Which Sixer would make the best villain in a 'Creed' sequel: Embiid or T.J.?

Which Sixer would make the best villain in a 'Creed' sequel: Embiid or T.J.?

The Philadelphia 76ers organized a team building and conditioning workout at the famed Front Street Boxing Gym last week.

You fans of the Rocky franchise and the most recent installment, Creed, may remember the location from its appearance in the 2015 film starring Sly Stallone and Michael B. Jordan as the son of Apollo Creed.

With the Sixers sharing a number of photos and videos from the workout, it got me wondering: which 76ers player would make the best villain in a sequel?

To me, there are two serious contenders for the title.

Joel Embiid and T.J. McConnell for a variety of reasons. 

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Height: 7-foot-7 (in the film, maybe not exactly the same in real life but VERY close)

Weight: 255 lbs

Reach: 7'5''

Muscles: A lot


Embiid is built like Ivan Drago and clearly has the physique to be a punishing fighter. The man is flat-out intimidating. Plus he's from Cameroon and has that sweet accent, so you could use that in some sort of storyline where he's fighting for his continent's pride or something.

"We all from Africa," he frequently says throughout the film. And given the tense political climate in the film with much of the world despising America's leadership, JoJo represents the rare talent and personality that can bring the world together again. We could all afford to do some "changing."

Embiid is the clear favorite as a movie villain who appears sans a shirt and pummels another guy. I'd also shell out $10 to see Embiid in a dance scene at Johnny Brenda's any day of the week. But...

Never count out the scrappy underdog. That's what the theme of Rocky is all about anyway, right?

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Height: 6'2''

Weight: 200 lbs

Reach: 6'2''

Muscles: Not as much


Enter T.J. McConnell. Nobody ever gave him a chance but here he is, making it in the League/film by being the most blue-collar fighter we've seen since Rocky Balboa himself. Maybe you could come up with some storyline where McConnell is the son Paulie Pennino never knew he had but he somehow convinces Rocky to train him. Then you have the unlikely storyline of Apollo's son vs. Pennino's son fighting for Rocky's love and affection? Plus, he's got incredibly small hands which makes catching chickens very difficult. And maybe he has a secret weapon in a Croatian best friend who you don't see for the first half of the movie because he's overseas and can't get the right visa or something and people start to question whether TJ's Croatian friend even exists. But, much to the chagrin of sports talk radio in Philly, this guy ends up coming over and brings some secret magical fighting technique and some bad facial hair trimmers that really help him against the steely Creed.

I don't know. There's a reason I'm a blogger and not a movie writer.

Check out this sweet clip the Sixers shared from the session though:

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.

Lane Johnson on The Players' Tribune: Don't mess with Eagles fans

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Lane Johnson on The Players' Tribune: Don't mess with Eagles fans

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.