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Mike Francesa admits to not really knowing what he was talking about with Kelce's speech

Mike Francesa admits to not really knowing what he was talking about with Kelce's speech

Mike Francesa probably wears flip flops in the city in the middle of winter.

The former radio host absolutely tore into Jason Kelce last week for his legendary speech on the steps of the Philadelphia Museum of Art. Francesa even went so far as to say Jeff Lurie should cut Kelce for it.

Now, Francesa did a total 180 on it. 

Just to refresh, here's what he said last week:

“Should have stayed home, the jerk," Francesa begins on Kelce. "Why is that I have to be in my car when these guys win championships, and they decide that they are going to grace the audience with this profanity-laced stupidity. You gotta turn it off, your kids can’t even listen it. He sounded like a total moron. How about going up there and acting like a champion and not acting like a total moron? I turn that stuff off. I’ve seen LeBron James do that, now I’ve seen him do that. You know what? It’s not the time or place. You ever heard of winning like a champion? Somebody should have taken a hook and pulled him off.”

And here's what he had to say today as a guest on Angelo Cataldi's morning show on 94 WIP:

Bottom line is, I went back last night and watched the thing in its entirety, and I have to say, it was not as bad as I thought it was when I watched it and got to see it. I wish he hadn’t used any profanity because it would have been a classic, it was really well done, he did a great job. I thought it was one that would last and could be used a long time. I know it’s popular in Philly even with the profanity but to me those are such special moments that I wish they would raise their level. I’d like to see them do it so they can be used time and time again. Take the profanity out of it.

No. 1, I overreacted. I wouldn’t cut him. I take that back, I apologize to Kelce for that. No. 2, it was not as bad as I thought. I just wish he had raised his vocabulary a little. That was a great speech. He did a great job. 

"Should have stayed home, the jerk!" to "That was a great speech. He did a great job." Okay.

I guess the first step is admitting you have a problem.

You can listen to the full interview here.

Joel Embiid almost destroyed Tracy Morgan and Regina King diving into stands

Joel Embiid almost destroyed Tracy Morgan and Regina King diving into stands

The stars were out in New York on Wednesday night to watch the Philadelphia 76ers.

A couple of celebrities sitting courtside got an extra-up-close look at Sixers' All-Star Joel Embiid when he went flying over the first row and landed on some poor soul with a few minutes remaining in the third quarter.

Just inches away from Embiid's big flying body was Oscar nominated actress Regina King. Right next to her was a man who can take a hit and keep on ticking, comedian Tracy Morgan. Their reactions were exactly what you'd expect from someone coming within inches of a 7-foot-2 giant flying at your head. 

Thankfully, nobody appeared worse for the wear and they all had a good laugh about it. The Knicks were the only people who really took an L on the evening.

Brett Brown was asked about Embiid's big leap following the game.

"Just like I'm sure our owners were thinking, and our fans back home in Philadelphia were thinking, you respect his aggression, you respect his passion but you don't want that," Brown said to reporters postgame. "I say that out of love and care. It came after a turnover and he's jumping into the stands. It's something you hope to avoid."

Embiid downplayed the jump when talking to reporters postgame.

"I play hard every night. That’s just me. I only know one way to play," Embiid said.

He also didn't realize he almost took out the If Beale Street Could Talk star.

"I didn’t know," Embiid said. "I just got told. It’s good that I saved her life, I guess."

You can catch Joel Embiid and his teammate Ben Simmons this weekend as they suit up against each other in the NBA All-Star Game down in Charlotte on Sunday.

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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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