Weekend Rips: Sixers need one of two, Phillies take on Toronto
Here we are, folks, another week in the books. This was a frustrating one, at that. The Sixers failed to seize two opportunities to clinch the number one overall seed. Needless to say, I am hungover as hell writing this thanks to that massive loss to Jimmy Butler and the Miami Heat last night. If you judge a 23 year old for drowning his sorrows in locally brewed light lagers, don’t bother reading the rest of this or anything else I’ve written for this website. I don’t need you to read the things I write; just click on them. If you’re reading this, I’ve already won.
Regardless of the trials and tribulations of the past week, we have a jam-packed weekend of Philly sports on tap. Go ahead and zone out at your desk, ignore your tasks, and stare into the void until the end of the day. You work from home. Who cares? It’s time to let it rip.
Sixers hope third time’s the charm
As I mentioned earlier, the Sixers absolutely stunk it up this week. Losses to the Pacers and Heat never sit right with me, especially with the one seed on the line. I know they are essentially meaningless losses if we beat the Magic at home tonight. Still, mustering the will to write this section was the most difficult it’s been in the long, storied history of Weekend Rips.
The Sixers can make me forget about this week by beating the Orlando Magic by 20+ points. I especially will need Joel to score more than SIX POINTS. The Magic seriously suck, and we have two cracks at them this weekend. The game will be on NBCS Philly at 8pm tonight. Ideally, the 7pm game on Sunday will be a nothing game for a team with the one seed locked up. Make sure you have a scapegoat ready if we lose tonight. I know I’ve got one.
Check out Luke’s preview of tonight’s matchup.
Phillies head to Florida to face.. Toronto?
After taking the week to humiliate the Washington Nationals’ social media team, the Phillies are set to play the Blue Jays in their spring training stadium. The People’s Republic of Canada would not let them play in their usual stadium as it involves international travel. Leave it to Honorable Chairman Trudeau to ruin baseball for his good, hard-working comrades of Socialist Canada.
International ideological differences aside, the Phillies are road dogs in this matchup, and understandably so. That road series win against the Nats was their first since 2019. Damn, that is bad. The three-headed monster of Velasquez, Nola, and Chase Anderson will take the mound Friday-Sunday. Plus, Alec Bohm has been ice cold, and JT is in COVID protocol even though he tested negative. Those road underdog odds make even more sense now.
Vinny V takes the mound tonight at 7:37pm, and Nola follows suit at the same time tomorrow. Hopefully, Chase Anderson will deliver a watchable matinee performance Sunday around 1pm.
Flyers finally finish the season
When I was looking for something to comment on about the Flyers, Drew Smith and DSGN Tree promptly chimed in with a classic “lol flyers season is overrrrr.” When a corporate account is hating on you in the DMs, things must be tough for a hockey team that I know little-to-nothing about. From there I pivoted over to the only Flyers people worth listening to, The Liberty Yell. Danny had this to say about the orange and black.
Not that I have any idea what he’s talking about. But Danny, as always, seems rather chill about the Flyers, so you should be too. Take the weekend to crack open some brews, waffle about, and forget about this brutal season, Flyers fans.
Liberty Line Radio
We’re back again? In a move that surely will leave Sean Brace no choice but to cancel Liberty Line Radio indefinitely, Luke, Leo, Jack, and I are returning to Fox Sports The Gambler (102.5 FM – 1480 AM) for the third week in a row. You’ll be able to listen at 5pm on Saturday, but apparently some members of the Philly media have gotten advanced copies (I’m looking at you Dave).
The Liberty Line
Even with Drew bending the knew to the Mickey Mouse Corporation for a good chunk of May, we’re two weeks in and the site is absolutely jumping in the analytics department. Everything has been in great shape besides the horrendous Sixers postgame Q&A that was streamed live on TLL last night. Thankfully, for the sake of the brand and our willingness to censor free speech online, the stream was removed. Sorry Steven.
75 and sunny all weekend in the Delaware Valley. Drink up. Smoke up. Do whatever you want to do. We’re just three weeks away from COVID restrictions being lifted. America is back. NBA Playoffs are back. Summer baseball is back. Enjoy yourselves. Read The Liberty Line. Listen to The Wolves of Broad Street.
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Mandatory Credit: LA Times