It's Allen Iverson Day in Philadelphia

It's Allen Iverson Day in Philadelphia


If Allen Iverson was overcome with emotions at his welcome back press conference last week in front of a room full of reporters, it's hard to imagine what the future Hall of Famer will feel tonight when he's given a hero's welcome in front of a packed house of screaming fans at the Wachovia Center.

Whether you like the decision to give Allen Iverson a second chapter in his Sixers' legacy or not, the theater it will create tonight is undeniable. Whether or not the love-fest will last all depends on how A.I. plays on the court. To be honest, however, I'm just excited that he'll be out there at all.

But make no mistakes about it, A.I. isn't going to step in to the Sixers line up and run for forty minutes. He may not even see half of that in the beginning. After one practice with the team yesterday, Iverson admitted to being out of shape and winded. He said he'll play tonight though and Eddie Jordan anticipates he'll start. Even that is a somewhat symbolic move it seems.

Iverson says his game is a bit rusty. He felt like he was in a nice rhythm coming in to Memphis but the layoff has messed with that. "Tomorrow, that whole thing is probably more for the fans than anything
else. It’s going to take a while. It’s frustrating for me because I was
kind of in a rhythm before I left Memphis, then sitting out as much as
I did I got off beat a little, but it won't take but a little while for
me to get it back," A.I. said at practice yesterday.

It seems that most fans, if they haven't welcomed the move, have at least come to terms with the fact that this flat-lining Sixers team needed a shot in the arm to get anyone in this town interested in professional basketball right now.

When I first heard that the Sixers were kicking the tires on A.I. two weeks or so ago, I thought it'd be a great sideshow -- the "bearded lady" or the "beer chugging bear" as Bob Ford put it -- but after watching that press conference and hearing Iverson talk about the fans of this city and his time here, Iverson swayed me. I hope he isn't just a sideshow, I hope he finds a way to put a respectable ending together to a great career. He shouldn't go out complaining about coming off the bench in Detroit or Memphis. The final chapter in A.I.'s career has yet to be written, but it could be much more positive than that fiasco in Memphis. That is, if he wants it to.

Tonight, Allen Iverson will bring back his electricity to the building he made it famous in. The final chapter will be awfully fun to watch -- at least for a while.

>>An AI start "anticipated" [DN]

Allen talking at practice yesterday:

Eagles sign former third-round guard Dallas Thomas

Eagles sign former third-round guard Dallas Thomas

The Eagles have signed former Dolphins offensive guard Dallas Thomas to a reserve/futures contract. 

Thomas, 27, was drafted by the Dolphins in the third round (No. 77) out of Tennessee in 2013 and was with them until this past season.  

In his four-year career, Thomas has played in 37 games with 26 starts. He started nine games in 2014 and started all 16 games at left guard in 2015. 

Thomas (6-5, 315 pound) and 2014 third-rounder Billy Turner were both released in October after a poor showing agains the Titans. While Thomas was the team's starter at left guard in 2015, rookie Laremy Tunsil took over that position with the Dolphins in 2016. 

In 2015, when Thomas started all 16 games at left guard, he was ranked as the worst guard in football by ProFootballFocus. He gave up 10 sacks, 10 QB hits and 36 QB hurries. 

Mike Trout wins Eagles-Cowboys bet forcing friend to look ridiculous

Mike Trout wins Eagles-Cowboys bet forcing friend to look ridiculous

Mike Trout sure does win a lot when the Eagless beat the Cowboys.

Not only did the Los Angeles Angels outfielder get a touchdown ball from Carson Wentz during the Eagles win over the Cowboys to cap off the season, but he also won a bet on the game with a friend.

Turns out, Trout had some sort of bet with DJ Cottrell, whose Twitter profile says he is from Trout's hometown of Millville, NJ. Cottrell is likely a Cowboys fan and came up on the losing end.

"The fact I have to wear an entire Eagles uniform to the gym for a week is going to be the death of me," he Tweeted on Tuesday.

Then he posted a photo of himself in the ridiculous football uniform while posing alongside Trout.

It's good to be Mike Trout. Not so much a Dallas Cowboys fan these days.

[via Cut4]