Redskins Sue Former Season Ticket Holders

Redskins Sue Former Season Ticket Holders

Complaints about the Eagles organization are many. From the RazorGator ticket reselling mini scandal a few years back to Hoagie Gate and Joe Banner's often pompous attitude, Philly fans have had their issues with the Jeff Lurie regime. But for the most part, in my humble opinion, the Birds tend to try to put a winning team on the field while both making a buck and keeping their fans interests in mind. No team is a bunch of saints... er, you know what I mean, but the Eagles seem to be on the better side of the evil meter.

So while the Eagles organization has been run through the coals on many occasions, at least they've never sued its fans as the Washington Redskins seem to be wont to do to many of their unpaid season ticketholders.

The Washington Post has an extensive piece this morning detailing the Redskins efforts to sue 125 of their season ticket holders for breach of contract. It's a long read that tells the stories of many of the fans involved, including fans being forced to sell their Washington Redskins train sets.

This tidbit was my favorite.

In 2006, Jorge R. Vasquez Sr., 47, was in jail for embezzlement and
wrote to both the Washington Nationals and the Redskins to say he could
no longer keep his tickets. He had three loge seats at FedEx and a
six-year contract that began in 2003.

The baseball team wrote back to offer him free tickets, according to
a letter he sent to the court. The Redskins sued him $12,914.

The Nationals "were able to understand that my situation and status
to continue to support their team as a fan had changed," Vasquez wrote
to the court. "Instead of getting sued in courts, they extended their
sympathy by issuing to me four courtesy tickets; now I have even lost
my home and the richest franchise of the National Football League is
pursuing 'their loss' through court, while completely forgetting about
the fact that all I ever wanted to be was a Fan."

So maybe I should look into embezzlement as an option to finally get Eagles tickets?

Seriously though, it's stories like this that make you hate the juggernaut that professional sports, and the NFL specifically, have become. And to be fair to the Redskins, this apparently happens with other teams as well.

>>Hard Luck Runs Into Team's Hard Line [Washington Post]

Report: Rockets to hire Sixers associate coach Mike D'Antoni

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Report: Rockets to hire Sixers associate coach Mike D'Antoni

The Sixers are losing a top assistant coach just five months after he joined the team. 

According to Adrian Wojnarowski of Yahoo's The Vertical, the Houston Rockets are finalizing a deal to hire Mike D'Antoni as their head coach. According to Wojnarowski, the deal is for four years, with a team option in the final year.  

D'Antoni had been a Sixers associate coach since last December, when the team hired him after starting the season with a 1-26 record. 

While he took a supporting role in Philadelphia, D'Antoni has 12 years of NBA head coaching experience with the Nuggets, Suns (where he worked with Sixers president of basketball operations Bryan Colangelo and special advisor Jerry Colangelo) and, most recently, the Lakers. The 2013-14 Lakers went 27-55 under D'Antoni. 

D’Antoni is 455-426 as a head coach. He won the 2004-05 NBA Coach of the Year Award with the Suns. He also was an assistant coach for gold-winning Team USA men’s national teams.

Rockets interim head coach J.B. Bickerstaff withdrew himself from consideration for the job earlier this month, and D’Antoni has been considered a top candidate for the position. The Rockets have had four coaches in the past 10 seasons, including Jeff Van Gundy, Rick Adelman, Kevin McHale and Bickerstaff.

The Rockets finished eighth in the Western Conference this season with a 41-41 record. They were eliminated in the first round of the playoffs by the Warriors, 4-1. 

Earlier in the week, Wojnarowski reported P.J. Carlesimo could take D'Antoni's place. 

Carlesimo, 66, and Sixers head coach Brett Brown were both assistant coaches under Gregg Popovich with the Spurs from 2002-07. Carlesimo also has previous head coaching experience with the Blazers, Warriors and Sonics/Thunder. 

CSNPhilly.com's Dave Zangaro contributed to this story.

Markieff Morris detained at Philadelphia International Airport

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Markieff Morris detained at Philadelphia International Airport

Former Prep Charter and current Washington Wizards star Markieff Morris was detained at Philadelphia International Airport Thursday, according to law enforcement officials.

Morris, who was with a party that included his mother, checked a bag for an international trip when “a suspicious item” was found in his suitcase, according to law enforcement.

A secondary search of his bag revealed what law enforcement officials called “suspected marijuana.” Terminal A at Philadelphia International is overseen by Tinicum Township Police in Delaware County, not by the Philadelphia Police Department. Philadelphia airport security notified Tinicum Township Police. Morris was then taken to the Tinicum Township Police precinct for questioning. He was later released on his own reconnaissance.

A Tinicum Township police spokesman said the investigation is on-going.

Morris, a Philadelphia native, is in his first full season with the Wizards, who acquired him from the Phoenix Suns in February. The Suns drafted him out of Kansas with the 13th overall pick in 2011. Morris' twin brother Marcus was drafted one pick later by the Houston Rockets before being dealt to Phoenix, where played with his brother for a little more than two seasons. Marcus now plays for the Detroit Pistons. 

Brian Dawkins spotted at Eagles practice and he still looks ripped

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Brian Dawkins spotted at Eagles practice and he still looks ripped

Brian Dawkins, one of the most beloved Eagles off all time and a guy who clearly still hits the gym, was in Philadelphia on Thursday and was spotted at the NovaCare Complex to watch the team practice.

As you can see, Dawkins still has biceps as big as your waist. The team sharing a simple photo of Dawkins got fans all in a tizzy.

Was it a coincidence that Weapon X appeared just days before "X-Men: Apocalypse" is set to hit theaters? Only he knows.

For his part, Dawkins acknowledged that it's better to stay in shape than become a fat old man.