Ricky Watters Had an Amazing Career, Too

Ricky Watters Had an Amazing Career, Too

In case you've been wondering why Ricky Watters has been in the news so much recently, it's because he'll be the Eagles' honorary captain this Sunday, and will address the fans before the game against the Lions. Of course, Watters isn't often remembered in Philadelphia for his 5,112 yards from scrimmage and 32 touchdowns in three seasons with the Birds. You know where this is going...

Watters has been making the media rounds all week, and everybody seems to have their take on his infamous "For who? For what?" line. That was his response in 1995 when a reporter why he short-armed a Randall Cunningham pass with a defender bearing down on him.

It was his first game as an Eagle.

Watters went on 94WIP on Wednesday and admitted he wished he hadn't said it (he apologized at the time, too), that he loves the city and its fans. Obviously that's probably true, otherwise why bother coming back at all, even if he is a Harrisburg native? Sadly though, For who, For what is all most people seem to think about, or talk about most of the time anyway.

It was only three years, but Watters actually had an impressive stint in Philly -- on the field. Coming off a Super Bowl championship with San Francisco, Watters joined the Birds as a free agent, and actually went to the Pro Bowl his first two seasons here. '96 was his most impressive campaign, leading the NFL in carries (353) and yards from scrimmage (1,855) while establishing career highs in rushing yards (1,411) and touchdowns (13).

The Eagles still had some tough defenses at the time, but Watters was
the offense. Philadelphia posted 10-6 records in '95 and '96, went to
the playoffs both seasons, even won a game one year. Rodney Peete and Ty
Detmer were the quarterbacks.

Watters eclipsed 1,100 yards on the ground and 400 yards receiving every year he was here before moving on to finish out his career in Seattle. He had three more 1,200-yard seasons before retiring in 2001 with over 10,000 rushing yards and 78 rushing touchdowns, those totals still good for 20th and 19th all-time over 10 years later. Watters also ranks 20th with 14,891 yards from scrimmage, and 26th with 91 total touchdowns.

Even though For who, For what is what people will always think of first, most fans realize he was a good back -- the numbers suggest he was borderline Hall-of-Fame good. So remember what Ricky said, but just remember how well he played the game, too.

More:
>> 'For Who, For What?' forced Ricky Watters to gorw up [CSN]
>> Marcus Hayes: Watters lives with aftereffects of punishing career [DN]

Joel Embiid finally struggles in Sixers' loss to Nuggets

Joel Embiid finally struggles in Sixers' loss to Nuggets

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Joel Embiid has been making the NBA look easy. Rookie of the Month honors, five double-doubles in 13 games, seven performances of 20 points or more … all having missed the last two years rehabbing from foot injuries.

Embiid, though, still is a player learning the league. Night’s like Monday’s lackluster showing are going to happen, even if it seemed unexpected against the struggling Denver Nuggets. 

“We’ve been used to seeing Jo have superhuman nights,” Brett Brown said after the Sixers’ 106-98 loss (see Instant Replay). “I thought Joel was down tonight.” 

Embiid tallied a total 16 points (5 for 15 from the field, 1 for 3 from three, 5 for 6 from the line) with four rebounds, one assist, a career-high five blocks, three turnovers and three fouls in 25:32. 

He had a quiet first half with six points (2 for 5 from the field) and one rebound in 9:21. The biggest struggle came in the third quarter. Embiid scored a single point off a free throw and shot 0 for 6 from the floor. By the end of three, he was shooting 18.2 percent. 

The big man said he needed to be better at passing out of the double team. He committed two turnovers in the third. 

“I wasn’t getting to my spot and I wasn’t getting what I’m used to getting,” Embiid said of the first three quarters. “I’m going to go back and watch the tape and see what I did wrong.” 

Embiid bounced back for another Embiid-like offensive effort in the fourth. He dropped nine points off an efficient 3 for 4 shooting in 7:31. Still, it wasn’t enough. 

“I made a couple shots,” Embiid said. “It didn’t help us win, so I don’t think it matters.”

Brown noticed Embiid rushing his game. He also thought Embiid’s balance was off, something the big man has been dealing with all season as he continues to find his legs. 

Embiid will not play in Tuesday's game against the Grizzlies. It is part of his workload management in which he does not play both games of a back-to-back. Expect him to hone in on game film until his next matchup, and get back on the roller coaster that can be a first year in the NBA. 

“It's just part of a young man's growth,” Brown said. “It just happens. I don't think we need to read too deeply into it. I think, in many ways, to expect from time to time not as good of a performance as we have been used to is fair enough.”

Best of NHL: Bryan Rust notches hat trick as Pens score 8 in win

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Best of NHL: Bryan Rust notches hat trick as Pens score 8 in win

PITTSBURGH -- Bryan Rust had his first career hat trick, Sidney Crosby added his NHL-leading 17th goal and the Pittsburgh Penguins raced by the Ottawa Senators 8-5 on Monday night.

Evgeni Malkin and Phil Kessel each had a goal and two assists for Pittsburgh, and Matt Cullen and Justin Schultz also scored. The Penguins poured in six goals over the final 32 minutes after spotting the Senators a 4-2 lead. Matt Murray made 17 saves after coming in for an ineffective Marc-Andre Fleury in the second period.

Pittsburgh has won three straight overall and improved to 7-0-2 in its last nine against the Senators.

Matt Stone had a goal and two assists for Ottawa. Erik Karlsson, Mike Hoffman, Mark Stone and Dion Phaneuf also scored for Ottawa, which lost in regulation for just the second time in its last eight games (see full recap).

Capitals rally late for OT win over Sabres
WASHINGTON -- Marcus Johansson scored the tying goal late in the third period and got the winner midway through overtime to lift the Washington Capitals to a 3-2 victory over the Buffalo Sabres on Monday night.

The goals were Johansson's third and fourth in his last five games. He has 11 for the season.

Jay Beagle added the Capitals' first even-strength goal in three games, as Washington snapped a three-game losing skid. Braden Holtby made 31 saves in the victory, the Capitals second over the Sabres in an 11-day stretch.

Kyle Okposo scored his team-leading eighth goal of the season to give the Sabres the lead in the second period. Zemgus Girgensons also scored early for Buffalo, and Robin Lehner made 30 stops for the visitors (see full recap).

Blue Jackets sweep series from Coyotes
COLUMBUS, Ohio -- Sam Gagner had two goals and two assists to help the Columbus Blue Jackets beat the Arizona Coyotes for the second time in three days, 4-1 on Monday night.

Nick Foligno and Zach Werensky also scored for the Blue Jackets, who won for the fourth straight time and ninth of their last 12. Columbus picked up its 500th win in franchise history in sweeping the two-game season series with the Coyotes.

Sergei Bobrovsky stopped 17 shots for Columbus.

Arizona backup goaltender Louis Domingue had 30 saves, two days after the Blue Jackets hammered starter Mike Smith with a franchise-record 60 shots in a 3-2 shootout victory in Phoenix.

Arizona struck first 9:28 into the game when Alex Goligoski fed a pass on a power play to Tobias Reider, who slammed it past Bobrovsky's glove side from between the circles (see full recap).