Welcome back, Robert Covington

Welcome back, Robert Covington

Man, is it great beating the Hornets. Nothing personal, really — with Michael Carter-Williams out Tuesday night, there wasn't even a particularly notable ex-Sixer or Sixers foe in the Charlotte lineup unless memories of the Dwight Howard-led Magic team beating the Sixers in the first round in 2009 are particularly raw for you for some reason. It's just that the Hornets are forever so the Hornets: A decently above average to decently below average squad, essentially jogging in place while Rebuilding the Wrong Way squads like the Sixers sprint past. Hornets fans probably don't need the reminder, but it's not the worst feeling to give it to 'em anyway. 

That's what the Sixers did Tuesday night, with their 128-114 victory. Charlotte wasn't slain by any one particular Sixer — in fact, Joel Embiid's weird two-way ineffectiveness lasted through the first half of this one, where he entered the break with nearly as many turnovers and fouls (three) as points (four), and got outplayed all game by Howard (30 points on 12 of 17 shooting, three blocks). But seven Sixers scored in double figures, including all five starters — Embiid came alive late and ended with a non-abhorrent 18-5-4 line — and everyone shared and shot the ball beautifully, with both the team's 35 assists and 16 threes marking a Sixers high for 2018. 

Though the game's most impressive box score showing probably belonged to Ben Simmons — 16-8-13 on 8 of 9 FG with one turnover, a near no-hitter from our preternaturally gifted rookie point guard — I'd give the game ball from last night to Robert Covington, our beloved True Processor who hasn't had a breakout game in what feels like (and probably actually is) months. RoCo scored 22 on 7 of 11 shooting, including five made triples (his most since Dec. 21), with two steals, two blocks, and just general two-way Rock beastliness like we haven't seen from him in ages, and like we really need from him going into the playoffs. He may finally be on his way back — this was his fourth consecutive game with multiple triples, again his longest streak since Dec. 21. 

Beating the Hornets, even on the road, should never be among your season's greatest accomplishments — but if you can do it reliably and consistently, as the Sixers have been able to do thus far this year, your team's probably in pretty good shape. And so the Sixers are; back up to seven games over .500 and snug in the East's sixth seed, with another visit to Miami coming Thursday. If Covington stays rolling and Embiid's shaken off the bad juju, the Heat are gonna need an even throwbackier game from Dwyane Wade to have much of a chance. 

Do not mess with Chase Utley

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Do not mess with Chase Utley

Chase Utley is back for yet another baseball season and he's more business than ever.

After re-signing with the Dodgers in February for two more years, the 39-year-old is clearly still having tons of fun playing the game … well, fun in his own way, obviously.

Andrew Toles, a 25-year-old outfielder, gave us a glimpse into Utley's mystique within the Dodgers' clubhouse. We all know how well respected No. 26 is among his teammates, both former and current. In fact, his presence and example are significant reasons why, at his age, he's still playing in Dodgers blue after being acquired in an August 2015 trade with the Phillies.

Utley, in a hilarious segment on SportsNet LA's "Backstage Dodgers," jokingly showed his trademark stoicism with the cameras around and Toles looking to chat.

"That's what you call a role model. A baseball role model," Toles said. "You've got to have those. I wake up in the morning and I'm like, 'How can I be like Chase Utley today?' Because he's that guy. I want to be that guy, too, one day."

When Utley was wearing red pinstripes, just about every youngster playing baseball in the Delaware Valley was probably saying the same thing.

Jake Arrieta's wife solicits advice from Philly fans, gets hilarious responses

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Jake Arrieta's wife solicits advice from Philly fans, gets hilarious responses

Jake Arrieta is the new guy in town. The mound at the ballpark in South Philadelphia will likely be a very comfortable place for him to go to work. But what about his family up in the stands?

Arrieta's wife Brittany took to Twitter to solicit advice from Phillies fans on what her and their son Cooper will need to know about Citizens Bank Park.

Already leary of the impeding snow in Philly this week, Brittany also asked about games, traditions and food that are important at Phillies games.

Some common themes included crab fries, Graham Slam Ice Cream, cheesesteaks, hot dogs, Bull's BBQ, the Phillie Phanatic, etc. But this wouldn't be Philly without some snarky answers.

Head over to Brittany Arrieta's Twitter acount to see all of the responses and offer some of your own. I recommend a grilled sausage and onions from near Ashburn Alley and a local brew. Enjoy.