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RADIO WARS: Mike Missanelli Got Heated with His Producer Tyrone

JoyOnBroad - June 22, 2018

Ever wonder what happens behind the scenes of a radio show? Today’s your lucky day. Apparently something set off Mike Missanelli, leading to a HEATED exchange with his producer Tyrone Johnson as the cameras caught all of the action. Check it out: Continue Reading

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Nigerian Fans Expertly Mocked The Skol Chant

Chris Jastrzembski - June 22, 2018

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Watch the Sixers’ Broadcast Team React to the Mikal Trade

JoyOnBroad - June 22, 2018

Well this is certainly something (H/T reader Drew Kingma). The Sixers’ official live stream – featuring Sixers reporter and pre/postgame show host Brian Seltzer, Penn head coach Steve Donahue, and radio play-by-play man Tom McGinnis – were in the midst of gushing about the team’s #10 overall pick Mikal Bridges when the unthinkable happened: he got traded.

Let’s break this down:

Mikal is great. His mom works here. She’s really nice.

Zhaire Smith was drafted by Phoenix, no big deal.

Wait. What? Are you hearing this?!

Oh no.

Disbelief.

Resignation

Zhaire wore yellow sneakers and was our guy all along!

I have to give the guys credit, especially McGinnis. He went from waxing poetic about Bridges, to being dejected, then collected himself, and finally offered up some insight on Zhaire’s workout.

Video after the jump:

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Crossing Broadcast: Burning Bridges and Star Hunting: The NBA Draft

JoyOnBroad - June 22, 2018

Kyle and Russ recap the Sixers’ night at the NBA Draft including:

  • Drafting and trading Mikal Bridges
  • Zhaire Smith and the 2021 first round pick
  • How this affects free agency and trades
  • Brett Brown saying the team will be “star hunting”
  • Updates on Kawhi Leonard and the Spurs
  • What to expect from Landry Shamet and Shake Milton
  • Drafting NBA-ready vs. high upside
  • NBC Sports Philadelphia’s decision to part ways with Molly Sullivan
  • Local telecasts and former personalities

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Your Friday Morning Roundup

Chris Jastrzembski - June 22, 2018

The Sixers began the week with six draft picks, before it dwindled to five the night of the draft after making a trade with the Lakers.

It began with what appeared to be expected by many fans, including most of the CB staff. The Sixers got the perfect fit for their team in Villanova small forward Mikal Bridges. His mom even works for the team!

It was a perfect story. Bridges would play high school, collegiate, and begin his pro career in his home city. That was until Brett Brown stepped in and called the Suns to get Texas Tech shooting guard Zhaire Smith and a 2021 unprotected first-round pick from the Heat for Bridges.

To make things worse, Bridges was still doing media availability after the report of his trade came out.

Poor thing. But there is a Zhaire Smith Sixers picture!

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Your Thursday Morning Roundup

Chris Jastrzembski - June 21, 2018

Happy Draft night everyone! The Sixers got things started last night with a trade of one of their second round picks to the Lakers for a future second round pick!

As ESPN’s Bobby Marks points out, this trade would be official on July 6 since the Sixers have already received the allocated $5.1 million for the season. That’s really all the second round pick stuff for now.

As for the first round, most of the mock drafts have the team taking Mikal Bridges at 10. However, it appears Bridges is at the top of the Knicks’ big board at nine.

Sources have indicated Bridges still is the favorite to be the Knicks’ selection with the ninth pick in Thursday’s draft — even if Michael Porter Jr. falls. The Knicks are starting to get cold feet on the uber-talented Porter after his latest mishap last week, when he incurred hip spasms before his on-again, off-again, on-again public workout in Chicago.

So if Bridges isn’t available, expect the Sixers to take a look at Zhaire Smith at 10:

I think picking him at #10 is a little too high, so a possible trade to move down would be better.

As for the Sixers potentially moving up, there’s no new rumors on that front. That’s because their preferred target, Luka Doncic, might not go at #4 at all.

Michael Porter Jr. is reportedly a “wild card” in this situation, per Schultz.

What about Atlanta and the #3 pick? There’s heavy interest there, and the Hawks are looking to move back in order to get a potential Sixers target:

And Memphis is talking to multiple suitors about the #4 pick. There’s at least seven teams interested in Jonathan Givony’s report, including the Knicks and the Celtics. If a trade occurs, Chandler Parsons would probably be on the move.

Speaking of the Knicks, they’re one of those teams interested in the #4 pick. And that’s because they want Mo Bamba:

He’s projected to go around #5 to the Dallas Mavericks.

Draft starts at 7 PM on ESPN. The Phoenix Suns have the #1 pick and are expected to take center Deandre Ayton out of Arizona.

In non-draft news, people want Molly Sullivan back.

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The Phillie Phanatic Inadvertently Shot a Wiener Into a Nice Lady’s Face

Philip Keidel - June 20, 2018

One of the most endearing traits of the national pastime is that every time you go to a ballgame, you might see something you’ve never seen before. Fans who attended Monday night’s Phillies/Cardinals game at Citizens Bank Park saw something they almost certainly had never seen before: The Phillie Phanatic launched a hot dog into a spectator’s eye.

You might be tempted to think I’m making this up. I assure you, I am not:

Yeah, but you should see the other guy. Action News’ Sarah Bloomquist had this story covered from all angles and was appropriately insistent that this was not a gag:

Bloomquist’s online report contained the details you’re surely by now looking for. “It just came out of nowhere. And hard,” said the victim, Kathy McVay. “And then the next thing I know he shot it in our direction, and bam! It hit me like a ton of bricks. My glasses flew,” she added.

As you can tell from the picture above, this was not a glancing blow. “I have a small hematoma in my eye. And mostly, it’s going to get worse before it gets better. It’s going to go down the side of my face,” Ms. McVay noted.

The Phillies are probably fortunate that the Phanatic didn’t cause more damage than he did with this shot. Baseball tickets have long contained expansive, small-print disclaimers on the back of the stub. You know, the part that nobody actually reads. That language generally absolves the team from injuries caused by either batted balls, bats or fragments of bats that end up in the seats. Ms. McVay’s potential right to recover against the Phillies almost certainly would be governed by whatever the limiting language on her ticket said, i.e., whether wayward hot dogs were among the covered objects in the disclaimer.

For her part, at least right now, she doesn’t seem interested in a lawsuit. “McVay is a big Phillies fan and doesn’t plan any legal action. However, she does have a message for fellow fans in the stands. ‘Just to be aware, because you never know. I understand a baseball, but not a hot dog,’ she said with a quiet laugh.”

I couldn’t help but point out the obvious:

Keep your heads on a swivel at the yard, folks.

Your Wednesday Morning Roundup

Chris Jastrzembski - June 20, 2018

The bullpen did it again! Twice! And this time, the Phillies lost by a run.

The Phils built a 4-2 lead when Gabe Kapler replaced Vince Velasquez with Tommy Hunter after 6 1/3. Velasquez struck out eight and allowed three walks. That’s when the Phillies began to blow up. After getting Greg Garcia to fly out, Hunter allowed three straight hits and four runs to wipe out another quality start by Velasquez.

But the Phils did come back to tie the game in the eighth thanks to a Rhys Hoskins double. Then the ninth inning came and nothing could go wrong when Seranthony Dominguez comes in right? He’s been the only good relief pitcher on the team.

Well with an 0-2 count and two outs…

And that’s how the Phils lost 7-6.

To make matters worse, J.P. Crawford took a pitch to his left hand and fractured it in the process. He’s out 4-6 weeks. At least Nick Williams only has a broken nose and could play today.

Matt Klentak did not rule out renting a player for the remaining two months of the season. That could be Manny Machado, but in the long-term, he needs to get some relief help. Pat Neshek is expected to start a minor league rehab assignment next week, which helps a little. But there still a need for more reinforcements.

Jake Arrieta takes the mound in the rubber match of the series this afternoon at 1:05 PM on NBC Sports Philadelphia. Let’s hope he doesn’t have another bad start.

At least Game of Thrones night was fun!

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