Sixers: Answers from the CTP Inbox Part 1 of 3

As a fan, there is no worse feeling, than believing your team is better then they are.  Coming into the playoffs off, a 52 game win season, and a 3 seed, and the Celtics sans their two best players, everyone including myself thought for sure the Sixers were on a collision course to meet the Cavs and LBJ in the Eastern Conference Finals.  Look how much things have changed in a week.  This time last week, we were making predictions of Sixers in 6 or even 5 after a fairly easy elimination of the Miami Heat in the first round, and the Celtics just coming off a very competitive 7 game series with the Bucks.  Here we are precisely one week later, on the verge of elimination at home, not even trying to win the series, at this point just trying to avoid the sweep.  Emotions run high during the…

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Sixers: I was away this weekend, What the Hell??

Blown 22 point leads 1 Point from an all world Point Guard Bad use of timeouts, or lack of use of the timeout Not using the foul to give The pick and pop shooters and lack of ability to create shots The dominance of the Celtics wing players The exposure of bad perimeter defense. How bad is Robert Covington? Do the Sixers need to fire Brett Brown? Did the Sixers get laced by the Celtics in last years draft? Missed Slam Dunks Late game situations and closing games out The turnover problem Where do we go from here? Was the process a failure? Why do people hate/not want Lebron James I will have answers to all of this and more, as the continuetheprocess email box was bombarded with hate mail this weekend as well as people having more questions then answers.   This will all be covered over the next several…

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For the Flyers: Is Carter Hart The Answer??

For a team, that has not won a Championship since 1975, Flyers fans, remain awfully loyal to a team that does not seem to have plan or a direction.  Some people believe that Claude Giroux is a leader and a piece you can build around.   However, based on his playoff numbers, and leadership, I do not believe the same.  Sure he had 102 points, and sure he lead this team in scoring by a wide margin, but his 3 points and minus ten in the playoffs in which his team was destroyed in a 6 game series, I can not say the same.   Especially when this seems to be more the norm, then just some anomaly.  Other fans, believe that Ron Hextall has the team moving in the proper direction with his youth movement, which has yet to be proven out, all be it still early. One of the main…

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Sixers: Confidence Level for Game 2?

It has been a bad few days, the Sixers played game 1 of the second round on Monday and lost by a fairly large margin.  The offense sans Joel Embiid was bad, the defense, was slow looked lost, played without urgency, missed fundamental switches, and gave the Celtics way to many open shots.   Brad Stevens game plan for game 1 was much better then the one formulated by our coach Brett Brown.  After a few days to look at it from all angles, and re group, I will tell you, I am more confident then I was after Monday night.  However, as a caveat to all that, I also believe there are a good amount of adjustments that need to be made, or the Sixers who I thought were a lock for the finals, could be coming back down to the Wells Fargo down 0-2, making the games, must win. …

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Why Continuetheprocess.com, should be your one stop for Philly Sports Opinions

As we know there are many Philly sports blogs, out there.   There is the one run by the guy with two first names, who figured out the mystery of 97.5 caller Dewayne from Swedesboro.   There is the other one run by former 97.5 the fanatic host Sean Brace.   I will not say the names of them, as you should know what they are.  The difference between those sites and mine.   Well for one as I stated, mine will always be completely free, with no subscription model, and I refuse to run a sweat shop and sell t-shits for profit.   The other one, tries to force feed, culture, and stuff to do with your weekend, down your throat.  You have your own life do whatever you want.  The other things these sites have in common is investors, and employees, they have sold out to make a marginal profit running, a website,…

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Phillies: Baseball is a fundamental game

My last Phillies post was approximately one week ago, the Phillies, were 14-7 and a half game out of first place.   I warned at that point in time, they had played, 3 of the worst teams in the league in their first 21 games.  Here we are a week later at 16-12 still a half game out of first place but with a 3 game losing streak.   Back to back losses to the Braves in which they were outscored 14-2, and those games, were not even close.   So what is going on with the Phillies, there are a few things we can attribute this recent struggle too. The first is pitching.  I was kind of amped when the Phillies, aquired Vince Velasquez in a trade for flame throwing closer Ken Giles.   The scouts said he had upside, but was quite injury prone, and had up and down outings.  I still…

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Not Very Many Positives From Game 1

A 6 day lay off, in a hostile building, up against a team who just had a hard fought 7 game series, and playing off emotion. It all showed, it was ugly, it has people calling for the coaches job again, and people cursing the process. There is no easy way to put this as a fan. Game 1 was for what its worth an ugly performance. The Sixers got waxed 117-101 and at no point was this game even close. So lets look at Game 1 first, and lets pump the brakes a little bit going forward in this series. The final score of this game makes it appear as the game, was not close, and it was not. It was complete domination by the Celtics, and now we as fans, have to look at what they did, is it fixable, and was rust as I was worried about…

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Weekend Recap: Howie Roseman is a savage, Akers was the perfect troll, and we renew a Sixers/Celtics rivalry!

So this weekend, was the NFL Draft, from AT and T Stadium, in Dallas, or Arlington, or wherever Jerry Jones’ overpriced beast of a venue is located.  Not only in my humble opinion, did it lack any type of fan interaction feel, it also seemed staged and fake.   It was almost like they tried to recreate Radio City Music Hall in a football stadium, which was a complete failure.   Radio City Music Hall holds 6015 people at max capacity.  If you look at the Forbes by the numbers article referencing the NFL Draft, it states the two following bullet points, that I find extremely interesting: 100,000: Seating capacity of AT&T Stadium, the biggest in the NFL. The Stadium is configured to hold 40,000 for the draft. As many as 400,000 are projected to attend the Draft or events around it. 250,000: Record attendance over three days for the 2017 NFL Draft…

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NFL Draft: A Surprising First Day, Not Suprising for Eagles!

The NFL Draft was last night, and in many ways it was different then any other year.  I am fairly positive we all believed the Eagles were going to trade out of their Pick at 32.   Lack of second day picks, put them in a bad spot, and this roster is already pretty talent heavy.   I was shocked especially after the re-structure of his deal, that there was not some type of Nick Foles talk, especially to the teams, that drafted and need Quaterbacks.  Equally I am kind of surprised although it still could happen is that Mychael Kendricks, was not dealt.   I am aware that Jordan Hicks, is injury prone, I am also aware, that Kendricks, played a key role in the Super Bowl run, but with the style of defense, this team plays, with mainly 2 Linebackers (Bradham and Hicks), Kendricks is the odd man out. While his…

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Opinion: How Long Will Embiid be mask wearing?

The series was tied 1-1 going to Miami, the Sixers had just lost home court advantage, Dwayne Wade turned the clock back 10 years, completely taking over the fourth quarter, and Miami defeated the Sixers 113-103.  It was the worst game the Sixers played the whole series, and also the only game they lost in the series.   It led people to wonder would Embiid be back in game 3, all be it with a mask.   More importantly this cryptic treat from game 1 bell ringer and the process himself states the frustration:   Our answer came when we got to Miami and as expected Joel did return with a mask.   He had never played with one before so we did not know what the results would be, or what or expectations should be.  The whole mask issue itself has had quite a bit of things associated with it, since its…

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LeBron James: Is a Bad, Bad Man!

So this will always be mainly a Philadelphia sports blog, but last night was a slow night in town other then a Phillies win vs the Diamondbacks to improve them to 15-8 but it is so early in the year and we do not exactly know what they are yet.  So on a slow sports night, what else is there to talk about. Well why the Sixers await the next team up in the playoffs which will be either the Celtics or the Bucks which could start Saturday night or next week depending on how it plays out. What we do know in the second round is that we will not be playing Indiana or the Cavs.  Indiana looks like a pretty tough team, no real superstars but they play well. Then there are the Cavs who are a dumpster fire of a team, and the best player in the…

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Eagles: This schedule is not so comforting…

Last week the NFL Schedule was released for all 32 teams.  There were some things leaked prior, in terms of London games and dates, and of course there was some wrong information leaked months ago by the self-proclaimed “King” Eagles guru himself, Howard Eskin:       When #NFL schedule comes out sources tell me #Eagles will play #Vikings to open season Thursday night September 6th in Philadelphia. It’s rematch of NFC Championship game. @SportsRadioWIP — Howard Eskin (@howardeskin) March 19, 2018   Of course that was not right but when is he ever.   Secondly, in my own defense, while I would have liked to see this game and tore this team apart again, this time in the season opener on national TV, and break Kirk Cousins and his 88 million dollar legs, I would have preferred Dallas.  Just to raise that banner, and be introduced as the defending champion. …

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The NFL Draft is Tomorrow in Dallas? The Eagles are Superbowl Champions!!

I have not had the time yet to write about the NFL Draft, or the off season as a a whole yet, as I have been caught up in Sixers madness, an incredible stretch run to end the season, and winning a first round playoff series for the first time in 6 years.  With that I assume, this will be the first of many posts about the Birds here. In case you forgot, live under a rock, or just generally do not care.   The Eagles beat the Patriots in Superbowl 52, 41-33 behind MVP Nick Foles.  There was a parade in Philadelphia, I was there and according to who you ask only around 699,999 people were as well.   I do not know what the bigger joke is regarding the entire championship run.   Was it the number of people at the parade, or was it the excuse by the Pats fans, that…

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Growth, What is a Foul?, Meek Mill, and a series win!

Yesterday, was a full circle of events in Philadelphia.   Five years of tanking, to get two generational athletes.    In a close out game, in an extremely physical series, back at the Wells Fargo Center, and a chance to advance to the second round for the first time, since 2012, emotion and the fans should be enough to carry you home.   In a city that has been on cloud 9 since February, and a town celebrating its first Superbowl Championship, the Sixers look to continue the euphoria. The big question is who in a game like this, should ring the bell.   Obvious choices are anyone from the Eagles, even though Doug P, Carson Wentz, and other players already have done that.   The Mayor? The Govener, he was in attendance but not really a Philly Guy. How bout this Guy? That is right, none other the Meek Mill (Philly’s own) himself, who…

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The Phillies: Are They For Real?

Here it is April 24th and the Philadelphia Phillies sit at 14-7 and a half game out of the NL East lead, behind the Mets.  They are winners of 5 of their last 6, just completed a 4 game sweep of the Pittsburgh Pirates, have a 9-1 record and are home for the next 6 at Citizens Bank Park. With that being said, where exactly is this team, who are they, and what should we expect?  I will state that at this  point in the season, although still early, this team is playing above my expectations, even with some shaky managerial moves early in the season, by the Rookie Skipper.  After that opening day game against the Braves, myself and fans included, were ready to run, his “i think he is presenting beautifully” ass out of town.  But things change, and the moves have gotten much better, not to mention…

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The Flyers: Different Year, Same Result! Why are fans surprised??

  One player with a torn, MCL, a hat trick, 5 points, the heart and will to win, in an elimination game and then there is a Team Captain who had a single goal, and 2 assists, and a -10 rating in the playoffs.   Yet everyone thought this was going to be different.   Ask yourselves, why?? An 8-5 waxing, in which you were out scored 6-1 in the final 28 minutes, by a far superior team, and another failed season, in which the same questions remain, and you have not had a championship since 1975. Where do we start?  First, let me say that as a fan of all teams in Philadelphia, the Flyers are the team I route for the least, because, I do not understand the thought process, and it does not seem they have any thoughts of changing it, even though its been proven unsuccessful for decades.…

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Reality Check: Ben Simmons is the NBA’s Next Generational Superstar

Every so often, an athlete comes along who does things that change the way we think about the way the sport is played.  Often times, we measure the success of a player, based on numbers, statistics,  and championships.  But I think with the game of basketball becoming more of a non position game and guys being able to play different spots on the court and defend different positions on the floor, and the 3 ball becoming more relevant, sometimes its the simple things that get overlooked in the game at its simplest. Enter the NBA, to your Philadelphia 76ers, 6-10, Point Guard**(asterisk meaning if that is what we want to call  him based on he is penciled in at the starting lineup every game there), Ben Simmons. There are many things, that I just defined above, that Ben Simmons can not do, or has yet to prove he can do…

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