Delaware 87ers Are Sixers New D-League Team, Known as the Sevens

Delaware 87ers Are Sixers New D-League Team, Known as the Sevens

The Philadelphia 76ers decision to acquire a team in the NBA D-League is universally regarded as a great move for the franchise. Naming them the Delaware 87ers on the other hand... that's certainly up for plenty of debate.

Just as the 76ers are most commonly referred to as the "Sixers," the 87ers will be dubbed the "Sevens." Lucky!

The organization unveiled the new name today in the great state of Delaware... where the team will play at the University of Delaware's Bob Carpenter Center in Newark.

So what's the deal with the 87ers name anyway? Something important happen in a year that ended in '87?

According to the press release:

The team name "87ers" was selected in recognition of Delaware's place
in United States history, as it was the first state to ratify the U.S.
Constitution on December 7, 1787. The 87ers name also is immediately
evocative of the parent "76ers," a name similarly derived from
Philadelphia's place in U.S. history with the Declaration of
Independence being signed there in 1776. The 87ers team will also be
nicknamed the "Sevens," a nod to the way the parent club’s official
name is often shortened to the "Sixers."

The biggest problem with the name, in my opinion, is the need to rework everyone's favorite Sixers-related musical jam. 10, 9, 87ers! Just doesn't have enough umph to it. Also: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, Sevens! is kind of exhausting. Counting that high is challenging.

Welcome to exciting Delaware!

Penn State men's hockey ranked No. 1 for first time

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Penn State men's hockey ranked No. 1 for first time

At 16-2-1, Penn State's men's hockey team is ranked first in the nation for the first time in program history.

The Nittany Lions have improved each of the last four years under head coach Guy Gadowsky. 

Their record by year:

      2013-14: 8-26-2
      2014-15: 18-15-4
Last season: 21-13-4
This season: 16-2-1

Penn State received 30 of 50 first-place votes in the USCHO Division I poll. Denver is ranked No. 2, followed by Boston University, Minnesota-Duluth and Massachusetts-Lowell (see USCHO poll).

Penn State was ranked fourth last week before sweeping Michigan State.

Joel Embiid now as dominant as Henry Sims

Joel Embiid now as dominant as Henry Sims

There are seemingly countless metrics one can use to detail Joel Embiid's supremacy as a Sixer, but perhaps no stats more clearly tell the story of how indefatigable the rookie has been this season than those of his free-throw shooting. Despite ranking just eighth on the team in total minutes, he's already gotten to the line 215 times this season and made 169 of them, about 250% more than the second-most made FTs on the team (Ersan Ilyasova, 65). What's more, his seven games with ten or more free throws attempted is already more than Thaddeus Young (six), Evan Turner (three) or Jrue Holiday (zero) ever had as a Liberty Baller. 

But yesterday against the Bucks saw JoJo hit a new level with his foul drawing. Despite essentially being shut down by the Bucks in the first half -- I can't remember if he even had a single bucket at the break -- The Process eventually imposed his will in Milwaukee in a major way, parading to the line in the second half, ending with 22 points (as well as 12 rebounds and five blocks) on 4-9 shooting, getting to the line an astounding 18 times. 

Who was the last Sixers giant to accomplish such a feat, you might wonder? Well... 

Yes, it's been an impressive season for our double-redshirt rookie, and every game he seems to add another immortal name to his list of historical analogues. But not until now could we afford to mention him alongside the great Henry "Lickface" Sims, two-year Process legend whose 18 trips to the free-throw line on April 4, 2014 totally helped us win that random late-season game against the then-rebuilding Boston Celtics. As impossible as it once seemed, it now appears that soon, Embiid's folk herodom will be as self-evident and undeniable to the Sons of Sam as that of Hammerin' Hank himself. 

Get this guy to the All-Star team already.