Posted by: Tom Sunnergren
04/20/12 9:44 am EST

My brother and I, both not Patriots fans, were and are fascinated by the rise of Tom Brady.  A little known fact about the Michigan alum is this: he didn’t become great until well after he was publicly recognized as being so.  An even lesser known (though speculative) fact about Tom Brady is this: the fact of everyone thinking he was great didn’t just anticipate, but maybe precipitated, his actual greatness.

To wit: Tom Brady was a league average quarterback on a pretty good, but very well coached, Patriots team in 2001 that got inordinately lucky down the stretch and parlayed the luck into a Super Bowl win.  The quarterback, due to his looks and new jewelry, became not just ungodly famous — magazine covers and the whole shebang—but was suddenly credited with being one of the top quarterbacks, no players, in all of football.

And so he started working like one.

And so he became one.

We coined the phenomena, which crops up not infrequently in sports, the “Tom Brady Theory of Evolution.”  (If it sounds like we were reading too much Bill Simmons then, it’s because we were.)

(Very) long story (very) short, the TBTOE operated like this: confidence begat raised expectations which begat hard work which begat better performance which begat more confidence which begat higher expectations and harder work, and this vicious—for non-New England fans—cycle continued until Tom Brady, game manager, became Tom Brady, remorseless face eater.

The theory gives us a framework for understanding, among other things, Eli Manning, Jud Apatow, the 2008 New York Giants, Rick Santorum, and Rulon Gardner.

It also explains, through some admittedly Rube Goldberg logic, the 2012 Sixers.

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Posted by: Tom Sunnergren
04/11/12 9:56 am EST
Philadelphia 76ers 107 FinalRecap | Box Score 88 New Jersey Nets
Elton Brand, PF 27 MIN | 3-8 FG | 3-3 FT | 7 REB | 0 AST | 9 PTS | +3

The Old Chevy didn’t look so old on his second half drive to slam on the former Mr. Kim Kardashian. Age is just a number and athleticism is just a …well, it would be nice if he still had some athleticism.

Andre Iguodala, SF 35 MIN | 4-11 FG | 4-4 FT | 4 REB | 7 AST | 13 PTS | +16

The number are unspectacular, but he had a pair of dunks that were.  Iguodala threw down one rafter-rattler off a second period alley-oop from Thad Young and the other, an even more impressive solo job off a strong drive to the basket, a few minutes later.  They galvanized a team in desperate need of a swift kick to the rear end.  Still, we’d like to see him be more aggressive in the early going — Dre had zero FGAs in the 1st Q.

Nikola Vucevic, C 16 MIN | 2-5 FG | 0-0 FT | 8 REB | 0 AST | 4 PTS | -7

Vucevic got the start and was, in limited minutes, outstanding on the glass.  Couple his numbers with Spencer Hawes’ (23 points, 16 rebounds, and four blocks) and you get one fine center.

Jodie Meeks, G 26 MIN | 2-8 FG | 0-0 FT | 4 REB | 2 AST | 5 PTS | +3

Jodie Meeks translated his starting opportunity into…well, not a whole lot.  He came out of the gate 0-3 on 3PAs and missed an easy layin during the 3rd Q.  Capt. Streaky rides again.

Jrue Holiday, PG 31 MIN | 6-12 FG | 1-1 FT | 4 REB | 3 AST | 14 PTS | +12

Jrue started hot, again — scoring 7 of the Sixers first 9 points — and fizzled late. He was sound all night on Deron Williams though, who scored only 14 on 12 FGAs after scorching the 7-6 for 34 on Jan. 25th.

Lou Williams, PG 30 MIN | 5-8 FG | 8-8 FT | 8 REB | 5 AST | 20 PTS | +24

With seconds left in the first half, Sweet Lou took an inbound pass, weaved his way down the court, and banged a three that beat the buzzer by a whisker to give the Sixers a 52-43 halftime lead.  He was like that pretty much all night.

Thaddeus Young, F 29 MIN | 8-15 FG | 3-4 FT | 8 REB | 1 AST | 19 PTS | +22

Thad was a bad, bad man tonight.  The Nets just don’t have anyone on payroll who can do a thing to even slow him down.

Spencer Hawes, C 23 MIN | 7-11 FG | 4-6 FT | 8 REB | 2 AST | 19 PTS | +22

Where the f**k did this come from?  Coming off the bench for the first time this deeply weird season, Spence scored a season high 19 points, and did a little bit of everything.  You like three pointers?  He hit one.  You like two-handed slams?  He’s got you covered. You like interior presence?  He had three blocks.  You like wispy goatees?  Me neither.

Evan Turner, SG 19 MIN | 1-4 FG | 0-0 FT | 2 REB | 2 AST | 2 PTS | +4

Evan Turner just looks like he has no idea what he’s doing out there.  It’s like watching a kid play soccer who would rather be doing anything but playing soccer.  However his thread-the-needle pass to Hawes at the end of the 1st Q was simply ridiculous.

After the Jump, Six Things We Saw

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Posted by: C. Smith
12/10/11 2:52 pm EST

Diamonds are a girl’s best friend — unless you are Tawanna Iverson.

According to TMZ Sports, former 76ers legend and future Hall of Famer Allen Iverson went on a significant spending spree after she filed for divorce, leaving her completely penniless.  Allegedly among the purchases “The Answer” made was $20,000 worth of diamond jewelry.  Court documents that Tawanna filed indicated that Allen’s spending habits put their account in the “red” and left her unable to provide for their children.

Also According to TMZ Sports, Allen denies Tawanna’s allegations in the docs (of course) — and they will now head to court to settle the dispute.

One other interesting fact from this story after the jump.

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Posted by: Philadunkia
04/07/11 1:09 pm EST

76ers legend Allen Iverson had a run-in with the law last night down in Atlanta.

According to police reports, “The Answer” who is still stateside rehabbing the leg injury that caused him to leave his Turkish Basketball League team in the middle of the season, was riding in his Lamborghini Wednesday night when an Atlanta police officer pulled the car over for changing lanes without using a turn signal.

During the stop the officer noticed that the gray 2007 Lamborghini Murcielago had expired dealer tags — from 2009 — and had the exotic ride impounded.  Sidebar here…tags for that kind of whip cost around $10,000.

Needless to say Iverson did not handle the stop very well.

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Posted by: Philadunkia
02/01/11 3:15 pm EST

Back on January 12th it was widely reported that Allen Iverson was ready quit the Besiktas Black Eagles and ride off into retirement.

Reportedly “The Answer” was set to have a news conference that day to announce his retirement from basketball.  As we all know, that press conference never happened.

Later that day, Iverson’s personal manager Gary Moore told the Associated Press that Iverson “totally disputes” any report of his retirement.  Moore said Iverson needs to have a painful lesion removed from his right calf.  He said the injury was the most painful that Iverson has had in his career. 

Now ESPN’s Rich Bucher has an update on this story which tells us Iverson has visited with uber-surgeon James Andrews and has now elected NOT to go under the knife.

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Posted by: C. Smith
01/10/11 11:13 am EST

When we last checked in on Allen, he had returned with a vengeance from missing two consecutive games by dropping 26 points in 34 minutes during the Black Eagles  94-72 road loss to TBL opponent Tofas.  Allen was 7-11 from the field, hit two 3-pointers and was 6-9 from the charity stripe.  He also dished out five assists. 

In his next game, Iverson again hauled over 30 minutes (36), but did not have as effective of a night scoring the ball.  Allen was 2-6 from the field and 1-4 from deep, finishing with 11 points.  Iverson did grab 5 boards and hand out 4 dimes, but it wasn’t enough as Besiktas lost again — 73-71 to TBL foe Galatasaray. 

Well we are happy to report that Iverson played his third solid game in a row for Besiktas and hopefully has found his groove over in Turkey.

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Posted by: C. Smith
01/03/11 11:50 am EST

It looks like we can put to bed those rumors circulating around the Internet that Allen Iverson could be close to bolting from Besiktas and returning to United States. 

At least for now.

If you recall, “The Answer’s” name was mysteriously absent from two Besiktas box scores prior to Christmas and his absence from the lineup fueled speculation that Iverson was close to returning home.

We attempted to contact the Besiktas Cola Turka club several times for a comment on this matter, but received no return emails or phone calls.  Later it was quietly revealed by Besiktas that Iverson had missed those games because of undisclosed injury.

Well, we’re happy to report that Iverson has already made his 2011 debut for the Black Eagles. 
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Posted by: C. Smith
12/07/10 10:58 pm EST

It’s all good in Turkey. 

Well as good as it can be considering the rumors that Allen Iverson is not at all happy with the way he is being used by Besiktas and that he has alienated teammates. 

Despite all the rumors stateside (especially here in Philly) that things are not going smoothly in Turkey, Iverson had another decent outing today and Besiktas posted their first EuroCup win this season with an 80-74 victory over French club Asvel. 

Besiktas is now 1-2 in Eurocup play and 5-3 in Turkish League action.

As has become the norm since his arrival in Instanbul, Iverson started for the Black Eagles, but only hauled 24 minutes this time out.  His limited tick was a little surprising given that he played a season high 37 minutes this past weekend when Besiktas defeated TBL opponent Olin Edirne, 88-75.

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Posted by: C. Smith
12/03/10 7:50 am EST

All is not well in Turkey…

In our last Iverson update we reported that “The Answer’s” next game for Besiktas would be on December 3rd .   We got that information from the club’s own website.  What we have learned since is that Besiktas web site only lists Turkish League games and does not list Eurocup games on the schedule they post online.  

So on Monday night, Besiktas traveled to France to play French basketball club Asvel Basket in Euroleague action.  The Asvel Basket faithful were racked and stacked at the L’Astroballe in anticipation of Iverson’s French debut.  Allen was once again in the first-five for Besiktas and that’s about all the only good thing we can report for Iverson’s latest adventure on the other side of the pond.    

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Posted by: Philadunkia
11/09/10 7:59 pm EST

As all of Philadunkia nation knows, “The Answer” touched down in Turkey on Monday to a huge reception. 

Well last night Iverson went to Beşiktaş FC’s Turkish League football match against Kasımpaşa and he was warmly serenaded by crowd of 32,000.  Allen must be feeling pretty good about himself right now.

Check out the video below…