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Look: Joel Embiid is subject of funny billboard in Philadelphia

Joel Embiid holds a basketball

Joel Embiid is a larger-than-life figure in Philadelphia … now literally speaking as well.

Images recently went viral on social media of a funny local billboard in Philadelphia with the 76ers star Embiid as its subject. The billboard is simply a large picture of Embiid with “MVPiid” written above him.

Fans driving by took pictures of the billboard and shared them online.

The Liberty Line notes that the billboard is located right off 34th Street in South Philadelphia.

As for the MVP case that the billboard is making for Embiid, it is not a bad one. Embiid is averaging 26.0 points, 10.9 rebounds, and a career-high 4.1 assists per game this season. But what hurts his candidacy is that the Sixers are just 18-16 overall. Embiid also missed several weeks of action when he had a bout with COVID-19 last month.

That does not make the giant billboard any less entertaining though. In fact, it’s probably the best billboard we’ve seen in the city since this hilarious one.

Photo: Nov 27, 2019; Philadelphia, PA, USA; Philadelphia 76ers center Joel Embiid (21) warms up before action against the Sacramento Kings at Wells Fargo Center. Mandatory Credit: Bill Streicher-USA TODAY Sports

Cincinnati TV station takes hilarious shot at College Football Playoff rankings

Cincinnati Bearcats logo

The fact that the Cincinnati Bearcats were left out of the top four in the initial College Football Playoff rankings has not sat well with anyone. It has also led a lot of people from Cincinnati to take aim at the committee, sometimes in hilarious ways.

The best yet may come from local television station WLWT, an NBC affiliate based in Cincinnati. The station erected a billboard touting the accuracy of their weather forecasts as more accurate than the playoff rankings.

That’s fantastic work from the promotional department. Lots of people in Cincinnati will probably find that message pretty appealing right now.

The Bearcats are 8-0 with a win over Notre Dame, and are ranked No. 2 in both the AP and Coaches’ Polls. That wasn’t enough for the committee, which dumped Cincinnati in at No. 6 in its initial rankings. The outcry has been swift, but it’s also brought about some pretty great material like this.

Arizona State fans troll rival Arizona with billboard

Herm Edwards

Arizona State fans trolled rival Arizona with a billboard reminder of the lopsided result in the Territorial Cup last season.

Some ASU fans put up a billboard between Phoenix and Tucson to remind Arizona about the dominant 70-7 win the Sun Devils enjoyed in December. The billboard features two badges with devil horns and tails that say “70-7”. The message on the board says “No Pity for the Kitty.”

The billboard was paid for by VIP members of the Sun Devil Source community.

The billboard was also revenge for Arizona putting up billboards around Phoenix, not too far from ASU’s campus in Tempe, to promote their hire of Kevin Sumlin.

The rivalry game was so one-sided that it cost Kevin Sumlin his job.

Arizona has a new coach, but ASU fans are going to continue enjoying the big win all offseason-long.

Photo: Gage Skidmore/Flickr via CC-BY-SA 2.0

Clippers mural in LA defaced by apparent Lakers fan

With both Los Angeles NBA teams pushing for contention in 2020, it’s fair to say that the rivalry is escalating again. How can you tell? Murals and billboards being defaced is a pretty good indicator.

Some Clippers murals and billboards in the city have been tagged, with whoever did it using purple and gold paint and making it pretty clear they’re no fans of the Clippers.

This particular mural has “LWO” painted on it in Lakers colors. LWO could be an acronym for “Lakers World Order.”

The fact that Kawhi Leonard and Paul George, a pair of Los Angeles-area natives, chose to come to the Clippers is definitely bothersome for some Laker fans. That, combined with the rivalry being what it is, is enough to inspire this sort of thing.

It’s worth keeping in mind that the shoe was on the other foot only a year ago. This is probably not the last of this we’ll see.

Billboards in Los Angeles recruit Kawhi Leonard to Clippers

Free agency is upcoming in the NBA, which means it’s time for billboards to go up in Los Angeles recruiting free agents. And that’s just what’s happened.

LA Times Clippers reporter Andrew Greif posted photos on Twitter Sunday night of two billboards in Los Angeles recruiting Kawhi to the Clippers. One changes the “King of the North” moniker to “King of Socal.” The hashtag for that one is “Kawhi2LAC”. The next one is a California license plate that says “Kawhi” on it with hashtag “ClipperNation” at the bottom.

Leonard is from Southern California and has long been believed to favor a return home in free agency, with the Clippers reportedly being his preferred team over the Lakers. Leonard is fresh off winning an NBA championship with the Toronto Raptors and believed to be strongly considering a return to Toronto.

A three-time All-Star, Leonard has won two championships and two NBA Finals MVPs in his career, one with Toronto and the other with San Antonio.

Look: Billboard goes up in LA supporting new UCLA coach Mick Cronin

Mick Cronin

UCLA is wasting little time promoting new men’s basketball head coach Mick Cronin.

The Bruins introduced Cronin on Thursday as their new head coach. By Sunday, LA Daily News UCLA reporter Thuc Nhi Nguyen shared a photo on Twitter of a billboard in Los Angeles advertising Cronin and the program:

Cronin comes to Westwood after 13 seasons at Cincinnati. He made the NCAA Tournament nine seasons in a row at Cincinnati, though they only made it to the Sweet 16 once and never advanced beyond that. He takes over a Bruins program that went 17-16 this past season and missed the NCAA Tournament.

Look: Billboard goes up welcoming Bryce Harper to Phillies

Bryce Harper

Phillies fans have wasted no time welcoming Bryce Harper to the team and city.

The same day that Harper signed a 13-year, $330 million deal with the Phillies, a billboard went up in Garnet Valley welcoming the slugger to the team.

Philly sports fans are a passionate group, so this sort of welcome is in line with their typical behavior. They are absolutely going to love Harper when he starts crushing balls for them. I have said I really like the deal for the Phillies. The fans will too.

Las Vegas billboard trolls PK Subban over bite incident

Pierre Edouard Bellemare

Vegas Golden Knights fans wasted no time going to work on trolling PK Subban over a bite incident on Wednesday.

Late in the second period of Nashville’s 2-1 win over Vegas, Subban and Pierre-Edouard Bellemare got mixed up by the Nashville net. Subban tied Bellemare up by the net, had him in a headlock, and then had his finger bit.

Less than 24 hours after the incident, a digital billboard on the corner of Tropicana and Swenson in Las Vegas mocked Subban for the incident.

The turnaround time on that billboard is impressive. Golden Knights fans should be proud of themselves.

Kevin Durant ‘not really impressed’ with Knicks billboard

Kevin Durant Warriors

Kevin Durant thinks it’s cool that someone put up a billboard trying to persuade him to come to the Knicks, but he says he’s not impressed by it.

A billboard went up near MSG recruiting Durant to the Knicks ahead of the Golden State Warriors’ game in New York City on Friday. The billboard shows a cartoon of Durant and what appears to be Kristaps Porzingis. The billboard issues a challenge to KD, asking him, “can you make NY sports great again?”

Durant spoke with the New York media on Thursday and was asked about the billboard. According to Anthony Slater, Durant said the billboard was “cool” but he’s “not really impressed” with it.

The Knicks thought they would be in the mix for Durant two years ago when he chose the Warriors in free agency, but he didn’t give them any serious consideration. They’re hoping that’s changed and that KD may pull a move similar to LeBron by leaving for a big-market team in desperate need of a star. We have our doubts, though the league office would probably love it.

Houston billboards recruit LeBron James to Rockets

LeBron James

Billboards aimed at recruiting LeBron James to join the Rockets have gone up around the Houston area.

Later this month, James can opt out of his contract with the Cleveland Cavaliers and become an unrestricted free agent, meaning he would be able to sign with any team of his choosing. Should James exercise that option, he would become the most sought-after player in the NBA.

A billboard appeared in New York back in April with hopes of convincing James to join the Knicks. Now, Houston is getting in on the act with a billboard that reads “Hey LeBron, Strive For Houston.”

According to KTRK, a Rockets superfan named Greg Andrews purchased the six billboards to recruit LeBron.

If James is in search of a situation that gives him a legitimate chance at dethroning the Golden State Warriors, the Rockets may be his best choice, provided they are able to retain the services of Chris Paul. The city of Houston would surely welcome James. It appears the feeling may not be mutual however.