RaShaun Sligh gets the pro football tryout he's wanted ... with the undefeated Soul

RaShaun Sligh gets the pro football tryout he's wanted ... with the undefeated Soul

RaShaun Sligh has spent much of the last few weeks looking at a football field through a metal fence. He even got a free meal out of it — Eagles legend Vince Papale brought the Philly kid a cheesesteak and crab fries when Sligh refused to leave his spot outside the Birds' NovaCare Complex.

Finally, the news came Wednesday afternoon that the Temple alum (he did not play football at Temple, though) will get his chance to play his way onto a pro football team. But instead of doing it in green and white, he will be donning black and blue.

The Philadelphia Soul announced in a press release that Sligh has been signed to a one-day tryout contract and the 6-foot-2 wideout will practice alongside the team Thursday at the Wells Fargo Center. The reigning Arena Football champions are a perfect 8-0 this season and have not lost in 15 straight contests.

It's been hard to miss Sligh on your way to the Sports Complex. His sign, reading "RaShaun Sligh just wants an opportunity to be an Eagle," has already caught the attention of Birds safety Malcolm Jenkins, general manager Howie Roseman, and now, Soul co-owner Cosmo DeNicola is paying attention as well.

"Being both a Northeast Philadelphia resident and Temple alum myself, RaShaun’s story caught my eye,” DeNicola said in the release.  “After a conversation with our coaching staff, I found out that they were already looking at bringing him in to get a closer look, and we decided to pull the trigger.”

Coincidentally enough, one of the Soul's starting receivers, Chris Duvalt, suffered an injury during the team's most recent matchup, meaning Sligh will be among a handful of guys with a chance to pick up the slack. Duvalt currently leads the league with 36 kickoff returns for 653 yards and one touchdown.

"Being a local guy, we have been aware of RaShaun and with one of our starting wide receivers, Chris Duvalt, getting injured last Saturday, we need somebody to step up and take over Chris’ role,” head coach Clint Dolezel said.  “We have some guys on the roster currently that will have a shot to do that, and hopefully RaShaun impresses at practice on Thursday and can also get in that mix.”

Papale — who made the most of his Eagles audition more than four decades — left an impression on Sligh. And the 24-year-old will finally get to show his worth.

Oh right, The Sixers: Toronto brings Philly to 0-3 with old-school clobbering

Oh right, The Sixers: Toronto brings Philly to 0-3 with old-school clobbering

Well, what a fun trip down memory lane that was. Just as they have seemingly spent much of the past four years doing, the Philadelphia 76ers traveled to Toronto last night on the second night of a back-to-back -- without Joel Embiid, natch -- and got minced. The Sixers got outpaced 36-19 in the first quarter and never recovered, eventually falling by a score of 128-94. 

It was another game where the things our rookies were good at, they were really good at, but the other stuff killed us. Ben Simmons ended with an impressive 18-10-8 -- even hitting a couple quasi-jumpers in the process -- but the way that the Raptors were able to shrink the floor against him and his ultra-limited range more or less strangled our half-court offense. The Sixers were -20 with him on the floor, and the cramped spacing partly led to a down night for our normally reliable shooters. (Robert Covington and J.J. Redick -- the former plagued by foul trouble -- couldn't even get their shots off, going a combined 1-3 from deep.) 

And Markelle Fultz's presence only exacerbated things, as he kept refusing to shoot from the perimeter, driving no matter how open he was. He made some nice plays and got to the line eight times, but his increasingly miserable FT form -- he shot the last one seemingly one-handed, with his other arm blocking his eyes -- shows why that's about all he's capable of at the moment. As suggested by Spike Eskin on a recent Rights to Ricky Sanchez pod, shutting him down until he can relearn how to shoot might be the move for our No. 1 overall pick at this point. He's not helping himself or the team playing like this at the moment. 

Of course, the biggest reason for the drubbing was the lack of Embiid. The team has no one to really hold down the middle without him at the moment -- Amir Johnson is our most reliable backup but he's something of a black hole on offense at the moment, and Jahlil Okafor (who got his first game action of the season) is still brutal when it comes to defensive decision-making. The team actually might look best at the moment sans Embiid with Simmons at the five, though that's not sustainable for long periods, especially when DeMar DeRozan is carving up our defense for 30 points on 8-12 (!!) shooting. 

Terrible throwback performance by the Sixers, and given that it's their third loss in a row to start the season, it may lead to a lot of understandable Same Old Sixers chatter. But don't forget how good that opening-night performance was against the Wizards, how much of the game against Boston we were leading for, and how tough a three-game stretch to start the season this was in general. I thought we'd go 0-3 and we went 0-3 -- next up is the Pistons on Monday, and in the couple weeks that follow, we play the Mavs, Hawks and Pacers. We wont' be winless for long -- though the sooner we can put one in the W column and avoid this team getting stuck in a peak-Process vortex, the better.

Asked about LeBron James during Sixers game, Kyrie Irving says @*#^*!#%&*

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Asked about LeBron James during Sixers game, Kyrie Irving says @*#^*!#%&*

Apparently, Kyrie Irving doesn't want to talk about LeBron James.

During the Celtics' win over the Sixers on Friday, a fan asked Irving, "Where's LeBron?"

Irving's response ... NSFW ...

WARNING: The video contains offensive language. But if that kind of thing doesn't bother you, you can watch it here.

Irving was asked about the incident by reporters Saturday.

So what he's basically saying is "sorry, not sorry."

With the video circulating on social media, expect Irving to hear from the league.