What would have been Rhys Hoskins' nickname for Players Weekend?

What would have been Rhys Hoskins' nickname for Players Weekend?

Across baseball Friday night, alternate jerseys were worn, sporting fun nicknames on the back to kick off MLB's Players Weekend.

However, perhaps the game's hottest hitter didn't get to participate.

Because Rhys Hoskins was just recently called up to the big leagues on Aug. 10, the slugger making history did not have the chance to sport a unique moniker.

"I didn't mind," Hoskins said postgame Friday. "I would have liked to be a part of it just because it's something that's pretty cool going around MLB โ€” it's a pretty special weekend for the players and the charities that are involved."

No nickname, no problem. Hoskins slugged another home run to spark the Phillies' 7-1 win over the defending champion Cubs at Citizens Bank Park. In doing so, he became the first player in major-league history to have nine homers in his first 16 games.

So, what would Hoskins' nickname have been?

"'Hosk' is the name that I think everyone goes to in the clubhouse," he said. "We might have added a 'Big' โ€” 'Big Hosk.' But I guess we'll never know."

How about Babe Hoskins? Seems appropriate.

Anyway, Hoskins has caught the eye of Eagles quarterback Carson Wentz. The two tweeted props to each other on Friday night.

Kevin Hart finally gets his Lombardi Trophy

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Kevin Hart finally gets his Lombardi Trophy

Kevin Hart finally has his Lombardi Trophy.

Hart, a comedian and a native of Philadelphia, had a few too many adult beverages during Super Bowl LII and attempted to get to the stage for the presentation of the trophy. He was unsurprisingly denied.

But Hart refused to accept "no" for an answer.

The lesson here is, if you're big enough of a celebrity to get on the field after your hometown team wins the Super Bowl, you probably have enough coin to just buy your own trophy instead of trying to drunkenly crash the trophy presentation.

On his birthday, Embiid delivers present to fans

On his birthday, Embiid delivers present to fans

Most Sixers fans probably could've predicted the 2-0 result of the Sixers' back-to-back swing against the Knicks and the Nets, but the expenditure of energy it'd take to get there was hard to see coming. One night after needing a fourth-quarter comeback to escape from New York, the Sixers went even further down to the wire against Brooklyn at home, needing a huge final-minute three from Robert Covington and some savvy playing of the foul game from T.J. McConnell to squeak out the 120-116 win.

Both one of the biggest reasons the Nets were able to hang around and one of the biggest reasons the Sixers won anyway was the birthday boy himself, Joel Embiid. JoJo turned 24 yesterday, and he matched that with a 24-point performance -- though he needed 23 shots to get there, only hitting a Kobe-like six of them. But The Process was eminently trustworthy elsewhere in the box score: a career-high 19 boards, four assists (with only one turnover), and most importantly, an immaculate 11-11 from the foul line, where he'd been struggling recently (just 63% from the stripe this month previously). It was about as dominant a performance as our big guy could submit while being an absolute mess from the field.

And he was matched along the way by Ben Simmons. The Fresh Prince didn't notch his third consecutive triple-double, sadly, but he came damn close with his 21-8-12 line -- to go with three big steals and just two turnovers -- his highest-scoring night since he hung 32 on the Bulls in February. We've said it before, but having a superstar to carry your team when they're struggling is the ultimate luxury; having two feels downright immodest. (Simmons since All Stars were announced in late January, btw: 16-8-9 on 58% shooting and under three turnovers, with four triple-doubles and double-digit scoring in 25 out of 25 games.)

So the Sixers move to 38-30, two games up on Milwaukee in the seventh seed, half a game behind Washington at five, a full game behind Cleveland at four, and 1.5 behind Indiana at three. While the Sixers have struggled some against top-level teams in the past month -- going 1-5 in their last six games against playoff-bound opponents -- they've kept pace in the East by taking care of business against the sub-.500 teams, winning their last eight against losing squads, dating back to them taking an L against these Nets in Brooklyn at the end of January. Now they get a couple hard-earned days off before two more home games against lottery-bound squads in Charlotte and Memphis. Trust -- and celebrate -- The Process.