Joel Embiid popped up in Ben Simmons' Instagram Live to get his take on The Process

Joel Embiid popped up in Ben Simmons' Instagram Live to get his take on The Process

Not only did Ben Simmons ditch the boot and put on a pair of sneakers at the Sixers' practice in Camden yesterday, the rookie also took to his Instagram Live page to share a number of updates with the 4,000 or so fans (and teammates) who were watching.

Ben wasn't shy about showing off the spectacular views from his appartment of City Hall in Center City. His pad -- and little kitty -- looked pretty chill. Simmons was playing the Grand Theft Auto video game while thousands of people watched.

Obviously fans wanted to know about the foot.

Simmons said -- and I'm paraphrasing here because I was also watching it live on my phone -- that there have been no setbacks and that the foot is doing well. He's in the gym everyday and was planning to be there again today bright and early.

Simmons was asked who he was buddies with on the team and pointed to Dario Saric and Timothé Luwawu-Cabarrot.

Then another one of his pals popped up his feed and asked him for his thoughts on The Process.

"How do you feel about The Process?" Embiid asked.

Now, I forget the exact wording he used, but I'm pretty sure he said Embiid was a "beast" when he's out on the floor. He also said we all better watch out for all of the dimes that are going to be dropped when Simmons and The Process finally team up.

Embiid liked the "dimes" answer.

I could only watch Ben Simmons' face as he played video games for so long, but apparently I missed out on some other Embiid hijinx on Simmons feed.

Embiid also popped up on the live feed for his internet frenemy Chandler Parsons to ask him if he was a virgin.

He later asked Simmons if he was a virgin and pointed out that "Chandler Parsons is." Ha.

No word on Simmons' response.

NFL Referees Association: Pete Morelli criticisms are clickbait

NFL Referees Association: Pete Morelli criticisms are clickbait

The NFL Referees Association responded to criticisms of Pete Morelli and his officiating crew, and in doing so, suggested Eagles fans and impartial members of the media have no idea what they are talking about.

Morelli has come under fire over the seemingly lopsided officiating during the Eagles' 28-23 victory over the Carolina Panthers in Week 6. The Eagles were penalized 10 times for 126 yards in the contest, while the Panthers drew only one flag for one yard, despite the appearance of committing many of the same infractions.

Since that game, a petition moving to ban Morelli from working Eagles games in the future is approaching its goal of 75,000 signatures. Research also shows Morelli's crew has been calling penalties against the Eagles in disproportionate numbers for awhile now. In the last four games with Morelli, the Eagles were flagged 40 times for 396 yards, compared to just eight penalties for 74 yards against opponents.

Almost everybody seemed to be in agreement that the officiating was at the very least poor in the Eagles-Panthers game, if not biased. Everybody, that is, except NFLRA executive director Scott Green, who released a statement on Thursday.

Via ProFootballTalk:

“Claims like these demonstrate a fundamental lack of knowledge about NFL officiating,” Green said. “NFL officials are graded on every call made in every game. Missing a single one can hurt his or her ranking and may be the difference between working in the postseason or not. These recent attempts to sensationalize statistics and create clickbait headlines lack important context. Without the proper perspective, the information being pushed is completely misguided. The passion of NFL fans and teams are a big part of what makes the game so great. However, it’s no excuse for the irresponsible and baseless claims we’ve seen lately. NFL officials are committed to upholding the integrity of the game and do so every week.”

Lack of knowledge. Completely misguided. Irresponsible and baseless. You would expect the NFLRA to come to the defense of Morelli -- it's literally their job -- but insulting the consumers' intelligence along the way probably isn't the best way to go about it.

Is there anything sinister about Morelli's and his crew's officiating? Maybe not, but it doesn't take somebody who's gone through the NFL's (presumably) rigorous Officiating Development Program to watch two nearly identical plays called differently for two different teams within three hours of each other. Innocent mistakes or not, that's what appeared to happen on multiple occasions throughout the Eagles-Panthers game.

Instead of releasing overly defensive statements, perhaps the NFLRA should show video evidence why the calls against the Eagles were correct, and the eerily similar non-calls that went in the Panthers' favor were not. Because this responding to criticism with more criticism isn't changing any minds.

A surprising Eagle keeps getting drug tested

Jake Elliott Instagram

A surprising Eagle keeps getting drug tested

Jake Elliott has been a revelation for the Philadelphia Eagles after Caleb Sturgis went down with an injury early in the season.

But has he been too good ...

The rook has made 12 of his 14 attempts for the Birds this season.

If you're looking for a good laugh today, go check out this reddit thread that starts with a photo from Elliott's Instagram story in which he points out he got flagged for his third drug test in two weeks!

The comment section is as good as a Jake Elliott 61 yarder.

"Well, he does bleed green...," abenyishay says..

"Is kickers doping really a thing?" ChaosFinalForm wonders, as do we.

What do you think? Just the way the random drug draw fell the last few weeks, or does the NFL think Jake Elliott is into something?