Comment of the week sponsored by Smith's Restaurant and Bar: The guy who praised Paul Holmgren

Comment of the week sponsored by Smith's Restaurant and Bar: The guy who praised Paul Holmgren

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I stopped in at Smith's on Tuesday to have lunch. It included all the important food groups: vegetables, steak, and beer. Smith's steak salad is great. And beer (Harpoon) with lunch is always a wise decision.

May I suggest to the comment of the week winner that when you go to use your $25 gift card to Smith's that you take me with you? I'm great company.

And for the winner this week we once again went a bit against the grain. Simmonds17 commented on Ryan's post about Brayden Schenn being on the block and why that's a bad idea:

I also think Holmgren gets way too much heat for his moves. I can see people saying the Streit and Lecavalier contracts are too long, but the salaries are about market value and maybe that’s what it took to get them here. Would people rather not have Vinny? (Just because he’s “old”?)

I think the Carter and Richards deals were master strokes, and getting Steve Mason has worked out brilliantly too. Where are all the people who lambasted the Bobrovsky trade AFTER Bob won the Vezina? Are they going in turn to praise Homer for getting Mason, who is young and athletic and appears to just have needed a change of scenery, for very little?

I don’t want them to trade Brayden Schenn. But it’s very possible they’re looking at trade possibilities that would make sense overall for the team. The Schenn brothers, Emery and Nick Cousins for Shea Weber perhaps? Nashville has to be thinking about unloading that contract.

And don't forget to mark your calendars for our January 23rd Flyers watch party at Smith's. If you've never been there, it's a great place to watch some football. They've got food ($5 chicken nachos are my fave) and beer ($3 lagers and $4 Harpoons) during all Thursday and Sunday NFL games. Ask about the Fireball shots when the Eagles score too.

Nerlens Noel on Sixers' frontcourt logjam: 'I don't see a way it can work'

Nerlens Noel on Sixers' frontcourt logjam: 'I don't see a way it can work'

CAMDEN, N.J. — Nerlens Noel is standing his ground.

After saying that the Sixers' entering the season with three starting-caliber centers (himself, Jahlil Okafor, Joel Embiid) "doesn't make sense," Noel didn't back down from his stance during the team's annual media day.  

"I don't see a way it can work," Noel said Monday. "It's just a logjam. You have three young, talented centers that can play 30-plus minutes a night." 

The Sixers attempted to play with two bigs in Noel and Okafor last season but had little success. Now that Embiid is finally healthy, the fit to the puzzle doesn't figure to get any better.

Reports swirled during the offseason that the Sixers were looking to trade either Noel or Okafor to add backcourt help to the woeful franchise, but nothing came to fruition.

"Things need to get situated," Noel said. "I think things obviously need to be moved around, someone needs to be moved around. It's just a tough situation. I can't really say too much because I have no say in the matter, so obviously that's for who can handle the situation in the right manner.

"I've gone through a whole lot. Probably the most, arguably, that any player has gone through in the NBA in losing. It's a tough situation to still be in. Year by year, to see things get more difficult to show your value. Year by year, it's always been something. It's really at a point where it's just a lot."

Bryan Colangelo said he understands Noel's viewpoint. However, the Sixers' president said he is in no rush to trade any of the centers and will wait the situation out.

"It’s not disappointing. It’s understandable," Colangelo said. "I think Nerlens actually did a pretty good job sizing up what we have, which is a lot of depth and a lot of talent at that position."

Despite each of the three centers being early in their career, Noel, who is in the final year of his rookie contract, doesn't want to hold off to see if the trio can actually mesh on the floor.

"I can't say I do really understand that (wait-and-see approach)," Noel said. "If you have a group of players, I just don't think it makes too much sense to just still come into the season with such a heavy lineup at the center position. I don't know what there is to wait and see."

Noel made sure to express that he has no issues with Okafor and Embiid and said they are some of his closest friends on the team. But when asked whether he was happy to be a Sixer, Noel deflected.

"I feel good," he said. "I'm all right, I'm in a good place right now."

Sure sounds like it.

Darren Sproles' TD from Wentz set to Sonic the Hedgehog music

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Darren Sproles' TD from Wentz set to Sonic the Hedgehog music

You may fondly remember the time Darren Sproles took a punt return to the house last season and a wonderful Twitter user set the video to the Super Mario Bros.' star music, yes?

It was great.

Now that Sproles' put on the jets again yesterday in the Eagles win over the Steelers, the same @pacdude on Twitter has done it again.

This time it's the theme music from Sonic the Hedgehog 2. Please enjoy.