After watching the Phillies get swept by the New York Mets at home, I think we could all use a moment of Chase Utley to remind us that we can have nice baseball things in Philadelphia.
Sure, Utley is doing it for the Dodgers these days, but if there's ever a guy we can all root for once he has left us, it's Chase "WFC" Utley.
Utley was The Man on the base paths last night in the Dodgers' 2-0 victory over the Cubs at Wrigley that spoiled some of the Chicago Championship fun.
Here's how the LA Times described the play where Utley scored from first ON A STRIKEOUT:
Utley does not like the attention. But his performance still offers lessons for instruction, like in the ninth inning of a 2-0 victory over the Cubs on Wednesday, when Utley scored from first base after a dropped third strike and a throwing error. He barreled through the 6-foot-3, 230-pound frame of Chicago reliever Hector Rondon to score the insurance run.
"He would run through a brick wall," shortstop Corey Seager said. "And he basically did."
Man. Miss that guy.
Now, Utley's hustle aside, he isn't off to the hottest of starts for the Dodgers. Chase has just one hit and one walk in 17 plate appearances this season. He has scored twice.
He calls himself "The Process."
He is a main piece of The Process.
And now there's a Lego version of The Process' poster child.
Yes -- thanks to Redditor user dweg1999 -- we have a picture of what Joel Embiid would look like if, yes, he was built of Legos.
After sitting out his first two years in the NBA because of injuries, Embiid burst onto the scene and became an instant star for the Sixers. A piece they can build around both on the court and off it. He's charismatic who knows how to use social media.
Embiid is a special blend of greatness on the court and marketable off it. If he can stay healthy -- his season was cut short because of another one and he will be limited again in 2017-18 -- the Sixers have their guy to build around. Add in a Ben Simmons, a more experienced Dario Saric, potentially two more lottery picks -- at least one more -- and next season will be a whole lot of fun.
But for now, as we wait for the May 16 draft lottery, we are stuck checking out Lego versions of Joel Embiid. If only we were that good with Legos ourselves.
The Wonderlic scores for two running backs who have been linked to the Eagles have surfaced.
Per Bob McGinn of the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, Christian McCaffrey scored a 21 out of 50, and Dalvin Cook scored an 11.
The top score in McGinn’s report was held by Tennessee's Alvin Kamara, who notched a 24. Oklahoma’s Joe Mixon scored a 12 and LSU’s Leonard Fournette shared a score of 11 with Cook.
The average score for a running back, according to renowned football writer Paul Zimmerman, is 16.
The Wonderlic test, a 50-question multiple choice test that measures cognitive ability and problem solving, is given to NFL prospects every year at the combine. Of course, the score doesn't measure how successful a player is on the field. Per Jeff Reynolds of CBS Sports, Jets' QB Ryan Fitzpatrick scored a 48, which is higher than Tom Brady (33), Aaron Rodgers (35) and Hall of Famer Dan Marino (15).
Per Sports Illustrated, Pro Bowler Frank Gore and Adrian Pederson had scores of six and 16, respectively.
Test scores aside, you’ll have to tune in Thursday at 8 p.m. to see if the Eagles will even draft a running back at 14 overall. Or head down to Philadelphia and see it in person (parking is free).