Don't Forget to Watch Jrue Holiday Represent All That Is Good About the Sixers This Weekend

Don't Forget to Watch Jrue Holiday Represent All That Is Good About the Sixers This Weekend

Jrue Holiday has been the best thing (occasionally, the only good thing)
about watching the Sixers this season, and for his efforts to make our
team watchable—usually in vain, but at least the boy tries—he was
invited to hobnob with the NBA elite at All-Star Weekend this year. Not
only will he be playing in the game proper, as the youngest Sixer ever
elected to represent the Eastern Conference at the Mid-Winter Classic,
but he'll also be participating in the Skills Competition, where he'll
get to prove that he can dribble through cones and pass through
cylinders and prove what a fundamental boss he is.

The skills
competition is up first on Saturday night, probably around 9:00-ish
(just after the always-riveting Shooting Stars competition), and Jrue is
currently being pegged
by Vegas as the favorite at 3 to 1, ahead of Tony Parker, Damian
Lillard, Jeremy Lin, Brandon Knight and Jeff Teague. (Sounds right to
me—my money would either be on Jrue or Lin.) The All-Star Game is on
Sunday at 8:00, with Jrue coming off the bench for the East. Expect the
Damaja to get a decent amount of burn as one of only two point guards
the team will have at their disposal, along with Cavaliers sophomore
sensation Kyrie Irving.

No other Sixers at All-Star Weekend this
year, regrettably—Arnett Moultrie's recent hot streak was far too
little, too late to get him into the Rookie-Sophomore Game, and none of
our other guys are skilled enough to get into any of the other
competitions on their own merits. Still, if we were to send but one
representative to basketball's three-day celebration of its best and
brightest, we could do a lot worse than Jrue. Support your a11-star,
won't you?

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.