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Your Mid-Week Roundup: The Sixers Get Social and the Phillies Get Desperate


The Phillies really miss having you at the ballpark. How do I know? Because they probably sent you that email above, saying:

“Hey, listen. I know things aren’t great right now, but how about we lower the price on these tickets and you can at least come in so we can talk about it. I don’t want it to be over between us, and I’m willing to change. [Note: "Willing to change" is open to interpretation and the decisions of Ruben Amaro Jr.]”


Whoever the Sixers ended up hiring as their social media coordinator is doing a good job right out of the gate. That exchange above, which came to us from reader John, is some major league level stuff. Take notes, Phillies.

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Starting this season, you will no longer have to be a DirecTV subscriber to have access to the NFL’s Sunday Ticket service on your phone, tablet, game console, and computer. The service will be available to non-DirecTV customers starting at $199.99 for the season for eligible areas. I plugged my address into DirecTV’s service website and it said the service was unavailable to me, but it was available when I used a different local address, so some of you may not be able to access it.

And finally, over at Huffington Post, former NHL player and referee Paul Stewart posted a blog in which he shared a story about the first time he met Eric Lindros, young asshole:

“The start of the game at the Spectrum was delayed several minutes. I had to wait for the red light on the scorer’s table to indicate that the broadcast had returned from a commercial and it was OK to drop the opening faceoff.

During the delay, I made small talk with several of the Devils and Flyers on the ice. I said hello to Mark Recchi and talked to Bernie Nicholls. I then tried to greet the 19-year-old rookie Lindros.

‘Hey, Eric. How are things going? How’s your dad?’ I asked.

The response: ‘[Bleep] you. Just drop the [bleeping] puck already.’

Lindros was apparently in a bad mood because he’d recently missed 12 games with a knee injury, the team was in a losing skid, and he’d had a tough game in New Jersey. This game was also played about a week after Lindros had to go to court in Toronto after the Koo Koo Bananas incident. You know what? Those were his problems, not mine. But we were about to have a mutual problem.

Right off the opening faceoff, Lindros bulled forward and drilled Nicholls under the chin with his stick. I ditched Lindros on a high-sticking penalty.

Before the game, I had brought a tube filled with posters to Flyers’ equipment manager Jim “Turk” Evers. The posters, which depicted Recchi and Lindros, were to be autographed and then donated to a charity auction. I had done a similar thing in other cities, such as a Cam Neely and Ray Bourque poster in Boston, and a Mario Lemieux and Jaromir Jagr in Pittsburgh.

After the game, I want to Turk to collect the poster tube.

‘Stewy, you’re not going to like this,’ Evers said. ‘I don’t have them.’

‘What do you mean you don’t have them?’ I asked.

‘Well, Rex signed the posters but when Eric found out they were for you, he tore every one of them up. I’m sorry about that.’

I never spoke to Eric Lindros again.”


Your Friday Mid-Day Roundup

And now, here’s some stuff that fell by the wayside this week:

Homefront Gameplay Walkthrough

That post-Korean-invasion video game that will be set in an occupied Philadelphia released a gameplay walkthrough at E3 this week. There’s not much in the way of landmarks or Philly-isms in the video, but hey, the game looks pretty cool.

Jay Wright at #18

ESPN’s college basketball site has been ranking the top 50 coaches in college basketball, and Villanova’s Jay Wright landed at the number 18 spot. Here’s some of what Dana O’Neil — who used to cover Nova for the Daily News — had to say:

“‘The perception is he’s the handsome guy that wears the $5,000 suits,’ said Patrick Chambers, the coach at Penn State who spent five years as Wright’s assistant coach at Villanova. ‘But so many people are out there trying to impress other coaches with how smart they are and what they do. Jay isn’t into any of that. He’s so comfortable in his own skin.’

Some of that comes with time. Wright has been at this head-coaching gig now for 19 years, the last 12 at Villanova. He knows the game, as in basketball, and he knows The Game, as in the business of basketball.

But so much of his talent is innate. In his first year at Villanova, he attracted a highly skilled recruiting class and most everyone expected immediate results. Immediate instead took a backseat to two painful years in the NIT. Yet when everyone — including those who now count themselves as die-hard, lifelong fans — wanted Wright out for lack of production, he didn’t blink.”

Report on the Katz Crash

The NTSB report on the plane crash that killed Lewis Katz and others has been released, and among its findings — according to the Inquirer — is that pilot error may be to blame:

“Flight data recorders found no evidence that the two pilots performed a preflight check. Apparently they didn’t realize that the Gulfstream jet’s tail flaps, known as elevators, were locked when it tried to takeoff from Hanscom field outside Boston on May 31, the report indicated.”

The Central Bucks Browns

As the Cleveland Browns hope to finally actually begin to rebuild, around one so-called Mr. Football, it’s worth pointing out the many of the minds behind Cleveland’s on-field product are local guys. New head coach Mike Pettine and his defensive coordinator and linebackers coach all played at Doylestown’s CB West under the coaching guidance of Pettine’s father. A Cleveland.com piece follows Pettine back to Doylestown and also gives you an insight into the new head honcho of the Browns’ sartorial inclinations:

“Dressed in a Foo Fighters T-shirt and a pair of camo shorts, Pettine enjoyed his respite from trying to turn around one of the NFL’s perennial losers. He stood around a high-top table, watching the Belmont, sipping on a beer and accepting a few man hugs from locals who marvel at his transformation from high school coach to low-level NFL assistant to Browns head coach.

What made the two-day trip special was the toggling between past and present. Pettine brought members of the Browns coaching staff on a limousine bus across the width of Pennsylvania to work an annual youth football clinic run by Browns defensive coordinator Jim O’Neil. Pettine, O’Neil and linebackers coach Chuck Driesbach all played at CB West in different decades under Mike Pettine Sr.”

Long Fly Balls

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According to the estimations and calculations of ESPN’s Mark Simon, the Phillies outfield is one of the worst in baseball when it comes to catching balls hit to the deepest parts of the park. They rank 24th in making outs on balls hit 350-ish+ feet in the air. File this under “least surprising news of the week.”


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Gregory Kaminski at Maass Media took a look at fan loyalty in Philadelphia, factoring in attendance of the Phillies and Flyers — discounting the Eagles because of their small sample size and the Sixers because oh boy they’ve been terrible — and figured out what we already knew: Philly fans are loyal. Kaminsky discovered both the Phillies and Flyers, over the past eight years, have attendance numbers above the league average. Kaminsky says:

“So does this data prove anything? I’m not really sure, but it does help to move the conversation forward and give us sports fans something to talk and debate about. And isn’t that all we really want anyway?”

We disagree, what it tells us is holy shit the MLB has terrible league-wide attendance numbers.

Giving You The Peacock

And finally, up in New York, 30 Rockefeller Plaza (aka the G.E. Building and the RCA Building before that) will soon wear the brand of Comcast, a small regional company. According to PhillyMag, 30 Rock will soon sport “big, glowing neon lights that will shout ‘COMCAST’ to the Big Apple sky.” It’s a way for Comcast to flaunt their power over New York, but this is also a great time to point out the our own Comcast Tower has no large signage denoting it as such, and we’re 100% on board with that.


Your Tuesday Morning Roundup

Some bits and shits we (no longer the royal!) didn’t get to yesterday.


Where Hockey Grows Up

You’re not going to believe this, but I’m about to compliment Core Four-er Dave Isaac of the Courier-Post. Isaac, one of the youngest beat writers in town and certainly the only member of the Core Four young enough to know what the term longform means in a modern setting, wrote an article titled South Jersey: Where Hockey Grows Up. It’s expertly laid out– the kind of layout typically reserved for something like a New York Times feature, complete with parallax scrolling and everything. It’s the sort of thing the big-time papers in this town should be doing. Now, I would’ve chosen a topic with a little more punch than hockey is pretty popular in South Jersey… but it’s well-written and a nice change of pace for Isaac, who led the charge when beat writers got all bent out of shape when the Flyers used Instagram to announce their starting goalie last fall. And, somewhat impressively, Isaac managed to hold off until part three before mentioning Bobby Ryan, which has to be some sort of record for anything ever written about South Jersey hockey from a Flyers perspective. Appreciate the restraint, Dave. Sam Carchidi would’ve put Ryan in the headline: South Jersey Hockey: Where Bobby Ryan Grew Up.


Where Hockey Goes to Win

Mike Richards, Jeff Carter and Justin Williams combined for three points – Richards and Carter each scored – in the Kings’ 3-0 squashing of the Rangers last night. The Kings are now one win away from their second Stanley Cup in three years. The Flyers have won… carries the premature exit… one, one playoff series over that span. But it doesn’t matter, because Jeff Carter can’t score in the playoffs. He has 24 points in 24 playoff games (he also had five points in six games for Team Canada en route to their gold medal in the Olympics… but hey, who’s counting?).

Meanwhile, here’s an ESPN story about how much of a winner Mike Richards is… you know, if you missed Pierre McGuire slobbing his knob over his leadership skills last night:

Talk to Mike Richards’ teammates with the Los Angeles Kings, and inevitably the conversation moves to the conclusion that he’s a winner. He has won at every level.

He’s got a Memorial Cup, a Calder Cup, an Olympic gold medal and a Stanley Cup ring. When it comes to winning things, Richards is pretty much set.

But trying to explain what he specifically does that’s different from other players in the league, well, that’s where it gets a little more challenging. What makes Richards a winner?

This question was posed to Kings defenseman Jake Muzzin.

“Well, he’s won at every level,” Muzzin said. “When guys have been through experiences like that, they know what it takes to do it again. Won in junior. Won in minors. Won here. He knows what it takes.”


Netflix shaming

No doubt that Netflix has an interest in this, but I love how they are unabashedly shaming US carriers for their lousy, throttled broadband speeds. Yesterday, they released their latest ISP Speed Index and took particular aim at Comcast and Verizon:

Some large US ISPs are erecting toll booths, providing sufficient capacity for services requested by their subscribers to flow through only when those services pay the toll. In this way, ISPs are double-dipping by getting both their subscribers and Internet content providers to pay for access to each other. We believe these ISP tolls are wrong because they raise costs, stifle innovation and harm consumers. ISPs should provide sufficient capacity into their network to provide consumers the broadband experience for which they pay.

Here are some data points from the May update of the Netflix ISP Speed Index:

US: Charter has entered the top three ISPs while Verizon and Comcast both slipped in the major ISP rankings. Verizon FiOS is down two slots and now ranks behind DSL providers Frontier and Windstream. Comcast dipped two spots as well, while Verizon DSL is down one.

The chart:

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In case you’re wondering, only one of the 14 carriers in Canada have an average speed below 2.27. None in Sweden, the UK, Norway, the Netherlands, Finland or Denmark. 10 in the US. Cable company fuckery, boys and girls.

And in response to a cease and desist letter from Verizon asking Netflix to stop telling its customers about how shitty Verizon isNetflix took off the gloves in an email to the broadband provider:

To try to shift blame to us for performance issues arising from interconnection congestion is like blaming drivers on a bridge for traffic jams when you’re the one who decided to leave three lanes closed during rush hour.




A Philly.com article about Brazilian caipirinhas, the drink of the World Cup.

I make a kick-ass one, and this week, I’ll do it on video for you, the CB reader.


Your Tuesday Morning Roundup

Good morning. Today sucks for most people. That new-summer sunburn is just setting in, you may or may not be hungover, and the last thing you want to do is get a tone-deaf email from your boss who is seemingly unaware that you just spent the last three days on the beach, BBQ-ing, or destroying your liver (or a combination of all three) and you just need a few minutes.

Let’s hit it!


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Tickets. Great deals on Philadelphia Union tickets.


The roundup:


Jonathan Papelbon and Howard Eskin nearly went at it on Saturday.

Everymen Jason Kelce, Connor Barwin and Riley Cooper crushed the Shore this weekend.

Josh Beckett no-hit the Phillies, who stink. [I love how Mike Schmidt, immediately after Beckett's final out, called it a special moment for himself to be able to call a no-hitter during his "little Sunday" thing.]


Nats fan makes mother? smell his armpitsH/T to (@QCBari)

Don’t film with your iPad at concerts.

The Inquirer and Daily News are up for auction today. The rival owners will bid in a closed-door auction.

UberX drivers can make over $90k a year.

Former Phillies prospect Jonathan Singleton’s Twitter contains gay insults and weed references.

FIFA is sending takedown notices over Twitter users using the World Cup logo in their avatar. Talk about old-timey thinking.

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Bill Murray crashed some guy’s bachelor party. Mine’s in a few weeks. Is it weird that I’d like Ryan Gosling to crash it?

Fired Mets hitting coach rips Keith Hernandez.

Cliff Lee was not cleared to throw and will likely be on the DL longer than 15 days. Great.

Keep track of how many stadiums and arenas you’ve been to.

LeBron James doesn’t bother with singles.

Johnny Manziel in Vegas.

Kate Upton.



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Round 1 at Westover ends on June 1. I’m playing my round on Saturday. There’s still time to sign up. If you’ve already signed up, please be sure to pay your $15 fee by the end of the first round.


Roundup: Home Run Derby Madness, a Tit, Yinzers, and Ridiculous Media


- 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?



[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.



Your Friday Morning Roundup

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)


Your Wednesday Roundup: Flyers Beats Beating, Temple, Foles Dish

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:


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

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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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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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.

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