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Sixers Trade Up To 27 And Draft Arnett Moultrie

June 29th, 2012 by Sam Shipley | Comments Off on Sixers Trade Up To 27 And Draft Arnett Moultrie | Filed in Basketball, General, Sixers

Sixers Trade Up To Get Moultrie!

The Sixers traded back into the first round, by giving up a future first round pick and the 45th pick in this draft to the Miami Heat for the 27th pick. With that pick the Sixers selected PF/C Arnett Moultrie out of Mississippi State. Moultrie averaged 16 points and 10 rebounds last season. he is 6’11. 225 pounds. Chad Ford had this to say about Moultrie before the draft: “Moultrie looks like an NBA lottery prospect at first glance — he’s long, athletic, super bouncy and coming off a terrific season, averaging 16.4 ppg and 10.5 rpg.” A lottery prospect at 27? Sounds good to me and especially that it fills a huge void in the Sixers frontcourt.

The Sixers now have just the 54th pick left in this years draft.


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With The 15th Pick The Philadelphia 76ers Select: Moe Harkless

June 29th, 2012 by Sam Shipley | Comments Off on With The 15th Pick The Philadelphia 76ers Select: Moe Harkless | Filed in Basketball, General, Sixers

Sixers Take Moe Harkless!

The Sixers selected Forward Maurice Harkless with the 15th pick. He is a Freshman out of St. Johns, and averaged 15 points and close to 9 rebounds last season. This pick would almost assure people that Iggy is going to be traded this summer. Harkless is 6’9, 207 pounds and has a wingspan of 7’0. He will need to continue to work on his outside game, now that he will most likely be a wing for the Sixers.

The Sixers have the 45th and 54th picks remaining in the draft.


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Qualls Gets DFA’d

June 29th, 2012 by AmyMac | Comments Off on Qualls Gets DFA’d | Filed in Baseball, General, Phillies

By Amy McGinnis

Yesterday’s excitement included Utley’s return and his first at-bat of the season.  I almost wish Chase had autographed the ball before he hit it into the stands … “Told you I’d be back.” Even with the loss (more on that in a minute), I was happy to see Chase back on the field where he belongs.  Welcome back, Uts.

What could top news like that this week? Oh, right … a big, fat DFA for Chad Qualls.  A pitcher hasn’t pissed me off this much since David Herndon.  I’m so thrilled that I don’t have to see him come from the bullpen anymore.  It also means, however, that I can’t ask things like “How the hell does Chad Qualls still have a job?” and “Where should I mail this one-way bus ticket I bought for Chad Qualls?” Taking his spot is LHP Jeremy Horst, who joined the Phils in Spring Training as an NRI.

I tend to think that Qualls’s numbers seem deceiving.  Sure, a 4.60 ERA isn’t stellar; however, most of us are surprised when we hear that stat.  Why? Because Qualls let up those runs at significant times.  He seemed to excel at making things worse.  If you Google the phrase “shitting the bed,” you’ll see a picture of Chad Qualls.  Ok, that’s a lie, but you get the point.

So, Amaro made the decision to jettison Qualls from the sinking ship that is the 2012 Phillies.  Ruben said, “We just felt it was the right thing to do.” Agreed, sir.  Qualls wasn’t surprised by the news.  “The organization feels like they want to make a move.  That’s fine.” (We know.) “I asked Ruben to trade me.” (Good luck finding a club that’s interested.) “I feel like I’m a big league pitcher.” (Someone has been lying to you, son.) “I’ve been doing this for a long time.” (We get it.  You’re old.) “I could have thrown the ball a lot better while I was here.” (True story, dude.) I could do this all day.

God’s speed, Qualls.


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76ers “Stay or Go” Fan Vote

June 28th, 2012 by Philly Pressbox | Comments Off on 76ers “Stay or Go” Fan Vote | Filed in Sixers

With the NBA Draft less than 24 hours away, and nearly 7000 votes posted on the end of season “76ers Stay or Go Fan Vote”, it is apparent that the 76ers fans aren’t happy enough with upsetting the Chicago Bulls in the first round of the playoffs, and taking the Boston Celtics to 7 games in the second round. The fans are voting for a housecleaning of the current players. The end of year tradition allows fans to vote which individual players should “stay” or “go” before next season. These polls are enjoyable because only the rabid fans bother to vote.  When the Eagles voting was completed in January, we broke down the results and shared them with you. Following is the link to that article. Interestingly enough the fans wanted Asante Samual gone, and the Eagles have obliged. We recently posted the Flyers “Stay or Go” results and the fans wanted James van Riemsdyk gone, and the Flyers management has obliged. Does team management really pay attention to what the fans want? Following is the link to the Flyers results.

Here’s how it works. You go on the site and  vote “stay” or “go” for each player. Once you’ve voted on the player the current vote result is shown.  You can vote as many times as you choose. We were very surprised with the Eagles results and somewhat surprised with the Flyers results, but based on these fan results the 76ers would be close to starting over.

There were a total of 14 players listed plus Head Coach Doug Collins and General Manager Rod Thorn. Using 50% “stay” versus 50% “go” here are the results. The players that will be “staying” are Lavoy Allen with 96.5% “stay” votes, Jrue Holiday with 94.5% “stay” votes, Evan Turner with 89.0% “stay” votes, Thaddeus Young with 84.8% “stay” votes, Nikola Vucevic with 81.0% “stay” votes and Lou Williams with 63.9% “stay” votes. That’s it folks! These are the only players that you voted to stay for next season. This doesn’t look like a team that will advance past the second round of the playoffs by adding a couple draft pick.

Following are the percentage of  “go” votes for the remaining 8 players. The lightening rod, and the only 2011-12 All Star, Andre Iguodala, received 51.7% “go” votes. With the 7000 votes cast, Iggy was the closest to a 50/50 vote of any of the players. The fans are split almost down the middle on keeping the All Star. Spencer Hawes and Jodie Meeks each received 55.3% “go” votes, Sam Young received 68.0% “go” votes, Craig Brackens received 79.7% “go” votes, Xavier Silas received 80.9% “go” votes, Eldon Brand received 82.3% “go” votes and Tony Battle received 86.4% “go” votes. If the 76ers were without all of these players next year they would have no one on the bench and would’ve changed out half of it’s starting line up.

As far as Collins and Thorn the fans are happy. Colllins received 94.0% “stay” votes while Thorn received 66.7% “stay” votes.



Mock Draft

June 28th, 2012 by Sam Shipley | Comments Off on Mock Draft | Filed in Basketball, General, Sixers

Where will these future stars land?

Here is my Mock Draft for tomorrow’s draft (1st Round Only):

1. Hornets– Anthony Davis (Kentucky)

2. Bobcats– Thomas Robinson (Kansas)

3. Wizards– Bradley Beal (Florida)


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Sixers Ready To Make Noise In The Draft?

June 28th, 2012 by Sam Shipley | Comments Off on Sixers Ready To Make Noise In The Draft? | Filed in Basketball, General, Sixers, Sports

Iggy headed to the D.C.?

Tomorrow night is the NBA Draft and there has been a lot of rumors going around surrounding the Sixers. Here are a few recent ones:

  • Iggy to Golden State for Richard Jefferson, Dorrell Wright, and the 7th pick.
  • The Sixers are in talks with OKC in buying the 28th pick.
  • Iggy to the Kings for the 5th pick.

All of these moves would benefit the Sixers in a big way, but none are bigger than the latest rumor going around.

Andre Iguodala and the 54th pick to Washington for Andray Blatche and the 3rd pick.


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A Sight for Sore Eyes

June 28th, 2012 by AmyMac | Comments Off on A Sight for Sore Eyes | Filed in Baseball, Basketball, General, Phillies

By Amy McGinnis

I think my Facebook newsfeed exploded today.  Lots of OMGs.  Lots of exclamation points.  Lots of “CHASE IS BACKKKKK.”  I don’t know about all of you, but I am one happy baseball nerd right now.  (I feel as though I should punctuate that sentence with lots of exclamation points.  And smiley faces.  And hearts.)

For many months, we’ve listened to Ruben Amaro, Jr. tell us that Chase Utley, our beloved second baseman, would return.  We just didn’t know when.  The time has come, kids.  Chase was activated from his rehab assignment today.  If you recall, when Utley returned from injury last season, his first night at the plate wasn’t so hot.  0-5, if I remember correctly.  While I’m sure his offense will help, I don’t think it’s the most beneficial element of his return.  Aside from his bat, Chase’s presence in the lineup will provide three things.

  1. The Chase Utley Effect. Even if Chase lays an egg with his at bats, he tends to have an influence on the rest of the lineup.  When Chase plays, our offense as a whole comes together.
  2. The infield.  This is pretty self-explanatory.  Utley is an All-Star second baseman; I still expect to see him hustle and make plays.  Remember the days of a beautiful 6-4-3 double play when we saw Jimmy would grab a groundball and spin, hurling it to Chase, and Chase would unload it to Howie like it was on fire and he couldn’t get it out of his hands fast enough? Well, two out of three ain’t bad.  And Howard should be back soon, too. Oh, the giddyness of it all!
  3. Leadership. Utley has always been a cornerstone of this team, and although he’s quiet, he seems able to lead the Phils when others (looking at you, Charlie Manuel) can’t.


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