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Your Monday Morning Roundup

Kyle Scott - December 17, 2012

Took a few days off this weekend – partly because little happened in local sports, partly because cramming sports snark into a news cycle dominated by the deaths of 26 students and teachers would be awkward and perhaps offensive, and partly because I wanted to finish Christmas shopping, drink craft beers and watch the Homeland season finale (holy shit– they turned the past four weeks of lemons into lemonade) – but we’re back, taking you into Christmas week with your regularly scheduled nonsense. 

Since news of the shootings broke on Friday, it’s been hard to muster an opinion about anything as inconsequential as sports. I had planned to write a post that day about the latest in athlete revenue streams – current and former Philly athletes selling their time and companionship through a new website – but had no motivation to do so (it’s coming later). But, being a sports and dick joke website, we move on so that we can continue to be a (welcome?) distraction from the what really matters. From what can sometimes be a cruel, cruel world, where unexplainable things happen to the most undeserving of people.

If you haven’t yet seen President Obama’s speech from last night, I highly recommend that you do. Politics aside, it was fantastic, putting perfectly into words what most in this country feel. Yes, he touched on policy, rather forcefully, by saying that he would use his power to do something to make our kids, citizens, safer. And yes, it was the opening salvo in what will surely be a fierce political debate. But no matter what course of action you think is best to accomplish the goal, making our country safer, you can’t deny the fact that something does, in fact, need to be done.

Let’s hit it.

 

But first, a word from our sponsors:

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– Want to meet Donovan McNabb and Brian Dawkins? How about both? McNabb will be signing autographs at the Sports Vault in the King of Prussia Mall on Saturday, January 5 from 1 – 2:30. Dawkins will be at the Sports Vault in the Exton Square Mall on Saturday, January 19 from 1 – 3:30. Details and tickets here. 

– Betting advice? Stop by GodatherLocks.com and save $20 off daily picks by using code Crossing. Godfather Locks has a 95% NBA winning total and offers guarantees so you’re always a winner. Check it out here.

– Give the gift of love and self-discovery to yourself or someone else (or both of you simultaneously?) this holiday season with a subscription to GirlsOfPhilly.com. With 10 years of local girls, it’s almost guaranteed you’ll see someone you know, or someone from your town, naked. Click here. Landing page is SFW, but after that, you’re own your own.

Philly Phaithful’s ’93 line is a hot-seller. Celebreate Dutch, Mickey, Mitch, Milt, Krukker and Lenny, and get three t-shirts for $50 with code cbgiftpack. Or, check out Philly Phaithful’s new sister shop, Broad Street Broad.

– Monkey’s Uncle, in Doylestown, is your place for licensed retro and vintage sports and Philly-related gear. Clarke, Bernie, Dr. J, and Schmidt are all present. Use code BROAD to get $10 off orders of $50 or more. Shop here

– The Armadillo Club features original apparel celebrating Philly and our favorite athletes. Make Harry proud by picking up the Whitey shirt, or grab The Minister of Defense jam. Get 25% off with code FIREANDY. Shop here.  

Joe Conklin’s new comedy DVD, Voices In My Head, makes a perfect holiday gift. Includes content from over 20 years of bringing celebrity voices to the stage and screen, and it features a behind-the-scenes look at Conklin’s work for WIP. Get one for $14.99 on Amazon .

 

The roundup

– Marcus Hayes didn’t write an awful sonnet today. So that’s good. But he did posit that T.O. was Andy Reid’s first of many mistakes that have led us to where we are today, which is nowhere. 

– Here’s video and quotes from Villanova’s press conference yesterday, when the school announced that they are splitting away from the Big East along with six other schools to form a Catholic League, of sorts, effectively dissolving the Big East. Greed, for lack of a better word, may be good… but it also kills basketball leagues, folks.

– The Sixers got torched by the Lakers… and they also lost a basketball game to them last night.

– The Sixers are making trade inquiries about a center.

– Deadspin has your NFL Week 15 GIFs.

R.A. Dickey is headed to the Marlins Blue Jays.

– The Flyers fan who beat a Rangers fans outside Geno’s after the Winter Classic was sentenced to 11-23 months of house arrest followed by five years of probation. 

Your Tuesday Morning Roundup: A Big, Fat Holiday Edition

Kyle Scott - December 11, 2012

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A roundup for this morning of twos.  

Some frivolous and noteworthy items from the past few days that I didn’t get a chance to get to yesterday, in part because Hayley, our one and a half year old Lab-Whippet mix, thought it would be a good idea to roll around in mud and then treat bath time like it was a trip to Splash Mountain. 

Let’s hit it.

 

But first, a word from our sponsors:

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CHRISTMAS MOVIE QUIZZO. Tonight at Drinker’s West at 8 p.m. Tomorrow at Drinker’s Tavern at 8:30 p.m. Four movies: Home Alone, A Christmas Story, Christmas Vacation, and Elf. Originally, the questions were going to be the same each night. But we’ve decided to switch it up. So, if come tonight and tomorrow, you will hear different questions– two chances to play, two chances to win. More here.

– Want to meet Donovan McNabb and Brian Dawkins? How about both? McNabb will be signing autographs at the Sports Vault in the King of Prussia Mall on Saturday, January 5 from 1 – 2:30. Dawkins will be at the Sports Vault in the Exton Square Mall on Saturday, January 19 from 1 – 3:30. Details and tickets here. 

– Betting advice? Stop by GodatherLocks.com and save $20 off daily picks by using code Crossing. Godfather Locks has a 95% NBA winning total and offers guarantees so you’re always a winner. Check it out here.

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– Give the gift of love and self-discovery to yourself or someone else (or both of you simultaneously?) this holiday season with a subscription to GirlsOfPhilly.com. With 10 years of local girls, it’s almost guaranteed you’ll see someone you know, or someone from your town, naked. Click here. Landing page is SFW, but after that, you’re own your own.

– Philly Phaithful’s ’93 line is a hot-seller this holiday season. Get t-shirts and apparel celebrating Dutch, Mickey, Milt, the Krukker, Lenny and others. Use code cbgiftpack and get three t-shirts for $50. Shop here. 

– Monkey’s Uncle, in Doylestown, is your place for licensed retro and vintage sports and Philly-related gear. Clarke, Bernie, Dr. J, and Schmidt are all present. Use code BROAD to get $10 off orders of $50 or more. Shop here

– The Armadillo Club features original apparel celebrating Philly and our favorite athletes. Make Harry proud by picking up the Whitey shirt, or grab The Minister of Defense jam. Get 25% off with code FIREANDY. Shop here.  

–  Joe Conklin’s new comedy DVD, Voices In My Head, makes a perfect holiday gift. Includes content from over 20 years of bringing celebrity voices to the stage and screen, and it features a behind-the-scenes look at Conklin’s work for WIP. Get one for $14.99 on Amazon .

 

The roundup:

– Ben Revere ate so much food on Sunday night that he almost shat himself:

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– Adam Aron managed to find a line more meaningless and absurd then third most wins in NBA history:

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– Andrew Bynum spoke with reporters before the Sixers beat the Pistons last night. Here’s what he had to say about his knees… and his hair.

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Knees: [CSN Philly]

“I feel pain walking around, so it’d be silly to go out and start playing basketball right away (once cleared) because it’s just going to get worse,” Bynum said, noting that the swelling in his right knee is gone. “If this was the Finals and we have a chance to win, I’d be able to play. Who wouldn’t want to be a part of that? But why risk anything when you have time to come back and be 100 percent?”

 

In other words: No one in the Association is 100%. Like me. But do you really think I’m going to ruin my chances at getting a max contract playing in games in December and January? Aww hell no! I’ll be back late-February, so I can play just long enough to show a few GMs who will be stupid enough to want to sign me that I still got it. After all, I’m only 25… and, you know, my hair.

Hair: [Delco Times]

How much higher can the afro grow?

“Oh man, I want it to go forever, man. There’s going to come and point in time where it’s not going to be growing, so I might as well enjoy it while I have it.”

Why flatten it like Dora the Explorer that one time?

“It wasn’t Dora, man. It was ‘Pimp Named Slickback’ (a character from The Boondocks cartoon). No, I flattened it because it gets boring picking it out all the time.”

 

I always get bored picking my hair out too. Pain. In. The. Ass, I tell you.

– NBC Sports and Yahoo! Sports, two of the most web-forward sports outlets there are, have partnered up in what can only be described as a big, internetworkal handjob:

While Yahoo! Sports and the NBC Sports Group will continue to maintain separate sites and editorial control of their respective newsrooms and digital properties, they will collaborate on premium sports news and events coverage both online and on the air. Yahoo! Sports’ popular products will also be included in the NBC Sports Group’s digital assets.

 

We are very close to having two major sports media conglomerates– ESPN and Comcast-NBC-Yahoo!-whatever-the-fuck. I don’t think that’s a good thing. 

– The Phillies had talked with the Indians about Asudubai Assange Abunasir Assdribble Arsonarnie Andersoncooper Asdrbuablabrlabal Asdrubal Cabrera. Words from Cleveland:

Before the start of the winter meetings last week in Nashville, the two teams were talking about a trade that would have sent shortstop Asdrubal Cabrera to Philadelphia for right-hander Vance Worley and prospects.

 

– Eagles fan kisses reporter on live television following first win since Hurricane Sandy and all three presidential debates. UPDATE: Not Philadelphia Eagles fan. Still funny.

– Phillies Nation explains how the Phillies have enough money to sign Josh Hamilton.

– Look out, ladies. It's the holiday season and Dom Brown is prowling. A tipster sends along this screenshot – from last year – of Dom Brown flirting with a lady on Facebook (not the first time we’ve heard this):

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Michael Vick and LeSean McCoy passed their concussion tests and other news that we really don’t care about.

– And Johnny Football’s girlfriend.

H/T to Tyler

Your Monday Morning Roundup

Kyle Scott - December 3, 2012

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Outta here

The Eagles lost again last night and thus concludes our game recap.

Let’s hit it.

 

But first, a word from our sponsors

– CHRISTMAS MOVIE QUIZZO. Next Wednesday, December 12. 8:30 p.m. Drinker’s Tavern in Old City (2nd and Market). Four rounds: Home Alone, Christmas Story, Christmas Vacation, and Elf.  

Want to meet Chase Utley? Yeah, you do. He’ll be signing autographs at the Valley Forge Casino on Saturday, December 8 from 1 – 3:30. Donovan McNabb will be at the Sports Vault in the King of Prussia Mall on Saturday, January 5 from 1 – 2:30. Details and tickets here

– Philly Phaithful’s new line celebrating the upcoming 20th anniversary of the ’93 Fightins is here and you can get three t-shirts for $50 using code cbgiftpack. Shop here

Or… you can shop at Philly Phaithful’s new retail showroom at 737 N. 4th Street. They celebrated their grand opening on Saturday with a wall – literally, a wall – of ’93 t-shirts:

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Shop The Armadillo Club for a selection of sports and Philly-specific t-shirts. Celebrate The Minister of Defense, Whitey, and other Philly-related icons. Shop here

– The Monkey’s Uncle, in Doylestown, specializes in licensed throwback and current Philly sports gear, including Kelly Green Eagles wear, Broad Street Bullies apparel, and more. You can visit their store at 21 East State St. in Doylestown, or, even better, shop online.

– Get Sixers, Eagles and concert tickets for low prices using Crossing Broad Tickets. The best seats from the secondary market, all in one place, sortable by event, price and location.

 

The roundup

– The Eagles fired Jim Washburn this morning. Conveniently, they sent out the release just as Eagles reporters were about to board a plane from Dallas. 

The 0-2 pitch. Swing and a miss, struck him out. The Philadelphia Phillies are 2008 World Champions of baseball. Brad Lidge does it again and stays perfect for the 2008 season. 

Brad Lidge retired last night. He informed his agents that he enjoyed spending time with his family while rehabbing from injury last season and he wants to do more of that. He will be missed. 

– Citing a source, Mark Eckel of the Times of Trenton says Andy Reid may coach the Cowboys next season:

According to an extremely reliable source, who is close to Reid, the long-time Eagles head coach could be the head coach of the archrival Cowboys next year.

Of course, that is all based on Reid being fired by the Eagles, which is expected, and Jason Garrett being let go by the Cowboys, which isn’t quite as sure, but certainly could happen if Dallas does not make the playoffs.

 

Fun.  

– On Friday, the Eagles hired a replacement for fired VP of Communications Rob Zeiger. They brought on Anne Gordon, the former managing editor of the Inquirer, for the newly created position of Sr. VP of Media and Communications. She is friends with Jeffrey Lurie and co-founded a Yacht brokerage . I’m sure she’ll relate well to the target demo.

The MLB Winter Meetings start today, which means our running commentary returns. That will be up shortly. For now, though, here’s a Tweet from Jon Heyman that says the Dodgers are making Dee Gordon available. He struggled last season after an impressive rookie campaign. But he’s only 24 and had suffered a thumb injury.

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I don’t hate the idea of him winding up with the Phillies as a potential heir to Jimmy Rollins’ throne. Gordon is under contract until 2018.

– League owners and players will meet directly – without Gary Bettman or Donald Fehr to get in the way – tomorrow. This is a good sign, but we’re still not close to a deal. Ed Snider will not be in attendance. 

– John Harbaugh and Mike Tomlin had an awkard handshake following the Steelers-Ravens game.

– Jerry Jones scratching his nuts.

– Bryce Brown keeps dropping the football, but he’s been very good.

Blonde Dallas Cowboys cheerleaders.

– Bob Costas gave a poem about guns during halftime last night.

– Shopping Amazon this holiday season? Sure you are. Click our link and support your favorite sports blog when you do. We’ll get a small commission for referring the sale. Item of the day? Batman Dark Knight Trilogy on Blu-Ray and DVD for $20 and $30, respectively.

Your Monday Morning Roundup: Disasters, Lies and Idiots Edition

Kyle Scott - November 19, 2012

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Jason Babin is famous… for being terrible at his job, pic via (@bjeter25)

Since Andy Reid’s firing is an inevitability, I’ve decided to pre-write the lede, this way I’m prepared if it happens during the season. It’s sort of like a Mad Lib, only if Mad Libs were head-shaking blog posts about the awful state of your local NFL team. Here’s what I got:

It’s over. The Eagles have fired Andy Reid, the team announced today. The final straw was the Eagles’ most recent loss, a ___-___ ass-kicking by the _____. ____ will take over as interim head coach, though the team will presumably look at other candidates for next season.

In a statement released by the team, Jeffrey Lurie said: _______________. 

This was Reid’s 14th year with the Eagles. He finishes his time here with a ___-___ record, five NFC Championship appearances and one Super Bowl appearance. He only won only one of those six games.

Time's ours.

That should do, at least initially.

Let’s hit it.

 

But first, a word from our sponsors:

– Our friends at Drinker’s West offer a $10 all-you-can-eat tailgate menu every Sunday. Combined with $8 pitchers, you can literally eat, drink and include a nice tip for your ‘tender for $25.

Also, next month is Christmas movie quizzo. December 12. Drinker’s Tavern in Old City (2nd and Market). 8:30 p.m. Home Alone, Christmas Story, Christmas Vacation, and Elf.

Congrats to this month’s winners, Our Team Name is Judge:

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Meet Chase Utley. He will be signing autographs at the Sports Vault in the King of Prussia Mall on Saturday, December 8 from 1 – 3:30. 

Donovan McNabb doesn’t seem so bad anymore, does he? Get his autograph at the Sports Vault in the King of Prussia Mall on Saturday, January 5 from 1 – 2:30. Makes a great Christmas gift for the deprived Eagles fan in your life.

Get tickets for both here.

– The G shirt. Grab one before they sells out… or before G gets injured again in Germany and has to return to the states as a broken mess:

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Shop here.

 

The roundup 

– Claude Giroux injured his neck playing for the Berlin Ice Bears over the weekend, according to a hockeyweb.de, via Broad Street Hockey:

Playing in the German mayor league (DEL) is not harmless at all not even for NHL Lockoutplayers. In the yesterdays game between Eisbären Berlin (Giroux and Briere) and Krefeld Pinguine (Christian Ehrhoff) Claude Giroux got hurt and was brought to he hospital. It happened in the 2nd period of the game. His cervical spine was overstretched after he got hit by another player.

Observers are sure his head was hit but there where no penalties given. The Eisbären Berlin applied for an investigation procedure and sent the video of the scene. The German League will check the situation. After the medical examination Giroux was able to leave the hospital but he will not play in Cologne (against Kölner Haie – with Coach Uwe Krupp)  tomorrow.

 

The Flyers don’t believe the injury is serious. Giroux told the Daily News’ Frank Seravalli that it’s nothing serious

– On Saturday, Seravalli, writing for SportsWeek, quoted sources that said Ed Snider was extremely unhappy with Gary Bettman’s handling of negotiations. Snider strongly disagreed with the report and sent a statement to the Daily News calling the report “erroneous.” He told others it was a “fabrication.” 

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Andrew Bynum's sweet gloves, pic via (@MattMcLaughlin9)

– Speaking of (accused) shoddy reporting… the Wilmington News Journal has an exclusive story today in which a doctor, who has no involvement with Andrew Bynum or his injury, said that the Sixers center could require surgery. It’s a reasonable theory, but the story’s headline, “Evidence shows Bynum likely out for season,” is a gross exaggeration. Relevant story, but completely misleading.  

A source told CBS Philly’s Spike Eskin that the Sixers are unhappy with Bnyum. Eskin pointed out that it was odd how the Sixers sent Bynum out this weekend to give updates on his knee. I agree.

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– Marcus Vick, who may be in jail right now (no, really), who was supposedly going to censor himself after requesting a trade for his brother, fired this bad boy out into the ether this morning. About Reid? Probably. 

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– 97.5’s Harry Mayes chided Evan Turner on Saturday, telling him to work on his J instead of watching the Ohio State basketball game. Turner’s response?

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– Jason Babin’s appearance on the cover of the Washington Post may have helped him to a net gain in his Twitter following: 

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What a tone deaf, lunkhead. 

That's a sentiment with which most of you agree. Check out the responses to Babin:

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– LeSean McCoy has a concussion because Andy Reid is stupid and left him in during garbage time. Reid’s reasoning? “Because we were trying to catch up and win the game.”

The Eagles were losing 31-6 at the time, with under two minutes to play in the game.

– Finally, this Joe and Casey Conklin parody of Taylor Swift’s We Are Never Ever Getting Back Together, We Are Never Ever Gonna Win With Andy, is perfect.

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Notice that Eagles logos are absent in the video and jerseys are turned inside out? The original video, which briefly showed up on YouTube two weeks ago, was shot outside Lincoln Financial Field with Casey in an Eagles jersey. The video was quickly removed and replaced with this sans-licensed-product version. You can probably deduce why. Must-watch video after the jump. Casey actually has an amazing voice.

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Your Monday Morning Roundup

Kyle Scott - November 5, 2012

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Pic via reader Ryan

Good morning, Philadelphia. The Flyers still aren’t playing (though they may be soon), the Eagles won’t play until this evening, and the Sixers will now be without summer mega acquisitions Andrew Bynum and Jason Richardson for the time being, the latter of which sprained his ankle in a loss to the Knicks yesterday. 

Bright side? Jon Gruden can get an up-close look at his potential future employer tonight.

Let’s hit it.

 

But first, a word from our sponsors:

– Yesterday was the perfect day to sit at Drinker’s West and get down with their $10 all-you-can-eat tailgate menu. Missed out? That’s cool. They have it every week. I know you Penn and Drexel folks are strapped for cash, so $25 could legitimately get you food, a pitcher of beer and a healthy tip for your bartender. Details here

Sports Vault has two new locations— in the Plaza at the King of Prussia Mall and in the Exton Square Mall. Be sure to stop by and check out the local leader in memorabilia. MAKES GREAT CHRISTMAS GIFTS, KIDS.

Also, on January 5, Donovan McNabb will be signing autographs at the King of Prussia location. Details and tickets here.

– Tomorrow is election day and the folks at Philly Phaithful, the city’s leading apparel company, are voting for… Coach Collins in 2012. Get the t-shirt here.

– Thanks to our friends from Play-N-Trade in Lansdale for making our video game tournaments at Drinker’s possible. Check them out to buy, rent, trade and repair games. A must-see collection of old school games, too.

 

The roundup:

– Jason Richardson, the guy with the 15th most made three-pointers in NBA history, sprained his ankle yesterday. Number 14 on that list, Nick Van Exel, must be breathing a sigh of relief.*

*Hilariously, Bob Vetrone (Boop) wrote a blog post about the leading all-time three-pointer shooters in NBA history. Somewhere, Adam Aron is downright jolly.

Richardson hurt his ankle in the first quarter when he stepped on a photographer. He wasn’t happy about it… the photographer being there, that is: [Philly.com]

"They really don't belong down there – you see what happens," said Richardson, who suffered the sprain when he stepped on a cameraman's foot at Madison Square Garden. "It creates all kinds of problems for players. There's got to be a better way."

 

– Phil Sheridan relates Andy Reid to… Ray Rhodes. It’s tenuous connection, at best, but the crux of the link goes like this:

In Rhodes' paranoid regime, Gruden decided it was better to be unseen and unheard. So he moved from pillar to doorway to stairwell in the Vet netherworld without being seen by reporters. When he did find himself trapped, Gruden would arch an eyebrow and speak in careful code, conveying the thanklessness of his challenge without provoking Rhodes or anyone up on the fourth floor.

And then he disappeared for good. The Oakland Raiders hired Gruden to be their head coach in 1998. See if what followed sounds familiar.

With the man in charge of his offense gone, the defensive-minded Rhodes needed to make a very good hire. Instead, he decided to shock everyone by bringing in a relative unknown named Dana Bible. When that move blew up on him almost immediately, Rhodes replaced his handpicked coordinator in midseason. He wound up getting fired himself at the end of the year.

If you're Andy Reid, comparisons to Rhodes are not especially complimentary. Reid is a much better all-around head coach, as his record proves. But there is a parallel. The value of defensive coordinator Jim Johnson was never so clear as it became after he was gone. The same was true of Gruden back in 1998.

 

It’s the Gruden made Rhodes, Johnson made Reid thing.

I’m generally not one for tire-kicking what if columns, but Sheridan weaves an extraordinary tale that reads like a mystery novel (for real). Good column this morning. Read, Andy Read. 

– Some baby steps in negotiations– we could see an 64-game schedule for the Flyers. Maybe. Kind of. 

Al Morganti is quite confident:

“This was actually, I think, a so-called secret productive meeting in which they really went at it and addressed the basic issues.” 

“I fully expect that if this thing isn’t done over the next 10 days, it won’t but done at all. But I think it will be done over the next 10 days.” 

 

Sightings:

Stanley Cup champion Jeff Carter gave reader tmoney the finger at the Public House this weekend. No, really:

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– Ryan Howard was spotted buying cheese at Whole Foods in Blue Bell:

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Pic via reader Jonathan

As you can see, he was walking around, which is a significant upgrade from his transportae circa a year ago.

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– The Barkann Family Foundation is hosting its inaugural event at Chickie’s and Pete’s Play 2 in South Philly on November 15.

It is $35 to attend the event and that includes three hours of unlimited beer, wine and appetizers. Duce Staley, Bernie Parent and Dave Schultz are scheduled to appear at the event (subject to change). Tickets can be purchased on their website, TheBarkannFoundation.org. People who purchase before November 8 are entered into a drawing for tickets to the Eagles/Redskins game on December 23 (!!!). 

– The Eagles Monday Night Football game has become an important event for the respective presidential campaigns. Last week we told you about a $40k ad buy on the 6 ABC broadcast of MNF by the Obama campaign. And now, a Republican PAC paid $75k for a Romney ad on the ESPN broadcast of the game, according to one D.C. tipster.  

Romney, of course, was in Pennsylvania last night and thinks he has an outside shot at winning the state. And the way to reach the largest number of Pennsylvanians the night before the election? Monday Night Football. Intrigue, baby.

Your Monday Morning Roundup: Nothing Happened Edition

Kyle Scott - October 22, 2012

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To give you an idea of what a horrible local sports weekend it was, check out the cover of today’s Daily News. Nate Allen? High school? A Mark Kram styling? Yeah, it's that bad. [Read those stories here.]

By my unofficial count, the last time there was a full weekend without a Philly sports team playing was New Year’s weekend this year. Of course, that weekend saw the Winter Classic Alumni game and the Classic itself on Monday, which was an off day for most people.

Let’s hit it.

 

But first, a word from our sponsors:

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– Tomorrow night. 8 p.m. Drinker’s West (39th and Chestnut). The second meeting of our Lockout Support Group. NHL 94 tournament. The first time was so much fun, we had to do it again.

Just show up before 8 p.m. to sign up. It’s FREE to play and we’ll have prizes  for the winners.

Thanks to our friends from Play-N-Trade in Lansdale, where you can buy, sell and trade new and old games. A must-see selection of classic video games alone is worth stopping by for.

– Sports Vault is your exclusive provider of signed Brian Dawkins memorabilia. Shop here.

– Grab a t-shirt from Philly’s leading apparel provider, Philly Phaithful. All shirts our printed on high-quality American Apparel material. Get one, or eight, here.

 

The roundup:

– Let’s talk about Maalik Wayns. He’s getting a ton of pub in the pre-season for the Sixers, but I’m not I'm even a little bit sold. As a Villanova grad, I spent the past three years waiting for Wayns to turn into Kyle Lowry or Randy Foye– the best guards of the Jay Wright era. 

I’m not sure it ever happened.

Yes, Wayns had a great season last year on a horrible team– 17.6 PPG, 4.6 AST, 3.8 RB. But he never developed the all-around game that was expected. Despite his blazing speed, which rightfully drew comparisons to Lowry, Wayns struggles to finish around the basket, takes poor shots, and is not a good three-point shooter (he shot under 30% from behind the arc in his sophomore and junior seasons). He has the speed of Lowry (maybe), but doesn’t have the same finishing ability, defensive prowess, or rebounding skills. He’s a nice change of pace type of player, but nothing I saw in three years at Villanova that told me Wayns was going to be a consistent NBA scorer. I think what we’re seeing here is a highly skilled and athletic rookie making the most of nonsensical pre-season basketball. 

I hate to write that, too, because no one is more excited to see a Villanova guy play for the Sixers. I just don’t think Maalik is anything more than a deep bench player in the NBA who will eventually earn a solid living in Europe (see also: Allan Ray).

Deadspin’s Week 6 NFL GIFs are always worth checking out. 

– Iowa fans showed up to their game against Penn State wearing prison garb, an unexpected and extremely classy move.

Terry Bradshaw thinks Andy Reid is gone after the season.

– Kyle Lohse – yeah, the guy who gave up back-breaking home runs in the opening round of the Postseason in 2007, 2011 and 2012 – will start Game 7 of the NLCS for the Cardinals tonight. Before Game 6, he seemingly forgot that time his former team won the World Series and got back there the next year:

“Well, yeah, it is a big deal.  I don't know the history of it, but I don't know when the last time a team's gone back to the World Series after having won it.  It doesn't happen too often.”

 

It happened in 2008 and 2009, no thanks to you, Kyle.

A 12-year-old girl from Clayton, New Jersey is missing. Find her.

Hunter Pence and his soothsaying had this quote before Game 5 on Friday:

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Yeah, Catwoman said that. Hunter Pence is quoting Catwoman.

Your Monday Afternoon Roundup

Kyle Scott - October 15, 2012

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I was so confident yesterday when I tweeted, at around 4:22 p.m., “We know how this ends.”

I bring that up not to pat myself on the back (because I’d guess that 90% of you felt the same way), but to point out just how damn predictable and miserable Eagles fandom has become.

Like, we all knew the Lions were going to score when they got the ball down 10, right? We knew they were going to make it close. 

We knew, too, that the Eagles would make perplexing play calls when they got the ball back, with a three-point lead, with 3:32 to play. The Lions had only two of their timeouts remaining, and even just one first down would have nearly sealed the deal for the Eagles. Instead: six-yard pass to LeSean McCoy… no-gain run by Bryce Brown… incomplete pass, with Vick in shotgun, on third down. 

Think about that: with three and a half minutes to play and a three point lead, the Eagles didn’t once run the ball with one of the best running backs in the league. That’s mind-boggling. That’s something an idiot does in Madden. Andy Reid, too.

We knew the Lions were going to tie the game. And we knew that the Eagles would do something stupid in overtime (although not even the most hardened prick could have expected them to go backwards 21 yards and punt from their own end zone).

And we knew what would happen next.

We knew how it would end.

So then why, why do people still defend Andy Reid? This stuff has been happening for 14 years. Few Eagles losses are like the ones last week against the Steelers– an understandable road loss to a tough team. It seems like most are the result of either poor clock management, baffling play calls, or the team being woefully underprepared. Or combination of those things. Plus, there are all those times where an analyst points out how Eagles – defenders, specifically – screw up the most basic of fundamentals. 

All of that is coaching, and it's nothing new for the Eagles.

If I sound like I’m mad– I’m not. I’m 100% apathetic. I’m just confused how after 14 years of the same bullshit, we’re still in this position. It’s like Groundhog Day, only Reid never learns from his mistakes, never learns to avoid Ned Ryerson, never learns to play the piano… never does anything different. He just sees the same set of stimuli and reacts the exact. same. way, seemingly unaware of the lousy results. I gotta do a better job, as coaches we have to learn from that. ARE YOU FUCKING KIDDING ME?!?!?! [Now I’m mad.] How have you not learned from that by now?

This isn’t even fun anymore. For two years now, I’ve been watching the Eagles just to see how they fuck up. And that sucks.

Let’s hit it!

 

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The roundup:

– Did Marcus Hayes write a ridiculous sonnet about the Eagles game? He did: [Philly.com]

A little thing.

A big lost possession.

A huge lost home game.

"We're in a position where you're losing games at home," Avant said. "You want to win all your home games and be 50 percent on the road. That's 12-4."

Well, 12-4 seems out of the question.

That would mean a 9-1 finish.

That would almost certainly mean a win in 2 weeks against undefeated Atlanta and probably running the table in the final five games against the NFC East. They're 1-0 in the division, a two-point win over the Giants.

Their biggest win to date.

Chugging along averaging almost three turnovers a game, worst in the conference, another 8-8 finish seems more likely.

Five hundred, for a team with Michael Vick, LeSean McCoy, DeSean Jackson, Jason Babin, Trent Cole, Nnamdi Asomugha, Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie.

Oh, and franchise coach Andy Reid.

Talk about embarrassing.

 

Yeah, talk about embarrassing.

– Is anyone else getting tired of Hunter Pence’s pre-game speeches? Last week we told you about his rousing speech before Game 3 that, apparently, spurred the Giants on to victory. Last night he was at it again, firing his teammates up in the dugout. Funny how he never gave speeches here.

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– The Eagles went completely overboard with the pink thing yesterday, outlining the end zones and midfield logos. As we’ve talked about before on this site, the whole Pink thing is a sham. The NFL donates only 5% of proceeds to charity, but profits millions. 

– Nnamdi Asomugha somewhat blamed Juan Castillo’s late-game playcalling for the Eagles’ loss.

Deadspin’s Week 6 NFL GIFs.

– A caller to the WIP Morning Show with an epic rant

– Scott Hartnell and Kimmo Timonen tailgated at the Eagles game yesterday, according to reader Christian:

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Cole Hamels did, too.

– And now, a drunk lady on the subway after the Birds game sings about the Flyers, courtesy of reader Daniel.

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Your Monday Morning Roundup

Kyle Scott - October 8, 2012

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DRC, ladies and gentleman

I don’t like Led Zeppelin, never have. I know they’re considered one of the best groups of all-time, but I always felt their songs – including Stairway To Heaven – hovered in neutral for too many minutes before turning out one memorable refrain. The term boring comes to mind. I know I’m in the minority here, but it’s just how I feel.

That’s sort of what the Eagles-Steelers game reminded me of: a Led Zepplin song. It seemed to drag on forever, nothing too exciting happened, and while you recognize some of the positive takeaways, ultimately the game left you feeling disappointed. Even the Steelers game-winning field goal was as anticlimactic as it comes. 

We can blame Andy Reid – again – for allowing Vick to try to run into the end zone (that worked earlier this season), or for his fourth down decisions (which paid off). We can blame Vick, for fumbling, but he eventually gave the Eagles a chance to win. Or we can blame the defense for softening up when it mattered most. But that all comes with the territory and, in the end, the Eagles lost a sloppy road game to a perennial AFC powerhouse. It happens. 

Let’s hit it.

 

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The roundup:

– Michael Vick, who, at 8:42 a.m., just dropped another football, has no explanation for his fumbles.

– The highlight of the game was quite possibly Kurt Coleman throwing Antonio Brown’s shoe off the field:

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via Sports Grid

– Tim McManus goes on a search for Eagles sacks.

– EDP, whose videos now feature ads, was surprisingly calm over the loss… but the offensive line and Andy Reid’s decision to try a QB draw with Vick didn’t quite escape his wrath. Have to wonder if the success is going to EDP’s head a bit. Motherfucker seems to be losing his edge. We’ll keep an eye on this next week:

Penn State received a top 25 vote.

– Mila Kunis was named sexiest woman alive.

– The folks at Busted Coverage put together the hottest MLB playoff WAGs… by position

– Finally, here’s video of the wedding brawl in Philly that led to a death this weekend:

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