Yesterday's Philadelphia marathon was exhausting. I had to walk block after block to get into prime position to catch a glimpse of the runners. There was a great local story to come out of the marathon. An Ardmore man came out of nowhere in only his second ever marathon to finish in second place:
It didn't much matter. The surprise of yesterday's marathon was not that Kimutai, winner of the 2004 Brescia Marathon in Italy, came out ahead, it was that the unheralded McKeeman from Ardmore, running in only his second marathon, came out of nowhere to claim second, 41 seconds behind Kimutai, in 2:17:50.
"I don't blame people for not focusing on me," said McKeeman, referring to the prerace hype over Kimutai and a handful of other elites, mostly Kenyans. "I don't have that great a credentials that anybody would know who I was."
McKeeman, who said he makes a living running and working for running-oriented Web sites (including training with America's top female distance runner, Deena Kastor), shaved 21/2 minutes off his personal record from his only other marathon, in London in April.
Impressive indeed. One of the funnier sights from yesterday's race was a sign which read, "Hurry Up Dad, I want a Cheesesteak!"
Philadelphia 76ers sharp shooter Nik Stauskas is back on his "Sauce and Co." podcast with a couple of very special guests: his Momma Ruta and Pappa Paul.
After being overly Canadian in their take on Friday night's brutal loss -- "less than stellar" -- to the Orlando Magic, Mr. Stauskas brings the heat with a fantastic "fun fact."
"Speaking of Joel, I have a fun fact for your audience here," Paul Stauskas says. "I have to give him a new moniker."
He doesn't exactly have a new one yet but...
"'The Process' has already been taken. In 2013 there was a documentary made about Nik called 'Nik Stauskas: The Process.' So if Embiid wants to continue using that, I'm affraid he's going to have to pay a royalty."
If you're searching for some good news following the Eagles' dismal 32-14 loss to the Bengals on Sunday afternoon, here it is.
Jordan Matthews (ankle) and Ryan Mathews (knee) are going to return to practice this week, head coach Doug Pederson said on Monday.
Ryan Mathews, who suffered an MCL sprain against Seattle, has missed the last two weeks. The Eagles averaged just 77 yards rushing in those two losses, going with Wendell Smallwood, Darren Sproles and Kenjon Barner.
Jordan Matthews, who has been the Eagles' best and most consistent receiver this season, suffered an ankle sprain against the Packers and was inactive on Sunday against the Bengals. It was the first game he ever missed in college or in the NFL.
Wideout Dorial Green-Beckham, who injured his midsection and got X-rays during the game, has an oblique contusion, according to Pederson. Green-Beckham is sore and will be held from practice on Wednesday, but Pederson expects him to be "OK" for the Washington game on Sunday.
Pederson said right tackle Halapoulivaati Vaitai is "coming along," but isn't yet ready to return.
"He's going to do a little more this week, not from a practice standpoint but from a rehab standpoint, and he's doing good," Pederson said. "But we'll see where he is again later in the week."
In Vaitai's absence, left guard Allen Barbre has shifted from left guard to right tackle and Stefen Wisniewski has replaced him at left guard.