How are Things Going Up There With the Eighth Seed, Milwaukee?

How are Things Going Up There With the Eighth Seed, Milwaukee?

Isn't it terrible that the Sixers are still ostensibly the ninth-best
team in the East, just one team away from a playoff position? Of course,
the Milwaukee Bucks are still seven-and-a-half games in front of us in
that eighth position, and they have the tiebreaker with us so it's
really eight-and-a-half, thus making tonight's game something of a moot
point, though maybe not quite for the Bucks, since after a five-game
Celtics losing streak, they could actually stand a chance at moving up
to the #7 seed and avoiding the unbeatable Heat in the first round. So
there will be playoff implications of some sort when the Bucks visit the
Wells Fargo Center tonight, just not for the Liberty Ballers.


Anyway, the Sixers return home after 1-3 road trip, one which really
should've been 2-2 considering how they blew that game in Denver, but
one in which they were beaten so bad by the Clippers and (Monday night)
the Jazz that one of those games arguably should've counted for two
losses anyway. But the team has played decently at home this year,
especially recently, where the team posted a 3-1 stand against four
teams with better records than them. And after three losses to the Bucks
this year—games that could've landed the Sixers in the playoff hunt if
they'd swung the other way—you can bet they'll be hankering for an
overdue W tonight. (Of course, with the Wizards, Wolves and Hornets all
winning a couple games recently, some stacked-up losses could also help
the Sixers climb to #9 or #8 on the draft board by season's end, so
maybe just root for a close game in which everyone has fun and nobody
gets hurt.)


7:00 tip from the WFC. 13 other games tonight, including ones a lot
more meaningful this one—Denver-San Antonio, New York-Memphis, and of
course, Miami-Chicago. I hear Derrick Rose is finally gonna make his
regular-season return in that one, and by "I hear" I mean "I hope,
because that would be cool." 

Fletcher Cox among Eagles not at OTAs; Doug Pederson updates position battles

Fletcher Cox among Eagles not at OTAs; Doug Pederson updates position battles

The Eagles had near-perfect attendance as they kicked off their Organized Team Activities (OTAs) on Tuesday morning, but there were a few notable absences.

Fletcher Cox, Jason Peters and Donnie Jones are not with the team.

"Obviously as you guys know too, it's a voluntary offseason program," head coach Doug Pederson said. "I've been in touch with all three of those guys, so we've communicated for the reasons for them not being here. But no worries with them going forward."

This is the second year in a row that Cox has missed the start of OTAs. Last year, he was waiting on his big contract, which came after the minicamp in June.

Cox, who signed a mega contract less than a year ago, send out an Instagram story on Monday in Philipsburg, Netherlands Antilles.

"The reason is satisfactory, but again it's a voluntary program," Pederson said. "I would love for everybody to be here. That's just me personally, I would love everybody to be here. But I know it's not always going to work out that way.

"Fletcher is one of the leaders on the football team and guys like that, you do expect to be here, but I get the rules, we abide by the rules and he's one of the guys too, at the end of the day, I'm gonna hang my hat on and go to war with."

As far as the guys who are with the Eagles this week, Pederson revealed some of the starters at positions in question (see OTA storylines).

Second-year guard Isaac Seumalo will begin OTAs as the team's starting left guard, taking Allen Barbre's place. Pederson did say Barbre is getting over a calf injury.

"This gives [Seumalo] an opportunity to work in there so we can get Allen," the head coach said. "Allen's a guy, as you guys know, one of those versatile offensive linemen who can play guard and tackle, so when we get Allen back we want to work him not just at guard but also at tackle."

Jason Kelce, who has been the center of plenty of rumors and whispers this offseason, is still going to take first-team reps at center, while Stefen Wisniewski and Seumalo will also get some reps at center.

And second-year player Jalen Mills and free agent pickup Patrick Robinson will start the camp running with the ones at corner (see players to watch at OTAs).

This first round of OTAs runs three days: May 23-25.

The Rockies Twitter account tweeted whole game in 'Rocky' quotes

The Rockies Twitter account tweeted whole game in 'Rocky' quotes

If you watched Monday night's Phillies loss at the hands of the Colorado Rockies, you probably weren't very entertained -- unless you're a Rockies fan.

But if you followed the game on Twitter and happen to follow the Rockies' account, you may have been slightly more entertained.

Slightly.

They tried something we haven't seen from an opposing team just yet. They tweeted throughout the game using only quotes from the Rocky movie franchise.

Now, you can debate how successful of a move this was but you have to at least give them some points for creativity. And it's not like this was a playoff game with high stakes. This was a relatively boring Monday night game in the middle of May.

You can read our recap of the Phillies' 8-1 loss right here. Or here's how the night transpired on Twitter: