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Temple football coach Geoff Collins sounds like wackadoo drinking 'green lightning' from 'Swag Chalice'

Temple football coach Geoff Collins sounds like wackadoo drinking 'green lightning' from 'Swag Chalice'

This seems a little odd to me. Mostly because the only people who should be drinking from chalices are priests, Indiana Jones, or characters on Game of Thrones. But apparently new Temple Owls football coach Geoff Collins drinks from something bedazzled that is dubbed the "Swag Chalice."

But that's not the end of it. What does he drink out of the Swag Chalice?

"Green Lightning" as he calls it. Or as the rest of the world calls it: Diet Mountain Dew. How many of those badboys does he drink a day? How about at one point he was up to 8-10 per day! Imagine the soda tax on that! He can fund a whole Philly public school on his own.

We've learned this thanks to an article in Sports Illustrated by Pete Thamel which talks about many of the quirks Collins is bringing to Temple.

Apparently this includes NOT wearing socks to be Temple Tough. That one is a little curious.

Here's his answer on the team's S.W.A.G. coordinator:

Titles, to me, are important. Anybody can be social media coordinator. You can be the Specialist With Advanced Graphics, and we’ll call you the S.W.A.G. Coordinator. It ended up being a national story, and it couldn't happen to a better kid and he just consistently keeps outperforming. He has the least swag of anybody with that title. But he’s an unbelievable kid, he taught himself Photoshop. He figured it out because he loves Temple football, Temple University and he’s special.

Oh, and he also installed a mechanical door opener on his office door -- a trick he learned from Nick Saban.

The whole thing is quasi interesting and just a bit zany. The most football-relevant parts are about the coaches he's worked for and how they've influenced him as a coach. It remains to be seen how any of this translates to the football field in Philly. Pretty sweet chalice though:

The Process is ready for primetime

The Process is ready for primetime

Basically, you saw everything you'd want to see from Ben Simmons, Dario Saric and Joel Embiid during the Rising Stars Challenge on All-Star Friday night, as they kept doing what they've basically done all February: winning. 

Ben Simmons was electric all over the court, ending with 11 points (5-5 FG, mostly dunks), six boards, a game-high 13 assists and a team-high four steals. A still-locked-in Dario Saric was the beneficiary of a handful of those dimes, ending with 18 points (7-11 FG, 4-7 3PT), three boards and five assists. 

Joel Embiid had an underwhelming stat line in his thankfully clipped playing time (just eight minutes after sitting out Wednesday's game — we'll see him more on Sunday), ending with just five points and two boards, and not exactly displaying the defensive dominance we're accustomed to from our big man. But the five points came on back-to-back possessions in the third, where JoJo nailed a top-of-the-break three and then scored on a dunk following a Fultzian spin move to the basket, showing the range of his skills in an appropriately breathtaking (and Internet-slaying) manner. 

And of course, the Sixers — I mean, Team World — won handily, outscoring Team USA in every quarter and ultimately triumphing 155-124. Even though Sacramento's Bogdan Bogdanovic took home MVP honors on the night for his white-hot shooting night (26 points on 9-16 FG, including a handful of Steph Curry-esque extended pull-up triples), I thought Simmons was the best all-around player on the floor, another thumb in the eye of the All-Star committee that snubbed him (four times!) for the proper game on Sunday night. 

Perhaps more importantly, the Sixers' presence just dominated the game altogether. Hell, they made up 3/5 of Team World's starting lineup — no other team had more than two representatives, across both squads, though the Lakers would have were Lonzo Ball available — and in the broadcast booth, the TNT guys couldn't stop talking about Embiid all night, comparing him to Hakeem and debating whether they'd ever seen a big man of his versatility before. 

And to think, this year they'll actually be represented on Saturday and Sunday, too. Hopefully Ben and Dario get a nice, relaxing All-Star break from here — they've certainly earned it — and now, it's Embiid's spotlight. The Process is ready for primetime, baby, and longtime Trusters should make sure to enjoy this moment as much as JoJo himself undoubtedly will. 

Chris Long defends LeBron James after attack from Fox News host

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Chris Long defends LeBron James after attack from Fox News host

Chris Long is beloved by Philadelphians for much more than rocking a full-lenghth faux fur during the Eagles' Super Bowl championship parade. Most in Philly respect Long because he is one to speak his mind on whatever topic he sees fit. He's also a man of action, not just talk.

So when Fox News host Laura Ingraham attacked LeBron James and Kevin Durant for expressing their views on Donald Trump, Long stood up for his fellow athletes.

"Keep the political commentary to yourself, or as someone once said, 'shut up and dribble,'" Ingraham said.

As someone who hears "stick to sports" on a regular basis, this commentary hit close to home for the Eagles defensive end.

Long took exception and wanted to point out some of the people Ingraham's own network has on for their own political commentary. He launched into a Twitter thread pointing out some of the political experts.