The Greek god of wrestling looks back at Randy Orton’s early WWE career to see how he developed into a champion. Achilles Heel also explains how WWE is using The Shield incorrectly, ridicules TNA for screwing up the Bound for Glory Series, and tells you why WWE’s championship picture has him smiling from ear to ear.
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Eric Fisher’s weekly column on a variety of topics. This week Eric serves up opinions on Brett Brown become the Sixers’ head coach, Cary Williams’ questioning of Chip Kelly and the Soul’s championship hopes.
With expectations low for the 2013-14 Philadelphia 76ers, we bring you the 10 worst seasons since the team moved here from Syracuse, NY. Will this season end up making the list? Stay tuned…
10. 1997-98: 31-51 (.378) Sixers improve during Larry Brown’s first year as head coach. Sixers acquire Theo Ratliff and Aaron McKie in midseason trade.
9. 1971-72: 30-52 (.366) Sixers begin a steep decline despite Billy Cunningham’s All-Star season.
8. 2009-10: 27-55 (.329) The Sixers were terrible in Eddie Jordan’s only season as head coach, but they didn’t finish in last place in the Atlantic Division. The Nets finished 12-70.
7. 1992-93: 26-56 (.317) Charles Barkley’s final season with Sixers. Head coach Doug Moe doesn’t even make it through his first season, getting replaced by Fred Carter after 56-point loss to Seattle and 19-37 record.
6. (tie) 1993-94 25-57: (.305) Sixers select 7-foot-6 center Shawn Bradley No. 2 in draft. After the season, Sixers bring in John Lucas to be coach and GM.
6. (tie) 1973-74 25-57: (.305) Sixers improve 16 games over previous season, but they’re still pretty bad.
4. 1994-95: 24-58 (.293) Guard Dana Barros won NBA’s Most Improved Player Award. There weren’t many other highlights, unless you include Shawn Bradley’s 3.34 blocked shots per game.
3. 1996-97: 22-60 (.268) Sixers select Allen Iverson with the first overall draft pick and he wins Rookie of the Year Award, but it didn’t make much difference in their record. GM Brad Greenberg and head coach Johnny Davis were fired after one lackluster season.
2. 1995-96: 18-64 (.220) Sixers’ final season in the Spectrum was the sixth straight season in which their record declined. The team was sold to Comcast-Spectacor, an ownership group that included Pat Croce.
1. 1972-73: 9-73 (.110) The 2011-12 Bobcats had a worse winning percentage (.106), losing their final 23 games to finish 7-59, but that was a lockout-shortened season. The 1972-73 Sixers remain the standard for the worst record in a full NBA season.
Posted by Eric Fisher On October - 13 - 20135 COMMENTS
Top 10 List: Eagles victories over Cowboys
We set out to compile a Top 10 list of Eagles victories over the Cowboys. But we enjoyed reading about these victories so much that we decided – what the heck? – let’s make it a Top 20 list!
20. (tie) Sept. 30 and Nov. 18, 2001; Sept. 22 and Dec. 21, 2002 Eagles rout Cowboys by combined score of 76-21 in 2001 and 71-16 in 2002
19. Oct. 25, 1987, 37-20 Upset by Cowboys using veterans who crossed picket line during earlier meeting, as well as Dallas coach Tom Landry calling reverse late in that game, Eagles coach Buddy Ryan has Randall Cunnngham fake taking a knee, then throw deep pass to Mike Quick at end of fourth quarter. Pass interference called on pass to Quick; Eagles score rub-it-in-your-face TD on next play
18. Sept. 3, 2000, 41-14 It’s 109 degrees in Dallas, but Eagles drink “pickle juice” to prevent dehydration. Duce Staley rushes for 201 yards and second-year coach Andy Reid calls for (successful) onside kick to start the game as Eagles roll in opener
17. Dec. 10, 1989, 20-10 Just 17 days after Bounty Bowl (No. 16), Cris Carter catches 2 TDs. But game is best remembered for barrage of snowballs, including at least one thrown by future Philly mayor and Pa. governor Ed Rendell, that pound Cowboys, especially head coach Jimmie Johnson, during fourth quarter and after game. No, Johnson’s hair doesn’t move.
16. Nov. 23, 1989, 27-0 Nothing says “Happy Thanksgiving” like the Bounty Bowl. After game, Cowboys accuse Eagles coach Buddy Ryan of putting bounties on QB Troy Aikman and former Eagles kicker Luis Zendejas. Eagles LB Jessie Small knocks Zendejas out of game with hit on kickoff
15. Oct. 28,1990, 21-20 Randall Cunningham connects with Calvin Williams for winning TD with 44 seconds left
14. Oct. 8, 2006, 38-24 Emotions run high during Terrell Owens’ return to Philly, but Eagles limit T.O. to 3 catches for 45 yards, then Lito Sheppard seals the win with 102-yard interception return during fourth quarter
13. Dec. 19, 2004, 12-7 Eagles put together 64-yard drive, culminating in 2-yard TD run by Dorsey Levens, as Eagles improve to 13-1 and clinch homefield advantage in NFC playoffs
12. Nov. 15, 2004, 49-21 Terrell Owens catches six passes for 134 yards, 3 TDs. In memorable play, Donovan McNabb scrambles away from Dallas defenders for 14 seconds before connecting on 60-yard completion to Freddie Mitchell
11. Nov. 3, 1996, 31-21 Cowboys driving for the go-ahead score late in fourth quarter, but LB James Willis intercepts pass in end zone, runs it out to 10-yard line, then flips football to Troy Vincent, who runs the rest of the way for an NFL-record 104-yard interception return for touchdown
10. Nov. 5, 2000, 16-13 (OT) Randall Cunningham’s first game in Philly since 1996 is ruined by David Akers’ 34-yard field goal to tie the game with 11 seconds remaining and his 32-yard game-winner in overtime
9. Nov. 12, 1979, 31-21 Dick Vermeil’s Eagles arrive by breaking nine-game losing streak against Cowboys with this Monday Night Football victory. Harold Carmichael catches two TDs, Wilbert Montgomery runs for 127 yards and kicker Tony Franklin boots 59-yard field goal
8. Oct. 15, 1991, 24-0 Eagles sack Cowboys QB Troy Aikman 11 times, 4½ times by Clyde Simmons
7. Oct. 23, 1988, 24-23 Eagles overcome 20-0 deficit, win game on Randall Cunningham 2-yard pass to fullback Anthony Toney and Luis Zendejas’ PAT with 4 seconds remaining
6. Nov. 6, 1966, 24-23 Tim Brown returns two kickoffs for touchdowns and Aaron Martin returns a punt 67 yards for a touchdown as Eagles take 21-17 lead without a first down on offense
5. Dec. 10, 1995, 20-17 Cowboys coach Barry Switzer calls Emmitt Smith runs on third-and-1 and fourth-and-1 at Dallas 29-yard line in fourth quarter. Eagles stuff Cowboys both times, then Gary Anderson kicks game-winning field with 1:30 remaining. (Cowboys don’t lose rest of year and win third Super Bowl in four seasons)
4. Sept. 30, 1960, 27-25 Bobby Freeman, picked up a week earlier from Packers, blocks two extra points to providing winning margin in victory that helped Eagles reach NFL championship game, which they won
3. Dec. 28, 2008, 44-6 The Eagles received plenty of help during the 1 p.m. games, so they could make the playoffs by beating the Cowboys at 4:15 p.m. Game tied after one quarter, 3-3, but Birds score 41 unanswered points, including two defensive TDs, and embarrass Cowboys
2. Oct. 19, 1980, 17-10 CB Roynell Young knocks away fourth-down pass in end zone with 49 seconds remaining to preserve victory, eventually giving Eagles home-field advantage in NFC championship game
1. Jan. 11, 1981, 20-7 NFC championship game. Eagles prevail in battle of 12-4 teams to earn first Super Bowl berth. Wilbert Montgomery carries 26 times for 194 yards, including 42-yard TD run on second play from Eagles’ scrimmage that set the tone for the game.
Check out our past Top 10 lists — we like to call it our “best of” Top 10 lists — here.