Forget Local News, These Are the Weather Accounts You Should Be Following on Twitter

Nonsense

Nonsense

With all due respect to our on-air meteorologists, most of the local news weather people get their weather from experts like Gary Szatkowski out of the National Weather Service in Mount Holly, New Jersey. What you see on TV is packaged, and teased, to maximize ratings, with nonsense like FIRST ALERT WEATHER DAY! And what you often get are slightly outdated oversimplifications of more granular predictions. So if you want the latest weather updates, in near real-time, from true weather experts and reasonable on-air personalities, these are the Twitter accounts you should be following:

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Gary’s the best, and it’s not even close. Dude gives you straight-up, non-alarmist local weather forecasts in a detailed – BUT APPROACHABLE! – fashion. If you follow no one else from this post, follow Gary (@GarySzatkowski).

Here’s a classic Gary Tweet…

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… which is often followed up by his reasonable worst-case scenario:

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Gulp.

The others are a mix of weather heads plugged into advanced computer models, local weather experts, the best TV meteorologists, and John Bolaris for fun and TO SCARE THE SHIT OUT OF YOU (but often accurately). I put all of them into an easy-to-follow list:

Godspeed.

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Aaron Murray’s Friend Claims Kacie McDonnell Won’t Return the $40k Engagement Ring

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HEYYO.

The original Tweet – from Aaron Murray’s former Georgia teammate (@alynch1788) – has since been deleted, but there are plenty of initial replies to prove it happened:

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Gotta say– absolute power move here from Kacie. Give me a $40k ring, make me move to F-ing Kansas City, and then dump me, leaving me stuck doing traffic in the 31st media market in the country (do they even have traffic in Kansas City?!)? Uh, yeah, I’d keep the ring, too. Actually, I’d pawn it, take the money I made and hire a world-class photographer to take super hi-res Olivia Munn-style photos – DO NOT CLICK THAT LINK! – and then send them to Murray with pictures of Andy Reid’s fat head photoshopped over all the good parts and a message telling the backup quarterback to go stick it… “anywhere but here.” But alas, I’m a lanky blogger with averaged-sized hands, so that’s not in the cards for me. Either way, ring’s hers– fair and square. Hell, she should be paid some sort of engagement alimony just for being forced to move to goddamned Missouri. I don’t think I can stress that part enough.

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But seriously, anyone who bases their entire relationship off the lyrics to Fools Rush In is pretty much asking for it anyway. Listen to the wise men!

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Vote In The Crossing Broad Sports Complex Food Awards

Worst graphic ever?

Worst graphic ever?

We’ve written and talked a lot about this over the years, so we figured what time better than now – during these horrible, pathetic, sad Philly sports winter doldrums – to put it up for a vote.

After the jump, vote for your favorite foodstuffs and other concession fare at Citizens Bank Park, Lincoln Financial Field, the Wells Fargo Center and Xfinity Live!. We’ll post the results, potentially in graph form, next week. Continue reading

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Sal Pal Gives SCORCHING HOT TAKE on Tom Brady Losing Female Fans

Sal Pal was on ESPN today, because they had a blank wall and it wasn’t going to throw shit at itself. And since there’s little to ponder in #deflategate, Sal Pal went back to one of his commentarial crutches– the brand.

Here’s what fecal slinger Sal – FSS – had to say about the impact Tom Brady’s cheating will have on Ugg boots sales:

“Women don’t like cheaters. And what’s the number one demographic that Tom Brady tries to sell Ugg boots to? WOMEN! Guys are not going into the mall and going “let me get a pair of Uggs!” No, guys don’t go into the mall for Uggs. Women do. This was clearly motivated because Tom Brady knows, and the people around him know, that his brand is damaged by this, not only on the football field but what he sells off the football field.”

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2) For correctness, Tom Brady promotes Ugg Mens– so he is, actually, trying to sell boots to men. But whatevs. I doubt Sal is ever concerned about the accuracy of the waste that spews from his lips.

3) If you’ll recall, Sal Pal and his big heaping mound of shit used the exact same argument on January 2, when he was fanning the flames about Chip Kelly leaving the Eagles (just three hours before Kelly got a promotion). Here’s what he said to Jon and Sean on 97.5 when he called for the Eagles to hold a press conference to avoid IRREVERSIBLE BRAND DAMAGE:

“There’s a constituency out there. They’re stuck in traffic right now on I-95 and the Schuylkill Expressway. They buy their kids jerseys and hats and pay for parking out the nose and pay for seats and support this team. That’s an important constituency. You have this kind of turmoil and rampant speculation and it hurts the brand in a way that’s difficult to rebuild in a short period of time.”

Sal Pal is so full of shit.

H/T to (@My_NameAintEarl)

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Sixers Roundup: Old Men, Young Men, and Bowling

Photo Credit: Anthony Gruppuso-USA TODAY Sports

Photo Credit: Anthony Gruppuso-USA TODAY Sports

K.J. McDaniels — rookie athletic freak — told CBS Sports that he’s been asked to participate in the dunk contest. McDaniels, who is 21-years-old, says he’s not sure if he’ll do it because he’s more of an in-game dunker and can’t do what he used to do when he had “like, extra bounce.” If this is K.J. without extra bounce, I can’t imagine what he was like with it.

In an effort to maybe catch some of that bounce, a 76-year-old man from Marple is going to walk to tonight’s game against the Raptors. Harold Sampson’s two favorite things are the Sixers and walking (a modern day Walter Mitty, this guy) and since it’s his 76th birthday, he’s gonna walk the 18-miles from Marple-Newtown High School to the Wells Fargo Center for tonight’s game, where he’ll be honored at halftime. This is great and all, but maybe this is just a pity-play so someone will call him an Uber. [Editor’s note: Using code crossingbroad for $20 off first ride.]

And finally, the Sixers’ partners in tank, the Knicks, had a bunch of nationally televised games on their schedule at the beginning of the season. Slowly, TNT and ESPN realized they didn’t want to show really terrible basketball on their networks, so they starting pulling the Knicks’ games from their lineup. But this Super Bowl Sunday, there was some counter-programming going on: ESPN was going to air Knicks vs. Lakers, which seemed great during the season but is now just bad, pathetic basketball. But fear not. If you hate football and just want to watch some other sports on Super Bowl Sunday, you will no longer have to sit through Knicks/Lakers. You can now watch a Chris Paul-hosted celebrity bowling event instead featuring Chris Hardwick and Terrell Owens. Rather than air the Kobe-less Lakers taking on the terrible Knicks, ESPN is airing “celebrities” bowling. Yet, Phil Jackson is a genius.

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There Are Some Reports This Morning That the Phillies Could, Maybe, Trade Jonathan Papelbon to the Brewers

Photo: MLB Fan Cave

Photo: MLB Fan Cave

Another day (January 23, to be exact– just weeks away from pitchers and catchers) and another loosely-sourced report that the Phillies possibly, maybe, might trade their most hated player.

Yahoo!’s Jeff Passan reports:

The Philadelphia Phillies have engaged in serious discussions to send closer Jonathan Papelbon to the Milwaukee Brewers, sources familiar with the negotiations told Yahoo Sports.

Papelbon’s contract, which calls for a $13 million salary this season with a $13 million option for 2016 that vests if he finishes 48 games this year, includes a no-trade clause that can block deals to 17 teams. It is unclear if Milwaukee is on the list.

But not so fast, my friend, says the bow tie man himself, little baby Ken Rosenthal (@Ken_Rosenthal):

Source: #Brewers on Papelbon’s no-trade list. Talks with #Phillies have picked up in recent weeks, but deal still not close. For #Brewers, #Phillies to make Papelbon trade, they would need to agree on $$$ going to MIL and players to PHI – and secure Pap’s approval. For #Brewers, #Phillies to make Papelbon trade, they would need to agree on $$$ going to MIL and players to PHI – and secure Pap’s approval. To this point, none of those things have occurred. But deal certainly not out of question, given #Phillies’ motivation to move Papelbon.

Rosenthal goes on to say that he represents the Lollipop Guild for Papelbon to waive his no-trade clause, the Brewers would have to guarantee his $13 million option in 2016.

He also says that the Phillies may prefer to keep Cole Hamels around, because if Cliff Lee is healthy and capable of producing and his 2016 options vests, then the Phils would have at least two formidable starters in 2016… which, to me, makes absolutely no sense. Lee is 36 and coming off a throwing-arm injury. How useful will he possibly be a year from now, at age 37, on a team that likely still won’t have a lineup capable of contending? It’s just speculation from Rosenthal, but I wouldn’t put it past Ruben Amaro and the Phillies to actually be thinking along these lines. There’s an argument to be made for keeping Hamels around, but it has nothing to do with Lee.

Back to Papelbon: Jim Salisbury reports that the 12 teams he can be traded to without his permission are the Red Sox (surprise!), Rays, Royals, Angels, Mariners, Astros, Mets, Braves, Cardinals, Reds, Cubs and Padres.

Sadly, this will be the nature of most Phillies posts for the next, oh, three years or so.

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The NY Daily News’ Cover Is Perfect, Just like Tom Brady’s Balls

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I’ve been giggling nonstop for 15-straight hours. Might take me through the weekend, maybe a little into next week, too.

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Video: Tom Brady Talks About Balls

I was going to do this myself, but then figured the Internet would just save me the trouble. FOX Sports, to be exact. Here’s their mashup of Tom Brady talking balls. Balls.

Not gonna lie– as a guy with a 16-year-old’s sense of humor, this might beat the Iverson practice presser for me. Sorry. Balls.
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