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If Philadelphia Sports Figures were Game of Thrones Characters

Kevin Kinkead - April 12, 2019

(Caution: this post contains spoilers, so if you aren’t caught up on GOT, you’ve got less than 72 hours to binge)

 

Ah yes.

Fire and blood. Incest and dragons and whatnot.

Game of Thrones returns this weekend.

I’ll be 100% honest with you; I’m not as hyped as I thought I would be. Maybe the two-year break dulled my senses, or maybe some of the story arcs lost me when the show writers moved past George R.R. Martin’s book material. It took Arya Stark five seasons to cross the sea, for example, then she came back and started killing everybody in five seconds, with laughable ease.

It felt like some plot lines were taking forever to develop, then they put the characters in a DeLorean time machine and stuffed four years worth of material into one season, like a high fantasy burrito. We had to endure the Sand Snakes and redundant Ramsey Bolton behavior along the way. Every sadistic move delivered diminishing returns, in my opinion.

But I’m still ready to roll. Jon and Daenerys are on the same side. Cersei can’t be trusted. The Hound is still out there, ready to eat every chicken in Westeros.

Here’s how we imagined Philadelphia sports figures as GOT characters:

Markelle Fultz as Jaime Lannister

Both were excellent at their craft, then they suffered arm issues and were never the same.

What role will they play in 2019?

-Kinkead

any Sixers 1st round draft pick as Bran Stark

We see great things in their future, then they get hurt, can’t use their legs, and just watch things happen.

-Coggin

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Crossing Broadcast: A Philly Resurgence

Russ Joy - April 3, 2019

Kevin and Russ discuss the Bryce Harper effect, the Phillies’ resurgence, dumb DC fans, awful Players Only broadcasts, Jordan Howard and the Eagles’ backfield, UFC Fight Night in Philly, Wrestlemania predictions, and more.

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Report: Josh Harris and David Blitzer to Sell Crystal Palace FC

Russ Joy - March 9, 2019

How’s this for some international/domestic news on a beautiful Saturday morning?

For those who didn’t know, Philadelphia 76ers and New Jersey Devils owners Josh Harris and David Blitzer jumped into the English Premier League three years ago when they became shareholders of Crystal Palace FC. CPFC is on a run of six years in England’s top flight and entered Saturday 13th in the table and eight points ahead of the relegation zone. Despite record revenue being generated in 2016-17 and netting record sums via the league’s two most recent multi-billion dollar deals, Harris and Blitzer have reportedly chosen to cash out:

CPFC is by no means a huge club in England, but a team in the EPL that stands somewhat safely out of relegation has value. So why should anyone in Philly care? There happens to be a local team that has repeatedly been hampered by its lack of competitive funding: Philadelphia Union.

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Crossing Broadcast: Sixers/Celtics, Nola Extended, Stadium Series, The Market for Foles

Russ Joy - February 14, 2019

Kevin and Russ break down the Sixers loss to the Celtics, the positives from the Nuggets and Lakers games, the Brett Brown debate, Aaron Nola’s extension, prepping for the Stadium Series Flyers v. Penguins, what the Joe Flacco trade means for the Nick Foles market, and plenty more!

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The Union are Being Linked to…. a Really Good Player?

Kevin Kinkead - February 5, 2019

You know me.

I constantly rip the Union for performing like a small market team.

But pulling this off would be a big market move:

Dude is good.

He’s really good, a 29-year-old attacking midfielder and Mexican international currently playing for Eintracht Frankfurt in Germany.

He’s been limited recently due to a back issue and really has not played much. The Union are gonna have to do their due diligence here, and if they get it right they’re bringing in a guy who finished the 2016-17 season with seven goals and four assists. He has 72 goals and 46 assists in 317 career games with Frankfurt, Cruz Azul, and Chivas de Guadalajara, plus nine goals in 42 appearances for Mexico.

Fabian can play wide, but he’s primarily a central attacking midfielder (CAM) and would be used in that position here in Philadelphia.

The Union are in their first preseason under new Sporting Director Ernst Tanner, and they ran out what appeared to be a 4-4-2 diamond against Red Bull last week, just judging by the lineup graphic and the names listed.

If Fabian signs, you would probably see something like this, after the jump:

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Crossing Broadcast: The Definitive Guide to Sources

Russ Joy - January 28, 2019

Kevin, Anthony, and Russ pull back the curtain on how writers and reporters use sourced information. With decades of combined experience on the beat for the Flyers, Sixers, and Union, Kevin and Anthony provide great insight into what makes a good source, how to cultivate relationships, and the push-and-pull of maintaining organizational contacts. The guys also discuss what leads to bad reports and how different news organizations uphold different standards.

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Crossing Broadcast: Five for Five

Russ Joy - January 23, 2019

Kevin and Russ break down the Carson Wentz report, vetting sources, Mike Conley’s fit with the Sixers, Roy Halladay’s Hall of Fame induction, the NFL’s overtime rule, Claude Giroux’s all-star week, and Ernst Tanner’s view on the U-20 World Cup.

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The Union’s Preseason Roster is Kind of Boring

Kevin Kinkead - January 22, 2019

Union training camp opened today at the bubble over on the Penn campus.

They train inside for a week then peace out to Florida, where they can actually get out on the grass and run around on a natural surface. They’ll do exhibition games and whatnot. It’s very similar to Phillies Spring Training.

Here’s the preseason roster, courtesy of the folks down there this afternoon:

Thoughts:

  • Yomi Scintu is the only “mystery trialist” on the list. He’s a young forward from the German FOURTH division. I hope he’s a Bethlehem Steel target, because otherwise there’s no justification for bringing in a fourth division player to compete for an MLS roster spot. I’ll update if Jim Curtin talks about him.
  • Aurelien Collin is an experienced, veteran center back. You’re going to need depth for when Mark McKenzie leaves for the U20 World Cup in the summer, so he doubles as a mentor and 4th CB behind your young core.
  • Carlos Miguel Coronel was in the Red Bull Salzburg system, where Union Sporting Director Ernst Tanner came from. I’m personally not a fan of bringing foreign goalkeepers into MLS, since we usually do a very good job of producing our own domestic talent at this position.
  • Brenden Aaronson has some chops. I’m interested to see how he performs in the midfield this preseason and how his skill set overlaps or doesn’t with fellow homegrown Anthony Fontana.
  • Sergio Santos is really the only name on the list that excites me. The Union paid $500,000 to get him from Audax Italiano in the Chilean first division. He’s 24 years old, a left footed forward who can play up top or as a winger.
  • David Accam needs to have a strong rebound year. Apparently he was off to the side today, still working to recover from the sports hernia that hampered him last year.
  • I would not have brought back Ray Gaddis and Fabinho, but the Union need fullback depth and will also be losing Matt Real to international duty.
  • Olivier Mbaizo should be the opening day starter at right fullback. I did not agree with the Keegan Rosenberry trade.

That’s about it. Tanner alluded to more signings soon, and they usually will come in late January and early February.

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