The Sixers have done enough losing to the entire rest of the NBA over the last four years that by now, each team feels like its own flavor of loss. None of them are sweet, exactly, but some of them are certainly more bitter than others, and all influence my ability to root for the Sixers tanking when I constantly end up going "Well, we can't lose to these guys, f--- these guys." Here's a ranked list of how hard it is for me to swallow Ls taken to all 29 of the other teams in the Association, from least hate to most hate. (Will provide further explanation upon request.)
Don't really hate:
29. Golden State Warriors
28. Memphis Grizzlies
27. Dallas Mavericks
26. San Antonio Spurs
25. Portland Trailblazers
24. Toronto Raptors
23. Utah Jazz
22. Cleveland Cavaliers
21. Oklahoma City Thunder
20. Milwaukee Bucks
19. Washington Wizards
18. Chicago Bulls
17. Denver Nuggets
16. Houston Rockets
15. Phoenix Suns
14. Indiana Pacers
13. Los Angeles Clippers
12. Boston Celtics
11. Charlotte Hornets
10. New Orleans Pelicans
9. Brooklyn Nets
8. Detroit Pistons
7. Minnesota Timberwolves
Can't f---ing stand:
6. Miami Heat
5. New York Knicks
4. Atlanta Hawks
3. Orlando Magic
2. Los Angeles Lakers
1. Sacramento Kings
One of the things that I love about Joel Embiid is the fact that it seems like every day we find another reason to love him even more.
Today's entry comes from a profile in GQ magazine in which he talks about plenty of things. But it was one of the first things he was asked about his Twitter account that had me rolling once again.
How do you find out if one of [your tweet] has gone viral, then?
Joel: I think 90 percent of them [will be viral]. That’s the expectation.
Amazing. The thing is, I don't know if he's giving himself enough credit. ONLY 90%????
Oh, and he subscribes to the Jah Rule school of thought: WHO CARES?
"Then I had so much time, too, because I missed that whole year and the second year after, so I didn’t have anything to do," Embiid said. "[I’d] just go on social media and converse with fans, make crazy jokes, and tweet crazy stuff because I don’t care. I say whatever I want to."
His critique of other players' boring Twitter accounts is also incredibly on point:
What do you mean some guys are always tweeting the same thing?
Joel: Bullshit like, “Game Day!” “It’s a great game.” I don’t know. They’re all the same. It’s boring.
The whole Q&A is worth any Sixers fan's time just to get to know a little more about Jojo. Be happy he's ours. And pray he stays healthy so he can take his game on the court to the same level as his game off of it.
If you like penalties and hate the Eagles, you clicked on the right story.
Alleged Eagles hater Pete Morelli will be allowed to referee future Birds' games after the league found no signs of bias towards the Eagles.
How's this for bias? In a Week 6 win over the Panthers, the Eagles were flagged 10 times for 126 yards. Compare that to the Panthers' one penalty for one yard and you see the problem.
But it wasn't the first time Morelli got flag-happy against the Eagles. In Morelli's last 4 Eagles' games — all away from the Linc — his crew has thrown 40 penalties for 396 yards to opponents' eight penalties for 74 yards. I'm not a numbers guy, but something seems off here.
In true Philly sports fashion, the Eagles will now reach the Super Bowl where Morelli and Co. will be waiting to rain yellow on the field, leading to an Andy Reid-led Chiefs' victory where Reid orchestrates an efficient two-minute game-winning drive, perfectly utilizing all three timeouts.