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Goodbye, Curt Schilling’s Video Game Company

Kyle Scott - May 24, 2012

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And things get weirder for the 1993 Phillies. 

Sources have told the Boston Globe and Kotaku that 38 Studios, the video game company founded by Curt Schilling, laid off all of its nearly 400 employees today.

In recent weeks, Schilling’s company has come under fire for being unable to repay a loan it was given by the state of Rhode Island. After missing a payment earlier this month, 38 Studios bounced a $1.1 million check to the state, forcing them to apply for more tax credits. Thus far, the state has refused the application.

Here’s an email sent by an anonymous employee to Kotaku (a partner site with Deadspin): 

38 Studios just laid off its entire staff, both Providence and BHG studios are being shuttered.

We have not received a paycheck since April 30th.

On May 15th, we found out we were not getting paid when our checks did not hit our accounts.

Our medical insurance runs out tonight at midnight.

We found this out when an employee's pregnant wife was told by her doctor, this was on Tuesday 22nd May this week.

The company has not communicated anything concrete to the team throughout this process, leaving team members to figure out insurance stop-gaps (where people could afford it), etc. on their own.



Kingdoms of Amalur: Reckoning, the game released by 38 Studios in February, received very positive reviews.

Somewhere, Mitch Williams buries his face in a towel… and laughs.

Morning (Hard)wood: Forcing 7

Kyle Scott - May 24, 2012

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We have ourselves a Game 7, folks. There was a pivotal moment last night, when the Celtics were down six or so, that the game could have gone one of two ways. Either the experienced Celtics were going to turn on their winning switch or just pack it in and wait for a Game 7 in Boston, in front of their home fans. 

They chose the latter, thanks in large part to the Sixers finally stepping on their throats with a chance to close out a game.

These playoffs have been odd. Most of the city has been in a “wait and see” mode. A holding pattern, if you will. Excitement has been tempered by the realization that no matter what happens during the first two rounds, the Sixers are probably going to have to play the Heat, which is a losing battle. But now we have a Game 7, on Saturday night, of Memorial Day weekend– a uniting event. If you recall, on that same evening in 2010, the Flyers played Game 1 of the Stanley Cup Finals and Roy Halladay threw a perfect game. 

Perhaps there will be some more heroics this year.

Future Dodgers

Cole Hamels added a year and $17 million to his next contract last night:

8 IP, 4 H, 0 ER, 8 K, 3 BB

Ryan Howard had muscle removed from his heel area

Seemingly influenced by the Inquirer’s all-out assault on the Phillies’ media relations, Ruben Amaro is coming clean about Ryan Howard’s second surgery. He had some muscle removed:

“When he had that infection, that had to debride quite a bit of it out of that area. And when they did that, they had to take actual meat, and muscle out of that area, which obviously made this rehab much, much longer than it should be. Unfortunately we can’t control the fact that he did get an infection, but you know, it happened. It was a result of his body kind of rejecting the stitches out of his body. But these are things that happen, they are complications that happen, and unfortunately it’s hurting our club.”


They hid that for three months. Three.

Sexy soccer players 

Jrue Holiday is dating US Women’s Soccer player Lauren Cheyney. This Tweet from the lovely Alex Morgan would seem to indicate that most of the team was in attendance last night:

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I wonder why A-Mo wasn’t there? I also wonder who she was going to bed with??


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Is this Jason Babin’s car? 

Max Talbot

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Earlier this week, reader Brendan ran into MAX TALBOT at the Guinness brewery in Dublin. Meanwhile, Mike Richards and Jeff Carter on Tuesday night: 

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Paul Pierce Playing Poker at Parx

Fuck yeah, alliteration!

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He was there again on Tuesday night. One reader, with connections there, tells us that Cliff Lee and Michael Phelps have also been known to play in the Parx poker room (separately).


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The award for creepiest stalker photo ever on CB: Juan Castillo at the Phillies game on Tuesday.

Game 5 Open Thread

Kyle Scott - May 8, 2012

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Flyers Game 5 Giveaway T-Shirt Makes Me Sad

Kyle Scott - May 8, 2012

Pic via the Flyers' Twitter

You know, these were much more fun when they celebrated the hilarious downfall of our nearby rivals. Now? Just rallying cries that aim to inspire an unlikely comeback.

But hey, at least we have the likes of Zac Rinaldo declaring this one for G.

Jam please.

Reminder: Flyers Game 5 Game Watch at Drinker’s West

Kyle Scott - May 8, 2012

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Join us, won’t you?

Tonight, for Game 5, we’ll be hosting another Flyers game watch at Drinker’s West. 7 p.m.

Drinker’s West, located at 39th and Chestnut, features a large two-story bar, giant HD screen, delicious $1 hot dogs and cheap beers. We’ll have the full game audio on and a whole slew of specials:

$2 Well Drinks, Three Olives Shots, Domestic Drafts

$1 PBR Cans 

$4 Jack Honey Shots- 10 to Midnight

$2 Miller High Life Draft- Open to Midnight


Avoid the chaos and ridiculous prices around the sports complex and join us. Plus, the last time we did one of these, Jakub Voracek scored an overtime game-winner, so…

Click here for more details.

Claude Giroux Has Been Suspended For Game 5

Kyle Scott - May 7, 2012

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Great! Just what they needed.

I can’t say I disagree with the ruling. Giroux clearly targeted the head. You have blinders on if you can't see that. Giroux didn’t leave his feet and Zubrus wasn’t injured, but that doesn't matter– G went out of his way to make contact with Zubrus’ head.

The one part of this that is questionable, though, is Brendan Shanahan citing Giroux’s anger and frustration with the ref as, um, evidence or whatever. That shouldn’t have anything to do with anything.

Suspension czar Shanahan explains his ruling in monotone fashion, after the jump.

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No Jam

Kyle Scott - May 4, 2012

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And thus began a lousy evening in North Jersey.

As you may have heard by now (…), the Flyers lost Game 3 in overtime last night, 4-3. They lost because they’re all playing like December James van Riemsdyk– heavy on the skill, but easy on the vigor. Almost to a man, the Flyers are getting beat to pucks, and then pushed off them once they get there. 

Ilya Bryzgalov has turned in – by far – his two best efforts of the playoffs in Games 2 and 3, yet the Flyers have nothing to show for it. 

Look, I even came up with a Reuben Frank-like stat to put the misery into some context:

The Flyers are 0 for their last 4 evening games, with their previous three wins coming on each of the past three Sundays. 

That’s right, thanks to the NHL schedule makers and THE TEAM FUCKING GOING TO BED BEFORE JEOPARDY, the Flyers haven’t won a weeknight game since Game 2 in Pittsburgh, on April 13.

Let’s delve.


Braydon Coburn



He head-butted a man in overtime. 



If you want to see a way in which officials can directly influence a game, you need to look no further than what happened in the second period last night.  

When Ilya Kovalchuk flipped a puck off Matt Read and into the crowd, officials called him for a delay-of-game penalty, ignoring the fact that the puck glanced off Read. It was a lousy call that, predictably, let to another similarly lousy call.

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Game 3 Open Thread

Kyle Scott - May 3, 2012

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Bryz arrives, carrying only a banana. Guess someone needs to feed the space monkeys.

Trying out this game thread for the first time. Feel free to opine and converse in the comments.

Screen grab cia (@KTGeneva)