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Ben Simmons Laughs Off Report of Switching Shooting Hand

JoyOnBroad - August 15, 2018

Nothing like a Sixers controversy to save us from a Phillies two-hit effort.

Marc Stein noted in his most recent Mailbag for The New York Times that Ben Simmons might consider switching his shooting hand this season. While putting together his All-Lefty Team of Simmons, James Harden, Joe Ingles, Goran Dragic, Manu Ginobili, and DeAndre Jordan, Stein dropped a hint that a change could be on the horizon for the reigning Rookie of the Year:

“Also remember: It’s August, people. Don’t get too heated here — not over this. If Simmons goes all righty this season, as some expect, we will adjust.”

Simmons, to his credit, responded to Uproxx’ post on Stein’s insight:

This is by no means the first time the rumored shooting hand controversy has been made public.

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Crossing Broadcast: It’s Complicated

JoyOnBroad - August 15, 2018

Russ and Bob recap the Phillies’ recent lack of offense and fan apathy, compare the Phillies broadcast team to the other Philly teams’ crews, and discuss a radical way to restructure the baseball season.

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The Case for the Flawed, Yet Necessary Jamal Crawford

JoyOnBroad - August 14, 2018

Every offseason I find myself trying to sell people on adding past-their-prime veterans to join our young Sixers squad. I’m not looking for a guy to play significant minutes or challenge for a starting role on the team, but I also don’t want the equivalent of an inept, bench-warming 38-year-old Juwan Howard on the 2011-12 Miami Heat. Guys like Vince Carter and Jamal Crawford come to mind. Since my all-time favorite dunker is off the board, and rookie Zhaire Smith is likely out for most or all of the 2018-19 campaign, I’ve come back around to rationalizing the flawed, yet necessary addition of Jamal Crawford.

As a 37-year-old shooting guard for the Minnesota Timberwolves, Crawford contributed 10.3 points, 2.3 assists, 1.2 rebounds, and 0.5 steals per game in just under 21 minutes per contest. Those traditional stats don’t quite tell the whole story, however, so let’s take a look at some advanced stats to discern what kind of player the Sixers could be getting.

Assist: Usage Rage

(Stats courtesy: Cleaning the Glass)

Let’s start with Crawford’s usage rating compared to other wings in the NBA. His 24.7% UR in 2017-18 put him in the 88th percentile among wings, while his 17.7% assist percentage was good enough to put him in the 84th percentile. His usage rating was considerably higher than anticipated, especially considering his minutes per game, while the assist percentage was around where it’s been for the last eight years.

The conventional wisdom with a player’s usage is that he would/should contribute to more points and impact the game at a greater level by virtue of having the ball in his hands more frequently. What we can see in the AST:Usg column is that not only was Crawford a key contributor and ball handler, but his playmaking led to a high percentage of assists being registered. With the still-unknown contributions of a hopefully improved Markelle Fultz, adding Crawford to the mix as a guy who can not only create his own shot, but put his teammates in successful scoring positions would be immeasurably valuable.

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Crossed Up: We Have Some Concerns

JoyOnBroad - August 14, 2018

Anthony and Bob explore the various issues holding back the Phillies’ lineup and another potential fatal flaw nobody seems to be talking about. Other topics include the Zach Eflin demotion, the surging Braves, imploding Nationals, and a conversation about some teams’ obsession with controlling media reports.

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Enter to Win a Propane Grill Thanks to AmeriGas!

JoyOnBroad - August 13, 2018

AmeriGas Grill Sweepstakes!

Our friends at AmeriGas have done it again. With baseball season in full force and football season around the corner, why not seize the opportunity to spice up your tailgate or backyard party? Enter to win a propane-powered grill valued at approximately $500. All you have to do is enter your name and email address, sit back, and wait for us to announce a winner at the end of September. Also, be sure to check out the Official Rules and acknowledge having read them prior to entering the contest. You can either fill out the form below or head on over to www.crossingbroad.com/amerigas and complete the form there!

Thanks again to our friends at AmeriGas, the nation’s #1 provider of propane with thousands of locations nationwide, and found locally at Home Depot and 7/11.

All you have to do is acknowledge you have read and agree to the Official Rules, enter your name and email.

NO PURCHASE OR PAYMENT OF ANY KIND IS NECESSARY TO ENTER OR WIN THIS SWEEPSTAKES. PURCHASE OR PAYMENT WILL NOT INCREASE YOUR CHANCES OF WINNING:

“AmeriGas Grill Sweepstakes”

(“Promotion”) starts on August 13th, 2018 at 12:00:00 A.M., ET; ends September 28th, 2018 at 11:59:59 P.M., ET. Open to U.S. Citizens/Eligible Legal Residents of the U.S. who are 18 years of age or older as of the date of entry. For complete instructions on how to enter and for the Official Rules, go to https://ace.amerigas.com/contest-rules/crossing-broad-grill-giveaway. One randomly selected winner will receive one (1) propane-powered grill (Approximate Retail Value: $500). Restrictions apply. Odds of winning depend on number of eligible entries received. Void in Puerto Rico and wherever prohibited by law. One entry per person. By entering your e-mail address, you agree to receive e-mails from AmeriGas Propane, L.P. and its partners.

Crossing Broadcast: The Great Twitter Follow

JoyOnBroad - August 10, 2018

Kyle and Russ answer the question: Who are the must-follow personalities in Philly Twitter? The guys also discuss the Eagles’ first preseason game, the BGN break-up, other podcasts, the Bachelorette finale, Tim Tebow v. Johnny Manziel, John Kasich, a Trump card, and the Union advancing to the USOC Final.

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Let’s Take A Look at Available Tickets for the Eagles’ Opening Game

JoyOnBroad - August 6, 2018

This post is brought to you by our friends at TicketiQ.

The Super Bowl Champion Philadelphia Eagles are a month away from the regular season opener of their title defense. Why not let TicketiQ get you into an Eagles home game this season? There’s no way to sugarcoat this: Eagles tickets are in high demand, resulting in the most expensive average ticket prices for Eagles games at the Linc since 2011, and the second-highest average price in the entire league.

We’ve been partnered for quite some time with TicketiQ, the best secondary ticket vendor on the market. With their “Low Price Guarantee”, they’re confident that they can offer you the best tickets at the lowest price.

Want to get into the home opener against the Falcons? To the map!

The lowest priced tickets for the home opener can be found in Section 216 Row 20 for two seats at $328 apiece. If you’re looking for some options for four seats, you could sit in Section 229 Row 12, Section 226 Row 26, Section 205 Row 24, or Section 204 Row 20 for $350 each.

There’s only one game with tickets for less than $100, and that’s a December 23rd clash with the Houston Texans:

There is a plethora of Standing Room Only tickets available for $86-$107 each. If you’re looking for an actual seat for the game, you and a friend could sit in Section 234 Row 24 or Row 25 for $130 apiece!

If you’re interested in the average price of the other home games, you might want to keep these numbers in mind:

So why TicketiQ, you ask? TicketiQ offers the lowest price on the secondary market and they’re willing to back it up. Tickets with a “Low Price Guarantee” are the cheapest on the secondary market, or they’ll beat the difference by 200%. Check out their deals today.

In case you were wondering, the team from New England that lost the big game in February lead the way with the highest average ticket price this season. Our friends at TicketiQ broke it down on their blog, so check it out.

Crossed Up: It’s All Good

JoyOnBroad - August 6, 2018

Anthony and Bob discuss the Phillies’ four-game sweep over the Marlins, their continued excellent starting pitching, and improving lineup. Other topics include the bullpen’s resurgence, the alumni weekend festivities, and Bob offers a mea culpa on Vince Velasquez.

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