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Can we just shut down this Sixers team until Christmas?

Can we just shut down this Sixers team until Christmas?

"Do the Sixers have, like, a bye week coming up? When is their bye week this year?" 

Friend of the blog Jason Lipshutz put it best yesterday before the Philadelphia 76ers faced off against the Sacramento Kings at home yesterday. The game should've been among the most eminently winnable on the Sixers' schedule, yet given the Sixers' recent run -- particularly without Joel Embiid, who it was revealed hours before yesterday's tip would be sitting for the second straight game -- we could hardly afford to feel even slightly confident. 

Following the game, it was hard to tell what was more depressing: That the Sixers lost 101-95 to Sacramento after leading by as much as 16 in the second half -- the second consecutive loss to their pickswap partners -- or that it was hardly surprising that they had done so. 

The loss was the Sixers' seventh in eight tries -- four of the seven coming against well-sub-.500 teams -- dropping them to 14-16 for the season. Clearly, the gods are punishing the Sixers and me specifically for having the temerity to write this article two and a half weeks ago. Sorry folks, I'll never write anything positive about this basketball team again. 

Anyway, as much of a bummer as this December has been for our Ballers, it's not quite sky-falling bad yet. Four of those seven losses have come without Embiid in the lineup, and last night against the Kings also saw Robert Covington shoot 2-13 from three. No Embiid + Cov 2-13 is about as surefire a formula for a Sixers loss as you can come up with, regardless of opponent or location. But it also won't last: Embiid should be back on Friday, and it might be a long time before Covington has a night that bad again. 

It is definitely a little bit sobering to see just how bad this team is without JoJo, though. You'd hope that four years of being bad (and the resulting high draft picks) would've fortified the roster enough that we could survive without him, at least against the bad teams. But with Simmons going through some kind of weird self-imposed offensive funk -- he only shot six times last night, despite hitting five of those (including two early-game jumpers) -- Fultz still hurt, and Jahlil and Nerlens both dealt for minimal return, while our free agent vets prove consistently unreliable... well, it all adds up to us needing The Process a lot more than we should at the moment. 

Oh well. The only really important thing at the moment is Christmas in New York -- if Joel is healthy and playing for that one, nothing else about the 2017 Sixers really matters to me. Plenty to worry about with this team still, but let's save that for 2018. All I want for Sixers Christmas is JoJo dunking on (and fouling out) Enes Kanter on national TV.

The Eagles had the perfect Veterans Day touchdown celebration

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The Eagles had the perfect Veterans Day touchdown celebration

Sunday was Veterans Day across the United States and both the NFL and the Philadelphia Eagles paid tribute as part of the #SaluteToService initiative. 

Former President George W. Bush was on hand at Lincoln Financial Field in Philly for the coin flip prior to kickoff as veterans from across the country were recognized throughout the game against the Dallas Cowboys.

The Eagles even found a way to incorporate a salute into their touchdown celebration after Zach Ertz caught a touchdown pass from Carson Wentz in the third quarter to tie the game at 13 a piece.

The NFL has helped raise close to $5.5 million for the league’s military non-profit partners. You can learn more about the initiatives here.

Check out the Eagles' classy gesture below.


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Cowboys and Eagles scuffle at midfield during warmups

Cowboys and Eagles scuffle at midfield during warmups

The Philadelphia Eagles do not like the Dallas Cowboys and vice versa.

With a primetime kickoff on Sunday Night Football, both teams had all day to stew for the NFC East rivalry. And the two teams scuffled around midfield of the Linc during warmups.

It's unclear what the dustup was caused by but it didn't appear to be much more than a little pushing and shoving. Jalen Mills, who is not dressed to play this evening, appears to be at the center of things along with Cowboys coach Kris Richard. Officals did have to intervene to seperate the players and coaches. Cowboys running back Ezekiel Elliott appeared to be a peacemaker. 

Here's a few looks from field level and you can watch another view from the TV cameras above.

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