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Admit it, you thought the Sixers were going to win that game

Admit it, you thought the Sixers were going to win that game

OK, I'll start: I believed the Sixers were gonna escape the Wells Fargo Center with a win last night. 

LOL what team have you been watching the last four seasons? Yeah, yeah. Not wrong, but c'mon: They were up seven with the ball and under 90 seconds to go. They had Joel Embiid, Robert Covington, J.J. Redick, Ben Simmons and [coughs while talking to make name audible] on the court, and Philadelphia's greatest superhero since Oates ready in reserve to jump in and save the day at a moment's notice. They won a game already. Process to progress, right? Right? 

Well, looks like the more things change, the more things actually maybe didn't really change that much hahahahaha you actually thought things had really changed? The Sixers went scoreless for their final five possessions, the Rockets cobbled together a layup, a goaltend, a free-throw and a buzzer-beating triple, and a stunned WFC crowd is probably still struggling to find the energy to walk to their cars. 105-104 Rockets, 1-4 Sixers, why why why why why. 

So instead of the things we should be talking about this morning — i.e., T.J. McConnell is Eric Clapton, Joel Embiid is new Dirk as well as new Hakeem, life with wings who can shoot is like getting broadband after a decade of dial-up — we're swapping the same predictable homilies about Needing to Learn How to Win and Not Blaming Brett Brown for Everything. Could be worse, and significantly less predictable: We could be talking about how Markelle Fultz has an excess of (and/or desperate need for) fluid in his right shoulder, and how he may miss "the next three games" (Sixerspeak for sometime between a month and forever) while we figure out which it is. We'll get back to that one soon enough, surely. 

I mean, whatever. Yes T.J. should have been in that game on the last defensive possession, yes it's dumb that they called that goaltend on Embiid, yes Jerryd Bayless made at least three plays terrible enough to merit a moral loss on their own, yes it's weird that the Sixers seem to have a gravitational pull towards late-game offensive collapse, yes this entire situation with Fultz feels like the Sixers actively inventing an early-season crisis because none befell them naturally. BUT: Joel Embiid, Ben Simmons, Robert Covington, J.J. Redick and T.J. McConnell. I will not blame myself for daring to believe that things will soon be good, because they soon will be. They have to be. 

In the meantime, Dallas in Dallas on Saturday. Don't be too mean with that mid-range, JoJo.

Watch Eagles roast Jay Ajayi after 71-yard run for getting caught

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Watch Eagles roast Jay Ajayi after 71-yard run for getting caught

It's not everyday you see an Eagles player take the ball and run for 71-yards. So Philadelphia fans understandably went bonkers when Jay Ajayi did just that in the Birds' win over the Cowboys on Sunday.

It's also not that frequent that you see a dude get chased down from behind on such a play.

Sadly, the latter happened to Ajayi and his teammates let him hear it on the sidelines after. The fantastic Inside the NFL gave us an up-close look at the roasting.

You almost feel bad for Ajayi, like Kenjon Barner is laying it on a little too thick.

"You slow as $#@!," one player tells him.

"They're gonna lower my speed on Madden," Ajayi says.

Chip Kelly is going back where he belongs

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Chip Kelly is going back where he belongs

After spending the year out of football, former Eagles coach Chip Kelly is returning to the sideline -- and might be aligning with ex-Cowboys quarterback Troy Aikman in the process.

According to reports, Kelly is expected to accept a head coaching job at one of two college football programs. The decision is down to Florida and UCLA, and he is rumored to have already turned away other high-profile programs such as Nebraska and Tennessee.

UCLA may be Kelly's most likely landing spot at this point, with alumnus Aikman putting on a "full-court press," says ESPN's Mark Schlabach, and Florida supposedly wanting an answer ASAP.

Wherever Kelly winds up going, that should end his unsuccessful foray into the NFL once and for all. Consider this an obituary of sorts.

The move will cement Kelly as a "college coach," if his pro tenure hadn't accomplished that already. After guiding the Eagles to the playoffs and being named Coach of the Year in his first season, he missed the postseason the next two years and was fired. Kelly got the hook again after one miserable season with the 49ers, bottoming out with a 2-14 record.

There are no shortage of excuses for why Kelly flamed out in the NFL. Lack of talent -- specifically under center -- was certainly a factor, though his failed stint as the chief talent evaluator in his final season with the Eagles certainly contributed to that.

The simple truth is not everything that works in college translates at the next level, and Kelly never adjusted.

Kelly only turns 54 this week, so a return to the professional ranks years down the road isn't completely out of the question. After his last two trainwreck seasons in the league, it's difficult to imagine what an organization would still see.

Employing schemes that aren't suited to the team's personnel, calling the same 10 to 15 plays every game, eliminating the quarterback's ability to call an audible or even something as small as never using a snap count may work at university. Those concepts are fundamentally opposed to what has been successful in the NFL.

Honestly, it's kind of too bad. The Eagles could use that easy W on the schedule periodically.

Perhaps the Eagles should just be grateful to have survived Kelly's radical changes without overhauling the entire roster again, and somehow coming out better off for everything. After releasing DeSean Jackson, trading away LeSean McCoy, trading for Sam Bradford, and spending huge sums of money on the likes of DeMarco Murray and Byron Maxwell -- to name a few, and all in the span of a year -- the franchise easily could've wound up in the tank.

There's no denying Kelly looked like a genius while at Oregon, racking up 46-7 record and three top-five finishes in four seasons as head coach. Yet like so many college coaches before him, and many bound to come after, he was never destined for sustained success in the NFL.