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Fans Telling Gabe Kapler About The Signing Warms My Atrophied Baseball Love Muscle

Kyle Scott - March 1, 2019

Every now and then you get to wax poetic about shit. But I haven’t gotten to wax poetic about the Phils since 2012, unless you want to include lamenting the Ryne Sandberg and how he couldn’t figure out how to use a phone and left the Phillies for dead in the middle of the season and fucked off to Arizona. Not enough is made of what a loser Sandberg was as a manager.

But we’re not here to talk about the twice-abandoned Ryne. Nope. Not today. We have priorities, stories.

Spring Training baseball is a beautiful thing, a literal pastime where the “big” game comes to small, warm places. The connection to superstars is never closer. And so, the way in which Gabe Kapler, he a fan of sun-seasoned testicular indulgence of the coconut variety, learned of John Middleton’s massive member swing that landed the Phillies Bryce, Motherfucking, Harper:

“We had some fans behind us who were sharing moment by moment tweets with us,” Kapler told reporters. “We were getting literally like four fans right behind where we were sitting telling us terms and who was tweeting what. We’re like ‘Who’s making the reports? We better make sure that this person is credible.'”

Imagine being the fans who got to inform the Phillies manager that his team just acquired one of the best baseball players on the planet, officially turning his squad into a contender. You won’t find that little joy in the NFL. Just an innocent moment between fan and coach, on an Earth-quaking acquisition.

 

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Morning Wood, anyone?

Jake seems ready in his $225 Versace underwear.

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Kyle Scott - February 28, 2019

Get one.

“Daily News Live” Has Been Fully Killed Off

Kyle Scott - February 25, 2019

Philly Sports Talk, the show formerly known as Daily News Live, is no more.

It’s been a longtime coming, and the show was effectively dead once NBC took over its branding, but the reasons seem mostly unrelated to any prior decisions.

Here’s the press release:

The Mike Missanelli Show is getting an expanded time slot on NBC Sports Philadelphia, starting on Monday, March 4th. The popular radio show will now simulcast on NBC Sports Philadelphia from 2 until 6 p.m. weekdays, effective Monday, March 4. Philly Sports Talk, which runs from 5-6 p.m. on weekdays, will air its last program on Friday, March 1.

“We’re pleased to extend The Mike Missanelli Show on NBC Sports Philadelphia, and it’s been a welcome addition to our line-up since joining last year,” said NBC Sports Philadelphia President Brian Monihan. “We remain committed to developing engaging content across multiple platforms, including NBC Sports Philadelphia, NBCSportsPhiladelphia.com, the MyTeams App and across social media.”

Added Monihan on Philly Sports Talk’s historic run: “Daily News Live was the first show that launched on then Comcast SportsNet in 1997, and it changed the way Philly sports fans discussed their hometown sports. Not many shows can survive for 21 plus years, but as consumer habits have evolved, now is the right time to move in a new direction. We thank everyone who has been a part of Daily News Live and Philly Sports Talk over the years– the talent, the crew and the countless guests and contributors.”

Daily News Live was an essential, model show for regional sports TV. I was one of the people watching when accused pederast Bill Conlin asked Michael Barkann if he realized he’d be the answer to a trivia question – what was the first live voice on Comcast SportsNet? – during the show’s debut in 1997. The 90-minute(!) roundtable was the perfect after-work or after-school fare for sports TV. It was a gathering spot to talk about the games ahead and proved a reliable platform for many sports-related press tours. It caught you up on the news that was and the games that were yet to be. It was casual and free-flowing and worked despite its loose structure. Michael Barkann can inject manufactured energy into a bag of gently worn clothes, so a rotating cast of zany and unkempt sportswriters was easy work.

But this was a time before the web commanded our attention all day long. The show had become less relevant literally every day since the iPhone hit the market. It was cut to an hour at some point, turned into the very heavily NBC branded Philly Sports Talk, and has since ejected Barkann and his blue glasses in favor of Philly soup du jour Marc Farzetta, who is better on the radio than TV. Around a year ago, NBC tried to make the show younger with Farzetta and Amy Fadool by aping [insert hip ESPN show with Michelle Beadle] and having a quirky set. The problem is, nothing NBC does will ever be afforded the creative freedom to be truly hip. Everything they do on a local level is too corporate, too safe to appeal to a younger demo.

Replacing what was left of the brand with Missanelli’s show, which I’m guessing is a substantially cheaper solution that will get comparable if not better ratings, was likely a no-brainer. The show no longer had a place, regardless of any individual decisions along the way.

But it had quite the run, and we should pour one out for the brand.

It’s Going Down

Kyle Scott - February 22, 2019

The time has come.

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The Stadium Series Is Still On For Original Time

Kyle Scott - February 22, 2019

Statement from The Shield:

PHILADELPHIA, Pa. (Feb. 22, 2019) – Despite there being some level of precipitation in the forecast, the National Hockey League continues preparations for tomorrow’s 2019 Coors Light NHL Stadium Series between the Philadelphia Flyers and Pittsburgh Penguins. The League is monitoring the conditions and, as of now, the game is still on as originally scheduled for 8 p.m. ET on Saturday, Feb. 23 at Lincoln Financial Field. The NHL will issue a further update by 12 p.m. ET on Saturday.

If you’ll recall, the Winter Classic in Philly was delayed a few hours in 2012 due to the warm weather. Reasonable chance that happens again this go around.

Stephen A. Smith With The HOTTEST Take, Says Kraft and Masseuse Were Consenting Adults

Kyle Scott - February 22, 2019

Spoiler: They weren’t. They were sex slaves.

Sixers vs. Heat Odds: Line, Prediction and Betting Analysis

Kyle Scott - February 20, 2019

The Sixers return from the All-Star break to take on the Miami Heat at home at 7:00 p.m. at the Wells Fargo Center. Here’s everything you need to know about betting on the game.

Betting odds

The Sixers are currently 6-point favorites at most legal sportsbooks in New Jersey, including DraftKings and FanDuel. No total has been set for the game yet. The Sixers are dominant at home with a record of 23-7, but they are only 16-14 at “The Center.”

TV and radio schedule

The game will be broadcast on NBC Sports Philly+ in Philly and on FOX Sports Sun in Miami. It will be broadcast on 97.5 The Fanatic in Philly and 790 The Ticket in South Florida.

The big story

Joel Embiid’s injury was announced by the team on Wednesday. They said he was experiencing left knee soreness and that results of an MRI were negative. He will be out for one week. The team brought back their popular “load management” phrasing in explaining his absence.

This comes off an All-Star game appearance for Embiid, who is of course no stranger to injury.

Furkan Korkmaz also has a torn meniscus in his right knee and is out.

These are two disappointing news bits for the Sixers to begin their stretch run for.

With Tobias Harris and Jimmy Butler now in tow, they have ambitions of winning the East, but they’ll need Embiid to do so.

Alternate lines

Right now, there is only one alternate line being offer with the Sixers at -6.5 (-103), but more are expected to be posted before tip.

ATS info to know

The Sixers are 28-30-2 ATS this season while the Heat are 29-27 ATS. The 76ers are 16-14 ATS at the Wells Fargo Center, but Miami is 18-11 ATS away from home, making them the NBA’s second-most profitable road team this season. Miami has also excelled as an underdog, posting a 18-10 ATS mark in that role while also going 12-7 ATS as road underdog. In terms of road/home, favorite/underdog angles, Miami has performed decidedly better. The head-to-head matchup, however, has been split. The Sixers are 1-0 ATS against the Heat this season, but only 2-2-1 ATS dating back to the start of the 2017-2018 season.

The new-look Sixers are both 3-1 SU and ATS since the Tobias Harris trade, but the absence of Joel Embiid looms large in this one. The Sixers are only 1-3 ATS and SU without Embiid this season, including three-straight losses. Among those losses include a 34-point defeat in Portland, a 16-point loss in Denver, and a 2-point loss at home to the Hawks as a 9.5-point favorite. Certainly, the Sixers are better equipped to handle Embiid’s absence now then they were earlier this season, but it should still give bettors pause.

Interestingly, Philadelphia has excelled on Thursdays this season going 5-0 ATS, a far cry from their 3-9 ATS mark on Thursdays last season. Go figure. Also, the Sixers have been very good when favored between six and eight points at home over the last two season. They are 7-3 ATS at home with that spread range when playing at the Wells Fargo Center this season and 13-6 ATS since the start of last season.

Finally, it’s worth noting that 67% of spread bets but only 32% of point-spread money currently backs the Sixers. They’re 1-2 ATS in games in which they receive at least 65% percent of the total point spread bets, but less than half the money this season; however, NBA teams have been surprisingly profitable when receiving 65% of the total bets and between only 30-35% of the money. They are 13-6 ATS the last 19 times such a disparity has occurred.

Inside The SugarHouse Casino Sportsbook: An Interview with SugarHouse VP Evan Davis

Kyle Scott - February 14, 2019

I walked into SugarHouse Casino on a weekday. The last time I was there I had a Geno’s and played Roulette with Allen Iverson (true story, as I found myself a part of his unlikely 10-man posse). This time I was there to interview Evan Davis, a VP and general counsel at SugarHouse, about their brand new sportsbook… and eat a Geno’s.

The temporary facility, located near the secondary entrance, is filled with large TVs, leather seats and tables and chairs, as one would expect. It’s thoroughly modern-looking, without all the vestiges of some of the old Race and Sports Books you see in other places where you feel compelled to wear a green visor and let it hover over your bet slip. But what matters is a super-large, configurable 14 x 7 LED screen, complemented by (my count) 13 other large screens, four of which display a wide-range betting action set by a combination of third-party data providers and SugarHouse itself. The latter puts its touches on the experience by offering props like a “Philly Special” Super Bowl bet if a quarterback catches a touchdown (one didn’t).

The sportsbook at SugarHouse casino has been open since December 16 and was one of the first to go live for Pennsylvania sports betting. The casino is owned by Rush Street Gaming, which also owns Rivers Casino in Pittsburgh. The company, through its subsidiary Rush Street Interactive, already offers a sports betting app that has been live in New Jersey and is expected to launch soon in Pennsylvania, meaning the SugarHouse brand has been one of the unexpected leaders in the legal sports betting market here in the US. You can read our full review of the PlaySugarHouse app here or get a SugarHouse Sportsbook promo code.

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I sat down with Davis to talk about the new space, the challenges of launching a sportsbook, how he views online impacting the physical experience, and just how much action lands on the Eagles on game day. Continue Reading

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