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It’s OK– I grew up in Delco, I can make these jokes.

Email from reader Matt:

This clown decided to stand up on the bar at McFadden’s last night, right after the back-to-back-to-back home runs, pull his hood on, and propose to his girlfriend.  Then right afterwards orders 6 shots of fireball for him, his [fiancée] and [fiancée]‘s friend.

Now that’s class. Waiting until the quiet moment in the bar, after B.J. Rosenberg fat fat fatties the game away, to pop the big question. Baggy cargo shorts for maximum flexion. The hood… for God knows why. And the shots of Fireball, because that’s the way to kick off the nuptial process. Here’s to avoiding the other 50% of unions.

Commenter Delco Jorts is going to be all over this one.


This ESPN-captured moment will quickly make its way into Philly webternets lore. The trifecta of infamy: there’s a Vine, a slow-mo video set to melodramatic music, and a GIF.

Now we just need someone to instantly gram the heartbreak on Chunk’s face using the Amaro filter. Wait, done:

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Being a Philly sports fan in a nutshell.

GIF via Barstool

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Penguins fan Cy Clark, also known as Malkamania, the guy who did the Hulk Hogan thing to Scott Hartnell a few years ago, was ejected from the CONSOL Energy Center on Saturday (apparently at the request of NBC) for trolling and possibly harassing Pierre McGuire(!). Yes.

On Facebook, Clark said that the league and NBC kicked him out because of his sign, which displayed McGuire’s real name (why, in the world, would someone opt for Pierre?) on the generous real estate available on McGuire’s penis tip-shaped head. But, our friend Derek from Pensblog and bag-of-hot-air radio host Mark Madden report that there might have been other reasons:

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Derek and Mark are firmly in support of Clark’s removal from the game. Other Yinzers, of course, are less reasonable, 1) because Malkamania is, unfortunately, one of the coolest things in their lives, and 2) because Clark is recovering from cancer. The sympathy is understandable, but that doesn’t excuse someone for being a dick. Just because you had cancer doesn’t mean you can go around dressing up like a wrestler and cursing off TV personalities (however awful they may be) as you see fit. Grow up, Peter Pan, Count Chocula.

God I love this rivalry.

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A few years ago I started to get really good at guessing the attendance at CBP. The four options displayed on the scoreboard were always some variation of a sellout: A) 44,628 B) 44,011 C) 45,564 D) 45,208.

Easy. It was D. There was an attendance of 45,208 on this mythical 2011 night. 

See how good I am?

Besides my instincts, I have two real talents: guessing attendance and not letting things drop.* But something tells me that practicing my craft at Phils games this year will prove quite difficult. You used to be able to gauge the strength of a sellout by how long the beer lines were, how overcrowded the Bud Light Rooftop Sponsored Because Bud Light Has to Sponsor Everything Bleachers were, and the standing room availability at railings behind sections in the infield of the second level. I had real simple metrics for this, and I was damn good at it. Most nights I could get within 200 of the paid attendance before the options even came up on the scoreboard. But now… how do you possibly count 20,000 empty seats and come up with an accurate number?

The Phillies’ attendance last night was 25,492, the lowest since 2007. And it was the third game. According to Pat Gallen (@PatGallen_975), the Phils’ lowest attendance in 2013 was 28,862. It was 40,394 in 2012, 25,831 in 2008 and 23,526 in 2007.

Nick Kayal (who I think is one of the best young sports talk guys in the city**) made a good point on 97.5 last night. He observed that 40-, 50- and 60-something Phillies fans may have four or five entertainment options that they really like (the Phillies, a couple TV shows, a good book), meaning they’ll stick with a bad team and continue watching and attending games longer than young fans, in their 20s and 30s, who not only have more of a social life and a myriad bars, restaurants and other establishments to choose from, but also many more entertainment options natively available to them (us)– iPads, Netflix, 200 cable channels, YouTube, social media and pretty much anything online. I agree with Nick. It’s not about being a bad fan, it’s just that young people, today, have many, many more entertainment options than our fathers and mothers did when they were, say, 25 or 31. We have a quicker trigger. Hell, I do this for a living and I’ve already reached the point with the Phillies – nine games into the season – where I think, you know, I have a lot of binging I could be doing… why am I watching a 9-4 baseball game? That’s the problem with the Phillies (and baseball in general) now. Citizens Bank Park and Phillies games were a destination and appointment viewing from 2008 to 2012. Everywhere you went when a game was being played, you looked for a TV or obsessively checked the score. CBP was where weekend nights started. The TV automatically tuned to CSN at 7 p.m. And even before 2008, there weren’t as many entertainment options to distract young people. Phillies games certainly weren’t the event they were the last few years, but they were one of the more attractive entertainment options and certainly one of just a handful of adequate viewing options, especially during the summer.

We’ve come full-circle, though. Back to the dark ages. Only now the Phillies can truly disappear into the darkness if they continue to be really bad. People aren’t going to sit through a 72-win season. They’re going to tune out. It’s already happening.

And as for estimating the attendance? I guess I’ll have to start counting the empty rows on the baselines. E. None of the above. 25,492. The Phillies and Brewers thank you.

*Nothing falls in my presence. For instance, if I knock something off a counter, my body goes into save mode and I contort my thighs and feet in such a way to trap the object against a cabinet. Hell, the other night I even caught spilled beer – not the bottle… the actual beer – in my hand. I caught liquid… in my hand. I scare myself sometimes.

**Nick really knows his stuff. He comes prepared with facts as well as anyone on local sports talk radio. I sit on Twitter all day and see most of the factoids and anecdotes that pop up, and every night, Kayal has them ready to go. He seamlessly weaves Twitter and online reports into his discussion and still hits on the all-important hot-button issues to generate calls. There’s a bit of sports geekery in some opinions, but most observations, like his one about Phils fans last night, are interesting and supported with facts and anecdotes.

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via (@SI_BenReiter)

Cubs Fan, Looking Good!

Kyle Scott —  April 4, 2014 — 17 Comments

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The Phils won, 7-2.

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Forget about the fact that you’re wearing the jersey of a player who was traded almost three years ago. Never, under no circumstances, is it acceptable to put a player’s nickname on a custom jersey. Maybe Chooch. Maybe. But that’s it. If you’re going to customize a jersey, get either your own name (fine), something radically offensive to your rival, a movie character’s name (Mighty Ducks Conway is acceptable and encouraged), or pay homage to a retired player who’s no longer available. But no nicknames. Never.

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Meanwhile, an update on the Dane Sardinha jersey from Opening Day. Reader Andrew was the man in the photo and he checks in with a response:

So, it’s me.  I feel like I need to explain my purchasing decisions from that fateful day at the Phillies Christmas sale when I ended up with this thing, because I also came away with the basis for what I believe to be the greatest Phillies fan jersey of the last few years, I picked up a blank game issued away jersey to turn into a Roy Halladay perfect game jersey.  The Sardinha is the beater, don’t care if I spill food/beverage onto it.

Please let me set the record straight.

Interesting take here– the ol’ beater jersey. I have one. It’s my Mike Richards 2010 sweater. If I were 10, I’d wear it outside to play street hockey. Or if I was 20, I’d wear it to play beer pong and do keg stands at a PSU party when the Flyers were playing the Penguins. And at 30, I wear it to mow the lawn on a cool day. My Giroux Winter Classic sweater is the gamer, worn only when there will be no mustard packets or rogue velcro swabs within a 10-foot radius of belly button.

Also: I’m assuming everyone under the age of 35 owns a CCM 88 Eric Lindros beater, yes?


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And their next ones: Divorced_In, 20_16. Fate sealed with those sweaters.

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His name is Matt Miller. He has a finely tailored beard. He, according to his Twitter, is a husband, father, NFL & NFL Draft Lead Analyst at Bleacher Report, Madden contributor, Pro Football Writers of America member and self-styled draft expert. He relies on tired clichés. He’ll be playing the lead role of Lazy National Writer in Hack this evening:

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UPDATE: His LinkedIn is positively delicious, like a tasty treat:

Bleacher Report
October 2010- Current
The most read author in the history of Bleacher Report. Specializing in national NFL content, video analysis and NFL draft content.
August 2006- May 2011
Social Networking | Community Administrator | Marketing Copywriter

New Era Scouting
June 2006- Current
President | Director of Scouting | Lead Scout

Joplin Crusaders
2007, 2008 Seasons
Special Teams Coordinator | Secondary Coordinator | Recruiting Specialist

Liberal High School
2006, 2007 Seasons
Varsity Football Coach
Positions: QB, RB, FB, CB, FS, SS

Specialties: NFL Draft, football scouting, football coaching, social media techniques, video analysis.

Cool beans, sir. Cool beans.