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Votto messing with Philly fans: funny or annoying?

Votto messing with Philly fans: funny or annoying?

Cincinnati Reds infielder Joey Votto has a reputation of messing with fans in foul territory. He brought that act to Philadelphia on Monday night during the Phillies exciting victory over the Reds.

It's safe to say that Votto's antics are a divisive issue.

The MLB's official Twitter account, for instance, deemed Votto messing with fans a "national treasure" whereas plenty of Philly fans on Twitter thought him the devil.

Personally, I think it's kind of funny. It's nice to see a guy having fun out there even if he's preventing a fan from a souvenir. It's different.

Plenty of Philly fans disagreed.

"OMG F--- Joey Votto," wrote PhilliesFever. There were dozens more who echoed that sentiment. 

What do you think? Fun guy messing with fans or abhorrent troll who should be booed mercilessly?

In more serious news, Votto had some interesting advice for Phillies slugger Rhys Hoskins prior to the game.

What's the deal with Nick Foles' feet?

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What's the deal with Nick Foles' feet?

Nick Foles is new to Instagram but we're pretty sure he's not new to footwear.

The Super Bowl MVP joined Instagram over the weekend and his first photo was fantastic: Nick, his wife, his daughter, all posing in front of the beautiful Super Bowl display over at the NovaCare Complex.

It's pretty much perfect. Except if you look a little too closely. Nick appears to have some mismatched footwear on. What's the deal, Nick?

PREVIOUSLY: Nick Foles chokes up talking about his daughter

Bring your family to work day! #FlyEaglesFly

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UPDATE: Could the conspiracy go deeper?

Other things you can glean from Foles' insta: he has a cute dog and a Rocky statue and likes what we're assuming is country music. No ads for Uber just yet, but we expect them.

My boy, Henry.

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Rocky in the locker. #underdog #eagles #rocky

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One projection model has Sixers with suprisingly good chance of reaching NBA Finals

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One projection model has Sixers with suprisingly good chance of reaching NBA Finals

The rest of the sporting world is starting to recognize something Sixers fans have been realizing for weeks now.

This 76ers team is different.

Dwyane Wade, a future Hall of Famer, called them "special" after their hard-fought win in Game 4 in Miami on Saturday (see story).

“They’re good,” Wade said. “They’re special. They’re a good group. They put the right team together.”

Now, the stat-heads over at FiveThirtyEight are showing the love today in their updated prediction models.

The team with the highest percentage chance of winning the NBA title this season, according to their unique mix of team Elo ratings and player projections, is the Houston Rockets at a whopping 41percent. But you know who has the second-highest percentage chance of winning it all as of Monday morning? Not the Golden State Warriors. Not the Cleveland Cavaliers. Not the Toronto Raptors.

Your Philadelpha 76ers currently have a 14 percent chance of winning the NBA title this season, again, according to 538's unique projections. That is higher than all other NBA teams. The Warriors (10 percent) and Raptors (11) are the only other teams in double digits.

They also put a 40 percent chance the Sixers represent the East in the Finals. The Raptors (32), Cavaliers (12), Celtics (8), and Pacers (5) all follow.

The Sixers can end their opening-round series with the Heat with a win on Tuesday night and would await the winner of the Celtics-Bucks series which is currently tied at two wins apiece. The Sixers would have home-court advantage over the Bucks but not the Celtics in the next round.