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“They Always Kick Our Ass” – Observations from Celtics 105, Sixers 87

Kevin Kinkead - October 17, 2018

I shut off my computer immediately after the final buzzer last night because I knew social media was going to be a wretched hive of bullshit hot takes and overreaction.

Let’s keep it simple:

The Boston Celtics are an excellent team. Brad Stevens’ squad is incredibly athletic on the perimeter and stacked with multiple guys who can create their own shot and do a lot of dynamic things on the offensive end. Some of their bench players really should be starters on other teams (Terry Rozier) and they continue to play a defensive brand of basketball that just stifles the Sixers (and pretty much everybody else in the Eastern Conference).

So Joel Embiid is accurate when he says post-game, “This is not a rivalry. I don’t know our record against them, but it’s pretty bad. They always kick our ass. This is not a rivalry.”

Correct.

You need to beat a team before it comes a rivalry, and the Sixers are not there yet. Right now the Sixers are Pittsburgh and the Celtics are Penn State. There’s history there, sure, but the last few meetings have been pretty lopsided.

That’s the storyline moving forward. You lost to the best team in the conference on opening night. The rest of the season is about bringing yourself level with Boston and you’ve got 81 remaining games to figure it out.

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Wild and Crazy: Thoughts on Flyers 6, Panthers 5 (SO)

Anthony SanFilippo - October 17, 2018

You may have heard, the Flyers gave out a Jake Voracek Chia Pet to fans at the game Tuesday. They smartly handed them out to fans on the way out the door rather than as they entered the Wells Fargo Center.

That’s because there’s a good chance that midway through the third period they would have become instant hand grenades.

Blow a three-goal lead to a winless Florida Panthers team, and who knows what lengths the fans might go to.

However, some of the business and marketing smarts of the organization must have rubbed off on the players during a well-used timeout by Dave Hakstol after the Panthers tied it, because the Flyers were able to get themselves righted, remain tied through overtime and win the game in a shootout 6-5 to even their record this season at 3-3-0.

Jordan Weal had the game-winner in the shootout. He also had a goal and an assist in regulation and played a pretty solid all-around game. Claude Giroux was the Flyers’ best player with a pair of goals and Wayne Simmonds continued his torrid start with two goals as well in what amounted to a wild game from start the finish between two teams who threw out the playbook when it came to defense and instead played a sometimes entertaining, sometimes frustrating game of shinny that ended with a Flyers win.

At the end of the season, when the regulation and overtime win (ROW) tiebreaker comes into play, Flyers fans might look back at this early season circus on ice and shake an angry fist, but a win is a win, and the Flyers will take it.

Weal is a great story. He’s been through the ringer confidence-wise in the past month. He went from entering camp as the leader in the clubhouse to earn the No. 3 center’s job to being the Flyers’ extra forward and a healthy scratch three times, to filling in for an injured Nolan Patrick on the second line and having two successive well-played games in a row, including netting the game winner.

Russ spent some time talking to Weal after the game and has a nice piece on his sudden emergence as a contributing player to the Flyers.

As such, I’ll leave that to him, but there are plenty of other observations from this game. Most aren’t great… but I’ll do my best to find some positives – heck they did win the game!

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Sports Betting Updates

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DraftKings Sportsbook Review

DraftKings Sportsbook has been live in New Jersey for over two full months now and a lot has changed since launch. While they were the first out of the gate for legal US sports betting, they now face competition from many sites, including FanDuel Sportsbook, SugarHouse Sportsbook, BetStars and others. How do they stack up and what promos does DraftKings Sportsbook offer? Let’s take a closer look. Bonus: First bet matched up to $200 Minimum

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Need To Know Betting Trends For The Eagles and Panthers

After seemingly getting back on track last Thursday night at MetLife Stadium, the Eagles will look to climb over the .500 mark when they host the Carolina Panthers on Sunday afternoon at Lincoln Financial Field. The Panthers, who are 1-4 all-time in regular season games played in Philadelphia, are looking for their first road victory of the season, and they will have their work cut out for them if they hope to get it. The

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FanDuel Sportsbook Is Offering Up To $200 in Risk Free Bets This Weekend

When FanDuel Sportsbook first launched, we noted in our review that their initial deposit bonus – $100 – paled in comparison to what SugarHouse and BetStars were offering new players. We figured maybe they were resting on their brand recognition and felt they didn’t need to offer aggressive promotions to get new players to sign up. Whatever they’re doing is working, though, as evidenced by the fact that DraftKings and FanDuel are far and away

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Oh No, We Suck Again- Ten Takeaways from Vikings 23, Eagles 21

Kevin Kinkead - October 8, 2018

I was driving home from The Station Taphouse in Doylestown last night listening to 97.5 the Fanatic after the Eagles’ 23-21 loss.

A caller, apparently on hold for 31 minutes, finally got on the air, proclaimed he was “too drunk to talk,” apologized to Joe Tordy and Joe Staszak, then hung up.

Similar to the Philadelphia Eagles, this guy wasted a good 30 minutes, tried to rally, and ultimately fell short.

Same story, different day for the Birds, who again found a way to underwhelm and disappoint, this time on home turf against a beatable team. They made mistakes, committed penalties, failed to finish drives, and couldn’t get a defensive stop when it mattered most.

It’s hard to find a single area where this team has not regressed since last season. The offensive line has been inexplicably poor. The defense continues to give up big plays at bad times. Doug Pederson does not look like the stone cold killer we saw in 2017 and Carson Wentz does not seem to be anywhere near 100% as he continues to find his feet after the ACL injury and months-long layoff.

I don’t know if it’s a Super Bowl hangover or what, but whatever moxie this team had last year is missing. Think of it as a “mojo” or a “mettle,” the sort of intangible trait that you can’t really define, but you know exists, and it pops up when guys are required to make clutch plays or get big stops or rise to the occasion with everything on the line.

That trait is totally missing right now. In addition to committing head-scratching screw ups week-in and week-out, they just don’t have the “it” factor, to use an old cliche.

It’s true that the NFC East is extremely blah right now, so that’s the glass half-full takeaway from this game. Maybe a short turnaround against a divisional foe this Thursday gets the blood pumping again and pulls the team back to .500, but they better figure it out fast, because 9-7 gets you nothing but a postseason trip to Los Angeles and 7-9 gets you nothing at all.

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Opening Statement – Takeaways from Flyers 5, Golden Knights 2

Anthony SanFilippo - October 5, 2018

There was something different about Thursday morning.

When I drove my kid to school, it was still dark out. There was a slight chill in the air. A radio station called me to go on the air, briefly. I was tasked with staying up well past midnight in order to write a story for the following morning.

Yep. It’s October. Yep, it’s hockey season.

A lot of people in the Philadelphia area celebrated that on Thursday – the start of a new season, where hope springs eternal and visions of the Flyers skating with a silver chalice for the first time in 43 years dance in imaginations from Yardley to Yeadon.

And while turning those visions into expectations is still quite premature, the Flyers did give their fans what they wanted Thursday night. In what is becoming a bit of an (unwelcome) tradition, the Flyers kicked off their season on the West Coast, and much like last year, were rude house guests and spoiled the home opener of their opponent.

And although the Flyers beat the defending Western Conference Champion Vegas Golden Knights 5-2, they didn’t do it with speed or tenacity, but rather with smart positional play (eventually) and goaltending.

Four of the five Flyers goals were fluky or fortunate – but if you are going to be a good team you have to make your own good luck sometimes, and the more impressive aspects of the game were bottling up the neutral zone to take away Vegas’ strength and a really strong effort in goal by Brian Elliott.

Let’s break it down:

1. Moose Tracking

Elliott is the lone goalie on the roster, not injured that is, who the Flyers seem to have confidence in when he’s on the ice.

However, Elliott is not normally a fast starter and is coming off of not one but two surgeries in nine months, so it would be easy to forgive Elliott if he got off to another slow start.

Uh… not the case:

And this was just one of his 23 saves. And it wasn’t even his best – just the best one I could find on the Twitter by the peeps who make these things.

Nevertheless, Elliott was strong, especially low and along the ice. It seemed like that was the Golden Knights’ strategy to beat Elliott, but he was able to do a good job of squaring himself to the shooter, stacking the pads, and making himself look bigger than he is.

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Gabe Kapler vs. Angelo Cataldi on 94 WIP was Everything and More

Kevin Kinkead - October 3, 2018

Phillies GM Matt Klentak ‘is incompetent’

That was the title of Angelo Cataldi’s latest effort for Philly Voice, the weekly column that he just sort of throws together for the site. In the piece, Angelo skewers Klentak for what he calls “illogical player transactions, the squandered millions, the incessant drumbeat of tone-deaf comments” while hiding “behind the new wave of analytics.”

As you know, Cataldi hosts Phillies manager Gabe Kapler weekly on the 94 WIP Morning Show, and today their exchange was absolute fire, sparked by Kapler’s contempt for the criticism of his general manager in the Voice column.

Kapler starts out by calling the article disrespectful and inaccurate. The Phillies manager admitted that his team’s performance “sucked” down the stretch while stressing that the club did improve 14 games over last season.

That led to this quote:

“I take issue with what you said. I am a compassionate and competitive man, but generating anger for the sake of anger means that you just end up flat out wrong like you were in that piece. That isn’t what the Phillies need. You’ve been angry about the team year in and year out, yes, a team that got worse every year since 2011. You were angry about it. Now it’s getting better but you’re still doing the same thing Angelo. You talk about the definition of insanity? I’d take a minute to look in the mirror about that.”

“Generating anger for the sake of anger” is the perfect way to sum up Angelo’s decades on Philadelphia radio.

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Crossing Broadcast: RADIO WARS with Harry Mayes

JoyOnBroad - October 3, 2018

Kyle and Russ welcome Harry Mayes to the show to discuss his parting of ways with 97.5 the Fanatic, the pros and cons of working in terrestrial radio, reminiscing about past partnerships, the popularity of Bruno & Mayes, and what the future holds in store.

Harry can be found on Twitter (@harrymayesTU) and is part of the ownership group for the @DownloadScene app.

Please subscribe to the show ([iTunes] [Google Play] [Stitcher] [RSS]), leave a 5 star review, and follow us on Twitter: @CrossingBroad @JoyOnBroad

Check out the other shows on the Crossing Broad Podcast Network including: Crossed Up: A Phillies Podcast, Snow the Goalie: A Flyers Podcast, It’s Always Soccer in Philadelphia, and Crossing Broad FC: A Soccer Podcast.

Audio after the jump:

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FanDuel Sportsbook Is Offering An Incredible Guaranteed Bet on the Eagles, Giants and Jets This Weekend

Kyle Scott - September 20, 2018

FanDuel Sportsbook is running a pretty incredible “Local Locks” promo that will refund your moneyline bet if the Eagles, Giants or Jets lose this weekend.

How does it work?

Available to new users only, if you place a moneyline bet (to win outright) on the Eagles, Giants or Jets this weekend, FanDuel will refund your bet up to $100 in credit if they lose. This is in addition to the $100 signup bonus FanDuel offers.

This is just the latest in aggressive promo offers we’ve seen from the New Jersey sportsbooks.

Two weeks ago, DraftKings offered an opportunity to triple your money on the Eagles. BetStars NJ is currently offering $500 in free bets and 100-1 odds on any team to win the Super Bowl. And now FanDuel is stepping up their game and offering a risk-free bet.

There is of course fine print. You obviously can’t withdraw the credit, and in order to withdraw the winnings from the bet you have to place another bet of equal amount, but this is pretty standard requirements for such bets.

FanDuel’s interface is the best of the bunch, and the one thing that has kept us, thus far, from recommending them over some of their competitors in New Jersey is their lack of a great promo. This is just that.

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RADIO WARS: Marc Farzetta Is Headed to 97.5 to Join the Morning Show, But His Role Is Not Known

Kyle Scott - September 20, 2018

THE MAESTRO REIGNS.

I have received word from on high, in the nether channels, of a migration in the works. Sources inside the sound box industry inform me that Marc Farzetta, who reportedly told his 94 WIP colleagues earlier this year that he was leaving the station to focus on his role at NBC Sports, will be joining 97.5 and work in the mornings, going right up against his mentor, Angelo Cataldi.

Intriguing development on several fronts, to be sure, but one does have to wonder in what role Farzetta will join the show. Sliding from one station to another to be a co-host on a show that continually gets beat in the ratings by your former show would be a lateral move, at best. Anthony Gargano’s show on 97.5 has quite notably struggled in the ratings, so one has to wonder if there is the possibility of Farzetta outright replacing him.

Regardless, Farzetta, who got his start at WIP by winning Cataldi’s inaugural The Intern contest in which he actually beat out… well, me, will now be going directly against Cataldi in some capacity, which should make for a primo battle.

A request for comment to Farzetta was not immediately returned.

I’m sure The Maestro will have more details to relay in the coming days.

But if you listen ever so closely, perhaps you’ll notice the sound of some serious strife. This one has meat. BRAWL:

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