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Nerlens no more

Courtesy of gamedayr.com

Photo courtesy of gamedayr.com

Just in case anyone was worried that a healthy, mid-season return by 6th overall pick Nerlens Noel would galvanize a Sixers roster full of chaff into a team capable of winning actual basketball games and thus sabotaging our A-1 Abrams of a season, don’t. (after all, that run-on sentence was far more concerning)

Head coach Brett Brown revealed that our prized rookie will likely be held out the entire season to ensure optimum losses in both games and attendance fully recover from a torn ACL suffered last February.

Here’s Brown’s quote courtesy of ESPN NBA Rumor Central:

nerlens news

 Here’s the full story outside of ESPN’s Insider status 

So there ya have it, something else to look forward to in the oh-so-distant 2014-2015 campaign. And, yet another reason to avoid CSN every other night between October 30th and April 16th.

Read on for some quick takes on Nerlens and his new timetable…

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Around the Cooler 06/30/13 – Sam Hinkie’s dropping bombs

Here’s what we’re talking about:

The Hi-Top Fade is making a comeback!
Image via Wikipedia Commons

  • The NBA Draft! 76ers traded All-Star PG Jrue Holiday and a 2nd rounder for the New Orleans Pelicans’ #6 overall pick Nerlens Noel and next year’s 1st round pick. Sixers also drafted guard Michael Carter-Williams with their own selection at 11th overall.
  • Ransom breaks down the moves from every angle, including scouting reports for these two players, potential top picks next year (Sixers have two 1st round picks in what is apparently the best draft in a decade), and the wisdom of tanking in pro basketball.


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Around the Cooler 06/17/13 – “It’s mid-June and all our teams are terrible…”

Here’s what we’re talking about:

“…and I’m going to buy a Breitling watch for each of my pet iguanas…”
- Flyers defenseman Mark Streit musing about his newfound riches. (Not a real quote)
Image via 98.5 Sports

  • Rollin’ 3-deep today as Nick makes his triumphant return to the the Cooler
  • We note that the Phillies have six players under contract for 2014, at a total salary of $103.5M, then suggest that they all get traded (0:00)
  • We break news to ourselves (at the time) that Mark Streit agreed to a 4-year, $21M contract with the Flyers and discuss cap implications moving forward. Can this team afford to keep Giroux, Schenn, and Couturier for 2014 and beyond? (27:00)


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Despite Rampant Steroid Usage, MLB has Huge Balls

image via personal.psu.edu

image via personal.psu.edu

In what has become a super-scandal of sorts (Roidsgate, anyone? No?), the MLB could be suspending 20+ players due to their connection with a Florida group called Biogenesis. Assuming that most of the accused parties are suspended, this will be another damaging blow for baseball as it continues its quest to make the game clean.

Some of baseball’s biggest names are connected to Biogenesis. Ryan Braun of the Milwaukee Brewers, Nelson Cruz of the Rangers and the already disgraced Yankee Alex Rodriguez have all been listed as suspects thus far. This is great and terrible news.

On the surface, this is ugly. The war on steroids has been exhausting for the MLB as it fights to regain the image of America’s beloved pastime. The problem is that you need stars to sell every sport and when those stars appear tarnished (deserved or not) the casual fan shies away. Instead, they seek the stars who seem unquestionable, unbreakable, heroic…and from other sports.

The problem is that cheating is prevalent in all of the other leagues, they simply don’t have the guts to root it out.

For example, in the NBA eight players have been given suspensions for the use of banned substances. Ever. The most recent case being Hedo Turkoglu, who was suspended 20 games for using methenolone in February. However, the NBA is content with allowing cheating considering their questionable drug testing procedures and the presence of a star-loving, meddlesome commissioner in David Stern.
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Around the Cooler 05/29/13 – Philthy

Here’s what we’re talking about:

  • Vince and Hank take a decidedly negative view on the 2013 Phillies’ prospects and discuss what the organization should do next


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The stat geeks are taking over Philadelphia. Isn’t it great?

76ers GM Sam Hinkie, Ballin’ with Maths
Image via BlackSportsOnline

It’s said that football is a game of inches. And basketball is a game of inches. Hockey? Why not. Game of inches. Screw it, let’s make it a party, baseball is a game of friggin’ inches, too.

Enough.

It’s time to upgrade our thinking – and our platitudes – for the 21st century. Screw inches. Our beloved pastimes are really all games of probability.

And Philadelphia’s teams are finally catching up. It’s about damned time.

The two most recent hires in the big four of Philly sports, Eagles head coach Chip Kelly and now 76ers GM Sam Hinkie, are not traditionalists. The foundations for their respective philosophies, Chip’s playcalling and Hinkie’s talent acquisition, are built on foreign, impenetrable, numerical concepts such as “expected values.”

Many people have a problem with probabilities – and by extension the study thereof, that mathematical voodoo known as analytics. The term ‘analytics’ often conjures a couple of images, and neither are particularly flattering. One is that of the pasty, bespectacled weakling with a pocket protector and a TI-89, jealously crunching numbers as he fantasizes about athletic prowess he’ll never have, cheerleaders he’ll never date, and popularity he’ll never achieve. The other, more sinister depiction is the business executive in a 15th floor office furnished with exotic hardwoods and floor-to-ceiling windows, dispassionately assigning numbers to real people from high on his throne and then buying, selling, or trading them as he might deal in rice futures or credit default swaps. But stereotyping aside, I suspect most fans simply misunderstand the concept.

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Around the Cooler 05/03/13

Here’s what we’re talking about:

This guy used to play quarterback?!
Matthew Emmons-US PRESSWIRE
Image via SBNation

  • The Eagles’ 2013 Draft class, Chip Kelly’s philosophy, and other draft stuff that doesn’t have to do with the Eagles  (00:00)
  • Which pro playoffs are more exciting, hockey or basketball? Also, Hank shockingly reveals that he can neither jump, nor go to his left (25:00)
  • Other NHL playoff thoughts, wherein we hate-respect the Penguins and feel bad for the Islanders, among other things (32:00)


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Around the Cooler 02/10/13 – Discussion: Will the NFL exist in 30 years?

Here’s what we’re talking about: 

Bernard Pollard inadvertently creating the “Tom Brady rule” in 2008.

Ravens safety Bernard Pollard: “Thirty years from now, I don’t think it will be in existence. I could be wrong. It’s just my opinion, but I think with the direction things are going — where [NFL rules makers] want to lighten up, and they’re throwing flags and everything else — there’s going to come a point where fans are going to get fed up with it… Guys are getting fined, and they’re talking about, ‘Let’s take away the strike zone’ and ‘Take the pads off’ or ‘Take the helmets off.’ It’s going to be a thing where fans aren’t going to want to watch it anymore.” (ESPN)

Play: 


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The Wooder Cooler Weekly Podcast – 02/02/13

Here’s what we’re talking about:
The Har-bowl! The Superbaugh! (0:00)
What’s wrong with the Flyers? (18:00)
Jrue Holiday is an All Star! (33:00)

Play: 


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Climbing the Charts: Two Sixers top 25 under 25

jrue and thad

Think the Sixers’ season and future is completely derailed by Andrew Bynum? Think again! ESPN released their list of top 25 NBA players under the age of 25 and wouldn’t you know it, there are two 76ers on that list.

Despite how hard I tend to be on the hometown hoops team (I do it out of love, I swear) this is actually a pretty big achievement, especially for a team as down in the dumps as ours currently is.

The rankings are based on current stats, natural potential, projected wins above replacement player (WARP) over the next 3 seasons and, well, age (duh).

In case you hadn’t been able to guess the two yet, the big unveil:

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