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The Flyers Have Extended Sean Couturier

Flyers press release:

The Philadelphia Flyers announced today that they have signed 6-3, 197-lb center Sean Couturier to a multi-year contract extension, according to general manager Ron Hextall.

I’m sure we’ll get contract details just as soon as Tim Panaccio and Sam Carchidi get off whatever beach they’re sipping Mai Tais on.

Oh and yes, that shirt is 15% off with code SUMMER now through July 31.

UPDATE: Here’s the money as it’s spread out over six years:



Cole Hamels Scheduled Start on Thursday Will Be Pushed Back until Friday so as to Not Remove Him from Bubble Wrap

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The Phillies don’t want to risk scuffing up their shiny Cole Hamels and will move his scheduled Thursday start to Friday… when he’ll start against the Angels for the Dodgers in Los Angeles:

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Anyone actually take the Phillies up on that bait-and-switch?


Video: Manute Bol’s Son, Bol, is a Lottery Bust Waiting to Happen

Dateline Philadelphia, April, 2020: Second-year wing-forward Bol Bol still hasn’t been cleared for 5-on-5 practice, this nine months after an undetected foot injury left Sixers fans shaking their damn heads over reports that the team’s first round draft pick would have to sit out his entire rookie campaign. Now, it appears, his second season may be in jeopardy as well. Even if he does play, scouts say Bol doesn’t really have a position. He’s tall, but too thin to play center, doesn’t have the post skills to be a power forward, and his handle is merely adequate and not up the caliber of most swing players. And then there’s that overactive pituitary gland…

Yeah, that sounds about right.

via USA Today


The Giants Fan Who Led Police on a Chase Through PA and NJ Last Night Stole $10.50 of Underwear from Shop Rite

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From 6 ABC:

Investigators said on Tuesday that the man who led police officers from multiple agencies on a two hour pursuit that spanned two states was wanted for stealing underwear.

Robert Ritter, of Blackwood, N.J., was captured after the chase on Monday evening.

Police say Ritter stole $10.50 worth of underwear from a Shop Rite store in Brooklawn, New Jersey. Ritter also had warrants out for his arrest.

Ritter was released from the hospital and into police custody on Tuesday morning to face aggravated assault and other charges.

Though emergency skid mark sitches typically call for drastic measures, I’m not sure I could think of anything less sexy than having to go on the lam for stealing $10  underwear from a Shop Rite in Brooklawn, New Jersey.

Side note: If they were Fruit of the Looms, would you find them… in the produce aisle?

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RADIO WARS: Explaining The Possibly Bogus Ratings System


Who sits here?

Our RADIO WARS coverage exists because of ratings. Don’t let anyone fool you: when there are two major players, in a major market, competing for a major demographic – WIP and 97.5, Philadelphia, sports fans (men 25-54) – being the top-rated station is über important. Sure, there’s enough audience to go around for both, and maybe even a third station (oh God please no), but being the perceived top dog (in any media battle) comes with all sorts of perks, such as getting better interviews and access, which of course leads to bigger advertisers and more lucrative sponsorships.

As you know if you read this site with any frequency, and as we discussed at length with Tony Bruno late last year, ratings are based on data collected by Portable People Meters, or PPMs. Instead of having panelists record their listening habits on a card (which is what used to happen), PPMs given to a small – very small – set of paid participants listen for signals encoded in the audio playing through radio speakers. The signals are imperceptible to listeners, but the PPMs hear them (ostensibly– more on that in a second). The data from that small group of people – again, really small – is used by Nielson to determine the ratings.

Now, there are two obvious potential problems with this system:

1) While small sample sizes are usually more than adequate to extrapolate data from, there’s always a margin of error, especially for something like estimating radio audiences, where there are so many varied options listened to by such a wide range of people. But let’s assume Nielson accounts for this and doles out PPMs to a diverse and almost random group. Even so, when station X or bloviating host Y declares that it or they have Z rating and G listeners, it’s all an estimate based on the small group of people with PPMs. This, to me, is one of the reasons why advertisers on radio, or TV, or even in the newspapers (which uses different but also fuzzy math to estimate daily readership), often pay a phony premium based on trumped-up numbers– because there’s no way to give advertisers an actual, measurable audience size. It’s also why advertising on the Internet, or a podcast, or even YouTube, is much more efficient– advertisers can see almost exactly how many views, clicks or conversions they get based on their ad spend. There’s more fragmentation online, but advertisers can drill down to a super granular, and almost exact, level, which they simply can’t do with older mediums.

2) But there’s perhaps an even bigger issue with the system: Continue reading


CB Store Summer Sale: 15% off EVERYTHING

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Everything in the store. Literally everything. Use code SUMMER at checkout to save 15%.

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Including Phire Ruben.

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Including Culture Wins Football (now available in grey again!).

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Including Take A Knee.

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Including Sauce Castillo.

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Including S-8.

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Including Philly Ducks.

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Including Big Shot.

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Including The Wolf of Broad Street.

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Including G.

EVERYTHING. Now through July 31. Use code SUMMER at checkout. And yes, we do accept PayPal.

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#PhillyChase: Dude in Giants Jersey Completely Shakes Philly Police D Crossing Over Broad

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From NBC 10:

Officials say the suspects are wanted for armed robbery in Oaklyn, New Jersey. The suspects, who are in a white van, led police on a chase from I-95 in Philadelphia to I-295 in New Jersey before heading into Deptford Township.

At one point the suspects drove into the parking lot of the Deptford Mall before continuing on Route 42 North. They then drove on I-676 into Camden before heading onto the Ben Franklin Bridge back into Philadelphia. After continuing through Old City they then went back onto I-95 south.

And it was on 95 South, by the stadiums, that he absolutely shook police with this incredible stutter step-juke combo– that’s R1 and right stick on your PS 4 controller. This, THIS is how you cross Broad: Continue reading


Video: Katie Nolan Tries the Phanatic’s Hot Dog Launcher

Katie Nolan was at Citizens Bank Park at some point in the not too distant past to film a bit for her show – hated by Phil Mushnick – which aired last night. That’s it. That’s the whole story. Looks fun.

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