Alejandro Bedoya, who wore a dedication to Edu under his jersey on Sunday. "He’s one of my good friends, so I was looking forward to playing alongside him. I know how hard he’s worked to get back, and to see him go out like that, it’s heartbreaking. I’m sad for his loss and I hope he stays strong."

Edu, who has been with the Union since 2014, returned to training in July and played three conditioning appearances with the Union’s USL team, Bethlehem Steel FC. He was on the bench for the Union’s last three games and was set to make his first appearance in over a year against the New York Red Bulls on Sunday, a game the Union eventually lost, 2-0 (see game story).

"We’re gutted for Mo," Union manager Jim Curtin said. "He was slated to start today. It’s real upsetting because he’s worked so hard to get back on the field. It’s been a tough 2016 for him, but I know he’ll come back stronger."

While he was visibly shaken by recent injury, Edu is driven to return.

"What happened, happened," Edu said. "I have no control over that. The only thing I do have control over is my next steps from here, how I prepare myself mentally and emotionally and how I continue to support this group."

Watch: Malcolm Jenkins saves Jon Dorenbos, who can't work his magic with bow tie

Watch: Malcolm Jenkins saves Jon Dorenbos, who can't work his magic with bow tie

The magician himself needed help on this one.

His bow tie.

Hey, this is what teammates are for, right?

On Monday night, Eagles longsnapper and NBC's America's Got Talent star Jon Dorenbos emceed safety Malcolm Jenkins' third annual Blitz, Bow Ties and Bourbon charity event, which raises money for Philadelphia's youth and underserved communities.

Dorenbos, quite the wizard with his hands and card tricks, couldn't solve the bow tie.

“I had no clue,” Dorenbos said in an interview with CSN's John Clark. "In fact, this is the first bow tie I’ve ever worn.”

Jenkins had his back. Watch the Eagles' leader go to work and save Dorenbos in the video above.