Headlines: Kendrick's Ring Stolen, Magee to the Hall, LouWill, Ville, and Your NCAA Champs

Headlines: Kendrick's Ring Stolen, Magee to the Hall, LouWill, Ville, and Your NCAA Champs

A quick look at a few of the stories buzzing around last night and this morning...

I imagine the feeling of being handed your hard-earned World Series
ring is inversely proportional to the feeling of losing it or having it
stolen. Unfortunately, one WFC is experiencing the latter this morning.
Kyle Kendrick's home in Washington was burglarized last week, and among
the missing possessions were his ring and some other presumably
irreplaceable memorabilia such as a Ken Griffey Jr jersey. The Seattle
Times has more on the effed up story, including that KK's house was up
for sale and had an open house last week. [Seattle Times]

Just 922 wins into his career, Philadelphia University's Herb Magee
was elected into the Naismith Hall of Fame. Mo Cheeks fell short of the
cut. Ryan Feldman has more on Magee's esteemed career and the 2011
class, which includes Dennis Rodman and Chris Mullin, among others. [CSNPhilly]

LouWill, UConn, Danny Briere, and Ville Leino, and two local heavyweights in brewing square off, after the jump.

Lou Williams will miss the rest of the regular season with a hammy
strain, but hopes to return for the playoffs. We hope so too, LouWill.
That's a crappy way for a hell of a season to end, and the Sixers need
him contributing valuable minutes and big shots once the first round
starts. In the meantime, the Sixers will bring on Antonio Daniels. [CSNPhilly

Finally, how bad was that NCAA Championship Game last night? So bad
that just about every story chronicling UConn's win begins with some
discussion of how awful the actual game was, including how it had the
worst combined field-goal percentage since 1948 and fewest total points
since 1949. Pat Forde has more on the woeful stats, and I guess on how
great UConn is anyway or whatever. Unfortunately, the final game will be
remembered at least as clearly as the brilliant month they just had. [ESPN]

Ville Leino was appropriately pissed at his benching in the third
period of Sunday's loss to the Rangers. I say "appropriately" not
because he was underserving of the pine, but because being pissed is
exactly the desired effect of Lavvy sitting him down. It's time to play
with a fire under your ass, and there's no better reminder than feeling
the bench under it instead. 

The Flyers are also walking a fine injury line this week, with Danny
Briere expected out tonight along with Blair Betts. Ben Holmstrom has
been recalled to take some forward shifts until they're back, but the
presence of the veterans will be missed at even strength and on special
teams. Well, the penalty kill at least. Not sure there's anything to
miss on the power play these days. 

More on the final week of the regular season later today. 

We're nearing the finals of our own March Madness brackets, but for
the beer fans, two local heavyweights are squaring off for best
beer—Dogfish Head's 90 Minute and Victory's Prima Pils. Who you got? [BrewBound]

Oh, and your undefeated Fightins will be back on the field tonight,
hosting some special guests from New York. Any series predictions?

Doug Pederson: For the Eagles, 'this was a good benchmark'

Doug Pederson: For the Eagles, 'this was a good benchmark'

On his way to the locker room following his team's stunning 34-3 victory over the Steelers, Eagles head coach Doug Pederson reacted, well, like you probably did.

Pederson had to be surprised by what had just transpired. After all, this wasn't the Browns or the Bears. This was the Steelers, who entered the game with the second-best odds behind New England, per Bovada, of winning the Super Bowl (the Patriots were first). 

And the Eagles didn't just beat them. They clobbered them.

But minutes later, when Pederson met the media for his postgame press conference, he tried his best to act like it was no big thing.

“I told the team way back in OTAs that it just takes a little bit of belief," Pederson said. "Belief in themselves. Trust the process. Believe in the coaches and the coaches believe in one another. That’s what they did tonight. 

"Am I surprised? A little. But at the same time, I know that locker room, I know those guys and I know what they are building. By no means have we accomplished anything yet. The season is still extremely young. But what they did tonight just proves that they are coming together as a football team.”

Yeah, yeah. Sorry, Doug. It's OK to be surprised. Scratch that. Make that stunned. This was supposed to be a rebuilding year. But now? Forget that. 

At least for the next two weeks. The Eagles are on their bye week and don't play again until Oct. 9 at Detroit. 

“It is still a young season, only three games. This was a good benchmark," Pederson said. "That’s a good football team, the Steelers are a great football team. They are going to be there at the end, they always are. Coach (Mike) Tomlin always has those guys ready to play. 

"But for our guys, it is just a little glimpse of that belief that I have been saying since the spring and summer. If they just do their jobs, I just feel that good things can happen. We just protect each other in that dressing room in there and keep coming to work everyday.”

Pederson is the only head coach in team history to win each of his first three games. It's only the ninth time the Eagles have started 3-0.

And of course, a big reason they've done so is their prodigy quarterback Carson Wentz, who became only the second rookie in team history to record a 300-yard passing game (Nick Foles is the other).

More impressively, Wentz now has attempted 102 straight passes without an interception, the longest streak ever begin an NFL career (per ESPN). Dallas'  Dak Prescott is at 99 after the Cowboys beat up the Bears.

But don't ask Pederson to admit he's amazed by Wentz or the fact he had the presence of mind to make plays like the riveting 73-yard TD pass to Darren Sproles (much more on that here).

“You know, you just put on his college film. Just watch him," Pederson said. "We exhausted his college tape and those were the plays that he made at North Dakota State. That play tonight was just a tremendous play by both he and Darren Sproles. Those are the types of things that we know he can do. He just keeps gaining confidence every single week.”

As does the defense, which kept one of the league's most potent offenses out of the end zone

"They just weren’t going to be denied," Pederson said. "They just weren’t going to bow their necks. They weren’t going to let them in the endzone. It just came down to our will versus theirs and I was just so happy with the way the guys played. Just a great team effort.”   

Report: Nerlens Noel upset with Sixers' situation at center

Report: Nerlens Noel upset with Sixers' situation at center

After being in the middle of trade rumors over the last few months, Nerlens Noel appears to frustrated with his situation with the Sixers, according to the Inquirer's Keith Pompey.

The Sixers have three starting-caliber centers — Noel, Jahlil Okafor and Joel Embiid, who's now healthy — heading into this season.

"I think it's just silly," Noel told Pompey. "With the departure of [former general manager and president] Sam Hinkie, I would have figured that management would be able to set something done this summer.

"Don't get me wrong. We all get along great on the court and off the court. But at the end of the day, it's like having three starting quarterbacks. It doesn't make any sense.

"And it's just not going to work to anybody's advantage having that on the same team. That's how I'm looking at it. I'm not opposed to anything, but things need to be situated."

The Sixers flirted with having two big men on the court at the same time last season, with Noel and Okafor but with no real success. 

He has a point, and the team knows it.

During the summer, reports swirled saying the Sixers were looking to trade either Noel or Okafor for backcourt help.

Noel, who's in the final year of his rookie contract, doesn't appear to believe the current situation will work.

"I think something needs to happen," he said.