As a group, none is more in question for the Philadelphia Union than defender. Let’s break this starting competition down to three positions… center back, right back and left back. We continue our Union starting 11 preview with a look at the 2018 Back Four. Center back Jack Elliot He is the only lock to […]Read more "Union Starting 11 Preview: 2018 Back Four"
The Sixers are currently riding high! A five game winning streak, tied for their most this season, and are playing like they did in late October/early November. It’s been 32 games since our first report card so let’s see how the fellas are doing. Note the grade in (*) is the player’s grade given to […]Read more "Grading the Sixers at the All-Star Break"
We are going to structure this Midfield preview, as well as the upcoming Back Four preview, a little differently than the Striker and Winger previews. The reason for this are the separate depth charts for attacking, central and defensive midfield positions. Although the most glaring need of a better #10 is still unfulfilled, there is […]Read more "Union Starting 11 Preview: 2018 Midfielders"
Four weeks away from the 2018 season opener and the Union roster has pretty much been finalized, sans for a new number 10 if we’re lucky. The Union are deeper at winger this season than they’ve been in quite a while and their starting duo could be the best combo they’ve ever fielded to start […]Read more "Union Starting 11 Preview: 2018 Wingers"
As the season is only five weeks away, and preseason is in full swing, it’s time to look at the roster and predict the starters for each position. Let’s start with the 2018 strikers! C.J. Sapong There is no doubt that Sapong will start alone at striker on opening day, March 3rd vs New England. […]Read more "Union Starting 11 Preview: 2018 Strikers"
The All-star game is almost upon us, which means that the NBA has one big deep breath before the hunt for the playoff begins. For the Sixers, this means there’s a lot of work to be done…but what are their chances of making it into the post-season? *Current play-off seeding in ( )* (1) Boston […]Read more "Evaluating the NBA Eastern Conference Playoff Picture at Mid-season"
Philadelphia Union fans are a tested bunch. The inaugural season began with promise and excitement. Things were building until the egomaniacal coach started sitting and parting with quality players out of spite. The next regime saw supporters forced into carrying a coffin labeled “Franchise Killer”, referring to then Union CEO Nick Sakiewicz. The next chapter […]Read more "Out of the Blue: Union Land David Accam in Draft-day Blockbuster"
The United States Men’s Soccer January camp roster was announced this Monday. It is clear the transition to a younger and more MLS-based group is well underway. Let’s take a look at the invitees and do some speculation as to who might stand out and what it could mean for big name veterans who weren’t […]Read more "USMNT and New Beginnings: A look at how the transition to the next generation has started"
Thank goodness for 2018. December 2017 was dreadful for the Philadelphia 76ers, winning only five out of fifteen contests, and giving the ball away like candy on Halloween. Yes, Joel Embiid missed a number of games due to a back injury. Too many times though, with and without Joel, they had double-digit leads late in […]Read more "Why January might define the Sixers’ 2017-2018 Season"
This past week I took my first trip to Canada, the Toronto area specifically, to spend the holidays with my girlfriend’s family and to watch the Sixers take on the Raptors. It pretty much fit perfectly. The game was on December 23rd so as not to interfere with any major holiday festivities. First let’s get […]Read more "Canadian courtesy and Santa’s little helpers: Experiencing a Sixers game north of the border"