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- The Wilmington Blue Rocks are doing their best to outdo the Reading Phillies in hosting the craziest minor league baseball home run derby:

On December 7, 1787 the state of Delaware forged its identity by becoming the first state to ratify the constitution of the United States of America. It was the first step down a long path of trendsetting that has helped set Delaware apart from its peers. The Wilmington Blue Rocks will continue that tradition of trying new things by becoming the first Minor League baseball club to host a Home Run Derby where players bat from the outfield and try to hit the ball into the stands behind where home plate normally resides. That is the highlight of the Hitting Challenge that will open the California League/Carolina League All-Star Game festivities presented by Bank of America at Frawley Stadium on Monday, June 16.

Those first two sentences are delightfully ridiculous and sound like a line straight out of a Delaware 87ers press release, but we like the effort. It’s not Reading. Nothing will ever be Reading. But it’s… something. The batted balls will head in a similar direction as a Jimmy Rollins pop-up.

- Great longform article on ESPN today – and not one of those longform articles that’s just longform for the sake of being longform, but one that’s actually readable – about the time Justin Timberlake pulled out Janet Jackson’s tit at the Super Bowl… and the ensuing fallout, if you will.

- Fucking Yinzers:

An employee of a McDonald’s restaurant in Pittsburgh is charged with selling heroin in Happy Meals.

Officers say customers looking for heroin were told to go through the drive-thru and say “I’d like to order a toy.” The customer would then be told to drive to the first window, where they’d hand over their money and get a Happy Meal box containing heroin in exchange.

Where have I seen this sort of thing before?

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Right.

[Fucking Yinz aside, thanks to our friends at Pensblog for posting our USA hockey shirt, which is burning right now. Good people. Good site.]

- The NFL media is completely outraged that Marshawn Lynch wouldn’t take the podium at Super Bowl Media Day. In a memo, the PFWA:

The Pro Football Writers of America, the official voice of pro football writers fighting and promoting for access to NFL personnel to best serve the public, is extremely disappointed in the lack of meaningful access to Seattle running back Marshawn Lynch at the Super Bowl XLVIII media day on Tuesday.

Several of our long-standing and high profile members were appalled by Mr. Lynch’s conduct and refusal to answer any questions.

We find the statement that by the league that “Players are required to participate and he participated” to be an affront to our membership.

However, we are encouraged that the league will continue to closely monitor this situation.

This sounds like something that would come from the Flyers’ beat writers.

- Biebs is about to be charged in Toronto assault.

I HATE SUPER BOWL WEEK.

Your Friday Morning Roundup

Kyle Scott —  January 17, 2014 — 26 Comments

Some items we didn’t get to over the last few days:

I wasn’t joking when I said they need to put a William Penn statue on top of Mt. Comcast. Which is exactly what they’re going to do:

Comcast set out to “reverse the curse” by placing a small William Penn figurine on top of the office tower it opened in 2007.

The Phillies won the World Series the following year.

Comcast is now planning an even taller tower next door.

But a Comcast spokesman says William Penn will be moving up, too, when the 59-story tower opens in 2017.

Yuengling is making their own ice cream, for some reason.

Kevin Stocker and Doug Glanville (ughhhh) might be the leaders in the clubhouse:

Earlier in the week, Todd Zolecki wrote that Brad Lidge, Mitch Williams, Curt Schilling and John Kruk were likely off the table (Kruk is still a longshot), and:

Sources said names in the mix include Doug Glanville, who works with ESPN; Buck Martinez, who broadcasts with the Blue Jays; Kevin Stocker, who has received high marks for his work with the Pac-12 and CBS Sports networks; and Mickey Morandini, who is a coach with Triple-A Lehigh Valley.

Jamie Moyer’s name also has been mentioned.

Ricky Bottalico and Ben Davis currently work pregame and postgame shows at Comcast, and they could receive consideration to join McCarthy in the booth.

Chris Coste previously worked as a pregame and postgame analyst with Comcast, but he is not a candidate at this time.

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LeSean McCoy predicts multiple Super Bowls:

“The time has come,” McCoy said when prompted by Bloomberg’s Stephanie Ruhle that Eagles fans are frustrated by not having a Lombardi trophy in their possession. “In the next five years, we should get a couple wins.

“We have the talent, we have the coach and the players all have the same goal and same dreams.”

More on SCP:

“He’s creepy,” said Rae Dean, who lives a few houses away from Pagano. “He’ll come outside with his underwear on. One time he came outside carrying a gun with just his underwear on.”

Dean said Pagano moved to the neighborhood about nine years ago and lives there with his wife and 10-year-old daughter.

Totally normal.

H/T to Hall of Fame CB reader (@PhillyPartTwo)

A HOME OFFICE IN HORSHAM– Some bits of tid that we didn’t get to.

Flyers beat writer Sam Carchidi, who has a habit of taking circtuitous routes to away games so he can log more US Airways miles, has spent the past couple of days on Twitter complaining about his lost luggage (which could be the sort of thing that happens when you fly from Minneapolis to Philly to Detroit), possibly because he flew from Ottawa to Philly before heading to Chicago, where the Flyers will play tonight:

Ray Emery will be the starter, and Carchidi got some quotes from him after the Senators game on Monday. Yesterday, he wrote those quotes down in the form of a story… with a CHICAGO dateline even though he wasn’t in Chicago:

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A dateline is the thing Journalists use to denote where they are reporting from. It’s an immediate indication that they are on the ground and not, say, sitting in their home offices suffocating themselves from the after-effects of Taco Tuesday (…). It’s usually implied and often meaningless, but it’s a stamp of legitimacy.

Here’s the problem with Sam’s piece: I’m told he wasn’t in Chicago when he wrote it or when it was posted, at around 2 p.m. yesterday. Nope. In Philly. Because he flies circuitous routes to games.

Did it really make a difference in this case? Not really. But, it’s poor form, and totally unnecessary.

A great article in the Philadelphia Business Journal about how football led to Temple’s cutting of seven other sports.

And, of course a Philly restaurant is capitalizing on Nick Foles’ success by unveiling Catfish #9, a Foles-inspired dish, and couching it in a charitable framework:

Executive chef Chad Vetter’s dish is reported to be a Foles favorite: catfish, first soaked in buttermilk and then deep-fried and accompanied by cornmeal-crusted green tomatoes, Andouille white cheddar grits and Creole cocktail sauce.

Catfish #9 is priced at $21, and 25 percent of the sale will be donated to the Eagles Youth Partnership, the restaurant says.

Annnnnd there’s the free promotion. Shit.

Your Tuesday Morning Roundup

Kyle Scott —  September 3, 2013 — 7 Comments

Welcome back to work (and school, for you more impressionable minds). The summer is over. Just nine more months until you can go outside again. Between now and then: cold, rain, ice, snow, perhaps a hurricane or two, entire football and hockey and basketball seasons, the 22nd Winter Olympiad, and countless Bob Costas poems about the human spirt and why sports are unfortunate reflections of our society.

You may hate yourself today, but I’m pumped. Sickeningly, the day after Labor Day is one of my favorite days of the year. I just slurp up the cascade of nonsensities that Costas hates so much.

I have my coffee, I showered today (not typical), and am ready for the long, cold grind that isn’t summer.

Let’s hit it!

 

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Crushes. My two, Darin Ruf and Cody Asche, will be at the Sports Vault in the King of Prussia Mall from 11 a.m. – 1 p.m. on Saturday, September 21. Dom Brown– same place and times on September 7. Details and tickets here.

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TicketsPhiladelphia Eagles tickets for the Chiefs game start at $111.

 

The roundup:

The Eagles cut Danny Watkins and a whole slew of other players.

Watkins can now fight fires in the city where the heat is on. He was welcomed to Miami with a one-year contract today.

Hey, good thing thing Budweiser wasn’t charging $11 for beer at their own festival:

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pic via HughE Dillon

Lakewood BlueClaw Mitch Walding broke his rib getting off the clubhouse couch yesterday.

Worlds colliding: Lamar Odom has hired Robert Shapiro to fight his drunk driving charge. Shapiro, of course, defended O.J. with Robert Kardashian, ostensibly Khloe’s father.

Dennis Rodman is going back to North Korea to save the world. Maybe he can talk Kim Jong Un out of executing ex-girlfriend’s by firing squad. I feel like this is a nixed plot line from The Dictator (great movie).

Jimmy Kempski’s NFC power rankings.

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Chip Kelly will be doing a segment with the WIP Morning Show every Monday at 8 a.m. This is a big deal, and something Andy would’ve never ever ever done. Like, ever.

Chickie’s and Pete’s won a lawsuit over the “Crab Fries.”

NBC-Comcast-mega-conglomerate-whatever-the-fuck: Both NBC Philly studios may move to the Comcast building.

Of course there will be a Jeremy Lin documentary:

Hamels had a rough bullpen session before the game last night. He jokingly chalked it up to bar hopping:

Hamels chalked up the rough bullpen session to a sore back he said he suffered while bar hopping during the road trip in Chicago. Yes, he was joking, adding that he and Sandberg “didn’t get into a fistfight” when the manager chose to take him out of the game after seven innings.

Jokes aside, Hamels said the pain in his back came from playing four straight day games and a hectic schedule that hasn’t granted the Phillies a day off since Aug. 15.

Watch the FOX Soccer channel die.

You can’t arrest me, I’m a Colts player.”

Shades of Grey movie will be masturbatory fodder for single white females everywhere.

Screen Shot 2013-05-20 at 7.57.39 AMAs a lover of Magical Steed, I’ve always enjoyed it when Cliff Lee runs the bases. He’s like a galloping horse turning the final corner at Pimlico– so smooth, so gracefully yet clumsy, so… goddamn dumb.

I bumped into Jayson Stark last week at Play 2 while filming The Great Sports Debate. At the time, I was disappointed that I didn’t have a clever stat to ask him about (instead, I talked to him about Chickie’s fine pizza). But had that encounter happened this week or at some mythical time in the future, I may have said: Hey, Jayson with a Y, has there ever been a pitcher who has twice been caught in a rundown between first and second in less than a month? And if so, should that pitcher ever run the bases again?

I would accept “no” for an answer there.

Thankfully, Lee’s ninth inning baserunning boner [video of him talking about it] was relieved when Kratz went Godshall’s to tie the game and Freddy Galvis, presumably no longer on PEDs, followed it up with a walk-off blast [videos]. 3-2, good guys.

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Somehow, the Phillies are alive. But Roy Halladay is out for at least two months, Carlos Ruiz may be headed to the DL with a hamstring, and Ryan Howard has a sore knee.

Let’s hit it!

 

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Dawk. Meet Brian Dawkins at the Sports Vault in Moorestown Mall on Saturday, June 23 from 1 – 3 p.m. Details and tickets here.

Throw it back! Monkey’s Uncle in Doylestown has a great selection of retro Phillies gear. You can shop online and use code BROAD to take $10 off orders of $50 or more

Quizzo! I’m hosting another one, next Thursday, May 30, at the Chickie’s and Pete’s in Audubon at 8:30 p.m.

Cheap. Phillies-Red Sox tickets starting around $23.

 

The roundup:

They did it to Broxton, again. Sort of:

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That was in the eighth inning and Young scored on the next at-bat. It started the Phils’ small comeback.

Lee did his post-game interview wearing this awesome and ridiculous t-shirt:

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An excellent article in The New Yorker on how Sam Hinkie will use numbers to evaluate players:

Hinkie is quick to point out that this approach isn’t as avant-garde as many make it out to be: all teams, he says, make decisions based on the information that they have. What Hinkie says sets him and his cohorts apart is that they are always looking to collect additional data and clean up misinformation. Analytic thinkers in basketball argue that the old “eye test” has its limitations and rely on statistics to fill that void. Most coaches can tell what kinds of plays allow their players to succeed: some thrive in the pick and roll, some while posting up, others in isolation, and on and on. But statistics measure exactly how much better these players do in those particular situations. It is why, for example, the “points-per-possession” statistic is so valuable for Hinkie, since it provides concrete data on what types of plays generate the most points, and helps coaches maximize a team’s offensive output by capitalizing on that information.

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Meanwhile, executives are confused by what the Sixers are doing– seemingly putting the entire fate of the team in non-basketball people.

How did this stuff happen under Andy Reid… no, really, how did anything happen under Andy Reid…. he’s huge! A great look by Jeff McLane on how Chip Kelly will try to prevent some of the things players got away with, yes, under Reid:

It’s not as if Reid’s players didn’t have enough time to get in trouble during the season. Just recently, a woman sued running back LeSean McCoy for allegedly dousing her with water and forcibly ejecting her from a New York-bound party bus last December.

The incident occurred on the Tuesday night before McCoy fully practiced for the first time since suffering a concussion. That Sunday, McCoy rushed 13 times for 45 yards and caught nine passes for 77 yards in a loss to the Redskins.

While Kelly’s program should weed out some of the less devoted fringe players, he may have a more difficult time recognizing which stars aren’t maximizing their abilities.

One former Eagle often had a buddy in an idling car waiting to drive him from the premises as soon as possible the last two seasons. This player (his last name rhymes with Rodgers-Cromartie) would run out for fast food at least once a week and come back with bags for teammates.

I actually give Alexis Normand a lot of credit for finishing the National Anthem at the Memorial Cup:

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Reader Jeff spotted a loon at the movies in Cherry Hill this weekend:

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Another reader, sans camera, saw Bynum bagging his own groceries.

Yeah, Reds pitcher Tony Cingrani does look like me… and I continue to hate mirrors:

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The Flyers could draft Donovan McNabb’s nephew, Darnell Nurse.

Miguel nearly decapitated two women at the Billboard Awards last night.

Yinzers.

Human cannonball at Reading.

A lot going on yesterday and didn’t get to the Roundup… here are a few things we missed from yesterday and the weekend.

Let’s hit it!

 

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Pump me up! Macho Row, on a t-shirt. See Philly Phaithful’s line of t-shirts honoring Dutch, Mitch, Krukker and others. Lady? Check out the all-new selection on Phils-related gear at Broad Street Broad and use code cb10 to take 10% off all stylish and trendy – and sexy - women’s wear.

Let’s make TV. Tomorrow night come see the taping of the Great Sports Debate at 7 p.m. at Chickie’s and Pete’s at Parx at 7 p.m. Don’t forget– it will be Wednesday, so that means all-you-can-eat snow crab legs for $24.95.

Throw it back! Monkey’s Uncle in Doylestown has a great selection of retro Phillies gear. You can shop online and use code BROAD to take $10 off orders of $50 or more

Meet Big Ben. I know, I know– a Steeler. But Ben Roethlisberger will be signing autographs at the Sports Vault in the King of Prussia Mall on Saturday from 1 – 2:30. Details and tickets here.

Cheap. Phillies tickets at Crossing Broad Tickets.

 

The roundup:

Major League Baseball has finally entered the century. On Google+, it was announced that highlights and full games will begin appearing on YouTube. A few caveats, of course:

Major League Baseball is bringing America’s favorite pastime to more fans all over the world on YouTube. Expect to see highlights of MLB games from this season about a day or two afterwards, tens of thousands of hours of archived games dating back to 1952, clips from Baseballs Best Classics and Best Moments, and more. In all countries other than the US, Canada, South Korea, Taiwan and Japan, you can also watch two live games per day during the regular season for free.

Bryce Harper overload on ESPN this week. He’s on the cover of their magazine:

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And there will be a one-hour special at 9 p.m. tonight called Bryce Begins. Bryce is 20-years-old.

Rays reporter Kelly Nash nearly took a ball to the head… when she took this selfie at Fenway:

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Matt Barkley’s fiancée.

Marcus Hayes of course weighed in on Jason Collins being gay… by writing a series one-line paragraphs. I have no idea how Marcus Hayes gets paid.

Jess Biddle followed up his 16-strikeout performance by striking out 10 on Sunday.

An umpire threw up this weekend.

Chip Kelly sat down with Michael Barkann and his jeans.

Did Paul Holmgren erupt at reporters on Saturday when asked about Peter Laviolette’s job security? He did: [Philly.com]

Asked before Saturday’s game about Laviolette’s future – and informed that a source had told a Canadian reporter that the coach would not return -Holmgren erupted in a string of expletives.

“I’m not even going to comment on the bleeping sources,” he said. “…Some idiot made it up.”

Asked if he could say for sure if Laviolette would return, Holmgren said, “I’m not saying a bleeping thing….How many times do I have to tell you I haven’t even thought about firing the coach? How many times?”

Actually a little disappointed with Obama’s performance at the White House Correspondent’s Dinner.

Chester County sheriffs are giving away an AR-15.

Evan Turner is an idiot:

Saturday night at 11 on CSN Joe Conklin’s new show, Know The Score, will air. Our friends at Philly Phaithful helped out (and provided Joe’s wardrobe). Here’s a clip of Conklin interviewing hipsters about sports. Hilarious. Continue Reading…

Good morning, Philadelphia and the few Nats trolls who read this site because they have deflated self-esteem. You may have noticed our new look. Do read about it here. We’ve already blown the new server in just over 12 hours and had to upgrade. There may be some issues with the site today and, more likely, some comments made this afternoon may drop off. But that’s all just temporary. For now, though, we have some Opening Day baseball to talk about and – fingers-crossed – the coming emergence of Cole Hamels ‘Stache.

Let’s hit it!

 

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Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles… heroes in a half shell, turtle power. TMNT Quizzo. Wednesday night at Drinker’s Tavern (2nd and Market). 8:30 p.m. I’ll see you there.

Cheesecakes. Meet Ben Revere at the Sports Vault in the King of Prussia Mall on Saturday, April 20, from 11 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. Details and tickets here.

Hey, I know that girl! And you might, too. Girls of Philly has pictures of over 10 years of local girls, naked. Stripping and getting naked and stuff. You probably know one of them. Give a click and find out. This link is suitable for work, but after that, you’re own your own.

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The roundup:

Philly.com has a really nice season preview up today. Many stories worth checking out.

This guy stole 324 Phillies tickets. No more. No less. Allegedly, of course.

Joe Amendola, Jerry Sandusky’s goofy attorney, is defending a Penn State student who was caught with child porn, because of course he is:

Shulman is represented by State College lawyer Joe Amendola.

“We are still in the very early stages of Ian’s case, but we believe we have a defense to the charges which have been filed against him,” Amendola said. “We will learn a great deal more about the commonwealth’s case against Ian once we obtain more information about his case through the normal discovery process.”

Brayden Schenn rocked his Phillies cap today while walking around Center City with a pair of outstanding leggles:

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 subliminal Applebee’s ad via Kevin Matuszak, who I think planned this whole thing

Cole Hamels mustache.

Cliff Lee. Drunk. And with big hands.

The Washington Post took exception to this post from Friday:

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Kate Upton naked!!!!

Why the craft brew industry may be hurting.

Kevin Ware’s injury. Warning: highly disturbing.

Great Outside The Lines piece on how many athlete charities are bullshit.

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Maybe those La Salle kids should have raised money for the team to get to LA.

I’m kidding. That’s mean. Great run for La Salle, they were just outplayed and overmatched by a better, bigger team. Congrats to those guys. Really.

- Meanwhile, in less fluffy prose, F the Flyers. Brayden Schenn and Wayne Simmonds in a shootout? Sure, Claude Giroux ripped off his panty-dropper, The Datsyuk, but then Schenn skated directly into the goalie and Simmonds nearly fell: [Giroux and Simmonds]

Flyers

These are the sorts of Tweets I’m getting, about the Flyers, not the Sixers:

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Paul Holmgren will, and should, most certainly be fired this summer. 

- Adam Aron is bringing Allen Iverson back again for a one-game money grab. I can’t tell what is more annoying– the Sixers continuous celebration of a yesteryear that few care about (Iverson notwithstanding) or the Flyers putting up another Broad Street Bullies shrine.

- The Braves will be giving away 45,000 foam tomahawks on Monday, according to former CB contributor turned Braves radio guy Kevin McAlpin… wonder what they’ll do with the 25,000 leftovers:

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Prepare for a nauseating tribute to Chipper Jones before the game.

- The Phillies are your office coworkers

- After the jump, my mini rant on Great Sports Debate. I got a haircut… now I just need to hit the gym and get a tan (I think Julie Dorenbos and Susie Celek are going to help me out there). I look like Mike Nardi when he had mono.

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