Jesus Says It's Only Tuesday

Jesus Says It's Only Tuesday

What to read on your flight to Florida for a routine angioplasty.

  • If you're looking for a great 2007 Phillies preview, look no further.  You may just need a couple hours to read the whole thing. [Citizen's Blog]
  • "Hey Tom, we know you're fine and all, so why don't you get on a plane and fly up to Philadelphia just, you know, for a routine check up.  Yeah... we always schedule checkups a couple hundred miles away in the middle of spring training." Right. [Beerleaguer]
  • Javy Lopez got cut yesterday. [CBS]
  • Macho Man suing Kobe over use of Elbow without proper copyright. [The Basketball Jones]
  • Have you ever heard of Al Horford? [HoopsAddict]
  • Philebrity is making a stop in Clearwater on the way to SXSW.  I'm insanely jealous.
  • Perhaps it's the over-exposure, but I'm just not that excited about filling out a bracket this year.  Last year I was all hyped up and traveled to Minneapolis to watch my B.C. squad lose to 'Nova.  The year before that I was out in Vegas. This year, nothing. Previously: Sweet 16 Road Trip Part I, Part II
  • Review of The Roots with Lupe Fiasco [NYTimes]
  • "Eagles cornerback Sheldon Brown, The Phillie Phanatic, 6ABC's Monica Malpass, 98.1 WOGL's Valerie Knight and 610 WIP's Brian Startare were among participants in the Big Brothers Big Sisters "Bowl for Kids Sake" event at Lucky Strike Lanes (1336 Chestnut) last week." Where was Don Polec? [Philly.com]
  • What could the Eagles use to get Lance Briggs?  Maybe they can do a sign and trade package deal and send Mahe, Tapeh, and a Baskett of fruit for Brigs and Urlacher.
  • Good news for the other side of PA. Pens got a deal. [SI.com]
  • Headline of the week.  The guy's name is Jesus.  Another Jesus after the jump.

I always liked how Jesus Shuttlesworth got his name.

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.