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Dallas Stars Twitter Account Slams Tony Romo

Kyle Scott - January 8, 2013

The Dallas Stars’ social media guy wins the day for this RT of the Dallas Cowboys' account: 

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The Cowboys were originally referring to a Tweet from their staff writer, Josh Ellis, who had tweeted that pitchers and catchers were due in just six weeks. So, they managed to offend baseball and hockey fans in one Tweet… which has since been removed.

Here’s the Phillies 2012 Stars & Stripes Hat (Minus any Stars & Stripes)

Dan Fuller - May 19, 2012

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As has been the pattern since 2008, Major League Baseball will be using special hats for Memorial Day, the 4th of July, and September 11 as part of their "Stars & Stripes" program. Mixing the design up every year, they're actually eschewing the namesake "stars and stripes," replacing them with a digital camouflage pattern. (Let me say that I think it's the Army's "Universal Camouflage Program," but military uniforms are outside my uniform wheelhouse. In terms of straight-up trivia, I'd give the designers lots of credit if the camouflage pattern for the Blue Jays followed one of Canada's CADPAT designs or if the Padres used one of the US Marines' patterns instead of what I assume is the US Army's pattern, but it doesn't look like either is the case.)

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This year, thankfully, MLB says they will donate "ALL NET PROCEEDS" from sales of the hat to the Welcome Back Veterans fund (previously, Kyle gave MLB heat for the shamelessness of contributing only $1 from a $37 MSRP item in order to play the "for the troops" card).

The Stars & Stripes hats are made in China, unlike the normal on-field New Era hats which are made by folks you'd normally see when there's an aggressive Clint Eastwood voiceover talking about it being half-time or 7th Inning Stretch or Second Intermission in America. USA!

So… how do they look? In a word, ugly. Oddly, instead of just framing the camo pattern with the normal white of the "P," they added an extra blue stroke on top of the white to frame the camo. Odd (and unnecessary). With just red and (generally green) camo, I'm stretching, but you get a nice "Christmas comes to Winter's Bone" effect. Red+Blue+Camo? Nope. Looking through the rest of the league, they just look like dirty versions of the normal hats. Also, like the Phillies, other teams, such as the Blue Jays, have gotten vestigial strokes added to the design for some reason. 

For some positivity, a detail I've always liked on the Stars & Stripes hats is that they also drop-in the pattern in the "batterman" logo on the back of the hats, and they've continued that this year. 

Looking at the Phillies hats since 2008,  the 2009 hat is the best (being that it looks just like the normal hat, minus the red button on top) with the navy blue 2008 as runner-up. 2010 is hideous and 2011 looks missed the retro fad by about 4 years. For those interested in such things, the 2009/10/11 versions are easily found on ebay, but the 2008 hats are extremely rare (as in there hasn't been one on ebay in either hat size I can wear in the last 3 years). Last season,  I offered a middle aged man at a Phillies game $60 for the one he had one his head, and he even knew not to sell it. I am not proud of any part of this anecdote…

Anyone out there planning on buying one of these? If so, you can line Kyle's pockets by clicking this link to purchase.

Pictures via lids.com and the very cool, but not-updated-since-2o1o Fittedelphia, which chronicles Phillies hats made by New Era.

Sports Betting Updates

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DraftKings Sportsbook Review

DraftKings Sportsbook has been live in New Jersey for over two full months now and a lot has changed since launch. While they were the first out of the gate for legal US sports betting, they now face competition from many sites, including FanDuel Sportsbook, SugarHouse Sportsbook, BetStars and others. How do they stack up and what promos does DraftKings Sportsbook offer? Let’s take a closer look. Bonus: First bet matched up to $200 Minimum

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Your Complete Eagles and Saints Betting Guide

In many ways, the Philadelphia Eagles enter their matchup with the New Orleans Saints this weekend in a similar spot to what their previous opponent, the Dallas Cowboys, found themselves in a week ago. More than a touchdown underdog on the road against what’s believed to be a far superior team, the Eagles appear outclassed and overmatched. Most people figured they were tuning into the Cowboys’ funeral a week ago, and just as many, if

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Every New Jersey Sportsbook Promo You Need To Know This Weekend

Black Friday is just about a week away, and if you’re like me, you could probably use some extra spending money to take advantage of all the hot deals that will soon be out there. Good news. There will be plenty of betting opportunities to find some winners this weekend. It’s Week 11 in the NFL and the race for the playoffs is revving up. Every Top 25 college football team is in action. There’s

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Claude Giroux, Kimmo Timonen All-Stars, But Not Scott Hartnell

Kyle Scott - January 12, 2012

That sound you hear is Scott Hartnell getting snubbed.

18 G, 19 A, 37 PTS, +19 for Hartnell– all of which are better than Alex Ovechkin, who is an All-Star.

Claude Giroux and Kimmo Timonen made the team, and rookies Matt Read and Sean Couturier will play in the rookie game. The full rosters are here.

Help the Ronald McDonald House by Having Lunch with a Local Celebrity

Kyle Scott - October 24, 2011

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The Ronald McDonald House is holding their annual Dining With The Stars auction, where folks are able to bid on lunch and dinner packages with local celebs.

When he was on WIP today, Ruben Amaro mentioned that he was available to go to Fish (which I correctly misinterpreted as fishing… the verb– I’m an idiot). Anyway, lunch with Amaro currently stands at $2,050, just behind in-studio lunch with Michael Smerconish, which has a high bid of $3,000…

Here’s a list of the current highest bids… 

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… and the lowest … 

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It’s still early, though. Voting goes through October 27th, so be sure to check out all the available packages— all proceeds benefit the Ronald McDonald House, so it’s a good cause.

NBA Stars to Play Street Ball at Palestra

Kyle Scott - September 12, 2011

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Awesome.

The Hoops Report first broke the story over the weekend about the game that will take place on September 25th at the Palestra between Philly Stars and a team led by Carmelo Anthony. “The Chosen League” will be in charge of the event, which will include the following players on Hakim Warrick’s Philly team: Warrick, Markieff Morris, Marcus Morris, Kyle Lowry, John Salmons, Wayne Ellington, Jason Thompson, Flip Murrary, Aaron Owens and Sixer Lou Williams.

Melo’s team will include: Josh Selby, Donte Greene, Gary Neal and Eric Bledsoe. 

I’m sure there will be some real strong team defense played. Plus side: Kyle Lowry is one of the most fun players to watch in the league.

Tickets go on sale next Tuesday, according to “The Chosen League.” You probably won’t have to lineup at 10 AM. Just a hunch.

Uniform Analysis: Phillies vs. Braves (Negro League Throwbacks)

Dan Fuller - May 14, 2011

I usually stick to NFL uniforms and snide remarks in the comments, but the Phillies have a …UniTastic weekend series against the Braves, wearing Negro League throwbacks on Saturday and 1974 throwbacks on Sunday, so here's a quick run-down and review for Saturday's game. Some comments about Sunday's game later.

Unfortunately, I don’t have much background on the Negro Leagues, much less their uniforms, so this is more of a seat-of-the-pants review than anything grounded in facts and history.

That said, on to the uniforms.

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The Phillies are wearing the uniforms of the Philadelphia Stars. You may have seen this logo floating around, but it doesn’t actually appear on the uniform. The uniform itself is plain, but has some nice details beyond just the novelty of them being throwbacks. Example, the old timey typeface of the arched wordmark and the numbers just gives the feeling of “old school uniform,” the simple, thin, and effective, red piping around the neck, connecting to the arm is a timeless feature which makes them look like a sports uniform instead of a shirt. The 1980s Mets and Indians (among other teams) experimented with this look, but the thin stroke does much more with less than the gaudy patches on those uniforms. Black (navy?) stroke around the lettering is a nice touch to increase contrast. The hat logo is extremely plain; it’s better than the Black Crackers hat, but it’s too plain to leave an impression.

A neat detail is that someone finally realized that “Philadelphia” has way too many letters to comfortably fit on a shirt and maintain readability, so they said “screw it” and abbreviated it to “Phila.” Genius. Really. For another example of the letter-overload hassle check out this prototype from the 1992 Phillies uniform refresh.

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Special Note: The slide detailing the prototype is from the guide “MLB Game Worn Jerseys of the Double-Knit Era” by Bill Henderson (who happens to be from the Philadelphia area). He’s hosting a “Phillies Uniform History” discussion on May 26 in Philadelphia. If you’ve read this far into this entry, consider it a “must attend.”

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Here’s the Phillies 2011 Stars and Stripes Hat

Kyle Scott - May 11, 2011

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For the fourth season in a row, MLB teams will wear Stars and Stripes caps on Memorial Day, 4th of July weekend, and 9/11.

Major League Baseball will donate a whopping $1 of their roughly $20 profit (I used to work on their site) on each hat sold to the Welcome Back Veterans fund.

The first year these hats were released, they were quickly put on backorder, as the blue design was unique and worked with most color schemes. Since then, they've released red, white, and now red and white versions. The second version – red – didn't sell nearly as well, and, thanks to New Era's MAP pricing, we had to come up with creative shipping discounts to move the hats. I'm guessing the white ones from last year suffered a similar fate. This year's version, with the red brim and backing, is a small improvement.

Want one? Here's a 10% code for you to use at the MLB Shop. Click this link and enter code vote2011 at checkout. It will take 10% off the order. A dollar will still go to Welcome Back Veterans.

Dance With This: Eagles Game Receives 32.5 Rating in Philadelphia

Kyle Scott - November 16, 2010

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Last night's Eagles game received a 32.5 combined rating in Philadelphia (roughly 1 million households), as it was simulcast on both ESPN and MyPHL17- more than doubling Dancing with the Stars' rating.

Normally, Monday Night Football, which is produced and broadcast primarily by ESPN, is shown on the network's parent company station (ABC) in local markets.  However, since DWTS is one of the highest rated shows in the country (for realsies), the Eagles game was bumped to MyPHL17 for those without cable.  I'm sure the folks at WPVI were thrilled that they were forced to pass on it.

PSD was all over the ratings number before it was official.

UPDATE: Michael Vick was named the NFC Offensive Player of the Week for the second week in a row and third time this season.