How 'Bout Meeks for the Three-Point Contest?

How 'Bout Meeks for the Three-Point Contest?

When Jodie Meeks arrived in Philly at the trade deadline in 2010, it felt like some kind of joke. The Sixers were still stuck in neutral, or more aptly in reverse, and all the front office could come up was an exchange of bench warmers with the equally pitiful Milwaukee Bucks.

Two years later, I couldn't tell you what Royal Ivey is up to, but Meeks has carved out a role in the Sixers' starting lineup as a three-point specialist. The 41st pick out of Kentucky in the 2009 draft is tied for seventh with Ray Allen for the most long-distance buckets with 53, hitting at an impressive 43% from beyond the arc. When he gets going, he can shoot with the best of them.

Which is why if Meeks is invited to take part in the Association's All-Star festivities this month, it will be no joke.

When pressed about the possibility of participating in the three-point shootout, Jodie responded he would "love to" take part. So far, only the Magic's Ryan Anderson -- the NBA leader from beyond the arc by a healthy margin, and a player for the game's host city of Orlando -- is reportedly confirmed for the contest.

Meeks would be a nice addition though. As CSN's John Finger points out, the Sixers have not had many players compete in the event through the years, only Kyle Korver in recent memory. It would also be a great way to give one of the top teams in the league some additional representation at the event.

And Meeks would certainly be a threat to win the thing. He's a demon once he gets hot, like he did when he went 6-for-7 against the Wizards on January 13, or when he set the NCAA record for three-pointers in a game with 10 exactly three years earlier.

We're fairly confident our unassuming Meeks will get the invite, but even if for some reason he doesn't, he's changed a lot of minds about the value of that trade. Royal Ivey is somewhere filling garbage minutes, and Primoz Brezec is out of the NBA, but Meeks is an integral part of a first-place club. Who would've thunk it?

>> Meeks shooting for three-point contest bid [CSN]

There aren't enough Chooch pillows for every Philadelphian

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There aren't enough Chooch pillows for every Philadelphian

Carlos Ruiz has been traded to the Dodgers and it is sad.

Not in the sense that it's a move that remotely affects anything about the current state of the Phillies. It's sad simply because Chooch -- lovable and awesome and wonderful Chooch -- is no longer a Phillie.

Chooch will be remembered for catching Roy Halladay's perfect game and no hitter and that little dribbler down the line in Game 3 of the 2008 World Series. And, of course, dropping to his knees in celebration with Brad Lidge making them World Effin Champions.

But mostly he'll just be missed. What a guy to have aroud for so long.

Roy knows how hard it is not to have him around. I guess Chase won't need his any longer since the two will be reunined with one last chance of glory in L.A.

Phillies trade Carlos Ruiz to Dodgers

Phillies trade Carlos Ruiz to Dodgers

Jimmy Rollins. Then Chase Utley. Now Carlos Ruiz.

Thursday closed another chapter of the Phillies' golden era.

Ruiz, the Phillies' catcher since 2006, has been traded to the Dodgers (along with cash) for catcher A.J. Ellis, right-hander Tommy Bergjans and a player to be named later.

Rollins was dealt to the Dodgers in December 2014. Utley, still with Los Angeles, was traded to the Dodgers in August 2015.

Ryan Howard is now the lone leftover from the Phillies' 2008 world champion club.

In his 11th big-league season — all with the Phillies — Ruiz is hitting .261 with a .368 on-base percentage, three home runs and 12 RBIs in a reserve role.

(More coming...)

Philly Mayor goes to bat for Eagles fans, cheesesteaks against John Oliver

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HBO's Last Week Tonight

Philly Mayor goes to bat for Eagles fans, cheesesteaks against John Oliver

Charter schools. They're complicated!

After watching John Oliver's segment on them over the weekend, you'd agree there is plenty of nuance involved in the charter school debate. But also that some of them are dirty as all get out. An underground nightclub at a SCHOOL? Jeez. That can't be okay anywhere.

It's a solid segment. But it also took a couple of unneeded digs at the city of Philadelphia, its cuisine, and its sports fans.

That irked the Mayor of Philadelphia and he fought back today on Twitter.

"Agree on charter oversight but English soccer fan who eats fish from newsprint can't judge Eagles fans, cheesesteaks," Jim Kenney tweeted.

Take that you fish-eating Brit!

You can also watch the entire John Oliver segment from Last Week Tonight below.