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Leaked Sony Emails Detail How the Phillies Tried (Unsuccessfully) to Get Bradley Cooper and Bryan Cranston to Congratulate Jimmy Rollins on Becoming the Phillies’ All-Time Hits Leader

DAMMIT, JESSIE!

DAMMIT, JIMMY!

A treasure trove of hacked Sony emails were posted by Wikileaks this week, and among the countless fascinating exchanges, there are a few pertaining to Philly sports. Reader Joe, somewhat incredibly, found an exchange between Phillies PR reps, including VP of Communications Bonnie Clark, and representatives for Bradley Cooper and Bryan Cranston in which the Phillies requested that the actors record a video message congratulating Rollins on becoming the Phillies’ all-time hits leader. The video was to be played in a pre-game ceremony at Citizens Bank Park on June 23.

“I see that CAA represents Bradley Cooper.  Would it be possible to get a quick message from him?  Short and sweet,” Clark wrote in an email to a rep from Creative Arts Agency. “See below for a suggested script: Jimmy, Bradley Cooper here.  Congratulations on surpassing Mike Schmidt.  He was always my hero growing up.  Looks like I now have two Phillies heroes.  Way to make Philly proud.

Well that sure takes some of the spontaneity out of it.

In a follow-up on the thread, another Phillies rep, Deborah Nocito, emailed Steve Mosko, president of Sony Pictures Television (and the station manager of WPHL from 1988-1991), and asked if he could get Bryan Cranston, ostensibly a Phillies fan, to record a congratulatory message for J-Roll™ (sic’d):  “If Steve can help with Brian Cranston that would be great.  Here’s a suggested script: J-Roll.  Brian Cranston here.  Congrats on 2235.  You’re breaking records….and You’re bad!! Thanks!!”

Neither Cooper nor Cranston appeared in the video that was played at CBP. Instead, it kicked off with appearances from three politicians – Tom Corbett, Jill Biden and Michael Nutter – and included messages from Derek Jeter and others.

A similar email was sent from Nocito to… someone… asking for contact info for Lenny Dykstra after Jim Fregosi’s passing.

Other local sports gems from the emails:  Continue reading

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Comcast’s Merger With Time Warner Might Not Get Approved

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Great news for people who rooted against the Death Star in Star Wars. From Bloomberg (because getting this news from CNBC would be uncivilized):

Staff attorneys at the U.S. Justice Department’s antitrust division are nearing a recommendation to block Comcast Corp.’s bid to buy Time Warner Cable Inc., according to people familiar with the matter.

Attorneys who are investigating Comcast’s $45.2 billion proposal to create a nationwide cable giant are leaning against the merger out of concern that consumers would be harmed and could submit their review as soon as next week, said the people. The division’s senior officials will then decide whether to file a federal lawsuit seeking to block the tie-up.

I can’t imagine why anyone would take issue with a large conglomerate merging with one of its biggest competitors and forming a monopolistic behemoth that would strip tens of millions of customers of any alternative and give that company the ability to dictate terms for both content and its consumption.  Seems harmless enough to me.

Comcast’s side:

“There is no basis for a lawsuit to block the transaction,” said Sena Fitzmaurice, a Comcast spokeswoman. The merger “will result in significant consumer benefits — faster broadband speeds, access to a superior video experience, and more competition in business services resulting in billions of dollars of cost savings.”

And a $400 broadband bill that streams only programs produced by NBC Universal*:

Among regulators’ concerns is whether such a deal could choke new ways of delivering programming, according to one of the people. They have been focused on three areas: whether the combined entity would have too much control over nationwide broadband Internet delivery, whether a cable giant could use its financial influence to strike exclusive cable deals that could keep programming off of other platforms and whether it could limit how programming is delivered through video streaming services, the person said.

Poor Comcast. If this doesn’t go through, they might not be able to afford that second tower they’ll still definitely be able to afford that second tower.

*To be fair, about half of the stuff I watch on regular TV is produced in one way, shape or form by Comcast-NBC. 

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NFL Logos… as Butts

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KSK, doing an excellent job of lampooning the trend of [sport] logos as [unrelated thing], put together NFL logos as butts. The Eagles one is just OK, but there are some winners, including my favorite, the Buffalo Butts:

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See them all here.

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Video: Roman Catholic Junior Nazeer Bostick Dunking over Four Seventh Graders

This kid in the front is everything. Last time I saw that reaction Steve Martin was answering prayers in Leap of Faith.

H/T to reader Tim

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Report: 97.5 Will Keep It’s ESPN Affiliation Despite Dropping “Mike and Mike”

Jeff Blumenthal with the scoop for the Philadelphia Business Journal:

Matt Nahagian, program director for 97.5, could not be immediately reached for comment. But a source said that The Fanatic, owned by Boston-based Greater Media, will keep its contract with ESPN. That means that the station can use ESPN programming while agreeing to run the sports conglomerate’s commercials. The Fanatic also retains exclusive local rights to use ESPN personalities such as Jayson Stark, Ron Jaworski, Sal Paolantonio and Adam Caplan.

I’m… kind of surprised they pulled this off. Sal Pal’s weekly melodramatic rumor mongering is supposedly their highest-rated 15-minute segment of the week (says a lot about society, really), so this is a win for 97.5. ESPN didn’t exactly have a lot of leverage if they wanted to keep their presence in the market.

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You Can Write Jokes for the Sports Roast of Lenny Dykstra and Mitch Williams and Other C-List Pseudo Celebs

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As you, the lovely CB reader knows, the Sports Roast of frenemies Lenny Dykstra and Mitch Williams will be held at the Electric Factory next Thursday night (BUY TICKETS, DAMMIT!). As is the case with all roasts, it’s not just the guests of dishonor who are eligible to be fired upon– the roasters themselves will take shrapnel as well. So, a couple of weeks ago when I met with the Sports Roast brass (there’s a distinction…), they remarked how, for participants, the roast will almost be like stepping into the CB comments section.

Idea.

A crack team – Electric Factory interns and Jim – will be going through old comment threads for particularly good one-liners for roasters to potentially use on Thursday. But, we figured we’d make it easy for you to get yours in– just comment with your roast one-liner, or if you prefer to do so on Twitter, use the hashtag #5WordSportsRoast (it can be longer in the comments). Potential targets? Joe Conklin (maybe he’ll do his Charles Barkley impression again– that’s some real cutting edge material), Al Morganti (every Batman needs a Robin…), Joe Matrese (I have no idea who this is), Rhea Hughes (wait, did I already use the Robin line for Al?), Leslie Gudel (now hawking spatulas on QVC!), Stu Bykofsky (is it the glasses that make him look like a pederast, or was he born that way?), Big Daddy Graham (one of only two guys over 30 who openly talks about hanging out at The Springfield… the other is Joe Conklin), Susie Celek (yeah, I wouldn’t change my name either), John Bolaris (help wanted: a drugged up meteorologist who shits his pants and can’t hold down a relationship), Dan Baker (literally Siri could do his job), Matt Cord (remember that time the Sixers opened his job up to the public?), and Tony Bruno (a bald guy who’s moving back in with his mom– we got a hot one, ladies!).

I can’t believe I’m going to encourage this, but comment after the jump. Be as mean as you want. And BUY TICKETS!!!

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Here’s the Full Transcript of Ron Hextall’s Conference Call with Reporters

Is it just me or is Hexy beginning to look like Chris Pronger?

What’s the plan, Ron?

No plan, guys. No plan. 

Full transcript after the jump. Continue reading

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UPDATE: Flyers Fire Craig Berube

Flyers press release:

The Philadelphia Flyers have relieved head coach Craig Berube of his duties with the club, according to general manager Ron Hextall.

Berube was the 18th head coach in Flyers history and was named to the post on October 7, 2013. He recently completed his second season as head coach and leaves the position with a record of 75-58-28 (.553).

Prior to being named head coach, Berube spent six seasons as a Flyers assistant. He has spent 18 seasons with the organization as a player, assistant coach and head coach, doing all three with both the Flyers and Phantoms.

The team will begin a search for a new head coach immediately.

More soon. But gonna go out on a limb and say that Ron Hextall’s non-commital press conference the other day was one of the most ill-advised pressers I’ve ever seen in Philly sports.

UPDATE: On a conference call, Hextall told reporters that he decided to overthrow the Chief last night and told him after sunrise today. Nothing changed– just his gut told him to do it. It’s worth noting, then, that this decision was made roughly 30 hours after Hextall – for some strange-ass reason – held a press conference saying he didn’t know what he was going to do.

UPDATE 2: Lemmings parrot:

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pic via (@flyerbeatwriter)

The next time someone asks me why I don’t do more traditional reporting, I’ll just show them this screenshot.

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