Photo credit: Eric Hartline-USA TODAY Sports

Photo credit: Eric Hartline-USA TODAY Sports

For the first time in nearly two years, a playoff series in this town. This week we learn to hate New York again.

Let’s hit it!


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The roundup:

From the weekend:

A.J. Burnett might be hurt.

Giancarlo Stanton smells good.

Dan Bylsma, who is on the current version of Say Yes to the Dress, is a douche. H/T to reader Ryan

DeSean Jaccson in a Dolphins hat in Miami (though fashion editor Dan Fuller has pointed out that it’s a Pink+Dolphin hat that is going for $120 on eBay… though I think Dan is overestimating the decision making process of DeSean).

Malkamania Penguins fan was kicked out on Saturday for harassing Pierre McGuire.

Jimmy Rollins to fan: “Shut the fuck up.”

Chase Utley is en fuego:

In 46 plate appearances this season, Utley is hitting a ridiculous .500 with a 1.440 OPS. He has hit safely in all 10 games he’s played. He has a 15-game hitting streak stretching back to last season, the third longest streak of his career.

Utley launched an eighth-inning, game-winning solo home run Sunday in the Phillies’ 4-3 victory over the Marlins. The second baseman went 3 for 4 with that RBI and scored another run as the Phillies completed a home sweep of Miami.

I have fantasies that start like this… they end with Chase Utley holding me on a windswept balcony. Let’s just forget about the middle.

LeSean McCoy says his toddler is better than Tim Tebow.

Don’t Tweet terrorism jokes at American Airlines.

Bubba Watson won the Masters and then, with his wife, Claire Underwood, went to Waffle House:

pic via (@judahsmith)

pic via (@judahsmith)

Slightly different than Justin Rose’s post-major meal in Conshohocken.

Phillies fans did Daniel Bryan’s “YES!” chant at CBP yesterday. I actually love this and think it should replace the wave. I also imagine this is what B.J. Rosenberg does after sex.

Jeff Francoeur’s AAA teammates convinced him that one of their teammates was deaf. Great prank. Terrible video editing:

Saturday was the first time ever the Flyers scored an OT goal and the Phillies hit a walk-off home run.

At least stay awake to see Chase bat:

pic via (@timmyquigs)

pic via (@timmyquigs)

This marriage should last:

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Flyers fans in Pittsburgh:

pic via (@wheresBaldo14)

pic via (@wheresBaldo14)

The most notable thing in this photo is the implication that people still wear American Eagle.

Chip Kelly’s amateur athlete tour took him to Citizens Bank Park this weekend for the Phillies and Marlins:

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Photo: Phillies

After this photo was taken, Chip asked Sandberg why he hasn’t cut “that thug Domonic Brown” yet. KIDDING. Jokes, people. Jokes.

Worst person in the KOP Mall on Saturday. Shouldn’t it be 2 Gether?

pic via (@ryanfromUD)

pic via (@ryanfromUD)

Phil Ivey is being sued by the Borgata for $9 million:

According to the suit, in April 2012, Ivey contacted Borgata to arrange a high-stakes game of baccarat in which he agreed to wire a deposit of $1 million and a maximum bet at $50,000 per hand.

Ivey also made special arrangements, including having a private area, or pit, a casino dealer who spoke Mandarin Chinese, one eight-deck shoe of purple Gemaco playing cards to be used for each session of the play, and an automatic card shuffling device.

Borgata said in the lawsuit that Ivey told them he made these requests because he was superstitious.

But the casino’s suit allege Ivey knew there was a defect in the cards and the requests were made so he could “surreptitiously manipulate what he knew to be a defect” to gain an unfair advantage over Borgata.

So a world-famous gambler calls your casino, basically creates his own really strange terms for a game, and then deposits $1 million into his account… and this didn’t raise any red flags? I’m going to bring a set of Uno cards to the Borgata this weekend for some high limit blackjack.

No, No. It’s next Monday:

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Love this. Artist merges new and old photos of Philadelphia.

This man, Bill Smith, from Main Line Animal Rescue, won’t give a family its dog back because it ran away and they didn’t call Main Line Animal Rescue first:

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A Facebook page, Send Flash Home, has been created so this power-tripping jackass will return the dog. Here’s the email address if you want to encourage Bill to do the right thing:

Citizens Bank Park attendance this weekend, the first weekend of the season, with very nice weather:




Children’s drawings of Phillies lineup.

Jordan Spieth has already earned more than $5.7 million. He’s 20.

Reporter loses mind at Minnesota hockey riot.

Orioles ballgirl makes a nice play.

AT&T True Detective:



On Crossing Streams, Kevin, Dave and I discuss the DeSean Jaccson situation. New one coming this week. Listen or downloadSubscribe with iTunesListen with Stitcher. All are mobile-friendly links.

Dan and I discuss on Cord Snipped the new Amazon TV and watching Phillies games online.  Listen or downloadSubscribe with iTunesOr listen with Stitcher. All are mobile-friendly links.