Newsletter for Tuesday, April 5
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This is the shot that won the national championship for Villanova; photo via @josoydapper on Instagram.
ICYMI, VILLANOVA JUST WON THE NCAA TOURNAMENT
The Villanova Wildcats topped Carolina 77-74 in one of the greatest college basketball games, period. “I was just shocked. They did it,” Jay Wright told Jim Nantz during the trophy presentation in Houston. “Kris Jenkins lives for that moment.” Nantz called Jenkins a cult hero, hitting the game-winning shot to cap a national title in as dramatic a fashion imaginable. But the ball was in Ryan Arcidiacono’s hands first, and he opted to make the pass, not take the shot himself. If you went to bed early, here’s what you missed — a nailbiter of a game.
PHILLY D.A. WON’T CHARGE SHADY MCCOY IN NIGHTCLUB FIGHT
LeSean McCoy is an expert at slipping tackles on the field, but this offseason the Philadelphia Eagle-turned-Buffalo Bill’s best move is escaping criminal charges in connection with a nightclub brawl — because the D.A. couldn’t figure out how the fight started. After weeks of work since the February incident and interviews with 27 witnesses, District Attorney Seth Williams and his staff said the only information they could verify about the start of the fight came from two off-duty police officers — who, Williams said at a press conference Monday, gave conflicting statements and misidentified people.
ALLEN IVERSON, MOST PHILLY PLAYER EVER, MAKES HALL OF FAME
The Answer. In a lot of ways, it was the perfect nickname for Allen Iverson. He wasn’t just the Answer for the Sixers, who took him with the first overall pick in 1996 to change the fortunes of a franchise in desperate need of saving. Iverson was that, yes; but he was something more. He was the Answer for the entire NBA, a league looking for an identity in the post-Magic, Bird and Michael era. And now he’s a Hall of Famer — the hero to so many in his adopted city has officially landed on the all-time-great list.
MILLENNIAL PAC PICKS 2016 PRIMARY CANDIDATES
The city’s first millennial political action committee announced Monday it has endorsed four candidates for state representative — and none of them are incumbents. Philly Set Go, founded last year as a bipartisan PAC, aims to increase the involvement of young people in the political process both through voting and running for office. Here’s a look at the four people the PAC endorsed.
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WHAT’S BEHIND MOST GUN VIOLENCE IN PHILADELPHIA
A City Council hearing last week brought the underlying causes of gun violence into focus. Many residents might guess that shootings in the city are overwhelmingly drug-related. Many, according on Philadelphia Police Commissioner Richard Ross’ testimony, would be wrong. “Our biggest issue is retaliatory violence,” he explained. “Much of the time, it’s young men using gun violence as a means to resolve disagreements.” He said it could come down to something as simple as a dispute over a girl. When At-Large Councilwoman Helen Gym repeated his point, he furthered it. Not just shootings, but “a lot of violence, period,” he stated. But there may be a deeper reason.
PLACING A BET ON THE 2016 PHILLIES — LITERALLY
The Vegas oddsmakers haven’t been very kind to the Phillies this season after a 63-99 record in 2015. They have the worst odds to win the NL pennant and the lowest over/under win total in the league. But still, there might be some optimism in this. Last Wednesday the Phillies were pegged by one Vegas sportsbook for 64 wins; one better than last season. Just two days later, when our Sports Editor Dan Levy’s friendly “I’m in Vegas and believe in what the Phillies are doing so I’m taking the over, dammit” wager was placed, the O/U was up to 66. So he took the bet.