Philly Fans: Their Own Worst Enemy

Philly Fans: Their Own Worst Enemy

A good read from yesterday over at PhillyBurbs.com makes the argument that the longer Philadelphia's championship-less streak continues, the harder it will be to ever overcome.

Isn't the misery self-perpetuating, then? My theory — and Baron was inclined to agree with it — is that the longer Philadelphia goes without a championship, the more difficult it will be for each of its teams to win one. It's tough enough to find the sort of player who can thrive in Philadelphia as it is; as Baron put it, “How do you get someone who is passionate, emotionally tough and blue-collar when these guys are spoiled from the time they're 12 years old?” But as the streak lengthens, the pressure to win will increase, the fans' jadedness and discontent will grow, and the atmosphere will only become more noxious for the athletes.

So basically, the solution to the problem is to somehow magically find more Chase Utleys and Brian Dawkins while avoiding the Billy Wagners of the world.  They make some good points, but I'm not buying into it completely.  Maybe I'm just too naive to think athletes at the major league level have to have a passion to win and can't be too emotionally sensitive.

I don't think you are going to see many Eagles fans serving up Grande Mochas anytime soon.

Joel Embiid really looking forward to facing Nerlens Noel

Joel Embiid really looking forward to facing Nerlens Noel

In case you haven’t heard, the Sixers traded big man Nerlens Noel to the Dallas Mavericks before Thursday's deadline (see story).

While Noel's former teammates were saddened by the trade, including Joel Embiid, the rookie big man is already looking forward to squaring off against his friend.

The Sixers face Noel and the Mavericks on March 17 at the Wells Fargo Center. 

Drexel falls to James Madison in potential CAA Tournament preview

Drexel falls to James Madison in potential CAA Tournament preview

BOX SCORE

Jackson Kent and Tom Vodanovich combined to score 31 points and James Madison held off Drexel late to secure a 70-64 victory Thursday night.

The game could be a preview of a first-round match-up in the Colonial Athletic Association Tournament. With one game left in the regular season, James Madison (9-21, 7-10) is the No. 7 seed and Drexel (9-21, 3-14) has locked up the No. 10 seed. Those seeds meet in the first round, with the winner facing the No. 2 seed in the second round.

Sammy Mojica hit a 3-pointer with :32 left to get the Dragons within four, 66-62, but Shakir Brown and Joey McLean each hit a pair of free throws to seal the victory.

Kent hit 6 of 11 from the floor and tallied 16 points with eight rebounds to lead the Dukes. Vodanovich added 15 points.

Kurk Lee and Mojica both scored 18 points off the Dragons' bench.