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The Entire Flyers Team Showed Up at Xfinity Live! on Saturday Night

Kyle Scott - April 9, 2012

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Photo via (@DaniAdi22)

See, now this is pretty cool.

I spent about six hours at Xfinity Live! on Saturday to watch the Flyers and Phillies games. We’ll have a full, reader-assisted review of the joint (hint– it’s awesome) most likely tomorrow, but this was worth calling attention to: 

At around 9 p.m., just two hours after the Flyers wrapped up the regular season in Pittsburgh, the entire team – including coaches, GM and Ed Snider – rolled in for a private party in the mezzanine VIP section. They were there to watch a playoff video (presumably some sort of pump-up, season recap jam) and, well, party.

Coming straight from the airport, players and coaches parked or were dropped off over on the 11th street side of the building, meaning that most of them had to walk across the crowded floor, amongst fans who, just hours earlier, were watching them on the big screen.

That was fun to watch.

We were seated at the bar just below the mezzanine level, which meant that just about every played walked right by us. Ms. CB sort of lost it when Lavs and Wayne Simmonds (…) walked by. We left not too long after they arrived and, when walking through the Philly Marketplace – the open area hub in the middle of Xfinity Live! – got to enjoy some of the commentary from folks who couldn’t believe that they were staring at the Flyers, who were mostly all positioned at or near the railing (as you can see in the pictures).

While The Chairman canoodled with his significantly younger significant other in plain view of the crowd, one guy yelled, “Get it in, Ed!” 

Another: “Pop a Viagra!” 

Then, when Peter Laviolette came into view, one bargoer, who would probably enjoy the humor on this here site, blankly told his friend, “That’s Peter Laviolette– he has a 14-inch cock.”

Indeed he does, bargoer. Indeed he does.

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Photo via (@TheMightyEROCK)

They’re Riding F$%#ing LIVE BULLS in The Wells Fargo Center Parking Lot Today

Kyle Scott - April 6, 2012

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I’m putting off my Xfinity Live! review until I get a second chance to experience the place in-full (which I will this weekend). The early reviews – meaning, people on the interwebtuals – are extremely positive. The segmented layout of the place – four restaurants surrounding a gigantic sports bar – probably doesn’t function as was originally intended… but I’m not so sure that even matters. Everyone just drinks, it doesn't matter where.

When I walked into the complex for the first time (the first time since it’s been completed, at least) on Saturday between Flyers and Sixers games, the entire building felt like one big frat party– and I don’t mean that as a bad thing. Ms. CB and I immediately strolled into the Victory Beer Hall, at 6 p.m., expecting to find crowded, yet relatively tame atmosphere. Instead, a house band was playing Pitbull’s Give Me Everything as about three dozen people danced on tabletops. Hardly a German-style beer hall. But again– no one was complaining.

We stayed for one more song– Rihanna’s We Found Love.

Anyway, without experiencing the joint during downtime (which may not exist at Xfinity Live!), I don’t think I’m going out on a limb by saying that the whole place is just one big fucking party. So of course the grand opening of PBR today will feature eight live bulls in the parking lot

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At 11 a.m. bull riders will, presumably, um, ride bulls to usher in this new era of craziness at the stadium complex. PBR, as it’s called, is the Tex-Mex style restaurant that doubles as a brothel the sluttiest, most curiously-placed, oddest and delightfully intriguing bar South Philly has ever seen. It’s like someone gave the guys from GirlsofPhilly.com (NSFW!!!) a $100k and told them to open a sports bar, and this is what they came up with.

We’ll have coverage of the bulls later, if anything interesting happens. 

Video after the jump from Victory Beer Hall and PBR.

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Everything You Need to Know About Xfinity Live!

Kyle Scott - March 29, 2012

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Photo: Xfinity Live! Facebook page

Xfinity Live! has been opened up for several previews this past week, but the dining and entertainment district officially opens to the public tomorrow, when Third Eye Blind (…) will perform.

We’ll have a full review on Monday. This winter, though, I got two previews of the joint. Both include just about every detail you want to know: What’s in there? How big is the TV? How much is parking? What are the food options? What are the hours?

Some additional details have been added, but for the most part this is everything you need to know about Xfinity Live!

Everything You Want to Know About Xfinity Live! Philadelphia

A Video Tour of (an uncompleted) Xfinity Live!

This is What The Victory Beer Hall Will Look Like

Some Video Tours of the Individual Venues at Xfinity Live!

Xfinity Live! has a full list of specials and times on their website, too.

Your Drinker’s Philadelphia CB Six Pack: Gonzo v. Murph (The Confrontation), Hunter Pence Eats with Sheena Parveen, and More

Kyle Scott - February 21, 2012

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The DNL crew sprung for beach bar chairs this week

1) Worlds collide.

Lots of stuff on Daily News Live tonight. First and foremost, Twitter war heroes John Gonzalez and David Murphy made their first joint appearance on the show, which was broadcast live from Clearwater. 

In case you are unawares, Murph v. Gonzo was our all-time favorite Twitter war (Les Bowen punching Jeff McLane is actually in a class of its own– Swinging Scribes). You can read all about it here.

Awkward. I need an adult.

Got to again give Gonzo the slight edge, though: He broke the ice and busted out the brilliant mark that down on your iPad, Barkann line– an unintentional hybrid of suck it, Trabek and Van Wilder’s write that down, all while paying homage to Barkann's iconic Gen 1 iPad. +2.

2) Moving on (which I think we can all agree is what’s needed here). Lee participated in DNL’s Quick Six segment. One problem: Lee’s hamster operates at the speed of a turtle on Xanies, making quick six a mathetmatical impossibility. But he did give us this when asked how Cole Hamels won last year's hitting contest among starting pitchers:

"I don’t know, I only had the highest average, more home runs, more RBIs, more hits, a stolen base. I don’t know. I lost."

 

I agree. How, in the hell, does one hit two home runs, gallop the bases and piss excellence, then not win the award? Please.

3) CSN’s other big announcement (I’m telling you– DNL had substance today) was… Gregg Murphy being added as Phillies sideline reporter for all home and away games on CSN, Comcast Network, and MyPHL 17. via the press release:

PHILADELPHIA – (February 21, 2012) – Comcast SportsNet today announced that the network’s anchor/reporter Gregg Murphy has been added to the Phillies broadcast team as a field reporter for the 2012 season. Murphy will join Tom McCarthy, Gary Matthews and Chris Wheeler, beginning with Comcast SportsNet’s broadcast of the Saturday, March 3rd Spring Training game featuring the Phillies and Yankees.

 

I actually like this move. Yeah, we’re going to miss continued success and I generally prefer my sideline reporters to be females sporting endless stilts… but Murphy is good and will certainly give us more than Sarge.

And as some of you asked, no, this doesn't mean Sarge is leaving the team, just not doing the on-field stuff.

4) LETS MAKE FUN OF THE METS. Deadspin has a rather in depth post on how Madoff’s money ran the team: [Deadspin]

The Mets chose not to pay their premiums on insurance for injured players, instead putting that money into a Madoff account, and pay players directly from the returns.

And then there's the famous Bobby Bonilla contract. Instead of paying him the $5.9 million owed on the last year of his deal, the Mets bought Bonilla out—and agreed to pay him $1.2 million annually from 2011 to 2035. It's not the only deferred contract the Mets handed out, and now we know why: they were investing that long-term money with Madoff. Wilpon and Katz figured the Madoff money would cover the contracts and make them a tidy profit.

 

The Mets headline translator is worth checking out, too.

5) Five other roles Shane Victorino should pursue

6) Finally, tonight (Tuesday) at 11, Hunter Pence eats Sheena Parveen eats with Sheena Parveen. This is absolutely going to end in more CB posts, I promise.

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Just in case you were wondering (I was), Pence, who is rumored to be no more with Playmate Shannon Jamesfollows only one Philly media person. One. Sheena Parveen:

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Let’s. Go. Eat.
 

H/T to (@irollrocks)

A Video Tour of Xfinity Live! Philadelphia

Kyle Scott - February 6, 2012

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As most of you know by now, Xfinity Live! Philadelphia, as it’s officially named, will open the weekend of March 28-30. Back in December, I got an exclusive preview of what you can expect to see inside the new entertainment center, located smack dab in the middle of the Philly sports complex near where the Spectrum used to stand. There will be six main areas: Philly marketplace, NBC Sports Arena, PBR Bar and Grill, Broad Street Bullies Pub, Spectrum Grill, and Victory Beer Hall.

On Thursday, Xfinity Live! VP of Marketing Rob Johnson gave me a tour of the complex which is now just 53 days away from opening. There is still much work to be done, as I had to sidestep puddles, wires, and duck under wood beams and scaffolding (once unsuccessfully…), but it will be open for Bruce Springsteen concertgoers on March 28.

 

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One of the most-heard reactions to our first post was regarding the size– it doesn’t look big enough to hold six separate areas. Well, without seeing the finished product, I can tell you that the inside is much more open than the building's footprint would lead you to believe. Crowd control will all depend on how well the Xfinity Live! (!!!) folks segment patrons into each of the different areas. On event days and during peak hours, most if not all areas will be open to the public. The full schedule is as follows:

Everyday 11 a.m. – 2 a.m.: Broad Street Bullies Pub, NBC Sports Arena, Philly Marketplace

Tuesday-Sunday and event days 4 p.m. – 2 a.m.: Spectrum Grill (earlier hours based on event start time)

Thursday-Sunday and event days 4 p.m. – 2 a.m.: Victory Beer Hall (earlier hours based on event start time), PBR (earlier hours based on event start time)

In short, Xfinity Live! will be open daily from 11 a.m. – 2 a.m.

Two main entranceways, one facing the Wells Fargo Center and one facing Citizens Bank Park, will lead into the marketplace. That area will feature an Old Original Cheesesteak Company stand, where you can mix and match your favorite styles and cuts of streak from well-known local establishments (Pat’s cut, Geno’s cut, etc.). The marketplace will look into the NBC Sports Arena, where a massive, 32-foot HD screen will hang (the largest of its kind– the Cowboys’ screen is bigger, but doesn’t have as high of a resolution). The marketplace will be the hub and center of the complex and will also feature a Chickie’s and Pete’s, a Nick’s Roast Beef, a yet-unannounced coffee bar with “adult milkshakes,” and a yet-unannounced popular local apparel company.

Like the marketplace and NBC Sports Arena, the other four areas will be individually managed: a Philly-style sports bar (Broad Street Bullies Pub), a high-end steak joint (Spectrum Grille), a Tex-Mex style restaurant complete with mechanical bull (PBR), and a German-style beer garden (The Victory Beer Hall).

The Victory Beer Hall has a mezzanine level and a 2,000 square-foot outdoor patio complete with fire pit. 

PBR Bar and Grill is “Tex-Mex by day” and “party bar” at night. It will feature a giant mechanical bull in the center of the room.

Broad Street Bullies Pub is being marketed as a “neighborhood bar,” and will be the most family friendly area of Xfinity Live!.

Spectrum Grill aims to compete and beat high-end steakhouses like the Capital Grille. 

There will be free parking on non-event days, and free parking one hour after the last event begins on game days.

Most parts of Xfinity Live! will be flexible and convertible. Many of the mezzanine areas, including the one overlooking the marketplace and 32-foot HD screen, will be used for DJ booths, live acts, radio stations, VIPs, and as rental space. The complex can seat 1,500 people, but there are many standing areas, and a maximum occupancy has yet to be established.

There are no finishings or fixtures in place, but the video after the jump gives you a good idea of the size and layout of Xfinity Live! Enjoy.

Read our comprehensive preview from back in December here.

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Xfinity Live! Will Open on March 30

Kyle Scott - January 26, 2012

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Xfinity Live! (!!!) 
announced today that they will open one week earlier than the originally scheduled April 5 date. The venue will now hold its grand opening on March 30, with a preview to Bruce Springsteen ticket holders on March 28 and 29.

If you have no idea what the hell Xfinity Live! is, you can read all about it here.

Marcus Hayes Doesn’t Think NBA Players Have Strong Relationships With Their Fathers

Kyle Scott - January 17, 2012

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Often racist Marcus Hayes, the man who once said Chase Utley gets a free pass in this town because he’s white, took aim at the other side of the spectrum today. After Frank Seravalli and his perfectly coiffed hair told the Daily News Live panel about Minnesota Wild players bringing their fathers on this current road trip, which stops in Philly this eve, Hayes looked perplexed. He then had this to say: 

“It's a good thing they don't do that in the NBA.”

 

Whatever could he be talking about?

The highlight, though, is the usually stoic Seravalli's reaction, which had him looking like he stepped in dog shit… or into an unfortunate screenshot on Crossing Broad.

The video is after the jump.

H/T to reader (@mikebiff)

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Charles Barkley Translates Andy Reid, Others

Kyle Scott - January 8, 2012

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