I'm Just Watching for the Commercials

I'm Just Watching for the Commercials


That's not completely true.  I'm actually really excited to watch the Super Bowl this year.  The last game I really got into was the Eagles loss in New Orleans and Lord knows I was a mess watching that one.  This match up tonight is all fun with Bear v. Colt.  Plus, Billy Joel, Prince, and commercials.

We're going to be following along with a number of live blogs.  Deadspin, The Fanhouse, and Will Leitch over at CBS.  Maybe a few others.  I may also write whimsily, which I'm pretty sure isn't a word, about the game for the Fanhouse, like why ESPN had bowling on today.  And don't forget: Blogs make the Super Bowl awesome!

-Billy Joel sings the anthem.  FLY BY!  That dude once had children with Christie Brinkly.

-CBS got Deadspin's Will Leitch to blog for them today: "Look, it's Billy Joel. They brought him out a piano, which is good,
because it allows him to sit down. Honestly, he looks old enough to
start doing comedic commentary at the end of "60 Minutes" right now."

-Got sidetracked by some of Kathy's meatballs and rigatoni.  Devin Hester, eh?  No good commercials yet, but the Blockbuster mouse click made me chuckle.

-I think it's safe to say it's slippery in Miami.

-Football has taken a back seat to me writing about clowns.

-AOL already has some of the commercials up.

-All Prince needs is a guitar.  Awesome.  PURPLE RAIN PURPLE RAIN, I only wanted to see you underneath the purple rain.

SECOND HALF

-Breaking weather update: It's raining in Miami.

-5 point game with 13 minutes to play and I still can't decide who I want to win.  If anything, I think I'm pulling for Philly's own Marvin Harrison -- Roman Catholic grad.

-This game is pretty disappointing.  The commercials aren't even that great.  YouTube has some voting on the ads thing going on.

-Congrats to Marvin, Peyton, and Tony.  The only way this game could have been more exciting is if you happened to be a Colts fan.

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Noel joins Sixers in New Orleans, may play Sunday in Detroit

Noel joins Sixers in New Orleans, may play Sunday in Detroit

NEW ORLEANS -- Nerlens Noel made another step toward his return from arthroscopic left knee surgery by joining the Sixers in New Orleans for their game against the Pelicans.

Noel arrived on Wednesday with Robert Covington, who is slated to start after missing the last three games with a left knee sprain. Noel is not cleared to play, but Brown doesn’t think it will be long until he suits up. 

“I don’t think far away,” Brown said of Noel’s regular season debut after shootaround.

When asked about the possibility of Noel playing this weekend when the Sixers face the Pistons on Sunday in Detroit, Brown replied, “Maybe.” 

Noel has missed the entire regular season recovering from elective surgery for an inflamed plica in October. He completed the first phase of his rehab in Birmingham, Ala. and has been continuing his work with the Sixers. This trip to New Orleans is the first time he has been with the Sixers on the road. 

“[He is] integrating with the team, studying a lot of tape, scripting with his teammates with the understanding that we have a chance to see him soon,” Brown said. “All that trying to ramp it up where he can go to an NBA court more comfortably.”

Noel spoke out about his displeasure with the Sixers crowded frontcourt at the start of the preseason. He recently stuck with his stance, saying, “I don’t think the roster’s changed.”

Brown is working to keep the team moving forward as a unit while still being aware of and recognizing Noel’s perspective. 

“It does,” Brown said when asked if Noel’s open frustration concerns him as it pertains to team cohesiveness. “But I feel like it’s so much a part of what we try do around here that it’s not like you’re going to blink and you’ve forgotten something that equals camaraderie, that equals team, that equals trying to keep this together, and you’ve left it for a week … 

“It’s a day-to-day focus for me and it’s a very candid conversation with me and the player. The team hears it, the individual hears it, we all understand it … We need to co-exist and we need to understand the reality of it all, too. There’s a human side you understand. It’s also pride, it’s competitiveness, it’s do your job, it’s nothing is given, you’ve got to take stuff, draw your own line in the sand, competitors rule the day.”

Last season Noel averaged 11.1 points and a team-high 8.1 rebounds per game. The Sixers will look forward to having him back on the court in that once-crowded frontcourt that is now shorthanded. Jahlil Okafor remained in Philadelphia with gastroenteritis. Ben Simmons still is rehabbing from a right Jones fracture. 

"Soon you’re going to see Ben Simmons coming to a team bench where he doesn’t come out with boots and have to push him in some type of wheely apparatus," Brown said. "We’ve dealt with so many injuries trying to find that balance of dealing with their health and so on, and then trying to integrate them back into a team is part of growing a program."

Flyers fans send amazing postcards to their beat writers

Flyers fans send amazing postcards to their beat writers

I like to give Flyers fans a bit of a hard time on occasion, but that's only because I love them.

One beautiful Flyers fan today reminded me of why I love them.

They took the time to send a postcard to CSNPhilly.com's Flyers Insider -- and hater of the woo -- Tim Panaccio with one single word written on it.

"Woo."

Panotch says "Someone wasted a stamp and post card on this," but I say we just generated at least 50 cents in ad revenue from those of you that are reading this right now.

Money and time well spent.

Now, if you're not up on your wooing, Panotch penned a piece on how some fans wooing at games started annoying some of the players. Panotch hates the woo. BUT... and this is an important but... the Flyers are 6-0 since this all started. 

Woo.