Why Philadelphia must reject LeBron James

Why Philadelphia must reject LeBron James

Why do the Sixers always have to ruin everything?

First they get our hopes up with a draft and free agency period that actually involved picking good players who aren’t injured or committed to playing overseas. It was just what we’ve wanted for years: A complete rejection of the foul legacy of Sam Hinkie.

But then Markelle Fultz got hurt in Summer League, with an “ankle sprain” that I’m sure will heal properly and not cause any setbacks that might cause Fultz to sit out some or all of training camp, the pre-season, or his entire rookie year. I trust the Sixers’ medical staff. After all, they helped get us to where we are today.

Then the Sixers had the gall to charge fans to sign up for the season ticket waiting list -- if you ask me, after the last four years, season tickets should be free. Just about the Sixers have exciting players and might be better, they think they can charge more for tickets? That’s ridiculous!

Then something even worse happened: LeBron James, it appears, is FRIENDS with Ben Simmons. And based on that... we’re hearing LeBron might sign with the Sixers as a free agent next year.

NO. Absolutely not. Even though I’m usually more on his dad’s side when it comes to the Sixers, I agree with Spike Eskin: I’d rather lose a championship without LeBron than win one with him.

The reasons are simple. LeBron isn’t one of us. He’s not a Philly Guy. He’s not loyal. He’s from Ohio. He doesn’t get our lunchpail mentality. Remember The Decision? All the choking? And besides, when you win a championship with a big free agent, it doesn’t really count. If he wins with us, he'll just move on to the next team. 

And don’t you dare compare his chasing a ring with Pete Rose signing with the Phillies in 1979. That was totally different.

And most importantly, there's this:

Luckily, football season is about to start, and at least there’s some good news on that front. Ezekiel Elliott has been getting arrested at an Okafor-like clip. Chris Christie lied about tanning at a closed public beach, showing once again that Cowboys fans can’t be trusted with power. And free agent D’Angelo Williams announced that, because of how terrible their fans are, he would never sign with the Cowboys. Everything about them just screams 3-13.

The Eagles? Eh.

Other Philly sports takes:

I was with Iverson through the practice rants, his feuds with teammates and coaches, his sad alcoholism and throwing his naked wife out of the house. But skipping BIG3, here in Philly? He’s gone too far.

Ben Simmons, though, is the anti-Allen Iverson: He regularly produces highlight-reel excitement in practices, but never plays in games.

This Phillies team badly needs toughness, discipline and splittle-inflected rage. Yes, it needs Larry Bowa.

I’m all for the Phils trading for Giancarlo Stanton and Christian Yelich. Then, all they have to do is trade all their remaining outfielders for Mike Trout.

Joel Embiid needs to stop putting his long-term health at risk with dangerous, risky stunts like standing in the crowd at the Home Run Derby.

A little presumptuous of Carson Wentz, founding a charitable foundation after just one year in the league. You have to EARN that.

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Wedding party pulls of Philly Special entrance to near perfection


Wedding party pulls of Philly Special entrance to near perfection

Wedding party entrances can be a tricky thing. There's a needed balance between having fun and looking like an idiot.

Some people are naturals when they get introduced. Others struggle with creativity. Execution is key.

We can now enter the Philly Special wedding party entrance into the record books. The execution was solid, but they clearly didn't practice as many times as Trey Burton, Corey Clement, and Nick Foles did. Not quite as gutsy of a call as Doug Pederson made, but a wedding is a huge stage. Kudos.

WMMR got some more details on the partygoers pulling off the play:

The Philly Special part deux happened at the wedding of Stephanie & Todd Cummings, March 17 at Spring Mill Manor, Ivyland, PA.

Groomsmen running the play are Tim Waring and Greg Georges, Bridesmaids are Nicole Werynski and Tricia Punyko. 

John Kruk to open four new cheesesteak restaurants

Kruk's Philly Steaks

John Kruk to open four new cheesesteak restaurants

Did you know John Kruk had a cheesesteak restaurant? Not only does he, but he’s adding four more locations and the food looks delicious.

Kruk opened his first restaurant, Kruk’s Philly Steaks, last April in Naples, Florida, before opening his second location in Fort Myers, Florida, last summer. According to his website, he has plans for four more throughout Florida with locations in Tampa, Sarasota, University Park and another in Fort Myers. There does not seem to be any plans to open a Kruk’s Philly Steaks in our area just yet, however.

Kruk played 10 seasons in the majors, with the bulk of that time being spent with the Phillies and had a career .300 average, but by the looks of it, his cheesesteaks may be just as good as his hitting.

The menu also includes “The Krukker” that is a cheesesteak with American cheese, fried onions, mayo and ketchup as well as chicken cheesesteaks and Italian pork roast.

His flagship location has a four-star rating on Yelp with tons of positive comments about the joint. So, if you’re ever in Florida, check out Kruk’s and let us know how it is. If not, you can catch John on Phillies broadcasts all season long on NBC Sports Philadelphia.