Rumors Are Fun

Rumors Are Fun

The New York Post has been called one of the worst rags of a newspaper ever written, but hey, Manny to the Phillies is fun to think about:

December 1, 2005 --

The Mets wounded the Phillies by acquiring Billy
Wagner, Philadelphia's former closer. But the Phillies have set their
sights on a player the Mets have coveted: Manny Ramirez.

Philadelphia and Boston have engaged in serious talks about swapping Ramirez for Bobby Abreu, The Post has learned.

Abreu was shopped by new Philly GM Pat Gillick during the GM
meetings in early November. Ramirez's unhappiness in Boston has been
evident for months, if not years, and culminated with his apartment in
the Residence at the Ritz-Carlton going on the market Tuesday for $6.9
million.

FWIW, it has also been reported that Tim Kurkjian said on ESPN this morning Manny is definitely going to be dealt before spring training to either the Phils, Mets, or Angels.

To squash all of this talk from ESPN Insider:

anny-for-Abreu 'highly unlikely'

Dec 1
- ESPN.com's Jayson Stark reports that a swap of Bobby Abreu for Manny
Ramirez is "highly unlikely," according to a baseball official who has
spoken with both clubs.

The deal was proposed by the Red Sox but quickly shot down, the
official said, for several reasons. The primary reason is that the
Phillies have been telling teams they are only interested in trading
Abreu for top-of-the-rotation starting pitching. The second is that
there is a major money imbalance. Ramirez has $57 million coming over
the next three years. Abreu has two years, $30 million left on his
deal. Both players can veto any trades.

The only way this trade could happen, then, is if the Red Sox were
interested in trading a starting pitcher along with Ramirez, AND
evening out all the money.

Meanwhile, Ramirez officially has put his $6.9 million condominium in
Boston on the market, the Boston Globe reports. Ramirez wants to be
traded, and his wish is to play for the Angels or the Mariners, the
Boston Herald reports.

Teammate David Ortiz thinks Ramirez won't be in left field for
the Red Sox come Opening Day. "Manny is not returning to Boston," Ortiz
said recently. "Manny lives a difficult situation that only he and his
family know about, and he does not want to play there."

More debunking of the Manny rumors via Boston.com via Bostondirtdogs.com.

I did hear from my friend who lives in Southie, that he talked to the door man at the Purple Shamrock who knows Manny's best friends limo driver, and he said it was a FACT that Manny will be dealt to the Phillies for Bobby Abreu and Cole Hammels for Manny and Schilling.  They may also throw in Pedro's midget, who was rumored to have been locked in Manny's apartment for two years.

Joel Embiid not named All-Star starter, can still make it as reserve

Joel Embiid not named All-Star starter, can still make it as reserve

Joel Embiid will have to hope NBA coaches trust the process.

Embiid on Thursday was not named a starter in the 2017 NBA All-Star Game. LeBron James, Giannis Antetokounmpo and Jimmy Butler locked in the three Eastern Conference frontcourt spots. Kyrie Irving and DeMar DeRozan rounded out the backcourt.

James (25.6 points, 7.8 rebounds, 8.1 assists) and Antetokounmpo (23.7 points, 8.7 rebounds, 5.6 assists) were locks as starters. That left Butler, Kevin Love and Embiid as the next in contention. Butler is a two-time All-Star averaging 24.8 points, 6.8 rebounds and 4.8 assists in 36.8 minutes for the 21-22 Bulls. Love is posting 20.7 points, 10.8 rebounds and 1.7 assists in 31.6 minutes per game on the Eastern Conference-leading, 29-11 Cavaliers.

The Western Conference starting spots went to Stephen Curry, James Harden, Kevin Durant, Kawhi Leonard and Anthony Davis. 

The voting was made up of fan votes (50 percent), player votes (25 percent) and media votes (25 percent). Embiid has a chance to be voted in by the NBA coaches, whose reserve selections will be announced on Jan. 26. 

Embiid would have been named a starter had the results been based on fan voting (50 percent). He finished third ahead of Love and Butler.

Embiid was in the running for a starting role during a breakout rookie season. He is averaging 19.9 points, 7.8 rebounds and 2.4 blocks in 25.4 minutes per game. Even though his playing time is capped at 28 minutes, he ranks seventh among all players in scoring per 48 minutes. He is eighth overall in free throw attempts per game (7.9) and 10th in those made (6.2).

Embiid had obstacles, though, when it came to the voting: rookie status, 28-minute restriction, limited games played (29) because of his allocated workload, and the Sixers’ record.

Even though the All-Star Game highlights individual achievements, team record is often taken into consideration. The Sixers have won seven of their last nine games (see story), but still stand well below .500 at 14-26.

When it came to the players’ vote, it is hard for a rookie who hasn’t even competed against every team in the league to make a strong enough impression for another player to influence their perception of the top talent. Embiid finished outside of the top five in the players' vote, behind James, Antetokounmpo, Butler, Paul George and Kristaps Porzingis. Meanwhile, the Sixers' big man finished fifth in the media vote.

Embiid and the Sixers were very active in pushing for the fan votes. Embiid received the social media support of celebrities including Triple H, Kevin Hart and MLB MVP Mike Trout, among others. The Sixers promoted Embiid through a Shirley Temple campaign based on his favorite drink.

Embiid picked up major steam in the last week of voting. He had trailed Love by 16,028 fan votes in the second returns on Jan. 12.

He took to Twitter to express his gratitude.

Chip Kelly still jobless after swinging and missing with Jaguars

Chip Kelly still jobless after swinging and missing with Jaguars

Chip Kelly's job search continues.

The beloved (sarcasm) former Eagles head coach reportedly interviewed for the Jaguars' offensive coordinator opening. However, on Wednesday night, Jacksonville announced it was retaining Nathaniel Hackett as its OC.

“We are excited to announce Nathaniel Hackett as our offensive coordinator and he will immediately be tasked with installing and implementing our offense this offseason,” Jaguars new head coach Doug Marrone said in a statement from the team. “I have had the pleasure of working with Nathaniel for seven consecutive seasons and know firsthand how knowledgeable and passionate he is about winning.”

So, Kelly swung and miss twice on the Jaguars, as he reportedly interviewed for Jacksonville's head coaching job, as well.

"I’m not going to close the door on any opportunity, but I have to be very smart in what I do next,” Kelly said, via CSNBayArea.com, two days after his firing as 49ers head coach. “I don’t have to take anything, but I wouldn’t rule anything out. I need to make sure that I’m in the right situation.

“I don’t know what the future holds. I’ll do my due diligence. I’m not going to coach just to coach.”

Kelly's decline is staggering, even if you saw it coming.

Look at this NFL coaching history ...

With Eagles in 2013: 10-6, wild-card playoff berth
With Eagles in 2014: 10-6, missed playoffs
With Eagles in 2015: 6-9, fired before final regular-season game
With 49ers in 2016: 2-14, fired after regular season

Who knows what's next for the Chipper?