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I adopted the blind cat

Here’s me and Melon: Melon found his forever home! We can already tell these guys are going to have a blast together ❤️ Special thanks to both of Melon’s foster homes for getting him where he needed to go. @philly_foster_nerds #adopt #catsofinstagram #bffs #rescuecat #friendshipgoals #phillypaws A post shared by PAWS (@phillypaws) on Nov 19,...
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NFL Week 11 2017 – LOCK OF THE WEEK

Atlanta last week was a no-brainer. Lock of the Week – San Diego Chargers -7 vs. Buffalo Bills This is the first week I’ll be putting my money where my mouth is. $50 on the Chargers here is probably the second easiest $50 I’ve ever made. If that’s not convincing enough for you, Wads blind-confirmed...
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I might adopt this cat

That little guy is Melon and he has no eyes. You can see more pictures of him here. I saw he was up for adoption like 6 weeks ago and figured he’d be snatched up quickly. Sadly, he hasn’t. I wasn’t considering getting another cat, but after seeing that he was still there, I started to...
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Top 5 Ben Stiller Movies

5. Tropic Thunder The comedic star-power surrounding Stiller is great – Robert Downey, Jack Black, Danny McBride, McConaughey, Cruise, etc. and it also helps that he directed it. The Simple Jack conversation and never going “full-retard” is a classic. 4. Starsky and Hutch Underrated movie, granted I’m an Owen Wilson fan. Playing the moody, Napolean...
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NFL Week 10 2017 – LOCK OF THE WEEK

I’ve missed on two locks and both were going against the Jets. I’ve learned my lesson, as Simoncini would say, the Jets are contenders. Lock of the Week – Atlanta Falcons -3.5 vs. Dallas Cowboys I saw this line on Tuesday and immediately thought Atlanta was going to win in a blowout. This was before...
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Marriage as a 5 Year Contract

No commitment in our society is life-long except marriage (I did not fact check this). We lease cars, rent apartments, even pets only last a decade or so. But not marriage. Marriage is a forever-commitment, and we’re starting to realize now how unrealistic this is. The solution? Marriage should be written as a recurring 5 year contract....
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280 Characters – Not a big deal

I wrote this post a year ago about conciseness being is a valuable skill in the real world (a top 10% post of mine in my opinion). Twitter doubled its character-limit for tweets to 280 and people are going nuts. You’d think, given my stance on conciseness, I’d be up in arms about this too. But...
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Would this make professional sporting events better or worse?

To me, this is a brilliant idea that I would implement immediately. Before each game, a seat ticket is drawn at random and whoever has that ticket has to sing the National Anthem in front of everyone or else they have to leave the game. This is a 10/10. Some (most?) would forget the words....
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Pre UC Twilight 2017

Tonight is the annual Ursinus Twilight meet where alumni and current athletes race each other in a 3200m. A month ago I wrote this post about how great running was going. One line stands out: “My leg is no trouble at all!” Literally the next day I woke up and my leg hurt on every...
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My Eagles Expectations

The Eagles should make the Super Bowl, and I expect them to. Them going after Ajayi today confirms the front office feels the same way. The Eagles and Seattle are the two NFC contenders right now. The Eagles are not only a game up, but they’re more balanced as a team. According to FiveThirtyEight, the...
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NFL Week 8 2017 – LOCK OF THE WEEK

Not only did I hit my lock last week, but I also gave lock-status to Jazz -10 vs. Lakers last night which they covered by 5. Lock of the Week – Hotlanta Falcons – 6 at New York Jets Atlanta looked about as bad as possible last week putting up only 7 points against one...
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Three Thoughts on Professional Sporting Events

Dancers / Cheerleaders This may be the weirdest tradition that still remains in sports (aside from everything in baseball). The Sixers Dancers came out last night and did a dance routine. They were all really attractive, dressed in revealing clothing, and did a very sexual dance routine. Ben and I both acknowledged how weird &...
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Trading Robert Covington

Rob and I were talking Fantasy Football trades, and I posed the question – “What would I trade Robert Covington for?” or, in simpler terms, “How much cash would I take to give up my cat” There are two scenarios here. Scenario 1 – I trade Covy and he is cared for until he dies It...
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NFL Week 7 2017 – LOCK OF THE WEEK

Adam said before the games last week that the Steelers were the mortal lock, but I got cute and tried to make it a parlay. I’m not falling for it this time. Lock of the Week – New Orleans Saints -4 @ Green Bay Packers I usually try to explain why my pick DOESN’T make...
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KEEP TRUSTING

The game was amazing. TTP chants were going on throughout the ENTIRE event. Wizards fans were pissed but there was nothing they could do. Dale and I were goin’ HAM. And That was 32 career games… Felt great out there #TheProcess A post shared by Joel "The Process" Embiid (@joelembiid) on Oct 18, 2017 at...
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Processing in D.C. 2017

Tomorrow morning I’m driving to D.C. to meet Dale and PROCESS OUT at the Sixers season opener versus the ‘Zards. Season is here… #CornRowsProcess A post shared by Joel "The Process" Embiid (@joelembiid) on Oct 17, 2017 at 4:45pm PDT The game is going to be a blow out. The only question about Embiid is...
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Drinking to Maturity

In college, if our running schedule allowed us to drink both nights of the weekend, we drank both nights of the weekend. We’d drink hard Friday, wake up, do a long run, then drink again Saturday night. At the ripe old age of 26, I think I’ve all but lost this ability. I went to...
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NFL Week 6 2017 – PARLAY LOCK OF THE WEEK

Chris Berman called me this morning. He wanted to know what my lock of the week was because he has to make his pick on TV pretty soon. Lock of the Week – New England Patriots -11 @ NY Jets & Pittsburgh Steelers +4.5 @ Kansas City Chiefs I don’t like picking two road teams,...
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Stairway to Heaven – Japanese Version

This version kind of makes me feel like I’m dead but it’s still pretty awesome!...
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Brief Running Update

Just a little update since I’m riding high at the moment! Mileage After 5 weeks of 35 miles to just get back into it, I’ve done 47 and 57 mile weeks the past two weeks. I haven’t run 57+ miles in a week in 84 weeks. Workouts Tuesday – 4 x 1600 w/ 1:00 rest...
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NFL Week 5 2017 – LOCK OF THE WEEK

After absolutely NAILING last week’s lock, I’m back again to deliver ANOTHER LOCK. Lock of the Week – Philadelphia Eagles -7 vs. Arizona Cardinals I try not to bet on the teams I actually root for because I don’t need the extra interest, but the Eagles are a LOCK. I know it looks like a...
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Cam’s ‘Female’ Comment

Cam Newton is getting a lot of attention for the comment below: After reading the Youtube comments and some of the feedback, most people are defending Cam, which surprised me. I said to Rob that football is the only sport that girls never play growing up, so it makes sense that they’d be less likely...
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WTF is the “Service Fee”

I just bought tickets to see The Revivalists at the Fillmore in November. I Googled it and found LiveNation selling tickets to the show for $32.50! Awesome, I’ll snag me two tickets and be on my way. I click Get Tickets, and am greeted with a $90 check out! But wait, $32.50 x 2 is only $65,...
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NFL Week 4 2017 – LOCK OF THE WEEK IS BACK!

After telling Tom and Evan last week that Dallas -4 was a LOCK in Arizona (they won by double digits), I’m bringing the lock of the week BACK. Lock of the Week – Seattle Seahawks -12.5 vs. Indianapolis Colts I know it’s unusual to make a lock of the week after all but two games...
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Thoughts on the National Anthem Protests

My thoughts on protesting the National Anthem in general People interpret the National Anthem differently. Personally, I have no problem with the players who choose to kneel. More importantly, I think its inappropriate to suggest that you HAVE to stand or HAVE to kneel. HOWEVER, I don’t see the goal its trying to accomplish. I...
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And the Sixers games I have tickets to are…

Lucky for me I didn’t have to choose between Boston and Golden State. I got the third (and fourth) pick, and chose the Cavs and Thunder, both Friday night games, instead, which I’m happy with. I accept bribes in all forms so please let me know which games you’re interested in and I’m sure we...
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EmBEERassing Mile

Abud, Rob, and I took the track yesterday for a mile race, though mine would be a beer mile. Abud is joining the coast guard and needs to run a 12:51 1.5 mile, so he was eager to test his fitness on the track, I’ve been talking about doing a beer mile for months, and Rob,...
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Breaking2 Documentary by National Geographic

I wrote my thoughts prior to Breaking2 – the sub 2 hour marathon attempt by Eliud Kipchoge, Nike, & co. – as well as my thoughts afterward. National Geographic just released an hour long documentary about the whole process. Though the end result is already known, watching the ins and outs of each athlete and...
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Which Sixers Game Would You Pick

Jeff, Paul (my cousin), and I split Sixers season tickets. We’re going to have our ticket “draft” in the coming days. I’m curious as to which game I should pick if I have first choice. In my mind, there are only two options: Boston Celtics, Friday, October 20 (home opener) Golden State Warriors, Saturday, November...
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Thoughts / comments on 3 weeks being “vegetarian”

I’ve been “vegetarian” for three weeks. How “vegetarian” have I actually been? I had a cheesesteak and chicken fingers on Friday when I was hammered. I haven’t been perfect, but I’d guess I’ve decreased meat consumption by probably 80-90%. I’ve also been more lenient on eating fish than mammals, though doing my best (for now)...
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I saw “It” and it sucked

Tom, Laura, and I saw It last night. We watched the whole thing without saying a word and as we walked out, we all agreed it was bad. Here are my thoughts: The horror itself was repetitive / predictable after the first few scares. It was like a 15 year olds nightmare. Was Pennywise a...
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Ted Yoder – Everybody Wants to Rule the World

Pretty awesome. I know Tom will be a fan....
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Fantasy Team #2 – Grade My Team

Things to know: 12 teams .5 point PPR Snake draft, I was #4 Unlike last draft where I took TWO kickers, I accidentally took ZERO kickers in this draft.  ...
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The Black Tux Knows What It’s Doing

We used The Black Tux to rent suits for Mike’s wedding and this is a company that knows exactly what it’s doing. This was honestly as easy as it gets. First, it asks your measurements. Now, the only measurements any normal guy knows off the top of their head is their waste size, and their...
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Congrats Mike & Theresa!

This weekend I went to Mike and Theresa’s wedding and it just confirmed that weddings are the best social event of all time. I was honored to be selected as a groomsman and I must say being in a wedding is a very cool experience. I won’t get into too much detail but overall it...
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Incognito Birthday

Growing up as a kid, my birthday always fell at the start of the school year which was an unhappy time. As I got older, I never threw parties, but would usually “celebrate” in some way. This year, I went totally undercover. I didn’t really realize it was my birthday until Monday and by that point...
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I’m Going Vegetarian… Kind’ve

I watched Earthlings in college and it made me consider going vegetarian. Then I recently read Schlegel’s post about the book Eating Animals and it revived those thoughts. For the past few weeks I’ve been actively thinking about how easy or hard it would be to cut meat out of my diet. Then, half way through...
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My First Auction Draft – Grade My Team

Notes: Dynasty League! This was our first draft and we’re keeping 8 each year. Full point PPR. 12 Teams. $200 budget. I picked two kickers to spite someone, not because I wanted either of them. Players I got that I was actively targeting: Evans, Crowder, Kelce, and Hill. Big Ben for $1, despite being 35, is a...
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My Viral Tweet

There it is, in all its glory, my most liked tweet ever. Twitter trolls are asking me what my secret is. High school runner girls keep DM’ing me to run together. Sports Illustrated reached out and asked me to join their T&F department because of how embarrassed they were about this screw up. Fame feels...
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Nashville / Total Eclipse Recap

Tom wrote a more detailed review of our trip for those interested. Nashville The 12 hour drive there went by fast. Our Airbnb was great and we got started by going to Broadway. Everything was going great until Tom and I got too drunk (I think I was first). It was an embarrassing / inconvenient...
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Eclipsing in Nashville

Laura, Tom and I are road tripping to Nashville tomorrow morning bright and early. We have Airbnbs booked through Monday morning and are turning the eclipse into an extended weekend vacation in the old Windy City! We’re still deciding what exactly were going to do from Friday night – Monday morning, but it’ll work itself...
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My Fake Job

I’ve had dozens of conversations with strangers that inevitably lead to the “So what do you do?” question. It usually goes something like this for me: Some 10: So what do you do? Me: Have you seen Office Space? Some 10: No Me: Well it’s basically like that. Some 10: I said I haven’t seen...
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T&F World Champs – Some Thoughts

Upsets Upon Upsets Men’s 100m – Gatlin over Bolt Women’s Steeplechase – Coburn over the Kenyans / Jebet Men’s 200m – Guliyev over Wayde / Makwala Women’s 400m – Francis over Felix / Miller Men’s 5000m – Edris over Farah Women’s 100m – Bowie over Thompson Men’s 800m – Bosse over the field Men’s 4×100 – Great...
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Shutting Down

The mile didn’t go well. I got out okay, about 68, 2:17, but I could tell I was in trouble. My arms were rigging with 600 left and there was just no extra gear. 4:39.18 which Brookes almost nailed exactly with 4:39.15 My taper seems to consistently fail. I run a good time in the...
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One More Time – Guess My Mile Time and Win!

You know the drill, winner gets $10 and a hand written note! I’m racing the mile tomorrow night at West Chester Henderson and from what I hear there will be a good chunk of people between 4:20 – 4:30. My goal is sub 4:30. This is my last race of the season and I have...
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2017 Goals Update

With about 60% of 2017 gone by, it’s time to check how I’m doing with my yearly goals. PR in the mile AND 5k – 1 / 2 with a chance for the 5k. Visit three major-ish US cities that I’ve never been to – Not on pace. Go to a country I’ve never been to – No...
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My Top 10 Running Crushes

10. Emma Coburn Most would have Emma higher on the list. She’s a natural beauty and a great runner, but not quite my type. 9. Genevieve Lacaze Her social media is over the top and she’s not actually that good BUT she’s a babe. 8. Molly Huddle A very girl-next-door-y look. Super sweet AND insanely...
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2017 T&F World Champs Story Lines

The 2017 Track and Field World Championships start today (day-by-day schedule here). Here are some things to look out for. Bolt’s Final Run Usain Bolt will presumably retire after this year. He’s undeniably the greatest sprinter of all time and has been the face of the sport for the last 10 years. He’s looking to...
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Allen Iverson Losing Ground

Allen Iverson is one of Philly’s ‘untouchables‘. He’s loved in every corner of the city. On the court he was a superstar and off the court he was a cultural icon. The swag, the cornrows, the 6’0, and obviously the Jordan crossover. Kids growing up in the late ’90s and early ’00s wanted to be Iverson....
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I’ll be Traveling to See the Solar Eclipse. You Should Too.

On Monday, August 21, 2017, around 1:15 PM ET, the moon will pass between the sun and the earth. Depending on where you are, the darkness will last from a few seconds to about two minutes. It is my goal to be somewhere where the darkness lasts for two minutes. I’m undecided on: Who will...
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