Now where were we . . . the Sixers? I vaguely remember a basketball team named the Sixers. Played down in South Philly. Had AI for a while and Barkley before that. They're still around?
Comment From SJ Native: What are your thoughts on the new Phillies video board?
Gonzo: Like the idea. Jerry Jones has that giant HD board and people still won't shut up about it. Now people can talk about Philly instead of Dallas. Dallas still has better strip clubs, though.
Comment From Jimbo: What are your feelings on the Eagles going after [Albert] Haynesworth now that they have his mentor in Washburn?
Gonzo: Why not? The Eagles don't just run a football operation. They're an organization of reformers who can turn just about anyone into an agent of social change. Bring on Fat Albert. Can't wait to see this.
Comment From Quentin: Who should be the Eagles' defensive coordinator next year?
Gonzo: I vote for Dean Pees. I'm really, really hoping it's Dean Pees. Best Dean Pees line on Twitter came courtesy of @zoowithroy: "Birds left to dangle in breeze while Pees takes his time."
Comment From Guest: Can you believe some people are actually angry about the Phils upgrading their screen? Did they want to give Freddy Garcia another $10 mil again?
Gonzo: Yeah, I don't see what the issue is. Bigger is better. And just think: The next time some idiot storms the field, the Taser shot that takes him down will be a lot easier to see.
Comment From Larry: What position would you draft in the first round? I would say O-line.
Gonzo: O-line, D-end or corner - toss them in a hat, pick one out. All huge need areas. They'll probably go O-line or defensive back first since they took Brandon Graham last year, but they still need a pass rusher.
Comment From DanInHolmesburg: Did you see that the Mutts named [Mike] Pelfrey the Opening Day starter?
Gonzo: The Mets are still bothering to name an opening-day starter? That's cute. That's like Lance Armstrong trying to ride up mountains without his special vitamins. Some people would just call it quits and move on.
Comment From DW: So . . . Back to that 76ers question, are we going to see Iggy traded? What is an expectable return for him?
Gonzo: Fine, fine. I hope so. But I hoped for that same thing last year and Ed Stefanski let me down. Respectable return? An expiring contract and a "yes, we'll take him off your hands" response from some unsuspecting rube masquerading as an NBA GM would be plenty. If only Ed Wade worked in basketball.
Comment From jojo: Why are people always down on Reid? Don't they realize these last 10 years have been the golden years?
Gonzo: That's pretty sad. The "golden years" have produced as many championships as the non-golden years.
Comment From Jon: With the Union just officially announcing the addition of [Faryd] Mondragon and [Carlos] Valdes, do you anticipate them making a direct impact to the Union's starting XI? What's your take on the goal-keeping situation? Valdes in place of [Jordan] Harvey (moving [Michael] Orozco to the left)?
Gonzo: Help me out here: What language are you using? Can you translate to English?
Comment From sick and tired: Where can I get the Kool-Aid mix given annually to all Eagles fans for the last 50 years? Can't believe they observed that it's been 50 years since they last won a championship.
Gonzo: That was my favorite part about the season. Someone in the organization said, "Hey, you know what would be fun: Let's make a big deal out of not winning anything for 50 years." Then that someone told someone else, and a bunch of other someones made it happen.
Sometimes, when I'm having a bad day, I think about that and laugh myself to sleep.
Comment From Explore This: What's up with the would-be La Salle basketball transfer who exposed himself? Is that true?
Gonzo: I read about that. Totally forgot to mention it. Hilarious. Makes no sense that La Salle would reject that guy. What's the big deal? He'd fit right in. The Explorers get caught with their pants down every season.
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