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Sixers’ new grey uniforms are perfect for sweatpants capital of the world

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Sixers’ new grey uniforms are perfect for sweatpants capital of the world

The Sixers channeled everyone in Philadelphia’s inner hypebeast by unveiling their new alternate uniforms for the 2018-19 season last week. Did I like the uniforms when they slowly began to leak before the official reveal? No. They didn’t look great in any computerized renderings. They just seemed boring without the same clean simplicity that last season’s “Parchment” City Edition uniforms had. The jerseys felt like a letdown. 

Forget the leaks. Forget the digital mockups. Look at those threads on Joel Embiid, Ben Simmons and Dario Saric. The heather grey just pops when you see them on actual players and not some weird online mannequin. It looks like the Sixers are going to be draped in athleisure wear on the court. If you don’t like them, you’re missing a crucial aspect of what truly makes Philly the city that it is.

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Philadelphia is literally the nation’s top per capita consumer of sweatpants. My friend Greg (Massachusetts native and fan of the Patriots, who, people often forget, lost to the Eagles in Super Bowl LII) once came to one of my dad’s Eagles tailgates while I was in college. The next day he said, “I’ve never seen so many grown men in sweatpants and Air Maxes in my life.” 

He’s right! I didn’t realize it wasn’t “normal” for adult men to not wear sweatpants all the time until I moved into my freshman dorm and everyone else’s dad was wearing button-down shirts tucked into jeans like Danny Tanner. What would be better for Philly’s large adult sons than to wear uniforms that look like sweatsuits taken right from 9th and Wolf? Let the Sixers be comfortable. Let them take the court swagged out with the DGAF attitude that comes with unnecessarily wearing sweatpants at every given opportunity. Let them look like a 46-year old man from Port Richmond who believes he can shoot free throws better than Markelle Fultz. 

Give me those shorts with the Rocky-influenced title belt going around the waist. I will wear them every night to bed until I die. I will roll out of my bed on Christmas morning in this full uniform set, put on my Eagles Super Bowl Champions hat (I put it on every day) and watch basketball on my couch for 15 hours. I will watch the Sixers beat the Celtics, who are the most annoying basketball team in the universe, and I will feel more comfortable than I ever have previously in my life. 

And for those people who don’t like that this uniform set pays homage to the Rocky franchise, I would say they’re also just full of themselves. Philadelphia, for better or worse, will always be Rocky, cheesesteaks and soft pretzels (and now sweatpants). Rocky Balboa, who I definitely thought was a real person until I was, like, 11 years old, is just part of Philadelphia’s lore. That will never change. 

If you asked some random 35-year-old dude from Big Arm, Montana, if he knows what Philly looks like, he probably does just from the training montages in the original Rocky and Rocky II. And what does Rocky, who everyone under the age of 12 from South Philly believes actually exists, wear in the most iconic shots of our glorious city? 

Grey sweatpants.

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Carson Wentz gets emotional while honoring Landon Solberg, who lost life to cancer

Carson Wentz gets emotional while honoring Landon Solberg, who lost life to cancer

Carson Wentz came to the podium on Wednesday afternoon wearing a T-shirt that read "Landon's Light" on it and went on to explain the significance of the shirt and the life that inspired it.

"For those that don't know Landon [Solberg], he actually threw out the first pitch at the [Carson Wentz] Charity Softball game. He lost his life to cancer yesterday. Trying not to get emotional, but a good kid like that who was able to go through our AO1 Foundation's program, we got to know him really well and his family. To see his fight and his faith through his fight, his faith in Jesus, really inspired me," Wentz said.

"My prayers have been with his family. I know Landon's up there celebrating with Jesus. So that's something we can celebrate."

Wentz also posted a video and moving message to his social media accounts:

We are so thankful to have known this special young man and will always cherish the memories we have been able to make with him. His confident hope, unwavering faith and unquenchable joy has pointed so many to Jesus. He is the true definition of a conqueror: in the darkest of moments, he kept his focus fixed on the light — JESUS.⁣

Our hearts ache for the Solberg family and all those who had the privilege of knowing Landon. Let us cling to the same HOPE Landon held so tightly to - the hope of Jesus!⁣

You can watch the video below.

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Tim Jernigan rocks Tim Jernigan jersey in Tim Jernigan rap video

Tim Jernigan rocks Tim Jernigan jersey in Tim Jernigan rap video

Back in April, Eagles defensive tackle Tim Jernigan began a rap career with Good Boyz Music and now he’s back with another track and video. 

In this one, entitled “Come Thru” Jernigan is wearing his No. 93 Eagles jersey for his verse, which he drops under the name Stud Muffin (h/t PhillyVoice). At one point, Jernigan is holding a black umbrella in one hand and a wad of cash in the other. 

OK then. 

Check it out, but be warned: There’s some NSFW lyrics in there. Jernigan’s verse starts around the 38-second mark. 

As PhillyVoice pointed out, Jernigan does drop a David Akers lyric in the song — “like my name David Akers or I play rugby.” That seems to be a reference to the previous line when Jernigan mentioned kicking and punting. 

While Jernigan rocked his own jersey in the latest video, back in April, in “Hustle Harder” Jernigan was wearing an old-school Grant Hill Pistons jersey. Here’s that track: 

Believe it or not, his budding rap career wasn’t one of the topics of conversation when a few reporters caught up with Jernigan back in May.

Jernigan signed a one-year, $1.25 million deal to return to Philadelphia this past offseason. That came after what has been a wild couple years for Jernigan in Philadelphia. He was traded here, became a big part of the defense, signed a huge contract, suffered a mysterious injury and then the Eagles declined his option this offseason before he returned at an extremely discounted rate. 

The Eagles this offseason also brought in Malik Jackson, who will likely take over as the starting defensive tackle next to Fletcher Cox. That, of course, was Jernigan’s old position. 

“I don’t care,” Jernigan said in May. “I believe in me. I believe in Timmy. Straight up. I believe in Timmy. I hope nobody take that the wrong way.”

He even believes enough in Timmy to wear his jersey in his rap video. 

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