DURING THE NBA playoffs in 1967, there was a scalper who stood outside of Convention Hall. He would approach you and quietly ask whether you wanted to get inside; 10 bucks a head, twice the regular ticket price. He would tell you to follow him down the da
LONG BEFORE the Sixers played the Spurs, everybody knew. Joel Embiid, centerpiece of the Sixers' rebuild, was not playing. On Wednesday morning he was declared inactive both Wednesday against the Spurs and Thursday at Orlando, which would mean the bone bruise on his left knee suffered Jan. 20 will cost him at least 11 of 12 games and eight in a row.
IT MIGHT be the five minutes that saved the season. Long before a 2-1 final sent the Flyers surging into the NHL All-Star break, rookie defenseman Ivan Provorov took a double-minor penalty when his stick caught Leafs center Tyler Bozak in the face and drew blood. That was just over seven minutes into a sloppy first period for the Flyers, dead-legged after a draining win at Madison Square Garden less than 24 hours before.
HOWIE'S GOTTA do it. The crowd will love it. The draft comes to Philadelphia this spring. On April 27, Roger Goodell simply has to approach the dais and announce, "With the fifth pick in the 2017 NFL draft, the Philadelphia Eagles select Mike Williams, wide receiver, Clemson."
WHEN DOES independence among professional athletes become insubordination, then dereliction of duty? When players act without permission. Insubordination once was a rarity, quickly quashed by authoritarian coaches who ruled with iron fists. Today, insubordination has become more common. Athletes' wealth and branding have increased their power. More are willing to say what's on their minds, even when those thoughts contradict the party line.
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Marcus Hayes is a sports columnist for the Daily News and Inquirer. Hired more than 20 years ago as a features writer, he has since covered the Eagles, Phillies, and Sixers beats as well as Big Five basketball, college football, golf, and the Olympics.