Ben Simmons gets his own colorful mural

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Ben Simmons gets his own colorful mural

Australia seems like a lovely place. Meat pies, 'roos, and giant murals of everyone's favorite 6-foot-10 point guard.

Ben Simmons shared images on his Instagram today of a beautiful mural in his homeland of Melbourne, Australia with a heartfelt note to go along with it.

"WOW 馃槷This is amazing... I appreciate all the love I get from everyone back home. You guys already know Australia will always be home for me and I will continue to do my best to represent us Aussies the right way! 馃嚘馃嚭"

The piece appears to be done by Lynch Melbourne who has done previous works of Allen Iverson and Michael Jordan. Here's what they have to say about the Ben work:

The future MVP of the league and the best basketball prospect to ever come out of Australia.
Born and bred in Melbourne, the Lynch mob have painted a massive mural of the legend in his honour.

Its located on 22 Chapel St Windsor.

PS: If you're reading this Adam Silver, make this guy a fkn All Star next year. Cheers.

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Do not mess with Chase Utley

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Do not mess with Chase Utley

Chase Utley is back for yet another baseball season and he's more business than ever.

After re-signing with the Dodgers in February for two more years, the 39-year-old is clearly still having tons of fun playing the game 鈥 well, fun in his own way, obviously.

Andrew Toles, a 25-year-old outfielder, gave us a glimpse into Utley's mystique within the Dodgers' clubhouse. We all know how well respected No. 26 is among his teammates, both former and current. In fact, his presence and example are significant reasons why, at his age, he's still playing in Dodgers blue after being acquired in an August 2015 trade with the Phillies.

Utley, in a hilarious segment on SportsNet LA's "Backstage Dodgers," jokingly showed his trademark stoicism with the cameras around and Toles looking to chat.

"That's what you call a role model. A baseball role model," Toles said. "You've got to have those. I wake up in the morning and I'm like, 'How can I be like Chase Utley today?' Because he's that guy. I want to be that guy, too, one day."

When Utley was wearing red pinstripes, just about every youngster playing baseball in the Delaware Valley was probably saying the same thing.

Jake Arrieta's wife solicits advice from Philly fans, gets hilarious responses

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Jake Arrieta's wife solicits advice from Philly fans, gets hilarious responses

Jake Arrieta is the new guy in town. The mound at the ballpark in South Philadelphia will likely be a very comfortable place for him to go to work. But what about his family up in the stands?

Arrieta's wife Brittany took to Twitter to solicit advice from Phillies fans on what her and their son Cooper will need to know about Citizens Bank Park.

Already leary of the impeding snow in Philly this week, Brittany also asked about games, traditions and food that are important at Phillies games.

Some common themes included crab fries, Graham Slam Ice Cream, cheesesteaks, hot dogs, Bull's BBQ, the Phillie Phanatic, etc. But this wouldn't be Philly without some snarky answers.

Head over to Brittany Arrieta's Twitter acount to see all of the responses and offer some of your own. I recommend a grilled sausage and onions from near Ashburn Alley and a local brew. Enjoy.