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The Phillies Have Released Tony Gwynn Jr.

Photo Credit: Howard Smith-USA TODAY Sports

Photo Credit: Howard Smith-USA TODAY Sports

After notching only 16 hits and 15 walks in 119 plate appearances (for a line of .161/.281/.204), the Phillies have announced that they’ve released Tony Gwynn Jr. Let’s just hope that come Thursday, Gwynn’s name isn’t the most recent one listed on the transaction report.


Claude Giroux is Neighbors with Brian Roberts and the CEO of Aramark

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Now that Claude Giroux got all of his public butt-grabbing out of the way, he’s got himself a nice big place to do all of the private butt-grabbing he wants. According to Philadelphia Business Journal, “Claude Giroux, captain of the Philadelphia Flyers, paid roughly $2.2 million for a unit on the 29th floor of Ten Rittenhouse Square at 130 S. 18th St., according to Philadelphia property records.” That unit on the 29th floor may be the one listed above, unit 2901, which is a penthouse (other sites list the sale price of that unit as closer to $2.2 than the image above). The floorplan for 2901 is below:

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G’s new place is a quick jaunt across the park from current (and likely future) Phillies Jonathan Papelbon, Cliff Lee, and Ryan Howard in 1706 Rittenhouse. But Ten Rittenhouse has its own cadre of powerful people, including Comcast’s Brian Roberts and Eric Foss, CEO of Aramark Corp (putting three of the most powerful people in the Comcast-Spectacor universe in the same building). Maybe next time, Berube can just give his cable box to Giroux, who can then just drop it at Roberts’ place.

If you want to live in a unit just one floor above Giroux, that can be arranged for just over $2.6 million. And if you were, like Foss, getting a bunch of money from all those $11 beers at the Wells Fargo and CBP, that wouldn’t be an issue for you either.


No, Courier-Post, This is Not “Joel Imbiid”… or Joel Embiid

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via reader Ed


The Washington Times Has Partnered with the Washington Redskins to Cover… the Washington Redskins

Photo credit: Matthew Emmons-USA TODAY Sports

Photo credit: Matthew Emmons-USA TODAY Sports

From the Washington Times, which today enters into a content partnership with the Washington Redskins, the subject of its “coverage”:

The Washington Times and the Washington Redskins announced a unique partnership that will make the newspaper a content and marketing partner of the team.

Under the partnership, the Redskins and the Times will collaborate on unique content offerings throughout the year designed to provide Redskins fans with compelling, timely and unique coverage.

The offerings will include a weekly “Redskins Weekend Game Guide,” which will wrap the front page of the Times’ print edition each Friday during the NFL season and a new free digital magazine called “The Redskins Report,” which will showcase exclusive content about the Redskins. Both features are expected to launch in August.

In addition, Times’ sports reporters, such as Thom Loverro and Zac Boyer, will provide commentary and analysis on selected Redskins‘ radio and TV shows and also appear on the team’s online pregame show and the halftime shows. The halftime show also appears on FedExField’s HD video boards during halftime.

The team will provide the Times with commentaries and access to players, coaches and front office personnel that will be incorporated into the Times’ weekly guides, digital magazine and special sections.

That reads like satire for what’s wrong with sports journalism. As if traditional sports media isn’t already in bed with its subjects, here comes The Washington Times to strike a content partnership with the team it’s covering, a deal that will effectively whitewash any criticism of, say, that team’s radically offensive name. Well played, Mr. Snyder. Well played.

Never mind that the Washington Times or even sports in general aren’t that important in the grand scheme of things, this is a great example of the difference between old and new media. Another good one is Les Bowen getting irrationally angry over a blog post by Allen Rodriguez, who dared to question Jeremy Maclin’s ability and effort. Whether you agree or disagree with A-Rod’s(?) conclusion, there’s no avoiding the fact that his piece, which cited HD video footage as evidence, was well-written and thought-provoking. But not for Les, who couldn’t comprehend how someone could analyze a game or draw conclusions about a player from the comfort of his own home, while reporters got the real story about players and coaches from the players and coaches themselves.

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Whether it’s sports, news or politics, mainstream media outlets often present their coverage from the top-down.* It’s why CNN always cites “US officials” and mostly ignores reporting from the rest of the world or people who aren’t official sources. That’s not to imply there’s any sort of conspiracy, but official sources – whether they work in the US Capitol or Lincoln Financial Field – typically have some skin in the game and a general message they want to impart. Rarely do you hear players and coaches, or Presidents, Senators and sources, say something that isn’t in their best interest. Their words are part of the story, sure, but often they’re only part of the story. The subject (person or thing) should almost never frame the entire story. Yet, it happens all the time. Why? Two reasons, I think:

1) It’s the way things have always been done. In sports, reporters and editors start out as interns, move on to covering high school teams, work their way into a few big-time press conferences, eventually get to interview an athlete, take on a beat for a major team, get a column, and become an editor. That’s the career path. There’s a similar arc for all fields of reporting. From very early on, including college, it’s taught that the stories about [insert subject] come from [insert subject]. That’s just what you do. Sometimes you get some fan sentiment, talk to “league sources,” or draw your own conclusions, but many stories, like that sunshiny one about Maclin on the back page of the Daily News today, come exclusively from the subject himself or herself. Of course Maclin is upbeat, positive and confident returning from an ACL injury. Athletes usually are in those situations. It’s barely a story, let alone the story today. It’s not particularly informative, insightful or interesting. It’s just Maclin saying he feels good. It would’ve been balanced with something like, ironically, Rodriguez’s post. Continue reading


Donovan McNabb Thinks Nick Foles Should be Ready to be Treated Like Donovan McNabb

McNabb not getting booed and yelling about it.

During a recent roundtable discussion on Fox Sports 1 — which proves the point that if a TV channel shouts, but no one watches it, it still makes a noise — Donovan McNabb had some advice for Nick Foles. First, of this coming year, McNabb said:

“I’m just a little worried if he can do it for a full season,. I’m just worried about that aspect, not so much of his health, but can you be consistent like what we saw last year? We’ve seen so many quarterbacks give us one year of greatness, and then all of a sudden they can’t live up to the expectations. I’m not saying he can’t do that in that offense, but I think expectations are a little bit too high for Nick Foles.”

We really all want to believe in Nick Foles here, and while his one year of greatness was in fact great, it was still only one year. Many QBs have gotten huge contracts off of one great year (or even one pretty good game, Matt Flynn), but there will be a lot of pressure on Foles to do well this year. Here is where McNabb is not wrong. He continued, according to Philly Mag:

“‘When you’re in command of an offense like that, the confidence is so high going into this offseason about Nick Foles, instead of the offense. Guys remember that. Guys have that in mind going into workouts, and they’re hearing so much about the quarterback. But for Nick Foles, he’s never truly been a guy where the focus is on him. In Philadelphia, the focus is on the quarterback. If he can’t do the same things he did in that first season, it’s gonna be tough.’

After host Joel Klatt jokingly asked McNabb how he would know, the former Eagles quarterback said: ‘Yeah, I know. Just be ready for the boos.’”

This is where, even if number five will always love us, he still pisses us off. At least he (kind of) admits that he was booed because he didn’t perform. But he’s still salty about it. You can tell. Fans have booed pro athletes on their own teams for many reasons, but the most frequent one is when they are expressing their displeasure when said player was doing poorly. Donovan was only really booed when he threw a horrible interception, or hurled a 3rd down pass at someone’s shoelaces, or forgot that NFL games could end in a tie. Those are all very boo-able offenses. Fans aren’t cheerleaders, and if they think you suck, they will let you know. Donovan should have accepted that as fact and gotten used to it a long time ago. And if Foles does those things, yes, he will probably be booed. But those boos aren’t expressions of “get out of here we don’t want you on our team,” they’re saying “hey, we don’t like that you just did something that helped the other team, don’t do that again.” It’s a perfectly reasonable expression of disappointment from a feverishly loyal fan base. And wouldn’t you rather be booed a little bit in a packed stadium than play in front of a half-full, half-interested crowd like the ones at Citizens Bank Park? I’ll answer that for everyone, because that answer is yes.

People will always remember McNabb getting booed at the draft. That day is its own monster. But enough years have passed that, on a national scale, no one really knows or cares about the times McNabb was booed by Eagles fans. And everyone would probably move on, if McNabb would stop bringing it up.


And Now, Craig Berube Doing Ordinary Things

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Craig Berube is out there doing ordinary things again. First, he was returning his cable box:


And now he’s chilling on the Ocean City Boardwalk, just being a dad. Kyle is losing his mind because he swears he had a picture of Berube at court fighting a parking ticket or something, but he can’t find it [Editor's note: SEND ME THAT PICTURE AGAIN, WHOEVER YOU ARE!]. So now, we’ve got Berube enjoying a nice day in Ocean City, after allegedly fighting a ticket, and returning his cable box to at the hellhole that is Comcast. We’re glad he’s out there having fun, because if the two pictures we had of him show anything — and literally only one picture does — it’s that he was doing some really boring stuff this summer. His captain’s having more fun.


Your Monday Morning Roundup: Football-ish

Photo credit: Bill Streicher-USA TODAY Sports

Photo credit: Bill Streicher-USA TODAY Sports

Football finally returns… if you consider mostly closed-off-to-the-public practices and Training Camp Central on CSN brought to you by Audi and Infinity of Willow Grove Where Great Things Happen to be football. But it’s nice to be reading, writing and talking about guys who are playing for a team that actually has a chance of accomplishing something other than selling off its valuable assets.

Let’s hit it.


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The roundup:

Cutting through all the noise of training camp is great writing and in-depthery from who but W.B. Mason Peter King. He visited the Eagles and Chip Kelly on Saturday and came away with some great quotes. A sampling from your should-clink link of the morning:

I’ve had only two extended conversations with Kelly since he was named coach of the Eagles 19 months ago. To say I know him well would be folly. But I’m starting to get a feel for him. Before his first training camp practice of the season on Saturday, we spent time in his office, and when we parted, I thought how much he reminded me of Jimmy Johnson when Johnson entered the league 25 years ago. Respectful of the other coaches and teams, but they aren’t going to dictate what he’s going to do. Totally confident that his style will work in the NFL. Unlike Johnson, Kelly’s not brash on the outside. Like Johnson, he knows deep down his way will win. Johnson brought a small, fast defense into a league that was going bigger and bigger. It worked. Kelly brings a fast-break offense from Oregon, and in the second half of the season, with different personnel groupings and a quarterback who could keep it all straight, the team went 7-1.

On not seeming emotional—ever. “Oh, I get pissed off. Yeah. I have a lot of friends who are Navy SEALs, and I respect what they do. Part of their ethos is ‘I don’t advertise the nature of my work, nor do I seek recognition for my actions.’ We all have jobs to do. We’re not in this to see our names in the paper or have people say good things about you. Or we shouldn’t be. I love practice. I love being out on the field. I love game day. The sound bytes and ESPN and all those other things, that’s not of any interest to me.”

We’re an 11-5 season away from a lifetime pass for Mr. Kelly.

Chip will once again make his Monday morning appearances on the WIP Morning Show.

David Murphy with another solid article (two in a row!), this one on Ryan Howard, whose home run yesterday changed the narrative because writers are easy like that. Here’s RyHow:

That last part: Those people, including you, right now, looking at Ryan Howard, looking at his life the way nobody has ever looked at yours, and not feeling a shred of shame about doing so. What if there were 30,000 Ryan Howards studying you? What if there were 30,000 Ryan Howards watching your work day, judging your production, writing stories about your diamonds and your chains and your doorknobs, wondering whether you are worth the salary that your employer is paying you, wondering if somebody might be able to do your job better? What if you lived in a city full of Ryan Howards, and everywhere you went, you felt their stares as you passed? What if you started to think about what those Ryan Howards were thinking. Hey, isn’t that the guy who used to be the best at what he did? How would that feel?

Do you want that?

“Want to trade places?” Howard asked. “Want to see what it’s like?”

Yes, yes I do, Ryan. The moat comes with rafts, right?

Family Guy-Simpsons crossover episode. I’m sure all the snobby-Simpsons fans are just thrilled.

Bob Brookover doesn’t like camp at NovaCare because you can’t see players destroy and injure each other the way they did during the Reid era:

You also will not see any live tackling, a staple during the Andy Reid era that made training-camp practices at Lehigh University intense and entertaining. Morning hitting sessions at Lehigh were an event unlike any other during a football season. With bleachers on three fields, fans could watch the game they love at close to the speed and intensity it is played during the regular season.

“I was here for the old CBA, and I felt like Coach Reid was the hardest coach in America during training camp,” linebacker Brandon Graham said. “My first year, I didn’t know if I wanted to play football anymore. The new CBA has a lot more rules, and we get all we can out of it. Coach Kelly has done a great job adjusting to it. We still get in good work, but we just don’t have to do it twice a day.”

I think we’re going to look back on the Reid era the way we remember the cigarette era– like a time before we were enlightened enough to realize that that was TOTALLY STUPID.

Big bear spotted in the Ukraine. Actually, Leighton played for Donetsk last year (perhaps you’ve heard of the city lately) and tried to sign with Sochi this year. But, in true Leighton style, he blew his chance because he was sick during training camp.

I’m thinking of buying a stand desk because sitting 10 hours per day has turned my posture into that of a long-necked Crane and my lower back has the structural integrity of a lookout tower build atop a ball pit. Can anyone talk me out of getting this one?

If the Phillies score five runs in a game, you’ll get Free Papa John’s. So, never:

via reader Doug

via reader Doug

The Phils need better ingredients, better players, Papa John’s.

They’re going to botch this, aren’t they? Nick Cafardo of the Boston Globe:

The Phillies have been wishy-washy on whether they will make lefthander Cole Hamels available. Hamels could land the biggest haul if the Phillies are serious about rebuilding their farm system, then using the $90 million savings on signing mid-range free agents.

The Phillies want four or five prospects for Hamels (I wrote three last week and was told by a Phillies official I was too conservative) and it doesn’t appear anyone would pay that type of bounty. Around the industry, the Phillies are being perceived as asking too much for their players. The Phillies are saying “make us a fair deal.”


via (@BFit70)

via (@BFit70)

Someone found President Obama’s golf ball in the woods.

Roy Halladay is pandering to the Penguin.



“The Open Championship” at Lederach Golf Club. Happening now.


IT’S ON: Rihanna Followed Joel Embiid on Twitter

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The power of social media.

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