October 11, 2021
On today’s episode of The Gastroenteritis Blues, Steve, Emily and Dan react to the news of the day: Ben Simmons is back in Philadelphia. Is this anything more than Daryl Morey successfully calling Ben & Klutch’s bluff? Will he be ‘injured’? Will he actually return to play for the Sixers? They round up the surrounding reports on the topic and try to absorb what this means for their beloved Sixers.
On a more lighthearted note, the preseason Sixers have been lots of fun. Joel Embiid looks phenomenal, Tyrese Maxey is the future, and Isaiah Joe is absolutely killing it. What do they make of the apparent competition between Maxey and Shake Milton? Or Furkan Korkmaz destroying the preseason Brooklyn Nets? It’s all here.
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October 3, 2021
On today’s episode of The Gastroenteritis Blues, Steve, Emily and Dan discuss another week of Ben Simmons news, which includes the Sixers’ decision to not pay him the $8.5 million he was due on Friday, the potential that he might fake an injury if he ever returns to the team, and what they make of the Indiana Pacers’ continued interest in Simmons.
They also dissect a Doc Rivers quote about Tyrese Maxey, talk about another Eagles loss, and then take turns asking each other three non-basketball questions apiece.
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September 30, 2021
On today’s emergency episode of The Gastroenteritis Blues, Emily, Dan and Steve discuss the latest drama in the Ben Simmons saga, which has now ensnared Sixers star Joel Embiid. Responding first to a report from The Athletic which stated that Simmons, specifically, no longer wants to play with Embiid, Joel spoke at length today to the media. Read his full comments here. The hosts read Embiid’s response word-for-word, responding to each segment along the way. What did they think of Joel invoking the Jimmy Butler departure? Or Joel’s classification of Ben’s actions as “disrespectful”?
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September 27, 2021
On today's episode of The Gastroenteritis Blues, Steve, Dan and Emily discuss a slew of comments from the Sixers on the team's Media Day, after first discussing The Athletic's report of the players' rejected meeting in LA with embattled star Ben Simmons. How do they feel about Doc Rivers' continued slapstick media tour? They dissect quotes from Rivers, Daryl Morey, Joel Embiid, Tobias Harris, Tyrese Maxey, Danny Green and more.
They also discuss the NBA's league-wide issues with players refusing the vaccine, Furkan Korkmaz's masterpiece of a hype video, and the Sixers taking action to fine Simmons for staying home.
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September 22, 2021
On today’s episode of The Gastroenteritis Blues, Steve, Dan and Emily are joined by Zo of The Rights to Ricky Sanchez Podcast. Zo and the gang discuss yesterday’s Woj bomb and the report that Ben Simmons has reportedly vowed to never play another game as a 76er. What about the nugget from the article implying Simmons no longer wants to play with Joel Embiid, specifically? Or Simmons’ reported desire to “have his own team” so-to-speak.
Then, they break down a calamitous and unnecessary day of media availability from Doc Rivers after his appearance on ESPN’s First Take. What do they make of Rivers’ media posturing? What about the reports from Stephen A. Smith about Portland discussing a CJ McCollum/Robert Covington deal for Simmons, or the Brooklyn Nets’ interest in a Kyrie-for-Ben swap?
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September 19, 2021
On today’s episode of The Gastroenteritis Blues, we’ll be honest, there isn’t a ton to discuss. Despite that, Emily, Dan and Steve parse the week’s reports about Kyrie Irving and John Wall in regards to the never-ending availability of Ben Simmons. Then, they discuss their excitement levels for the Sixers to be back when training camp opens on the 27th.
They also discuss the Eagles’ loss to San Francisco before they rotate asking each other 9 different non-basketball questions. Included: last meals, unlimited dogs, and a handful of Steve’s new movie, This Is The Night.
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September 12, 2021
Another week, another handful of half-rumors about Ben Simmons. Sigh. On today’s episode of The Gastroenteritis Blues, Steve, Emily and Dan discuss whether not Simmons should care about his trade value, what a deal between the Cavs and the Sixers for Ben would look like, and what impact his proposed holdout would do to his market. They also revisit Doc Rivers’ postgame quote about Ben after game 7 and discuss why they believe the quote wasn’t really as bad as many have made it out to seem.
Plus: Listener hot takes, Emily’s firsthand experience at Bark in the Park with her dog Luna, and rejoicing in the good vibes of the 1-0 Philadelphia Eagles.
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September 9, 2021
On today’s episode of The Gastroenteritis Blues, Steve and Dan are joined by The Athletic’s Jon Krawczynski. Jon is a senior NBA writer who covers the Minnesota Timberwolves more closely than anyone else in the league. Within their conversation, Jon tells Dan and Steve why he feels more confident than ever that the Wolves could end up trading for Ben Simmons, how this situation parallels to the Jimmy Butler situation the Wolves recently faced, what realistic options are still really on the table for Daryl Morey, and how it seems Simmons and Klutch would respond to a trade to Minnesota.
Plus: what is the Sixers’ play if they still ultimately want Damian Lillard or another star? Which other teams should we keep an eye on in these negotiations? And what could Minnesota offer Philadelphia that Jon thinks is immensely valuable?
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September 5, 2021
On today’s episode of The Gastroenteritis Blues, Steve, Dan and Emily discuss the news of the week - Ben Simmons’ official trade request out of Philadelphia. The hosts discuss the significance of the request, what happens from here, the Klutch angle, and what to make of that odd Tyrese Maxey report. They also discuss Joel Embiid’s tweets on the issue and the way that Simmons’ representation has began to spin his Philadelphia tenure on his way out the door. They also make a significant pod-related announcement.
In the second half of the pod, Dan and Emily are joined by Bleeding Green Nation’s Brandon Lee Gowton to preview the season for the Eagles.
September 2, 2021
On today’s episode of The Gastroenteritis Blues, Emily, Dan and Steve discuss an array of sort-of-Sixers storylines from the week that was. From Nerlens Noel’s apparent suit of Rich Paul and Klutch, to a number of Sixers beefing up their IMDb profiles in a new Adam Sandler film, it is truly the middle of the offseason.
Also covered: a cryptic message from Damian Lillard about his future in Portland, an update from Shams Charania on the Ben Simmons situation, and everything you need to know about the latest transactions involving Anthony Tolliver and Haywood Highsmith.