In case you haven't heard, Nerlens Noel made his first appearance in Philadelphia since being traded by the Sixers to the Dallas Mavericks on Feb. 23.
During the first quarter, the Sixers showed their appreciation to Noel with a tribute video. The big man received a nice ovation from the crowd.
Noel is averaging 10.3 points on 59.2 percent shooting, 7.9 rebounds and 1.3 blocks per game since the trade to Dallas.
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.
We're two weeks out from the Eagles' season opener at Washington.
Fantasy football is back. Sunday afternoons will be fun again. All (not really) will be well in the world again. And count Eagles offensive tackle Lane Johnson as excited as we all are.
Johnson on Wednesday penned an article on The Players' Tribune that touches on everything from his 10-game suspension last season for performance-enhancing drugs to the Dallas Cowboys to Washington, which has beaten the Eagles five straight times — the Birds' longest losing streak to the Washington football team since a six-game streak 1981-84 (h/t to CSNPhilly's resident stat guy Reuben Frank).
We have gathered our favorite tidbits from Johnson's piece below:
On his 10-game suspension and the aftermath:
"That experience of being on the sidelines — and the humiliation of being asked about it on a daily basis (and I’m still hearing about it from fans on Twitter) — hasn’t been for nothing. It forced me to reevaluate not just my suspension, but also how I carried myself in general. At times in my career I’ve lost focus. Well, I’m done with that.
In other words, this situation has lit a fire under my ass."
On the season opener in Washington
"Let me tell you what’s going to happen in a couple of weeks: This team is going to go down to D.C. and whup some ass against the Redskins. We’re going to surprise some people."
On Cowboys fans in Philly
"I realized that if you want to be a Cowboys fan, that that’s something between you and your maker. But never be a Cowboys fan dumb enough to mouth off at an Eagles tailgate in Philly."
On what he wants from Eagles fans
"Come out to the games, drink some beers and raise some hell. Make this a place where our team loves to play and everybody else hates — especially Cowboys fans."
To read Johnson's full piece, click here. It's quite entertaining.