A Dispute over the Definition of the Word 'Unacceptable'

A Dispute over the Definition of the Word 'Unacceptable'

I wish I had kept a running count of the number of occasions in which Eagles owner Jeffrey Lurie referred to the 2011 season as "unacceptable."

For quite a bit of the lead-up to his eventual defense of Andy Reid, I almost bought in to the remote possibility that the ownership had recognized it was time for a change. There was just something about that word—unacceptable—that kept reverberating back and forth inside my skull.

He kept coming back to it:

—What happened is unacceptable

—Going 8-8 is unnaceptable

—That pool of talent producing that record is unacceptable

Unless, of course, it's all totally acceptable.

I mean, Lurie fully expects this team to be better next year. And not just a little better, he sounded as though he expects the change to be the of the night and day variety.

He also seemed to indicate that the front office would be staying in tact. He then understandably declined to remark on specific roster moves. And though he didn't deny that changes may be made—leaving those matters to Andy's discretion—he also presented himself on multiple occasions as a careful analyst.

Part of that analysis over the past few weeks, as Lurie informed both the media and those fans watching, involved the realization that it took time for this team to gel given the somewhat rushed circumstances generated by the lockout's impact on the preseason. So, bearing in mind their late season improvement, it would stand to reason—seemingly for Lurie—that this, more or less, same collection of parts will enjoy a greater level of success next year.

He also made sure to tell all who listened that there were no excuses, such as the somewhat rushed circumstances generated by the lockout's impact on the preseason.

I understand there are plenty of you out there who are upset, and perhaps even confused by an owner who talks in circles and seems to contradict himself in every attempt to defend his beleaguered head coach.

Just remember, Jeffrey Lurie is fully aware that going 8-8 is unacceptable (but that it's acceptable if it leads to something better).

In closing, as much for my own sanity as I hope for your own, I have provided a list of both synonyms and antonyms for the word "unacceptable," courtesy of the fine people at Merriam-Webster.

Synonyms: bastard, bush, bush-league, crummy (alsocrumby), deficient, dissatisfactory, ill, inferior, lame,lousy, off, paltry, poor, punk, sour, suboptimal, subpar,substandard, bad, unsatisfactory, wack [slang], wanting,wretched, wrong

Antonyms: acceptable, adequate, all right, decent, fine,OK (or okay), passable, respectable, satisfactory,standard, tolerable

Honestly, this whole language barrier thing between Jeffrey Lurie and I would make a lot more sense if there were an actual language barrier involved.

Noel joins Sixers in New Orleans, may play Sunday in Detroit

Noel joins Sixers in New Orleans, may play Sunday in Detroit

NEW ORLEANS — Nerlens Noel made another step toward his return from arthroscopic left knee surgery by joining the Sixers in New Orleans for their game against the Pelicans.

Noel arrived on Wednesday with Robert Covington, who is slated to start after missing the last three games with a left knee sprain. Noel is not cleared to play, but Brown doesn’t think it will be long until he suits up. 

“I don’t think far away,” Brown said of Noel’s regular season debut after shootaround.

When asked about the possibility of Noel playing this weekend when the Sixers face the Pistons on Sunday in Detroit, Brown replied, “Maybe.” 

Noel has missed the entire regular season recovering from elective surgery for an inflamed plica in October. He completed the first phase of his rehab in Birmingham, Ala. and has been continuing his work with the Sixers. This trip to New Orleans is the first time he has been with the Sixers on the road. 

“[He is] integrating with the team, studying a lot of tape, scripting with his teammates with the understanding that we have a chance to see him soon,” Brown said. “All that trying to ramp it up where he can go to an NBA court more comfortably.”

Noel spoke out about his displeasure with the Sixers crowded frontcourt at the start of the preseason. He recently stuck with his stance, saying, “I don’t think the roster’s changed.”

Brown is working to keep the team moving forward as a unit while still being aware of and recognizing Noel’s perspective. 

“It does,” Brown said when asked if Noel’s open frustration concerns him as it pertains to team cohesiveness. “But I feel like it’s so much a part of what we try do around here that it’s not like you’re going to blink and you’ve forgotten something that equals camaraderie, that equals team, that equals trying to keep this together, and you’ve left it for a week … 

“It’s a day-to-day focus for me and it’s a very candid conversation with me and the player. The team hears it, the individual hears it, we all understand it … We need to coexist and we need to understand the reality of it all, too. There’s a human side you understand. It’s also pride, it’s competitiveness, it’s do your job, it’s nothing is given, you’ve got to take stuff, draw your own line in the sand, competitors rule the day.”

Last season Noel averaged 11.1 points and a team-high 8.1 rebounds per game. The Sixers will look forward to having him back on the court in that once-crowded frontcourt that is now shorthanded. Jahlil Okafor remained in Philadelphia with gastroenteritis. Ben Simmons still is rehabbing from a right foot fracture. 

"Soon you’re going to see Ben Simmons coming to a team bench where he doesn’t come out with boots and have to push him in some type of wheely apparatus," Brown said. "We’ve dealt with so many injuries trying to find that balance of dealing with their health and so on, and then trying to integrate them back into a team is part of growing a program."

Flyers fans send amazing postcards to their beat writers

Flyers fans send amazing postcards to their beat writers

I like to give Flyers fans a bit of a hard time on occasion, but that's only because I love them.

One beautiful Flyers fan today reminded me of why I love them.

They took the time to send a postcard to CSNPhilly.com's Flyers Insider -- and hater of the woo -- Tim Panaccio with one single word written on it.

"Woo."

Panotch says "Someone wasted a stamp and post card on this," but I say we just generated at least 50 cents in ad revenue from those of you that are reading this right now.

Money and time well spent.

Now, if you're not up on your wooing, Panotch penned a piece on how some fans wooing at games started annoying some of the players. Panotch hates the woo. BUT... and this is an important but... the Flyers are 6-0 since this all started. 

Woo.