In the Tradition of Festivus, Jason Babin Airs His Grievances with the Eagles

In the Tradition of Festivus, Jason Babin Airs His Grievances with the Eagles

The Eagles released Jason Babin four weeks ago, which might
seem like an eternity, but apparently wasn’t long enough for the wide-9
specialist to get over it. As his Jacksonville Jaguars prepare for their Week
17 finale in Tennessee – one of many stops in Babin’s nine-year NFL career – he
simply couldn’t refrain from running his mouth about his latest ex.

Speaking to members of the Titans media, Babin went off on a
bit of a tangent describing his departure from Philadelphia. It’s difficult to
summarize as it’s sort of all over the place, but you could easily say he
deflected any and all blame for his and former defensive line coach Jim
Washburn’s falling-out with the organization. However, the money quote was
probably when he described the Eagles as some sort of socialist regime. Via Adam

That was probably their approach
because they don’t have amicable splits with people. You saw how dirty they did
(Jim) Washburn with leaking out the false stories and the way they talked about
him on the way out. It’s kind of a big socialistic system that they have. I
didn’t really care. I’m only going to worry about what I can control, and
that’s practicing hard, working hard and playing hard on Sunday.

Babin’s diatribe continues, as he claims the Eagles clearly never
trusted Wash based on the presence of a defensive line consultant – a position
that is not listed on their coaching staff’s web page. Then as he wraps up on
the topic, he adds this delicious morsel:

But that’s life, I can’t really sit
up here and whine and complain about my situation when people around the
country and around the world for that matter are in a lot worse situations than

None of these statements constitutes as whining or complaining?

Look, we get it, Jason. You feel like you were wronged
because it didn’t work out here, and to your credit, a
lot of players that came and went over the last 14 years would probably agree
the Eagles are bad at breaking up with people.

That said, maybe the coaches were trying to change you
because you had 5.5 sacks in 11 games this season. Maybe the organization was
second-guessing Washburn because the production vanished. Whatever the case, the Eagles decided to move on. Maybe you should, too.

Sixers teased in preseason finale with Jahlil Okafor back, Nerlens Noel out

Sixers teased in preseason finale with Jahlil Okafor back, Nerlens Noel out


MIAMI — Jahlil Okafor called it a “tease.”

He was talking about his oh-so-brief 2016-2017 debut, but he could have also been summarizing the Sixers' constant state of taking one step forward and one (injured) leg back.

Okafor, a 6-11 center and the NBA’s third overall pick in the 2015 draft, played 7:32 minutes on Friday and produced four points, one rebound, one assist, one block and one turnover. He had been held out in camp previously because of knee soreness.

His return was the good news for the Sixers.

But, before Friday’s 113-110 exhibition finale win over the Miami Heat even started (see Instant Replay), the Sixers announced that center/forward Nerlens Noel will have a “minor surgical procedure in the coming days,” (see story).

Sixers center Joel Embiid, who has missed the past two years because of foot surgeries, said he empathizes with Noel.

“It’s hard,” Embiid said. “Obviously we need Nerlens if we want to win. But that’s basketball. Things happen. You can’t control injuries.

“I feel bad for him because this is the beginning of the season. Everybody wants to play the beginning of the season. But I’m sure he is going to work hard to come back even stronger.”

On the positive side for the Sixers, there was the return of Okafor … even it felt like baby steps for him.

“I started to feel really good,” said Okafor, who had surgery on his right knee in March and experienced soreness on that same knee Sept. 30. “It was kind of like a tease to me because I really got going. I wanted to continue to play, but that’s why I have the medical staff to keep me disciplined.”

Sixers coach Brett Brown said before the game that he would keep Okafor to just six to eight minutes, and he was true to his word.

Okafor, who made the only shot he attempted from the floor and was 2 for 4 on free throws, did not play in the second half.

“The scoring piece to my game, that’s like riding a bicycle,” Okafor said. “I know I can score the ball. It was good to get back out there with my teammates and hear them cheer for me on the side.”

Okafor said he tried to convince Brown to let him extend past the script of no more than eight minutes.

“He was like, ‘Have your lawyer call my lawyer,'" Okafor said. “We will talk about the season home opener (on Wednesday night against Oklahoma City), and hopefully I can increase my minutes.”

Okafor said he didn’t want to put a number on how many minutes he thought he could’ve played in his season debut except to say he knew he could play more.

Interestingly, Embiid, who had 18 points and nine rebounds in 18 minutes, said he felt Okafor was a bit fatigued.

“I think he was a little bit tired,” Embiid said. “Obviously, he hasn’t played in a while. But just like me, he’s going to dig down. He is a proven scorer. He can do whatever he wants on the court.

“Once he gets back in shape, we as a team are going to be really good.”

Okafor was a minus-5 while he was on the court. But Brown said he was impressed by some of the less-hyped aspects of Okafor’s game.

“I thought he was really good defensively,” Brown said. “He sat in his stance and moved his feet. I thought he did a great job of fronting the post.”

Brown said the Noel injury was almost unfair.

“Clearly, it was a situation in the preseason where he would have played a lot,” Brown said. “The timing is unfortunate.”

Penn routs Yale, 42-7, behind Alek Torgersen's 4 TDs

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Penn routs Yale, 42-7, behind Alek Torgersen's 4 TDs


NEW HAVEN, Conn. — Alek Torgersen threw four touchdown passes, three to Justin Watson, and Penn rolled to a 42-7 victory over Yale in the first night game in Yale Bowl history.

Torgersen completed 16 of 23 passes for 229 yards and rushed for 66 yards. Watson had 10 receptions for 166 yards with touchdowns covering 5, 41 and 35 yards.

Torgersen moved into a tie for second with 47 career TD passes and Watson moved into fourth in career receptions (161) and touchdowns (17) for the Quakers (4-2, 3-0 Ivy Leauge).

Tre Solomon rushed for 120 yards, seven shy of the career high he set a week earlier, on 15 carries, including a 3-yard touchdown run, for Penn, which won its fourth straight. Cameron Countryman had a 10-yard touchdown reception and Karekin Brooks had a 13-yard run for his first career touchdown.

Penn, which led 35-0 at halftime, finished with 508 yards and held the Bulldogs (1-5, 1-2) to 229.