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These Pictures of Anthony Gargano and Reuben Frank Racing at The Penn Relays Are My Everything

Kyle Scott - August 16, 2017

O. Em. Gee.

An anonymous tipster sent me these photos and I thought I had a real scoop on my hands until I realized that they’re publicly available on Reuben Frank’s Facebook page. No matter. I don’t know the context, nor am I sure I want to. Let’s just work with the data set that we’re given or can infer– Anthony Gargano and Reuben Frank raced each other at the Penn Relays sometime in the late 1980s, because apparently they’re around the same age (?), leading to this epic showdown between two heavyweights:

LOOK AT THE FORM! How many ACLs were torn in the making of this photo? Did Anthony’s back foot ever come unstuck from the ground? WHY ARE SOCKS? These are all questions I have.

I know everybody is in the #content game right now, so here’s a bit of gratis advice to CSN, the sort of thing I would usually charge for: Recreate this race now and live stream it. We need this. Just have the defibrillator and Primo’s ready to go. Maybe both.

Rob Ellis and Mike Missanelli Blaming Millennials For The Decline of Philly Sports Is Hell on Earth

Kyle Scott - June 15, 2017

97.5 The Fanatic spent their day talking about #millennials, a subject that feels awfully familiar. Anyway, rather than delve into a deep discussion about their changing habits and media consumption, the topic turned toward bashing younger fans and discussing millennial entitlement. Coggin Toboggan, who runs a Philly sports satire site, pivoted from his usual farcical nature and laid into 97.5’s views of younger fans. This is his full post, re-posted with permission. You can check out Coggin Toboggan for all your Philly sports satire needs here.


The beast of hell walks among us in the clothes of a common man. If the demon should reveal its true face to you at a time when you have turned away from Christ, then you will be without protection, & it will gleefully devour your heart & rend you limb from limb & carry your immortal soul into the yawning pit.

I have foreseen how I will die. I have had a vision of my undoing. An overweight, out of touch jowly man and his sniveling, bland, milquetoast toadie disembowel me while opining about the shortcomings of the millennial generation.

So it shall be, so it shall pass.

To anyone driving on I-295 south around 1 p.m. this afternoon, I apologize. If a black Toyota Scion careened into your lane with little to no regard for safety, it was me. I was attempting to crash into an abutment in a futile attempt to silence the diarrhea spewing forth from my radio.

Two old, out of touch nobodies on the 97.5 Midday show spent nearly 20 minutes fervently agreeing with each other about how millennials in Philadelphia are – wait for it – responsible for the recent lack of success for sports franchises in this town.

You see, its Mike and Rob’s opinion that millennials are “too soft” and therefore “don’t demand enough” from the franchises in this town. Millennials have “too many distractions” and therefore don’t care when their teams don’t do well, unlike the generations of yore who lived and died by their teams. Continue Reading

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Harry Mayes and Rob Ellis Seem To Have a Problem with a Podcast

Kyle Scott - June 13, 2017

In midst of a rambling 15-minute segment that touched on everything from the MLB draft, to Mark McGrath, to young millennial women speaking with a “vocal fry,” Harry Mayes and Rob Ellis decided to weigh in on podcasts, and one might ultimately conclude that the medium has crawled inside their head and taken a big ol’ dump.

After speaking about some nonsensical segment with Coach Camille yesterday that apparently spiked the online listening meters, Rob mentioned they should have him on again, and then, something something podcasts: Continue Reading

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I Think I Hit a Nerve

Kyle Scott - May 22, 2017

I don’t like taking credit for crawling inside someone’s head, laying an egg and then waiting for it to hatch, but I’ll let you do it for me:

So what happened here? The full story is on the podcast today, but here are the basics: At around 2:30 on Friday, a caller brought me up to Mike Missanelli and said I run a “Blogspot” and that Mike should call me out. Mike said he wasn’t going to take the bait, as he took the bait. He proceeded to call me a weasel for not coming on to do his show (I never declined), created a straw man argument about me claiming sports talk radio was easy (which I never did), and dismissed blogs as being unworthy of sports talk radio, which is “legitimate,” according to Mike.

I didn’t hear it, but was informed by you, the reader, on Twitter and followed it up with these two Tweets: Continue Reading

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This Contest Is BS

Kyle Scott - April 25, 2017

97.5 is smoking the Scott O’Neil and wants to make you an offer you can’t refuse: Just guess correctly, in order, ALL 32 FIRST ROUND PICKS on Thursday night and be entered for a chance to win $100k courtesy of DelVal Honda:

Here’s the messaging:

The Fanatic and DelVal Honda want you to attempt to predict the First Round of the Draft on April 27th.  If you predict every pick correctly in the right order, you could win $100,000!

Here’s how it works… Guess the name (First & Last names for each guess is mandatory) of the draft picks in the order you think they will occur in the First Round on April 27th.  The teams do not factor in this contest. We are just looking for the order that the names are announced no matter which teams make the selections or if they eventually trade the picks.

Fill out your information on the page below, then go to the second page to make your picks.

All selections must be submitted by 12 Noon on Wednesday, April 26, 2017.  ONCE PICKS ARE SUBMITTED, THERE WILL BE NO CHANGING PICKS. NO EXCEPTIONS.

Oh, so we don’t need the teams? Well that makes it easier!

Look, if you correctly guess all 32 picks in the first round, in order, $100k is not nearly enough. For that sort of wizardry, you should be granted daily, in-home courtesy handjobs from velour glove-clad bikini models for life. Good day, Grand Wizard! Tip or no tip today? This is bullshit. 97.5 and presumably DelVal get your name, email, phone number and home address – HELLOOOOOOOOO LEASE OFFERS! – in exchange for you not having a chance to win anything.

Who will even bother to fill out 32 names? Who even knows 32 draft prospects off the top of their head? I can’t even imagine it’ll be that much of a lead gen success for DelVal. Why not make the contest more reasonable – say, a chance to win $1,000 by correctly guessing the Eagles’ pick – and get more people to enter and risk only a relatively nominal prize cost? That’s a fair trade– give us your info, have an actual chance at $1,000. But no, you turn over your identity and get nothing in return. SIGN ME UP!

Mike Missanelli and Jason Myrtetus Have Issued Me a Challenge

Kyle Scott - April 21, 2017

Yesterday, Mike Missanelli and Jason Myrtetus, whose skins I have crawled beneath and laid eggs, got all bent out of shape over my continuous criticism of sports talk radio W-L day and threw down the gauntlet at my bony feet: Continue Reading

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Mike Missanelli’s Interview with Lenny Dykstra is (Still) One of the Greatest Sports Interviews Ever

Kyle Scott - October 27, 2015

This is a re-post from last year because, today, Dykstra went on Colin Cowherd’s show and said basically the same stuff he told Missanelli last spring. Everyone is sending me the link to the Cowherd interview – here it is – but I’m not writing the same post twice.


I’m not even sure where to begin here, but this is one of the best sports interviews I’ve ever heard. Maybe the best. No joke. No fluff. No hyperbole.

Lenny Dykstra has the reputation of a world-class asshole and, by all accounts, it’s mostly deserved. But he’s always told the truth (or at least his version of it), and now, he’s doing it sober. Unlike his crazy rants while talking to Alex Jones and John Clark (show me another time when those two names are written together in the same sentence), Dykstra, with Mike Missanelli yesterday, was captivating to listen to. He gave his thoughts on taking steroids, walking around like he had a “10-inch you know what,” his hypothetical threatening of umpires, Ben Revere, the 1993 Phillies, baseball and life in general. It’s fantastic. You can’t stop listening.

Here are the audio links to the full two hours [hour 1] [hour 2]. The play button is hard to find and at the bottom of the image. It will play on mobile.

With permission from 97.5, here are just some of the audio highlights. There’s literally too many to choose from:

Drug situation— 0:01

“I got tested last night. It’s real testing. Real ones. He walks in and watches me… it’s not as impressive as probably watching Strawberry, but he watches me.”

Harry Kalas and getting traded to the  Phillies— 0:43 

“One of the greatest people ever, and talent by the way.” 

Taking steroids— 2:10

In 1990, Lenny went to a doctor in Mississippi that he described as a “hillbilly” and got a prescription for steroids, because he believed he was good enough to be a starter but was too small to hold up over a full season. He started working out and showed up to spring training “like a Greek statue,” walking around like he had “a 10-inch you know what.”

Ben Revere— 2:46

“What’s his on-base percentage? .317. Really? You’re supposed to hit .317. And he’s leading off. And he’s an average outfielder. And he doesn’t have any power. And I don’t know if a lot of people are saying, ‘Hey hunny hurry man let’s go see Ben Revere play tonight.'”

Accident— 4:12

“The [cops] let us go. These are big Phillies fans. They let us go. So halfway down the sidewalk, I look at [Darren Daulton] and, cause I didn’t care, I knew he was tougher than me, I say, ‘You know what, you can call me a wimp or a P-U or whatever, but I got to go to the hospital, dude, because I think I’m going to die.’ And he looked at me and he said, ‘Me too.'”

Bobby Cox— 5:14

Lenny recounts his home run in Game 5 of the 1993 NLCS when he screamed “DIDN’T I?” coming around the bases (he also used it in this interview). He called it the greatest home run of his career because Bobby Cox, the manager of the NL All-Star Team that year, snubbed him. He also mentioned that it was the night Cox went home and beat his wife.

He’s half right.

Cox was accused of beating his wife after a loss to the Phillies in which Lenny had two hits, but that was in May of 1995, not during the 1993 NLCS.

Threatening umpires— 7:13

This is one Lenny wouldn’t own up to (though he hardly denied it and was happy to speak in hypotheticals) since he’s on probation. But the story goes that Lenny spent $200k to hire private investigators so he could tell umpires he knew what they had done the night before – with a woman, gambling, etc. – when he walked into the box. The result? Ball one.

“Is that genius or what? Because guess what, the umpires control your livelihood.”

“That’s a great idea you just talked about… the bottom line is that after that, I led the league in walks a couple of years.”

He later recounted a story about breaking up a John Smoltz no-hitter in the ninth inning of a game in 1990. He said he got ahead in the count because he had the umpire in his pocket. And indeed he did go up 1-0:

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Sports talk radio needs to do more of these sorts of interviews instead of the often nonsensical 10-minute hits with [insert talking head]. You can hardly extract any good information or stories in that short of a time period (unless you’re talking to Jeremy Roenick). For that reason, I usually listen to podcasts when I take the dog on long walks over the weekend. But today I listened to Missanelli and Dykstra.

Also love the use of video:

Audio: Mike Missanelli and I Debate the Media’s Whining over the Eagles

Kyle Scott - February 18, 2015

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Mike Missanelli had me on his show today to debate the whole Eagles not talking to the media thing. He took issue with this post (in which I basically called Reuben Frank a whiner) because he feels it’s the Eagles’ duty to communicate with fans.

Here’s the audio:

Courtesy of 97.5 The Fanatic

I have no issue with any of Mike’s points, even the misguided stuff about bloggers feeling the need to chop down mainstream reporters because we’re “jealous.” It’s his opinion. I think he’s wrong, but it’s his opinion. Reporters do deserve scrutiny, especially the ones who do little more than lazily transcribe press conferences and write vanilla stories based on canned quotes (which I’m not accusing Frank of, by the way). And while some bloggers absolutely would kill for some of those big boy jobs, or have used blogging to get into the mainstream, that’s not everyone. It’s not me. I’m as interested in the running a business thing as I am the writing about sports thing, and I’d take doing this – for many reasons – over being a beat writer or newspaper columnist 100 out of 100 times. That’s not to disrespect other bloggers or reporters– it’s just not me. So I think he’s generalizing when he says bloggers bash mainstream reporters out of jealousy. Often, when we bash them, it’s because they suck.

As for the Eagles not talking thing– I agree they should have to answer questions at some point. But bitching that they’re not doing it now, when we’re more than half a year away from football season (GAHHH!), is stupid. If older reporters put half the effort into actual reporting – like some of the newer-school guys – that they do into complaining about the curious absence of low-hanging fruit in the form of succinct soundbites, and used their access to cultivate some sources, God knows what we’d learn about the Eagles’ front office situation. Certainly, it would be stuff we won’t get from any press conference.

These are all points I could’ve made if the guest’s audio didn’t duck under the host’s and I was able to finish a goddamn thought with Mike.