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This is a LeBron James billboard we didn't expect

This is a LeBron James billboard we didn't expect

There were many things we learned watching the Philadelphia 76ers this season.

Joel Embiid can stay healthy for most of an NBA season. Marco Belinelli will take any shot, anytime, anywhere. Markelle Fultz has a shoulder. Ben Simmons can't shoot yet. Brett Brown is a heck of a guy.

And billboards are apparently pretty cheap.

Our inability to avoid talking about said billboards is about as blatant as Simmons' lack of a jumper. Ugh.

Sixers fans put up billboards. Lakers fans put up billboards. Cleveland fans put up billboards. High schools put up billboards.

Now minor-league baseball teams are putting up billboards.

It doesn't really make sense, but here we are, talking about the Lehigh Valley IronPigs. And their billboards.

If nothing else, this new billboard landed me on the Michael Jordan played minor-league baseball wikipedia page. Waste five minutes of your day and reminisce about the mediocrity from the GOAT.

And the Sixers should go after Paul George anyway.

Eagles players come to Carson Wentz's defense after hit piece

Eagles players come to Carson Wentz's defense after hit piece

Updated: 10:43 p.m.

Eagles quarterback Carson Wentz was the subject of an article this morning calling out his leadership and blaming him for much of the team's struggles throughout the season.

The fact that this "hit piece" relied solely on anonymous sources raised plenty of questions among the Philly sports community.

Our own Eagles writer Dave Zangaro tackled a number of those issues rather methodically.

But there were plenty of others who took issue with the reporting in the piece. In fact, a number of Eagles players promptly took to social media to denounce it.

Fletcher Cox was the first big name to come to Wentz's defense noting that "we are all behind him 100%."

Offensive lineman Brandon Brooks agreed with Cox's take and backed it up with a rather humorous gif.

Zach Ertz, who was mentioned in the original piece as being targeted too much by Wentz, praised his quarterback as being a GREAT teammate.

Another offensive lineman, Lane Johnson, went the hashtag-fakenews route.

Nick Foles hasn't posted publicly but the third quarterback in their room felt the need to back up Wentz. Nate Sudfeld pointed out he spends as much time with Wentz as anyone and sent a more lengthy note stating that "Philly is lucky to have [Wentz] leading the franchise."

Kamu Grugier-Hill also had a strong response to the story.

As did Malcolm Jenkins, Stefen Wisniewski and Chris Long.

It wasn't only current teammates who spoke out, however, as Super Bowl champion Torrey Smith came to his old QB's defense as well.

We'll update this post as more players react to the latest story involving the Eagles' franchise quarterback.

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Harper Watch 2019 in full effect in Philadelphia

Harper Watch 2019 in full effect in Philadelphia

Storm Tracker 2019 is in full effect this weekend as Winter Storm Harper is set to terrorize much of the East Coast.

NBC Sports Philadelphia's resident meteorologist Marc Farzetta has been tracking Harper's developments for what seems like months now and has your up-to-the-minute report right here.

"Harper will avoid D.C. all together passing right over for a big shot at Philadelphia and New York," Farzetta said.

"Some reports say there is a 100 percent chance this storm could hit Philadelphia. Other reports say there's a zero percent chance Harper hits Philadelphia. We're 60 percent sure one of those reports is correct."

Don't forget about the possibility of other storms as well.

"According to our Salisbury model, Winter Storm Manny is also set to hit the Philadelphia area," Farzetta said. "We'll have to wait and see if it does. It's a very, very slow-moving storm front. No hustle in this storm, you could say. But when it hits, it hits hard."

Yankees, Chicago White Sox and Washington Nationals fans are keeping as close an eye on these developments as Phillies fans.

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