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Giving A CPS Thanks

As we gather around the table today to feast on wonderful food with our family and friends,  we give thanks to everything that we are thankful for. I thought I would take this opportunity to give praise to the sports figures that we should be thankful for as well.

Joel Embiid

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This guy has been absolutely breathtaking to watch so far this season.  Although the Sixers are still struggling to get wins,  Jo Jo has emerged as an early Rookie of The Year favorite. He can do anything. Rebound? Check. Play defense? Check. Offensive game? Check. Long range shooting? Check. he has been creating matchup problems regularly,  which is scary considering he has been off the court for the last two years. Between trying to get his stamina back, playing on a minutes restriction, and trying to learn how to play center in the NBA , for Embiid to be this scary good is a good sign for things to come for Sixers fans. Just think, Ben Simmons is just around the corner.

Carson Wentz

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The rookie phenom took the league by storm in the first three weeks of the season propelling his team to a 3-0 start, including a dominating win over the Steelers. Since then, the second overall pick has come back down the Earth a bit, but the eye test will tell you that Wentz will be behind center for a long time. He’s big, smart, and works hard, seemingly carrying all the intangibles that you want in a quarterback. Now sitting at 5-5, the Eagles hope to make a late playoff run. Now,  if they can only get him some wideouts that can catch the damn ball….

Jim Schwartz

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After the debacle that was the Chip Kelly era, the Eagles brass made a change in not only their head coach,  but made a switch on the defensive side of the ball by bringing in Jim Schwartz. Donning some bad ass sunglasses, Schwartz has been a huge factor this season, raising the Eagles’ D from the dead which is now a top 5 defense in the NFL.  Someone that could also be thankful for Schwartz, is defensive end Brandon Graham who has  revitalized his career in the 4-3 system. The defense can still use another cornerback, but this side of the ball is a complete 180 from the previous campaign.

Dave Hasktol

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Yes, I know the Flyers aren’t exactly lighting up the NHL right now, but I am thankful that we have a coach who understands the building process and is being  relatively patient in developing young talent. I was very surprised at the beginning of the season to find out that Ivan Provorov and Travis Koechny would both make the roster. Provorov has been arguably the Flyers best defenseman this season, and Koechny has been “ooh-ing ” and “ahh-ing” the Flyers faithful with his crisp passing and speed. Hasktol isn’t afraid to bring down the hammer when he feels necessary, just ask Ghost. Hasktol had Gostisbehere on the pine last week to get his head straight. That’s the mentality of a head coach that we want in this town.

Villanova Wildcats

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The defending National Champions, the Wildcats are currently ranked #2 in the country and are primed for another successful season. Coach Jay Wright has been getting stellar play from Josh Hart, who is practically running the floor, Jalen Brunson and last year’s hero Kris Jenkins have been steady contributors as well. There is plenty of basketball to be played obviously, but it’s nice to have a great program in the Philly area making noise and hopefully, helping other local college basketball programs out as well.

Paul Turner

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Nelson Agholor is on the bench. Finally. That is all.

(And last but not least)

The Corner Pub Sports Family

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For a year and a half, once a week,  I get to gather with my friends, go on the air with some beers and thoughts about our local sports teams. It has been nothing short of fun and gives me something to look forward to every week.  I also want to give thanks to the listeners, because without you I’m not sure we would still be doing it. (Shameless plug: hear the show every Friday night on WildfireRadio.com, or here on CornerPubSports.com)  To our followers who come and read our articles, thank you. And of course, our writers, who dedicate hours upon hours to bring you the content. Thank you all so much!

Enjoy  the holiday everyone!

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