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The “Philly Special” will forever be known as the tone-setting play that helped propel the Eagles to a Super Bowl 52 win over the Patriots last February:
— NFL Films (@NFLFilms) September 12, 2018
After tonight, however, it may also be known as the play that helped propel the Browns to their first regular season win in 635 days.
Trailing the Jets 14-12 late in the third quarter after a one-yard Carlos Hyde touchdown run, Browns offensive coordinator Todd Haley broke it out on the ensuing two-point conversion attempt:
LANDRY TO MAYFIELD!
— Cleveland Browns (@Browns) September 21, 2018
I’m sure the fine people of Cleveland will rebrand the play. Henceforth, I wonder what those in Cleveland will call it. To Twitter we go:
Five minutes and reddit has already named Baker's 2PT conversion The Cleveland Steamer…and you know what…I'll allow it.
— Brett Kollmann (@BrettKollmann) September 21, 2018
Tensions may boil.
On the heels of the news that Marc Farzetta will be joining the 97.5 morning show comes some strife. We believe that many on-air folk at 97.5, including mulitple members of the morning show, were unaware of this development.
Jamie Lynch, Anthony Gargano’s good friend and on-air producer, tweeted the following:
— Jamie Lynch (@jelynchjr) September 20, 2018
going to host the players show with @k_grugierhill at Chickie's in Marlton, got a question for him? leave it here…
— Jamie Lynch (@jelynchjr) September 20, 2018
Yeah, I got a question– wasn’t Anthony supposed to host that show?
The Maestro wondered, perhaps presciently, earlier if Farzetta could replace Gargano on the morning show. While Gargano’s abscense doesn’t prove that notion, the abrupt change in schedule is notable this evening.
We will keep you updated. I’d get on a war footing. Hide the women and children, also. BRAVE MEN:
Sports Betting Updates
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FanDuel’s interface is the best of the bunch, and the one thing that has kept us, thus far, from recommending them over some of their competitors in New Jersey is their lack of a great promo. This is just that.
THE MAESTRO REIGNS.
I have received word from on high, in the nether channels, of a migration in the works. Sources inside the sound box industry inform me that Marc Farzetta, who reportedly told his 94 WIP colleagues earlier this year that he was leaving the station to focus on his role at NBC Sports, will be joining 97.5 and work in the mornings, going right up against his mentor, Angelo Cataldi.
Intriguing development on several fronts, to be sure, but one does have to wonder in what role Farzetta will join the show. Sliding from one station to another to be a co-host on a show that continually gets beat in the ratings by your former show would be a lateral move, at best. Anthony Gargano’s show on 97.5 has quite notably struggled in the ratings, so one has to wonder if there is the possibility of Farzetta outright replacing him.
Regardless, Farzetta, who got his start at WIP by winning Cataldi’s inaugural The Intern contest in which he actually beat out… well, me, will now be going directly against Cataldi in some capacity, which should make for a primo battle.
A request for comment to Farzetta was not immediately returned.
I’m sure The Maestro will have more details to relay in the coming days.
But if you listen ever so closely, perhaps you’ll notice the sound of some serious strife. This one has meat. BRAWL:
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.
NBC SPORTS PHILADELPHIA NAMES SERENA WINTERS SIXERS MULTIPLATFORM REPORTER
Winters Joins the Award-Winning Broadcast Team of Marc Zumoff and Alaa Abdelnaby
Philadelphia, PA (SEPTEMBER 20, 2018) – NBC Sports Philadelphia – home of the Authentic Fan – announced today that Serena Winters is joining the network as a multiplatform Sixers reporter. Winters will work with veteran broadcasters Marc Zumoff and Alaa Abdelnaby on all Sixers telecasts, and create coverage surrounding the team across all platforms.
Winters joins from NBC Sports Northwest, where she served as host of ‘The Bridge,’ a daily primetime sports TV show, and contributed to the coverage of the Portland Trail Blazers. Prior to her role with NBC Sports, she was the lead reporter for Lakers Nation, and part of the on-air talent team at Spectrum SportsNet since 2012.
“We are thrilled to welcome Serena to the NBC Sports Philadelphia family,” said NBC Sports Philadelphia VP of Live Events Shawn Oleksiak. “Serena has terrific insight on the NBA from her time covering the Lakers and Trail Blazers, and Sixers fans will find her very informative and engaging.”
“I’ve always dreamed of working sideline for an NBA team, and to do this in the best sports city in the world is an absolute dream come true,” said Winters. “I am honored to join NBC Sports Philadelphia, and to cover the Sixers – one of the most exciting, talented and entertaining teams in NBA.”
For a while people figured that Taryn Hatcher was Molly Sullivan’s replacement on Sixers broadcasts. Nope. NBC actually had plans to fill the role directly. Serena Winters was the choice.
Hit the jump for pics and videos of Serena’s work: Continue Reading
Let’s not wax poetic over the Phillies’ last stand that begins in Atlanta tonight. The odds are stacked against them as they attempt to erase a 5.5 game deficit with only 11 games remaining. If they are to pull off the miraculous, they will need to win at least three of four games this weekend, but if we’re being honest, they are probably done-zo with anything short of a sweep.
I think I know how this story ends, so I’ve been trying hard this week not to be lured in by the faint signs of life they’ve shown after winning back-to-back series for the first time since late July.
Still, since the Phillies have “a chip and a seat at the table,” as Gabe Kapler said last week, I suppose we can look at what exactly the Phillies are up against in Atlanta because screw it, why not?
I imagine a scenario in which Gabe Kapler and one of the Phillies’ team analysts have a conversation that closely mirrors the one had by Lloyd Christmas and Mary Swanson in Dumb and Dumber.
Gabe Kapler: What are the chances of a team like mine and October baseball…ending up together?
MIT Grad/Baseball Computer Data Guy: Not good.
Gabe Kapler: Not good like one in a hundred?
MIT Grad/Baseball Computer Data Guy: I’d say more like one in a million.
Gabe Kapler: So you’re telling me there’s a chance?!?
Elton Brand is being introduced as the Sixers’ new general manager this morning.
Joining Brand at the table is owner Joshua Harris. Head coach Brett Brown spoke to the media for two hours at his Tuesday luncheon and is not present at this presser.
I’ll continue to update the post with bullet points and quotes from today’s availability:
- Elton is smart, hard working, and everything we’re looking for
- This is a player’s league and Elton is universally respected, he knows how players feel and react, he’s the perfect GM for today’s NBA, where relationships are paramount
- Brand will report to Harris and make decisions off court, while Brett Brown makes decisions on court
- Believes this team has an incredibly bright future, a dynamic young core, veterans, and a great coach in Brett Brown
- I know how passionate the fan base is and I understand what the expectations are, the next 12 months are very important and in the near term we’re focused on advancing further into the playoffs
The organizational structure
- Elton and Brett are partners. Both of them report to me and to ownership. We expect they will be collaborating a lot. Brett is the on- court voice and Brand is the off court voice.
- Not going after a president of basketball operations, pretty happy with the existing structure in place and we’ll put the organizational stuff behind us as we move on
- Via press release: Additionally, Alex Rucker has been elevated to Executive Vice President of Basketball Operations (reported by Adrian Wojnarowski Tuesday night)
- I’ll make basketball decision recommendations to ownership, but Brett and I are aligned. When it comes to trades, draft process, I’m running that. That’s what I’ve been hired for. Brett will have a say in final decisions, as will ownership, who we report to
Here’s an exchange with Howard Eskin about who has the final say in the existing setup:
Eskin: But who has the last say?
Harris: On the court, Brett, off the court, Elton.
Eskin: Well, on the court..
Harris: So minute to minute, coaching sort of decisions will be Brett. Personnel decisions, trades, free agency, will be Elton.
Brand: First of all, thanks for the soft ball question, Howard. Basically basketball decisions, I’m going to make those. I’ll make those recommendations to ownership. Coach and I are aligned. It is a partnership. He said partnership and it is a partnership. Teams that have won in the NBA, the GM and coaches have to get along. He’s gonna have the players; when it comes to trades, draft process, I’m running that. That’s what I’ve been hired for.”
Eskin: But final say –
Brand: Final say, coach is going to have a voice in it. We’re going to discuss it. I’m going to make my recommendations to ownership, just like any other team does.
Eskin: So Josh has the final say?
Brand: On every team, ownership has a final say, especially for big, possible landscape (changes) for our organization. Every team.