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The First Saturday In August Is Going To Be An Amazing Night For Philadelphia Sports Fans

Bob Wankel - February 28, 2018

We are living days right now that not so long ago only the most optimistic of us could have possibly imagined.

The Super Bowl. The Eagles won the Super Bowl. It’s been well-established in recent weeks, but it feels no less fun to type or pleasurable to read as time passes. Meanwhile, the Flyers are hockey’s best team since early December. The Sixers have cooled this week, but still flash immense potential as they occasionally stumble along a winding road that should end with the team’s first playoff appearance in six seasons.

To this point, 2018 has been a year about celebrating our sports present and projecting the possibilities of a wildly promising future that could, if things break right, yield multiple parades along Broad Street on the strength of several hall of fame careers. Optimistic? Sure. But it’s not so unreasonable to have such a sanguine outlook. (I know that word is going to go over the heads of the “thick ropes” crowd in our comments section, so go ahead—look it up. I’ll wait.) As we presently continue to revel in the moment, now comes the news that on the first Saturday in August we will have a once-in-a lifetime opportunity to celebrate and honor our sports past.

This is just a suggestion, but you might want to clear your calendars for Saturday, August 4. That’s when former Eagles Terrell Owens and Brian Dawkins will both be formally enshrined in the Pro Football Hall of Fame in Canton, Ohio. As both players address a crowd sure to be filled with fans rocking midnight green who will exultantly and continuously belt out “E-A-G-L-E-S” chants, some 417 miles away the Phillies will induct the late Roy Halladay and former general manager and team president Pat Gillick onto the team’s Wall of Fame. Talk about running the full range of human emotions.
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The Radio Host Who Insulted Roy Halladay Proves Himself To Be a Hypocrite

Kevin Kinkead - November 9, 2017

Once an asshole, always an asshole.

I think that’s how the saying goes.

Listen, Michael Felger, of 98.5 in Boston, did have a point when he said that Roy Halladay showed carelessness in the thrill-seeking pursuit that ultimately killed him, leaving his wife without a husband and sons without a father.

But if Felger really cared about that family, or had a shred of human decency, he could have waited more than 24 hours to marginalize a tragedy or at least frothed through his diatribe with some tact.

So it’s somewhat strange that the guy who excoriated Halladay for abandoning his family also thinks that paternity leave is a joke, based on this April exchange with a co-worker:

It was… rather uncomfortable to listen to that argument with Michael Hurley, who writes for CBS Boston. Felger had jokingly teased Hurley about taking time off to be with his newborn, but Hurley wasn’t amused.

Felger: I mentioned our co-worker Michael Hurley, who is taking like a six-week paternity leave, when all he really does is come in here for 45 minutes a day and write whiny Deflategate articles. What? You can’t take 45 minutes away from the kid to write whiny Deflategate articles? Apparently he didn’t like that and took umbrage to it and wanted to respond. So Michael Hurley, go ahead and respond.

Hurley: Felger, what the hell is wrong with you? What went wrong in your life? This is what the etiquette is when someone has a baby, when your co-worker has a baby: ‘how’s the mother doing? how’s the baby doing? oh, that’s nice.’ That’s about as much as you’re allowed to weigh in on someone else is having a child. I don’t know where it went wrong. I know you’re a little bit older than me but I’ll teach you about life – that’s how normal humans interact in this world. They don’t go on rants about their co-workers being ‘soft,’ or ‘babies,’ or whatever the hell you were saying the other day. So, I don’t know what went wrong in your life.

Felger: So my qualifier is always that, as long as the mother and child are okay…

Hurley: Well, you didn’t say that. I got out of the hospital and didn’t think that was part of what was going on. It’s usually a joyous occasion. You don’t have people on the radio and TV blasting you as soon as you get home from the hospital.

Felger: I always say it. I said it with (Al) Horford, I said it with Jackie Bradley a couple of years ago, I said it with Eddie Rodriguez, of course, if there’s a medical concern, then that’s a whole different story.

Hurley: This is what life is like for people who don’t summer in Nantucket. I’m thankful I work for a company that gives me time to take care of my family.

Felger: Why do you think I get to summer in Nantucket? Because I worked my ass off. And when my wife had a baby, I went into work two days later because my work is important to me. I didn’t think you were serious. You’re serious. You want a tissue? Why do you think I summer in Nantucket? You think that was handed to me? You asshat? Because I worked my ass off and I prioritized work. That’s important to me and important to my family. I didn’t spend two weeks going, ‘goo goo ga ga.’ And if you have to, if someone’s hurt, do it. But don’t put your crap on me either now.

If we’re being honest here, neither guy is in the wrong.

If Hurley needs to take paternity leave to be with his child, go do it. If Felger feels like he should go back to work after 48 hours, then amen. And if he built up his career to be able to afford nice things, then that’s the American dream, yeah?

But don’t be a hypocrite. You can’t rip a co-worker for prioritizing his family and then scold Roy Halladay for not prioritizing his family. Make up your mind.

Doc Halladay Taught Me His Cutter and Then I Got Sober

Jim McCormick - November 9, 2017

On a wall that sees nearly infinite sun facing Townsends Inlet hangs a picture of my father and his three sons celebrating the epic no-hitter Roy Halladay threw on October 6, 2010.

One hundred and seventy-seven days after just the second no-no in MLB playoff history, I was covering my first game on the beat with “Doc” once again on the hill.

I’m grinding for an upstart website called Philly Sports Daily and somewhat rightfully placed in the far corner of the press box with the Delco Times and other assorted fringe media members.

I’m following the game on Brooks Baseball, confident I’m the only guy in this packed press box going full nerd. Doc’s sinker topped out at 93.8 MPH with an absurd vertical break.

What startled me was Halladay’s somewhat newfound reliance on the cutter. I was hired by this emergent media company to flex my nerdom via analysis, so the fact that 51 of his 101 of his pitches were cutters intrigued me given his previous assortment of pitch types.

Waiting around for baseball players to shower isn’t so different than waiting for anyone to shower – checking your phone and tapping your feet. Halladay came out and talked to the huddled media crew for his requisite stretch of four or five questions from the two reporters he recognized and then filtered over to his locker where he had a toy helicopter that his son was already playing with.

We were over talking with Jimmy Rollins after a notable two-hit performance and I feel a sting in my calf. It was the ‘copter that Halladay’s son was manning hitting my leg. I try to pick it up and a media employee for the team is already en route, so I just tip my “all good” expression with my fat Irish face to Halladay at his locker and he raises his hand. Continue Reading

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Reliving Easter 2011

Kyle Scott - April 20, 2014

This post originally appeared on April 24, 2011, Easter. Enjoy.

In the span of three hours, we witnessed near-miraculous achievements by the Sixers, Phillies, and Flyers. The Sixers somehow came back against the Heat, Roy Halladay struck out 14, Shane Victorino hit an inside the park home run, and the Flyers capped off an amazing comeback to beat the Sabres in overtime. What an Easter.

Oh No Big Deal, Roy Halladay Just Lost 10 Pounds in Two Days

Kyle Scott - March 19, 2013

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Oh hey nothing to see here just Roy Halladay whose career has taken a mysterious downturn after nagging injuries and a seeming inability to pitch in the heat has chipped away at his effectiveness and velocity and a recent stomach bug caused him to OH MY GOD HE LOST 10 POUNDS IN TWO DAYS.

CSN Philly:

Roy Halladay has lost 10 pounds over the last few days, but he hopes to be strong enough to make his next start Saturday in Sarasota.

“I’m feeling better,” he said late Tuesday morning. “My stomach is better. I’m trying to get my strength back. I’m a little weak from not eating and passing fluids.”

 

First, that’s disgusting. Second, we’ve all had nasty stomach bugs, and while Halladay has substantially more extra (muscle) weight to shed than us mere humans, losing 10 pounds in two days is still a bit extreme, especially when you consider the fact that he was at the ballpark on both Sunday and Monday. Generally, the type of stomach bug that causes you to lose 10 pounds in two days also forces you to not get out of bed and pitch in a Major League Baseball game (!!!). Yeah, I’m still concerned about Doc.

Your Monday Afternoon Roundup

Kyle Scott - March 18, 2013


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My friend Matt just hates grammar… and Jim Nantz

Hello, friends. Welcome to the greatest sports week of the year, when small-minded hicks from schools you've never heard of (and Harvard) get to be a punching bag for the nation’s elite basketball programs. I’m Jim Nantz and this is my partner Clark Kellogg. But enough about him. I have a better life than you, as evidenced by the fact that I’ll be calling 12 basketball games this month and then will head to Augusta National, where I will narrate The Masters, a traditional unlike any other™, on CBS. Also, I’m married to a 33-year-old and I live on the seventh hole at Pebble Beach. Fuck you, America.

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Let’s hit it!

 

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Tickets for as low as $85 to NCAA Tournament games at the Wells Fargo Center with Crossing Broad Tickets. Keep checking back throughout the week as we round up the best prices available on the secondary market. You can also pick up tickets for Dayton and Kansas City. 

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The roundup:

Your NCAA Tournament bracket

Philahoops.com is well worth checking out this week. They have reactions from all three NCAA teams as well as St. Joe’s on their little selection into the prestigious NIT.

Dave Grzybowski from La Salle’s SportsTalk Philadelphia has video of La Salle waiting anxiously to hear their name called. Gotta be happy for them.

VUHoops.com is the Villanova site you should be following all week. 

And for Temple stuff, just read any of the local newspapers, watch any of the TV stations, or listen to the radio… because all the people who work at those places went to Temple.

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via Bleeding Brotherly Love

– Roy Halladay was pulled from his start after one inning yesterday. He was supposedly sick and threw up, but the fact that he showed up in Clearwater this morning to get medicine, ostensibly for a stomach bug, has some wondering if there’s more to the story. Pretty much anything about Halladay is conjecture, and I know there were all sorts of rumors about him being (we’ll call it) ill last year, but ever since that day he overheated in Chicago in 2011, something has seemed off about him. And though he’s probably just getting old, you can’t help but wonder if there is more to the story.

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Regardless of what – if anything – is wrong with Doc, can we stop talking about his decreased velocity? We knew this last year. No one is surprised that his fastball is in the high-80s.

– For some reason, Adam Aron thinks it’s a good idea to keep reminding fans that the Sixers lost to the Heat:

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The St. John’s basketball team subscribes to Aron’s tweeting philosophy. Here’s their Tweet from last night… about making the NIT:

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Mediocrity, FTW!

– Michael Young was the only Phillie to shave his head for the Tampa Bay Rays’ “Cut for the Cure.” Pretty cool:

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Photo: Phillies 

There’s an entire website dedicated to college cheerleaders. So, enjoy that.

– I spoke with former Daily News gossip columnist and Newspaper Guild President Dan Gross on Episode 2 of Crossing Streams. He talked about breaking the Dry Island story and the time Allen Iverson told him , “Kiss my ass.” 

– Donte Stallworth crashed his hot air balloon into power lines because karma is a big busted bitch.

Cary Williams swiped Nnamdi Asomugha.

– Reader Jim spotted a loon at the liquor store on Columbus Blvd:

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– Connor Barwin’s paperboy left him just the sweetest message:

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– A source told the Inquirer’s Sam Carchidi that Paul Holmgren’s job is secure: [Philly.com]

"Look at his body of work. He's done a very good job," said the source. "He's not going anywhere."

 

Yes, the team has taken a step backward each of the past two seasons since Holmgren over-tinkered with the team.

This guy shouldn’t have fallen asleep at the Flyers game on Friday.

– The great aunt of Nick from Bleeding Brotherly Love was the owner of the Rocky II house that is now for sale. Aunt Dolly passed away on February 1 at the age of 97. Nick describes her quasi-famous home thusly:

Now publicly up for sale, the "Rocky II" house's asking price is $139,000. Not too shabby for a house mired in history. Before becoming an adolescent, I frequented this house many a time. A month didn't go by that I didn't visit my aunt with my family. As I grew older and had more responsibility, that changed. However, for her birthday every year, Christmas night, we all would go over there and have another year full of great memories to tell. And she never let anyone hear the end of it. "You know, this house was in "Rocky II." I let them film here. They gave me a lot of dough for them to do that. You're gonna be an actor someday and do the same thing. You're gonna film your movies here. And you're gonna give me money for it, too." As we would laugh at the jokes she would tell, the constant pride my aunt felt that they filmed that movie at her house was evident. Everyone knew. The whole block. The whole family. Some random people here and there. But, now she's gone, and the house I semi grew up in will be part of another family. 

 

– Go 'Cats!

Roy Halladay was Absolutely Terrible Today

Kyle Scott - March 12, 2013

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Sadly, MLB.com’s very useful PitchFX cameras don’t appear to be installed in spring training ballparks, so it’s hard to validate these radar gun readings on a per-pitch basis, but the reports coming out of Clearwater today are not good. Roy Halladay was not Roy Halladay (whomever that is at this point). His fastball topped out at 88 mph. And while he likely won’t ever get out of the high-80s for the rest of his career, some speedballs were hovering around Jamie Moyer territory.

Bob Brookover of Philly.com was sitting with scouts: [Philly.com]

Of the greatest concern for the Phillies and their one-time ace had to be the way the ball was coming out of Halladay’s right hand. Depending on which ballpark radar gun you looked at, Halladay’s fastball was topping out between 84 and 88 m.p.h. Regardless of which gun was right, it’s obvious that Halladay’s fastball has lost the life it had during his first two seasons with the team when he was one of baseball's most dominating pitchers.

 

All those meatballs led to Halladay giving up seven runs in less than three innings.  

After the game, Halladay, of course, said there was no problem:

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But, problem: Last spring, Halladay blasted reporters for, well, reporting that there were injuries concerns. We sided with Halladay at the time, but by mid-season it became apparent that Doc’s rough spring was, in fact, indicative of a larger issue. 

In his first three starts this spring, Halladay was very good. He struck out seven, walked only two and gave up two earned runs in 8.1 innings. Not bad. Until today. It would be wise to take Halladay at his word for this start… but, if he struggles in his next, well, then there’s cause for real concern. Very serious concern.

There was No Chance Roy Halladay Wasn’t Going to Throw at Someone After Stephen Strasburg Drilled Chase Utley

Kyle Scott - March 6, 2013

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Roy Halladay was just following orders.

Earlier this spring, Halladay told reporters that Chase Utley suggested he "drill a few guys" this year. So, today, Doc let his scalpel slip.

Utley got drilled in the left ankle by a Stephen Strasburg fastball in the third inning. There were two men on at the time and wayward pitch didn’t appear to be intentional, but that didn’t stop Halladay from retaliating an inning later.

With two outs and none on in the top of the fourth, Halladay’s first pitch to Tyler Moore sailed to the backstop. It slippedAt least that’s what Halladay told reporters after the game:

“Yeah, that one slipped a little bit,” said Halladay, easing out a slight smile. “It slipped. That’s not necessarily the case, but I think we do need to protect our guys to an extent. I’m not saying that’s what happened. It slipped, but I think that’s important. We’ve had a lot of guys hit over the years. I think as a staff we need to do a good job of protecting those guys. Spring Training, I don’t think you’re necessarily trying to do it. But it wouldn’t have been the worst thing had it got him after getting one of our good guys.”

 

And when asked if he was intentionally trying to hit Utley, Strasburg said:

"I don't have any reason to throw at him, do I?" Strasburg said.

"I mean, I don't understand why they'd think I was throwing at them. Obviously you can tell the conditions weren't great and I yanked it in there. It's spring training. If you're going to throw at somebody or give a message in spring training, go ahead."

 

Message received, it would seem.