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Points by Ben Simmons during Game 3 victory over Nets

There were some bright spots for the Sixers, such as Dario Saric (pictured), but a 28-win season can’t be considered a success. In his final Sixers Notebook of the season, Eric Fisher also examines the latest twist in Joel Embiid’s meniscus tear, conveys his early results playing the NBA Draft lottery simulator and notes that the Sixers ended a bad streak this season.

In his first news conference as Nittany Lions head coach, James Franklin made it clear that he’s committed to Penn State for the long haul. Following Bill O’Brien’s short reign, Franklin is exactly what Penn State needs.

Eric Fisher’s weekly column about a variety of topics. This week Eric serves up opinions on Rollie Massimino, the Eagles’ “final” roster and the courage of Soul quarterback Dan Raudabaugh.

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Forrest’s Flashbacks: Villanova-Georgetown

Posted by Mike Forrest On April - 3 - 2011 ADD COMMENTS

My cameraman learned a lesson that night …when you go on campus, even a nice ordinarily quiet Catholic school such as Villanova, you don’t advertise. He was to learn the hard way.

When the school’s talented basketball squad wins the national title, it twists the campus’ demeanor. All of a sudden undergrads become marauding victors … and to put a vehicle splashed with the ESPN logo in its way makes a tempting morsel to devour. By the time the horde had passed it by, there was just a beat-up, dented and creased remainder of a car, and a wiser cameraman left in its wake.

Ah! The joys of unbridled youth flush with an intoxicating victory. As I remember, ESPN showed its beneficence and paid the deductible.

What else do I remember?

The personalities of the two finalists could not have been more dissimilar. The stoic Georgetown coach John Thompson, who was rumored to have given favorable treatment to African-American reporters, allowing them longer access to his team while white reporters were told they only had a specified number of minutes before they had to leave the dressing room.

The other coach. The roly-poly jolly Rollie Massimino, or at least that was the public appearance. Once his team was victorious, his shirttails got tucked in. He became more difficult to interview and he appeared to hold grudges. In short, the national championship brought out the worst in a once jovial personality.

As for the team leaders, Georgetown had All-American and All-Sullen Team captain Patrick Ewing. Until he became a cash-infused pro, he acted as if he resented having to play for the good of just playing. At least that was his public persona.

On the other side of the court was Villanova’s “Easy” Ed Pinckney. Ed was as good as his nickname, and even was named the NCAA Tournament’s Most Outstanding Player.

And so, on April Fool’s day of 1985, the perfect storm formed over Rupp Arena in Lexington, Ky., as the last game played without a shot clock was won, in perhaps the greatest upset in tournament history, 66-64, by the upstart Villanova Wildcats. It denied the heralded Hoyas back-to-back national championships.

As for that public persona, two years later, one of the Villanova “good guys,” point guard Gary McLain fessed up. He’d been a druggie, even as he played (although he denied being high during the championship game).

Fortunately, his confession is just a footnote to what was a shining moment in Villanova history. That, along with my cameraman’s dented crew car.

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