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Reminder: NHL 13 Tournament Tonight at Play2

Kyle Scott - February 27, 2013

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TONIGHT. 8:30 p.m. NHL 13 tournament at Chickie’s and Pete’s Play2 in South Philly. It’s free to play. Just show up before 8:30 to signup. There will be games on both Xbox 360 and PS3 (we’ll try to accommodate requests, but no guarantees). Each game will use default settings, with the exception of “skill level,” which will be bumped up to “All-Star.”

It will be a single-elimination tournament. All ties, with the exception of games in the semifinals and finals, will be broken with a five-minute overtime and shootout.

Winner gets a $40 gift card to Amazon.

Bonus– come down early for the taping of Great Sports Debate next door at Chickie’s and Pete’ at 7.

Bynum Spotting: Images of a Loon (Andrew Bynum at Dave And Busters)

Kyle Scott - December 5, 2012

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WE HATH FOUND ANDREW BYNUM PLAYING BASKETBALL.

Pop-A-Shot, at Dave and Buster’s.

This picture was sent along by (@Lackey13). I asked him if there was any sort of team event at D&B, but he said that he only saw Bynum, “strolling around for about an hour with some short dude.”

Another witness to greatness:

And here's another pic, from (@Chanitaaa): 

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Ah yes, the now famous Brooklyn jacket, and the afro, which is coming in nicely.

[In all seriousness, this has the feel of a charity thing. So we won't laugh. Yet.]

Sports Betting Updates

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DraftKings Sportsbook Review

DraftKings Sportsbook has been live in New Jersey for over two full months now and a lot has changed since launch. While they were the first out of the gate for legal US sports betting, they now face competition from many sites, including FanDuel Sportsbook, SugarHouse Sportsbook, BetStars and others. How do they stack up and what promos does DraftKings Sportsbook offer? Let’s take a closer look. Bonus: First bet matched up to $200 Minimum

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Your Complete Eagles and Saints Betting Guide

In many ways, the Philadelphia Eagles enter their matchup with the New Orleans Saints this weekend in a similar spot to what their previous opponent, the Dallas Cowboys, found themselves in a week ago. More than a touchdown underdog on the road against what’s believed to be a far superior team, the Eagles appear outclassed and overmatched. Most people figured they were tuning into the Cowboys’ funeral a week ago, and just as many, if

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Every New Jersey Sportsbook Promo You Need To Know This Weekend

Black Friday is just about a week away, and if you’re like me, you could probably use some extra spending money to take advantage of all the hot deals that will soon be out there. Good news. There will be plenty of betting opportunities to find some winners this weekend. It’s Week 11 in the NFL and the race for the playoffs is revving up. Every Top 25 college football team is in action. There’s

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Burrelled: Pat Burrell was Spotted Dancing Shirtless at an After Hours Club Early This Morning

Kyle Scott - May 19, 2012

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Oh no. It’s begun.
 

A video from our friends at BirdText.com warned us of this fateful day– May 19, 2012, when Pat Burrell returns to Philadelphia to retire as a Phillie… and, quote, “fuck every pussy he sees.”

The Bat wasted no time getting after it early this morning. We’ll let an anonymous reader fill you in with this unedited email, which was sent at 5:03 a.m.:  

I work at a bar in center city and usually get done fairly close to 2am. So after a long night of work I go to the Pen and Pencil so grab some beers (don't know if you heard of the place). Well guess what? Tonight I get done close to 2 roll to the pnp and go to grab some beers at the bar. Guess who I see dancing like an idiot and wearing a blazer with clearly no shirt on underneath? The one and only Pat Burrell. I roll up and say whats up to him and go to enjoy my beers and relax. My other buddy from work shows up and points to the table that Pat the Bat is sitting at, and guess who else has joined this table of smoking hot blondes? Chase motherfucking Utley, sitting there drinking a lager. Needless to say, I wasnt surprised to see Pat the Bat acting like an asshole in the PNP at 3am but Chase sure was. He left a little after 3 shortly after Pat left with some mediocre looking brunette.  

 

Ahh! It’s happening. Everything is happening just like the video said! 

Somewhat skeptical of any email I receive between the hours of 2-6 a.m., I quick Twitter searched for any other sightings.

We have one:

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It’s important to note that Burrell rocking blazer-over-bare chest at the Pen and Pencil Club is delightfully ridiculous. The members-only bar bills itself as “the nation’s oldest press club.” It was established in 1892 as a place for scriptuals to gather and regale each other with tales of the day. And to get really drunk. They probably got really drunk there. The club is operated by several members of the Inquirer, Daily News, and other local outlets.  

Burrell and Utley were always good friends and drinking buddies, so it’s no surprise they were out together. Quite frankly, the whole scene makes me a little misty-eyed, longing for the days of yesteryear when Chase Utley had knees and Pat Burrell could be spotted on any given Friday night dancing shirtless at an after-hours club.

Never forget.

UPDATE: Burrell was at the Irish Pub, too.

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A few folks in the comments provides additional details, but take those with a grain of salt.

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Here’s the Phillies 2012 Stars & Stripes Hat (Minus any Stars & Stripes)

Dan Fuller - May 19, 2012

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As has been the pattern since 2008, Major League Baseball will be using special hats for Memorial Day, the 4th of July, and September 11 as part of their "Stars & Stripes" program. Mixing the design up every year, they're actually eschewing the namesake "stars and stripes," replacing them with a digital camouflage pattern. (Let me say that I think it's the Army's "Universal Camouflage Program," but military uniforms are outside my uniform wheelhouse. In terms of straight-up trivia, I'd give the designers lots of credit if the camouflage pattern for the Blue Jays followed one of Canada's CADPAT designs or if the Padres used one of the US Marines' patterns instead of what I assume is the US Army's pattern, but it doesn't look like either is the case.)

History

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This year, thankfully, MLB says they will donate "ALL NET PROCEEDS" from sales of the hat to the Welcome Back Veterans fund (previously, Kyle gave MLB heat for the shamelessness of contributing only $1 from a $37 MSRP item in order to play the "for the troops" card).

The Stars & Stripes hats are made in China, unlike the normal on-field New Era hats which are made by folks you'd normally see when there's an aggressive Clint Eastwood voiceover talking about it being half-time or 7th Inning Stretch or Second Intermission in America. USA!

So… how do they look? In a word, ugly. Oddly, instead of just framing the camo pattern with the normal white of the "P," they added an extra blue stroke on top of the white to frame the camo. Odd (and unnecessary). With just red and (generally green) camo, I'm stretching, but you get a nice "Christmas comes to Winter's Bone" effect. Red+Blue+Camo? Nope. Looking through the rest of the league, they just look like dirty versions of the normal hats. Also, like the Phillies, other teams, such as the Blue Jays, have gotten vestigial strokes added to the design for some reason. 

For some positivity, a detail I've always liked on the Stars & Stripes hats is that they also drop-in the pattern in the "batterman" logo on the back of the hats, and they've continued that this year. 

Looking at the Phillies hats since 2008,  the 2009 hat is the best (being that it looks just like the normal hat, minus the red button on top) with the navy blue 2008 as runner-up. 2010 is hideous and 2011 looks missed the retro fad by about 4 years. For those interested in such things, the 2009/10/11 versions are easily found on ebay, but the 2008 hats are extremely rare (as in there hasn't been one on ebay in either hat size I can wear in the last 3 years). Last season,  I offered a middle aged man at a Phillies game $60 for the one he had one his head, and he even knew not to sell it. I am not proud of any part of this anecdote…

Anyone out there planning on buying one of these? If so, you can line Kyle's pockets by clicking this link to purchase.

Pictures via lids.com and the very cool, but not-updated-since-2o1o Fittedelphia, which chronicles Phillies hats made by New Era.

The Monkey Who Hung Up on Ryan Seacrest and Smashed John Bolaris’ iPhone

Kyle Scott - July 15, 2011

This is too good.

This morning on the Preston and Steve Show, Bubba the monkey, who apparently hates everything about smallish, follicly advanced talking heads, managed to hang up on the host of American Idol and smash John Bolaris' iPhone in the same maneuver.

The folks from the morning show posted the video on YouTube, which shows the monkey banging Bolaris' – original? - iPhone before hopping across the table and inadvertently hanging up on Ryan Seacrest, who was on to promote his new broadcast studio at CHOP (a really awesome thing, actually).

There is no truth to the rumor that Bolaris later woke up in a taxi cab and forgot about the entire incident. Twice. None.

Funny stuff from Preston and Steve.

Here’s the Phillies 2011 Stars and Stripes Hat

Kyle Scott - May 11, 2011

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For the fourth season in a row, MLB teams will wear Stars and Stripes caps on Memorial Day, 4th of July weekend, and 9/11.

Major League Baseball will donate a whopping $1 of their roughly $20 profit (I used to work on their site) on each hat sold to the Welcome Back Veterans fund.

The first year these hats were released, they were quickly put on backorder, as the blue design was unique and worked with most color schemes. Since then, they've released red, white, and now red and white versions. The second version – red – didn't sell nearly as well, and, thanks to New Era's MAP pricing, we had to come up with creative shipping discounts to move the hats. I'm guessing the white ones from last year suffered a similar fate. This year's version, with the red brim and backing, is a small improvement.

Want one? Here's a 10% code for you to use at the MLB Shop. Click this link and enter code vote2011 at checkout. It will take 10% off the order. A dollar will still go to Welcome Back Veterans.

When Being From 5th and Washington Gets You Knocked Out… With a Jab

Kyle Scott - March 14, 2011

What happens when a dude who claims to be from 5th and Washington – in Camden (not Philly) – wanders into West Philly? Well, he gets knocked the fuck out.

Here's video that popped up on YouTube a couple of weeks ago of a fight between neighbors "Vince" and "Raymo." If we're just judging by names alone, I'm going with Vince.

Yeah, Vince won. Don't mess with an Italian guy's fiancé.

Our buddies Sean Brace and Jon Marks had both Vince and Raymo on their show this weekend. Turns out Raymo was drunk during the fight and doesn't have a computer to view the viral video- shocking on both fronts.

When he took his shirt off, I thought we were going swimming.

 

Listen to the interview here– Raymo is convinced he would have won if he was sober.

This Will Make You Hate the Penguins More Than You Already Do

Kyle Scott - February 2, 2011

Ladies and gentlemen, entering the pantheon of horrible rally songs alongside Don't Stop Believin', we present to you "Black and Yellow."

This video, put together by the folks over at HockeyGods.com, spoofs Penguins fans (or hockey fans, or our general intelligence) by remixing of Wiz Khalifa’s tune. Bonus points for the Tom Barrasso name drop, however- he was dynamite in NHL '93.

As far as we know, these guys aren't Penguins fans. But that does nothing to stop us from hating Pittsburgh more after viewing this. And why does the Flyers fan look like the trashiest ho they could find?

Pronger you're a baby, why'd you steal that puck?

via The Big Lead