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Sons of Ben: The Movie is Available to Stream Now

Jim Adair - August 5, 2016

Jeff Bell’s documentary Sons of Ben: The Movie is available on video on-demand and streaming platforms now, a year after its Philly premiere. Bell joined Kyle on the very first Crossing Streams in 2013 to talk about the journey he was on making the film (and again in a lost episode), and now that journey is complete.

The film is currently available on TVOD platforms (from Dish, Cox, Charter, DirecTV, Verizon, Suddenlink, Mediacom, Insight, Wow, RCN, Eastlink TV, Rogers, and Shaw), Amazon, Google Play, iTunes, Vudu, YouTube and Xbox. Additionally, the film is out on DVD after only being offered in limited release.

Here’s an exclusive clip:

Kyle: I watched a good chunk of the documentary last night and was fairly impressed — it’s a great, unique Philly story, even if there are cringeworthy moments where the SOB founders seem to display a remarkable disconnect from reality as they pursue getting a local soccer team, often prioritizing it above the burdens of their personal and professional lives.

Union Color Commentator Faces Up to 10 years in Prison for Prescription Fraud Charges

Jim Adair - July 19, 2016

Philadelphia Union color commentator (and former Philadelphia KiXX goalkeeper) Peter Pappas is facing up to 10 years in prison after pleading guilty to conspiracy to commit health fraud. According to the Delco Times, Pappas – who referred to himself as “Rx slinger” in his Twitter bio (now deleted)  – received almost a half-million dollars in kickbacks.

[Pappas] admitted he was recruited by a marketing company paid by pharmacies to refer people whose insurance paid for compounded medication including pain creams.

He recruited others to join the scheme.

Pappas faces up to 10 years in prison, but we all know the rich and famous and former indoor soccer keepers always get reduced time.

Former Union Coach Peter Nowak Allegedly Hazed Players by Spanking Them with a Numb Hand, Thought Concussions Were for P*ssies

Jim Adair - January 6, 2016

Peter Nowak was fired as the coach of the Philadelphia Union under controversial circumstances in 2012. This past summer, Nowak sued the players’ union and MLS for causing his termination, and he previously sued the Union for wrongful termination. The MLS/players’ union part of the suit came about because:

During the “discovery process” of the [first] suit, Nowak learned that his firing was “precipitated by an investigation demanded” by the players’ union and conducted by MLS. That investigation, the suit later claims, was related to “a disputed training exercise” which took place in May of 2012.

Nowak is basically alleging that the league and players’ union meddled in his livelihood and got him wrongfully terminated. The suit against the Union was ordered to go to arbitration, and last night writer, producer, soccer scribe Jonathan Tannenwald obtained over 200 pages of new documents in the case. It doesn’t look great for Nowak.

There’s a ton of stuff on Tannenwald’s Twitter feed (@thegoalkeeper), but here’s a breakdown of sorts to help you get to the meaty bits:

The lawsuit is over wrongful termination and supposed meddling by the league and the players’ union, but the that’s not nearly as interesting as a head coach that didn’t believe in concussions, spanked minors with a cold, numb, hand, and denied players their CBA rights. DOOP!

Alex Morgan Will Be on the Cover of FIFA 16

Kyle Scott - July 20, 2015

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Good company. But what’s with the weird Photoshopping going on here?

Guy Approaches Sepp Blatter, Throws Money All Over Him

Kyle Scott - July 20, 2015

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Kyle Scott - June 2, 2015

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After a New York Times report yesterday revealed that Sepp Blatter’s top lieutenant handled $10 million in bank transcations related to assorted bribery, today Blatter, who just “won” reelection, announced that he will resign:


At a brief, hastily called news conference in Zurich, Blatter said that “FIFA needs a profound restructuring.”

“I appreciate and love FIFA more than anything else,” he said. “And I only want to do the best for FIFA.”

Somewhere, John Oliver celebrates:


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John Oliver Laid Waste to FIFA, Again

Jim Adair - June 1, 2015



From Sepp Blatter’s re-election, to the Women’s World Cup on artificial turf, to using Onion articles in anti-corruption arguments, there’s a lot to say about FIFA. I mean the realtive good guy in this whole story is a guy who rents an apartment in Trump Tower just for his cats.

Luckily, John Oliver again went after the governing body of his favorite sport, and it was wonderful. Full clip after the jump. Continue Reading

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Bud Light Did Their #UpForWhatever Thing at a Union Match

Jim Adair - April 22, 2015

We’ve learned by now that if anyone shoves a camera in your face and asks if you’re up for whatever, you should say yes. Because if you do, you can sit on the field at a Union game, get a bunch of free stuff, and … get a photo op with Jon Marks? Sure, why not.