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Kobe Bryant Killed in Helicopter Crash (UPDATE)

Russ Joy - January 26, 2020

In an absolutely devastating development, TMZ Sports is reporting that Lakers great and Lower Merion graduate Kobe Bryant has died in a helicopter crash in Calabasas, CA:

Kobe Bryant died in a helicoper crash in Calabasas Sunday morning … TMZ Sports has confirmed.

Kobe was traveling with at least 3 other people in his private helicopter when it went down. A fire broke out. Emergency personnel responded, but nobody on board survived. 5 people are confirmed dead. We’re told Vanessa Bryant was not among those on board.

The cause of the crash is under investigation.

Another level of confirmation came via ABC 7 Eyewitness News’ Sports Anchor & Reporter Curt Sandoval:

We’ll have more on this story as details emerge. If true, our thoughts and prayers are with the Bryant family and all those impacted by the reported loss of multiple passengers on board.

Update 1: Woj confirming the report:

Update 2: There are conflicting reports out there right regarding who was in the helicopter with Bryant. ABC reporter Matt Gutman originally said his four daughters were with him, but no other outlets are reporting similar news.

This was what was said on air:

EDIT – that above tweet was deleted and ABC has corrected the report:

Also:

Update 3: TMZ is now reporting that one of his daughters was on the helicopter:

Kobe and his daughter, just this season:

TMZ reporting that Kobe and his daughter were on the way to his Mama Center for a basketball tournament.

Glenn ‘Hurricane’ Schwartz Wrote a Fiction Thriller About Climate Change

Kevin Kinkead - January 24, 2020

Glenn “Hurricane” Schwartz.

NBC 10 meteorologist. Philly broadcasting legend with the iconic bow tie. He’s on my Mount Rushmore of Philly TV people alongside Jim Gardner, Ukee Washington, and Vernon Odom.

Add ‘author’ to his list of accomplishments, as Schwartz is now the writer of a book called “The Weathermaker,” which you can see right here:

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Kansas vs. Kansas State Game Ends in Wild Brawl

Kevin Kinkead - January 22, 2020

Crazy fight in Lawrence last night at the end of the Kansas vs. K-State game.

The Jayhawks were up by 21 points and trying to dribble out the clock, when one of the Wildcat players stole the ball and tried to finish at the other end. That resulted in an angry block, a pseudo step-over, and then the benches cleared as the melee spilled off the floor and out of bounds.

This is how it played out on TV, the wide-angle shot of the court:

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Rutgers Basketball is Ranked for the First Time Since the 1970s

Kevin Kinkead - January 20, 2020

Yeah, I couldn’t believe it either.

Rutgers basketball has entered the AP Top 25 for the first time since 1979, ranked 24th after improving to 14-4 with a weekend win against Minnesota:

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Back to the Future: JVR Looks Like Old Self and More From the Flyers Win Over the Kings

Anthony SanFilippo - January 19, 2020

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The Flyers beat a bad Los Angeles Kings team on 80s night Saturday 4-1.

That sounded a lot like the 80s, when the Flyers would beat up on bad teams regularly and the Kings were regularly bad.

I want to talk about 80s night a little bit later, because the Flyers organization missed another great opportunity to really engage the fans – but that’s not the primary reason you clicked on this post.

No, you want some analysis. Some break down. Some Facebook Group chat talking points.

Fine, I’ll get to those first.

Let’s start with a guy who was a subject of some weird trade rumors yesterday:

Trading A Guy We Brought Back For Another Guy We’d Bring Back

I’ll get into this trade rumor in a minute, but it involves James van Riemsdyk.

I’m sure that would be music to the ears of many of the hoi polloi on Flyers Twitter. JVR has become a bit of a pariah to them – long, expensive contract plus limited production equals angry tweets and virtual torches and pitchforks.

And to some extent they are not wrong – paying JVR #7 million a year for the rest of this season and three more years after it is not a good contract. But, I never put that on the player. If a team offered you or I money that we probably didn’t deserve, would we take it too?

So yes, be mad at the team (in this instance, former general manager Ron Hextall) for handing out a bad contract that hurts the team in a salary capped world, but don’t blame the player for the contract.

Especially not a guy like JVR, who does not laze about on the ice. The one thing that can be said for him during this down season scoring-wise is he has continued to play a smart game. He doesn’t make a lot of mistakes. He’s been positionally sound. He’s been a much better defensive player than anyone ever wants to give him credit for being. He has handled demotions in the lineup like a pro and been a good soldier.

But, man do the Flyers need him to produce to help this sometimes moribund offense.

Well, Saturday was his night to do just that. JVR had a goal (on the power play, no less), and two beautiful assists on a pair of Travis Konecny goals for his first three-point night since Oct. 26 vs. Columbus.

The Flyers power play, which has been searching for answers for some time now because of continued inconsistency, has been trying a two-man, net-front presence in recent games to try and create more traffic and more second and third-chance opportunities.

It’s also designed to create some chaos in the form of deflections and re-directions, meant to harangue opposing goalies.

And last night’s goal by JVR showed just how that can be successful:

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Where Do You Stand While Waiting for Your Wawa Order?

Kevin Kinkead - January 17, 2020

Russ sent this to me with only three words of instructions:

“this is post”

No clue where this graphic originated, but is is, indeed, post worthy, and it asks an important question –

When you order an item from Wawa, where do you stand while waiting for it? Here are your choices:

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Arrest Warrant Issued for Butt-Slapping Odell Beckham Jr.

Kevin Kinkead - January 16, 2020

Can’t make this stuff up.

The New Orleans police department issued a simple battery arrest warrant for Odell Beckham Jr., following an incident that took place in the LSU locker room following their national title game win over Clemson.

Here Beckham can be seen slapping the buttocks of a SuperDome security guard for whatever reason:

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Tyson Fury is Masturbating Seven Times a Day

Kevin Kinkead - January 14, 2020

Tyson Fury vs. Deontay Wilder, the rematch. It’s going down February 22nd in Vegas.

The heavyweights fought to a draw in 2018, and this time Fury is looking to do anything possible to give him an edge in next month’s melee:

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