Friday, January 15, 2010

The City of Brotherly Links

Tonight, silver fox and I will be heading to the Wachovia Center to take in the Sixers-Kings game. Now, you might be asking yourself, "Why?" Two reasons: sweet seats and Tyreke Evans.

The leading Rookie of the Year candidate (along with Brandon Jennings) returns to his roots, as the Chester native will give the Philly faithful more than a pathetic basketball team to watch. Because even though the Kings have only a slightly better record than the Sixers, Tyreke provides a level of excitement that the Sixers have lacked in every game with the exception of Allen's return to his rightful home. Evans is leading all rookies in scoring, and so far this season, he's averaging an astounding stat line of 20.6 points, 5.1 rebounds and 4.9 assists. That puts him in a very select few company of players who are averaging 20-5-5, guys like LeBron, Kobe and Wade. Hell, Kobe is questionable as qualifying, averaging 4.5 assists per. Regardless, that's some good company to keep. Tyreke is no joke.

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-Speaking of Tyreke Evans, Kate Fagan penned a very good story on him, with this galling tidbit:

Tyreke is the front-runner for ROY - rookie of the year. But those aforementioned numbers - 20.6, 5.1, 4.9 - could make him an A-Lister. If he finished this season with an average of 20 points, 5 rebounds, and 5 assists, he will be the fourth NBA rookie to do so, joining LeBron James, Michael Jordan, and Oscar Robertson.

Yeah, the kid is good.

-Remembering Harry's famous "Chase Utley, you are the man!" call:

-Chris Bell has declared for the NFL draft, via BSD.

Now, many of you are probably saying, "Chris who?" Understandable. Chris Bell was an immensely talented wide receiver prospect when he came to Penn State. HIs freshman year, Arkansas Fred and I watched him intently in warmups and on the rare occasions that he saw the field, and we were extremely excited to see him blossom into a star. He was destined for it. I mean, he had it all — size, speed, great hands. He was going to the next great Penn State receiver.

Then he upped and stabbed a teammate in a dining hall and got dismissed from the team. Since then, he's been tearing things up at Norfolk State, as he was named an All-MEAC pick while catching 51 passes for 958 yards and 13 touchdowns in this, his junior season. Now he's going pro, and projections say he's a late-round pick. But with his size and speed, don't be stunned if Chris Bell turns into a pretty good pro receiver. You heard it hear first. Well, as long as he doesn't stab any teammates.

-Saw this on TV the other day, and it was awesome:

-I don't know how the hell I missed this, but apparently last week Olney High School basketball fans attacked Frankford High School players and the coach in the parking lot after the game, which Frankford won 74-51. Crazy.

-Mississippi State's Jarvis Varnado had quite an impressive triple double. to lead the Bulldogs to an 82-80 win over Arkansas: 17 points, 12 boards and 10 blocks. Yikes. (via TBL)

-Take that LeBron!

-No, no, I mean take THAT LeBron!

Yes, that's former Philadelphia 76er Kyle Korver blocking LeBron James. Seriously. It's not an optical illusion. Or maybe it is. Has to be, right? I mean, seriously?

-Lang Whitaker gets his "Season on the Brink" on, with him playing the part of John Feinstein and the Atlanta Hawks playing the part of Indiana. Great read, but never forget, Lang (who I actually really respect as far as basketball is concerned) is the same guy who said, I think Eddie Jordan is a great, great coach.", so even the good guys get things wrong. Unless he was being sarcastic. Let's hope he was being sarcastic. Either way, the piece on the Hawks is excellent.

-I hear a rumor that some guy named Wilt Chamberlain was pretty good at basketball or something. Not sure if it's true. Let's see:

-Oh yeah!

-Ricky Rubio is fun to watch.

-That's a pretty good way to send a game to overtime:

-Remember that sick goal by Rob Schremp. Yeah, he's kind of known for being creative with the puck:

-HBO Sports is doing a documentary on the Broad Street Bullies, to air in May, via Puck Daddy.

-Eddie Jordan at his best (worst?) Wednesday night in a season full of worsts. Great line here, too:

There seems to be no rhyme or reason to when or how often particular players get minutes, and if I was told that Jordan picks his fourth quarter lineups out of a hat, sadly, I would not be surprised. 

I'm pretty sure no one would be surprised by that.

-A Dr. J. video just because:

-Sad yet inspirational story of Bree McMahon, a senior at Freedom High School who lost a leg in an accident, walking out on the field in her soccer uniform for senior night.

-More Friday dancing, courtesy of the Baltimore Ravens:


-More Tyreke because I'm excited to see him play tonight:

So yeah, Sixers-Kings tonight. That's pretty much it. No excuse for not going out and socializing.

BallHype: hype it up!

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