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You looked mostly at their feet, of course. The 76ers concluded practice Monday with an unusual drill, one that was less about structure and repetition than it was about the pure pleasure of being in the midst of a potentially singular basketball talent. Joel Embiid was the only player to participate, and because he was, it was natural, while watching the drill, to keep your eyes on everyone's feet.
THROUGH THE traditional prism of professional sports, Brett Brown is crazy. How else do you explain him? The money? Sorry, he could make it elsewhere. Despite three consecutive seasons filled with more losses than any of his peers, Brown still garners their respect, if not his current bosses'. The moment the Sixers traded Michael
JAYLEN WATKINS is suddenly a major cog for the Eagles, the safety who will take Malcolm Jenkins' place on those downs when Jenkins moves to nickel corner, in the wake of the season-ending quadriceps tendon rupture suffered by Ron Brooks.
"Another double-digit win total might not even be asking too much."I WROTE THOSE words in April, in a Temple preview story for a national publication. Because I thought the Owls would go no worse than 3-1 in the non-American Athletic Conference part of their schedule, and 6-2 in the games that did count in the standings. That would give them a chance to go back to the title game, and you can always win a bowl. So it all seemed realistic enough.
Early arrivals for Villanova's homecoming Saturday morning pretty much filled the lower seats at the Pavilion, getting a first look at a hoops team last seen in an indoor football stadium in Houston.
REMEMBER WHEN this Opening Night for the 76ers would have rivaled all the hype surrounding Sunday's Eagles-Cowboys game? But that was before Ben Simmons, Nerlens Noel and Jerryd Bayless got shelved. And before Jahlil Okafor experienced knee soreness and will be a limited participant, at least for the first couple of weeks.
I get a little nervous when Doug Pederson starts referencing Brett Favre in talking about Carson Wentz, as Pederson did again last week, in a discussion of late-game moxie.
What's wrong with Carson Wentz? It's a peculiar question to ask just six games into the Eagles quarterback's NFL career, but Wentz hasn't been the same since he launched that game-clinching interception in Detroit a little over two weeks ago.
One week after being dominated at the line of scrimmage by the Washington Redskins, the Eagles were able to do exactly the same thing in their win Sunday over the previously undefeated Minnesota Vikings.
'KILL, KILL, KILL . . . " For those viewing Eagles home games via television, it is a familiar cry from the mouth of Carson Wentz. And a hint perhaps why this season has been so uneven for the Eagles.
WHEN BRETT Brown took over the coaching duties with the 76ers, he was given a roster that included many players who were barely older than his high school-age daughter.
Sam Bradford shuffled out of the training room like an angry, beaten old man. Carson Wentz ambled out of the shower like a giddy teenager ready for the prom. It might have been as simple as this: Wentz and his Eagles defeated Bradford and his Vikings, 21-10. It was a clear referendum on the Eagles' plan to opt for Wentz over Bradford . . . right? Not exactly. Neither played well.
There was a minute and 24 seconds left in the fourth quarter Sunday when the Eagles hit Sam Bradford for the final time, and like each of the 17 shots they delivered before it, they made it count. Brandon Graham slammed into Bradford's upper body, and Con
THE 230 rushing yards his defense gave up last week to the Redskins was bad, but the goose egg next to its sack total was even worse in Jim Schwartz's mind.
YOU JUST could not put the Eagles' defense in a situation it couldn't handle Sunday. Carson Wentz knows, because he tried.
LATE IN the second quarter of another expectation-shattering victory by the Eagles, there was a moment that exemplified the doctrine that Doug Pederson is establishing for himself.
ALL THROUGH the preseason, 76ers coach Brett Brown has had the unenviable task of trying to get his team ready for a season while being handcuffed in how many minutes he was allowed to have his players on the court.
THERE WAS a point during the first quarter of the game between the Philadelphia Eagles and Minnesota Vikings when the only thought was to score a victory by any means, no matter how ugly things ended up looking.
The Eagles entered yet another phase of their season on Sunday - this would be the third, if you're counting - and while it wasn't as good as the first one, it was a lot better than the second.