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Cliff Lee and His Kids Pledge Allegiance to the National League All-Star Team [sic]

Kyle Scott - July 3, 2012

I can’t tell you how much it injures my soul to watch this MLB Fan Cave-staged promo video of an increasingly maligned Cliff Lee (and his cute kids) awkwardly pledging his allegiance to the All-Star team he’s not on. But hey, at least Jackson is optimistic about the Phillies’ chances: “Because my dad likes home field advantage.”

Let’s start with a win, little guy.

Carlos Ruiz Makes the All-Star Team

Kyle Scott - July 1, 2012

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MLB announced the All-Star selections today. Cole Hamels, Jonathan Papelbon and Carlos Ruiz have all been named to the team. Ruiz was added as a manager’s selction. Annnd that was just the most exciting moment of the season.

Joe Amendola Compares Jerry Sandusky Trial to “All My Children”

Kyle Scott - June 19, 2012

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Crack reporter Dave Marcheskie (who took the above photo) was smart enough to follow up when the worst lawyer in the world, Joe Amendola, told reporters this morning that the Jerry Sandusky trial was like a soap opera. 

Which one, Marcheskie asked.

All My Children.

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Photos: Chase Utley’s All-Star Animals Casino Night

Kyle Scott - May 11, 2012

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Chase and Jen Utley held their annual Utley All-Stars For Animals event last night to raise money for the Pennsylvania SPCA.

Most of the Phillies were in attendance, some with wives and girlfriends. Kyle Kendrick, coming off his slopfest Wednesday night, wasn’t too eager to do any interviews with TV stations. A laughing Cole Hamels, not wanting to talk about plunking Bryce Harper on Sunday night, was hesitant to speak to CSN, but eventually caved as the topic was avoided.

Someone had a Bugatti parked outside, but I’m not 100% certain it belonged to a Phillie… there were some heavier hitters walking around.  

Also, Heidi Hamels wins. Everything.

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Photos after the jump.

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Ryan Howard at NBA All-Star Weekend

Kyle Scott - February 26, 2012

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Ryan Howard will leave Florida today to visit Dr. Mark Myerson, the surgeon who performed his ACL surgery. Ruben Amaro is calling it a routine visit despite the fact that a small cyst (an infection, of sorts) exists in the area near Howard’s incision. 

Before leaving, The Big Piece stopped off at NBA All-Star festivities in Orlando last night. At first it looked like he had lousy seats… but then everyone on Twitter pointed out that Howard and his fianceé, Krystle Campbell, were seated right behind NBA Deputy Commissioner Adam Silver. So, yeah, not bad.

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Photo via (@RiWaCo)

This guy tweeted that he later sat a table with Howard, Blake Griffin, Vinny from Jersey Shore and Chandler Parsons. Has a pic with Blake to prove it. Carry on.

Video: Scott Hartnell Mic’d Up Gives The World a Lovely “Suck It, Phaneuf”

Kyle Scott - January 29, 2012

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Excellent.

Like many players, Scott Hartnell was mic’d up for the All-Star Game, and – lucky us – CBC played the entire two-minute sequence that included banter with sword-crossing buddy Joffrey Lupul, a #hartnelldown, and a goal from one of the Sedin twins which Hartnell assisted on. And a big, hearty suck it, Phaneuf.

Thus concludes Scott Hartnell Week in Philadelphia.

The entire video is after the jump. 

H/T to reader Dan

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The Delightful Twitter Exchange Between Scott Hartnell and Claude Giroux at Last Night’s Fantasy Draft

Kyle Scott - January 27, 2012

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Last night, after Claude Giroux and Kimmo Timonen got picked relatively early in the All-Star team selections, leaving Scott Hartnell all to his lonesome and with the fear of a fat kid in a dodgeball draft, Giroux and Hartsy exchanged a few Twitter chirps, as a hockey player would probably call them.

First up, G-Spot:

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Mr. Hartnell? 

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30 minutes later, Hartnell joined Giroux on Team Alfredsson. His reaction:

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Hockey players also like hashtags, apparently.

No response from Claude, who is clearly the cool kid in this relationship (the ultimate sign of power and control is the person who can duck out of a conversation first). 

Sean Couturier and Matt Read, as part of the rookie group, will join Giroux and Hartnell on Team Alfredsson. Timonen is on Team Chara.

Other stuff:

Claude Giroux's Winter Classic jersey sold for $10,000 in an auction last night.

And finally, just for shits and giggles, here’s video of Joey Junior Blackhawks reporter flirting with Heidi Androl of the NHL Network. She’s one of the more functional beauties the NHL rolled out for the event.

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Today in Douchebaggery: 29 49ers Fans Arrested, Alex Ovechkin Bails Out of All-Star Game

Kyle Scott - January 24, 2012

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Jobu no go

We can go one of two places here: We can continue our never-ending crusade to prove that Philly fans are far from the worst and start on the left coast, where 110 people were kicked out of the NFC Championship Game in San Francisco on Sunday. Another 29 were arrested. One man, who had his 2-year-old son with him, was charged with threatening an officer and endangerment of a child.

Yeah, that seemed like a good place to start.

Now we can head to the nation’s capital, where Tim Thomas isn’t present where Alex Ovechkin, who was suspended three games for a hit in Sunday’s game against the Penguins, has decided not to attend the All-Star Game, mostly so he can stick it to the league. Quoticals via our old friend Steve Whyno, who now writes for the Washington Times (miss you, Steve):

"My heart is not there. I suspended, so why I have to go there?" Ovechkin said. "I love the game; it's great event. I'd love to be there, but I'm suspended. I don't want to be a target. I feel I'm not deserving to be there right now. If I suspended, I have to be suspended. That's why I give up my roster [spot]."

 

In other words: I show them. League want to suspended Ovi? Ovi no attend gigantic league marketing event.

Of course, this reminds us of the time Max Talbot called Ovi a douche.

The dichotomy between a player like Scott Hartnell and Ovechkin is striking. Harts was snubbed from the initial roster, but had this to say upon learning that he will fill the shoes of Jonathan Toews: "It was right before bed time and my heart was racing. I was kind of nervous. It was from Shanahan and I thought I might have a disciplinary hearing… but it was good news."

Hey, speaking of Washington things, the Sixers helped Flip Saunders get himself "fired" after last night's loss. That's in quotes because Saunders has a year-and-a-half left on his four-year, $18 million deal. Perhaps he can join former Sixers coach Eddie Jordan coaching freshman basketball at a D.C. area high school. Jordan will make $3 million this year… from the Sixers.

Carry on.