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The anatomy of a mesmerizing Joel Embiid dunk

The anatomy of a mesmerizing Joel Embiid dunk

After blowing a 14-point lead, the Sixers were down just four points in the final minutes of Friday's loss to the Celtics. And then Joel Embiid happened.

'The Process' got the ball from T.J. McConnell at the three-point line and the veteran Al Horford charged towards him. This would have scared a lesser man, but Embiid is by no person's definition a lesser man. No, Embiid would flawlessly pump fake Horford into oblivion and move on with his day.

But he would not end there. No he would not. Joel Embiids don't simply pump fake when the basket is in sight. He made his determined move forward.

He put the ball on the floor, using the hardwood in a divine glide towards the hoop. Celtics defensive wiz Avery Bradley made a poke at the ball, but he had no chance of removing the ball from Embiid's possession.

Now Jae Crowder was the only man separating Embiid from the destined dunk. Crowder, a man with hair for days, has paid his dues to the basketball gods — going from back of the bench to rotation piece to starter — and isn't one to be easily posterized. Crowder makes $7 million a year in large part for his defensive prowess, but this is the Process we're talking about.

So Embiid's jump began. Like the leap of a unicorn, it was mesmerizing. The big man reared back his right arm, cradling the ball and slammed it through the cylinder for one of his better dunks. 

Watch the dunk right here:

The dunk would not shake the Celtics to the core like it did to me, but it was a tantalizing display of everything right with Embiid's game. Believe it or not, it wasn't even Embiid's first rim-rattler of the game as he started the game off with one.

Cheers to many more!

Chase Utley makes unreal play to save perfect game before no-hit bid ends in walk-off fashion

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Chase Utley makes unreal play to save perfect game before no-hit bid ends in walk-off fashion

Chase Utley has always had a flair for the dramatic.

And not just with his bat or hustle, but also with his glove.

Who can forget this clutch, heads-up play?

At 38 years old, Utley still throws around his body like he's 24 and in his rookie season. The former Phillie showed his signature full-out extension in a huge moment Wednesday night.

Pitching in the eighth inning against the Pirates, Dodgers starter Rich Hill had not allowed a runner to reach base. That looked like it was going to change when Josh Bell laced a liner destined to drop in right field. Utley then stunned everyone at PNC Park by preserving the perfect game bid with a jaw-dropping diving catch.

The best is Utley's typical stoicism, just getting up and acting like, no big deal, one down, fellas.

His teammates had the opposite reaction. They were in amazement, as seen below.

Believe it or not, Hill took a no-hitter into the bottom of the 10th inning when he lost it — and the game — on Josh Harrison's walk-off blast for a 1-0 defeat (see story).

Baseball is a funny game. Right now, the Dodgers are the best at it with an 89-36 record, 13 games ahead of the next closest teams (Nationals and Astros).

Before you know it, the playoffs will be here — and we all know Utley is bound for some October dramatics.

Philly fan takes one last jab at his beloved Eagles' futility in his obituary

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Philly fan takes one last jab at his beloved Eagles' futility in his obituary

Jeffrey Clayton Riegel was a wonderful husband, uncle, brother, and son. He was also a Philadelphia Eagles fan with a pretty good sense of humor.

At least according to his obituary.

Mr. Riegel died on Aug. 18, 2017, at 56 but it appears he had enough time to have some fun on his way out.

His obituary reads relatively standard on the Wimberg Funeral Home website, naming all of the family he leaves behind as well as mentioning some of his favorite greetings for different people and some of his nicknames — some people called him "Toad."

But it's this part that will have Jeffrey smiling in the great beyond:

God gave Jeffrey the miracle of time to prepare which allowed him to verbalize his last wishes. He requested to have 8 Philadelphia Eagles as pall bearers so the Eagles can let him down one last time.

Touche, Mr. Riegel, touche.

Say hello to Reggie, Jerome, and Buddy for us. Maybe they haven't heard a boo in a while, who knows.