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Source: Buzz Bissinger To Host Local Afternoon Radio Show

Kyle Scott - May 5, 2012

From the nothing to see here files, a source tells me that Fright Night Lights author and Spike Eskin Twitter-battler Buzz Bissinger will be signing on with 1210 WPHT to host an afternoon slot, where he’ll be joined by former WIP host Steve Martorano. 

The show will be mostly politics and some pop culture, with little sports. But, given the fact that both men were heavily involved in sports coverage, both locally and nationally, and because I got a scoop and dammit I want to tell you about it!, I felt it was worth pointing out. And we’re sure Bissinger will eventually say something that has us talking.

Twitter Fight! Spike Eskin and Buzz Bissinger Throw Down

Kyle Scott - February 17, 2012

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Those of you who spend a lot of time on the Twitters are probably well aware of the two most, um, opinionated localish media folks, Buzz Bissinger (Friday Night Lights author, former Inquirer columnist, many other things) and Spike Eskin (WIP host, web guy, and, yes, Howard’s son). 

Buzz (@buzzbissinger) is known for his sporadic and spirited rants on everything from sports to politics and everything in between. Spike (@spikeeskin), a Sixers nut, keeps it mostly to sports now that he’s on-air with WIP, but, as I can attest to, never backs down from a Twitter debate. Or Twitter fight… which is what happened this morning.

It all started quite innocently (sort of) when Spiked fired the opening at salvo at Buzz in response to this graf, which Buzz wrote about Jeremy Lin for The Daily Beast

[Lin] has not solved Michael Vick’s dog-killing problem that continues to make him the most hated athlete in America, although he could by opening a Vietnamese-style restaurant with him and carefully planning the menu together. 


Yikes. Count me as someone who is not offended by this, or anything… but the paragraph was probably unnecessary. Spike noticed:

[Thanks to Matt Mullin for pulling together this Storify board, which made aggregating this a much more manageable task. As is often the case with Twitter conversations, there are many replies which get disjointed during the flow of conversation, so we've edited some responses to match up with their intended jab. Enjoy.] 


YAY! @buzzbissinger decided writing a column wasn't enough, he had to be decidedly stupid and racist at the end of it for attention!


Ding, ding!


Get a fucking life. You sound like you are on drugs on the radio and I would know.


Thanks for listening brother. Appreciate the support.


I don't need the attention Spike. I am poking fun at the righteous PC squadrons such as yourself. Get over ourself. Ain't daddy. 


If you are keeping score at home (I undoubtedly am), it took until Buzz’s second response to get to the daddy issue. I had the over-under at four, so I will now shell over five bucks to Jose, the Winter Classic gnome who keeps me company as I pen you grammatical stylings. 


and I'm to get a life, after you make a "Vietnamese restaurants serve dog" joke in a Jeremy Lin piece. 


The world can handle it. Too much PC bullshit. Nobody fucking says anything for fear to offend. Obviously over the top. Said so. 


hey didn't you write a good book 15 years ago?


Friday Night Lights. He’s talking about Friday Night Lights

Much more after the jump.

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Humongous Big Announcement: CB Takes On, Partners With Other Local Sites

Kyle Scott - February 1, 2012


The takeover continues today.

Crossing Broad is Philly’s best sports blog– you said so and I think so. We can often get to stories while and CSN are asleep at the switch. We can provide commentary that fucking blows through the arbitrary boundaries established by the, um, establishment. We have the freedom and balls to pull from and credit competing entities. And, unlike and some other print publisher websites, we understand that stories can be told with not only words, but also with video, audio, pictures, long-form quotes, polls, interactivity, and – most importantly – personality. 

So, that’s why sports media in this town should take a bit of pause at this announcement.

Despite being Philly’s most read independent website, I like to think that CB is the city’s best-kept secret… and I don’t like secrets. There are many, many local sports fans who have no idea that we exist, and they are probably the same folks who are often seven hours late in learning the most interesting (and ridiculous) Philly sports stories of the day. So, today, we grow. We reach you, Mr. Seven-Hour Late Local Sports Fan.

We are acquiring and, with it, the services of its founder, Drew Cohen.

What does this mean for CB? Nothing. Nothing changes. We are still the same site, making you damp with sportity goodness and made up words. But, admittedly, this has been nearly a one-man show for over two years. Sure, I’ve had some outstanding contributions from the likes of Ryan Gillon, John Ellis, Adam Reigner, Adam Gonsiewski, Lauren Liberati and others, but, at the end of the day, it was one person, me, updating the site around the clock. 

My goal for CB has always been to keep the site updated regularly throughout the workday. Unfortunately, though, the sports world doesn’t stop spinning at 5 p.m. or 6 p.m… in fact, that’s often when it gets going. Keeping up with it is a thankless task that always leaves one feeling a step behind, even if he’s three steps ahead of everyone else. That’s where Drew comes in. Drew founded almost by accident. He originally used the site to promote his almost daily podcasts, which included interviews with many local and national athletes. Being the enterprising man that he is, Drew (perhaps not coincidentally– sorry, Drew) made his site look a lot like this one, and, in case you haven’t noticed, played off the whole Broad thing, too. But that’s OK, we respect bastardness here on CB– in fact, it’s encouraged, a point that is evidenced by the fact that Drew is now our number two.

Drew will help make Crossing Broad a bit more 24/7 and provide more updates throughout the workday to distract you, the reader, from doing what is important for your very existence (sorry). He will also host a daily (or at least that’s the goal) live radio show called CB Radio. I will join Drew once or twice per week, as is already the case with the now-former Broad Street Radio, but he will mostly be on his own to produce and host the show, which will include many guests. 

In addition, Drew will handle some back-end tasks for CB and plan events like tailgates, bus trips, and other things that often distract me from writing dick jokes and posting pictures of Jon Dorenbos’ wife.

That’s great, but what about Buzz On Broad?

I thought you’d never ask!

Instead of competing with CB and posting the same stories, it will become a complementary site, or, more ambitiously, the news backbone of Crossing Broad. Think of it as a cross between and the NBC-style “sports talk” sites, delivering you nonstop news and rumors about Philly sports. Don’t expect many words or much commentary, though. I’ve long struggled with the threshold for what constituted a post on CB– I didn’t want to ignore “news,” but I also didn’t want to water down our commentary with the most mundane updates. And that’s where Buzz On Broad will come in– you will go to school over there and party over here. will give you every bit of information you need. Want to know the night’s Phillies lineup? Want to know who’s starting in goal tonight for the Flyers? Want to what Ruben Amaro may or may not have told a rival GM as was reported by a national baseball writer throwing shit at a wall?

But wait, there’s more! 

We’re announcing that and will become the lead sites in a new local sports website partnership, Philadelphia Independent Sports Network, which will include,,,,,, and others soon to be announced. We will have more on that in the coming weeks, but – looking at you, advertisers – you can reach nearly 250,000 local sports fans on 1.5 million (and growing!) monthly impressions for a much lower rate than you could with mainstream sites.

Let’s face it, online media in this town sucks.’s online presence leaves much to be desired. That’s not an indictment of their writers and editors, some of whom are very good, but more-so of their business model. I used to work there, and, during my interview in 2005, was told that they viewed their biggest competition as being direct mail, not online. Tells you all you need to know.

So, while they’re busy trying to figure out how to survive today’s reported merger of the Inquirer and Daily News sports staffs, will be delivering you around-the-clock updates, will dampen your pants with sports commentary, and our partner sites will alleviate the need for you to ever read another Marcus Hayes column.

Who’s the big winner in all this? You’re the big winner in all this.

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Now, if you’ll excuse me, we have a market to take over.

Needless to say, visit if you haven’t done so already. Follow Drew on Twitter (@DrewBCohen). Listen to CB Radio, where we talked a bit about the merger yesterday. And check out all of our great partner sites.

Freddie Freeman Was Mad Last Night

Kyle Scott - May 14, 2011


… for many reasons, not the least of which was because he looks like Buzz from Home Alone.

Antonio Bastardo, centaur, struck out Buzz with the bases loaded after starting him out 3-0.

Looking like Buzz doesn't bode well for Freeman long-term. But you have to get past the jump to see that for yourself. Buzz, your future, woof!

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Here’s Video of the Sword Fight Between Buzz Bissinger and Mark Cuban

Kyle Scott - March 1, 2011

In case you don't know what we're talking about- read this. Then watch this transcribed exchange (outstandingly by Deadspin, I might add).

They will both be at the Sixers game tonight.

The Sixers Play the Mavericks Tonight, Mark Cuban vs. Buzz Bissinger on the Undercard?

Ryan Gillon - March 1, 2011


The Sixers and the Mavericks may not be the only matchup you can see at the Wells Fargo Center tonight… kinda makes me want to buy a ticket.

UPDATE: Deadspin has video of the encounter (sort of).

The 30-29 Sixers are on a four-game winning streak (and 7-3 in their last 10 games). They're above the .500 mark for the first time this season. And they'll face a true test tonight when they take on the Dallas Mavericks  at the Wells Fargo Center.

The Mavs (43-16) have the third best record in the league, and they certainly portray themselves to be a much tougher obstacle than the Rockets, Wizards, Pistons, and Cavaliers… the four teams the Sixers beat to compile their latest winning streak.

However, this may not be the only attraction you can see at WFC tonight. Controversial Mavs owner Mark Cuban and the Pulitzer Prize-winning writer, author of "Friday Night Lights", and current Daily Beast blogger Buzz Bissinger (say that 10 times fast) could square off courtside, after a war of words over Twitter saw the two have quite the exchange. Both men will be present at tonight's game, and there's no way to predict what will happen.

Find out how the whole mess started after the jump.

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Buzz Bissinger Calls David Akers a Jerk, Criticizes Him for Missing Field Goals

Kyle Scott - February 7, 2011


Responding to comments made in this column, The Super Bowl That Never Was, Buzz Bissinger took to Twitter to trash David Akers (yeah, the guy whose daughter had an ovarian cyst) for missing two field goals during the first round of the playoffs. Aggregated for your reading pleasure:

David Akers is a jerk, sorry. He plays at most 20 times a year. He is a profssional. He sucks it up or tells Reid he can't play. Instead he plays, plays lousy and then dimes Reid out for not being sensitive. Gimme a break Akers. Man up. Be a professional. Plus doctors indicated that Akers' daughter's entire ovary should be removed. They said no. Is that in the best interest of the child? I had a child who who weight 1 lb. 11 ounces when born in 1983. In ICU for seven months. Came home on supplemental oxygen. Trumatic yes. So Akers should have said that he simply could not work. But he was afraid of being called Pussy. So he did the worst thing possible. And what do you think he told Reid–My head is in the clouds but I will what I can. I am sure he said he was fine and ready to go.


Sometimes I consider myself the biggest asshole on earth for some of the stuff we write on here, but I'm not sure it comes close to that. 

Bissinger makes a lot of good points, including this one…

I thought i would never say this, but bloggers are right that sportswriters in a locker room makes them part of the team.


… but the Akers comments? Low blow.