Archives For October 2010

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Last night ESPN reported that Andre Iguodala would like to play for a winner on its pregame telecast.  Wait, wait- stop the presses- an athlete wants to win?  Outrage.

From there, that quickly turned into AI is demanding a trade, AI doesn’t like Philly, etc.  Sixers beat writer Kate Fagen put a stop to that.

She reported that Iguodala has not demanded a trade or told management that he would like to be traded, and he will continue, at least for the foreseeable future, to hamper the Sixers’ growth with his $80 million (gulp) contract.

Can we demand a trade for him?

Speaking of “AI.”  Allen Iverson officially signed a two-year $4 million contract with a Turkish team today, setting up one of the great press conference backdrops of all-time for a hoopster from Virginia.

How the mighty have fallen.  via (@deepsixer3)

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Last week we told you about Carlos Ruiz and Placido Polanco signings for this week – even gave away a signed Chooch baseball.

Well, tomorrow Jeremey Maclin will be signing over at the BC Sports in the Christiana Mall from 1-2:30 PM.

He’ll be signing helmets, photos, jerseys, babies… ok, not babies.  But just go. 

Go get your tickets here.

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Marcus Hayes, a guy who's never come across as a “jolly old fellow,” said in a recent Philly.com chat that Chase Utley is never criticized in this city because he's white.

Oh boy.

No, Marcus, Chase is given a pass because he plays hard, doesn’t complain (which you interpret as seldom accountable), and, when healthy, has been a consistent performer with very few flaws.  And he saves kittens.  On the other hand, Ryan Howard and Jimmy Rollins receive criticism, not beause they’re black, but because Howard gets paid significantly more, strikes out A TON (13 times in last year's WS) and didn't have an RBI in the postseason, while Rollins has had two very sub-par seasons and previously called Philly fans front-runners.

What about Jayson Werth?  He was hardly given a pass this season.  And it don’t get much whiter than him, yo.  You can run tell 'dat.

Back in June, I went a little more in depth (at the request of Big League Stew) as to why Utley is treated differently.

Hayes' full, misguided comments after the jump.  Since he’s both white and black (his words, not mine), he is able to get away with playing the race card. 

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Giants_signPic via (@craigcalcaterra)

Bruce Newman, who criticized Philly fans for holding a sign that said "fix your teeth," might want to take a look at this sign paying homage to Antoine Dodson from last night's World Series game.  A World Series that might come to be known as the event that legalized marijuana- Hamilton smells pot in stands, fans use Lincecum to garner support for Prop 19, free pot when a Giant hits a home run.

Nice city.

Oh yeah, video after the jump of an epic McDonalds fight right next to AT&T Park after Game 1. Not because it doesn't happen everywhere, but because I'm tired of the national media pretending like Philly is the only place where this stuff happens.

H/T to "Fenton" for the video

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MLB to Extend Postseason?

Kyle Scott —  October 29, 2010 — 13 Comments

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December baseball, everybody!  Decemeber baseball!

Last night before Game 2 of the World Series, Bud Selig announced that he is willing to consider extending the postseason by adding more wild card teams.  [SI.com]

"Obviously, we have to talk to the union," Selig said. "These are all details we have to work out. While I've spent a lot of time thinking about it, we have a lot of different opinions on the subject – how to do it, if to do it."

Since 1995, eight of the 30 baseball teams have made the playoffs. In the NFL, 12 of 32 teams make the playoffs. In the NBA and NHL, 16 of 30 teams advance to the postseason.

In recent months, Selig has appeared increasingly open to adding more wild-card teams.

The most talked about scenario would be to add one wild card team from each league, forcing a best-of-three or best-of-five series between two wild card teams.  This would give teams added incentive to win the division, and put the wild card teams' pitching staffs at a disadvantage.

There is also talk of extending the Divisional Series- making it a best-of-seven series- in order to eliminate the potential for the type of fluke wins a five game series affords.

Of course, with all of these extra games, the season would have to start earlier.

The soonest a change could happen wouldn't be until 2012, so no reason to get worked up yet. Selig and the owners will discuss at the Winter Meetings in November.

Ready… opine.

Bluestar
Let's face it, it has been one hell of a week.  The Phils left us high and dry, the Eagles took a tough loss in a game where they had the lead, and the Sixers… well they were what we thought they were. So to brighten your spirits, I present you this. 

You all remember our friend BlueStarShockTrooper?  Right?  No?  Click the link.  In his latest video, he appears to be a bit upset about the Cowboys' season, as the tears stream out from underneath his "Foakleys" and down all three of his chins.  It cheered me up, so I figured why not share it with you!  Plus it's always fun to see a Cowboys fan cry.

Please excuse the super lame country intro, BSST starts speaking at the 1:00 mark.

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Mike_richards_atmI bet you didn't think you'd see a picture of Mike Richards at an ATM today

We get a bunch of "I saw this guy" emails, but most of them are either too ridiculous or we have no evidence.  Well, "KP" passed along this little gem about Mike Richards, who was at McFadden's after the last Phillies home game with Car Bomb, Carts, Harts, Giroux, and Bouch (Sunday, September 26th):

 My friend Doyle was trying to get this beer tub girl's number for way too long (she was ugly but we didn't want to break his heart).  While he was talking to her Richards was at the ATM to get more beer money, wrote his number of the back of the ATM receipt, then gave his digits to the beer tub girl while Doyle was trying to get her number.  The running joke between us now is that the "C' doesn't stand for captain anymore…it stands for "cock blocking."

 

Nice.

Sorry, Doyle.  Don't take it personally.  It's hard to compete with the captain of the Flyers when he slips your attempted conquest his number on the back of an ATM receipt that surely has more commas than yours has digits.

Somehow I should have known that Richie would have awesome game like this.  

Don't try this one at home though, folks.  Beer tub girls are trained to sense hockey players. Richards could have slipped her a bar napkin and she would have known that he was a smallish forward with average speed and a knack for scoring short handed.  It's in their blood.

Speaking of handing over paper- eh on the transition- Ryan Howard was spotted with his girlfriend, Krystle Campbell, and his son at Epiphany of our Lord Church in Plymouth Meeting
on Sunday, just hours after watching the Phillies' season go right by him.  He bought $32 worth of popcorn from Boy Scouts outside.

No truth to the rumor that when they asked for his money he just stood there looking at them and then complained because he never got his popcorn.

Ruben Amaro was at Terror Behind the Walls at Eastern State Penitentiary.  Plenty of truth to the rumor that the entire cast looked like Cliff Lee.

Plenty more sightings at last night's Sixers game from Dan Gross.

Full top 25 after the jump.  And a great article on Corey Fisher, who dropped 105 in a summer league game, by Dana O'Neil- former 'Nova beat writer for the Daily News.

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