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Vegas gives Sixers decent odds to make the playoffs

Vegas gives Sixers decent odds to make the playoffs

The Philadelphia 76ers have some pretty high expectations after years of stringing together some of the worst seasons the franchise has ever seen. The anticipation of a healthy Joel Embiid being joined by not one but two first overall draft selections in Ben Simmons and Markelle Fultz has plenty of Sixers fans with playoffs on the brain.

And you know what? Las Vegas oddsmakers aren't saying it's out of the question.

Westgate Las Vegas dropped some NBA odds Tuesday and the Sixers have a couple of interesting props.

Will the Sixers make the 2017-2018 NBA Playoffs? -360 YES and +280 NO.

Granted, the East will be something of a trash heap this coming season, so simply making the playoffs isn't exactly a triumph for your average team. But a team coming off the types of seasons Sixers fans are used to? It's a small step in a larger process.

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Making the playoffs is great and all but what about winning the Eastern Conference? The Sixers actually have the fifth best odds to accomplish that at 18/1.

The craziest number of them all may be the Sixers over/under win total being placed at 42.5. That would be more wins than they had in the last two seasons combined.

Joel Embiid expects 90 percent of his tweets to go viral

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Joel Embiid expects 90 percent of his tweets to go viral

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.

Amen.

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.

Eagles-hater Pete Morelli allowed to referee future Birds' games

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Eagles-hater Pete Morelli allowed to referee future Birds' games

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.