In West Philadelphia, Born and Raised…..

Will Smith and his wife Jada Pinkett-Smith are now partial owners of the Philadelphia 76ers. That. Is. Awesome. A midst all the terrible basketball news, a small shining face peers through the clouds and allows a bit of sunshine in. That face is Will Smith’s. Welcome to the 76ers, Mr. Smith.

Last year, Adam, Brendan (former, much lazier writer), and I attended a Sixers/OKC game and sat courtside. We were within feet of Andre Iguodala, Coach Collins, and many others. This year, if David Stern permits, we’ll be sitting court-side once more, but this time along with Will Smith. He’ll hang out with us, buy us drinks, and probably hit on my girlfriend.

This, of course, is just my imagination, because 1) Will Smith would never party with me and 2) I wouldn’t be able to land a girlfriend.

The Eagles looked a little bit better this week. By that, what I really meant is the Redskins failed to capitalize on our mistakes and we eventually walked into a victory.

Although I hate to compare ANY football game to a prior one (because they truly vary so much) I will say that the Eagles leading 20-3 at halftime had all the familiar symptoms of another Eagles 4th quarter collapse. Problem was, the Redskins were in the middle of a quarterback controversy and too shitty to actually beat the Eagles on that particular day.

If it was any other team, we’d probably be cursing the Eagles again right now. Lucky for us, Rex Grossman decided to throw like the Rex Grossman we all know, and gave away the ball 4 times. Their replacement, John Beck, rushed for a TD and definitely ignited the Redskins’ offense.

Strange thing is, if you ask anyone what the real problem with the Eagles is, no one can really put their finger on it. We can certainly run the ball. Our passing game is good. Michael Vick doesn’t appear to be hurt, so he still threatens the run and seems to be delivering the ball well. Our defense isn’t great, but it’s not as if we allow an absurd amount of yards per game.

Well, one problem is definitely Vince Young. Andy Reid was like, “Yo Vince, you’re time to shine!” and then immediately followed that with, “Yo Vince…. sit the fuck down.”

We just don’t seem to be closing games. Even ones we win. I’m still fearful for this season, but I suppose I have to quote Fast & Furious, “It doesn’t matter if you win by an inch or a mile, winning’s winning.”

Speaking of muscled-out roid-heads, how about Jim Harbaugh and Jim Schwart’z “Shake-Gate??” Mercy. I don’t care what anyone says, this is awesome. I love a good rivarly, and with two young teams with plenty of games ahead of them, this could live up to be one of the biggest in years.

The sort of nerdy head of the video department, Jim Schwartz leads his Lions through and incredible season, constantly bickering with the captain of the football team, Jim Harbaugh on and off the field. It’s like high school drama, but better! They’re adults!

All I’m saying is, yes, clearly Jim Harbaugh needs to control his emotions a little bit better. It is an incredible win and you should be very excited, but shake the man’s hand and show a little respect.

I’m not sure how I feel about Jim Schwartz’s reaction yet. On one hand, you can criticize the man for doing the exact same thing he was upset about. You have to control your emotions as well, so when someone does something you don’t like, you can’t just run after them screaming. On the other hand, it must be pretty inspiring to a team that just lost when your coach almost breaks into a fist-fight defending your honor. It probably helped rally the team after a pretty big loss. There’s also something to be said about trying to right what’s wrong. Just make sure when you do that, you don’t trance after a much bigger man looking like nerd running down the halls of a high school.

What I really want to know is, who is that guy in the suit trying to break up the scuffle initially? I’d like to see him get punched in the face. I don’t know why. I just do.

Alright, I’m spent.

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