Last night, my beloved Philadelphia 76ers, avoided the record books and finally won their first game of the 2014-2015 NBA season. The Sixers had lost their previous 17 games, just avoiding a record tying 18th straight loss to open a season. Spanning back to last season, the Sixers had lost 25 straight games, tying them with the 2010-2011 Cleveland Cavaliers for the longest losing streak in NBA history. Hopefully the Sixers won’t win many more games this year and can draft Duke Blue Devil standout Jahlil Okafor with the number 1 overall pick in next summers draft. If rebuilding is the goal, lets rebuild with smart concrete draft picks like Okafor, and even Embiid last years selection. Had Embiid not been injured, he would have undoubtedly be selected number 1 overall.
Another unthinkable story from my hometown of Philadelphia happened tonight. The Drexel Dragons, a Divison 1 Mens college basketball team, hosted Philadelphia University of the Sciences Devils, a Division 2 Mens college basketball team. The Dragons are no perennial powerhouse, in fact they have trouble competing in the usually unimpressive Colonial Athletic Conference. However, going into tonights game, Division 1 schools were a whopping 226-0 at home against non Division 1 teams. In 36 out of those 226 games the D 1 team had scored more then twice as many points as the D 2 opponent. The Dragons led 52-51 before University of the Sciences standout, Garret Kerr, drained a 3 pointer with under 2 seconds remaining. Needless to say, those in attendance cheering for the Devils stormed the court as though they had sealed a trip to Dance in March. And so they should have as they now become the only team in Mens College Basketball history to win as a D 2 school on the road versus a D 1 school. Congratulations to the Devils. To the Dragons, there is not much to say about this one except to BERATE the person that scheduled a game like this. Even if Drexel had won by 5o points, what good does it do a Division 1 school that is supposedly competing for its conference championship?? In my opinion it does absolutely NOTHING positive for a program. While a loss like this for a Division 1 school, that already has trouble recruiting, could be devastating for years to come. Wake up DREXEL and Wake up BRUISER FLINT.