A Hump Day Roundup

The Philly sports world has seemingly headed to Christmas break a bit early this year: gone is the talk of the Winter Classic (instead, courtrooms), gone is the hysteria of a major Amaro acquisition (instead, a guy who checked the schedule for off-days so he can fly home to Texas), gone is any semblance of a respectable football team (instead, firings, death and steroids accusations) and gone is… well, there was hardly anything to ever get excited about the Sixers in December, but it’s doubly worse this year since Andrew Bynum hasn’t played a game. So, here’s a roundup of not-really-that-important things from the past day or so that really don’t deserve their own post, but, when read together, almost form a whole: 

– The Sixers lost their fourth straight last night. The one moment that stood out to me? Evan Turner ignoring Doug Collins’ calls – “Evan, come here! Evan, come here!" – as he walked to the bench during a timeout. Turner either ignored Collins (likely) or didn’t hear him. After a commercial break, we could see that Collins went to Turner, who sipped some water.

– Michael Young had his introductory press conference yesterday. He revealed that, before accepting the trade to the Phillies, he and his wife went through the schedule looking at off-days to see when he could fly home, to Texas. Now, I’m all for family man thing, especially in the wake of what happened in Newtown, Connecticut, but I’m always wary of a guy – as an athlete – when he makes it quite apparent that he would rather be elsewhere, especially when elsewhere is in Texas and flying home for a day at a time during a busy Major League schedule is a time and energy drain. Roy Oswalt was like this, and we see how that worked out.

I'm not trying to be an asshole here, but it's kind of obvious that Young is only here because he was guaranteed playing time, which he wasn't in Texas. I'm sure he'll be a great veteran type player, too. It just rubs me the wrong way when guys come into a situation looking for all the opportunities to get out situation. I started my last job this way, and it ended with me slacking because I started a sports blog. Now I work at home without pants.

Ruben Amaro wrapped the Young presser quickly… because Young had a plane to catch.

– Yo don’t look now, but Sidney Crosby is becoming… likable.

Well, not quite. He’s still a bitch. But, he is doing some things that deserve our respect. He’s emerged as the de facto leader of the players in CBA negotiations– as the face of the league, he’s been very active in negotiations. And then there’s this:

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That’s Crobsy playing goalie in a roller hockey game in Pittsburgh last weekend against a team called “Flyers Suck.” Puck Daddy has more.

– So much for that joke about Philly fans causing trouble elsewhere. Because it happened this week. A Philadelphia cop was arrested at the Houston Texans game on Sunday for, metaly, resisting arrest: [Philly.com]

Houston police were called to the Crown Royal Saloon at Reliant Stadium in Houston around 2:40 p.m. Sunday during the Texans-Colts game for a report of a disturbance. Details surrounding the nature of the disturbance were sketchy, but Houston police spokesman Kese Smith said Neil Kohler, 46, was arrested for resisting arrest. Kohler is accused of pushing the arresting officer and was the only person charged in relation to the incident, Smith said. 


– Jay Wright, who is one of the least divisive sports figures I’ve ever seen (really, he’s like a walking PR manual), tweeted his thoughts on gun control:

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– Marcus Vick, who is more polarizing before he gets out of bed in the morning than Wright is in an entire day, doesn’t like people with inadequete landmines:

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That Tweet gets to rarified air by coming across as almost a parody of itself in way under 140 characters. Well done, Marcus. 

– The Great Sports Debate (I’m on it!) has a new website, and it’s worth checking out. We’re taping two episodes tonight at Chickie’s and Pete’s starting at around 6:30, so come on down, or watch tomorrow at 7 p.m. on the Comcast Network or various other times on CSN throughout the weekend. I shaved this week… so, that’s big.

– Finally, after the jump is video of the 1980 Phillies and Royals playing each other in Family Feud after the World Series.

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  • Murdock December 19, 2012 at 9:39 am

    Wait! You run a sports blog?!?!?!?!?

  • Derek Zoolander December 19, 2012 at 9:41 am

    I understand where Marcus is coming from. I got the black lung down in those mines.

  • Steve O December 19, 2012 at 9:42 am

    Horseface is on the panel for GSD?? What happened to big nose Cataldi??

  • Frank Sobotka December 19, 2012 at 9:57 am

    marcus & jay wright are both scumbags

  • fat cock chuck December 19, 2012 at 10:11 am

    Where is the Angelo Cataldi who posts in here, he’s the man

  • Angie Cataldfuck December 19, 2012 at 10:28 am

    Let me see how I can do:
    Fuck cunt diarrhea vomit nigger RHEA HUGHES nigger cock shit fuck vomit cunt slut RHEA HUGHES morganti.
    There, now you don’t miss him.

  • MM December 19, 2012 at 10:31 am

    Depends on your definition of Assault weapon. The two handguns the kid used are not assault weapons and neither is the 22 semi-plinker he used. They allow the 22 semi in indoor ranges, if you were at 150 yards it would bounce off your down jacket. perhaps, just a thought…parents should not train their retarded, anti social offspring to shoot and allow open access to weapons?
    No much easier to just take a shit on the constitution. Jay Wright should worry about his basketball team.

  • Phil December 19, 2012 at 10:37 am

    99% of cops everywhere are dumb lazy pieces of shit.
    Marcus Vick is so unimportant he doesn’t have a publicist to spell check his rants and racial slurs.
    People who use the word Constitution anywhere in a convo about assault weapons jerk off to Red Dawn at least once a week (Swayze version).

  • Nnamdi Not-Awesome-Wah December 19, 2012 at 10:38 am

    How are nut jobs supposed to kill lots of people and themselves without automatic rifles?
    What is “girls of philly” anyways? I have to position my browser so the ad is off the screen when I view this site at work.

  • kyle scott's spacebar December 19, 2012 at 10:38 am

    angie, that was pretty close to the real thing

  • Kyle Scott December 19, 2012 at 10:39 am

    mm– not to take sides here, but: i believe the kid only used the ar-15 and he was 20, and smart, how would your recommend his mother shield the weapons from him? he wasn’t a 6-year-old, like the kids he killed. i think that’s the debate here: guns being so readily available, whether yours or someone else’s, is the problem. you’re not going to eliminate idiocy. every argument that having a gun makes you safer is squashed, quite grotesquely, by the fact that lanza’s mom had guns… and they were used to kill her and 25 other people. yes, some nutcase had to fire the guns, but the point is that guns being so damn available make it very easy for the nutcases to get said guns.
    again, i see both sides here. and there is a lot more that goes into it than just “guns.” but there’s a very real counter argument to having them that gun folks just dismiss, and that’s not right.

  • RollieFingersWingMan December 19, 2012 at 10:40 am

    @MM. Are you kidding? Kids were carried out with as many as 11 bullet holes in their bodies.

  • Kyle Scott December 19, 2012 at 10:41 am

    nnamdi– understand the hesitancy to click. but do you work at a place that doesn’t allow pics of girls in tank tops? you’ll find worse on every mainstream sports site, including csn philly and si.

  • Dave December 19, 2012 at 10:44 am

    Michael Young was a guest on DNL yesterday. How was the press conference cut short for his flight?

  • Ron Noel December 19, 2012 at 10:51 am

    I’m always looking over my shoulder now at work when that huge girls of Philly ad comes up. Looks like a good site to jerk off too though

  • Angie Cataldfuck December 19, 2012 at 10:59 am

    MM- it’s not “shitting” on the Constitution.
    The second amendment was written when it took 30 seconds to reload after one shot. They may have written it differently if they knew automatic, powerful, scarily accurate guns would be developed.
    And the whole point of the second amendment WASN’T to so you could defend yourself against criminals. It was so the government would be scared of the “citizen militia” that could rise up at any time and overthrow the government. And, no matter how many guns you have, your wouldn’t be able to overthrow the US government if they decided to pit the military against you.
    The second amendment, as written, is irrelevant to today’s world.

  • Beez Nutz December 19, 2012 at 10:59 am

    Want some shitty news
    Reports are surfacing that the fuck bag GM of the Phillies is reportedly trying to trade for Vernon Wells …. FUCK YOU RUBE
    NO LOVE,
    Beez Nutz

  • Uncle Meat December 19, 2012 at 11:04 am

    Kyle – you said it yourself 3x in your reply to mm – “nutcase” (2x) and “idiocy” (once). Those are the keys here, along with “criminal”. If gun access is limited, the ones who will have the guns will be the criminals. It’s what they do. And to the first two words, I agree with mm. It was definitely irresponsible of the mother to encourage an anti-social kid with a personality disorder to use guns, for any reason.

  • Jon December 19, 2012 at 11:08 am

    but: i believe the kid only used the ar-15 and he was 20, and smart, how would your recommend his mother shield the weapons from him?
    It’s called a gun safe you retard! As for assault weapons, shotguns are as deadly and you could have done more damage in that school. When you huddle up the kids in a corner or closet you don’t need 15 round “mags”. That’s another issue. CT and NJ already have 15 round limits on mags. Assault weapons count for .1% of all gun related deaths. FBI data. No the facts before you make comments. If you want to stop gun violence, then stop the stupid people that commit it.

  • MM December 19, 2012 at 11:18 am

    They make gun safes. I have one. I use it. The argument is over what defines an assault weapon. That has always been the argument. Is a shotgun an assault weapon? It’s not in my book, it’s for home defense and hunting. I’m sorry, a semi 22 is a weapon used for long range target training with cheap affordable ammo. The kid was a product of parents who were ordered by a judge to attend ” parenting training courses” when they got divorced. Chicago has some of the strickest gun control laws in the country and over 400 school age children were killed there last year. Prohibition didn’t work and neither will a ban. Education dude, psychological screenings by certified shrinks, gun safety courses you foot the bill, that will weed out the nuts more than a ban. btw, did you see the kid in jersey who was building a bomb to take to school? Crazy people don’t obey ANY laws, they know they won’t be around for the repercussions.

  • Kyle Scott December 19, 2012 at 11:18 am

    no doubt. but, don’t you think it would have been a bit harder for holmes in aurora, the kid from vt, and lantz to get those guns, perhaps raising some red flags along the way? maybe not. but i suspect so.
    that’s the problem, these people aren’t career criminals, they’re kids who snapped and had way too easy access to guns. you think lantz could have just phoned his nearest gang banger for a hook up? no. they would have had to get damn creative to find an ar-15, and, i’m guessing, probably would have got caught or otherwise stumbled. it’s not just about criminals, it’s about otherwise regular citizens, who lose it, or, in the case of totally random shootings by kids on el, who were likely carrying a gun “just to be tough,” having easy access to make a horrible decision.
    i get it, 100%, we need to see these signs ahead of time. and people should have a right to defend themselves. but you have to draw the line somewhere. those things are too easy to get hands on. there are ALWAYS going to be crazy people. that’s what drives me crazy here, pro gun folks won’t even acknowledge that the guns, in fact, may be part of the problem. and so are crazy people. we can’t do much about that. but we can make it more difficult than stopping by walmart, or at least make people jump through some hoops and tough background checks first (i’m guessing it’s easier to get a gun than a line of credit).

  • Kyle Scott December 19, 2012 at 11:22 am

    mm– all fair points. i’m all for those things, and that might be the answer. i’m not saying get rid of guns, but i’m saying we can’t just pretend that the ease at which they can be had isn’t a factor. it is.
    and the bomb kid…. he was caught making the bomb, because it took time, effort, raised red flags. i’m guessing that had he been able to buy one at walmart they wouldn’t have caught him. so we’ll disagree on that logic.

  • Angie Cataldfuck December 19, 2012 at 11:22 am

    Eliminating the gun-show loophole would be a good start.
    Oh, you’re gonna go to this place and buy a gun for a lot cheaper than you would normally pay? WELL FUCK THAT BACKGROUND CHECK WE NORMALLY HAVE TO DO! HERE YOU GO! NOW BE RESPONSIBLE, STRANGER!

  • Joe Mac December 19, 2012 at 11:29 am

    I have so little to do with myself that I actually watched the ENTIRE Family Feud episode. Must be brutal trying to write a sports blog in this city with the disgrace the Eagles and Sixers are, NO Flyers and a pretty stagnant Phillies off season. COME ON FEBRUARY 12!!!! I think I may get a second job until then….smh….

  • Joe Mac December 19, 2012 at 11:35 am

    John Wathan totally just kicked ass in Final Feud….didn’t even give Quiz a chance to give his answers.

  • MM December 19, 2012 at 11:41 am

    Thats because most of us are responsible gun owners and we really like dare i say love our guns Kyle. I’m all for the jumping through hoops to get em part of your argument. All for it! Remember though this is a slippery slope, there are people in this country who (smh) still think legislation is the only suitable remedy to a fundemental lack of responsibility, parenting skills and common sense in society. legislating assumes people will give a shit, crazy people wont.

  • Kylie Scott December 19, 2012 at 11:46 am

    Hiya 😉

  • Iron Balls December 19, 2012 at 11:52 am

    Lanzas mother takes a huge amount of blame here. She was thinking of putting her son into a mental institute against his will (hence why they think he snapped and why he went to the school since he thought the motherloved those kids more then him) but allowed him access to semi-auto weapons and took him shooting? Shes takes 90% of the blame. Gun safe as said above. More gun control will do chit. There are 225 million guns or so in the US. You think thugs who shouldnt have them already will turn them in if banned or partially banned?

  • MM December 19, 2012 at 12:11 pm

    These are the same “thinkers” who banned the jumbo soda, raw eggs on steak tar tar and trans fats in NYC. i was just up to see a show last week, i can report with accuracy that there’s no shortage of fat unhealthy fucks. Somehow this country has produced an entire generation of people who believe that “government” is always the answer and has their best interests in mind at all times while being 100% effective at carrying out any policy they have ever put in place. Even though all the evidence is to the contrary. Ask Candy from the oak if the Marijuana ban is working.

  • BG December 19, 2012 at 12:12 pm

    @Angie Cataldfuck, what a poor argument. The first amendment was written before every half-thought, idea, or what someone had for lunch could be disseminated to the entire population of the nation with a click of a button via mass and social media. Does that mean freedom of speech, “as written, is irrelevant to today’s world.” No. Reactionary diminishment of core founding principles, especially when using an ineffective approach (read any research paper that studied the impacts of the 1994 Federal Assault Weapons Ban on violent crime) is a dangerous precedent to set regardless of ephemeral contemporary mores.

  • MM December 19, 2012 at 12:15 pm

    OK. How many goals did flyers suck score on Cindy?

  • CNN Sucks December 19, 2012 at 12:34 pm

    “that’s the problem, these people aren’t career criminals, they’re kids who snapped”
    FIFY. We’re pumping kids full of drugs that cause suicidal thoughts as a side effect from an early age, and early 20’s is around the time that severe mental disorders like schizophrenia bubble to the surface. That’s where our efforts need to go. You can also update background check processes to align more with today’s known psychological risk factors. Even then, that won’t prevent everything. People need to accept that.
    As for more laws…pot is illegal around these parts. Yet, I can make one phone call and have it in less than an hour – and that’s not directly knowing any dealers. You could describe that as “readily available”. Tell me, why would it be any different with additional gun laws? It wouldn’t. The mother, knowing her son was fucked up, could have used gun cases with FINGERPRINT LOCKS – yes, they make those. But shit – the kid had lost it, so who knows? Maybe he would have slashed his mom with a knife, cut off her fingers, and used them to open the lock. A determined, hellbent killer is tough to stop, no matter what safeguards are in place. In the very least, if people are able to carry firearms, they have a chance to take him down. This happens more often than you might think, but the media rarely reports it. They want you to have emotional reactions to tragedies instead. That’s another huge issue at play here.

  • Beez Nutz December 19, 2012 at 1:04 pm

    Rube is threatening to trade for Vernon Wells and you guys are worried about gun laws
    Da Fuck
    NO LOVE,
    Beez Nutz

  • TCR December 19, 2012 at 1:07 pm

    A gun is an inanimate object. Anyone who blames the gun is an idiot. Do you blame the car when a drunk driver wipes an entire family? No, no you don’t. I’d say THINK before you run your fat mouths but most are incapable of thinking because their minds are even smaller than their tiny, thimble dicks.

  • Angie Cataldfuck December 19, 2012 at 1:12 pm

    @BG You may think I made a bad argument for gun control (when my post wasn’t even about gun control, it was specifically responding to MM’s “shitting on the Constitution” remark), but your response was just as bad, if not worse.
    The difference is that words, more of them, or analysis of them doesn’t fucking KILL PEOPLE. If, like when the second amendment was written, it took this fucker 30 seconds to reload a gun, how many people would he have killed before someone stopped him? 2? 3? 4? CERTAINLY not 26.

  • Christina Lurie's Left Tit December 19, 2012 at 1:13 pm

    Hey fucknuts, the first amendment was written at a time when it took days to get a bit of news from New York to Philly. The Founders had no forethought of the Internet. Using all y’all’s flawed logic, we should be able to restrict speech online. If that’s the case, I vote that this piece of shit blog be taken down first. It’s populated with fools who think they know something about history and the way the world works but really couldn’t identify one Supreme Court Justice if he or she walked up behind them and started mercilessly ass-fucking them.
    Man, my nipple’s hard now. I need Big Red to come suck on it a bit.

  • TImbo Slauce December 19, 2012 at 1:34 pm

    Gov. Rick Perry of Texas has solved this problem by proposing that all teachers carry sidearms.
    AMERICA!! FUCK YEAH!!!!!!!!!

  • Kylie Scott December 19, 2012 at 2:52 pm

    guys stop

  • Leges sine moribus vanae December 19, 2012 at 3:16 pm

    So in the context of this argument gun control and the second amendment can be independent of one another? Evidently critical thinking wasn’t emphasized where you were educated, so this will be my last point before my brain is degraded by this asinine exhibition on a SPORTS blog: at best your post that, “words, more of them, or analysis of them doesn’t fucking KILL PEOPLE.” is naive. At worst, it acts as mounting evidence that you are a moron. An aggregation of morons spewing hate-filled vitriol (these speeches/talks/things are formed by WORDS) have incited action by others who don’t think critically to engage in wars, genocide, terrorism, etc. Like guns, words are tools that can be used by the operator for good or evil. Finally, restating my initial point, which wasn’t adequately addressed removing core founding principles is a dangerous precedent to set regardless of magazine size, ephemeral contemporary mores, or your irrelevant world view. Cheers, BG

  • Angie Cataldfuck December 19, 2012 at 3:34 pm

    “So in the context of this argument gun control and the second amendment can be independent of one another?”
    And you question my reading comprehension?
    I’m done discussing this as well.
    Merry fucking Christmas.

  • I For One Am Impressed December 19, 2012 at 3:39 pm

    Guys he went to Penn he must be right

  • Your Mother December 19, 2012 at 5:59 pm

    MM, He used a .223, not a .22 plinker as you stated. A .223 is a military/hunting round. It’s made to kill large animals or people. With that said, his mother is to blame here for allowing her visibly unstable son access to that weaponry. Everyone is going after tighter gun control laws now to save the children, then they strap them into the biggest child killer in the country, their cars. 32,000+ auto deaths and 1500+ of them children every year. Maybe we should make laws to restrict access to them as well? I mean they are far more lethal and we have to stop the crazies from getting into them more importantly. They’re far more dangerous, It’s a fact. I don’t have a problem keeping guns out the hands of criminals and nut jobs as long as it doesn’t keep me from protecting my family as well as myself by limiting my ability to purchase firearms. Gun safes should be mandatory for anyone buying a firearm, and people with a mental illness history should not be able to buy them. With that said, anybody can pick up a gun off the street with no paperwork if they want to so all these laws end up doing is making it harder for law abiding citizens to get guns. Criminals don’t care about the laws last time I checked. You can never get all the guns off the streets, it’s smarter to make sure that faculty at schools can protect children and themselves from the random crazy person who decides to attack. Remember the most lethal attack on a school and children in this country didn’t even involve a gun. It’s people that kill.

  • Neelie December 19, 2012 at 8:28 pm

    I continue to be amazed at how stupid the Vick family must be. I guess Michael is the one who got the good mine!

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  • Dom December 22, 2012 at 1:17 am

    Hahahah ahaha. Hey MM, let me shoot you with a 22 from 150 yards out and see if it bounces off your coat. What a moron. That’s the dumbest thing I heard all day.

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