The Worst Possible Football Related News About DeSean Jackson...

The Worst Possible Football Related News About DeSean Jackson...

He's not injured or being benched. No, it's much worse than that. 97.5 The Fanatic's Brian Seltzer tweeted this morning Jackson fired his agent and has elected to be represented by Drew Rosenhaus. The sound you hear is the collective groan from Eagles fans everywhere.

All hyperbole aside, the decision doesn't automatically require Jackson to become a pain in the ass in the locker room or immediately begin a lengthy holdout. It's simply upsetting the young star wide receiver chose to align himself with a notorious weasel like Rosenhaus. Clearly this move is about negotiating his next contract sooner rather than later.

Under current CBA rules, players are eligible for contract extensions after their second year of service. Jackson was expected to be a mid-first round pick in '08, but slipped to late in the second based on concerns over his size and attitude, costing him millions of dollars in the process. Now that he's proven to be one of the most explosive players in the league, there's no doubt he wants to cash in, and Rosenhaus is known to drive a hard bargain.

Sure, the front office would like to give Jackson a raise and keep him around for awhile, but the T.O. and "Lee-toe" sagas left a bad taste in everybody's mouth. Rosenhaus does represent a number of current Eagles however, including Jack Ikegwuonou, Cornelius Ingram, Max Jean-Gilles, and LeSean McCoy, although all of those players are still on their rookie contracts. On his firm's web site, he also lists Hugh Douglas and Troy Vincent as "distinguished retired clients."

As fans, we can only hope that this stuff stays where it belongs, behind the scenes. Nobody wants the drama of another pouty wide receiver, or an extended holdout that potentially keeps him off the field. It just seems like whenever those things go on, Rosenhaus is right in the center of it.

Temple Men’s Basketball adds two players to 2016-17 roster

Temple Men’s Basketball adds two players to 2016-17 roster

Temple men’s basketball coach Fran Dunphy announced that the team has added two players to its 2016-17 roster. 

The Owls will announce the two new transfers, junior’s Isaiah Lewis and Steve Leonard, Thursday night at the Liacouras Center at the team’s Cherry and White Night. 

Lewis comes to Temple after playing for Casper College in Wyoming last season, where he averaged 5.5 points and 2.2 assists per game. Before his stint at Casper College, the 6-4 guard also played at Lee Junior College in Texas, and averaged 10.0 points and 4.7 assists per game.

Leonard, a 6-6 guard from Collegeville, Pa., played two seasons at Ursinus College. He averaged 5.6 points over 43 games during his career at Ursinus. 

Brett Brown: Sixers' Nik Stauskas set for 'breakout year'

Brett Brown: Sixers' Nik Stauskas set for 'breakout year'

CAMDEN, N.J. — The irony of Nik Stauskas’ reputation as a three-point shooter is that he doesn’t view himself that way.

Stauskas was drafted eighth overall by the Kings in 2014 after shooting 44.1 percent from three over two years at Michigan. But that’s not how he envisioned himself being in the pros.

“It’s crazy,” Stauskas said after practice Thursday. “I know I was a great shooter coming out of Michigan, but I don’t consider myself a shooter. I consider myself a gamer. I don’t think I’m an effective NBA player when I just stand and spot up and shoot threes. That’s really not my game.”

Stauskas has struggled to find offensive consistency in the NBA. The third-year two-guard averaged 32.4 percent from long range in his first two seasons. He wasn’t reliable as a knockdown shooter and bounced in and out of the starting lineup last season.

Rather than being a finesse player, Brett Brown encouraged Stauskas to get aggressive. Brown wanted to a see an edge from Stauskas and not hold back at the basket.

Stauskas displayed that side to his game on opening night against the Thunder. In 23 minutes off the bench, he scored 13 points on 5-for-6 shooting. His only miss came on a three-point attempt. His 83.3 shooting percentage was a single-game career high.

“He was cocky,” Brown said. “He was in attack mode. He was not afraid to put it to the floor and get to the rim. I feel like he’s got a real chance to have a breakout year. We need him to have a breakout year.”

The Sixers picked up the options on Stauskas, Joel Embiid and Jahlil Okafor on Thursday.

“I think the statement the club made on his contract lets him probably have a little bit more comfort on what we think of him,” Brown said. “I was really happy with his swagger last night.”

Stauskas is figuring out his role on the Sixers this season. It is one that can change often given injuries. A key to being successful, whether he is on the perimeter or at the rim, is feeling confident and in a rhythm on the floor.

“I had fun out there,” Stauskas said. “More than anything, I think yesterday was the first time in a while that I’ve really enjoyed myself out there and had a smile on my face.”