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Elton Brand done for year – This hurts on so many levels…

By now, you’ve probably heard that Elton Brand is done for the year. This couldn’t be a worse development, no matter how you slice it. For those of you who don’t think he can fit into the Sixers’ style and want to see him traded – well, that’s out now, isn’t it? For those of you who think we need to give him more time for evaluation – irrelevant, now isn’t it? And for those who think that Brand can fit with this team and make it much better – guess you’ll have to wait until next year to find out, huh?

Excuse me – just a case of the Sports Depression. My first relapse since the NFC Championship Game. Continue reading

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Energy vs. Execution (Or, the Difference Between the Sixers and the Celtics)

What a heartbreaker. You think you’ve got a team on the ropes, especially after Andre Iguodala drops a huge bucket with only six seconds left. Clutch. You figure the Sixers will pay extra attention to Ray Allen and try to keep Paul Pierce within the three point line. Obvious. And so Allen takes the ball, and quickly dishes it to Pierce, and you’re thinking, Alright, fine, I can live with Pierce going iso, as long as he’s not shooting the three. If he makes the deuce, we’ll take our chances in OT. And then, Pierce passes the ball to the corner, where Allen, after slipping behind a double-screen, was waiting to launch a three. Crap, crap, crap…

Swish.

And just like that, the Celtics stole the game – a win the Sixers desperately needed after their latest collapse against the Nets – and did so without KG.

Sonuvabitch.

Looking to find a picture that accurately reflected my distraught after Allen's three, I typed "really pissed off guy" into Google Images. And for some reason, this came up. I mean, how could I not put this picture up? Priceless...

Looking to find a picture that accurately reflected my distraught after Allen's three, I typed "really pissed off guy" into a Google Image search. And for some reason, this came up. I mean, how could I not put this up? Priceless...

To me, the game came down to one vital contrast between these two teams – the contrast between energy and execution. Continue reading

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Would the Sixers be wise to trade Elton Brand? The Pundit gives his take

Let’s be honest – one of the most exciting things about basketball is trade rumors, concocting trade scenarios, etc. Now, I’m not going to go all Bill Simmons on you and play Monday Morning GM, but I couldn’t help but raise the old brow when I heard Jody Mac say that he read Chad Ford mention, during a live chat, that the Sixers could deal Brand.

Chad Ford: Yes … from what my sources around the league are saying, Brand is available. The question is, given how poorly he’s played this year and his huge contract, does anyone want him?

Chad Ford: I’ve wondered about a Rasheed Wallace for Brand swap but doubt Joe D wants to invest that much money right now on Brand

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Elton Brand injured: The Pundit fears the damage caused may go beyond a shoulder

Oh boy. Elton Brand dislocated his shoulder, which might open up an entire can of worms. Why, you ask?

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Well, what happens if the Sixers start winning? What happens if they revert back to the style they were playing last year, and achieve success doing so?

The answer to these questions, my dearest Watsons, is elementary: the Sixers’ biggest free agent signing in years will be perceived to be a bad move.

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The Pundit List presents: Things to be thankful for

It’s been a while since I’ve done a Pundit List, so it seemed like time. I decided to list the things I was thankful for both in the spirit of the holiday and because I’ve been so negative about the Eagles lately. My thanks will be primarily directed toward the sporting world, but I will undoubtably stray from time to time.  Obvious things, such as my family, friends, shelter, food, etc. will be left off of the list because they aren’t as much fun to write about. But they would be at the top. Probably. Anyway, on to the list.

8. The Flyers and Sixers – Eventually, I’ll actually start watching their games. I’m thankful I have something to look forward to once football is done for the year.

7. Emmananuelle Chriqui – You probably know her better as Sloan from Entourage. She might be the sexiest woman on this planet, at least in this humble Pundit’s opinion. If you aren’t familiar with the show, take a look– you won’t want to look away.

6. Beer – I don’t really need to go into depth here, do I? Though I will say, I am extremely thankful for my two favorite watering holes, The Pope (Pub on Passyunk East) and the South Philly Tap Room.

5. The BCS – The system blows, and I would like a playoff, but at least it gives me something to constantly bitch about on the site. The BCS, if for nothing else, is great for material. Think about how much has been written aruging that one team should be ranked higher than another, or about how there should be a playoff, and how it would be formatted. It’s a story-generator, and for that, and that alone, I offer my thanks.

4. It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia, Entourage, Generation Kill, John Adams, Weeds – After The Wire ended last year, I needed something to fill the gigantic void that was left in my soul from its wake. (Editor’s note: Oh brother). Any show and/or mini-series listed above either helped, or is currently helping, to fill that void. Rest in peace, The Wire – you were the greatest show ever crafted for television. Hell, I’m thankful I ever tuned in.

3. The Eagles – They are driving me absolutely crazy this year – how could I possibly be thankful for them? Well, much like the BCS, they constantly give me something to talk about. I mean, they tied the Bengals. Andy Reid benched Donovan McNabb, and is starting him this week. They blew chances to win close games against the Bears, Redskins, Cowboys and Giants. Honestly, a few clutch plays, and this team could potentially be undeafeted right now. And honestly, that is what makes them so damn frustrating – wasted potential. But success wouldn’t stir conversation, now would it? The Eagles are like the girl in the neighborhood who sleeps around – everyone knows her business, has their own idea of how she should be living, and are constantly gossiping about her. (Editor’s note: So wait…are the Eagles like the town’s bike?) I suppose I’m just thankful for football in general, but as a writer, the Eagles specifically are wonderful for controversy. (Editor’s note: Kind of sad, really).

2. Change – More than everything except for one thing on this list, I am thankful for the possibility, and the hope, of change. It was what made the number one item on this list so very special. I am thankful that “Yes We Can” became “Yes We Did.” I am thankful for the possibility that the Eagles will move in a new direction after this season. I am thankful for the possibility that maybe, just maybe, college football will someday have a playoff. I am thankful that the Sixers brought in Elton Brand, the legitamate big man they haven’t had since Charles Barkley. (Editor’s note: What, no love for Dikembe “Cookie Monster” Mutombo?) I am thankful that, after 25 years of failure, we finally had ourselves a winner. Which brings me to number one:

1. The 2008, World Phucking Champion, Philadelphia Phillies – I mean, what is there to be said that hasn’t already been said? They brought us the parade we had been waiting for so long. They were a team full of players that were easy to embrace. Talented. Team-oriented. Focused. Unflappable. They were led by a manager with the waddle to the mound. The guy who had divine hunches. I offer my thanks to Charlie Manuel, Jimmy Rollins, Jayson Werth, Chase Utley, Ryan Howard, Pat Burrell, Shane Victorino, Pedro Feliz, Carlos Ruiz, Cole Hamels, Brett Myers, Jamie Moyer, Joe Blanton, Chad Durbin, Scott Eyre, J.C Romero, Ryan Madson, Brad Lidge, Matt Stairs, Greg Dobbs, Geoff Jenkins, Chris Coste, Eric Bruntlett, and So Taguchi. On second thought, not So Taguchi. Sorry, pal. I give my thanks to the 2008 Philadelphia Phillies – it was one hell of a ride, and I sure hope to take it with you guys again.

I hope everybody a damn good Thanksgiving. Stuff your faces, take a nap while watching a football game, and enjoy seeing your family. But don’t use it as an excuse to be thankful for the things in your life – we should all be doing that everyday. (Editor’s note: I’m thankful for self-righteous advice!). Oh, and Rant: I’m thankful for you too, man. Rant has been the man. Many thanks go out to him. Now…bring on the feasting!

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Linkoln Blogs

(Editor’s note: Alright, so that might be the cheesiest post title ever).

My apologies for skipping out on the links yesterday. I had a solid slew ready, and my Internet decided it would be better served not working. I couldn’t do anything with it before I went to work, so yesterday’s links are now gone forever (Editor’s note: My God, it really is that dramatic). But let’s move on.

Required Reading

On the Anquan Boldin front: this is similar to what I wrote yesterday, though it focuses a bit more on why a deal is unlikely (Editor’s note: Can we all agree that anything Andy Reid says can be thrown out the window? He has steadily refused to offer any insight into anything. If you asked him if he was thirsty, he would probably say, “Well, I think I’m doing pretty good with the saliva I have right now. I’m not worried about a drink at this time. If a great drink is out there, I’ll consider my options then, but at this time, I’m moving ahead with the saliva I already have. My saliva will do its job, that’s not a concern”). Getting another playmaking wideout on this team has been favorite subject since TO left for Hell – it hasn’t changed now. If anything, it has just become an even more drastic need.

I’m not sure where this Brett Myers was earlier in the year, and quite frankly, I don’t care, so long as this version of Myers sticks around. Guess that trip to the Minors was gold. Last night’s Phillies recap.

An solid piece on Cole Hamels by E. James Beale over at Citypaper.net. It’s a bit long, but if you read one of these links, check this one out.

So, Theo Ratliff is a Sixer once more. If all goes well, the Sixers will win their first ten, be the early favorite to win the East, and trade Ratliff halfway through the season for Dikembe Mutombo. I know this is an acquisition to compensate for the injury to Jason Smith, but the Sixers have certainly made their move this offseason. If this team meshes, they should be a top four team in the East this year, especially given the fact that the East is far inferior to the West. Their defense and transition game, along with the improvement in the half-court game by adding Elton Brand, should be a positive combination.

As posted over at the 700 Level, Baseball is going to employ instant replay. It will be limited to boundary calls, thankfully. One of the signs of the Apocalypse is using instant replay to determine plays on the field (safe/out plays) and to develop a technology to call balls and strikes (Editor’s note: I’m fairly certain that comes after locusts…yeah, locusts).

So, Fox’s Dayn Perry attempted to come up with a list of baseball contender flaws coming down the stretch. Read the whole thing if you choose, but I’ll put the Phillies section here.

Philadelphia Phillies

Fatal Flaw: Right field

The Phils have some holes in the lineup. The one that stands out — and not in a good way — is right field. In the NL, just the Braves and Nationals have gotten worse production from the position, and once you adjust for the home parks in question, Philly’s right fielders have been the worst in the league. Fortunately for them, Jayson Werth has settled in at the position, and he’s doing a much better job.”

Alright, so the Phillies fatal flaw is in right field, even though “Jayson Werth has settled in at the position, and he’s doing a much better job.” (Editor’s note: That makes sense how? ). I can think of a few things I would put before I mentioned right field – overall offensive consistency, offensive production from the 6-7-8 hitters, and a fifth starter to replace Kyle Kendrick. I’ll grant that Geoff Jenkins has been a disappointment, but Jayson Werth has 17 HR’s and an OPS of .839, which is higher than the rest of the Phillies team, except for Pat Burrell (.940) and Chase Utley (.922). Werth looks like the perfect fit to hit second in this offense – we have many more concerns than this.

This should make you feel especially lazy: the inspiring story of South Africa’s Natalie du Toit, who competed in the open water swiming marathon. Which is a 6.2 mile swim. Oh, did I mention she completed it with only one leg?

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