The Sporting News read way too much into things and tried to say this mixtape title and cover was a shot at fellow Mayback Music Group member Wale (because he once name-dropped Alex Ovechkin). What it really is though, is a ridiculous cover for Meek Mill’s newest mixtape, which comes with this tagline:
After facing time in the penalty box, Meek Mill jumps back on the ice, faces off and scores big with Philadelphia Flyer, a slap shot of the latest and flyest music from Maybach Music Group’s very own.
Between this and that carjacker, will the real Giroux please stand up?!
You can grab the mixtape (and the cover) for yourself over here.
Pat Gillick spoke to John Clark today and was shockingly realistic — though maybe still a bit optomistic — when considering the Phillies’ potential for future success. Said Gillick:
“I think where we are right now, it’s probably a couple years,. I wouldn’t think  or [2016,] ’15 or ’16 I don’t think is in the cards. I think somewhere around 2017 or 2018.”
It’s a welcome change of pace from Ruben’s (and the team’s) former stance of “this core still has some success left in them.” Gillick then told Clark, kind of against what Ruben and Dave Montgomery said during the season, that the near-future will be more of a “rebuild”:
“I think we’re more toward rebuilding than reloading. That’s my opinion. I think it’s hard to ask the fans, it’s hard to ask the media, it’s hard to ask, you know, anyone, to be patient. Patience is kind of thin these days. But I think this is going to be more of a rebuilding, more of a restructuring than a reloading.”
It’s still not the full-rebuild that Rube and Dave said wasn’t in the cards, but it’s at least more of an admission that something has to be done. 2017 or 2018 might still be a bit on the early side to turn a 73-win team into a major contender, but the first step to rebuilding is admitting you have a problem. Or something like that.
Move over, Susan Finkelstein. Kansas City radio host Dave O (@daveo933) has dug up a Facebook post from a Royals fan who is offering to trade some, well, favors for Game 6 tickets: Continue reading
“And there’s Marla Hooch– what a hitter!” pic via CB West Facebook page
Matt Coughlin of Calkins Media reports that CB West has suspended their esteemed football program after allegations of, um, fucking waterboarding!
Yo that’s hardcore.
CB West football was among the most respected programs in the country, winning four state championships in the 90s, but they’ve struggled as of late and are 2-6 this season (which may prove to be their final record).
The allegations at CB West of course come on the heels of allegations of sexual assault by members of the football team at a New Jersey high school. I’m sure the NY Daily News will somehow blame Eagles cartoons for this mess, too.
UPDATE: Here is the full letter Superintendent David Weitzel sent to school district families today: Continue reading
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From between five and fifty down to seven-ish: According to ESPN, reigning Rookie of the Year Michael Carter-Williams has his sights set on returning to the court on November 13th. The team could still hold him back, however, since Lottery reform has been pushed aside for now, but it looks like 2013 draft partners MCW and Nerlens Noel will share the court sooner rather than later. 2014 draft-partners Joel Embiid and Dario Saric are much, much further away from sharing the court.
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It may be surprising to the casual viewer, but Chase Utley has never won a Gold Glove award. That may change this year, however, as Utley is one of three finalists for the NL Gold Glove award at second base. He’s up for the award along with Brandon Phillips and the Rockies’ DJ LeMahieu. As Todd Zolecki points out, Utley has the lowest fielding percentage of the finalists (.985 to LeMahieu’s .991 and Phillips’ .996), but Chase fares a bit better from a SABR perspective.
The SABR statistic UZR is supposed to quantify how many runs were saved by a fielder’s fielding throughout a season. It includes the metrics of outfield arm runs saved, double-play runs saved, range runs saved, and error runs saved. In general, according to FanGraphs, the UZR of a Gold Glove caliber player would be 15+, while a great fielder would have a 10+ UZR, an above average player have 5+, and so on. Phillips’ UZR in 2014 was 8.1, Utley’s was 8.2, and LeMahieu’s was 10.7. That would seem to indicate a trophy for LeMahieu, but it’s worth pointing out that Phillips’ 2008 Gold Glove campaign had him with a UZR of 12.2 while Utley turned in a 18.3.
Gold Glove winners will be announced next month.
Doc Emrick motored in to Happy Valley for no particular reason today. He was dragging himself along from Pittsburgh on up to Newark after calling the Flyers’ victory over the Penguins when he decided he would saunter on in to the Pegula Ice Arena to scope Penn State’s new hockey home. He simply craved a tour:
I’m sure the folks at PSU were happy to shuffleboard him along at their new digs.
Now seems like a great time for the Doc Emrick soundboard.
Fun Doc Emrick story: I may have told this before, but the first game after the lockout in early 2013 I was at a urinal in the press box bathroom at the Wells Fargo Center when I heard a voice behind me screeching to no one in particular, “Good to be back in the saddle again!” It was a gleeful Doc, excited to be back calling games. I really, really wanted him to narrate the remainder of my piss – shoots it along the sidewall to avoid splash back, dribbles a little onto himself, zips up tight, torques the handle to flush, and skitters along to the sink - but I fought the urge to ask him. Anyway, the dude just loves to puck.
That’s my second-best famous voice encounter in a bathroom. The other one was Sean McDonough at a urinal at Villanova. He was on the phone and trash-talking his BC fan friend (the Cats were playing, a would go on to beat, BC that night). He then brushed his teeth in the sink. Public restroom. Weird guy overall, I think.
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Colin Cowherd, whose idiocy and childishness has been well documented, seems to think if Florida called Chip Kelly offering him their head coaching job, he’d take the call. Said Mr. Cowherd: “Let me just say, Chip will take the phone call if Florida makes it to him.” And that’s just doubling down on what Campus Insiders SEC reporter Jim Donnan said:
“The name that I keep hearing around the country is Chip Kelly. And everybody says, ‘well, he’s the Philadelphia Eagle coach.’ But he really is the kind of guy that needs to come in there and take over that program because instant offense, you saw what he did at Oregon, he had a tremendous career as an assistant coach at New Hampshire,” Donnan said. “He would be a vital cog in recruiting in the state of Florida, and if for some reason he turned it down — and I’m sure he would certainly think about whether to stay with the Eagles or not — he’s got to remember what Nick Saban did. He left the Miami Dolphins and went to Alabama and subsequently we’ve seen what he’s done, plus he’s making $7 million a year.”
Well since Donnan made the comparison, let’s look at Chip Kelly and Nick Saban’s NFL coaching records:
– Chip Kelly: 15-7 (through 22 games)
– Nick Saban: 15-17 (10-12 in first 22 games)
Plus, add in being the coach of a successful NFL franchise, and basically revolutionizing the way professional football is being coached, while not having to helicopter over to high schools, and wanting to remain a coach at the highest level, and staying the Northeast (where he’s from), and $6 million per year, and not having to live in Gainesville with that weird E… and this all just makes little sense. Chip’s not going anywhere. He’s working on creating a Culture here.