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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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– Next Wednesday, I’ll be hosting Phillies quizzo at Chickie's and Pete's in Audubon. Also, enjoy tournament specials from 12-4 this Thursday and Friday at all Chickie’s and Pete’s locations.

– If you plan on filling out a bracket or betting on games this month (so, that’s all of you), you must check out Godfather Locks and follow them on Twitter (@GodfatherLocks) for winners. Enter code “Crossing” for 30% off a weekly subscription. And then you can pretend that you won your office pool all by yourself.

– Each day during March, Philly Phaithful will have three deals up to 33% off. See them here. Or, ladies, check out PP’s new sister store, Broad Street Broad, for their new spring arrivals.

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. 

– Lonely, bored, or just need something to do with your hand? Girls of Philly has over 10 year of local girls. Girls you may know. Local ones. Naked. This link is suitable for work, but after that, you’re own your own.

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– Monkey’s Uncle has an unreal selection of retro Phillies gear. Check them out in Doylestown or shop online and use code BROAD to get $10 off orders of $50 or more

 

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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– 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!

Your Monday Morning Roundup: Loon Spotted, Topanga in Underwear, Fights, and Freddie Got Fingered

Kyle Scott - March 11, 2013

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Somehow we’re already at that point where it feels like spring training has been going on forever. Strangely, though, due to a slightly earlier start and the World Baseball Classic that you probably aren’t watching, we’re still three weeks away from real, actual baseball. Thankfully, March Madness heats up this week and should carry us through.

Let’s hit it!

 

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– Be sure to check out Bernie Parent earlier that same evening as he joins Bill Clement at the Chickie’s and Pete’s in Audubon at 6 p.m. for “Hockey World,” which airs on 1490 WCBC. I'll also be hosting Sports Movie Quizzo Thursday at 8 p.m. at the Chickie's and Pete's in Drexel Hill.

– As we said above, March Madness kicks off this week and there is no better place for winners than GodFatherLocks.com. Be sure to follow them on Twitter (@GodFatherLocks) for daily picks. These guys are a great sponsor and even better picker. I’d highly advise you to stick with them throughout the month. You can get 30% off a weekly subscription by entering code “Crossing.”

Meet Simon Gagne this Saturday at the Sports Vault in the King of Prussia Mall from 4:30 – 6. Details and tickets here.

– Naked local girls that you may know, who are naked, not wearing anything, being just so very naked. Check out Girls of Philly. This link is suitable for work.

– Monkey’s Uncle in Doylestown has an awesome selection of retro Phillies and Flyers gear. Or shop online and use code BROAD to get $10 off orders of $50 or more.

– Our newest sponsor, Tour Golf Revolution allows you to play competitive golf just like the PGA pros. Compete against friends and strangers with similar handicaps to see where you rank on the local leaderboard. Very cool service worth checking out.

 

The roundup:

– Reader Murph spotted a loon… again with his Ferrari, again at a gas station, and again with his grey hoodie:

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– We told you about this last March, and now Freddie Mitchell has pleaded guilty to a tax scheme in Florida: [FOX News]

Mitchell pleaded guilty in federal court in Orlando, Fla., Friday to a single count of conspiracy to file a false claim. He faces a maximum prison sentence of 10 years and a maximum fine of $250,000.

Prosecutors say Mitchell and two others concocted a scheme that involved filing a false tax return on behalf of another professional athlete.

 

– Tyson Gillies went apeshit during the Mexico-Canada brawl

Must-watch DeAndre Jordan dunk. Play of the year, and it won’t even be close.

– Philly.com has scenes from Erin Express, which is just another way of saying a bunch of pictures of hot red-faced coeds giving you F-me stares.

– Charlie Manuel was hit by a tricycle yesterday (is there video of this somewhere?): [Philly.com

The Astros, like most teams, organize gimmicky in-between innings contests. One of them was a two-man tricycle race from dugout to dugout, along the warning track.

"I saw him coming," Manuel said. "I thought, 'We better get over.' He got me. Big ol' three-wheeler."

The tricycle ran over Manuel's toes. The manager jumped up to avoid further contact. Everyone around him, including Dubee and Billmeyer, could not stop laughing.

 

The Sixers are a fucking joke.

Eagles to make an offer to Danny Amendola

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TOPAGNA IN MAXIM. OH MY GOD TOPANGA IN MAXIM.  

– Finally, Wayne Simmonds crushing Mike Weber:

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Your Monday Morning Roundup: Humongous Big and Loony Edition!

Kyle Scott - March 4, 2013

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Pic via Amanda Rykoff

A bouncer at a strip club once told me that "crack kills." 

Let’s hit it!

 

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Meet Ben Revere at the Sports Vault in the King of Prussia Mall on Saturday, April 20 from 11-12:30. Or Simon Gagne at the Sports Vault in the King of Prussia Mall on Saturday March 16 from 4:30-6. Details and tickets here.

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– Please welcome our new sponsor, Tour Golf Revolution. Want to golf like a pro and be part of a competition? Must check this out. Very cool. 

 

The roundup:

– On Saturday, we ran a story about Andrew Bynum allegedly throwing a shot glass and (somewhat jokingly) threatening to kill the friend of a CB reader at Buffalo Billiards on Friday night. A few unverified accounts have come in since. One person, claiming that he worked at Buffalo Billiards, at first offered to clarify some details, but then decided against it when he told me that CB has become too gossipy (…). But two commenters added the following:

The guy I was playing against was quick witted and very sarcastic so someone getting flustered and pissed with him isn't hard to understand. Bynum minded his own most of the night and latched on to two girls from the get-go and stayed with them even through his interesting departure. (Maybe that's part of his ladies closing tactic).

The guy asked if he could take a shot and told the girls and Bynum not to move for a sec so Bynum flicked his stick. The guy turned around and they both laughed and shot one liners back and forth. The dude went to shoot again and Bynum went with the flick move once again. They were still laughing but I did specifically hear the guy say jokingly, "don't make me cross check you like the real sport that wins at Wells Fargo". Neither team is winning so not the best line but still Bynum didn't like it and when he went to shoot for a third time Bynum made a gun out of his fingers and pushed down on his head. The guy said something along the lines of you're really not going to let me finish this game and Bynum said "you wanna play the death game?" Multiple times and said he has his boys and they can go back to his place and play whenever they want. Then he decided to spell out K-I-L-L… Show off. The guy said what do you think my answer is to that? And Bynum threw the glass and squared him up. Good shot if you ask me. He was covered from collar to bottom of chest. The dude did indeed yell stop the music that's the first shot Bynum made in Philly.

 

And…

I was there last night (my tweet referenced above) and can confirm that Bynum was there alone, and seemed to be going back and forth between 2 different groups of chicks. I was not near the pool table while the confrontation started but as me and my buddy were leaving at like 1:50am we caught the tail end of the argument and basically told Bynum to leave as it wasn't worth it for him. He didn't leave with any girls as someone mentioned in a comment earlier. He walked out with us, and was still really frustrated about those dudes trying to rile him up. As we were half a block away, a drunk blonde chickenhead ran out of the bar and was screaming down the block to him about how he was leaving alone (I suppose implying that no one cared about him and highlighting that he was a loser for coming out by himself). At which point the cops across the street got on their megaphone and told her to grow up and go back inside. Bynum walked with us and then went into a huka bar where he said he knew the owner. Didn't see much wrong doing from the big man, just a couple of guys who thought they were cool talking trash to an NBA player – end of story.

 

Reader Dominic, a reliable loon spotter, sent along this update:

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– Meanwhile, over the Constitution Center, where the Sixers held a disaster of a press conference to present the players from their breathtaking trade, a devotional to Bynum:

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via (@KennyTLP)

Yet somehow he is still Plan A.

– Very important nerd update: Bryz’s Star Wars mask has been updates to include Yoda holding his proper green lightsaber:

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– Speaking of Propper, I was on Propper Hockey last week with Brian Propp and Lou Tilley. You can watch it here.

– Philly native, sports fan and Eagles season ticket holder Jim Cramer, host of CNBC’s Mad Money (I love this show), was tweeting from all around Philly this weekend:

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Modern Family cast members trapped in an elevator. Really.

– Last week, Dennis Rodman met with North Korean leader and Chicago Bulls fan Kim Jong Un, who told Rodman that he wants Obama to call him. This, too, is real. And now for America’s next trick… we’ll be sending Snooki to meet with Ahmadinejad, who wants to exterminate Jews and destroy the West but is a lover of fat, drunken pussy.

Here’s a trolling article about soccer in Sunday's Inquirer. “To me, soccer is much ado about not enough. The teams run around for an hour and a half and if the fans are lucky, their team may – hold your breath! – score a goal or two.”

Meanwhile, Freddy Adu is the most predictable disaster ever.

Best buzzer ever.

The Apple iWatch is going to happen.

Videos. After the jump, watch Brendan Shanahan explain Harry Z’s suspension and see highlights from the Flyers Wive Carnival courtesy of our friend Dave Grzybowski from La Salle TV.

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Your Monday Morning Roundup: Beards, Jennifer Lawrence, and Andrew Bynum is Selling His Car on eBay

Kyle Scott - February 25, 2013

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I’m not sure why everyone is making such a big deal about the beards on the red carpet – Clooney, Cooper, Affleck – I’ve been rocking the love scruff for years, yet nary a peep from E! pundits following my FOX Good Day appearance last year. Seems Clooney et al. are just catching up to the trend.

Let’s hit it!

 

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– We’re having an NHL 13 tournament this Wednesday at 8:30 at Chickie’s and Pete’s Play2 in South Philly. Preliminary rounds will be played on both Xbox 360 and PS3, with the final rounds played on system voted on by participants. 

– Next month at Drinker's— Early Jim Carey Movie Quizzo. Check back soon for details.

Meet Ben Revere on Saturday April 20 at the Sports Vault in the King of Prussia Mall from 11-12:30. Details and tickets here.

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The roundup:

– Roy Halladay pitched well yesterday, allowing only one (home) run in two innings of work. Toriiiiii Hunter described Doc as filthy: [Philly.com]

"Filthy," said new Detroit rightfielder Torii Hunter, a longtime American Leaguer who sparred with Halladay for close to a decade when the Phillies righthander played in Toronto. "He's always filthy to me. He threw me a splitter. He rarely threw me a splitter or changeup when I faced him in the past. He's totally different.

"I haven't faced him in a couple of years. But he looks good. Fastball was sneaky. He had the ball sinking, cutting. He was in and out of the zone. This is the first start, right? If he gets better from here, it's scary. Which you know [he will]."

"Sneaky fastball. It had late life – you see it and, whooomph!" Hunter said, continuing his scouting report. "I mean, we had no chance. He looks like he's already ready [for the season]."

 

Good to see, because last year around this time, Doc was fighting off (accurate) reports of his demise. And judging by that comment about the splitter, Doc seems to be reinventing himself the way so many aging aces have done before him. Greg Maddux approves of this method. And somewhere, Jamie Moyer nods his head while a nurse feeds him porridge. 

– Michael Schwimer can go screw. In August, he complained about being sent to the minors instead of being placed on the DL, and it was only a matter of time before his whiny demeanor and subpar pitching bought him a ticket out of town. He was traded to Toronto this weekend, and had this to say when comparing his new team to the old one: [National Post]

“This is different,” he said with a smile on Sunday morning. “My initial impression is that it’s a lot more relaxed than the Phillies’ locker room was. Everybody’s having fun, kind of doing their own thing, happy. The Phillies [clubhouse] was a lot more kind of regimented and plan-oriented.”

The Phillies had a plan last August for Schwimer, but he defied it. They wanted to send him down to Triple-A, but he said he was unable to pitch because of a biceps injury. The Phillies did not believe him. He refused to report to the minors, went home and arranged his own treatment.

He said he has been fully recovered since late October. As for his dispute with the Phillies, he said, “I’ve been advised to not comment on the issue.” Several reports suggested that the players’ association is investigating.

 

Get out and stay out.

The Sixers fucking suck.

– Ilya Bryzgalov’s thoughts on space have turned themselves into a Buzzfeed post.

– Jason Kelce is now an ordained minister, and, apparently, he got his degree (?) online:

– Andrew Bynum is the worst business man alive.

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He is selling his Ferrari, with 7k miles on it, for $200k on eBay. Besides that sentence being kind of ridiculous by itself, it gets worse when you read that Bynum dumped over $200k in upgrades into the $200k car (math tells me the car wound up costing about $400k), which means that Bynum will take a $200k bath on a car he drove around the block (and perhaps to the strip club) a few times.

– Finally, here’s the difference between the nerdy Anne Hathaway (around 4:30 mark), who looks crazier by the day, and Jennifer Lawrence, who seems like the coolest actress of all-time– “I'm sorry, I did a shot! Jesus.”

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Your Monday Morning Roundup: Ray Lewis Goes Away Now, Right?

Kyle Scott - February 4, 2013

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It’s a good thing the Ravens won because, had they lost, I’m pretty sure John Harbaugh would have killed that guy in the suit who, ostensibly, was to blame for the power outage. That, or Harbaugh would have had Ray Lewis stab him in the dark. 

Is anyone else really glad that it’s over? That we don’t have to see Ray Lewis moan and cry and praise God and all that shit? Like, there’s a high-probability that he killed two men, and was using a banned substance to play in the Super Bowl. Him, that goofy thing on his arm and his Shredder mask can all go fuck themselves. 

Let’s hit it.

 

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– Join us on Wednesday at Drinker’s Tavern (2nd and Market) for Saved by the Bell quizzo. 8:30 p.m. Location details here.

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– Huge blowout sale at Sports Vault. Take 60% off NFL Apparel and 30% off autographed football memorabilia.

– Need gear? Head over to Philly Phaithful to check out their new line of Flyers t-shirts, their sister store, Broad Street Broad, or, if you’d like something more retro, head to Monkey’s Uncle in Doylestown, or shop online, for vintage Flyers gear

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The roundup

– Allen Iverson, not a good daddy. Here’s what a judge had to say about his parenting skills: [TMZ]

"[Iverson] does not know how to manage the children; has little interest in learning to manage the children and has actually, at times, been a hindrance to their spiritual and emotional growth and development.

For example, he has refused to attend to an obvious and serious alcohol problem, which has caused him to do inappropriate things in the presence of the children while impaired. 

He has left the children alone without supervision. He has left his young daughters in a hotel room with men who are unknown to the mother."


– Hey, Phil Sheridan is already getting on Chip Kelly’s big balls: [Philly.com]

But since his initial and largely positive first impression, Kelly has pretty much vanished. He emerged, groundhog-like, for one early morning appearance at a radio event Friday, but otherwise he has been working (we hope) on the answers to the next round of questions.

It isn't clear why Kelly declined to announce his hires as he made them. He succeeded mostly in annoying fans eager to understand his vision while forcing grown men in Eagles gear to spend weeks pretending they don't work for the Eagles, at least in public. 

 

– Philly.com is testing out a new service (they love trying hokey web things), called Slidermetrix, which allows you to rate Super Bowl commercials in real-time. Sort of like what CNN does during presidential debates, a slider allows you to continuously give feedback on commercials. Gimmicky, but pretty cool

Photos of Katherine Webb at Super Bowl. And here she is learning how to be a Ravens cheerleader

Jim Harbaugh freakout GIF:

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Beyonce GIF and HOLY SHIT HER LEGS.

– Jason Kelce wouldn’t even mind if she had an STD (though he might want to talk to LeSean McCoy about this):

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via (@BriMcL17)

More GIFs of Beyonce.

Surreal power outage photos.

Interesting article on how CBS handled the power outage. Will Leitch skewers job they did. The Atlantic gives in-depth details on why it happened.

– Apparently, there a fight at Xfinity Live! last night. Here’s a pic from anonymous tipster and an unrelated Tweet. Were you there? Have more information? Let us know.

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– At $10, the Sixers can’t even interest a group of Gwynedd-Mercy College students:

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via (@chinnn7) 

– Here’s DeSean Jackson with Snoop Dogg:

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– Finally, you’ll notice that we’ve added a login requirement to comment. It’s very simple– either use Facebook, Twitter or Typepad (our host) to quickly login before commenting. Some of you already do this. The reason is not necessarily to censor the comments, but to stop incessant trolling and comment hijacking from jackasses who have exactly nothing interesting, insightful or funny to add. You’re still welcome to write whatever you want… but now a name, handle or email will be tied to your comment.

Your Monday Morning Roundup: The Flyers Haven’t Won a Game in Nine Months Edition

Kyle Scott - January 21, 2013

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It took until the fifth period of play for us to get a disgusted Bryz shoulder shrug. I had the over-under set at three periods. So, that’s something.

Not a good start for the Flyers. All the relevant links and reading in the roundup.

Let’s hit it!

 

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– Next Wednesday– more Flyers. Join me for Flyers quizzo at Chickie’s and Pete’s in Drexel Hill at 8:30 p.m. Four rounds, four different Flyers eras: The Stanley Cup years, 1980s, late-1990s, Laviolette Era.

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Jeremiah Trotter will be signing autographs at the Sports Vault in the King of Prussia Mall on Saturday, January 26 from 1- 2 p.m. Details and tickets here.

– Monkey’s Uncle, in Doylestown, has a brand new selection of vintage Flyers gear. Take $10 off you order of $50 or more with code BULLIES. Shop in-store or online here.

 

The roundup:

– Fans aren’t staying away. NBC had its best non-Winter Classic regular season ratings ever on Saturday. The Blackhawks-Kings and Penguins-Flyers games, on concurrently on Saturday afternoon, received a 2.0 overnight rating, which is the best ever for a non-Winter Classic regular season game(s). The same for local ratings– the game got an impressive 19.4 rating in Pittsburgh and a 7.8 in Philadelphia.

– Tyler McGinn may replace Zac Rinaldo, who required 20 stitches after having his leg cut by a skate yesterday.

– Bob Ford of the Inquirer gives high-praise to 18-year-old rookie Scott Laughton. So does CSN’s Sarah Baicker.  

– Chip Kelly will reportedly make $6.5 million per year with his five-year, $32.5 million deal. He was spotted at a Chili’s in Philadelphia over the weekend. 

– The Eagles will reportedly name Pat Shurmur their offensive coordinator. Tim McManus of Philly Mag tells you more about Shurmur.

– The Eagles are reportedly interviewing Jim Herrmann for the defensive coordinator position.

– The Dallas Stars’ jumbotron took a swipe at Manti Te’o.

– Most cost-effective way to get a Claude Giroux jersey with a “C”? Cut out the “C” from your Mike Richards jersey and sew it on a G sweater like reader Victoria’s son, Pocket Utley, did. It gets you the ladies. 

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– Jaromir Jagr had four points on Saturday night

– Howard Eskin made some questionable comments about Erin Andrews being filmed nude in her hotel room. 

– See a screening of Goon at the Trocadero on Monday, January 28 at 8 p.m. for only $3

– Finally, shopping on Amazon? Use our link and support the site.

Your Monday Morning Roundup

Kyle Scott - January 14, 2013

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Zealots, all of you (photo via the Flyers)

Updates from the Eagles’ coaching search have quickly gone the way of those from the hockey lockout. That is to say, wake me up when something interesting happens. We’re now in day 14 of the search, and Jeffrey Lurie, Howie Roseman and Don Smolenski have kicked over more stones than one can count. You get the sense that, dare I say, they have no idea what they’re doing. Progressive college coaches, little-known NFL assistants, and now you can add former Super Bowl champion coach turned broadcaster to the list of candidates. Jon Gruden, the analyst most fans and local scriptuals want the Eagles to at least take a look at? No. Brian Billick. The Eagles interviewed Brian Billick last week, according to CSN’s Reuben Frank:

A league source said Sunday afternoon that the Eagles interviewed Billick last week and now consider him among the leading candidates to replace his good friend, Andy Reid, fired two weeks ago after 14 seasons as head coach of the Eagles.

Billick is the eighth known candidate the Eagles have interviewed for their head coaching job and the 13th overall known candidate.

 

Why do I get the sense the Eagles are going to get the wrong guy here?

Let’s hit it.

 

But first, a word from our sponsors:

– The folks over at Godfather Locks are on a crazy hot streak right now– 39-18 in their last 57 NBA picks, 37-23-4 in their last 64 NFL picks. If you are a gambling man (or woman), or even thinking about becoming one, I’d highly recommend checking out their forecasts and following them on Twitter (@GodfatherLocks).

– Check out the Ping Pong Happy Hour at Drinker’s on Tuesdays. 5 p.m. – 7 p.m. at Drinker’s West and Drinker’s Tavern, 7 – 9 at Drinker’s Pub. And don’t miss Mad Men quizzo (not hosted by me) at Drinker’s West on January 29 at 8 p.m. Details here.

– Hockey and the Flyers are back and so is Chickie’s and Pete’s weekly hockey radio show hosted by Flyers Alum and current Comcast Sportsnet hockey analyst Bill Clement, who is joined each week by a current or former Flyers player, coach or fellow broadcaster. The show airs live on 1490 WBCB every Wednesday from 6 p.m to 7 p.m. and broadcasts from a different Chickie's and Pete's location each week. Chickie’s on the Boulevard on 1/16, Chickie’s at Parx on 1/23, and Chickie’s in Audubon on 1/30. Details here.

Brian Dawkins will be signing autographs at the Sports Vault in the Exton Square Mall on Saturday, January 19 from 1 – 3:30. You probably want to say thanks to him. Details here on how to do it.

– Need some apparel to ready yourself for the Flyers season? Stop by Philly Phaithful and pick up their brand new Flyers t-shirts, Good night and good hockey and their tribute to Kate Smith. Want something a bit more retro? Check out Monkey’s Uncle’s awesome selection of retro Flyers apparel

 

The roundup

– The Flyers brought Brian Boucher back again, demonstrating that you’d be crazy to trust Michael Leighton to do anything, including backing up your $51 million nutcase. Bouche (I spell it that way and leave me alone) will start the season with the Phantoms… but something tells me he won’t finish it there.

The Flyers also signed Kurtis Foster, a 6-5, 225-lb defenseman who will add some depth to the blue line. Foster has bounced around the league, playing for three teams last season, so he’s not exactly a savior. But, you know, more able bodies is a good thing.

Tickets will go on-sale tomorrow at 10 a.m. at the guaranteed to be awful ComcastTIX.com. I’m told there won’t be many available. So act quickly. 

There will be a FREE open practice on Thursday at 6 p.m. at the Wells Fargo Center.

As for the first official practice yesterday… a few thousand of you nuts turned out to watch. John Gonzalez has more over at CSNPhilly.com.

– Scott Laughton, the Flyers’ 18-year-old draft pick, made a good impression on Lavs and has a chance to make the team. Like Sean Couturier last year, Laughton will be able to play in games (five this year, not 10) before the Flyers decide if they want to send him back to juniors. 

– Claude Giroux fixed Max Talbot’s flat tire in this picture taken by Scott Hartnell, who may very well have been on his way to Sheena Parveen’s house

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Maybe keep G away from lifting two-ton vehicles…

– Andy Reid hired another former drug addict son to be the Chiefs quality control coach: [NJ.com]

Britt Reid, son of Andy Reid, has been hired by the Chiefs as a quality control coach. As a quality control coach with the team, Britt will likely be responsible for breaking down film of future opponents and analyzing data.

The decision to bring on his son Britt will likely raise some eyebrows. Garrett Reid, Andy Reid's other son, was working with the team's strength and conditioning coaches when he passed away last year due to an overdose in the Lehigh dorm rooms. Reid has since been criticized by some for bringing Garrett around the team given his history with drugs. Viles of steroids along with needles were found in the room that Garrett was staying in.

Both Britt and Garrett were arrested in 2007 due to separate traffic incidents that involved drug charges. Britt has been working on the Temple University football staff.

 

Is this really a good idea? 

Reid also hired Eagles trainer Rick Burkholder, who confirmed his new position on Twitter this morning.

-Daily News reporter Regina Medina spotted a loon – Andrew Bynum, to be exact – eating at Pei Wei last week:

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See he's rocking the A Pimp Named Slickback hair.

Your Monday Morning Roundup: Puckin’ Eh!

Kyle Scott - January 7, 2013

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Good morning, hockey fans. 

I just wanted to say that, because it is a good morning. For the first time in more than six months, we have something to be legitimately excited about in Philly sports. The Flyers may not be favorites to win the Stanley Cup, but they return a largely intact team with a lot of young talent (just ask the 2012 Sixers if that makes a difference in a shortened season). The defense is a question mark (though I’d argue not as bad as people are making it out to be) and Ilya Bryzgalov is insane, but while everyone strokes teams like the Penguins (who got their asses handed to them by the Flyers last year) and Bruins (who, oh by the way, will be without their crazy goalie), the Flyers will return a young core, much of which has been playing elsewhere during the lockout.

We’ll break down the roster, new faces and injuries later today. For now, some nuggets you may have missed over the weekend.

Let’s hit it.

 

But first, a word from our sponsors:

– The folks over at Godfather Locks are on a crazy hot streak right now– 33-14 in their last 47 NBA picks, 14-4 in their last 18 NFL picks. If you are a gambling man, or even thinking about becoming one, I’d highly recommend checking out their forecasts and following them on Twitter (@GodfatherLocks

– I love ping pong. I used to work at a company that had a table, and every day at around 3 p.m., myself and a few guys I worked with would battle it out for about 20 or 30 minutes. After a few weeks, we were playing closer to an hour. After a month… our day pretty much ended at 3. It turns out I wasn’t a very good employee. So if you have the same problem, or if you just really like balls that bounce, I’d recommend the Ping Pong Happy Hour at Drinker’s on Tuesdays. 5 – 7 at Drinker’s West and Drinker’s Tavern, 7 – 9 and Drinker’s Pub. Details here.

– I’ll just leave this here: Our friends over at Girls Of Philly have photos of over 10 years of local girls, naked. You’re almost guaranteed to see someone you know or someone from your town. So, you probably have to click this link. [Landing page is mostly SFW. After that, you’re own your own… and it’s probably better that way.] 

Brian Dawkins will be signing autographs at the Sports Vault in the Exton Square Mall on Saturday, January 19 from 1 – 3:30. You probably want to say thanks to him. Details here on how to do it.

Joe Conklin’s new DVD features a collection of his best material from over 20 years of bringing celebrity voices to the stage and screen. It also includes a never before seen stand-up performance from September and a behind-the-scenes look at his work at WIP. Check it out at JoeConklin.com.

– Need some apparel to ready yourself for the Flyers season? Stop by Philly Phaithful and pick up the You Can’t Spell Crosby Without Cry shirt or the Knock Knock Lavs jam. Want something a bit more retro? Check out Monkey’s Uncle’s awesome selection of retro Flyers apparel.

 

The roundup

– At around 5:30 a.m. yesterday morning, Scott Hartnell, who I’m guessing was just heading to bed, texted many of his Flyers teammates: “Deal done, boys!” 

Hartnell had been growing a lockout beard, which he will now have to shave. Asked about it on Preston and Steve this morning, Claude Giroux, who is driving to Philly from Canada today, said, “It’s way too big and embarrassing.” 

– So when will all of this get underway? Either January 15 or 19. Earlier reports indicated the 19th, with a national TV game between the Flyers and Penguins kicking things off at 1 p.m. (before Penn State plays Peter Luukko’s son and Vermont at 7:30 p.m.). The league sent out a memo (an email?) to teams last night stating that was the most likely scenario. But there’s also a chance that things get started on January 15, if the deal gets ratified quickly. 

The former would mean a 48-game schedule. The latter, a 50-game schedule: [Philly.com]

According to the Canadian Press, if it’s a 50-game season, the schedule will feature 5 games versus each division rival (20), plus 3 games versus each conference rival (30).

Also according to the Canadian Press, if it’s a 48-game season, the schedule will feature 4 games against two division rivals (8), plus 5 games against the other two division rivals (10), plus 3 games versus each conference rival (30).

 

– One somewhat disturbing bit of tid to come out of yesterday’s thick and sexy pile of hockey news was a reminder that Michael Leighton still exists. He told CSN’s Sarah Baicker that he’s “happy as pie”:

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I’m assuming he meant a lattice topped cherry pie, because it’s full of holes and you can slip something through almost every corner… even the Stanley Cup-winning puck. 

– Chip Kelly will stay at Oregon, according to Adam Schefter. The puts Broncos offensive coordinator Mike McCoy and Seahawks defensive coordinator Gus Bradley in the lead with the Eagles this hour. Sheil Kapadia has more on Bradley over at Philly Mag

– Reader Jules spotted a loon. She watched Django Unchained with Andrew Bynum in King of Prussia:

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– Here’s an awful Andy Reid shirt being sold in Kansas City had to be removed because it was actually copyright infringement. Inquirer cartoonist Rob Tornoe had drawn the image of Reid after Week 9:

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– Finally, for those of you who appreciate what Andy Reid did during his time in Philadelphia, my colleagues on the Great Sports Debate, Julie Dorenbos and Susie Celek, put together this video of well-wishers (like the Brians – Dawkins and Westbook – and even Carrot Top). Watch it after the jump.

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