Joel Embiid caught by ESPN eating a burger courtside

Sixers star Joel Embiid was spotted by ESPN enjoying a burger and a footrub about 90 minutes prior to Sunday night’s game against the Washington Wizards.

Until Sunday night, the Sixers hadn’t lost a game since the Eagles won the Super Bowl way back on Feb. 4. But Sixers fans chanting “E-A-G-L-E-S” at Capital One Arena in Washington, D.C., wasn’t enough to keep the team’s seven-game winning streak alive, as they dropped their eighth-consecutive game against the Wizards, 109-94.

Don’t blame Joel Embiid for the loss. The Sixers star finished with a game-high 25 points and pulled down 10 rebounds, his 31st double-double of the season.

Embiid was fueled in part by a burger he was caught enjoying courtside while having his foot rubbed, a moment that created a few laughs among  ESPN’s NBA Countdown crew.

“Now don’t get me wrong, I like a foot rub and a burger, but yeah, it’s not normal,” said NBA free agent Chris Bosh, who was a guest analyst on NBA Countdown Sunday night. “But hey, you’ve got to trust the process.”


Tim Tebow hurts himself on a sprinkler

Tim Tebow Mets
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Aspiring Mets outfielder Tim Tebow.

A note to aspiring baseball players out there — watch out for those sprinklers.

Former Eagles quarterback Tim Tebow, who continues on his quest to become a Major League Baseball player, sprained his left ankle after tripping over a sprinkler head last week at the New York Mets’ spring training complex in Port St. Lucie, Fla.

Tebow, in his first major league camp after hitting .226 and eight home runs in 126 Class A games last season, is expected to make his Grapefruit League debut Monday if results from a precautionary X-ray come back negative.

“I’m trying to be smart about it and keep [the ankle] taped,” Tebow told reporters after workouts on Sunday.

So what are Tebow’s prospects of actually making the team? Pretty good, according to Mets general manager Sandy Alderson.

“We thought he would best benefit from being in major league camp, that would accelerate his development, rather than falling back on protocol,” Alderson said Monday on SportsNet New York. “So I’m very comfortable that he’s here. He’s going to be a great addition over the next six weeks. Somebody asked me whether I think he’ll be a major league player at some point. I think he will play in the major leagues. That’s my guess, that’s my hope, and to some extent now after a year and a half, a modest expectation.”

Keith Olbermann returning to ESPN … for now

Keith Olbermann made a name for himself as the irreverent host of ESPN’s SportsCenter during its heyday in the early 1990s, when he and co-host Dan Patrick dubbed the broadcast “The Big Show.” Now it appears Olbermann, last seen offering political videos for GQ, is on his way back.

Olbermann will host Pardon the Interruption on Thursday and Friday with Tony Kornheiser, the first step in what could possibly become his third stint with the the popular sports network.

Olbermann’s first departure came amid fireworks, with ESPN vice president Mike Soltys famously saying back in 2001, “He didn’t burn bridges here, he napalmed them.” His second stint, hosting Olbermann on ESPN2, ended more quietly, with the network deciding not to renew his two-year contract amid reports they wanted the outspoken host to tone down his commentary. ESPN claimed the move was related to cutting the cost of Olbermann’s salary.

So far, ESPN is staying quiet about Olbermann joining the network in a more permanent role, but over the past year he has made several appearances on the network, including showing up on SportsCenter to talk about Eagles quarterback Nick Foles and all the unlikely quarterbacks to win the Super BowlHe’s also slated to do some ESPN Radio spots.

Olbermann himself previewed his return to the ESPN mothership back in January.

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