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Remembering Harry Kalas

 

There are certain moments in our lives that we can’t forget no matter how hard we try. That holds true for the happiest of moments and for the most somber moments as well. Many of us still remember where we were on April 13th five years ago today.

On that day we were preparing to enjoy a Phillies vs. Nationals tilt that took a backseat to the passing of a legend.

The Phillies, baseball and the world lost one of its greatest voices when Harry Kalas passed away. The legendary Phillies broadcaster was preparing to call a game when he passed out in the broadcast booth. Since that day, Phillies baseball just has not sounded quite the same.

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Nerlens Noel: “This Year’s Been Great”

Nerlens Noel working with Sixers head coach Brett Brown.

Nerlens Noel working with Sixers head coach Brett Brown.

There has not been a lot for Sixers fans to be thrilled about this season. However, there appears to be quite a bit of promise and optimism for the future. The weight of that optimism sits on the shoulders of the Sixers’ two rookies, Michael Carter-Williams and Nerlens Noel.

Carter Williams is giving the faithful reason to look forward to the future. The young point guard has been well worth the 11th overall pick used on him and has been the wire to wire frontrunner for Rookie of the Year.

Noel cost the Sixers a bit more in the form of the 6th overall pick and the team’s All-Star point guard, Jrue Holiday. The big man out of Kentucky has been sidelined for the entire season. Despite the setback, he is not looking at this as a lost one.

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Naismith Basketball HOF Adding Some Local Flavor

Carla Gugino starred as Cathy Rush in 'The Mighty Macs.' (credit: IMDB.com)

Carla Gugino starred as Cathy Rush in ‘The Mighty Macs.’ (credit: IMDB.com)

The class for the 2014 Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame was released yesterday. The group is headlined by NBA greats Alonzo Mourning and Mitch Richmond, former outspoken Alabama Head Coach and National Champion Nolan Richardson and recently retired NBA commissioner David Stern.

The list of 2014 honorees also has its own sense of local flavor.

Going into the hall this year will be former Temple basketball great, Guy Rodgers and the 1972-74 Immaculata Women’s Basketball team.

Rodgers was elected into the hall via the Veterans Committee. Rodgers led Temple University to two Final Four appearances in 1956 and 1958. Rodgers was a unanimous First Team All American in 1958 and made the All-Tournament team that year.

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Around the Cooler 4/4/14: DeSean’s True Colors (Burgundy and Gold)

DeSean SkinsHere’s what we’re talking about:


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DeSean Jackson Decision More Foolish Than Prudent

DeSean Jackson signs his new deal in Washington. (credit: Washington Redskins Twitter)

DeSean Jackson signs his new deal in Washington. (credit: Washington Redskins Twitter)

[Note from Vince: This piece is a counter to my article from yesterday. Expect us to verbally duke it out in a podcast this week!]

Why did the Eagles release DeSean Jackson? He’s a locker room distraction. He’s cocky. He’s lazy. He’s a bad influence. He’s a gang member. Most important of all, he does not fit in with the Eagles culture.

What is the Eagles culture and what exactly about it does Jackson not suit? All of those tag lines about Jackson listed above that explain why he was released are rather ambiguous.

Here’s the concrete stuff.

He recorded 82 receptions, 1,332 yards, nine touchdowns and a 16.2 ypc average in 2013 as the team’s most utilized and targeted receiving option.

It is not entirely clear what culture the Eagles are looking to build, but the above facts about Jackson seem rather congruent with a winning one.

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Sixers Pass Up Chance At History

The Sixers finally snapped their historic losing streak. (credit: ESPN.com)

The Sixers finally snapped their historic losing streak. (credit: ESPN.com)

In today’s sports climate, you really only get a few opportunities to etch your name in the history books. The Sixers has their chance, and they passed it up by winning a game.

Last night, the Sixers not only won, they manhandled the Detroit Pistons, 123-98 in front of a surprising large Wells Fargo Center crowd. We all knew the implications of last night’s game.

Lose, and the Sixers would take over the lone spot as the NBA’s record holder for consecutive losses at 27. In a season where the word on everyone’s mind has been ‘tanking,’ another loss would have been fine. The team will undeniably lose again this season.

The major thing at stake was the team backing up the tanking talk by losing in a manner that no other team has ever loss before. They players avoided that dubious distinction.

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Around the Cooler 3/26/14: Ball Hogs

mark-cuban Here’s what we’re talking about:

  • Mark Cuban sees an implosion for the NFL! Ray and Vince fight it out!

 


 

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Musical theme written by Matthew Schwalm.

Philly Media Lazily Reporting DeSean Jackson Story

Eagles wideout DeSean Jackson must be tired of all the rumors.

Eagles wideout DeSean Jackson must be tired of all the rumors.

As a media member I often find it counter intuitive to critique those I like to consider my colleagues, or who in terms of stature, are more of my mentors but my aptitude to call it like I see it, is naturally setting in, as it has a time or two before. For the past two weeks or so, we have listened to the apparent DeSean Jackson trade rumors and today I got my complete fill of it.

The reporting of this story has been some of the laziest reporting I have seen in a long time. Yes, opinion has a role in sports reporting. However, this story seems all too perfect for the media to have done their due diligence.

Call me a conspiracy theorists if you like. Judging from some of the examples of journalism being displayed with this story, that is all it takes today anyway.

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NCAA Tourney Challenge!

FinalFourHey everyone!

You know that thing that you degenerately gamble on every year? Do it with us! For free!

We’re running a bracket challenge on ESPN and would like to compete against anyone interested (maybe for a prize? I’m working on it). If you’re interested in joining us, write a message on our facebook page or tweet at us and we’ll get you the info! Also, trash talk is strongly encouraged!

Thanks and good luck screw your crappy bracket.

 

-The Wooder Cooler

 

The Last Sixers Regime: Who’s To Blame?

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Jrue Holiday (top left), Andre Iguodala (top right), Evan Turner (middle), Thaddeus Young (bottom left) and Louis Williams.

Over the last few seasons the Sixers have seen a number of building block players leave the organization. All of them were players drafted by the team and all were players that played a role on the roster in playoff appearances and during dismal times.

Those particular individuals were Andre Iguodala, Louis Williams, Jrue Holiday and Evan Turner. The next individual to join this group may very well be Thaddeus Young.

These were the bright spot players. This was the group of names that were supposed to lead the Sixers past the Allen Iverson era and into a bright future.

Each player represents a failed attempt at that task. But, was it the players who failed. or, was it the Sixers organization that failed this group of players?

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