Your Monday Morning Roundup

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Some feel-good from Ryan Lawrence of the Daily News:

On Sunday afternoon, A.J. Burnett finished his workout with the Phillies and boarded a plane. He had an important place to be.

Burnett’s 12-year-old son was playing in an elimination playoff game. The pitcher had co-coached the basketball team all winter and made sure he returned to the bench to help the team.

The team won, surviving for another day.

“They’ve got another game on Tuesday, though,” Burnett said, motioning to fellow pitcher Cliff Lee. “I’m not sure I’m going to be able to me that one.”

Let’s hit it!

 

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The roundup:

The US-Canada game was stream by 2.1 million people, making it most-streamed event in NBC’s history. I would assume that’s also a record for most people to watch a game online and not see a goal scored by the home team. Real nice finish for the men’s hockey team. WHO WANTS A T.J. OSHIE T-SHIRT?

Yes, we should blame Dan Bylsma and his glasses for Team USA’s embarrassing flameout.

Sam Hinkie talks about the Sixers’ new practice facility.

This is really funny:

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Bjorgen gorgen jrogen bjorgen rorrororgen. That’s my Swedish guy.

Athletes are struggling to adopt dogs in Sochi. I think this was the perfect storm– a bunch of young competitors who have spent the last four years training for one two-week event now look to fill the void in their lives with a companion. Boom, Sochi puppy. I can’t imagine a more willing group to adopt dogs.

Netflix and Comcast have already reached a deal to keep the video flowing quickly. From the NY Times:

Comcast, the country’s largest cable and broadband provider, and Netflix, the giant television and movie streaming service, announced an agreement Sunday in which Netflix will pay Comcast for faster and more reliable access to Comcast’s subscribers.

The deal is a milestone in the history of the Internet, where content providers like Netflix generally have not had to pay for access to the customers of a broadband provider.

But the growing power of broadband companies like Comcast, Verizon and AT&T has given those companies increased leverage over sites whose traffic gobbles up chunks of a network’s capacity. Netflix is one of those sites, accounting for nearly 30 percent of all Internet traffic at peak hours.

The agreement comes just 10 days after Comcast agreed to buy Time Warner Cable for $45 billion, an acquisition that would make Comcast the cable provider to nearly one-third of American homes and the high-speed Internet company for close to 40 percent. Federal regulators are expected to scrutinize whether that deal would thwart competition among cable and Internet providers.

These types of deals, known as “paid peering,” are typically struck between companies that manage the plumbing of the Internet, unseen by consumers. Netflix does far more than that, offering original programming and features like TV and movie recommendations for users based on their previous choices.

Netflix will now essentially have its own on ramp to Comcast customers. That is different from paying to be moved through the pipes more quickly, a deal known as “paid prioritization” that is generally seen as a net-neutrality violation.

Make no mistake, this is the first actual thing to throw net neutrality out the window. Netflix is paying Comcast to ensure more reliable streaming. This sounds great for consumers, but more agreements like this will happen, and now that Comcast and Time Warner will control a third of the broadband market, it will be difficult, if not impossible, for competition to prevent the mega conglomerate (and perhaps streaming services like Netflix) from passing the costs associated with these deals on to consumers. We talk about all this stuff and more in our Cord Snipped podcast (subscribe!), where I’ve been saying all along that cord cutting isn’t really a cost-saving measure. It’s an experience thing. You may be able to save a few bucks now, but you’re crazy if you don’t think providers and streaming services won’t raise prices in the future once everyone is getting content through broadband pipes. Plus, we’re gonna need a service that aggregates and packages streaming services… unless you want to go through the confusing process of paying and keeping track of five, six or seven separate bills each month (Netflix, Hulu, MLB.tv, etc.). Suddenly the model is going to look and feel very much like your current cable experience. Comcast is winning.

Meanwhile, the WWE Network is on the air.

Freddy Galvis is concerned about civil unrest in Venezuela.

A Cord Lidle statue was vandalized in California, begging the question: there’s a Cory Lidle statue? Sorry– it’s probably too soon. Those jokes don’t fly here.

In case you weren’t on social media this weekend to find out that Penn State, like many, many others colleges in the country, does great things to raise money for charity, here’s your THON total from The School Philly.

Erin Andrews will be the new co-host of Dancing with the Stars. Cue the righteous indignation from sports media weirdos who refuse to acknowledge that they like looking at Andrews, her endless legs and big cans.

Jason Collins checked into an NBA game last night in LA and received a smattering of applause:

I feel like if this was Philly he would’ve gotten a rousing ovation from the 12,000 people at the Wells Fargo Center.

Piers Morgan Live is canceled.

Scott Hartnell, Wayne Simmonds, Claude Giroux, Ray Emery and Jake Voracek watched the US-Canada game at Mac’s in Old City.

Cole Hamels has made tremendous progress.

Mexican drug lord taken down, and Gus Fring didn’t have to empty the contents of his stomach to do it.

The best Olympics GIFs.

 

Podcasts

Little did we know that the title of the latest Crossing StreamsMunching Mara, would be so timely and appropriate. New episode coming early this week. Listen or downloadSubscribe with iTunesListen with Stitcher. All are mobile-friendly links.

On Cord Snipped, Dan and I discuss what Comcast’s takeover of Time Warner means for your cord-cutting. Listen or downloadSubscribe with iTunesOr listen with Stitcher. All are mobile-friendly links.

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24 Comments

  • Chutley February 24, 2014 at 11:11 am

    Hey Kyle, THanks for taking the opportunity to troll Penn State any chance you can get. Although many many other colleges have charity events, It is stil the largest STUDENT RUN philanthropic event. It also gives millions to fight pediatric cancer.
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    Also, you are a fuckign faggot. That is all. faggot.

    • Your Mother February 24, 2014 at 11:16 am

      You’d be the expert on “fucking faggots” right? Ya know since your school allows it’s employees to have anal sex with little boys in the shower and all….

    • William Rhodes February 24, 2014 at 11:19 am

      Whatever the amount that PSU raises for the kids this year or forever, it will never heal the wounds that PSU and Sandusky perpetrated on kids.

      • Chutley February 24, 2014 at 11:21 am

        Yup every single one of us is guilty. And the money we are raising for children that have to suffer with cancer wont help that. Got it. anything else?

        You sound like an uneducated moron.

        • FREE KWAME!!! February 24, 2014 at 11:30 am

          You called someone a “fuckign faggot”. You then proceeded to tell someone else they sound uneducated.

          Just sayin…

          You might not be uneducated, Chutley, but it sounds like you are very much Penn State educated.

          • Hizzoner Michael Gutter February 24, 2014 at 2:03 pm

            Heh heh, friggin’ Chutley gets a dose of his own medicine. Now if he could only get a clue.

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        • William Rhodes February 24, 2014 at 11:46 am

          Might be a good idea to change to benefactor of this charity event. It’s great to raise money but when the PSU students bothering me for change at stoplights ask for “money to help the kids”, it sends a mixed message. A friend visiting from out of town who was a passenger in my car assumed the money was to benefit Sandusky’s victims.

          • TRM February 24, 2014 at 12:51 pm

            Why would we change the benefactor? THON just raised approximately $1.5MM more for pediatric cancer research this year than the American Cancer Society appropriated for pediatric cancer research last year? If you’ve ever met a child with cancer, you know that it’s one of the least fair hands a kid can be dealt and raising money to support these kids’ treatments and research is about the most noble cause there is.

            I also disagree with Chutley’s method of discussion, though.

          • Hizzoner Michael Gutter February 24, 2014 at 2:05 pm

            TRM, Chutley is one of the mental midgets that psu tries to sweep under the carpet whenever prospective families and/or donors visit the campus.

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        • Your Mother February 24, 2014 at 11:49 am

          I care about how I sound to someone who loves screaming extremely bigoted names at people.. uhh huh..

    • Kyle Scott February 24, 2014 at 11:28 am

      Missing the point. PSU does great things for charity with the largest student run charity. YOU’RE ALSO THE LARGEST COLLEGE next to the University of Phoenix. I’m not trying to diminish THON, it’s absolutely fantastic. But PSUers act as though they are the only school to do great charity work. You’re not. You do great charity work and have the most people.

      • Chutley February 24, 2014 at 11:45 am

        Sounds like you have an inferiority complex over there. THON is great, lets try not to bring up pedophilia and the past EVERY CHANCE we can get. I think you can deal with 1 day of FB statuses for all the good it brings to the Hershey Medical Center.

        It’s amazes me how many people are horrified at the crimes that happened there, yet love to comment & make a joke out of it every chance they can get.

      • Craig February 24, 2014 at 12:10 pm

        I love when people respond to other people without facts. Penn State isn’t even in the Top 10 this year for the largest enrollment in the United States. Previous years, they’ve gone from 7th to 10th. So before you bust stones, get the facts right.

        And Chutely, Thon is an awesome thing and I’ve experienced it before, but like previous posters said, most colleges and universities do something like this. It just so happens PSU has been doing it for a long time and get the press about it.

        • Joe P February 24, 2014 at 12:59 pm

          Can’t wait for the state pattys day post next Monday saying how irresponsible Penn State students are.

          $13.3 MIL, FTK.

    • K Shaw February 24, 2014 at 1:10 pm

      Hate to say but a bunch of drunks dancing around for hours will not make people forget what PSU is most famous for, the Sandusky disaster.

      • idiot February 24, 2014 at 6:09 pm

        no one drinks at thon….another stupid assumption from an uneducated person

    • Angelo's Inner Voice February 24, 2014 at 1:59 pm

      Look at Chutley trying to put a good spin on ANYTHING that penn state does.

      Hey Chut, your school will NEVER live down the disgrace that it enabled for so long, no matter how many fundraisers it holds, or how many people in the current student body / staff had nothing to do with Paterno’s and Sandusky’s scam.

      That school will NEVER get out from under that cloud. NEVER! Get used to it. (Maybe you should start rooting for Pitt or Temple.)

      .

  • Your Mother February 24, 2014 at 11:18 am

    A.J. Burnett, being a good dad. Like billions before him. It amazes me that people doing what people normally do becomes a story because they are pro athletes.

    • Kyle Scott February 24, 2014 at 11:29 am

      Flying home from a business trip to coach a basketball game is not something people normally do.

      • Whis Creeler February 24, 2014 at 11:34 am

        Perhaps because most fathers don’t make $16 mil/year and cannot afford to do so.

      • Your Mother February 24, 2014 at 11:52 am

        No, they drive. That wasn’t a bust on you Son. You didn’t make it news. You just reported that someone else made it news.

  • That guy February 24, 2014 at 12:54 pm

    I read the PSU thon piecea nd immediately thought, “the happy valley punch drinkers will be slamming this.” First comment proved it.

    But seriously, seeing FB feeds of PSU students and former students raving about THON, its clear that its a social event that folks have fun at and feel good that they raised a few bucks. In reality, its a bunch of kids locked into a building for some period of time, which happens in community ceters, high schools and middle schools around the country and they call it Dance Marathon. Nope. Not PSU. Ours is called THOn and its completely different! How? Its the same fucking thing. I would expect an organization 60,000 people to be one of the leaders in the country for Dance Marathon. You are not special. You are not a beautiful or unique snowflake. You’re all drinking the same punch inflating your sense of worth in an insular environment that would be an incestious shithole if not for PSU being there. Stop acting like Penn State is some type of feel good morally superior environment compared to other school because of THON.

    • ????? February 24, 2014 at 6:37 pm

      where did you come up with this 60,000 figure ‘that guy’????????? Are you just assuming everyone at PSU is in THON….Because that could not be further from the truth

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