The Sixers are loaded — take that, Sam Hinkie!

The Sixers are loaded — take that, Sam Hinkie!

The Sixers are 36-20. They're fourth in the Eastern Conference, and they've been getting big wins over good teams. They've even made multiple trades, in which they've given up future draft choices in favor of talented players.

Sam Hinkie must absolutely hate it. 

I really don't understand the Hinkie people. For all those years, they rooted for open losing, no spending, and endless accumulating of second-round picks. Now, they want to trade draft picks — even second-rounders! — acquire veterans, and try to win. Why the double standard? 

I just can't believe anyone is claiming that Hinkie's "Process" led to the Sixers' success today. Please. Hinkie wanted to draft Andrew Wiggins instead of Embiid. Ben Simmons was drafted by Bryan Colangelo. All of Hinkie's draft capital led us to Markelle Fultz, so in a way that one's on him too. 

Michael Carter-Williams isn't walking through that door. Neither is Nerlens Noel or Jahlil Okafor.

What's even better is that unlike in the Hinkie years, the Sixers are actually listening to the fans. Last Tuesday, a fan at the game yelled at Elton Brand to "make some moves." Brand traded for Tobias Harris hours later, and made two more trades that week. The lesson is clear: Heckling team executives in public gets results. 

The Sixers are well-positioned for a playoff run, and possibly even a multi-year run of success. And all it took was the effort of the general manager two general managers after Sam Hinkie. 

We're okay, as long as Joel Embiid doesn't get hurt, Jimmy Butler doesn't poison the locker room, and Ben Simmons doesn't force a trade to the Lakers. I told you that Kardashian girl was bad news! 

Eagles QB Drama

My solution to the quarterback dilemma is simple: Keep both Carson Wentz and Nick Foles, by paying them both extra money under the table. What, like the Patriots haven't been doing that with Brady for 15 years. 

Meanwhile, we've got this so-called investigative story where a bunch of anonymous Eagles players called Carson Wentz "selfish." Now, I'm not sure I believe it, even after Carson gave that interview where he admitted that he can be selfish. 

But Carson put all our fears to rest Sunday when he sat next to wide receiver and possible anonymous source Alshon Jeffrey at the Sixers game. It was like when Tony, Carmela, Christopher, and Adriana all went to Vesuvios together, so everyone would see them together and getting along. Although I just hope Carson didn't overhear Alshon telling someone that he really does know Johnny Ola — I mean, Joseph Santoliquito. 

Other Philly sports takes: 

- Now that we didn't have a Wing Bowl, and the Eagles didn't win the Super Bowl, can we make it a goal in 2020 to bring back both? 

- I know it's been over a year now, but I'm still really angry that the media lied about the crowd size at the Eagles' Super Bowl parade. 

- I'm OK with the Phillies signing Manny Machado, but only on the condition that his contract is voided the first time he doesn't run hard to first base. That's reasonable, right? 

- Saints fans are pathetic whiners, the biggest crybabies in sports. That said, if a call like that cost the Eagles a playoff game, we'd have burned the league office to the ground. 

- Come on, give me one good reason why Lenny Dykstra isn't on the Phillies' Wall of Fame? 

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Nick Foles is the future for the Eagles

Nick Foles is the future for the Eagles

I don't need to say it, because everyone who watched the Eagles game Sunday night saw it. 

Nick Foles is the future of the Eagles' quarterback position. 

Just look at Sunday. The team scored early. Receivers were open, with players other than Zach Ertz actually catching the ball. Much like the days of A.J. Feeley, Koy Detmer, Jeff Garcia, and Kevin Kolb, the offense just seemed to run better with Foles in the game. 

And it wasn't just the offense. With Foles in the game, the defense played better. The special teams played better. The food I ate during the game tasted better. 

I know what you're gonna say. It's too soon to give up on Carson Wentz. He's their franchise quarterback. 

To that, I say, please. 

Carson Wentz can't be trusted to stay healthy. He makes too many mistakes. The offense always runs better whenever someone else replaces him. And now, we're hearing that he's not happy about not playing. 

How many playoff wins does Carson Wentz have? How many championships? Huh? Exactly. 

With his obvious discomfort with not playing, Wentz is starting to remind me of a certain other No. 2 overall pick. What's next? Chunky Soup commercials?  A feud with one of the wide receivers? 

A caller the other day said it best. Wentz “wants it too much,” but he hasn’t been surrounded by enough other players who are “hungry." 

Just look at the Eagles with Foles on Sunday. He shut Cris Collinsworth up. The Eagles exposed Sean McVay, who's the most influential offensive genius to arrive in the NFL since Chip Kelly. For one of the first times this year, there was nothing to anger me, except for when they showed Norristown native Tommy Lasorda wearing Rams stuff. I know I'm not alone in wishing we could have more Eagles games like Sunday, and fewer like all the ones where they blew it. 

Sure, I gave up on the Eagles when they were 4-6, and again when they were 6-7. I was done. But luckily, I reserved the right to come back if they started winning. And they did!

So come on, Eagles. Sign Foles to a multi-year extension. Just so there's no division in the locker room, let everyone know right away that he's the guy. Because the Eagles are running out of time, to win another championship during Nick Foles' window. 

Other Philly sports takes: 

-The Sixers aren't looking so good lately, which you can tell is Kendall Jenner's influence. Someone should ask Markelle Fultz's lawyer if he's almost ready to come back. 

-I can tell you that if I had $1.6 billion, I'd be much better at spending money than John Middleton is. There's just no excuse for coming out of the winter meetings without Bryce Harper, Manny Machado OR Mike Trout. 

-Is it really that hard for the Flyers to find a coach or GM who played for them? 

-After the game Sunday, I only have one question: Should the parade to go up Broad Street again, or does it make more sense to go south this time, and end up at the stadiums?

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Yes, it's the worst year in Philadelphia sports history

Yes, it's the worst year in Philadelphia sports history

The Eagles are 4-4 and injury-riddled. They've blown two easy wins. The Phillies collapsed down the stretch, didn't fire Matt Klentak or Gabe Kapler, and have now not won the World Series in ten years. 

The Flyers are a disaster, and the Sixers want us to be excited because last year's #1 overall draft pick sometimes hits one three-pointer per game. And after those two losses, I don't think I've ever been more disappointed in a Penn State football coach. 

It has been, with only a couple of exceptions, the worst year ever in Philadelphia sports. 

Yes, I know what you're going to say. Didn't the Eagles win the Super Bowl just nine months ago? Didn't Villanova win the national championship just seven months ago? 


Frankly, I'm sick of hearing these arguments all the time. Stop being complacent! Stop living in the past! What's the point of even being a fan, if we're constantly thinking about last year? 

But then Tuesday, we got the worst news of all: WIP has cancelled Wing Bowl

Sure, the Eagles traded for Golden Tate. But obviously, that was merely a distraction from the Wing Bowl news. 

I don't know what I'll miss most about Wing Bowl. The costumes? The girls? The vomiting? The in-studio eating stunts, which resulted in some of the best radio of all time? The strip club after-parties that start at 10 a.m. on a weekday?  All of that, gone forever. Where am I supposed to go to drink at 6 in the morning on the Friday before the Super Bowl? Home? 

We'll always have our memories. El Wingador's run. Kobayashi's debut. The time they kept showing the video of Chris Christie falling out of his chair. 

But I wasn't ready for this. It's hard to believe that I'll never again get to make a McNabb joke the first time a Wing Bowl contender vomits. 

Other Philly sports takes: 

• Do you know why the Phillies blew it down the stretch? Analytics. Do you know why the Eagles have disappointed so far this year? Analytics. Do you why WIP got rid of Wing Bowl? You guessed it, analytics. 

• Congrats to the Red Sox, on Boston's first- and only- sports championship in 2018. 

• My Phillies offseason plan: 1) Sign Harper, Machado and Kershaw. 2) Trade Odubel Herrera and Carlos Santana for Mike Trout. 3) Fire Gabe Kapler and hire Lenny Dykstra. 

• So the Flyers have a team that isn't as exciting as their mascot? So what. That's been true of the Phillies for 35 of the last 40 years. 

• This Sixers season, the most important question to ask is: Joel Embiid or Ben Simmons? It's absolutely necessary for us to pit the two of them against each other and choose one, and whichever of them wins, pit him against Carson Wentz. 

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