Off the Beach: What You Missed

Off the Beach: What You Missed

Welcome back to the Internet. Hopefully your weekend was full of grilled meats, frosty beverages, and lots of stuff blowing up in the sky.

Here's a quick rundown of some of the stuff you may have missed over the weekend.

-Toronto fans were so excited to see Roy Halladay back in town this weekend they decided to act like Philly fans. The US Presswire photo above by Tom Szczerbowski shows a Blue Jays fan getting captured in more ways than one after running on the field at the Rogers Centre.

-But not all of Canada is as unruly. These fans showed their respect to Roy Halladay in the form of some humor.

-Oh yeah, the Flyers did some stuff too. Jaromir Jagr is a Flyer. Read Matt's thoughts on that move here.

-Simon Gagne and Mike Richards will reunite out in L.A.

-Kris Versteeg was traded.

-More on the Flyers big day in free agency here.

-Giants closer Brian Wilson has some anger management issues.

-The AT&T National wrapped up on Sunday with Nick Watney taking home the trophy. What does the future of professional golf in Philadelphia look like?

-The Phillies are sending Roy Halladay, Cliff Lee, Cole Hamels, and Placido Polanco to the All-Star Game this year. Shane Victorino has a shot as well, so go vote for him.

-Finally, this is how I spent my weekend:

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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.