Mic’d up Carson Wentz owes Eagles kicker his game check

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Mic’d up Carson Wentz owes Eagles kicker his game check

How badly did Eagles quarterback Carson Wentz want to beat the Giants on Sunday? Enough that he was willing to lose an entire paycheck.

Wentz was wearing a wire – or “mic’d up” as they call it in the industry – in Week 3, which no doubt produced some interesting soundbites. However, it will be hard to top the signal caller’s conversation leading to Eagles kicker Jake Elliott’s game-winning 61-yard field goal as time expired.

Let’s just say Wentz was a little poorer when the clock hit zero.

“This guy is a superhero if he makes it,” Wentz said. “I’m freaking giving him my game check.

“I’ll give him my game check if he makes it.”

Pay up, Carson. The whole world knows now.

The best part is probably the reaction from Eagles special teams ace Kamu Grugier-Hill, whose eyes nearly bulged out of his head upon hearing Wentz’s statement. No wonder Grugier-Hill helped carry Elliott off the field afterward – he was probably angling for a free meal or something.

Unfortunately for Elliott, most of Wentz’s contract valued at more than $26.6 million is in the form of bonuses, so a game check only comes in at $31,764.70 and a half-cent. Still, not a bad little reward for hitting the longest field goal in franchise history.

I’m sure NFL rules frown upon Wentz signing his check over to Elliott. But the least Wentz could do is buy the guy a Subaru or something.

Kevin Hart finally gets his Lombardi Trophy

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Kevin Hart finally gets his Lombardi Trophy

Kevin Hart finally has his Lombardi Trophy.

Hart, a comedian and a native of Philadelphia, had a few too many adult beverages during Super Bowl LII and attempted to get to the stage for the presentation of the trophy. He was unsurprisingly denied.

But Hart refused to accept "no" for an answer.

The lesson here is, if you're big enough of a celebrity to get on the field after your hometown team wins the Super Bowl, you probably have enough coin to just buy your own trophy instead of trying to drunkenly crash the trophy presentation.

On his birthday, Embiid delivers present to fans

On his birthday, Embiid delivers present to fans

Most Sixers fans probably could've predicted the 2-0 result of the Sixers' back-to-back swing against the Knicks and the Nets, but the expenditure of energy it'd take to get there was hard to see coming. One night after needing a fourth-quarter comeback to escape from New York, the Sixers went even further down to the wire against Brooklyn at home, needing a huge final-minute three from Robert Covington and some savvy playing of the foul game from T.J. McConnell to squeak out the 120-116 win.

Both one of the biggest reasons the Nets were able to hang around and one of the biggest reasons the Sixers won anyway was the birthday boy himself, Joel Embiid. JoJo turned 24 yesterday, and he matched that with a 24-point performance -- though he needed 23 shots to get there, only hitting a Kobe-like six of them. But The Process was eminently trustworthy elsewhere in the box score: a career-high 19 boards, four assists (with only one turnover), and most importantly, an immaculate 11-11 from the foul line, where he'd been struggling recently (just 63% from the stripe this month previously). It was about as dominant a performance as our big guy could submit while being an absolute mess from the field.

And he was matched along the way by Ben Simmons. The Fresh Prince didn't notch his third consecutive triple-double, sadly, but he came damn close with his 21-8-12 line -- to go with three big steals and just two turnovers -- his highest-scoring night since he hung 32 on the Bulls in February. We've said it before, but having a superstar to carry your team when they're struggling is the ultimate luxury; having two feels downright immodest. (Simmons since All Stars were announced in late January, btw: 16-8-9 on 58% shooting and under three turnovers, with four triple-doubles and double-digit scoring in 25 out of 25 games.)

So the Sixers move to 38-30, two games up on Milwaukee in the seventh seed, half a game behind Washington at five, a full game behind Cleveland at four, and 1.5 behind Indiana at three. While the Sixers have struggled some against top-level teams in the past month -- going 1-5 in their last six games against playoff-bound opponents -- they've kept pace in the East by taking care of business against the sub-.500 teams, winning their last eight against losing squads, dating back to them taking an L against these Nets in Brooklyn at the end of January. Now they get a couple hard-earned days off before two more home games against lottery-bound squads in Charlotte and Memphis. Trust -- and celebrate -- The Process.