DALEMBEEEEERRRRRRT!!!!!

DALEMBEEEEERRRRRRT!!!!!

Let's not focus on how the Sixers have lost four in a row. Let's not
focus about how they got out-scored 30-10 in the first quarter last
night against Memphis and never let again. Let's not talk about how they
only shot eight foul shots all game. Let's not get all bent out of
shape about how our vaunted bench scored a combined 21 points on 7-32
shooting, and how Coach Collins finally gave Evan Turner extended
minutes for the first time in a few weeks and ET rewarded him with three
points on 1-5 shooting, with three turnovers. Let's not worry about any
of that.

Instead, let's focus on one thing and one thing only: This man.

No matter what the revisionist historians may tell you, Samuel Dalembert
was peerlessly infuriating during his nine-season tenure as a
Philadelphia 76er. He had no sense of his offensive limitations. He got
called for two goaltends a game. He got schooled by quick point guards
and abused by dominant post players. He had no clue how to pass. He
would be too busy celebrating his blocked shots to notice that his block
had gone straight to another opposing player, and that that player was
putting another, better shot up.

Now if you believe what the experts are saying, Sammy D is having a
career year in Houston, with some even claiming that Philly may have
made an error in judgment in jettisoning him so those years back. I have
not watched enough of the Rockets in 2012 to properly assess the season
Dalembert is having, but make no mistake: We are better off without
this guy. I would rather have Andres Nocioni start at center for the
rest of the season than have to see Samuel Dalembert take a single tip
at half-court for us this year. Even if Spencer Hawes never plays
another game in a Sixers uni, and we really kinda hope he does, the
ten-plus games he's played for us this season were worth trading Sammy
ten times over.

Anyway, we gotta beat this guy, and the rest of his H-Town buds. Forget
the losing streak, forget momentum going into the All-Star Break,
forgetting staying in front of the Knicks and Celtics and whoever—we
need to send this guy a message, and that message is You're Probably a
Very Nice Guy and You Do A Lot For Charity and Everything But You Suck
and We Don't Like You. Boom.

8:00 tip from the Toyota Center. Bring the motherf---in' ruckus, Lavoy Allen.

Conspiracy charge added for 3 former Penn State administrators

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Conspiracy charge added for 3 former Penn State administrators

HARRISBURG, Pa. -- A Pennsylvania judge on Thursday allowed prosecutors to add a conspiracy charge against three former Penn State administrators, increasing their possible penalty if convicted of crimes for their handling of the Jerry Sandusky child molestation scandal.

Judge John Boccabella granted a request by the attorney general's office to tack on a related conspiracy count to the charges of endangering the welfare of children.

Prosecutors said each felony count carries up to 7 years in prison and a $15,000 fine.

Jury selection is scheduled for March 20 in Harrisburg in the case of former university president Graham Spanier, former vice president Gary Schultz and former athletic director Tim Curley.

The defendants sought permission last week from Boccabella for an appeal that could delay the trial. The judge has not ruled on that request.

They argue Boccabella erred when he declined to dismiss the child-welfare charges, arguing the statute of limitations expired, the defendants did not provide direct care for children and they are charged with actions that occurred before the law was revised.

Earlier this month, the judge dismissed charges of failing to properly report suspected abuse, and last year the Superior Court threw out perjury, obstruction and conspiracy charges.

The three administrators fielded a complaint in 2001 from a graduate assistant who said he saw Sandusky, then retired as an assistant football coach, sexually abusing a boy in a team shower.

They did not report the matter to police or child welfare authorities, but did tell Sandusky he could no longer bring children to the campus and they notified his charity for children, The Second Mile.

Sandusky currently is serving a lengthy state prison term after being convicted in 2012 of 45 counts of sexual abuse of 10 boys.

Last week, a new judge appointed to preside over his appeals under the state's Post-Conviction Relief Act scheduled a March 24 hearing at the courthouse near State College to "present and finalize the evidentiary portion" of the hearing.

Hits King Pete Rose on Phillies' Wall of Fame ballot

Hits King Pete Rose on Phillies' Wall of Fame ballot

CLEARWATER, Fla. -- The Phillies have released their Wall of Fame ballot for 2017 and Pete Rose is on it for the first time.

Baseball’s all-time hits king joins Steve Bedrosian, Larry Christensen, Jim Fregosi, Gene Garber, Placido Polanco, Ron Reed, Scott Rolen, Manny Trillo and Rick Wise on the ballot.

The Phillies had to receive permission from commissioner Rob Manfred to include Rose on the ballot. Rose was placed on baseball’s permanently ineligible list in 1989 after he admitted to wagering on baseball during his time as manager of the Cincinnati Reds. The ban precludes him from appearing on the ballot for the Baseball Hall of Fame in Cooperstown, New York.

Rose is still on the ineligible list, but Manfred has shown some leniency in recent years and Rose has been able to participate in some ceremonies. He was inducted into the Cincinnati Reds' Hall of Fame last summer. 

Rose was one of the stars on the Reds’ Big Red Machine, a club that won back-to-back World Series in 1975 and 1976. He came to the Phillies as a free agent before the 1979 season. He spent five years with the Phils and his leadership was considered key in getting a talented team over the top on its way to winning the 1980 World Series. 

The Phillies’ Wall of Fame ceremony will take place Aug. 12 at Citizens Bank Park. 

Fans have a voice in the voting, which is has begun on the team’s website -- www.Phillies.com. Fans can select their top three choices and the five finalists will serve as the official ballot for a special Wall of Fame selection committee.