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Our First Time Watching the Philadelphia Fusion

Kevin Kinkead - July 31, 2018

The Philadelphia Fusion lost this past weekend. They will not be Overwatch League champions. They didn’t play particularly well. Maybe the moment was too big for them or maybe the underdog story just ran its course. For whatever reason, they didn’t have it.

But they gave it a good go. And from what I watched on Friday night, they seem like a scrappy, blue collar, lunch-pail carrying Philadelphia team, just like any other squad in town. I think we can all safely say we’re now “five for five” instead of “four for four.”

Friday night was the first time most of us at Crossing Broad have watched eSports, at least intensely, so we thought it would be fun and/or mildly entertaining to share the log of our Slack chat from series one of the finals. Most of it is us just sort of fumbling over the rules and trying to figure out what’s going on. I’ve been a lifelong gamer but don’t know too much about Overwatch or the Fusion in general. Other guys really had no clue what has happening, and eventually started talking about the proper way to grill a steak.

Here ya go:

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The Philadelphia Fusion are Trying to Become World F$%^#@! Champions

Kevin Kinkead - July 27, 2018

I know everyone is excited about the Super Bowl champion Eagles and the first-place Phillies, but let’s pause for a second to talk about your team, your town, your Philadelphia Fusion, who feature a grand total of zero Americans on the roster.

But that’s okay, because they’re our boys, and tonight they’ll play in the Overwatch League final at the Barclay’s Center in Brooklyn. Match one against those London Spitfire wankers is televised on ESPN at 7 p.m.

So apparently the Fusion were pretty big underdogs heading into the playoffs. As a six seed, they knocked off the #1 seed New York and #3 seed Boston, which I think any Philly fan can appreciate. London had a similar path to the final, dispatching a pair of Los Angeles teams as the fifth seed.

The format for the finals is a best-of-three series played in best-of-five matches, and each individual game is referred to as a “map.” If the teams split the first two matches, the Spitfire pick which “map” they want to play for the third and final match. Makes sense, right?

Our best player is this dude named “Carpe,” who is one of the best “DPS” players in the league. DPS is an old RPG term meaning “damage per second,” so the guy is basically like the Fusion’s best attacker. Carpe was an Overwatch All-Star this season alongside “Poko,” who is a “flex.” I think that means he just plays whatever role they need.

Edit: I stand corrected –

Got it? Good.

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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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FanDuel Sportsbook Is Offering Up To $200 in Risk Free Bets This Weekend

When FanDuel Sportsbook first launched, we noted in our review that their initial deposit bonus – $100 – paled in comparison to what SugarHouse and BetStars were offering new players. We figured maybe they were resting on their brand recognition and felt they didn’t need to offer aggressive promotions to get new players to sign up. Whatever they’re doing is working, though, as evidenced by the fact that DraftKings and FanDuel are far and away

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NBA Over/Under Wins That You Might Want to Check Out

The NBA season is upon us and hope springs eternal for all most fan bases. The sportsbooks aren’t emotionally invested in your teams and don’t care if your first round draft pick is once again shelved to start the season. I, however, take the over/under numbers they set and cross-reference it with the human element: old faces in new places (Melo on the Rockets), moronic trades for watered-down stars (Trae Young isn’t even diet Steph Curry),

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Struggling Pro Gamer Dumps Smoking Hot Girlfriend to Focus on Career

Kevin Kinkead - July 24, 2018

This is, by far, my favorite story of the week.

I think it’s real, but who the hell knows. Maybe it’s just a publicity stunt. Either way, I’m in.

Apparently this guy “FaZe Censor,” real name Doug Martin, is a professional Call of Duty player, but he’s been having a rough go of it recently, kind of like Danica Patrick’s entire NASCAR career. So he did what any sensible and committed pro would do – he broke up with his meteorologist girlfriend Yanet Garcia to focus on his craft.

From the New York Post:

Announcing the decision on YouTube, the 23-year-old revealed that he and Garcia, 26, had split up, saying, “I don’t have time for a girlfriend.”

He went on to say that he needed to focus on playing “Call of Duty,” and would be playing the next iteration in the franchise, “Black Ops IV,” full-time while she was “doing that job over there.”

Garcia — known as “the world’s sexiest weathergirl” — grew her global legion of fans during the World Cup as she supported her native Mexico.

Martin has struggled this year, missing out on the first stage of the “Call of Duty World League” before signing up with a different team that had secured a place in Stage 2 to ensure he got there.

Listen, we’ve all been there before. I think we can all relate. Sometimes you just don’t have enough time for your stunningly hot girlfriend, so you have to call it quits and turn attention to your career instead.

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Dallas Takes Another L

Kevin Kinkead - May 3, 2018

Ho hum, another Philly team beat the crap out of a Dallas squad.

This time it was your Fusion boys who just obliterated the most sorry ass group of gamers ever assembled, cruising by the Dallas Fuel 3-1 in last night’s Overwatch League matchup.

I watched a few of the clips and I have no idea what’s going on, just a lot of flashing lights and some British guy getting really excited:

American guy: “Everybody is so spread out for the Philadelphia Fusion. You’ll get a touch…”

British guy: “STILL (inaudible) UP! He still can use the graviton and now we’re in overtime! Self-destruct on the point! No chance for the Dallas Fuel!”

That’s wild.

Let’s check in on the standings real quick:

Look at your Fusion, hovering just above .500 and fighting for the last playoff spot.

Dallas, of course, sucks.

They’ve managed one win this entire season and they’ve only won nine maps total. That’s piss poor. If I was a Fuel fan, I’d be LIVID. Their Overwatch team is just as bad as the Cowboys, Mavs, and Rangers. The Stars were okay this year, I guess, but who really cares about ice hockey in Texas?



Check Out the 76ers Gaming Club’s Digital Court and Uniforms

Kevin Kinkead - May 1, 2018

Actual basketball resumes on Thursday night, but if you can’t wait that long, you can watch the debut of the 76ers Gaming Club a little earlier that evening.

76ers GC will kick off the NBA’s inaugural 2K league with a triple-header against the Blazers, Raptors, and Magic, starting at 4 p.m. All competitions will take place at a New York City studio and will be broadcasted live on Twitch, a production that I guarantee will be more interesting than listening to Kevin McHale’s “color commentary.”

Ahead of Thursday’s debut, the Sixers rolled out the design of the digital court and uniforms:

I dig it. The logo on the shorts has a throwback vibe, reminds me of those Allen Iverson-era uniforms.

And just so we’re clear, these getups will be worn by the video game polygon creations. The players holding the controllers will not be wearing sleeveless jerseys and baggy shorts.

From the press release:

The digital uniforms and court for 76ers Gaming Club are a clean, yet bold representation of the 76ers GC brand with the visually-striking Liberty Bell-shaped ‘76’ at the forefront,” Philadelphia 76ers Chief Marketing Officer Katie O’Reilly said. “We have taken a contemporary approach to our historical basketball brand with 76ers GC. With the swoosh trailing the basketball in the ‘76’ logo on the court’s baselines and the team’s shorts, fans may notice the subtle nod to the ‘Black and Gold’ era uniforms of the 2000’s. The patriotic blue and red throughout completes the cutting-edge nature of the 76ersGC brand as it emerges in the NBA 2K League.”

And here’s what the digital court looks like:


Thursday’s games are actually pool play in a league-wide kickoff tournament. The top eight teams advance to a playoff round and the top four will share a $100,000 prize.

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The Philadelphia Union are Getting in on the ESports Thing

Kevin Kinkead - January 12, 2018

The “four for four” Philadelphia sports fan might find both soccer and video games to be incredibly dorky.

And the only thing dorkier is when you combine the two in some way, shape, or form, which is exactly what’s happening in 2018.

Major League Soccer is partnering with EA Sports to create “eMLS,” a competitive FIFA 18 league. This is basically the exact same thing that the NBA is doing with the NBA 2k League, where most of the franchises, Sixers included, will feature a competitive gaming counterpart.

The Union are one of 19 MLS teams involved in the inaugural FIFA league, where hopefully they’ll win a playoff game for the first time ever. According to the press release, “each club will pursue its own process to select a player from its region to represent it in eMLS competitive play.”

I guess that it’s just one player per franchise, so you’d better be damn good if you’re going to represent our hard working, blue collar, lunch pail type of city.

More from the release:

eMLS will feature eMLS Cup, MLS’s elite competitive gaming event, where each club’s pro will vie for an automatic berth in the EA SPORTS FIFA 18 Global Series Playoffs and a chance to be crowned the undisputed FIFA 18 World Champion at the FIFA eWorld Cup 2018 taking place in August this year. eMLS Cup will debut this April at PAX East, the enormously popular gaming culture festival in Boston that takes place this year from April 5-8 at the Boston Convention and Exhibition Center.

I haven’t played FIFA since 2010 or 2011, when I’d regularly get smoked by 14-year-olds rolling out Barcelona and Chelsea. I tried to compete with random underdog teams, but didn’t do so hot with the likes of Fenerbahce and Atalanta. At least I didn’t pick a cheesy five-star club.

Anyway, the real takeaway here is that another pro league is getting in on the eSports wave. Just this week, the Comcast-owned Philadelphia Fusion began play in the national Overwatch League, and they fucking killed the Houston Outlaws, 3-2.

They even had a bunch of people show up to watch:

Let’s go Fusion! clap clap, clapclapclap

Let’s go Fusion! clap clap, clapclapclap

Sure, Brian Dawkins is one of the toughest Philly athletes of all time, but I wouldn’t want to fuck with these guys:

Let’s Welcome the “76ers Gaming Club”

Kevin Kinkead - December 14, 2017

As you know by now, eSports are the future.

That’s according to frequent Crossing Broad commenter and loyal reader, “ESPORTS ARE THE FUTURE.”

Harris Blitzer Sports and Entertainment leads the Philadelphia charge on the gaming front and they’re at it again this morning, unveiling the “76ers Gaming Club” as the name of the sister team that will compete in the NBA 2k League that begins play in 2018. The Sixers are one of 17 NBA franchises that will participate in the inaugural campaign, which is structured a lot like an actual pro basketball season.

From the press release:

The first stage of player qualifying for the NBA 2K League will take place online from Jan. 1 to Jan. 31, 2018.  Interested participants must win 50 games in NBA 2K18’s 5-on-5 Pro-Am mode on a PlayStation 4 or Xbox One.  Players who meet this requirement and have submitted an online application by Jan. 31, 2018, can be invited to the next round of tryouts in February. In the highly-anticipated NBA 2K League’s first-ever draft, teams will have the opportunity to select their own players who will live and train in-market during the season.

There you go. This is the opportunity to realize your dreams.

The branding and logo is consistent with the league design, which is red, blue, and rather straightforward. The Sixers incorporated Philadelphia’s Liberty Bell and shortened “gaming club” to “GC,” like the abbreviation attached to a soccer club.

A.C. Milan / U.C. Sampdoria / Fulham F.C.SS Lazio / CSKA Moscow / etc

Sounds very Euro, yeah?


More from the release:

“We are excited to unveil 76ers GC’s new brand identity as we welcome another dynamic sports property to the Harris Blitzer Sports & Entertainment family,” said Chris Heck, Philadelphia 76ers President of Business Operations. “Working alongside the NBA 2K League, we developed a brand identity that pays homage to the revolutionary origins of this city, speaks to the new Philadelphia fan and exemplifies the edge of the esports audience.”

If you’re keeping track, HBSE now owns an NBA 2k League team, an Overwatch team, and eSports franchise “Team Dignitas.” That’s in addition to the Sixers, Devils, Prudential Center, Crystal Palace, and two minor league teams.

As for me, I’ve never played NBA 2k, but I did enjoy a lot of success with Detlef Schrempf in NBA Jam.

Does Anyone in Philadelphia Care About eSports?

Kevin Kinkead - November 15, 2017

Too bad eSports wasn’t a thing back in 1995.

I would have been Contra world champion.

Full run, no deaths, no up/up/down/down/left/right/left/right/B/A cheat code. None of that.

Some friends and I used to be in the “National Honor Society” at Boyertown Senior High back in the day. We had a private room where we were supposed to tutor students who needed homework help. I don’t remember doing much tutoring, but we definitely had a Playstation, SNES, and Nintendo 64 hooked up in that closet. Super Mario Kart was played before home room, Twisted Metal 2 was reserved for fourth-period study hall, and I dropped Calculus to free up 8th period for Tekken 3. My asshole friend Jon used to play as Eddy Gordo and button mash.

Video games were just a hobby back then. You played with your friends for fun. We didn’t wear head sets or use microphones or get demolished by organized teams from South Korea. We definitely didn’t watch other people play.

That’s why the eSports thing is fascinating. Comcast Spectacor announced this month that they’re launching a franchise called the “Philadelphia Fusion,” which will share colors with the Flyers and begin playing in the Overwatch League in December. According to a Bloomberg story, Comcast paid a $20 million franchise fee to join the league. Crazy, right?

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