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Crossing Broadcast: A Night with AI and an Elevator Ride with Hextall, Choosing Three Stars, What’s Wrong with the Sixers

JoyOnBroad - November 5, 2018

Kyle leads the show with a story about spending an evening with Allen Iverson and his entourage, Russ describes an awkward elevator ride with Flyers GM Ron Hextall, the Snow the Goalie pregame and intermission shows, and selecting the Three Stars of Flyers v. Islanders. The guys then break down what’s wrong with the Sixers, who fell to 0-5 on the road following a 122-97 loss to Brooklyn.

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It’s Time for the Philadelphia Union to Start Acting Like a Big Market Team

Kevin Kinkead - November 1, 2018

The scariest thing about Halloween night was the Philadelphia Union’s ghastly performance in the Bronx.

In predictable fashion, the Union came up small again, this time falling to New York City 3-1 and crashing out of the playoffs in the very first round, which is what they did in 2016 and 2011.

They have never won a playoff game.

The U looked outmatched and outsmarted from the jump, playing on a shitty and embarrassing patchwork assembly of sod laid down over a baseball field. NYC’s ridiculous excuse of a pitch hamstrings possession teams like the Union and kills any semblance of a passing game. What you watched on Sunday and Wednesday was a bullshit version of magnet ball, rather than anything resembling soccer.

That said, they didn’t do themselves any favors. They never do.

As an example, here’s the 33-year-old veteran midfielder, a guy who played in a World Cup, letting his man run right by him, leaving the burden on the 19-year-old rookie to defend two players at once:

Pathetic plays like that are the reason the Union have compiled this record in meaningful matches:

  • 2011 playoffs, leg 1: loss
  • 2011 playoffs, leg 2: loss
  • 2014 USOC final: loss
  • 2015 USOC final: loss
  • 2016 playoffs: loss
  • 2018 USOC final: loss
  • 2018 playoffs: loss

The Philadelphia Union are now 0-7 all time in cup finals and playoff games.

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Sports Betting Updates

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FanDuel Sportsbook Review

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DraftKings Sportsbook Promo Code: DraftKings Is Offering a $500 Free Bet

DraftKings Sportsbook has been live in New Jersey for over three full months now and a lot has changed since launch, including promos and bonuses. Here is the current best DraftKings Sportsbook promo code and full review. The season of giving is upon us and our partners at DraftKings Sportsbook are spreading the holiday cheer between now and the end of the month by increasing their $200 free bet offer, which they’ve been running pretty

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The Best New Jersey Sportsbook Promos This Weekend

If you still haven’t gotten in on New Jersey’s legal sports betting action, now is a great time to check out the various promos some of the best betting apps are offering this weekend – just be sure to hit the “bet now” button or links to take advantage of these deals, as some of them are exclusive to our audience. For those of you in Pennsylvania, PA sports betting is coming soon. FanDuel Sportsbook FanDuel

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The Pipe Bomb Guy Appears to be a Deranged Soccer Fan

Kevin Kinkead - October 26, 2018

Unless you’re living under a rock, you’ve been paying attention to the “suspicious packages” that were mailed to prominent Democrats and Hollywood types over the past 36 hours.

A suspect was taken into custody this morning, a 56 year old man named Cesar Sayoc. Dude I guess drives this van or owns this van, which was parked at an auto parts store where he was picked up by the feds:

Let’s take a closer look at the van:

Let’s zoom in a bit…

“Top Soccer Recruits for Trump”

What the hell?

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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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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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