Michael Bradley is a contributor to several national publications, including Slam Magazine and Hoop Magazine. He is a host on 97.5 The Fanatic, contributes to Sirius/XM Mad Dog Radio and CSNPhilly.com, and is an adjunct professor at Villanova, Saint Joseph's and Neumann.
In its treacly ads that have been airing incessantly throughout the men’s basketball tournament, the NC2A has tried to convince unsuspecting sports fans that it is the very wind that lifts its athletes to great heights on the fields of competition and in their first forays into the real world. We see hopeful job applicants supported by supportive school mascots. Young scientists receive encouragement from cheerleaders. Brass bands celebrate students’ accomplishments. Behind it all is the NC2A, an omnipresent support mechanism.
It’s hard to believe, but in some people’s eyes, the Phillies organization has slid below the Eagles in the minds and hearts of Philadelphia’s fans. Just a few short years ago, the team couldn’t do anything wrong. Riding high after the 2008 title and playing to packed houses every night, the Phillies were infallible.
No sports fan began 2013 having a better time than Bill Meyers. On January 5th, he watched the Packers whip the Vikings in an NFL wild-card game from the icy Lambeau Field sidelines. Two days later, the Columbia-trained surgeon witnessed—also from field-level—Alabama’s BCS title-game demolition of Notre Dame. Jealous? You should be.
Sixers CEO Adam Aron has not been asked yet for a vote of confidence regarding the future of coach Doug Collins, although his tweet in the wake of the team’s titanic meltdown last week in Denver serves as a pretty solid indication that there is a high level of dissatisfaction in the executive suite.
Come Tuesday, the NFL marketplace will be open for business, with a variety of offerings available to teams willing to write fat checks and guarantee eight-figure sums. Need a cornerback? There are plenty of options. How about a safety? Right over here, sir. Tight ends? How many do you need?
Thursday’s news that the Big East is splintering apart—something we have known for a while now—left a lot of Temple fans reeling. If the Owls are stuck in a conference with the likes of East Carolina, Tulane, Central Florida and Memphis, why even bother? Seriously, dual membership in the Mid-American and Atlantic 10 Conferences was better than this.
The big news Saturday night in Sixerland had nothing to do with the whupping administered to the local NBA outfit by defending champ Miami. If the Heat showed up the least bit interested, the Sixers were done. Miami did, and Doug Collins’ team was.