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Ed Wade Wrote a Mystery Novel

Kyle Scott - December 3, 2012

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So this is what Ed Wade has been up to while destroying the Houston Astros and in his token role as The Guy Who Traded Us Brad Lidge with the Phillies: writing a mystery novel.

No, really. 

As unearthed by the folks over at Astros County, Ed Wade recently released a fiction novel, Delayed Honor, whose title I can only imagine is a metaphor for the half-assed pat on the back he got upon his return to Philadelphia for being at the helm when the Phillies drafted their World Series champs core.

The book is available exclusively on Amazon’s Kindle (for now) and comes with this description:

Steve Laun returns home to attend the funeral of a father he hasn't seen in years, only to learn that his father's "accidental" death is cloaked in mystery. With the help of neighbors and a burning desire to correct wrongs on a number of fronts, Laun sets out to get to the bottom of his father's death, and, in the process, uncovers and thwarts the efforts of a local arms dealer with worldwide terrorist connections. While following Laun's quest for justice, we learn that there is more to Steve Laun than meets the eye. 

 

Amazing. One can only assume that said local arms dealer with worldwide terrorist connections recklessly sells his most powerful weapons for 10 cents on the dollar and sets his rogue organization back years by leaving them ill-equipped to compete in the American League.  

Wade’s bio section makes it known that he put the project aside (yeah right) while general managing the Astros into obscurity. But you’ll be glad to know he’s taking his role as special consultant to the baseball operations department with the Phillies seriously. From his bio: 

After leaving the Astros at the end of the 2011 season, Wade returned to the Phillies in a special consultant's role, turned his computer back on and finished Delayed Honor. The book incorporates many of Wade's non-baseball interests, including running (lifelong runner with a couple of full- and half-marathons under his belt), skydiving (licensed jumper with over 40 jumps to date) and the military (the book calls on Wade's friendships with many service members, including elite Navy SEALs). A native of Carbondale, PA, Wade is married to Roxanne and is the father of Ryan, Erin and Maureen. The Wades live in Sewell, NJ, where Wade counts the days to the next Spring Training and the beginning of another baseball season.

 

Ed Wade is friends with elite Navy SEALs. The skydiving thing is great, too, since Wade’s gig with the Phils amounts to a golden parachute for his baseball career.

Now seems like as good a time as ever to remind you to click our Amazon link if you plan on purchasing this Ed Wade thriller: 

Ed Werder Stands by His Story that Vick Feels Wronged by Eagles

Kyle Scott - November 30, 2012

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The Eagles vehemently denied an accusation that they are not being 100% truthful about the results of Vick’s (failed) concussion tests. 

But Ed Werder, who reported that Michael Vick believes the Eagles are playing politics with his concussion in the name of getting Nick Foles more snaps, stands by his story. He spoke with Mike Gill on 97.3 ESPN in South Jersey today and said the following:  

“When [he wasn’t cleared to play], he began to tell people that he was wondering if it had more to do with the fact that the Eagles wanted to evaluate Foles for the rest of the season and weren’t being honest with [him], who wants to play, who has to repair his own reputation.”

“All I can tell you is that I didn’t make this up. Michael Vick has told people that he questions whether there's an ulterior motive here or whether this decision not to play in a game is strictly based on his inability to pass the concussion tests. There’s a specific protocol that has to be followed, he hasn’t met it… but that doesn’t mean that Michael Vick doesn’t question whether this is a legitimate reason that he’s not being allowed to play in the game.”

 

There’s no doubt that the Eagles are not fudging the results of Vick’s tests, because concussion test results go through the league and, apparently, get sent to that shit hole known as Pittsburgh.   

Sources close to Vick told Philly Mag’s Tim McManus that not only is Werder’s report inaccurate, but also that Vick is not regressing as had been previously reported. 

Vick, of course, had someone write a statement for him, and it’s all fluffy:

 “I want to thank my fans for the thousands of well wishes. I also appreciate the support of the entire Eagles organization. I feel strong and healthy. As a professional athlete, I want to play in every game but the NFL has a specific protocol to protect players. My focus is to complete this process successfully, so I can rejoin my team on the field.”

 

Cool.

Anyway, as is usually the case, the truth is probably somewhere in middle– Vick is likely frustrated because he feels good but hasn’t passed the concussion test. I’m guessing Werder’s source on this is Rob Vito, the president of Unequal, the local company that makes the rib protection Vick wears and the helmet padding he will be wearing when he returns. Vito allowed Werder to hit him in the chest with a shovel on Monday Night Football a few years back to demonstrate the strength of Unequal’s products. And this week, it was Werder who had the report that Unequal was outfitting Vick with special padding in his helmet. Vito seems to be a go-to for Werder, who otherwise doesn't cover the Eagles on a daily basis. So it would make sense if it was Vito to whom Vick told he felt the Eagles were playing politics, and Vito who then passed that along to Werder. But that’s just my educated guess (I pay myself big bucks for this totally useless shit).

Whatever the case, the Eagles are not fudging the results of Vick’s concussion tests, as is the insinuation by Vick via Werder’s report. Whether or not Vick feels that way, however, is a different story.

You can listen to Ed Werder on 97.3 ESPN here.

Ed Snider Used a Bruno Mars Song to Propose to His 45-Year-Old Girlfriend, Allegedly

Kyle Scott - November 29, 2012

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Photo: HughE Dillon, PhillyChitChat.com

Oh, Ed. Never change. Just keep pocketing Philadelphians’ hard-earned money and laying the propped-up pipe to significantly younger women.

Dan Gross of Philly.com confirmed a report by Sports Input that Snider, 79, recently got engaged to Lin Spivak, 45. Snider didn’t confirm any details, but Sports Input’s original report, from Friday, November 9, said that Snider, while dining at a fancy Santa Barbara restaurant, excused himself to go to the bathroom (growing problem…) and then a group of actors and singers came out singing Bruno Mars’ Marry You to Spivak while Snider got down on one creaky knee. Sex.

Spivak will be his fourth wife.

Ed Hochuli Did Pushups When He Found Out Lockout was Over, is Baffled by his Twitter Popularity

Kyle Scott - September 27, 2012


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Ed Hochuli hysteria has reached a tipping point. I think the NFL should let him wear a Superman t-shirt – tight, of course – to whatever game he refs this weekend (unknown as of yet). Or go sleeveless. If they’re smart, they’ll assign him to the Sunday Night Giants-Eagles game, so he can flex his guns on national TV and get a raucous Philly cheer when he emphatically signals first down!!!!!!

I’m sorry– I’m getting more excited for that possibility than the game.

Anyway, the whole Hochuli thing isn’t a joke, he really is a workout nut… or a brilliant self-promoter. NFL Network reporter Jeff Darlington, who looks a lot like the Bachelorette’s Chris Bukowski, spoke with Hochuli:

That’s genuinely awesome. 

Darlington has more from Hochuli, though he inexplicably left the pushups quote out of his column

"Why does it matter if I have a reaction?" Hochuli told NFL.com. "Why? Who am I? My kid told me I'm trending on Twitter. What does that even mean?"

After a thorough explanation to Hochuli about his unprecedented popularity — after making him realize he's now culturally cooler than Chuck Norris and Jack Bauer combined — Hochuli responded with something unintentionally deep.

"I haven't done a thing or said a thing in months, and my popularity has risen," said Hochuli, who eventually agreed to allow his quotes to be published. "I should just stay out of sight. Isn't it amazing?"

 

Hochuli told Darlington that officials have taken 18 rules tests and watched hours and hours of video. 

Good to have the A-team back. 

Ed Rendell Calls Jayson Werth an “Ass”

Kyle Scott - September 27, 2012

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I don’t know that Ed Rendell’s opinios carry much weight anymore (since. we’re. not. quite. sure. what. he. does.), but I’ve always enjoyed his passionate Phillyfanisms, and I’m kind of glad Greg Bucceroni didn’t put a fucking bullet in his head. So, when the former Gov calls Jayson Werth an “ass,” I”m happy to give it some ink. Or bits. Whatever. 

Ed Rendell, speaking to the WIP Morning Show: [CBS Philly]

“Well, it’s a seven letter word, Angelo, and the first letter is “A” and the last letter is “E”!,”

 

It’s too early for Wheel of Fortune.*

“I mean, Jayson Werth is a complete ass! You’re right, the fans did make his career. We made him a star, and we got him that contract. Players are nuts. The fans are great to Jayson Werth. Even Donovan [McNabb], he had some difficulty with the fans, but he acknowledged how great Eagles fans were when it came to winning or losing games. And this is the same guy, Jayson Werth, compare him to what Cliff Lee said about Philly fans, or what Cole Hamels said, this year, about the Philly fans. It’s nuts! I think he’s got to be a little off kilter.”

 

Never mind that Rendell couldn’t go one thought without bringing up Donovan McNabb (who will be making his debut on Daily News Live tonight!), I'd like to solve his puzzle: Jayson Werth is an a_ _ _ _ _ e. Asshole!

Listen to the audio after the jump.

*Is Vanna White ever going to age? My mom and dad always tell me about how, as a baby, I would sit in my little highchair, probably with a fresh load of shit, and smile when the lovely lady came on-screen (some things never change, I suppose). That was in 1985, when I was 2. Vanna is now 55. Schfifty Five! Yet she looks good in HD. It’s amazing. Also – and this keeps me up at night – like, no way her and Pat Sajak haven’t had sex, right? They’ve traveled the country together for 30 years, drinking margaritas. There’s no way they haven’t at least once made a bad decision, if even just for the integrity of the show. Anyone who’s watched has thought about it. They owed it to America to try, because, somehow, them taking each other for a test spin makes Wheel that much more legitimate. 

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This Guy Says He was Offered $200 to Have Sex With Jerry Sandusky in 1979 and 1980 as Part of a Child Sex Ring

Kyle Scott - August 15, 2012

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Back in November, just days after the Jerry Sandusky story broke, Mark Madden, a sometimes blowhard radio host and columnist from Pittsburgh, was telling anyone who would listen about an alleged investigation that focused on a child porn ring in which young boys were pimped out to Second Mile donors. 

At the time, that tale seemed a bit far-fetched, but it made its rounds in the media and on this site. The story quickly went away, though, and there were no more (legitimate) mentions of it. Until last Friday. That’s when CBS and Radar Online released similar but separate reports that said Sandusky was being investigated for his part in a child porn ring that sent letters to and illegal photos of children across state lines and, maybe, shared rape victims.

[We detailed those reports on Monday.]

Suddenly, that whole “it goes deeper than just Sandusky” sentiment that many assumed, but didn’t want to acknowledge, was given a shred of credibility.

One man, who had already hinted at the existence of a porn ring, was finally given a foundation to support his wild tale.

Greg Bucceroni, 49, garnered quite a bit of intertube attention for himself last week when he commented on a Daily Collegian article (Penn State student newspaper), alleging that he was abused over 250 times by Philadelphia businessman Ed Savitz, who died in 1993 while awaiting trial on a litany of disgusting charges. Savitz, Bucceroni wrote, was involved in a child porn ring that included the Second Mile, Sandusky, mobsters, and seemingly everyone from Jimmy Hoffa to the Loch Ness Monster. His assertions were not unlike many website comments, meaning that they were certainly thought-provoking, intriguing, and perhaps damning, but provided little evidence to back up extraordinary claims (because, no, Nessy never attended a Second Mile fundraiser– we looked into it).

Though there were the obvious red flags that go with most comments, Bucceroni’s story was a bit different. He used his real name (a rarity) and, as it turns out, has told his story to major publications, including the Philadelphia Inquirer and New York Daily News. He also works as a school police officer and is part of a crime-fighting task force.

Last December, Bucceroni, spurred by recent events at Penn State, told the Inquirer of the horrible, deviant and vile abuse he suffered at the hands of Savitz from 1977-1980. Bucceroni made no mention of Sandusky, however.

In July, Bucceroni told the New York Daily News about his abuse… and the time  Savitz drove him to a Second Mile fundraiser to hand deliver his enrollment forms for the charity to The Coach, Jerry Sandusky.

More recently, last Thursday, just a day before the CBS and Radar Online released their reports, Bucceroni spoke to WJAC TV in Johnstown, Pennsylvania, telling them about his encounters with Sandusky.

The next day, the reports of an FBI investigation into Sandusky’s participation in a child porn ring came out and, suddenly, Bucceroni’s claims didn’t seem that far-fetched.

I spoke with Bucceroni for nearly three hours on Sunday night, and what he had to say was, for lack of a better word, disturbing.

[What follows is an extremely graphic account of alleged illicit child sexual abuse and the pimping out of young boys to men, including Jerry Sandusky. The language included is NSFW and, even for this site, quite graphic.]

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Ed Snider Invokes Status Quo

Kyle Scott - May 30, 2012

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How does Ed Snider feel about Mike Richards – once dubbed the next Bobby Clarke – and Jeff Carter playing for Lord Stanley’s Cup?

One associated press writer asked him: [Washington Post]

“It doesn’t make it bitter at all,” Flyers founder and owner Ed Snider said by phone from California on Tuesday. “Quite frankly, I think it’s more interesting to watch. I am very fond of Richards and Carter. I’d love to see them succeed. As far as Jersey is concerned, they beat us. If they win, at least we know we lost to the best.” 

“I think we’re better off [following the trades],” Snider said, “but I’m not getting into details.”

 

I bet, Ed. 

But are… they better off? Maybe. The Flyers have a bunch of young players that were very impressive this season, so it’s hard to argue with the long-term outlook. But, the reality is that Richards and Carter are young too, and had signed up to be Flyers for a long time. Richards has won at every level and helped lead the team to the Finals in 2010. Carter, while we joke about his clutch bone, is a substantial scoring threat, who at the very least garners the attention of defensemen. He hasn’t been great in the playoffs (nine points in 14 games), but the mid-season trade that sent him to the Kings seems to have given his new team just enough of a scoring boost to make the playoffs and win, oh, say, three rounds.

As such, it’s hard to argue with what’s going on in the real world– Richards and Carter and John Stevens and Simon Gagne’s soupy melon and Ron Hextall and Justin Williams and Dean Lombardi, all former members of the organization, are playing for the Stanley Cup. The current Flyers? Hanging out P.J. Whelihan’s: [the picture is unnecessary, but really I was just looking for an excuse to use it]

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Pic via reader Marc, taken last week

Richards and Carter, who were quite broken up about the trades last summer, seem to be just fine with things now. Here’s what Richards told reporters at yesterday’s Stanley Cup media day: 

“We were pretty mad. I’m not going to lie,” Richards said at Stanley Cup media day. “It’s something I’ve never had before. I’ve never been traded. Jeff has never been traded. For us to be traded at the same time I think was a lot of venting to each other.”

“Like I said, everything happens for a reason. If that was the path that was intended for us, that’s great.”

 

Excuse me while I remove this twisted knife…

Anyway, all of the quotes you’ve read thus far in this post have been expected. But here’s one that wasn’t– Snider on the subject of satisfaction, or whatever you want to call it:

“It’s not so great for someone like me, when we work our butt off and we think we’re in a position to win and we don’t,” Snider said. “But at least we’re competitive every year. A lot of teams in the last three years would have liked to have gone to the finals once and the second round twice. I’m not saying we’re satisfied with that, but it’s certainly not failure.”

 

Some have been known to call that a Gold Standard.

More: Washington Post

Video: Flyers Locker Room Celebration Features Awkward Ed Snider-Russian Goalie High Five

Kyle Scott - April 22, 2012

We call this progress.

So that begs the question… who had the more awkward high-five, Bryz and Ed or myself and Jennaphr Frederick?

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