Ahoy, maties. The Shore season is upon us and – checks headlines – yep, I won’t be going in the water anytime soon. But there are many things to do from the safety of the sand or, even better, a cool condo with the Phillies game on. And for those of you waiting… and waiting… and waiting… for online sports betting in Pennsylvania, you can get in the action at The Shore this weekend and all summer long with NJ sports betting sites.
A common misconception is that you have to live in New Jersey to play any of their legal sports betting apps. Not true! You just have to be in the state when you place a bet, much like being at a casino. That’s it– ping your phone’s GPS, see that you’re in New Jersey, bet. You can even view the apps and sign up regardless of location.
What’s more– NJ sports betting apps will be separate from apps in PA, so you’ll need “duel betting citizenship” if you’re someone who frequents New Jersey anyway. Here’s your best bets to get in on the action at The Shore.
Shore betting apps
DraftKings Sportsbook has long been our preferred app
partially because we have a longstanding business relationship with them wait, I mean, because DraftKings is probably the most robust and fully featured sports betting app on the market. For real, though, the DraftKings brand speaks for itself.
Powered by the sportsbook provider Kambi, DraftKings Sportsbook offers odds on everything. Everything. Darts, cricket, tennis, you name it. Lines are updated instantly, and in real-time, and you can even “cash out” of a bet before its conclusion to lock in your winnings or losses. They offer a decent array of deposit options – bank transfer, credit card, PayPal, Skrill and prepaid cards – and even casino games and pools (similar to DFS style play), all in a modern interface.
Their deposit bonus isn’t the best around, but right now they are offering up to a $200 deposit match for both new and recurring customers. If you plan on being at the beach all summer, it’s a good way to reload a current account, but it will take quite a bit of betting to earn the full amount.
PointsBet is one of the new kids on the block and looks to be the winner in a very unscientific Twitter poll (in the replies):
New Jersey #GamblingTwitter — Power ranking time. How would you rank the operators in your state (@FDSportsbook, @PointsBetUSA, @DKSportsbook, @BetStarsUSA, Resorts, @WilliamHillUS, @PlaySugarHouse, Caesars, @888sport, Hard Rock, Golden Nugget, @BetAmerica, @playmgmsports)?
— Rufus Peabody (@RufusPeabody) May 23, 2019
What makes PointsBet so good? First off, they are a technology company much like DraftKings and FanDuel, so their app looks modern and works exceedingly well. It’s a pleasure to browse, even when you’re not betting, and it’s my go-to from PA when I just want to check the lines.
They offer all the bets you come to expect from a modern sportsbook, including live betting, alternative lines, cash out, and more.
But they also offer Points Betting– their special sauce that allows you to bet the over or under on a prop and win a multiplier of your bet. It’s fun (and dangerous, too), but adds to the thrill of having action on the game. Pro tip: Wager small amounts on points bets, because you can have A LOT of exposure at a 10x or, gasp, 50x loss. In small amounts, it’s perfectly manageable.
They also offer the best signup bonus in the business: $1,000 in risk-free bets which you can get when you enter code BROADLINES. One is a $500 risk-free regular bet, the other is a $500 risk-free points bet. You are only credited the bets if you lose your first bet in each category. They also routinely offer -105 juice, early payouts, and karma committee refunds.
Soon to be a big deal
Seems like I write this story every other year, which is a shame.
Another round of buyouts and possible layoffs is currently underway at the Philadelphia Media Network, which owns the Inquirer, Daily News, and Philly.com.
Thursday, the NewsGuild of Greater Philadelphia revealed that PMN is looking to cut 10 percent of their membership, while explaining that they do not know how many reductions will come from “other unions and independents.”
An article published on Philly.com clarified the situation:
Citing declining revenues, Philadelphia Media Network, which publishes The Inquirer, the Daily News, and Philly.com, on Thursday announced buyouts aimed at eliminating 30 union jobs in the newsroom and other departments, plus an unspecified number of nonunion jobs.
The buyout will be offered to about 140 employees, including 117 members of the NewsGuild of Greater Philadelphia, which represents journalists, plus those who work in advertising sales, finance, and other departments, the company said. The union said the company’s target is 10 percent of its 302 full-time members.
“We wish we didn’t have to make these tough choices, but these are the economic realities of journalism in 2019,” Terrance C.Z. Egger, Philadelphia Media Network’s publisher and chief executive, said in a statement.
The news organization is a for-profit enterprise owned by a nonprofit, the Lenfest Institute for Journalism.
You might recall a few veteran sports guys took buyouts about a year and a half ago, namely Mike Kern and longtime scoreboard editor Bob Vetrone. Dick Jerardi also left the company, though I’m not sure if also took a buyout or just retired outright. Those personnel moves were part of a restructuring that saw 50 people lose their jobs, while the company hired 45 folks to replace them, focusing more on the digital side of things.
Sports Betting Updates
By now I’m sure you’ve heard the bad news. Chris Long, hero to Philadelphia, a father, a husband, has admitted a terrible truth. After retiring, Long revealed the patchouli soaked skeleton in his closet and admitted, ADMITTED, to smoking marijuana during his NFL career.
Pot. Weed. Jazz cigarettes. The reason anyone buys a ticket to a Seth Rogen movie. Whatever you want to call it, Long admitted to using it and shared his NEFARIOUS ways of getting around the NFL’s marijuana testing policy in a cowardly interview after retiring:
Let’s start Memorial Day Weekend off the right way, with another somewhat abrasive Donovan McNabb comment.
Donovan appeared recently on TMZ Sports, which airs on FS1, and spoke about his career credentials, claiming that he’s a Hall of Fame player and using Cowboys quarterback Troy Aikman as a comparison.
“My numbers are better than Troy Aikman.”
“I’m not hesitating on that. I am a Hall of Famer,” McNabb says … “My numbers speak for themselves.”
Of course, D-Mac’s been out of the league since 2011 … which means he’s been eligible for the Hall for the past few years — but has been passed over every time.
When the guys asked Donovan why he thinks that is … he says he often asks that question himself.
“When they look at my numbers, yeah, but then they always want to add other stuff into it. ‘Was he an All-Pro? Was he this? How many Super Bowl opportunities?'”
“But, people don’t realize how hard it is to get to the NFC Championship and to get there five times, and then make it to a Super Bowl? It’s tough.”
Okay, so I personally believe that Donovan is still the greatest quarterback in Eagles franchise history, which some people don’t like. They become angry on Facebook and threatened to “unfollow” Crossing Broad, but the fact of the matter is this – Nick Foles only played 46 games for the Birds, and while he won the franchise its first Super Bowl ever, Donovan’s emergence in the early aughts brought the Eagles a decade of sustained success. He played 164 games for the Birds, won nine playoff games, and got his team within four points of the Lombardi Trophy. I just find it very hard to compare McNabb and Foles since they had such different careers in Philadelphia. They were completely different personalities as well, which influences fans but shouldn’t influence HOF voters.
Well, it wasn’t pretty, but the Phils got the series split in Chicago with a 9-7 victory today. I think the last two innings took two hours to play. Not that it matters to the guy who took home a cool $10,000 on his massive bet on the Phillies at PointsBet:
🚨SHARP MONEY ALERT🚨
We have received a $10,500 bet on the Phillies ML and a $5,000 bet on the Phillies ML today against the Cubs, both at -105!👀
On The Mound: Aaron Nola (4-0, 4.47 ERA) v. Jon Lester (3-2, 2.09 ERA)
— PointsBet Sportsbook (@PointsBetUSA) May 23, 2019
Aaron Nola went a little more than five innings, allowing three runs on four hits while striking out six. He threw 93 pitches. Twitter tells me he was pulled too early.
Jean Segura and Andrew McCutchen had two RBI days, Scott Kingery went 2-4, and Bryce Harper also knocked in a run.
The Phillies win. Wish I had placed a $10,000 bet on them.
This is a rather massive, random Thursday baseball game on which to wager a small Kia, say nothing the second $5,000 bet. Redefines “sharp money alert.”
PointsBet recently announced a $10,000 game day guarantee to take large bets on major sports action. This is outside the norm, where there have been some reports of NJ sportsbooks turning away this sort of action.
For the first time ever, Jon Lester lost to the Phillies.
He had arguably his worst career start against the Phils. Entering the day, he was 8-0 with a 1.49 ERA in 10 career starts. In four innings of work, he gave up seven runs off seven hits with five strikeouts and a walk as the Phils ended up 9-7 to complete the series split with the Cubs.
The Phillies gave Lester trouble early with a Bryce Harper RBI single and a wild pitch resulting in two runs. A Rhys Hoskins sac fly set up a deep bomb from J.T. Realmuto in the third before Andrew McCutchen drove in a run on a fielder’s choice with Jean Segura delivering a two-run homer in the fourth. A good day for a slumping offense.
But the game got a little dicey in the seventh when Pat Neshek gave up a two-run homer to Kyle Schwarber followed by a solo shot by Anthony Rizzo. McCutchen’s RBI double in the eighth gave the Phils some added insurance with a 9-6 lead before the Cubs nearly came back to tie it and blow Hector Neris’ four-out save. Tyler Chatwood recorded an RBI double with one out, but Neris came back to strikeout Addison Russell and Victor Caratini to flyout deep to end the game.
Take the series split and run with it, because the Phils have another tough NL Central opponent on the road this weekend against the Brewers beginning tonight at 8:10 PM on NBC Sports Philadelphia. Jerad Eickhoff looks to bounce back against Chase Anderson. Jake Arrieta and Zach Eflin are scheduled for the other two games this weekend.
The Phils will have two decisions to make soon. Long-term, who will be their everyday center fielder, and short-term, who will start on Tuesday. Cole Irvin was optioned to the minors, but either Vince Velasquez or Nick Pivetta will start.
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Joel Embiid, Second Team All-Defense and now Second Team All-NBA.
He was beat out by Rudy Gobert in the former category and Nikola Jokic in the latter, with those votes looking like this:
Before we do a brief Jokic/Embiid comparison, a few thoughts:
- I’m not sure how Joel got three third team votes. I also don’t know how Jokic got two third team votes. I think it was pretty obvious that these two were the best NBA centers this year.
- Also not sure how Russell Westbrook got a first team vote. That’s criminal.
- LeBron only played 55 games this year, still put up 27/9/8, so I guess I’m not surprised to see him on the third team. Feels wrong, though, considering how that Lakers season went.
- Bradley Beal was probably snubbed, maybe Karl-Anthony Towns, depending on how you feel about Rudy Gobert. KAT missed out on a $32 million dollar incentive in his contract as a result of not making one of these teams.
- Kemba Walker being on the third team qualifies him for a Supermax deal.
- Not pictured, Ben Simmons received seven third team votes and Tobias Harris two.
Right, Embiid and Jokic numbers after the jump:
I know, I know, “nObOdY CaReS AbOuT GoSsIp NeWs.”
“Who cares?” blah blah blah blah. “Crossing Broad is TMZ,” blah blah.
Everybody complains whenever I do something about #Bendall, completely failing to realize that 99.9% of it is sarcasm and/or satire. The other 0.1% of it is the fact that the Sixers’ All-Star point guard was dating one of the top-five most famous women in the entire world, which, you know, may or may not affect how he performs on the court. Plus, the Sixers played well with Kenny in attendance and she bought in to the city and the team while she was here, so fuck all y’all who wanted to talk trash about her. She even went to the Cherry Hill shopping center to look for vacuum cleaners.
Anyway, the split is officially official, I think, according to Page Six, after the jump: