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Media Rumblings: Colleen Wolfe Is Heading to the NFL Network, CSN Gets New Football Show

Kyle Scott - August 28, 2014

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Earlier this year, the NFL announced NFL Now, a streaming, mobile, over-the-top-service that brings you in-game highlights, original content, and for a small fee, access to the NFL Films library. The service won’t show live games (yet?), but it’s the NFL’s first step toward cutting the cord, and it’s something they’ve been pushing a lot lately. It’s available online, on IOS and Android, Apple TV, and PS4 and Xbox One. Anyway, hearing that Colleen Wolfe is leaving FOX 29 for the network, which is based in LA. She’ll be its lead female anchor. Scott Hanson is already sort of a big deal over there, obviously as the host of RedZone, so this makes two former CSN-ers with prominent NFL Network roles.

CSN is adding another pun-y-titled show. From a press release:

Comcast SportsNet expands its robust football programming with a new 30-minute show “Quick Slants,” featuring Comcast SportsNet’s Derrick Gunn and CSNPhilly.com columnist Reuben Frank. “Quick Slants” will air weekdays at 6 p.m., and will feature discussions on the top stories around the league, centering on the NFC and the Philadelphia Eagles. “Quick Slants” will also feature national football experts from NBC Sports and “ProFootball Talk,” as well as social media integration through Facebook and Twitter.

While writing this post, Molly Eichel of the Daily News also reported that Wolfe is leaving FOX and will be replaced by Keith Russell, formerly of 6 ABC.

Starting this fall, I’ll be a regular contributor on FOX’s weekend morning show. Have breakfast in bed with me, please.

Steve Keeley was Nearly Killed By a Snow Plow on Live TV

Kyle Scott - March 3, 2014

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I love Steve Keeley. Not even a near-death encounter with a snow plow will cause him to cut a live shot. He just kept going. Never stopped. Never wavered. HE JUST KEPT TALKING.

Actually, that sort of response is real screwed up. There’s something not human about that. You OK, Steve?

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So Much for the Lockout Hurting Hockey

Kyle Scott - May 28, 2013

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Hockey on NBC beat baseball on FOX this weekend: [Awful Announcing]

But coming out of the first weekend of primetime games, there’s good news and bad news for MLB. In the good news department, the league drew 2.2 million viewers for a pretty middling slate of games. In the bad news department, MLB lost the head to head matchup with the NHL. Yeah, that’s right: the NHL beat MLB, and it wasn’t even close. Saturday night’s Blackhawks-Red Wings Game 5 on NBC drew 2.9 million viewers, and picked up a 1.1 rating in the 18-49 demo, compared to just 0.5 for MLB in the same demo.

This is what happens when you let Tom McCarthy do national (regional) games. Good breakdown on the ratings by Joe Lucia over at AA.

Video: I Talked Sixers on TV This Morning

Kyle Scott - October 25, 2012

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Hear that, reader Tom? I talked Sixers! Jason Babin, too. Give it a watch, after the jump.

Worth following Good Day’s (@MikeJerrick) and (@TLouden3)

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This Morning, One Local Station Reported That Andy Reid Had Been Found Dead in His Bed

Kyle Scott - August 5, 2012

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Shortly after the announcement that Andy Reid’s oldest son, Garrett, had died, several readers expressed their surprise, telling us that FOX29 had sent them an alert that Andy Reid had been found dead in his bed. Others received that same message:

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FOX quickly corrected their mistake:

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The update from FOX29 came at 9:53 a.m., which was several minutes after the Eagles announced Garrett’s death. Most likely, FOX29 had prepared the message in anticipation of an announcement involving Andy himself (there was quite a bit of mystery surrounding his absence from practice this morning) and inadvertently pushed it out to subscribers. But, as reader John noted: That can’t happen.

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Video: Pat Burrell Throws Out First Pitch

Kyle Scott - May 20, 2012

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Unfortunately, FOX – the same network that aired an hour's worth of Brits receiving the Champions League trophy yesterday – pissed down its leg and didn’t show us any of Pat Burrell’s retirement ceremony. 

Phillies.com has some video of Burrell throwing out the first pitch, and you can watch it after the jump.

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Xfinity Live! Caught Serving Minors, Responds To Complaints

Kyle Scott - May 2, 2012

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Last night, FOX Philly did a little bit of investigative work on drinking at Xfinity Live!, detailing in two separate reports a finding by the PA liquor control board that a minor was served alcohol, and other incidents of general debauchery.

On April 18, one underage person, working undercover with the LCB, was served alcohol five separate times, apparently by five separate vendors. And, this weekend, FOX documented numerous occasions of people being escorted out of or stumbling from the building. 

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The investigator had come here probing complaints that the place was packed to the rafters, causing fights.

Investigators returned on April 18, the night of a big Flyers-Penguins matchup, only this time with an underage person looking to buy booze. It was no trouble at all.

Pennsylvania State Police have slapped Xfinity Live with a letter telling them they sold to a minor five times, a serious violation likely to bring a citation.

 

It’s the sort of thing that goes on, on some level, at nearly every large bar or entertainment district or whatever you want to call it. A few 20-year-olds are bound to be served, a few drunks will puke and remove the bathroom stall door, fights will happen, and people will slither out not knowing which way is up or who they’re going home with. Some of us call that Saturday. But, the fact that Xfinity Live! has already drawn complaints from the LCB (and some of you in the comments and on Twitter)… well, it’s noteworthy.

I spoke with Comcast-Spectacor PR man Ike Richman, who issued this statement:

With more than 300,000 visitors coming through Xfinity Live! since we opened, we believe this is an isolated incident in which an undercover police office was able to get past security. We take this VERY seriously and have increased security, added ID scanners, and increased check points, to assure that it never occurs again.  

I can tell you that we have been checked by the LCB on several other accounts and have had no issues at all.  

Again, we take this very seriously and we will do everything we can to assure our patrons that this is a safe, fun and exciting venue for everyone. 

 

The fact that one underage person was served alcohol on one afternoon isn’t exactly the most damning accusation in the world. I’d posit that nearly every bar – especially one serving 300,000 people in 30 days (my word!) – has served an underage person at some point, whether they were caught or not. Bartenders, as a whole, are not usually pillars of solid judgement (sorry, 'tenders… love you).

What stands out to me, though, is the mention of crowds and the place being “packed to the rafters.” Richman told me that Xfinity Live! never exceeds its capacity, which is nearly 2,800 humans and one mechanical bull, but that doesn’t mean the joint isn’t entirely too small for that many people to hang comfortably. That’s the issue here– not the one documented instance of underage drinking, rather the fact that you can’t move when something – anything – is going on in there. 

Back when I was given a preview of the place in December, my lone question centered on whether the place would be too crowded.

I wrote:

But how crowded will it be? McFadden’s is a standalone option, too, yet I still get penetrated by meatheads if I take two steps to my right. 

You read my mind– I don’t like getting penetrated by meatheads, either. To me, McFadden’s isn’t a pleasurable experience on game days… neither is a crowded Ashburn Alley. Both have decent offerings, and great location, but the appeal is lost by having to deal with the ridiculous crowds. What should be an enjoyable experience turns into a fight just to get a beer and a pork sandwich.

That’s my concern with Xfinity Live! 

Ultimately, Chickie’s and Pete’s is successful as a pre and post-game option because, while crowded, it manages the masses beautifully. You may wait for a seat, but the bar area is wide-open and service is insanely fast, though not rushed. 

Xfinity Live! is going to be big and have many open areas, but if the crowds aren’t managed properly or there are bottlenecks in bad spots, the whole experience could suffer. From the images I’ve seen, the design looks open enough, though.

 

The building itself, the amenities, the 32-foot HD screen, food and beer selections are mostly decent. The problem is that they’re nearly impossible to enjoy during peak hours, which is most of the time at Xfinity Live!. The place becomes a massive bar, not a dining and entertainment district. And with that comes LOUD NOISES and the type of people who are out to get shitfaced. There’s nothing wrong with that, but it’s just now happening on a massive, corporate-funded scale, in the middle of the sports complex. Which leads to mass drunkenness, fights, not enough taxis, and these types of stories.  

That’s the takeaway here: Comcast isn’t out to serve alcohol to minors or incite chaos. They’re just struggling through the growing pains of the place being too small.

Videos of FOX’s reports are after the jump.

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The Last Time I Throw a Baseball on TV

Kyle Scott - April 20, 2012

I was on FOX’s Good Day Philadelphia again today, and this time managed to throw like a girl and miss a target (Jenn Frederick's face) that was about five feet away. My buddy Fran remembers that pitch well, apparently:

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What he fails to mention is that I set him up for every one of his 790 goals throughout four years of high school hockey.