The Evster: What kinda name is Drew Brees anyway?

The Evster: What kinda name is Drew Brees anyway?

Ready for some quick, mind-blowing, knock-your-balls-off Evster research?

The name Drew is of Welsh origin meaning "wise" (seriously, I looked it up), so it's only fitting that Drew Brees would grow up to be one of football's all-time smartest quarterbacks.

Strong arm? Sure. Accurate? Absolutely. Lame haircut? You know it. But what sets Drew apart from the rest of his peers is his ability to break down defenses with his quick trigger decision-making. The former Academic All-American is an absolute savant between the hashmarks, BUT HE IS ALSO A TOTAL DORK.

In case you don't remember from every 80's sports movie you ever saw, smart people are nerds, and nerds get beat up when they try to play football. Drew Brees is no different -- a scrawny, wispy-haired, delicate little man -- and he is going to get annihilated at the Linc this Saturday night. Remember, this is a game made for meatheads, founded by greats like Mean Joe, Concrete Charlie and Ogre, so I fully expect DeMeco and company to get revenge on this nerd on Saturday night.

Unsurprisingly, the Brees Family dorkdom doesn't start or stop with Drew. Brees's father was named EUGENE and his uncle's name was MARTY. (Granted, both of them were incredible athletes, but whatever. Also, for the record, the name Nick means "victory" while Foles loosely translates to "HORSED!CK".) Even Drew Brees's sons have stupid names: Baylen, Bowen and Callen.

Yep.

BAYLEN, BOWEN and CALLEN.

Those are their actual names. Like, on their birth certificates and everything. Legitimate, human names. I'm not even joking.

Honestly, how can you be scared of a guy who gave his sons such ridiculous names? Baylen, Bowen and CALLEN? How do you even pronounce that? Is it Call-in? Like, "I'm callin' into a call-in show"? Or is it Cal-lin, like Cal Ripken Junion? Or is is Kale-en, like that dude from The Bachelorette who arrived on a helicopter? Either way, none of those names even comes close to making sense. I guess, maybe Bowen does, mayyybeeeeee Bowen does, but still, stupid, stupid name. And we didn't even talk about Baylen!

Everyone in this world is always complaining about global warming and Miley Cyrus and how difficult it is to find good potato salad, but what is wrong with this current generation of parents? What are they trying to prove? Whatever happened to the good ole days when parents gave their sons normal, masculine names like LeSean, Rocky or Chip?

I was at the playground with my little nephew the other day when I overheard some dad call out to his kid, "Amadeus! Amadeus! It's time to go home!" and I was like, "What the WHAT?" and then his mother, who just so happened to be standing RIGHT NEXT TO ME, said (in the saddest and sorriest voice), "It's Amadeus. My son's name is Amadeus."

It was so sad, because you could tell she was absolutely mortified. This poor, poor woman, who had bags under her eyes and a husband who wore pleated pants, somehow thought that it'd be a good idea to name her son Amadeus. Ugh. It had to be the father's idea. His pants were so pleated. And his kid couldn't play tetherball for shit.

Obviously Drew Brees's'ss's's's kids are going to be dope at tetherball. They're destined to become wonderful athletes -- and will probably date super hot chicks (or dudes) because of it -- but they still won't be able to find personalized license plates when they stop at gift shops on the New Jersey Turnpike.

And that's just sad.

You know for as smart as a guy as Drew Brees pretends to be, maybe he should've used a little common sense when naming his kids. Also, his last name is totally spelled wrong.

I have no idea what the point of this article is.

Prediction: Eagles 74, Saints 5

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Phillies prospect Victor Arano out at least a month with elbow injury

Phillies prospect Victor Arano out at least a month with elbow injury

CLEARWATER, Fla. – The Phillies received some good and bad news on pitcher Victor Arano.

He was diagnosed with a sprain of the ulnar collateral ligament in his right elbow.

Surgery was not prescribed, which is good news.

The bad news, he’s been shut down for at least a month.

Arano’s injury was treated with a platelet-rich plasma (PRP) injection.

The 22-year-old from Mexico said he first started feeling some tenderness in the elbow during a stint in the Arizona Fall League. He experienced some swelling in the elbow after reporting to camp earlier this month.

Arano is an intriguing prospect. He was acquired from the Dodgers as part of the package for starter Roberto Hernandez in August 2014. He impressed team officials in spring training 2015 and really took a big step forward after moving to the bullpen last season. He pitched 79 2/3 innings in 46 games at Single A Clearwater and Double A Reading and recorded a 2.26 ERA while striking out 95 and walking just 19.

Arano’s stuff has been compared to that of Edubray Ramos, who jumped from Double A to Triple A to the majors last season.

The injury means Arano will have to start the season on the disabled list.

In other health news, pitcher Jake Thompson graduated to a bullpen mound on Wednesday. He had been slowed by a sore wrist, but is fine now. Thompson proved that by winning the longest drive at Tuesday’s annual team golf outing.

Thompson lines up to open the season at Triple A.

Give and Go: How much credit does Brett Brown deserve for Sixers' improvement?

Give and Go: How much credit does Brett Brown deserve for Sixers' improvement?

With the team at the All-Star break, our resident basketball analysts will discuss some of the hottest topics involving the Sixers.

Running the Give and Go are CSNPhilly.com producer/reporters Matt Haughton and Paul Hudrick.

In this edition, we analyze the job head coach Brett Brown has done this season.

Haughton
Brown's performance has already resulted in more wins than any other season under his leadership, but it continues to be a complex judgment.

He's still tied to an extremely young roster, which lends itself to the high number of turnovers, mistakes coming out of timeouts and defensive breakdowns. 

However, he has managed to get several players to show growth in their games and make sure the Sixers remain balanced even with Joel Embiid's emergence. That can also be attributed to Brown's emphasis on state of play and not state of pay.

He turned to T.J. McConnell ($874,636 salary) at starting point guard over Sergio Rodriguez ($8 million) because the second-year pro has proven to be a better fit and has routinely moved Gerald Henderson ($9 million) from starter to reserve.

Then of course, there has been Brown's handling of the Sixers' mashup at center. The coach has found each guy minutes when he can and, according to the players, been up front about all potential minutes and trade scenarios.

Perhaps Brown's finest job this season has come in a role he thought was over: team delegate. Once Sam Hinkie exited and Bryan Colangelo proclaimed he would be more open with information, Brown certainly had to think his days of standing in front of the media to explain every single thing going on with the franchise were over. Think again. 

Still, Brown's been there each day, answering just about every question thrown his way from injuries to trade rumors. If nothing else, he deserves to be commended for dealing with that ... again.

Hudrick
It's amazing what a few NBA-caliber players can do.

After accumulating a 47-199 record over his first three seasons, Brown has led the Sixers to a 21-35 mark so far this season. Sure, much of the credit for the team's success has to do with adding legitimate NBA talent (and a legitimate NBA star in Embiid). With that said, you're finally starting to see Brown's fingerprints on the Sixers.

A protégé of Gregg Popovich's with the Spurs, Brown preaches defense and ball movement. The Sixers' defense has been a catalyst for their success this season. As Brown says in his Bostralian accent, the defensive end is where the Sixers' "bread is buttered." 

With unselfish players with decent court vision like Dario Saric and Gerald Henderson added to the mix, the Sixers don't look like a total disaster in the half court. They're ninth in the NBA at 23.5 assists per game. They haven't finished higher than 15th in the league in any of Brown's three seasons. 

When you consider what Brown has gone through and how he's managed to keep everything positive, it's incredible. Hinkie pegged Brown as his guy, knowing that Brown was an excellent teacher and had the right attitude to deal with losing. You have to be encouraged by what you've seen out of Brown and the Sixers this season.