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Apropos of Nothing, Here’s What Looks to be the Phillies’ Corporate Jet in Augusta Today

Kyle Scott - May 9, 2013

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Here’s tail number N604JJ, a twin-engine Bombardier CL-600, which appears to be the Phillies’ corporate jet, on the tarmac in Augusta, Georgia today. Tracking is turned off at the request of the plane’s owners, so no way to get history on it. But I never knew this existed– probably for use for many of the Phillies’ very rich owners, some of whom were perhaps getting in some golf today at Augusta National?? Either way, whomever it was wasn’t looking for bats.

The Boys are Coming Back to Town

Kyle Scott - March 28, 2013

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The Phillies will be making their way back to Philadelphia this eve aboard a Delta 757. I love how their plane made the two-minute trip from Tampa to Clearwater to pick them up.

Welcome back, baseball.

[In 2011, the Phillies did a fly-by of the scoreboard before landing.]

Some F$%king Crazies Commissioned a Plane to Fly Above Penn State Today and Demand Joe Paterno’s Statue be Taken Down

Kyle Scott - July 17, 2012

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Reminders of Joe Paterno are slowly disappearing. Last Thursday, Nike removed his name from their Child Development Center. Yesterday, students changed the name of student-tent area outside Beaver Stadium from Paternoville to Nittanyville

Today, more: Paterno’s alma mater, Brown, removed his named from coaching position and student-athlete award.

But one glaring reminder of Paterno, his life and career is still on exhibit: his statue. Its existence is at the center of a fairly silly debate in a situation loaded with misfortunes. A hunk of bronze that has no impact on the lives on anyone. It should come down, though. At best, it’s a distraction. At worst, offensive. Police are currently guarding the monument until the University can figure out what to do (on Sunday, they said it would remain, for now). And perhaps that’s a good thing… because these folks mean business:

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Pic via (@NabilKMark)

Yep, that’s an airplane banner. Flying over Penn State today. Demanding Joe Paterno’s statue be taken down.

No word on who is responsible (the owner of the plane won't say who the client is). Perhaps an enraged donor. Or aviation enthusiasts from Ohio State. Or pledges from Lambda Epsilon Omega, following the request of The Godather. Maybe Blue is in there. Maybe he’s going to parachute down and take out the statue in a form of old man vigilante justice. Dust in the wind, motherfucker! YOU’RE MY BOY, BLUE! We really don’t know. But they’re probably pretty fucking crazy. We’ll keep you updated.

H/T The Philly Post

Carlos Ruiz’s Travel Suit is Adorable

Kyle Scott - May 1, 2012

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Madson and Victorino Punk J-Roll™

Kyle Scott - September 11, 2011

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The Phillies once again had plane issues tonight. They didn't leave Milwaukee until after 10 PM (eastern). Rollins and Pence Tweeted about being stuck at the airport, and at somepoint, it looks like J-Roll™ nodded off, unfortunately.

Former Flyer Brad McCrimmon Feared Dead in Russian Plane Crash

Kyle Scott - September 7, 2011

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Sad news.

36 people are reported dead today after a charter flight carrying Lokomitv of the KHL crashed in Russia. Former Flyer Brad McCrimmon was their coach. 

via Puck Daddy:

A terrible tragedy in Russia this morning.  A Yak-42 charter plane carrying KHL's Lokomotiv crashed on take off.  There were 37 people on board.  At this time there are reports of only one survivor.  The search and rescue operation is underway.

Witnesses are reporting that the plane was reduced to a pile of charred metal.  It is reported that the plane broke off in two and one half fell into water and another one on the ground.

 

McCrimmon was a Flyer from 1982 to 1987. He finished his playing career with the Coyotes in 1997.

UPDATE: There were 42 passengers, only two possible survivors. Awful.

Multiple reports now confirm McCrimmon is one of the dead.

Other sad Flyers news: On a slightly more upbeat note, you can send well wishes to Paul Holmgren on the Flyers' website. Be nice.

UPDATE: Chase Utley Flew Back From Clearwater This Morning

Kyle Scott - May 22, 2011

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Last night, Phillies beat writers reported that Chase Utley was likely playing his last game in Clearwater and could return to the big league lineup as early as Monday. That certainly looks like the case.

Here's the Facebook status of Robert Duran, an apparent limo driver from Tampa who has previously updated his status to say: "Who else could say that on a friday night they're driving around bj upton nobody but me that's what's up."

Here's his status, updated just before 8 A.M. today:

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Obvious typo aside (could-couldn't), it looks like someone gave Utley a lift to the airport this morning. I wonder where he was going?

Thresher teammate Jiwan James confirmed that Utley left the team last night:

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See you soon, Chase.

UPDATE: Jim Salisbury reports that Chase Utley is in Philly. Boom.

Stupid People: Just To Be Clear, Jeff Francoeur Gave a $35,000 Check to the Now Incarcerated Mets Clubhouse Attendant So He Could Buy a Car For His Parents, Bruins Fan Tried to Open Plane Door… In Flight

Kyle Scott - May 11, 2011

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Phew.

In further evidence that Boston is full of assholes, the guy who tried to open the door of a Delta A320 flying from Florida to Boston was Robert Hershey, a Bruins fan. [BBC]

Mr Hersey was charged on Tuesday night with interfering with the operation of an aircraft.

Passengers told local media that Mr Hersey, who was wearing a shirt supporting the Boston Bruins hockey team, was foul-mouthed, intoxicated and unhappy the flight was late.

He tried to open the exit door on the Airbus 320 about halfway between Orlando, in Florida, and Boston, Massachusetts, passengers told the Boston Globe.

Bail was set at $1,000 by the court in Boston.

 

Bruins fans: Terrorists.

 

Meanwhile, in sports mediocrity, one eyebrow raising detail in the accusations brought against the Mets clubhouse attendant, Charlie Samuels, who was arrested today, was that he received $50,000 in checks from Jeff Francoeur. Samuels, who admittedly placed bets on the team and has ties to "mobbed-up" bookies, cashed $35,000 worth of those checks – one of which was made out to Francoeur – so Francouer could buy his parents a new car without them seeing how much he paid for it (they usually help pay his bills when he's away).

"I wrote him a $35,000 check and he gave me cash for it and I bought a car for my mom and dad. And that's what it was all about. That's the whole thing," Francoeur said. "My parents help pay our bills and stuff while we're away during the season. I didn't want them to see what I paid for the car.

"Here in New York there are people who can cash a check like that," he said. "He did that for me so I could buy the gift. . . . So when (law enforcement) got involved it looked like I gave him $50,000 instead of just $15,000. There was nothing out of order about it . . . but I was pretty shocked when someone texted me at a football game in the fall that some FBI investigation showed $50,000 from me to Charlie."

 

The other $15,000 was "a tip" for Samuels and other clubhouse attendants. 

The tip part is plausible, but it's odd that a multi-millionaire would need an $80,000 a year employee to cash a check for him. As Craig Calcaterra points out, there's banks that do that.

Of course, this was a cash transaction, so we'll likely never know what either side did with the money. But Francoeur couldn't possibly be dumb enough to place bets using a check, right? Right?! 

The Amazin' Mets, folks.