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The Shaming of Shawny Hill

Tim Reilly - March 5, 2019

Last month, Crossing Broad’s own Chris Jastrzembski wrote a story about an insensitive comment Philadelphia Wings public address announcer Shawny Hill made during a game against the Georgia Swarm. It was a blink-and-you-missed-it moment, but the damage done to Hill’s professional reputation has endured:

Twenty seconds into the video Chris shared on Twitter, Hill exhorts the crowd: “Let’s snip the ponytail right here.”

Hill’s throwaway remark caught the attention of Lyle Thompson, the player at whom it was directed. Thompson, a Native American who wears his hair in a way that pays homage to his ancestry, understandably took offense to Hill’s insult.

Thompson tweeted:

Justice would be swift and severe, after the jump:

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Shawny Hill Said Something Bad At Last Night’s Wings Game

Chris Jastrzembski - January 13, 2019

For those of you who were watching the Cowboys lose or doing other things last night, the Philadelphia Wings of the National Lacrosse League continued their comeback season with a 13-11 loss to the Georgia Swarm.

In the eyes of many who were at the Wells Fargo Center or follow lacrosse closely, the game was overshadowed by an insensitive remark from the in-arena host, directed towards a Native American Swarm player, which you can hear around the 20 second mark in this video clip:

“Let’s snip the ponytail right here.”

That’s considered insensitive because the “ponytail” or braid is a symbol of Native American heritage.

Lyle Thompson, the target of the comment, brought it up after the game on Twitter:

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Is the Wings’ Home Opener in Danger of Being Cancelled?

Chris Jastrzembski - November 15, 2018

The Philadelphia Wings are scheduled to start their new expansion season one month from today with a home game against the Buffalo Bandits at the Wells Fargo Center.

The key phrase in that sentence is “scheduled to start,” because the National Lacrosse League season is going to be delayed due to ongoing collective bargaining negotiations with the Professional Lacrosse Players Association.

It’s gotten testy at times:

The deadline that NLL commissioner Nick Sakiewicz mentioned came and passed. But the first two weeks of the season were not cancelled as the league originally suspended their 5 PM deadline as conversations with the PLPA continued.

However, after reportedly exchanging proposals and counter proposals throughout the day, the first two weeks of the season will be cancelled after all.

Via NLL press release:

The League suspended its 5:00pm deadline yesterday to allow the PLPA to provide a new counterproposal. After a thorough review of the PLPA’s counterproposal, it is clear we cannot accept the terms the PLPA has put forward, and therefore, have made a decision to reject it. We believe those terms would have both short and long term negative consequences on our member clubs and the League which we are not willing to accept. Therefore, there is not yet an agreement on a new collective bargaining agreement.

With respect to the upcoming season, the PLPA has instructed its players not to attend training camps or submit to physicals, making the formation of rosters and operation of the opening of the season impossible.

Therefore, and regrettably, because of the PLPA’s current position, the first two weekends of the 2018-19 season, which includes games on December 1 and December 8, 2018, are cancelled.

We will provide further communications on the 2018-19 schedule as updates become available.

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The Wings Unveiled Their New Home Jersey

Chris Jastrzembski - June 12, 2018

The second version of Philadelphia’s NLL professional indoor (box) lacrosse team has unveiled their new home jersey. They’re nothing like the old threads.

The Philadelphia Wings showed off their black home jerseys and announced their founding partner inside a hanger at the Northeast Philadelphia Airport. A weird location if you ask me, but I guess the new brand revolves around aviation.

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Comcast Spectacor Acquires New Box Lacrosse Team

Chris Jastrzembski - September 12, 2017

After a four-year hiatus, indoor lacrosse is returning to Philadelphia.

Comcast Spectacor President and CEO Dave Scott will officially announce the arrival of Philadelphia’s second National Lacrosse League franchise Thursday morning at 11 a.m. at the Wells Fargo Center. He’ll be alongside NLL commissioner Nick Sakiewicz, who was formerly the first CEO of the Philadelphia Union.

Scott will reveal the team’s name, their first season, and where the games will be played. We’re hearing “Wings” will be in play, as fans will have the opportunity to name the team.

A Bloomberg report mentioned the team will play at the Wells Fargo Center beginning in the 2018-19 season. Comcast Spectacor reportedly paid $5 million for the new team.

Rumors of an arrival first began back in February when John Barchard of BGN Radio mentioned Philly as a potential target for expansion. It ramped up again when Marisa Ingemi of College Crosse reported San Diego, which has already been announced to begin play for 2018-19, and Philadelphia would be given expansion franchises.

Sakiewicz teased an angry Union fan that he would be back in some way a few days ago:

Prior to all of this, it was very evident the NLL wanted to bring a franchise back to Philadelphia after the Wings left for New England in 2014. Sakiewicz was announced as the new league commissioner in January 2016 and relocated the league’s headquarters to Conshohocken six months later.

Professional indoor lacrosse has a long history in Philadelphia, especially with the Wings. They were one of the first teams in the first incarnation of the NLL back in the mid 1970s, and were one of the original teams of the new NLL back in 1987. Guys like Paul and Gary Gait, Tom Marachek, Dallas Eliuk, and my high school assistant coach Tony Resch were part of the team’s golden era in the 90s.

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The Philadelphia Wings are Now the New England Black Wolves

Jim Adair - September 19, 2014


About two months ago, we found out that the Philadelphia Wings were leaving for greener lax-tures, but we didn’t know where that would be or what they would be called. Now, we do.

The former Philadelphia Wings are now the New England Black Wolves, named so because:

“In ancient times, the Mohegan Tribe was part of the ‘Wolf Clan’ of the Delaware Indian Nation, making its way down through New York State in pursuit of the resources of the Connecticut shoreline. Now, over 400 years later, the wolves are back in a new way on that shoreline – giving a team name and a new team spirit to Mohegan territory.”

Oh, and also because the team is involved in a partnership with the Mohegan Sun and the Mohegan Tribal Gaming Authority and will play their games at Mohegan Sun Arena in Montville, Connecticut. If you feel the need to follow the team up there, you can call this very real and very hilarious phone number: 844.LAX.WOLF. In fact, you should just call 844.LAX.WOLF anyway, because 844.LAX.WOLF is possibly the greatest phone number of all time.