Joel Embiid is ruined forever

Joel Embiid is ruined forever

I said it a few weeks ago, during Joel Embiid’s run of awesome play, and nobody believed me: Joel Embiid is Linsanity all over again. An exciting run of success, led by a dynamic player, for a team that had been terrible for a long time. And after about two weeks, it was over forever. 

Who ruined Embiidsanity? It was the Sixers, who have showed so much contempt for the fans that I haven’t been able to enjoy any of their 21 wins. Bryan Colangelo’s arrogance is almost enough to make me miss the days when they were planning to lose forever under Sam Hinkie.

So how did it all go to hell? Here are my two conspiracy theories: 

1. Joel Embiid was never injured at all, and the Sixers are holding him out in order to secretly tank for a fourth year, and also avoiding paying him whatever bonus money he’d have made from the All-Star Game. Embiid proved it, by dancing at a concert this weekend at the team’s arena despite being too “injured” to play. In our arena! Our sacred arena! When Andrew Bynum went bowling, at least he didn’t do it in the middle of the Wells Fargo Center. 

2. Embiid is injured much more severely than the Sixers are admitting, even beyond the alleged “bone bruise” and “knee contusion.” But because this team is so soft, they won’t take off the bubble wrap and they're intent on defrauding the fans, we’ll never know. 

Which one’s true? Probably both. 

Embiid must play, again, right now, and Ben Simmons must, too, and I don’t care what any MRI, X-ray, or EKG says. If they’re in a little bit of pain, so what? There’s absolutely no scientific evidence that holding injured players out of games makes them healthier. 

Obviously, the Sixers just want us to pay them our money and shut up. But we won’t have it, not in this town. Whatever pain Embiid has in his knee or Simmons has in his foot pales in comparison to the pain of us as fans, having to sit through four years of this tanking charade. 

Other Philly sports takes: 

- Since he’s going to be traded at any moment, what was your favorite Jahlil Okafor moment in Philadelphia? Much as I enjoyed the fighting arrest, the fake ID arrest, the time he entered a game and forgot to take his shirt off and all the times his dad threatened people on Twitter, I’ll always appreciate that when he was arrested for doing over 100 on the Ben Franklin Bridge, he was going towards Philadelphia, as opposed to away from it. Take that as a lesson, Josh Huff.

- Anyway, I’m okay with any Okafor trade, as long as it’s not for draft picks. Enough with the damn draft picks. 

- The Charles Oakley Knicks story made me wonder: Why don’t retired athletes for Philadelphia teams ever show up at games and physically confront the owners? You just know Charles Barkley has been tempted to go after Josh Harris. What’s the point of the Phillies finally having a single owner if Lenny Dykstra or Mitch Williams can’t get into an irrational feud with him? And aren’t there 25 different players the Eagles pushed out in contract disputes who are eager to come to the Linc and take a shot at Jeffrey Lurie? 

- Speaking of Eagles who were pushed out the door too soon… No Terrell Owens or Brian Dawkins in the Hall of Fame? I blame Donovan McNabb for both. 

- I’m not sad Matt Ryan lost the Super Bowl. He may be from here, but why isn’t Ryan as vocal about his local heritage as, say, Mike Trout? Why don’t we ever see Ryan in the crowd at the Linc? Why doesn’t he ever vacation with Eagles players like Trout does? 

- Phillies spring training? When Mike Trout reports to Clearwater, I’ll be interested. Until then… 

- The Eagles released Leodis McKelvin. You may not have liked him here, but just wait until he’s a key contributor on next year’s championship Patriots team. 

- In order to shore up their receiving corps, the Eagles should sign Alshon Jeffery, DeSean Jackson, Pierre Garcon, Kenny Stills and Terrelle Pryor. All those guys, behind Paul Turner, should give Carson Wentz plenty of targets. 

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Watch: Dario Saric not pleased with more water, then remembers to Trust the Friendship

Watch: Dario Saric not pleased with more water, then remembers to Trust the Friendship

We thought T.J. McConnell learned.

Remember? Pouring water on Dario Saric is not a good idea?

Yeah, thought that was clearly understood after one Sunday in January.

But McConnell was at it again on Friday night after his buddy Saric poured in a career-high 32 points during a 117-107 win over the Bulls. Just like last time, McConnell struck during Saric's postgame interview with CSN's Molly Sullivan.

And, just like last time, Saric looked like he wanted to destroy his point guard.

Look at it unfold ...

But Saric remembered his mantra: Trust the Friendship.

For the postgame moment, watch below. For highlights from Saric's career night and the full interview, watch the video above.

More details emerge about NFL draft experience on the Ben Franklin Parkway in Philly

More details emerge about NFL draft experience on the Ben Franklin Parkway in Philly

Football fans have been pretty excited about the NFL draft coming to Philadelphia but details surrounding the event have been relatively scarce.

The Mayor of Philadelphia's office released more details this afternoon about what exactly will be going on in front of the Art Museum and along the Ben Franklin Parkway.

They had said previously that they expect a record-setting 200,000 fans through the experience.

Here are some of the highlights.

The fan festival activities will be FREE and last for three days along a half-mile stretch of the Ben Franklin Parkway. This will include "interactive exhibits, immersive games, and virtual reality experiences, free player autograph sessions and more."

Hours for the fan experience:

Thursday, April 27: 12 pm - 11 pm

Friday, April 28: 12 pm - 11 pm

Saturday, April 29: 10 am - 6 pm

In addition to the special fan fest experience, a number of the museums in the area will be offering special discounts or even free admission.

The Academy of Natural Sciences of Drexel University will offer free general admission during those three days of the draft will discounts on special exhibits. The Barnes Foundation will be closed on Thursday for a special event but will maintain normal business hours (10 am - 5 pm) on Friday and Saturday. The Franklin Institute will be open to the public from 9:30am-5pm during NFL Draft days (April 27-29).

There will be a plethora of road closures starting in phases as early as April 10th. The full extent of the road closures will begin on the 25th at 12:01 am and include the following:

21st Street closed from Winter Street to Spring Garden Street
     *   Local access to Pennsylvania Avenue only (all traffic must turn left)

  *   22nd Street closed from Race Street to Spring Garden Street
     *   Local access to Park Towne Place only (residents)

  *   23rd Street closed from Fairmount Avenue to Benjamin Franklin Parkway
     *   Local access only

  *   24th Street closed from Benjamin Franklin Parkway to Park Towne Place
     *   Local access only

  *   Martin Luther King Drive closed at Sweet Briar Drive.
     *   Road opened daily during peak AM rush hour on 4/27 & 4/28 (5AM-10AM) for access to I-676 via 24th Street

  *   Kelly Drive closed from Benjamin Franklin Parkway to Fairmount Avenue

  *   Spring Garden Street Bridge closed at 31st Street
     *   Road opened daily during peak AM rush hour on 4/27 & 4/28 (5AM-10AM) for access to I-676 via 24th Street
     *   Access to I-76 westbound will be maintained
     *   Local access to Art Museum will be maintained

  *   Spring Garden Street closed from 22nd Street to Benjamin Franklin Parkway
     *   Local access after peak AM rush hour

  *   Pennsylvania Avenue closed from Hamilton Street to Fairmount Avenue
     *   Local access after peak AM rush hour

  *   Pennsylvania Avenue/Callowhill Street closed from 20th Street to 21st Street
     *   Local access to Barnes Foundation driveway (westbound) only
     *   Eastbound open from 21st Street

  *   Park Towne Place closed from 22nd Street to 24th Street
     *   Local access only (residents)

  *   I-676 westbound 22nd Street off-ramp closed

From our previous post on what the Fan Fest experience will entail:

Among the NFL Draft Experience fan events:

·       Combine Corner – From racing against NFL players to running routes, fans can test their football and athletic skills at Combine Corner, which includes the Vertical Jump and 40-Yard Dash.

·       NFL Virtual Reality – Experience NFL games using virtual reality technology.

·       The Vince Lombardi Trophy – Fans will have the opportunity to take their photo with the Super Bowl trophy.

·       AFC & NFC Locker Rooms – Visit a replica NFL locker room as it appears on gameday. Experience the sights of an NFL pregame with sleek translucent LCDs.

·       NFL Museum (Pro Football Hall of Fame display area) – This exhibit features historical Eagles memorabilia, Super Bowl rings and Conference Championship trophies. Fans can get a digitalized Pro Football Hall of Fame bronze bust in their likeness.

·       College Football Corner – Fans can view College Football Hall of Fame memorabilia from former first round Draft picks and Eagles legends, and cheer on Draft prospects from their favorite college team. Life size player mannequins offer unique photo opportunities.

·       NFL Draft Experience Tailgate – Enjoy selections from some of Philadelphia’s best restaurants in a “taste of the town” tailgate.

·       NFL Network Set – Watch NFL Network analysts break down the NFL Draft.

·       ESPN Set – Check out SportsCenter LIVE from NFL Draft Experience.

·       NFL Shop at Draft – Stop by for the largest assortment of NFL Draft merchandise, including customizable Nike Jerseys and the official 2017 NFL Draft Cap by New Era and other exclusive Draft caps.

·       NFL Draft Set – Visit the official NFL Draft set from Thursday to Saturday and see the view from behind the podium.