Fire Charlie, Hire Dutch

Fire Charlie, Hire Dutch

It seems like the only logical move at this point.  The Phillies are 1-6 and Vincente Padilla has more wins than the entire Phillies teams.  Firing Charlie Manuel isn't the only move which needs to be made.  The Phillies have to go BIG and by big I mean metaphysical in their next hiring.  They need to bring in someone who hasn't only lost his marbles, but is a legend in this town.

If you don't agree with me, just watch tonight's episode of HBO Real Sports with Bryant Gumble:

Out of Left Field

Darren Daulton spent 14 major league seasons behind home plate and was
a three-time all-star, as well as playing for the Philadelphia Phillies
in the 1993 World Series. Now, the athlete affectionately known as
"Dutch" concerns himself with out-of-body experiences, vibrating
energy, and the limitations of linear time. Daulton arrived at this
metaphysical crossroads after several arrests for drunk driving and
domestic abuse, and a three-month stretch behind bars. But the former
catcher says he previously had inklings of his otherworldly connections
when he played against the Cubs at Wrigley Field and stroked a line
drive that he describes as being hit by someone else. In collaboration
with Sports Illustrated, correspondent Mary Carillo drops in on
Daulton, who resides in Florida, and believes that on Dec. 21, 2012, at
11:11 a.m., he will achieve a "higher level of consciousness."

A higher level of consciousness is exactly what Phillies fans are looking for, except Sid, who has reached that level long before the rest of us.

Nerlens Noel to undergo minor surgery on left knee

Nerlens Noel to undergo minor surgery on left knee

The Sixers on Friday announced that center Nerlens Noel will undergo a minor surgical procedure on his left knee to address an inflamed plica. 

Noel appeared in the Sixers' first preaseason game, but has been sidelined since Oct. 6 because of a left groin strain. 

While undergoing treatment, Noel reported left knee soreness, which led to the discovery of the inflamed plica.

Noel's status for the season opener on Oct. 26 was already in question, and knee surgery should officially rule him out. There is no timetable for his return.

No surgery for Bayless
The Sixers also announced that Jerryd Bayless' left wrist ligament injury will not require surgery.

Bayless, who has been a limited participant in training camp, will be reevaluated in two weeks.

Jahlil Okafor, Nerlens Noel among Bovada's favorites to be traded this season

Jahlil Okafor, Nerlens Noel among Bovada's favorites to be traded this season

The logam at the center position has dominated talk surrounding the Sixers as they approach the start of the 2016-17 season.

While a trade has yet to be made, Bovada believes there's a good chance two of the team's three young centers won't be in Philadelphia by season's end. 

Bovada released their NBA player props for the upcoming NBA season Tuesday, listing Nerlens Noel (5/7) and Jahlil Okafor (8/5) as two of the league's favorites to be dealt before February's trade deadline. On the other hand, Noel's odds to not be dealt are even, while Okafor's odds to remain a Sixer past this season are 4/9.

Kings swingman Rudy Gay was between Noel and Okafor with the second-best odds to be traded at 5/9. Gay's teammate DeMarcus Cousins had the fourth-best odds at 3/1. 

Bovada's over/under player props featured bets involving six different Sixers. Joel Embiid's rookie stat line was set at 13.5 points, 8.0 rebounds and 1.7 blocks. In five preseason games, Embiid has averaged 11.2 points, 5.8 rebounds and 0.8 blocks in just 14.4 minutes of action. If his limited preseason action is any indication, Embiid could certainly reach Bovada's averages once his minutes restriction comes off. 

Here are the rest of the Sixers' over/under prop bets: 

  • Jahlil Okafor: 15 points, 6.5 rebounds
  • Nerlens Noel: 9.5 points, 7.5 rebounds
  • Gerald Henderson: 10.5 points
  • Robert Covington: 12.5 points
  • Dario Saric: 5.0 rebounds