RADIO WARS: The Mikes Continue Their Duel

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Mike Missanelli hinted that Barkann was turned down for an on-air spot at 97.5. This was in response to, as best as I can tell, the following dig from Barkann, which he took while discussing sports fan rankings with Ike Reese in-between Reese’s bouts of snarling on WIP today (5:10 mark of Fan Rankings segment):

“We were fourth, until someone tweeted Victor Cruz is over. There’s no accounting for taste and class, and that’s what happens. We might have even been third for all I know. Someone tweets that, and it’s on the front page of the Daily News. I mean, come on. That’s just unkind, evil and moronic.”

Missanelli and Barkann are two of the biggest names in Philly sports. This is like two giant stars coming too close. Eventually, their gravitational pulls are going to fling them into each other, igniting a giant inerstellar explosion between CBS (WIP) and Greater Media (97.5) that is going to make for the greatest RADIO WARS of all-time. Some might even call that… a STAR WARS. Thanks, I’m here all week.

H/T to (@BelmondoTech)


Mo’ne Davis Is Getting Paid to Be in a Chevy Commercial, and No, It Won’t Affect Her NCAA Eligibility

Great commercial. Even better– this from the NCAA, via sociopath Darren Rovell:

“The NCAA staff’s decision was made within this process and based on a combination of considerations,” James said in the statement. “This waiver narrowly extends the rules — which allow Davis to accept the payment and still be eligible in any other sport — to include baseball. The NCAA staff also considered the historically limited opportunities for women to participate in professional baseball. In addition, Davis is much younger than when the vast majority of the prospect rules apply. While this situation is unusual, the flexible approach utilized in this decision is not.”

Is that… the NCAA showing restraint and reason? The same NCAA that dinged UCONN with a secondary violation because Geno Auriemma picked up the phone to call a little girl and wish her well? I’m impressed.

My guess is that by the time Mo’ne is winning Auriemma four consecutive titles in Storrs, the NCAA rules about athletes making money on their own likeness will be a thing of the past.


Crossing Streams (Episode 24): FanSince09, and Dave Warner of


I’m joined by Twitter hero (@FanSince09), who helped solve a hate crime-esque assault recently and has been making the rounds in the media – from the Today Show to Inside Edition to The View - using Evan Mathis as his publicist. We discuss that experience, the local Twitter community, how awful the Phillies are at social media (and how great the Eagles are), Mathis, and our joint partnership with NRG Energy.

In the second half, Dave Warner of joins me to discuss the NBA’s mega deal with ESPN and TNT, HBO’s new over-the-top streaming service, cord cutting in general, and people making millions on YouTube.

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(@FanSince09) on The View.

Follow (@FanSince09).

Dave Warner’s– come to find out how much of your cable bill is going to ESPN and CSN, stay for the insights on sports and cord cutting.

Follow Dave on Twitter (@WhatUPay4Sports).

The NBA’s TV deal with ESPN and TNT.

HBO’s new streaming service.



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All the backdoor lobbying by Sixers and Devils CEO Scott O’Neil against overhauling the NBA Draft and Lottery while the Sixers are in the midst of milking the systems’ weak points has apparently paid off. You may continue your tanking as you see fit.

In a bed somewhere, Jim and his 102 fever are thrilled about this.


No, Sidney, You’re Not Allowed to like the Rocky Movies

H/T to (@eaglesfan2018)

H/T to (@eaglesfan2018)

An old timey reporter who spoke of social media as if it was some sort of abstract concept asked Sidney Crosby about the supposed Philly blacklash over his Rocky Halloween costume. Crosby was miffed. Indignant, even:

“I was Maverick* last year from Top Gun. I’m not allowed to be a…”

It’s just kind of funny Philly fans would… they’re always looking for something.

“I like the movie, too. Maybe they’ll soften up on me because I picked that. I don’t know, we’ll see. It was all in good fun. I like the Rocky movies. There was nothing else behind it.”

If you’re looking for any last minute Halloween costume ideas and don’t want to be a Tom Cruise character, you can go as Cindy’s head bleeding, NHL 94 style:


Flyers-Penguins tonight! That should go well.

*He would go as Maverick.


Somewhere, Buzz Bissinger Makes Sad Time: Nick Foles Does Q & A with Maxim

Duuuuuuuuuuuuuuude, you should talk to that magazine with all the paper ladies in it!

Duuuuuuuuuuuuuuude, you should talk to that magazine with all the paper ladies in it!

Well, Q & A might be a bit of a misnomer here. Foles, like Bissinger said, is kind of boring and a robot. Maxim basically offered him a chance to clear his name (as if it needs clearing) and Foles responded with… well, even Maxim was kind of disappointed:

Foles has been accused of lacking grit, but it’s possible his jawline is just less square, his body less compact. He doesn’t have to look determined because he wins and that’s his job. Yes, he keeps throwing interceptions, but he also keeps throwing touchdowns. The Eagles score. The Eagles win. The Eagles peck the Giants’ eyes out, pull down their trousers, and humiliate them in front of America. Then Nick Foles answers questions about turnovers. It’s not fair; it’s just football.

In the spirit of turning play around, Maxim talked to Foles about other people talking about Foles. He was calm about the whole thing, a bit more even keeled than we would have liked. But that’s his prerogative. As long as the Eagles are on top, it doesn’t matter if Foles seems more pecked than pecker.

Maybe even keeled, but he’s downright badass on the field when special dudes get hurt.

The most interesting answer from Foles in the brief exchange was:

[The defense] has been good to you. Do you thank them when they help you out?

Whenever they get a stop you celebrate with them. The other night, I threw an interception and they got a stop so we celebrated. They tell me, “We’ll go stop ‘em for you.” It’s like a brotherhood and you have to have each others’ backs. It’s about operating under the same philosophy instilled by the coaches.

Honestly? Nick should just have bro Mark Sanchez do all of his media requests: Duuuuuuuude, he made me look sweeeeeet out there. Did you try the chicken tenders?* 

You can read the full Q & A here.

*Actual quotes

H/T to (@Caleb_Mezzy)


Watch Luke Schenn Get Completely Torched in the Final Minutes of a 4-0 Whooping


The Schenn brothers are not working out so well. Luke is inconsistent and slow, and Brayden has yet to show any sign that he’s anything more than a third line winger, at best.

Last night it was Luke’s turn to shine. He was on the ice for three of the Blackhawks’ four goals in their 4-0 beatdown of the Flyers. And that’s not counting this hilarious – but also sad… mostly sad – turnstiling by middling forward Ben Smith, who made Schenn look like one of the chubby guys in NES Ice Hockey in the final minutes of the game. Twitter took note:

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Trade tracker: James van Riemsdyk had his first 30-goal season last year. He has three goals and two assists in seven games this season. Luke Schenn is a -7 through six games.


Joe Conklin Lampoons the Sixers’ Marketing Message

This is funny. But to be fair to the Sixers (look at me, showing restraint in making fun of the Sixers!), they’ve been pretty up-front about the fact that they’re going to be the worst team in the history of basketball this season. You have to respect that. What they’re doing is certainly a lot more commendable than what the Phillies are doing, which is trying to sell you a terrible product before it becomes obsolete. The Sixers are like the original iPhone of basketball teams– rough around the edges, missing many essential features, but there’s a solid foundation to work with and it shows great promise. The Phillies are basically Blackberry– awesome in 2007, but completely useless now and trying to shove square pegs into round holes in an attempt to extract the last wads of cash from their remaining fans’ hands before completely killing off their product.

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