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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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Uber Will Deliver Puppies to Your Office Today

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FOX 29 ordered one up

FOX Good Day ordered one up

Uber, in an apparent attempt to reverse the tide on a string of bad press, is delivering puppies – PUPPIES! – to offices around Philly today so you and your coworkers can get 15 minutes of playtime with, again, A PUPPY. Brilliant.

Here’s how Uber explains it:

HOW TO GET YOUR PAWS ON A PUPPY

  1. Open up your Uber app on Thursday, August 27 between 11am and 3pm in Philadelphia.
  2. Request the “PUPPIES” option in your app (please note: Puppies can only be delivered to offices).
  3. It’s $20 for 15 minutes of puptastic playtime and all proceeds are donated to the PSPCA.
  4. Once the puppies arrive, you and your colleagues will get to enjoy 15 minutes of pawsitively awesome playtime! PRO TIP: Make sure to have an enclosed space ready to maximize the time you have with the puppies.
  5. Found your new family member? All puppies are eligible for adoption! PSPCA reps will be on-site at each playdate and can help get the adoption process started.

*When requesting puppies to your office, please make sure your boss or building is pro-puppy and that no one in the area is allergic. Also, having a dedicated room for puppy playtime is preferred. 

Here’s the map– call it, Puppy Zone, an area outline that is instantly more friendly and #adorbs than the city’s “”””Francis Festival Grounds“”””:

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Want your puppy? Sure ya do! Sign up for Uber and use code CROSSINGBROAD (or just click this link right here) and not only will you get a puppy, you’ll also get $20 off your first ride.

Side note: If your office isn’t pro-puppy and it’s not an operating room or bakery, you should quit your job.

Full disclosure: Uber didn’t ask us to post this. I just like puppies… and referral kickbacks.

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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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Worst iPad Use Ever at a Baseball Game?

  
Nice.

H/T to reader Arvind

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The Eagles are the Only NFC East Team Outside the Top 5 Injured NFL Teams

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Sports science is silly and [insert smoothie joke here], right? Bleeding Green Nation noted yesterday that it seems like every team in the NFC East is getting hurt all over except the Eagles, and ESPN backed that up with the Tweet above. Just this season, the Eagles have only four players on the IR compared to the Cowboys’ eight, the Giants’ six, and the Redskins’ five.

UPDATE: From reader Chris, the Eagles are also at the top of the league in Adjusted Games Lost because of injury. This, coming from Sharp Football Analysis:

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Sharp goes on to say that Kelly’s Eagles are “just the 3rd team since 2002 to lead the NFL one season and then finish top 5 the following season.”

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Jeff Francoeur and Larry Bowa Throw a Hissy Fit Over a Quick Pitch

Photo Credit: Bill Streicher-USA TODAY Sports

Photo Credit: Bill Streicher-USA TODAY Sports

Every once in a while, it’s really great having Larry Bowa back. Like last night, when Darin Ruf got quick-pitched and Bowa threw a shit-fit.

The main complaint of Bowa (and Jeff Francoeur) wasn’t that Ruf got quick-pitched, it’s that his head was down. The ump called time as the pitch was being thrown because Ruf wasn’t set, and wasn’t even looking at the pitcher. That can be dangerous. If that ball comes inside, and Ruf doesn’t see it, that’s bad news. Or, to put it in the words of Frenchy:

“Let the fucking guy step in the box. That’s all I ask. … We saw [Jeurys] Familia quick-pitch, but the guy was ready. We played against [Joel] Peralta. LaTroy [Hawkins] did it to me earlier this year in Toronto. That’s my whole thing. Ruffy had one foot in the box. That’s chicken shit. That’s what it is. I never met the guy and I have no problem with him.”

Even Mets catcher Travis d’Arnaud knew it was the wrong move. “I just know the guy’s head was down,” d’Arnaud said after the game. “I think the rule is you can’t throw it until at least they’re looking at him. So I was telling him to wait. He threw it. You never know what could happen in that situation when you’re looking down and something like that happens.”

When you re-watch the video (after the jump), Ruf actually was looking, and you can hear the umpire yelling “Jeff, sit down” as Frenchy hops out of the dugout. So, quick pitch? Sure. Dangerous? Maybe not. But it’s the Mets, so it doesn’t take much.

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Curt Schilling Removed from LLWS Coverage After Tweet

Oh, this tweet?

Oh, this tweet?

Another day, another ESPN apology for something one of their employees did:

“Curt’s tweet was completely unacceptable, and in no way represents our company’s perspective. We made that point very strongly to Curt and have removed him from his current Little League assignment pending further consideration.”

Maybe he should’ve found a fall guy for that tweet.

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Roundup: White Guys, Schilling, and Scalpers, Oh My

Close your eyes for a second and imagine the outrage if Chip Kelly said something like this: “Ertz is what you look for in an Eagle. You talk about what you want your players to look like, act like.”* Insane, right? Some coaches can get away with that though:

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Over on Twitter, Curt Schilling called all Muslims terrorists and Nazis, or something:

Schill being Schill

Schill being Schill

Really, I’m not even sure what Schilling is trying to say here in the now-deleted tweet. Is he saying all Muslims are radical? Not sure. Is he saying there weren’t as many Nazis as people say? Maybe. Is he saying he shouldn’t have access to Twitter? Probably.

And then, this:

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So, battle flag guy is the good guy here? I think? It’s way too early in the week for this.

And the Phillies being terrible this year isn’t only hurting your soul, but it’s hurting scalpers and t-shirt sellers outside of Citizens Bank Park. According to Billy Penn, one re-seller said it’s worse than any year since the early 70s. And the fans coming to games aren’t even buying the bootleg Phillies gear, it’s bootleg miscellaneous gear. “Vendors on Monday night were selling football-related gear, with nods to Tebow and anti-Dallas messages,” Mark Dent reported. “[One shirt seller] says his top-selling shirt this year has been one with Rocky on it.”

Attendance was already down last season (an average of 29,924 per game vs. 37,190 in 2013), and it’s only gotten worse this year. After the same number of home games last season, the Phils averaged 30,161 fans per game. This year, they are pulling in 24,626. That drop off of 5,535 is the worst in baseball. Over the last two seasons, those scalpers and merchandisers have lost an average of 12,564 potential customers per game. That’s insane. Go back just one more season and that number jumps up to 19,395. Even if one out of every thousand fans bought a shirt (and each seller only made $3 per purchase, which I really doubt) that’s a difference of $4,771 per season.

So the next time you’re down at CBP, maybe drop that five in your pocket on a t-shirt, these dudes are hurting. Plus, you can get a nice new Tebow tee.

*Chip said basically this exact thing about Celek last year, but that was before the racism talk went into overdrive.

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