BY PAUL MANCANO – Last night, in the third quarter of one of the Sixers’ more embarrassing home losses of the season, fans began to get restless. The Sixers and the Pelicans were trading buckets with little resistance to start the second half. The lax defenses that have become trademarks for both teams this season were leading to easy buckets on both ends. Philadelphia couldn’t cut the lead to single digits as the minutes ticked away. Frustration set in. Continue reading
The 2016 NBA Draft went pretty damn well for the Philadelphia 76ers. They got their man, Ben Simmons, and added two pieces in Timothe Luwawu and Furkan Korkmaz that fill their immediate needs. Sam Hinkie with the alley, Bryan Colangelo with the oop. Continue reading
Since our most recent Philly Moosecast, the Sixers played an entire season, Sam Hinkie was pushed out and replaced by Bryan Collangelo, Steph Curry won the first ever unanimous MVP Award, the Sixers won the NBA draft lottery, and Andrew Bynum appeared at the NBA Finals as a blonde.
Needless to say, there was much to discuss. Continue reading
BY PAUL MANCANO—If winning cures all ills, losing causes them. And in 2015, the four major Philadelphia sports teams all caught something bad, and incredibly contagious.
By December, the regime of Eagles head coach Chip Kelly, once sparkling and promising, lay in shambles, and the Super Bowl dreams of August quickly turned to nightmares. The team lacked competitiveness from the start of the season, and an overhauled roster gave the fans few players to trust. Kelly’s failures in overseeing player personnel blurred with his failures as a play-caller, and the end result was dreadful.
BY PAUL MANCANO—This summer’s preseason has been a relatively uneventful one. With a quiet, humble quarterback at the helm and DeSean’s loud mouth gone, the 2014 Eagles haven’t brought much attention to themselves, with two exceptions: QB Mark Sanchez and K Alex Henery. Sanchez sparked trade rumors for playing exceptionally well. Meanwhile, Henery performed so poorly, he brought attention and scrutiny upon himself. And on Saturday afternoon, when the Eagles’ 53-man roster was released, Henery’s name was not on the list. And nobody was particularly surprised. Continue reading
BY PAUL MANCANO—It’s getting late. “MLB Tonight” is blaring on the tube, and I’m starting to get sleepy. Without Mitch Williams, the show has lost its luster for me (it’s a shame he’s got major anger management problems). It’s time to turn in. I shut off the tube, grab a cup of warm milk, and head to bed. I pass out instantly, and dream away… Continue reading
BY JIM KELLY—Baseball is a unique sport. The highs are high, but there are some seasons that are painful to watch. Unlike in football or basketball, the draft does not have an immediate impact on team performance, and thus rebuilding can take five or six years, at least. Currently, the Phillies are at the beginning of this rebuilding stage, even though the front office seems unwilling to admit it and is attempting to salvage every last ounce of play from its aged roster. There are four major things that have gone wrong for the Phillies as of late, and I will do my best to rank them on a scale of those 400 level Phillies’ players fan clubs from back in the day. Continue reading
By Paul Mancano – Wiggins, Embiid, Parker. Or Embiid, Wiggins, Parker. Or maybe Wiggins, Parker, Embiid. It depends on which mock draft you check, which Chad Ford article you read. Will any of them turn out to be long-term productive NBA players? Who knows. Does it matter? Yes, but not right now. Continue reading