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The Flyers Have Called up THE GHOST

Pictured here: Sean Couturier and Shayne Gostisbehere discuss strategy. Photo credit: Eric Hartline-USA TODAY Sports

Sean Couturier and Shayne Gostisbehere discuss strategy, Photo credit: Eric Hartline-USA TODAY Sports

Just in time for Halloween!

From the Flyers:

The Philadelphia Flyers have recalled defenseman Shayne Gostisbehere from their AHL affiliate, the Lehigh Valley Phantoms, today.

A G G G G G G G GHOST!

Asked for comment, the Red Wings said: “We ain’t afraid of no Gostisbehere.” That remains to be seen… or does it?

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Joshua Harris Is Going to Buy Crystal Palace of the English Premier League, According to Bloomberg

I would like to get… richer. More rich?

From Bloomberg:

Apollo Global Management LLC (APO) co-founder Josh Harris is close to an agreement to buy Crystal Palace, two people with direct knowledge of the talks said, a deal that would make him the fifth owner of both a major U.S. sports franchise and a team in soccer’s English Premier League.

The people requested anonymity because the contract isn’t complete.

This isn’t the first time Harris’ name has come up surrounding the purchase of an English Premier League team. In June, it was reported that he had interest in Aston Villa. That never happened. Here’s what I wrote then about the prospect of him owning a soccer team:

Harris and his companies have a history of buying up distressed properties and turning them around. He’s already probably more than doubled his investment in the Sixers (thanks to national TV revenue) and eventually the same will be able to be said for his investment in Devils. Aston Villa is a small-time English Premier League team, but, they still play in the Premier League (so long as they don’t get relegated) and with the wind at soccer’s back, the sport’s growing popularity in the US, and the potential for a MASSIVE broadcast rights deal when the league’s current three-year, $250 million deal with NBC is up in two years, there’s little doubt that owning a team is a money-making proposition. What’s more interesting, however, is that Harris has aggressively entered the sports market. He bought the Sixers in 2011, the Devils in 2013, and may buy Aston Villa in 2014. We’ve already seen what he can do with a multi-sport advertising partnership in just the US, now imagine the possibilities if his sports interests go international. And better yet, here’s a line I’d consider dropping if I were Harris, which I’m not, because I don’t floss with the finely woven hair of a beaver: Hey LeBron, so you want to be the first billionaire athlete? How about you come work for a billionaire who is reinventing franchise ownership as we know it? Maybe we can make you the central figure in the largest sports sponsorship deal of all-time. How’s that sound.

Replace Aston Villa with Crystal Palace (that’s what Harris did) and everything else stays the same. Just, um, never mind the LeBron thing. It was a long summer.

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Bag of Hot Air Colin Cowherd Responds to Philly Blogs Calling Him a Bag of Hot Air

Colin Blowhard Cowherd was back on the radio today. [Why? I don't know. ESPN hates you.] He of course responded to the response over his report that Chip Kelly would take a phone call from Florida if Florida called him about a head coaching position. Here’s what Cowherd said today:

“I set off a big firestorm in Philadelphia as we predicted on this show… but I got enough contacts with the big power brokers in college football, the agents, Chip Kelly’s going to take a call from the Florida Gators.”

“And all the Philadelphia message board guys say Cowherd doesn’t know anything. Yeah but message board guy does. Look at all these guys– Cowherd, Cowherd, blog, blog, Cowherd says blog, blog, blog. The guy that owns this wears an Eagles jersey to work. Yeah, like that’s objective. So put down the cheesesteak for three minutes. They run out to Wawa to get another sandwich, OK? Settle down there, alright, Vinny? I got fairly good sources on this, OK?”

Few things:

1) What?

2) “Chip Kelly’s going to take a call from the Florida Gators.” No shit he is! He’s a lifelong football man and, out of respect for a storied program that he would’ve given his left big ball to get a call from just five years ago, of course he’s going to pick up the phone… and then he’s going to say “no thanks” and put it down. I’d pick up the phone if CSN called and asked me to be their first useful blogger… and then I’d say “no thanks” and put it down. I, too, am building a culture here, dammit. Picking up the phone is just  common courtesy.

But why, in the world, would Kelly, who is quickly ascending in the NFL coaching ranks – the highest set of such ranks in all the land – want to leave what he started to coach college kids in Gainesville? Florida probably wouldn’t be able to pay him as much, and he hates recruiting. College football nuts like Cowherd seem to forget that in the real world (and by that I mean the Union states), the NFL is at the top of the football food chain. Chip’s made it, and he’s doing well. Why would he take a step back? If Chip Kelly takes a job, or even seriously considers one, with Florida anytime in the next two years, I will eat my hat on a live web stream.

3) Jim: I like how he says he has “good sources” on it. How do you have good sources that Chip would probably answer a hypothetical phone call for a coaching position that isnt technically open? 

4) Nice cheesesteak crack, you weirdo. Glad Sal Pal was able to follow up (not featured in the audio) and joke that he was at Wawa with Vinny. Stop screaming at my TV, Sal!

H/T to (@yuschaip)

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This Dude’s Simple, Chip Kelly-Inspired Office Decor is Cooler than Yours

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via Redditor titanicsucks

Well, that’s awesome: Redditor titanicsucks (great name) posted that above picture in the r/Eagles subreddit yesterday, and it’s probably cooler than what you’ve got on your wall in your office. What do you even have? A picture of your family? A diploma? Some art your kid made? This dude’s got a replica Chip Kelly play card that he made himself probably in MS Paint or InDesign or something, and it’s still much cooler than whatever you’ve got up there.

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Connor Barwin Gave Bill Clinton a Connor Barwin Jersey

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We don’t know where, we don’t know why, and we’re not sure how, but Connor Barwin ran into Bill Clinton and gave him a Connor Barwin jersey. On top of having a great season and notching three sacks against the Giants (and being a fellow NRG partner– almost making us best friends), Barwin frequently comes off as having the most interesting haircut life on the Eagles.

Barwin met Clinton yesterday — maybe at a fundraiser in Lawrenceville, NJ — they shared some words, and Barwin gifted him with a jersey. We sure hope it wasn’t Barwin’s size (or even Bill’s size in his Governor years), but now the Eagles love can be spread throughout the whole family. He still wouldn’t be the most iconic person to rock the best looking Eagles gear though.

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StubHub Will be All Over the Wells Fargo Center, Reminding You How You Got to the Sixers Game

Photo Credit: Bill Streicher-USA TODAY Sports

Photo Credit: Bill Streicher-USA TODAY Sports

The Sixers season is less than a week from tipping-off, and while we all know it’s going to be a long and rough road, it can also be fun to check out a game in person. There are no stakes, the place will be half empty, the beers are large. But, the thing is, the tickets are expensive. The quality of product on the court does not match the price points. That’s what the secondary market [Editor's note: AND CROSSING BROAD TICKETS, DAMMIT!] is for. Last year, I had a lot of fun watching the Sixers lose to the Magic 101-90, marking their 12th straight loss at the time, mostly because I got three tickets for a total of $6. The Sixers know you’re going to do this.

How do you know they know? Because StubHub is gonna be all over the Wells Fargo Center this season. The team has announced an “extension of their wide-ranging partnership with StubHub.” That extension includes “signage on all basket stanchions and pole pads, courtside and 360 LED ring signage, and on the scoreboard,” as well as a photo booth and opportunity for fans to “create their own personalized, take-home hard ticket”… just so you can remember that 110-88 waxing. It’s almost like you’ll see more of StubHub than the Sixers at the game. Plus, did I mention I went to a game with two other people and it cost $6, total? And I went to the bathroom at halftime and I was THE ONLY ONE IN THERE? It’s wonderful. Sort of like:

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Braydon Coburn and Andrew MacDonald to both Miss Four Weeks

Photo Credit: Eric Hartline-USA TODAY Sports

Photo Credit: Eric Hartline-USA TODAY Sports

Ron Hextall announced this morning than defensemen Braydon Coburn and Andrew MacDonald both have lower body injuries and will miss “approximately four weeks.” Coburn hasn’t played since opening night and had been rehabbing an injury he suffered during that contest, while MacDonald had played in all seven games so far, with three points and a second-place spot on the team in average ice time. Having a (more) depleted defensive squad is certainly not going to help the already struggling Flyers. So far, there’s no word on who will be called up to fill their spots.

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Draft Kings’ One-Week Millionaire League is Back for Week 8

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With Week 8, the mid-way point (more or less) of the NFL season, comes another chance for you to turn as little as $27 into prize money up to $1,000,000. Draft Kings is running another Millionaire League this week, and like previous weeks, the rules are pretty much the same. You’ll draft a team featuring one QB, two RBs, three WRs, and one TE, Flex and Defense. You’ll deposit $27 (first time depositors receive a 100% bonus on their deposit up to $600). And then you wait. The top 15,500 lineups win cash and you can pick anyone in the league to be on your team (other than the Thursday Night guys and those in the Detriot/Atlanta matchup with its 9 A.M. EST kickoff), fitting the best team you can under a salary cap of $50,000. The total prize pool consists of $2,2 million.

The contest goes live this Sunday, October 26th, at 1 P.M., so all you have to do before then is PICK YOUR TEAM, make your deposit, and cross your fingers. At the very least, you’ll probably be able to beat Kyle, who finished 53,851st last week. Nice job, Kyle.

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