Today’s version of the 2 cents begins with a certain group of Seventy Sixer fans. You know who you are; the trade Ben cartel. Did you see what happened on Thursday the 4th? The Sixers were totally out of sync. Am I the only one who sees that Ben Simmons is the handler and leader of this team. In any of the last couple of seasons, I was the leader of the chorus. I was the first on the “Trade Ben Now” wagon. I realize now that it was a lack of a good head coach to give Ben direction and not just his play. Now with Doc Rivers, he gets the direction he needs and is truly the conductor of the Sixers Orchestra this year. So for all you “Trade Ben” fans who cannot see the difference between this season and previous ones, please root for any other team in the East as that team will be following the Sixers.
On to the Phillies. Who reading this thought that JT would not resign with the Phillies even though I reported he would on 2 different occasions earlier in the winter? That’s alot of hands. In my last report on our 2 outstanding free agents, I pretty much guaranteed that the Phillies would sign both JT and DiDi. And they did. The Phillies added some bullpen help and a couple of starters. Not the quality of starter that the Dodgers just signed but help for a beleaguered rotation. The Phillies can be thankful that they only play the Dodgers for 2 series and the Mets didn’t get Bauer.
Onto the Flyers. A good team that gives up too many goals. With a good offense, you need a good defense. You can’t score almost 4.1 goals a game and give up the 3.25 goals a game. Especially when the scoring goes dry for a couple of period stretch. Tonight’s game is a must for the boys in Orange and Black to regain sole possession of 1st place.
The Eagles or should I say the off season of Carson Wentz. “Reports” flow through my inbox everyday which is weird as no trades can occur until mid March. Wentz will always have the injury asterisk next to his name but this year he showed how much of a team player he can be. The season was over and the team wanted to see how good the new kid on the block was. Hurts didn’t look like Montana but he looked above average. And he looked better than Wentz. Most competitive athletes would strive to get in better shape, focus on better play calling and sharpen his throwing accuracy. Not stay silent and be MIA for most of the off season. Carson needs to sit down with Nick and get his game on with the new HC. Carson has 4 years of play calling and not just 3 games. Get your films together. Put your best game forward and make it the best situation possible instead of asking for a trade.