If points lost by were musical notes, the Philadelphia 76ers would have composed Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band over their last two outings. One night and a couple hundred miles north after getting blown out 123-78 by the Clippers in LA, the Sixers paid a similar favor to their friends (including one particularly familiar face) by the Bay by getting torched 123-80 by the Golden State Warriors. Good times were had by all, except of course for the visitors, who hopefully at least got some bitchin' burritos down at the Mission that afternoon for their troubles.
You might wonder whether a basketball team has ever lost by so much in consecutive nights--a combined 88 points, for those of you not feeling like doing the mental math. The good news? One has. The EVEN BETTER NEWS? Well...
Yes, our beloved '93-'94 squad, two seasons after Charles Barkley was traded for Jeff Hornacek and loose change, and a couple months after Horny himself was jettisoned for the corpse of Jeff Malone, leaving us with a core of Clarence Weatherspoon, Dana Barros and rookie center Shawn Bradley, though even Bradley was by then lost for the season with a dislocated kneecap.
The two blowout losses from that season occurred in the third-and-second-to-last games of the season, a 130-82 loss in New York followed the next night by a 133-88 drubbing in Indiana. (Incidentally, New York and Indiana would end up meeting in a seven-game classic Eastern Conference Finals that season, which possibly bodes well for LAC and GSW's postseason prospects this summer.) The Knicks had seven double-digit scorers (led by Patrick Ewing's 26 and 15) and buried the Sixers with a 41-point third quarter, while the Pacers were paced by a 40-point night from center Rik Smits, the first 40-point performance of the Dunking Dutchman's career.
All that said, the 76ers did rebound in their season-closing showdown with the Detroit Pistons, salvaging a little dignity in a 110-102 victory over the 20-61 Motown squad, led by 24 and 10 off the bench by former Bulls star Orlando Woolridge, in the very last game of his pro career! So, uh, look out Utah Jazz--we're coming to town with a vengeance (and a -88 scoring margin for the week) this Wednedsay.
Philadelphia will host the U.S. Hockey Hall of Fame induction ceremony on Nov. 30.
USA Hockey on Tuesday announced that the Flyers will host the event for the first time.
The 2016 Hall of Fame class includes legendary high school coach Bill Belisle, former NHL forward Craig Janney, and the 1996 World Cup of Hockey team.
That team featured Brett Hull, Brian Leetch and Abington native Mike Richter. It also has a special connection with Philly. The 1996 World Cup of Hockey was the first sporting event played at the CoreStates Center (now the Wells Fargo Center). The U.S. would go on to win the tournament.
“We’re excited to bring the U.S. Hockey Hall of Fame Induction Celebration to Philadelphia,” Dave Ogrean, executive director of USA Hockey, said in a statement. “It’s one of our nation’s very top hockey cities, thanks in large part to the decades-long efforts of the late Ed Snider, and fans in the area will enjoy being part of enshrining the Class of 2016. This is always one of the most anticipated events on the calendar each year and we’re grateful for the advance support we’ve received from the Flyers and our Atlantic Affiliate.”
Tuesday also marks 50 days until the Flyers begin their 50th anniversary season.
Well, is it?
It features Eagles' kicker Cody Parkey and defensive lineman Beau Allen playing the parts of Jennifer Gray and Patrick Swayze in 80's hit movie Dirty Dancing.
It's not enough for Eagles fans and members of the media to rip quarterback Sam Bradford. It's becoming quite popular for other NFL players to do it as well.
Credit Michael Bennett for starting the trend, as Bradford has been a favorite whipping boy of the Seahawks defensive end for some time. Now the Eagles' NFC East rivals are getting in on that action though, as Redskins cornerback Josh Norman got in on the action in a recent interview for ESPN The Magazine.
The context isn't entirely clear, as Norman's quote is provided only as a blurb in the online version of the story. Then again, not much context is really needed in this case. The message is perfectly clear.
"Have you ever once been one of the top 20 quarterbacks in the league? Not that I remember -- and you want more money? I can't wait to play him twice a year."
Unfortunately, the sentiments about Bradford's standing and contract match those of many people around here exactly. The part about looking forward to seeing Norman twice this season, not exactly.
Washington was fortunate when the Panthers decided to rescind the franchise tag from Norman, making the All-Pro corner a free agent. Scheme changes often don't benefit big-money free agents at the position, but the Redskins could be an exception as they play a similar style of defense.
>> Josh Norman: 'I'm the best cornerback on earth' [ESPN]