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NFL oracle sees Eagles pick Geno

NFL oracle sees Eagles pick Geno

The NFL Draft kicks off at the end of April, meaning the Eagles have some important decisions to make; decisions that, if made wrong, will destroy this city and everything it stands for, forever.

Which was why NFL analyst Mel Kiper's latest mock draft so curious. Kiper has the Eagles picking West Virginia quarterback Geno Smith in the fourth round.

Smith would be a trendy pick at a position where head coach Chip Kelly has created some speculation. He would also be a completely awful pick and the Eagles shouldn't pick him, according to Pro Football Weekly.

IT'S ALL OVER

It finally happened; the Philadelphia 76ers will not be going to the 2013 NBA Playoffs.

On Saturday, they were beaten senseless by an emphatically playoff-bound Miami Heat squad, 106-87, and will take a day off today because... well, there really wasn't a good reason not to.

And with the Philly sportscape in relative shambles, we hold out hope that parallel universes out there are telling a happier story.

THE ROOTS OF THE ISSUE

It's been well documented that Jay Leno will be departing The Tonight Show and replaced with SNL alum Jimmy Fallon next spring. But what hasn't been documented is the future of Fallon's house band: Philly icons The Roots.

That this is up for debate is dramatically wrong-headed of NBC, who apparently has not seen what the The Roots add to Fallon's overall performance.

Some of that applause was probably also for the leader of the free world, but the point remains valid.

DO WHAT WE DO BEST

Panic is a Philadelphia tradition; no matter how many times we hear, "It's just six games," nothing can quell that insatiable fear stirring in the guts of thousands. 

Billy Butler's grand slam on Sunday solidified that the Phillies' season is over, collapsing all of that fragile optimism we spent all spring assembling. Cole Hamels has allowed too many runs over his first two starts, the offense shows up too late if at all, and it's pretty obvious that whatever the problem is, Ryne Sandberg would be able to solve it.

But what is key to remember at this point is that baseball is not a single, miserable blink - it's a six-month trudge to into autumn that leaves us emotionally devastated. There is plenty of baseball left - too much, some might say. But if Definite Everything-Fixer Ryne Sandberg is to be trusted, the Phillies still have some time.

Justin Klugh Sports Producer
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