Sixers Promoting Their History, Coach, and Youth (But Not Dre or Elton?) (UPDATED)

Sixers Promoting Their History, Coach, and Youth (But Not Dre or Elton?) (UPDATED)

The Sixers posted three of their new television commercials to YouTube earlier today featuring their new tagline, "Passionate. Intense. Proud." One focuses on the team's storied history -- did you know they have the THIRD most wins in NBA history?!. Another focuses on Doug Collins and the third focuses on the Sixers' "Youth."

They're solid. But I wouldn't go so far as to say they're really good. The footage used is real nice, but the voiceover and music combo leaves a bit to be desired. [videos below]

One real noticeable thing about the spots: Elton Brand and Andre Iguodala are nowhere to be found while Evan Turner, Thad Young, Jrue Holiday, and even Lou Williams appear multiple times.

Now, perhaps Elton and Dre are featured in a spot yet to be seen, but if not, the decision to not market their two most expensive and accomplished players is a bit curious.

Or a sign of the direction they plan to go in down the road.


UPDATE: The Sixers' new CEO and Co-Owner, Adam Aron, left a comment on this post noting that additional commercials featuring Elton and Dre are currently in the works. We certainly appreciate his response, but his thought process on the voiceover and music being anything short of perfect still leaves a bit to be desired in our humble opinion. Yes, we're whiny. And picky. Bloggers.

That said, it's nice to see the new guys taking such an active role reaching out to those that care.

Aron wrote:

We are planning five 76ers commercials, actually. The Brand and Iguodala
TV spots are being edited as we speak. So you should read nothing into
our launching with our first 3 commercials. Need to keep the campaign
fresh after all.

And as for the music and voiceover "leaving a bit to be desired," you
are already writing about the comemricals and the Sixers -- and that one
and all is the reason why one runs advertising in the first place.

Adam Aron

CEO and Co-Owner

Philadelphia 76ers



Doug Collins:


Buccaneers promote former Eagles WR Josh Huff to active roster

Buccaneers promote former Eagles WR Josh Huff to active roster

Josh Huff is back on an NFL active roster.

The Tampa Bay Buccaneers are calling the wide receiver up from their practice squad to their 53-man roster. The Eagles released Huff just over a month ago following his arrest for unlawful possession of a firearm. 

The 25-year-old Huff was originally a third round pick by the Eagles in 2014. He made 48 receptions for 482 yards and four touchdowns over three seasons. He excelled on special teams, returning two kicks for touchdowns. One of those kick returns came in his penultimate game with the Eagles, a 21-10 win over the Vikings on Oct. 23. 

Huff replaces Cecil Shorts III for the Buccaneers after Shorts suffered a season-ending knee injury on Sunday in San Diego.

Meanwhile, the Eagles have filled Huff's role in the offense with rookie receivers Bryce Treggs and Paul Turner. 

MLB Notes: Red Sox acquire ace LHP Chris Sale from White Sox

MLB Notes: Red Sox acquire ace LHP Chris Sale from White Sox

OXON HILL, Md. -- All-Star ace Chris Sale is joining the reloading Boston Red Sox, leaving behind his shredded reputation with the Chicago White Sox.

Boston acquired Sale on Tuesday for a package of four prospects, including high-priced Yoan Moncada.

Sale was a top trade target at the winter meetings and the AL East champion Red Sox were getting him instead of Washington, which also pursued.

A few hours earlier, Boston got prime setup man Tyler Thornburg from Milwaukee. After that deal was announced, without tipping his hand, Red Sox president of baseball operations Dave Dombrowski said: "We're trying to win now, as you can see."

Boston acquired Sale for minor league pitchers Michael Kopech and Victor Diaz, outfielder Luis Basabe and Moncada, a third baseman (see full story).

Red Sox get setup man Thornburg from Brewers for INF Shaw
OXON HILL, Md. -- The Boston Red Sox have gotten the setup man they wanted, acquiring right-hander Tyler Thornburg from the Milwaukee Brewers in a package that included infielder Travis Shaw.

The deal was announced Tuesday and was the first trade at baseball's winter meetings.

Milwaukee also got minor league infielder Mauricio Dubon, minor league right-hander Josh Pennington and a player to be named or $100.

The 28-year-old Thornburg will become Boston's eighth-inning guy, setting up closer Craig Kimbrel for the AL East champions. Thornburg was 8-5 with 13 saves and a 2.15 ERA in 67 games for the Brewers, striking out 90 in 67 innings.

The 26-year-old Shaw hit .242 with 16 home runs and 71 RBIs last season. He mostly played third base, and also saw time at first.

The 22-year-old Dubon hit a combined .323 and scored 101 runs between the Single-A and Double-A levels. The 21-year-old Pennington was 5-3 with a 2.86 ERA in Class A (see full story).

Yankees to retire Jeter's No 2 on May 14, last single digit
NEW YORK -- Derek Jeter's No. 2 is being retired, the last of the New York Yankees' single digits.

The Yankees said Tuesday the number will be retired on May 14 before a Mother's Day game against Houston, and a plaque in his honor will be unveiled in Monument Park during the ceremony.

Jeter's number is the 21st retired by the team. He won five World Series titles and was a 14-time All-Star during a 20-season career that ended in 2014 and he is sixth in career hits with 3,465.

Jeter set Yankees records for hits, games (2,747), at-bats (11,195), doubles (544) and stolen bases (358) (see full story).