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24 Feb, 2017

Sixers Back to Tanking!

By | 2017-02-24T11:41:29+00:00 February 24th, 2017|Sports|3 Comments

Colangelo speaks at 10:30 so I’ll squeeze this post in before more news comes out. The one positive I’ll give the Sixers is that they have everyone talking about them. I’ve heard mostly negative comments about the trades regarding Ilyasova and Nerlens. Most people say they received nothing for these two players. The people who are holding on to dear life are saying that they weren’t part of the long term plan anyway. I have no idea what that means.

I’m going to throw some facts, not wishful thinking, about what is actually transpiring and why the Sixers could very well be in tank mode for the next 3 years.

  1. The good ol’ days.

    The Sixers are winning games! – The past 3 seasons the Sixers won 19,18, and 10 games with Brett Brown at the helm. This year they have already won 21 and pointing in the right direction. I’m going to point out that the combined record of the teams they have beaten are 506 -689. Only 3 teams out of 21 had winning records and the Clippers didn’t have Chris Paul. Their wins are coming against bad teams. Noted.

  2.  Joel Embiid – The Sixers are 13-18 in the 31 games that Embiid has played in. He is a game changer. If you want to believe that the Sixers have a chance, you’re entire belief should lie in this man. Remember, he got injured again on limited minutes and not playing back to back games which is serious concern. It’s hard to believe that he’ll ever play more than 60 games in a season. Also trading away his best friend seems moronic.
  3. Simmons will be back – Ben Simmons put up on Instagram a frown face and then took it down last night. People are speculating it could have been about the trades or bad news on his foot. Colangelo may elaborate. The problem is that Ben has played exactly 0 games in the NBA and is recovering from a Jones fracture. KD missed 60+ games with the same injury in ’14-’15 and seems to be back to full health which is a good sign for Simmons. At this point in time, it’s hard to know exactly what you have in Simmons but he’ll still be an upgrade at the point guard position.
  4. They can’t draft – The most common argument to why the Sixers will be good is because they have lots of draft picks lined up. Over the last 3 years they’ve missed on most every pick except Embiid and hopefully Simmons should work out. MCW was picked at 11 and “wasn’t the future.” Okafor isn’t worth a 1st round pick anymore (he went #3). Nerlens (#6) was traded for two 2nd round picks. Saric (used Payton at the 10th to obtain) is a fine role player but I don’t see him developing into a superstar. The best pick they made in the last 5 years was Nik Vucevic in 2011 who was traded away by the old management. Nice slideshow of all their picks over the past 5 years.

Why the Sixers Are Back to Tank Mode

They don’t have good basketball players. Embiid is a beast. When, and only when he plays, are the Sixers going to win games. Simmons will improve the team. The rest of this team stinks. Sam gave TJ McConnell an A- for this season. That’s great but he averages 6 points a game and shoots 21% from 3 point land. An A should be given out to A players. Stauskus is limited on defense and wouldn’t start on most teams. Sam writes “solid all-around player” for Gerald Henderson. When did avg 9.7pts, 2.1 rebs,1.7 assts, and .2 blocks a game turn into a solid all around player? These standards are great for a team that stinks.

I’m not a hater. I’m giving an opinion on a team that has spent 3 years being the worst team in the league and you have to be critical at what those 3 years have got you. As such, it’s an All-Star center who can’t finish a season, the 1st pick of the draft who we’ll see what he delivers (hopefully soon but we’ll be waiting another year), and a bunch of, well, players. This trade deadline and the moves they made was not forward progress. You’re still banking on picks that haven’t delivered in the past as sure things.

Per Jeff’s Comment

23 Feb, 2017

Ersan Ilyasova Gets Traded For…Nothing

By | 2017-02-23T11:36:33+00:00 February 23rd, 2017|Sports|1 Comment

I don’t see it.

Technically the Sixers received a 2nd round pick and Thiago Splitter. Splitter will most likely be waived and act as a mentor in the meantime. This website, who is far more knowledgeable than I, rated the trade an A for the Sixers.

In the short term they lose a bit of shooting, but they’re not winning a ton of games this year anyway, and Dario Saric is probably ready to step into Ilyasova’s shoes. This might also be an indication that Embiid will miss more time than originally thought, but that’s not for sure. Turning an expiring journeyman into useful assets is a smart move either way.

From an outsider’s view, I understand that the Sixers are not competitive and doing any moves to help their future and cap space makes sense. Ilyasova probably would have tested free agency and left no matter what so it didn’t make much difference.

The sad reality of this situation is that your 2nd best player is worth a 2nd round pick. Ersan averaged 14.8 pts a game, 6 reb, 2 assts, and leads the league in total charges drawn. He’s not physically special, not the fastest, but is a smart player who hustles and plays good D. The idea is that the departure of Ersan frees up time for Dario. I don’t think Dari0 plays anywhere near as big as Ersan and would get dominated by 4’s in the league.

This post isn’t trashing the Sixers. I was actually worried when the Sixers went on that little winning streak that they are progressing faster than I thought. My 1k bet with Sam was in jeopardy and much faster than I had expected. Bottom line is that they have 1 hurt all star (Embiid), a 2nd hurt potential good player (Simmons), and a bunch of wet trash truck juice. I don’t doubt there will be many changes in the future, but for now, the losing continues with a future that depends on injury prone players staying healthy.

22 Feb, 2017

All In a Day’s Work

By | 2017-02-22T14:00:49+00:00 February 22nd, 2017|My Brain|0 Comments

Is this fake news?

I thought this was an entertaining round up of the Donald’s life. The golf in Mar-a-Lago for 25 hours being more than “Signing executive orders/ bill, Intelligence Briefing, and News Conferences” is pretty telling. What exactly would you say you do here?

21 Feb, 2017

Writing a Good Blog Post

By | 2017-02-21T20:06:59+00:00 February 21st, 2017|My Brain|0 Comments

The post I wrote about the Frostbite 5 miler received 48 likes on the Ambler Area Running Club page. I consider this a minor success. I’d be lying if I said I didn’t make an effort to get as many eyeballs as possible. Let’s begin with some obvious, and more subtle, thoughts on how to write a good blog post.

  • Timing – The race started at 9am and I had the post up by 11:30am. This is obviously intentional. I have no numbers to back this up, but if I had to guess when the traffic for the race on both its website and Facebook page is highest, it’d be in the few hours following the race when people are looking for results.
  • Pictures – I had my mom take a picture of me at the race and of the starting line. Now I could have gone the extra mile and had my mom stand at specific spots which I thought were the best pictures, but this is a bit unrealistic. People like pictures.
  • Advertising – After I had written the post, I shared the links on my page, the race page, and then club page. As much as I like to think that people will find you organically, they won’t.
  • Thank you and proper praise – I suppose this could be manipulative but it’s not if it’s sincere. I praised the race in itself and thanked the volunteers. I genuinely meant it. A members of the club with some clout wrote a comment that said “nice writeup”. Obviously this helped the credibility of the post.  

83 people came to my page as a result of these actions. Not a ton, but people are people. It’s going the extra mile with the intent of people reading it.

18 Feb, 2017

Frostbite 5 Miler – 2017 – Better With Age

By | 2017-02-18T11:32:07+00:00 February 18th, 2017|Running|1 Comment

This is the 18th year the Frostbite 5 Miler has been held and it runs like a well oiled machine. The race is run flawlessly (well the National Anthem mics were a bit shaky) and this year’s weather was perfect. The race starts exactly at 9am with minimal pre-race speech, and this is what runners hope for. The attention to the race itself, and not the amenities, is one of the core reasons why this race draws so many fast runners from the area. Special thanks to my mom for the cool featured image above.

This is my blog so you are going to have to suffer through my race story. I woke up at 6am and ate 2 sunny side up eggs and had a coffee. The coffee, although not the best hydrating drink, is used to make me poop. Every runner who’s raced should know that you want as little waste in your system as possible.

I got to the race and parking was well organized by volunteers and I had no trouble. I got my race bib which was a seamless process and ran 800 meters on the track. I stretched by the starting line and met my mom so she could hold on to my clothes. I was good to go.

Free Nolan Paint advertising. They use our scrapers.

The day was beautiful and you can’t ask for better conditions. The race went off and I started within myself which was the way to go because I wasn’t staying with the lead pack one way or another. I apologize for not getting any of my mile splits as this was the one detail I missed for better accuracy on the race description.

I settled in to a nice pace where I was behind the main pack and stayed with some stragglers. I wasn’t getting passed and at mile 2 there is a nice sized uphill that was wearing me down. Fortunately I trained on some hill workouts on the treadmill and even though I was huffing and puffing as I got to the top, I recovered quickly on the downhill. I had a runner or 2 pass me but it was wasn’t overwhelming so I knew I was in a good spot.

At mile 3, I was wondering to myself how much longer could I hold the pace as my legs were feeling the lactic acid. Once you slow down and start getting passed, you’re toast. When I made the turn to the street around mile 4, I knew I was going to make it even though I had no watch and no clue what my time was. My biggest fear came when there was a girl who was on my tail.

What a view.

I didn’t know if I was going to finish at 28, or 29 minutes so a girl being near me was trouble. When I made the 2nd to last right hand turn, I could hear some people saying, “there’s the #1 girl.” Great. I had a little bit of speed left in my legs and knew I could kick it in if I had to so unless she had a Usain Bolt kick, I was going to be fine. I made my final surge and gave a fist pump because I saw the time and it was 28 minutes low. The exact time was 28:07, 24th place, and about a 30 second PR over last year.

At 33, I’m pretty happy I can still improve year over year. I attribute it to a healthier lifestyle and working harder on the treadmill in the winter. All in all, I was pleased with the outcome and want to thank the entire Ambler Area Running Club for their hard work hosting such an anticipated, long established, race.

Results link here.

17 Feb, 2017

JC and Bassett’s Blunder

By | 2017-02-22T13:20:03+00:00 February 17th, 2017|My Life|1 Comment

My dad, JC as he is known to his friends & family, is not a run of the mill gentleman. He beats to his own drum and never ceases to amaze. What happened to us today was a standard run to Bassetts in the Reading Terminal Market to pick up ice cream.

Bassetts is on 12th and Chestnut and we were leaving from 2nd and Vine. I took Arch St because I figured it was a straight shot. Around 9th we run into some traffic problems and this used to frustrate JC, but the new and improved JC stayed calm as we battled the traffic. I pulled over to the side and put my flashers on while JC went in to the get the ice cream. About 5 minutes passed and he came out carrying 2 tubs of ice cream.

As he enters the car I have a sense that whatever occurred inside didn’t go exactly as planned.

He sits down and says, “wow, that was a horrific experience.”

I humor him, “what went wrong?”

“They gave me this much ice (about 40 tiny cubes) and charged me $8. How is this going to keep it cold for the ride home?”

I didn’t know what to say. He gives me some further directions to take Market back instead of Filbert and this was sound advice. On the car ride back I started to get the whole story. He called up at 11:30 and asked if he could get some “dry ice” because he needed to keep his 2, 2 1/2 gallon tubs cool as he had 3 hours of traveling ahead. They said no problem. When we got there, he was given a tiny bag of ice. The icing on the cake is that they charged him $8 for it because this is what an employee had agreed to on the phone previously for proper packaging.

 

JC was stunned. He couldn’t believe that the crew of 4 thought that the amount of ice in a bag warranted $8 of his hard earned money. Here are some direct quotes:

“The woeful wholesale packaging department for significant travel needs a severe upgrade”

“4 guys working on this problem – not understaffed –  problem solving ability is a bit to be desired.”

“No need to go overboard to keep the $90 amount of JC’s Seasonal Eggnog Ice Cream and the all time favorite, off the map, put it up against any ice cream in the Eastern seaboard, maybe the country, French Vanilla.”

“Now it’s time to get ready for some serious ice cream eating”

Doesn’t your dad by ice cream by the 3 gallon tub?

17 Feb, 2017

Trump is Getting Real Life Experience

By | 2017-02-17T12:13:47+00:00 February 17th, 2017|My Brain|1 Comment

I am sick of hearing about Donald Trump. I don’t know how many of you have had a job you were doing for the very first time, but I’m guessing here that you don’t do it as well as you will 4 years later. Yet, it’s people who have a stick up their ass seem to think that it’s their job to critique every move the President makes. Literally, people are getting paid to do this. That’s fine. We should understand there are going to be problems in the beginning. I suppose you could make the argument that this isn’t like a normal job, and the person appointed should immediately be suited for it and for that I’d answer, “welcome to the real world”. That being said, here are a critiques that seem to make the news.

Problems

Because Ivanka sat in the White House Chair
People are complaining about Nepotism (I had to look it up but it’s giving jobs to your family) and I don’t see why this is a problem. I understand she’s not a politician, but she’s in the public eye non-stop and is she doing anything wrong here?

Because he says “very” a lot
Here was a topic on Reddit titled:
SNL’s reaction right after the Trump Press Conference

This was the top comment, “He used the word ‘very’ in excess of 250 times; I spotted him 48. I got 298 uses of the word ‘very’ when I did a word count on the transcript.
Would be very easy to write this script, given the very little you would have to do to vary the vocabulary. Very, very sad.”

Because Trump pulls people to him in his handshakes

 

Mike Pence wasn’t informed about the Russian dealing

 

“I’m looking at 1-state and 2 state options, and I like the one that both parties like.”
Does this not seem like a first class answer? Am I wrong on this?

Conclusion

You can make counter points like the Russian leaks, immigration bans, failed military missions, ranting about the media, Tweeting too much, and god knows what else. You’re absolutely right. He probably has fucked up in more ways than people can count. He’s not perfect but are things really that bad? Is the economy crumbing? No. Have any nuclear wars started? No. Has the world ended? No. People need to relax.

16 Feb, 2017

Golf DFS is Lit

By | 2017-02-16T09:40:17+00:00 February 16th, 2017|Fantasy|0 Comments

I’m not alone with this feeling about DraftKings Golf. Currently all 3 of the tournaments I joined are going to fill up completely and we’re still 17 minutes from tee-off. For the next who knows how many months, i’ll be entering a lineup into the $33 Dogleg, $3 Birdie, and $4 Casual Fore. This is a $40 a week allowance and I can say full on that it’s the best money I’ll spend all week.

Fantasy golf has more excitement than football. There I said it. Here’s why:

  • 4 days of enjoyment
  • You feel like a genius passing 6 guys
  • The excitement level comes in 2 doses when your player is going – 1) He doesn’t screw up 2) He hits a great shot
  • You get to root for your non-players to screw up which is more fun than hoping your guy does well

Did you just see that?
Yes.
He just got a hole in one on a par 4.
I know. I said I saw it.

Tell me that this week’s 10th hole isn’t exciting.

I joined FantasyGolfInsider for the month to get some tips on players to look for. They whiffed on my main lineup last week with a Willie McGirt double on 18 to not make the cut. If he bogeys, I pass 6 and cash. I’m also learning a lot about what these guys are looking for and it’s fun to use my intellect and agree or disagree with what they say. They suggest about 30 players so it’s easy to pick your own unique lineup. Like this week, everyone is all over Adam Scott’s nuts and I hate the mofo and he’ll never make my lineup. Same goes for McDirt. People don’t forget.

Anyway the guy who was writing for FGI wrote how the spread out nature of the tournaments are why they are so good. The first day you hope your guys get off to a fast start. The 2nd day you start praying that they all make the cut. Then you have the weekend to sweat for real if they pass. Huge amount of fun. I can’t remember the last time I watched a golf tournament, that wasn’t a major, from start to finish like I did last week at Pebble. I will add though that it was anti-climatic when a golfer runs away with it. Not nearly the same sweat I had with Louie last week. If DFS golf hasn’t already exploded with popularity, I think it will in the near future. Here are this week’s lineups.

 

15 Feb, 2017

Justin Trudeau Has It Going On

By | 2017-02-15T09:53:44+00:00 February 15th, 2017|My Brain|0 Comments

As Rod Stewart said, “Some Guys Have All the Luck“. The Prime Minister of Canada is currently holding a panty dropping tour that started with Ivanka Trump giving him the bedroom eyes in the board room. Girls just can’t help themselves.

Here is a picture of how the girls react to me.

 

Trudeau Beating the Donald at His Own Game

Trump Owning Romney

Trump Owning Some Dude

Trump Owning Shinzo Abe of Japan

Trump Meets his Match of Justin Trudeau

15 Feb, 2017

Cache 22

By | 2017-02-15T08:05:21+00:00 February 15th, 2017|My Brain|4 Comments

I know this problem exists but I’m not sure how widespread it is. When you visit this website, there is a good chance that you don’t see the latest post. I’ve googled “why are my latest posts not showing up using WordPress” and every result says the problem lies within the website’s cache. When I hear cache, I think of destroying the illegal arms cache in Goldeneye. I know cache has to do with storage. This would lead you to think that the storage of this website in people’s browsers is causing the issue. I’ve cleared the cache numerous times with numerous plugins and still run into the same problem. So I ask, do you have this problem every time you visit the website?