February 5, 2016
No doubt you've caught the Shock Top commercial with comedian T.J. Miller. The spot, a fast-paced insult swap between the star of the HBO sitcom Silicon Valley and a wiseguy talking tap handle named Wedgehead, has been floating around the Internet for the last week in advance of its TV debut Sunday during the Super Bowl . What you haven't seen is the original version - the one featuring Joe Sixpack. Or maybe that was a bad dream. In any case, it went like this: Wedgehead: Yo, beer boy, over here.
February 3, 2016 |
Now that the calendar has flipped to February, aside from that little football game to be played Sunday in Santa Clara, the sports landscape is tilting, at least locally, toward Feb. 18 and the mystery about what, if anything, the 76ers will do with the upcoming NBA trade deadline. It has been a momentous pivot point for the franchise on each of the previous two deadlines during the tenure of general manager Sam Hinkie, and there's no reason to think the Sixers will sit this one out. The question is whether the trade deadline will remain a means of stockpiling assets for the future or whether it will be a way to speed the process toward a more immediate payoff.
January 26, 2016 |
The 76ers had won two of three games and five of their last 13 before Sunday night's loss to the Boston Celtics. That's a big improvement for a team that opened the season by losing 30 of its first 31. But with the Sixers at 6-39, Brett Brown tempered his enthusiasm. "I bet I felt better this time last year, because I feel like we had done it a little bit longer than we are currently doing it," said the Sixers coach, whose team had eight wins at this point last season. "I get the fact that we are playing good basketball now. It's purposeful basketball.
January 20, 2016 |
NEW YORK - The 76ers will listen to trade offers, but chances are they won't make any moves by the Feb. 18 trade deadline. "We will continue to look for opportunities if there are things that we can do to add players for now and the future," general manager Sam Hinkie said Monday. "We will look, but I'm not sure it will happen. " That would be a break from the norm for the Sixers under Hinkie, who attended the game against the New York Knicks at Madison Square Garden. Two seasons ago, the team parted ways with starters Evan Turner and Spencer Hawes and reserve Lavoy Allen while acquiring three expiring contracts and five second-round picks in a series of moves.
January 17, 2016 |
Zach Pfeffer, who was signed at 15 as a homegrown player with the Union in December 2010, had a natural reaction when he heard he had been traded to the Colorado Rapids to complete a draft-day deal. "When I first heard about it, I was a little disappointed," Pfeffer said Friday in a phone interview. "Obviously, being from this area and playing with the hometown team, I wanted to assert myself and make a name and a solid impact, and I wanted to build off last year. " On Thursday, the Rapids traded the No. 2 overall selection in the MLS SuperDraft to the Union for general allocation money and a player to be named later.
January 15, 2016 |
THEY MAY see different paths in getting to the destination, but, for the most part, it appears chairman of basketball operations Jerry Colangelo and general manager Sam Hinkie are somewhat on the same page as the Sixers move forward. Colangelo, with his Phoenix tan and natty outfit, sat through 76ers practice Wednesday as he continued his visit to the East Coast, which included a meeting Tuesday in New York with owners Josh Harris and David Blitzer. Hinkie was with Colangelo at practice and both talked afterward of how they see the process now and how it might appear in the very near future.
January 5, 2016 |
WASHINGTON - Pittsburgh manufactures the products. Philadelphia ships them around the world. One city stands to gain from expanding trade into the Pacific Rim while the other has much to lose, their mayors say. That's why Philadelphia's outgoing mayor, Michael Nutter, has been helping the White House stump for the Trans-Pacific Partnership while Pittsburgh Mayor Bill Peduto stands opposed. On a recent press call arranged by the White House, Nutter told reporters the deal is good for his city and, as a whole, for Pennsylvania.
December 28, 2015 |
ANAHEIM, Calif. - Here are some observations as the Flyers get ready to resume their schedule in Anaheim on Sunday night, hoping the five-day layoff doesn't stop their momentum: The Flyers should consider dealing goalie Michal Neuvirth if the right offer comes their way. No, I didn't drink too much eggnog spiked with limoncello over the holidays, and, yes, I can understand if that's your knee-jerk reaction to my suggestion. Why would you consider trading a guy who has the league's best save percentage (.937)
December 14, 2015 |
Around 6:30 p.m. on March 3, there were murmurs at a number of tables during an annual awards dinner at the Katz Jewish Community Center in Cherry Hill. More people checked their phones, and the buzz grew. Some fans raced to the bathroom, wondering whether it was really true. Did the Eagles trade LeSean McCoy? No seats at the event were empty because Chip Kelly was scheduled to speak. It came during the crux of the Eagles' turbulent offseason, and Kelly's speech marked the first time the coach would speak publicly after a front-office shake-up in January left him with full control of the Eagles' personnel decisions.
December 13, 2015 |
The Union have officially cut ties with goalkeeper Zach MacMath, trading him to the Colorado Rapids for a natural second-round selection in the 2017 Major League Soccer SuperDraft. (A natural pick is the highest selection in that round if the team has multiple draft choices). MacMath, 24, was the Union's first-round draft choice, selected fifth overall, in 2011. In four seasons with the Union, he started 102 games and had a record of 34-39-29. Before last season he was loaned to Colorado, where he played in just three MLS games and two U.S. Open Cup matches.