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Crossing Broadcast: Eagles/Panthers, Pivot to Video, Fultz/Simmons, Local TV and Apps, Hockey Beat

JoyOnBroad - October 22, 2018

Kyle and Russ discuss the Eagles’ loss to the Panthers, revisit the Pivot to Video, break down Ben Simmons’ and Markelle Fultz’ start to the year, assess NBCSN Philadelphia’s “My Teams” app and Post-Postgame show, and Russ recaps the early takeaways from the Flyers’ beat.

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

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Crossing Broadcast: The Vikings Game, Touring China, Legal Problems, Clinching a Playoff Berth

JoyOnBroad - October 9, 2018

Russ, Kevin, and Bob recap the Eagles’ loss to the Vikings, explore trade possibilities for Jay Ajayi’s replacement, O-line comments, and a drop in confidence. Plus, the Sixers’ games in China, what to make of Markelle Fultz, JVR’s injury, Gabe Kapler’s potential legal issues, and the Union clinching a playoff spot.

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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, andCrossing Broad FC: A Soccer Podcast.

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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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BetStars NJ Review and $500 in Free Bets Promo

BetStars NJ launched their sports betting app which is now available for both iOS and Android, and they offering a pretty outrageous promo code and deposit bonus. Owned by The Stars Group, a Canadian-based company that powers the popular PokerStars app, BetStars is targeting DraftKings and FanDuel directly, bringing its mobile-focused product to New Jersey with an AGGRESSIVE promo and deposit bonus. Bonus: $500 in free bets and 100-1 odds on any team to win the

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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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The Union Play for the First Trophy in Franchise History Tonight

Kevin Kinkead - September 26, 2018

You may or not care about soccer, but if you’d like to see a Philadelphia team play for their first trophy in franchise history, turn on ESPN 2 at 8 p.m. to watch the Union take on the Houston Dynamo in the Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup final.

The Open Cup is a side competition that takes place concurrent with the MLS regular season. Think of the latter as your normal American sports season: the Phillies play the Mets, Nationals, and other teams and compete for the World Series. Now add a separate competition in the summer that involves the Phils, Mets, Nats, Augusta Green Jackets, and Toledo Mud Hens, and that’s basically what the Open Cup is. It’s just a competition that allows teams from all levels of the sport to compete for a separate trophy during the same calendar year.

Hopefully that makes sense. All you really need to know is that the Union get a chance to lift their first piece of hardware tonight, which would go a loooooong way towards getting them some respectability in town. This is a team that has underachieved dramatically from day one, and maybe they turn a corner and do the city proud by putting a piece of silverware in the trophy case.

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Crossing Broadcast: A Gritty Victory

JoyOnBroad - September 26, 2018

The guys recap the reaction to “Gritty” the Flyers’ new mascot, comparisons to the Union’s “Phang”, the Sixers’ scrimmage getting cancelled due to rain and flooding, Markelle Fultz’s form comparisons to Shawn Marion, how Ben Simmons’ development of a three point shot could mirror Jason Kidd and LeBron James, breaking down the Eagles’ win over the Colts, Jalen Mills v. Sidney Jones, and previewing the Union’s US Open Cup Final against the Houston Dynamo.

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This Philadelphia Union Season Continues to Defy Logic

Kevin Kinkead - September 20, 2018

It doesn’t get much more Union than the past five days.

OF COURSE this team would find a way to concede four goals to Montreal at home in a must-win game, jeopardizing their playoff seeding and postseason hopes in general.

Then they turn it around in bizarro world fashion by going out to Seattle on short rest and shutting out the Sounders 1-0 with a 93rd minute smash and grab goal, ending the opponent’s MLS record nine-game winning streak in the process.

This Union season just continues to distort reality and redefine everything we previously knew about space, time, and human existence. It really does. This team was dead and buried not three months ago. The final nails were being driven into the coffin as the sporting director took off for greener pastures. The stadium was mostly empty and fans were fleeing the sinking ship without a second thought.

Fast forward to September 20th, and this group is now the winningest in franchise history.

“Winningest” isn’t a word, but whatever – thirteen victories is a franchise record, eclipsing the twelve-win mark John Hackworth’s squad put up in 2013. In more simple terms, no Philadelphia Union team has won more games than this squad of overachievers.

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Let’s All Complain About the Union’s New Mascot

Kevin Kinkead - September 10, 2018

Meet the Philadelphia Union’s very first mascot.

It’s a blue snake with a gold mohawk named “Phang.”

They hatched Phang out of an egg at the Philadelphia Zoo this afternoon:

“It’s a snake! Doop doop doop.” 

Anyway, some Union purists are fundamentally opposed to having a mascot because I guess it’s a sidebar topic that detracts from the true goal of spending money and winning playoff games.

I personally don’t see what the big deal is. Families take their kids to the ball game and you get a picture with the mascot and have fun and do family things. Think about going to a Phillies game without the Phanatic. He/she/it is a local hero. Who doesn’t love the Phanatic?

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Turns Out the Philadelphia Union Do Not Suck

Kevin Kinkead - August 30, 2018

They’re actually the hottest team in town, if you can believe it.

They’ve won five games in a row and are now pushing for a home playoff game while also getting a crack at the U.S. Open Cup trophy next month. They beat the brakes off D.C. United last night and are putting together passages of play where they look more like 2004 Arsenal and less like the perennial underachievers that have slogged through eight underwhelming MLS seasons.

The midweek road win put the Union 10 points clear of the playoff line and prompted this quote from goal scorer Fafa Picault:

I’m floored, seriously, because this team looked like total trash for the first three months of the season. They couldn’t score, the defense was okay, David Accam and C.J. Sapong looked like they forgot how to play soccer, and the Sporting Director left for greener pastures after bringing in zero players during the summer transfer window. Really the only positive thing happening in Chester was the usage of a bunch of academy kids, which connected the youth pipeline from YSC to Bethlehem Steel and on to Talen Energy Stadium.

The reality of the situation is that the Union are now one point behind Columbus for 4th place in the Eastern Conference, a seed that would see them host the 4/5 wild card game at Talen in October. Last night’s win was the 12th of the season, tying the 2013 squad for most wins in a single year. The five-game win streak (all competitions) sets a new franchise record and they also haven’t allowed a goal since August 11th.

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Crossing Broadcast: Wentz/Foles, No Sixers GM, Couturier, Floundering Phils, Bad Gimmicks, Union Victories

JoyOnBroad - August 29, 2018

Russ and Kevin discuss how to evaluate Nick Foles, how long the Eagles should hold out Carson Wentz, if the Sixers need a GM to start the season, recapping the Sixers’ offseason, how Sean Couturier’s injury impacts the Flyers’ top two lines, the Phillies’ collapse, bad wrestling gimmicks, and the Union’s recent stretch of wins.

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