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The Braves Get Justin Upton

Kyle Scott - January 24, 2013

Justin Upton has just been traded to the Braves, where he’ll join his brother, B.J., in an outfield that will rival the Phillies’ offering of a platoon player, Ben Revere, and a guy who has a fat clause in his contract.

From CBS Sports

All-Star outfielder Justin Upton has been traded from the Arizona Diamondbacks to the Atlanta Braves, reports's Jon Heyman. The deal is pending a physical, but is otherwise complete.

The full trade, via's Danny Knobler, is the Braves getting Upton and third baseman Chris Johnson. The D-Backs get third baseman/outfielder Martin Prado, starting pitcher Randall Delgado, minor-league shortstop Nick Ahmed, minor-league pitcher Zeke Spruill and minor-league infielder Brandon Drury.


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Here’s the Kate Upton Mercedes Super Bowl Ad Because I Love Page Views

Kyle Scott - January 22, 2013

Hilarious that commenters on the video's YouTube page are calling this a horrible commercial.

UPDATE: Phillies “Could Be” Favorites to Land B.J. Upton, Josh Hamilton is Second or Third Option, Maybe

Kyle Scott - November 19, 2012

Not much here other than the Tweet. The Phillies could be favorites to land B.J. Upton, according to CBS Sports' Danny Knobler. Upton would be their best option, in my opinion. More on Upton from our post two weeks ago.

UPDATE: Following up on the B.J. Upton report, Jon Heyman, also of CBS Sports, confirms that the Phillies are indeed interested in B.J. (aren’t we all?), but also that Josh Hamilton is their third option: [CBS Sports]

The Phillies are believed to have superstar outfielder Josh Hamilton as a fallback option in case B.J. Upton and Michael Bourn can't be signed. So Hamilton is at least on their radar.

Beyond that, it is hard to tell exactly where the best and highest-profile position player on the free-agent market stands with anyone. (And that isn't especially helpful since he isn't the first or second option there, it appears.)

The Phillies are eyeing Upton and Bourn at the moment. That could be because both those players are center fielders in their 20s or because of the price or both.

But the Phillies are at least known to be looking at Hamilton. "I don't think there's a whole lot we're not considering," Phillies president and CEO Dave Montgomery said when asked specifically about Hamilton. 


That’s hardly concrete, but as Heyman notes, the Phillies are the only team to at least be somewhat, sort of, maybe just a little interested in Hamilton at the moment. I wonder if he’d sign a contract on a Sunday?

Rumors: B.J. Upton, Jon Gruden Likes Nick Foles, Charles Barkley Retiring?

Kyle Scott - November 9, 2012

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First up, B.J. Upton. According to a report from CSN’s Jim Salisbury, the Phillies are quite interested in Upton: []

A number of executives at the GM meetings said they believed the Phillies to be serious players for Upton. One executive said signing Upton was the Phils’ priority. 

An executive from a team that has probed the outfield market predicted that Upton would at first look for a seven-year deal worth between $13 million and $16 million annually. The executive said it would probably take five years to get Upton and that the team that stepped up with a sixth year would probably land him. Amaro has confirmed that Upton is “a candidate” for the Phils’ opening in centerfield, but, citing policy, won’t comment further.

“The asking prices are always very high early,” said Amaro, speaking in general about the current state of the free-agent market. “Once you get signings that set markets, they tend to get higher or lower depending on the quality of the player and needs.”


After a season of shit, the offseason may provide some much needed entertainment. Charlie Manuel and, to a lesser extent, Amaro are on seats with varying degrees of warmth. The Phillies have to make some sort of significant move or signing if they want to compete for a World Series. Status quo won’t cut it this year. 

Upton makes the most sense– he’s 28, has speed and power, though he doesn’t hit for average. He’s essentially a developed Dom Brown, or, at least what we thought Brown could be. 

Gruden: LA Times reporter Sam Farmer spoke with Jon Gruden. Guess which young quarterback Gruden likes, a lot? Nick Foles: [LA Times, via Philly Mag]

I had  Nick Foles in the preseason against New England. Michael Vick got hurt on the fifth or sixth play, and Foles went the distance, on the road in Foxborough. If you like prototype pocket passers with some functional mobility and a tremendous amount of toughness, Foles is interesting.

What really impressed me in the preseason was they weren’t running generic formations. They ran about 30 different formations out of about eight different personnel groupings in successive plays. So I see him recognizing coverages. I see him getting to second and third receivers, just like you’d want a quarterback to do in that system, and I love his NFL size. He reminds me a lot of Brad Johnson, from his football character to his ability to decipher a lot quickly, and we won a championship with Brad.


[Video of Gruden and Foles together, after the jump.]

An interview with Charles Barkley in Sports Illustrated contained this interesting nugget from Chuck:

“I love my job,” Barkley said. “I love the people I work with. And I’m going to try to do things to keep me engaged. But I have four years left on my current deal and to be honest with you, it’s going to be a struggle for me to make it for the whole four years. I really don’t know how much longer I’m going to do this. I need something more, or something else to do to be honest with you.”


So, last night, the NBA on TNT folks held a mock retirement for Barkley, starting some Twitter rumors that he’s retiring. He’s not. Not now, at least. That video, and Gruden with Foles, after the jump.

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Kate Upton Pokes Sean Avery

Kyle Scott - December 14, 2011


Not literally, thankfully.

You probably already hate Sean Avery. And in the coming weeks, with the hype and hysteria surrounding the Winter Classic and HBO’s 24/7, you’re most likely going to develop an intense dislike for other Rangers and their coach, John Tortorella, too. As such, we’ll do our best to make fun at the Broadway Blueshirts any chance we get (a good place to start would be their Broadway Hat, the fedora given to their star of the game which will undoubtedly be jammed down our throats on 24/7). 

Today, the NY Daily News featured this little two-week-old tidbit about a Twitter confrontation between Avery and owner of big boobs Kate Upton.

After attending a Rangers game against the Penguins last month, Avery Tweeted Upton the following:

@KateUpton since u couldn’t stop looking @HLundqvist30 last night now u can follow him…….#sorryhesmarried. 



Better: Kate responded.

Weren’t you supposed to be focusing on a game?…at least we all agree I wasn’t staring at you.


Boom! Even Kate Upton rips on Sean Avery. You now have three reasons to like her.

Read more: Your Definitive HBO 24/7 Recap