Will the Philadelphia 76ers ever win?

The Philadelphia 76ers lost to the San Antonio Spurs 100-75 in San Antonio, Texas, Monday, reassuring they are the worst team in the National Basketball Association.

The Sixers, now 0-10 on the season, are the last team in the NBA without a win. During their embarrassing 123-70 loss to the Dallas Mavericks, fans became so bored they started reading the newspaper to pass time.

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Keep in mind, this picture was taken before the end of the first half. It seems that the Sixers have a lot of work to do to save their 2015-2016 season, even being only 10 games into the 2014-2015  season.

The Sixers chose Joel Embiid as the No. 3 overall pick in the 2014 draft. However, the injury to his foot continues to delay the possibility of him having any sort of impact on the team.

The active players on the Sixers, that were supposed to have an impact, are doing anything but that. The 2013 No. 6 overall draft pick Nerlens Noel was expected to stand out among other players on the squad. After playing eight games, Noel is averaging 6.6 points per game, 5.9 rebounds per game and 1.6 assists per game. He is shooting 40% from the field, according to ESPN.com.

2013 Rookie of the Year Michael Carter-Williams hasn’t been playing horribly, but has only competed in three games so far this season. He is averaging 16 points per game, 6 rebounds per game and 4.7 assists per game, according to ESPN.com. It seems as if his focus has been more on Stephen A. Smith than winning games for his team.

In case you haven’t heard of what has been occurring between MCW and Smith, Carter-Williams accused Smith of playing a character in the locker room, in an essay he posted to the Players Tribune. Maybe this was said out of anger, or perhaps frustration. Regardless, it doesn’t help the Sixers win games.

The one glimmer of hope on this Sixers squad is shooting guard Tony Wroten. Wroten is averaging 19.1 points per game, 3.9 rebounds per game and 6 assists per game, according to ESPN.com. However, it takes more than one player performing to win games.

Starting 0-10 is tough for any team, but the schedule the Sixers will be facing in their upcoming games doesn’t exactly provide any hope to Philadelphia fans. Their next five opponents are the Boston Celtics (3-6), Phoenix Suns (6-5), New York Knicks (3-8), Portland Trail Blazers (8-3), and Brooklyn Nets (4-6).

One thing that distinguishes these next five opponents from the Philadelphia 76ers? They all have won at least one game.

Philadelphia faithful are not so quick to forget the 26-game losing streak the Sixers had during the 2013-2014 season, which is tied for the longest of all time in the NBA. As of now, they are on pace to surpass that streak without a single win on the season.

Written by:

Joseph Markle

Indiana University of Pennsylvania ’15

Journalism

Writer’s note:  Allen Iverson, if you can read this, THEY NEED YOU.

Mark Sanchez and the Philadelphia Eagles Defeat Carolina Panthers 45-21

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The Philadelphia Eagles and backup quarterback Mark Sanchez defeated the Carolina Panthers 45-21 on Monday Night Football in Philadelphia.

Sanchez finished with 332 yards, two touchdowns, and completed 20 of 37 passes. Cam Newton, Carolina’s quarterback, finished with 306 yards, two touchdowns, three interceptions, and completed 25 of 40 pass attempts.

The most surprising player of the game?

That would have to be Eagles rookie wide receiver Jordan Matthews. He caught both of Sanchez’s touchdown passes and racked up 138 yards on seven receptions.

Jordan Matthews’ best game statistically before Monday night? Week 3 against the Washington Redskins, in which he racked up 59 yards and two touchdowns.

Eagles running back Darren Sproles was also a key component in the win. Sproles had an 8-yard touchdown run early in the first quarter, and a 65-yard punt return touchdown later in the first.

With the win, the Eagles remain in first place of the NFC East. However, the Dallas Cowboys are not far behind. The Eagles are now 7-2, while the Cowboys are 7-3.

The Eagles play the Green Bay Packers next week, and the Cowboys have a bye week. Both teams will play each other on Thanksgiving day.

Los Angeles Kings @ Philadelphia Flyers Oct. 28, 7 p.m.

The Philadelphia Flyers look to continue a 2-game win streak against the Los Angeles Kings Oct. 28, at 7 p.m. in Philadelphia.

     However, the Kings look to continue a 6-game win streak by getting number 7 on the road. They have out-scored opponents 22-12 so far this season.
     After starting 1-3-2, the Flyers have reached .500 and are now 3-3-2 after defeating the Detroit Red Wings at home and the Pittsburgh Penguins on the road. Both wins were important for the team, the coach and playoff hopes.
     Playoff hopes? Isn’t it only the fourth week of the National Hockey League sesason?
     Yes, however the key to the Flyers success this season lies in the ability to win games, and consistently. Backup goalie Ray Emery was the net-minder during the last two wins.
     But how can you blame goaltending? Coach Craig Berube seems to view the goalie as one of the key aspects of his team.
     However, the goalie doesn’t exactly win games. The Flyers’ problem lies on the defensive side of the rink, as well as generating plays that put the puck in front of the net. They were out-shot 37-17 in the 4-2 win against the Red Wings.
     With Los Angeles players like Dustin Brown, Jeff Carter and Marian Gaborik, look for the Flyers to try to keep the puck away from the goaltender.
     Key players on the Flyers offensive side will be Wayne Simmonds and captain Claude Giroux.
Simmonds has started the season with 5 goals and 2 assists in 8 games. Giroux has 2 goals and 8 assists thus far, and both players will be looking to add to these statistics tonight.
    Key players for the Los Angeles Kings will be centers Jeff Carter and Tyler Toffoli. Carter has started the season with 5 goals and 7 assists. Toffoli has now racked up 4 goals and 8 assists.
Game Notes:
-The Kings are 38-80-16 all time against the Flyers.
-The Kings are 1-8-1 in their last 10 games on the road against the Flyers.
-The Flyers have scored 9 goals in their last two games, being out-shot 62-50.
-After starting 0-1-1, the Kings have now won 6 straight.
-The Kings currently sit in second of the Western Pacific Division. The Flyers are currently sitting in second to last of the Eastern Metropolitan Division.
Story by:
Joseph Markle
Indiana University of Pennsylvania ’15
Journalism Major