A fight broke out at the Christmas tree lighting in Love Park this evening. Mayor Nutter and other dignitaries were on-hand and so, too, was FOX Philly, whose cameras* captured a mild fracas just before the tree was lit: Continue Reading…
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Dave and I are joined by Philly-based comedian slash wannabe Applebees spokesperson slash documentarian slash former WIP worker, the very funny Kevin Matuszak, who joined us live from a poolside in LA, where he’s staying with Playboy Playmate and Philly native Val Keil (really). Dave and I were huddled together in my office.
This was supposed to be a 10-20-minute conversation about a few things and it turned into 73 minutes– discussing jersey fouls, the best bar and grill restaurant chains, etiquette for approaching athletes in bars, Howard Eskin being a good dude, Peter Luukko, Flyers beat writers, Guy Fieri, and how Jay Z can flip the agent world on its head by branding Magna Carta-Williams.
Follow Kevin on Twitter (@Tooozy).
Val Keil’s work, which is NSF yours!
Mike Tomlin stepping onto the field into the path of Ravens kickoff returner Jacoby Jones was a costly mistake — costly to Tomlin now, and possibly costly to the Steelers come draft time.
The NFL has fined Tomlin $100,000 for interfering with a play in progress. And the NFL is still weighing whether to dock draft picks from the Steelers.
OK, so Mike Tomlin really did intentionally step in front of Jacoby Jones on what would have been a kick-return touchdown. BUT WHY IS NO ONE TALKING ABOUT HIS AMAZING CREATIVITY AND SPATIAL AWARENESS?
Tomlin had his back to the play, looked up at the video board and, at the precise moment of impending impact, sidestepped an NFL kick returner without so much as a glancing blow. No one is talking about Tomlin’s superhuman spatial awareness. First of all, he had the split-second thought to move himself to the sideline once Jones found an opening. He then had the good sense to turn his back (because you don’t want to get caught…) to the play, look at the video board, and then, like a weatherman in front of green screen looking at monitor, position his body perfectly between the field and the Ohio Valley to stop that cold front coming from the south. I don’t know, I feel like he should be applauded for ingenuity instead of fined. I’m all for the integrity of the game, but that was a 10 out of 10 on the creativity scale.
As I stated yesterday, I take full responsibility for my actions, and I apologize for causing negative attention to the Pittsburgh Steelers organization. I accept the penalty that I received. I will no longer address this issue as I am preparing for an important game this Sunday agains the Miami Dolphins.
Poor guy. That thing should’ve read: They couldn’t even do that shit in the Matrix. Blow me, Goodell.
I’m a Mike Tomlin fan now.
On his radio show Tuesday night, Jay Wright talked with Ryan Arcidiacono about his game-winning three in the final seconds against Kansas. Up until that point in the game, Archie was was oh-for-the floor with a total of one point, yet Wright still planned on having him take the big shot. That is… if he could get him the right play.
Wright explained that he was furious at Archie, who was trying to run an offensive play instead of an inbounds play.
“I thought you were calling an offensive play, and I was like, ‘What do you want us to run?’, but then you were like, ‘Just do that!’,” Arcidiacono said on CBS Sportsradio.
The confusion had Wright boiling at his point guard.
“I was going to kill you,” he said.
According to the two of them, it was not the more pleasant of exchanges. For an opponent, it perhaps looked like a disagreement between a player and his coach. The conversation had the handful of Kansas fans around them in laughter.
“All the Kansas fans were just sitting there laughing,” Arcidiacono recalled.
“I wanted to kill him, it was not a great exchange between Ryan and I,” Wright added.
When mad, the usually amiable Jay Wright is a frightening sight. Having covered some games in college and sat near-courtside for many others, I’ve heard him say things to players that would make a sailor blush. I can only imagine what had the Kansas fans cracking up.
But Villanova got the last laugh. Check out Kansas’ version of events from Friday night on their YouTube account:
BUT THEY LEFT OUT SO MUCH!
I’ve been thinking about this a lot lately, what with the 50th anniversary of the JFK shooting and all, and I’m pretty certain that had Ruben Amaro been riding alongside John Fitzgerald when a portion of his head was blown off and onto the trunk of his car, Rube would’ve merely tried to affix the chunk of brainy flesh to the President’s head with some lightly-chewed Trident and told the driver to keep on driving, slow and steady, so all the adoring (and now horrified) well-wishers could continue with their well-wishing. Give the people what they want to see, as dead as it may be.
That’s a very graphic metaphor, and it should disturb you that I wrote that before 9 a.m., but it… fits? The Phillies need a major overhaul, or at least some sort of drastic change, yet they continue to tinker, continue to add little pieces and bigger (perhaps performance-enhanced) fragments where they should be adding entire new sections.
Yesterday, the Phillies, on the verge of signing 36-year-old backup catcher Wil Nieves, traded Erik Kratz to Toronto for Brad Lincoln, a 28-year-old reliever who split his time between AAA and the Majors last season and who walked almost as many people as he struck out. It’s a tinkering sort of move which the nets the Phillies some bullpen depth. And that would be great… if the rest of the team was any good.
In a vacuum, this is the sort of team-building you’d like to see from Amaro– trade one average backup catcher for another and add a bullpen arm. Fine. But all the Phillies have done worth mentioning this offseason, so far, is sign the very risky Marlon Byrd, overpay Carlos Ruiz, tender players they shouldn’t have, add the worst pitching coach in baseball and a bullpen arm.
Maybe this is the plan– to tread water and play to respectability while the aging core fades away, without taking on any more massive contracts. But something tells me the plan is still very much to win, and win soon. These moves, however, aren’t doing much to help with that.
R.I.P., Turkey Bacon:
We’ve once again obtained end zone-area footage of Riley Cooper… this time doing something awesome. Watch as Cooper and Brent Celek low-five each other during a crossing route that led to a touchdown:
Jimmy Kempski was, of course, the reporter who asked Celek about it yesterday [UPDATE: Derrick Gunn actually asked the question]:
When asked why they high 5 as they pass each each, Celek explained that he’s just saying “Good luck on the other side, bro.”
Crossing route… “good luck on the other side.” This team is venturing into man crush territory.
H/T to The School Philly
Inanimate objects have Twitter accounts. It’s the way of the world in 2013. And never mind the fact that the official accounts for the student sections at Penn State and Pitt are probably run by students eager to rip other fan bases… these jabs traded between Nittany Nation and the Oakland Zoo before the Penn State-Pitt basketball game tonight were outstanding.
H/T to (@collinmehalick)