Philly's Moment to.. Shine

Philly's Moment to.. Shine

With the Flyers packing their bags, the Phillies mired in mediocrity (at best), the Sixers

spending their time on the links or perhaps the Taj, and the

Eagles coming off a 6-10 season from hell.. Philly fans don't have a lot to get excited


Philadelphians have been known to take pride in their passionate and often volatile

behavior.  They haven't won anything in decades.  They've earned a bad reputation

and have become known as the fans who threw snowballs at Santa Claus.  (If you read

Glen MacNow's Great

Philadelphia Fan Book he clears all the falsehoods behind the story)

Enter the perfect storm.  The unpersonable poster boy villain of

the steroid era, on the brink of passing the most legendary, storied figure in all of

sports, entering the city with those fans.  As of end of play Tuesday, Barry

Bonds is sitting on  712 home runs, 2 back from The

Babe.  I expect nothing but the best from Philadelphia.

I've heard ideas thrown around.  Some bad: telling fans to stop at

CVS on the way to the game and pick up some feminine hygiene products.  Some

good: When Barry Bonds comes up to bat, every fan in attendence at

Citizen's Bank Park stand up and head for the concessions stands.  This has the

potential to be tremendous if Barry were to hit 715 as the entire park in Philly is walking

up the aisles.  However Philly decides to be creative with the Barry Bonds hating, we can

rest assured of one thing.

We will boo.

Feel free to leave suggestions in the comments here or send emails to the700level [at]  There are still a few days before Barry arrives and ideas could still be orchestrated.

-Deadspin on Bonds [Deadspin]
-Barry Bonds is Coming to Town [theilladelph]
-Philly Fans Prepare to Welcome Bonds [Philly Burbs]

Yeah, Joel Embiid is healthy

Yeah, Joel Embiid is healthy

Have any doubts about Joel Embiid's health?

Well take a look at this. 

Working on rips into quick spins with the brodie @joelembiid! #100skills100days #unseenhours @adidashoops

A video posted by Drew Hanlen (@drewhanlen) on

How about now?

Of course, this isn't live NBA action, and it is against 5-11 Drew Hanlen, a skills coach and consultant, but it's impressive nonetheless.


Charles Barkley: Sixers can be 'really good, really quickly'

Charles Barkley: Sixers can be 'really good, really quickly'

Charles Barkley is jumping on the Sixers bandwagon.

"I think the Sixers gonna get really good, really quickly, but it all depends on (Joel) Embiid," Barkley said. "They're not gonna win a championship the next couple years, but I think they can really become a perrenial playoff team in the next three years."

Sounds good, right? Not so fast. There are a lot of "ifs" according to Barkley. 

Most of those "ifs" ride on the health of center Joel Embiid. If the big man gets healthy, and the Sixers can resolve the "glutton of big guys," Barkley likes the Sixers chances.

"I think the most important thing they need to figure out is if Joel Embiid is going to be healthy. ... I like (Jahlil) Okafor and I like (Nerlens) Noel, but they gotta figure out if Joel Embiid is going to be healthy. 

"I like Ben Simmons, but that team's got a long way to go," Barkley said.

To hear more of Barkley's thoughts on the Sixers' future, watch the full video above. 



Sources: Eagles to sign former Villanova LB Don Cherry and former Alabama S Nick Perry

The Associated Press

Sources: Eagles to sign former Villanova LB Don Cherry and former Alabama S Nick Perry

The Eagles have a serious depth problem at linebacker, and they're looking at a local prospect to try to fix it. 

The team will sign former Villanova linebacker Don Cherry on Sunday, pending a physical, a league source told ESPN's Adam Caplan first reported the deal.

Cherry, 21, first signed with the Bears after going undrafted in the spring, but was cut by Chicago in June. 

The 6-1, 240-pound Cherry was an All-CAA selection as a sophomore, junior and senior. During his time on the Main Line, he was credited with 331 tackles, 46 1/2 tackles for loss, 14 sacks, seven forced fumbles, two fumble recoveries and an interception. 

Even with Cherry, the Eagles are still light in the depth department at linebacker. After starters Mychal Kendricks, Jordan Hicks and Nigel Bradham, the team has Najee Goode, Deontae Skinner, seventh-rounder Joe Walker and a couple of other undrafted free agents. 

After cutting wideout Jonathan Krause on Friday, the Eagles had three vacancies on their 90-man roster. They're filling another of those openings with former Alabama safety Nick Perry, according to a league source. The perry deal was first reported by's Matt Zenitz. The 6-1, 211-pound Perry spent last season on the Ravens' practice squad after going undrafted in 2015. 

Eagles training camp kicks off Monday, and the first full-team practice is Thursday.