Reasons I Love Philly

Reasons I Love Philly

Kobe Bryant and the Lakers came to town last night and got shut down.  Former long time Sixer Aaron Mckie now plays for the Lakers and was greeted with a standing O at the Wach:

Game notes
Lakers G Aaron McKie got a standing ovation in his return
to Philadelphia. McKie, who played at Temple and scored 4,143
points in seven-plus seasons with the 76ers, was averaging only 5.3
minutes and 0.5 points this season. "Just coming in this locker
room alone is strange to me," McKie said. "I'm pulling for those
guys (the Sixers), but at the same time we need to win." ... While
McKie was cheered, Bryant was booed, the way he always is when he
returns home. Bryant, who went to nearby Lower Merion High School,
said the boos don't bother him. "I love it," he said. "I love
it. I love it. I mean, I love it. This is where it all began for
me." ... NBA referee Joe Crawford worked his 2,000th career game,
joining four other refs to reach that mark.

You have to love it.  Aaron McKie, hard working role player for years on the Sixers, gets a standing O and the NBA stud who thinks its cute Philly hates him gets booed.  I don't like Kobe.  Sometimes he claims to be from Philly and sometimes he doesn't.  When we played them in the finals a couple years ago he said he wasn't from Philly.  He loves getting booed, so keep booing.

Also of note: The Sixers won the game and A.I. outscored Kobe while A.I.^2 held the former Lower Merion star in check.  With the win, the Sixers moved to 3-3 on the year which gives them the best record in the East along with New Jersey.

Mr. Crawford is also up there with the all time great refs; he coached a hoops team I was on when I was like 12.  Awesome.

Union emotional after Maurice Edu's season-ending injury

Union emotional after Maurice Edu's season-ending injury

CHESTER, Pa. — On the eve of his comeback after missing nearly 13 months with a left tibia stress fracture and other related injuries, Union midfielder Maurice Edu fractured his left fibula on Saturday, keeping him out for the 2016 playoffs and beyond.

“I was trying to take the shot on goal and my foot got stuck in the turf,” Edu said Sunday, in his blue Union-issued suit and supported by crutches. “My ankle rolled and twisted and it kind of snapped a little bit. I heard it crack, and a lot of pain from there. I got a scan afterward, and there was a break.”

There's no timetable his return.

Edu, 30, has spent over a calendar year fighting various injuries that have kept him out of game action. His trouble began on Sept. 30, 2015, when he played through the U.S. Open Cup final with a partially torn groin and sports hernia. It was during Edu’s recovery from those injuries that he developed a stress fracture.

"A little bit frustration. A lot of frustration, to be honest," he said. "But all I can do now is get back to work, focus on the positives and make sure that my situation isn’t a distraction from the team."

Edu’s teammates were equally devastated by the news. Edu, the Union captain when healthy, is popular and well-respected in the locker room.

"I feel so bad for him," said Alejandro Bedoya, who wore a dedication to Edu under his jersey on Sunday. "He’s one of my good friends, so I was looking forward to playing alongside him. I know how hard he’s worked to get back, and to see him go out like that, it’s heartbreaking. I’m sad for his loss and I hope he stays strong."

Edu, who has been with the Union since 2014, returned to training in July and played three conditioning appearances with the Union’s USL team, Bethlehem Steel FC. He was on the bench for the Union’s last three games and was set to make his first appearance in over a year against the New York Red Bulls on Sunday, a game the Union eventually lost, 2-0 (see game story).

"We’re gutted for Mo," Union manager Jim Curtin said. "He was slated to start today. It’s real upsetting because he’s worked so hard to get back on the field. It’s been a tough 2016 for him, but I know he’ll come back stronger."

While he was visibly shaken by recent injury, Edu is driven to return.

"What happened, happened," Edu said. "I have no control over that. The only thing I do have control over is my next steps from here, how I prepare myself mentally and emotionally and how I continue to support this group."

Watch: Malcolm Jenkins saves Jon Dorenbos, who can't work his magic with bow tie

Watch: Malcolm Jenkins saves Jon Dorenbos, who can't work his magic with bow tie

The magician himself needed help on this one.

His bow tie.

Hey, this is what teammates are for, right?

On Monday night, Eagles longsnapper and NBC's America's Got Talent star Jon Dorenbos emceed safety Malcolm Jenkins' third annual Blitz, Bow Ties and Bourbon charity event, which raises money for Philadelphia's youth and underserved communities.

Dorenbos, quite the wizard with his hands and card tricks, couldn't solve the bow tie.

“I had no clue,” Dorenbos said in an interview with CSN's John Clark. "In fact, this is the first bow tie I’ve ever worn.”

Jenkins had his back. Watch the Eagles' leader go to work and save Dorenbos in the video above.