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People Who Bought Eagles Tickets on StubHub Really Love Maroon 5

Photo Credit: Evan Habeeb-USA TODAY Sports "Look upon your choices, ye Eagles fans, and despair!"

Photo Credit: Evan Habeeb-USA TODAY Sports
“Look upon your choices, ye Eagles fans, and despair!”

When you buy yourself – or as many of you are probably swearing right now, your girlfriend/sister/mom – tickets on StubHub, they keep track of that. So they know that you bought those Eagles tickets and then immediately dropped triple digits on some floor seats to hear that sweet, sweet Adam Levine.

StubHub looked at fans who purchased tickets for both NFL games and live concerts, and saw which artists popped up most frequently for certain fanbases. The Dallas Cowboys’ favorite is Taylor Swift – leading to some very conflicting feelings on Kyle’s part – but we Eagles fans are saddled with those among us who have bought Maroon 5 tickets. Still, it could be worse. We could be Baltimore Ravens/Florida Georgia Line fans.

Kyle: Last three concerts the wife and I have attended and bought tickets for: Bruno Mars, Justin Timberlake, Taylor Swift. I go big pop, baby. Big pop.

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Eagles Release Injured Emmanuel Acho, Keep their IR Number Low

Photo Credit: Mark J. Rebilas-USA TODAY Sports

Photo Credit: Mark J. Rebilas-USA TODAY Sports

Yesterday, I mentioned that the Eagles have one of the lowest injured reserve rates in the NFL, and don’t lose many games due to injuries. The latter is a lot of luck, but the former isn’t just circumstance.

Today, the Eagles released Emmanuel Acho due to a thumb surgery he underwent. There’s still a lot of roster trimming to go – and all teams do this – but releasing on-the-bubble injured players has the added benefit of keeping the IR number low. With the cause of his release both out of his hands and literally in his hands, Acho still has team spirit:

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Just recently, the Eagles have waived/cut/released the injured Acho, Jordan DeWalt-Ondijo, Earl Wolff, and Brandon Hepburn. Only one of those guys may have ended up making the team, but that’s four fewer IR spots on Chip Kelly’s roster that are being used. That, and it’s certainly making roster cuts easier for the coaching staff: “Can he play?” “No.” “Well, that’s easy.”

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WFMZ Reports that “Chocolate Thunder” Darryl Dawkins has Passed Away

Photo Credit: Bob Donnan-USA TODAY Sports

Photo Credit: Bob Donnan-USA TODAY Sports

Darryl Dawkins, one of the flashiest Sixers of all time, has reportedly passed away, according to WFMZ in Lehigh Valley. Dawkins leaves behind one hell of a legacy. He was the first player drafted to the NBA right out of high school. He’s one of the most ferocious and famous dunkers of all time. He was a snazzy dresser. He despised backboards:

He played for the Sixers from 1975 to 1982, over which time he averaged 11.2 points, 6.7 rebounds, and 1.4 steals per game. In recent years Dawkins had worked with the Sixers in many capacities including public appearances, camps, and events. He tried to help me shoot free throws in Wildwood about 13 years ago. I asked him to dunk. He laughed at me.

Dawkins was 58 years old.

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Hey, Here’s an Incredibly Positive National Article about the Phillies

How many first names can you name? Photo credit: Bill Streicher-USA TODAY Sports

How many first names can you name? Photo credit: Bill Streicher-USA TODAY Sports

Last time I remember this happening: 2011.

Jerry Crasnick has written what is the first genuinely positive feature piece on the Phillies in years. In a well-rounded, 360 look at the entire organization, Crasnick notes:

Shortstop J.P. Crawford, catcher Andrew Knapp and the prospects acquired in Amaro’s flurry of trades reflect a deeper, more talented farm system. A new, $2.5 billion TV deal with Comcast SportsNet kicks in next year, and Howard, Ruiz and Lee will come off the books (with the exception of their buyouts) after making $58.5 million in 2016. The Phillies rank 25th in the majors in attendance and probably will draw less than two million for the first time since 2002. But apathy has yet to take root in the city, and it’s not outlandish to see Citizens Bank Park rocking again the way it did when the Phillies sold out 257 straight games a few years ago.

“That organization is a gold mine,” said one competing executive. “Look at the ballpark. Look at the spring training facility. Look at the television deal. This is a goose that’s going to lay a golden egg. No wonder Andy MacPhail came out of retirement.”

Interesting. Recent quotes about the Phillies have been more like “Amaro is an over-eager idiot” or “they’re the most antiquated, misguided big-market team in history.” Certainly, this is something I thought we might never see again:

The Phillies have even hitched a ride on the sabermetrics train. The franchise’s new proprietary computer system, PHIL (short for Phillies’ Holistic Information Location) will be up and running in September.

PHIL! Their SABR machine even has a cheeky name!

What’s more, Crasnick becomes yet another voice to whisper that maybe, just maybe potentially undead zombie manager Pete Mackanin – who has genuinely done the best job possible given the circumstances – could be given a shot to prove himself for another year or two while the Phillies are rebuilding (I agree he should be given the chance).

This is a great piece, the likes of which I forgot could exist surrounding the Phillies. The only thing Crasnick misses on is that line about apathy not having set in. I’d say that’s exactly what has happened the last three seasons, but, with the good times so near in the rear-view, it’ll be easy to get back on board once things start turning the corner. Perhaps that’s already happening?

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You Can Win $2 Million with Draft Kings Week 1, or Just Beat Kyle and Win Cash and a T-Shirt

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NFL Week 1 is fast approaching, and with it, your chance to win $1 million, or a t-shirt. Basically the same thing given the crazy-ass sales of The Man shirt.

First, Draft Kings is running their own big money game, the $10 million event that gives the first place winner a cool $2 million and cash money to the top 125,700 finishers. It’s $20 to enter, and the rules are the same as always:

  • Week 1 games starting after 1 p.m. on Sunday (no Steelers-Patriots on Thursday night)
  • Standard Draft Kings lineup: 1 QB, 2 RB, 3 WR, 1 TE, 1 Flex, 1 defense-special teams

But, if you’d rather spend $5 to enter a contest and lord bragging rights over the head of Kyle Scott forever, we’re running our own contest. The CB exclusive Week 1 league (v2– first one already filled) will be full at 50 entrants. The top 18 win money:

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But that’s not all. ANYONE AND EVERYONE who finishes ahead of Kyle – username bdncb1 – wins a free t-shirt from the Crossing Broad Store in the way of a $25 promo code, courtesy of Draft Kings. There are only 50 spots available, so claim yours ASAP (you can reserve your spot without picking your team). And remember, in this league, money is pretty sweet, but shutting Kyle up is even better.

The Eagles don’t play until Monday night. I know you’re just happy to have football back, but this will make all those other Week 1 games a lot more fun.

Enter the CB Week 1 league

Enter Draft Kings’ $10 million Week 1 league

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Joshua Harris Donates Biggest Gift Ever to Philadelphia PAL

Photo Credit: Bill Streicher-USA TODAY Sports

Photo Credit: Bill Streicher-USA TODAY Sports

For all Joshua Harris and his ownership partners have done for the Sixers – and depending on whom you ask that’s either a lot or nothing at all – there hasn’t been much word of them helping Philadelphia outside of cheap tickets on the secondary market. Sure, they run basketball camps and donate food and all of that standard stuff, as basketball teams do, but they’re building their practice facility in Camden, and some people can’t get it out of their head that they’ll just dump the team to the highest bidder as soon as they can. Maybe part of the reason that thought remains prevalent is that they still don’t feel Philadelphia. Harris does all this stuff, but it’s almost like he needs some kind of big donation to a local non-profit to really embrace the Philadelphia-ness of it all. That’s probably not how he saw it, but he wrote a big check anyway.

Harris will reportedly donate $3.5 million to the Philadelphia Police Athletic League, or PAL, the biggest gift in the organization’s history. According to the Inquirer, “the donation is being made through a family foundation affiliated with Harris.” And it’s a huge deal. The 2013 revenue for PAL was only $2.2 million. So Harris’ donation is “Name One After Me” kind of money. Maybe they can switch my old neighborhood PAL, the Rizzo PAL, to the Harris PAL. That’d be cool. I’d love to be a billionaire’s PAL.

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Mike Richards Has Been Charged with Possession of a Controlled Substance

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If only someone had been there to instruct rookie Mike Richards to get a fall guy… he might not have had his contract terminated by the Kings.

The original report was that Richards had Oxycondone pills, which is highly unsurprising.

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The Phillies Plan on Expanding Safety Netting at Citizens Bank Park

Photo: Our Cincinnati-based t-shirt guy, who is trying to hurt me

Photo: Our Cincinnati-based t-shirt guy, who is trying to hurt me

The bow tie man himself, smallish green vegetable Ken Rosenthal, writes (presumably in crayon):

At least one major-league team plans to extend protective netting for fans.

The Philadelphia Phillies intend to install such netting at Citizens Bank Park, but are waiting on baseball before proceeding with final plans, according to major-league sources.

The Phillies do not want to proceed and then be forced to adjust if baseball establishes different regulations, sources say.

Baseball is working diligently on the fan-safety issue, but does not expect a resolution before the end of the season, league spokesman Pat Courtney said.

Few things:

  • Great decision and much needed. Over the last few years, the world has slowly been dialing back elements of the past 150 years that really weren’t that safe in the first place. Glad to see ah, sometimes you get hit in the face at a baseball game is on that list.
  • The Phillies waiting until MLB issues guidelines is counter to the point of the nets in the first place. Presumably, they’ll come out with a statement when they do install them saying something along the lines of “fan safety is of the utmost importance to us”… but I assume the statement won’t include “but only when it’s not too much work for us to make the change and then have to tweak it again should the league issue rules.” If it’s that important, why not just do it and then, if MLB issues different guidelines, tweak it? I’m sure they can figure out a way to adjust net dimensions without too much cost. If someone gets hurt between now and the end of the season, that line about the Phillies waiting will come back to haunt them.
  • Social media often gets blamed for society’s ills, but I swear progress like this wouldn’t happen as frequently without it. What used to be a footnote in a game story – “a fan was hit by a foul ball and taken to a local hospital, her status is unknown” – gets replayed endlessly online, where enough outcry that they should really fix this forces action. Expanding those nets is a no-brainer decision.
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