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Mexico’s Head Coach May Have Punched a Journalist at Philly International Airport Today

Jim Adair - July 27, 2015

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Would you mess with this dude?

According to Mexican journalist David Medrano, Mexican national team head coach Miguel Herrera punched TV Azteca’s Christian Martinoli in the neck at the airport today and challenged him to a fight. Mexico was headed back home after winning the CONCACAF Gold Cup over Jamaica at Lincoln Financial Field yesterday, but that doesn’t mean Herrera was cheery. As Goal.com writes, Martinoli had been critical of Herrera during the team’s Gold Cup run, and “he ran into the Mexico national team when he got past security at the airport.” Once around the team, he says Herrera punched him in the neck and another source said that “Herrera told Martinoli they should leave the terminal and head to the street to ‘fix this like it should be fixed.'”

After every big international event, especially those in which the U.S. does well, the question is always “Is soccer becoming more popular in the United States?” I don’t know the answer to that, but if there were more airport neck-punchings, I’d certainly pay more attention.

Top Ten Philly Sports Moments of 2011: #7 Phillies Fans Celebrate Osama bin Laden’s Death

Kyle Scott - December 31, 2011

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This is our third annual “Top Ten Philly Sports Moments of the Year.” You can find lists from 2009 and 2010 here and here. We will be rolling out the moments over the next few days through New Year's Day.

Scene: The first day of May, a Sunday Night Baseball game on ESPN. Cliff Lee sprinkled the mound with excellence for seven innings. Still, though, it wasn’t enough. The Phillies and Mets appeared headed to extra innings, tied 1-1.

Then this happened:

I was at the game, and had no idea what was going on. Here’s what I wrote on May 2:

I was seated in section 422 at Citizens Bank Park last night. When the chants of USA, USA rung out, I honestly had no idea why (thanks to AT&T barely working at the ballpark), and spent about 10 minutes trying to figure out whether Ike Davis or Daniel Murphy were Canadian. Neither of them are.

A few minutes later, a guy behind me filled me in, and then it all made sense.

What's interesting is that this campaign to capture bin Laden was communicated by President Bush on September 20th, 2001, and one of the first places where instant reaction was seen was the then- First Union Center during a game between the Flyers and Rangers. Now, almost 10 years later, when the news of his death spread, it was a Phillies game on national television which captured the instant reaction.

 

The Phillies wound up losing the game, but that wasn’t important. Bin Laden’s death was arguably the biggest news story of the year, and the country’s reaction was dictated, in part, by Phillies fans at Citizens Bank Park.

Full reaction after the jump.

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It Takes The Death of bin Laden for National Media to Portray Philly Fans in a Positive Light

Kyle Scott - May 2, 2011

Thanks, bin Laden.

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Audio from T-Mac, Sarge, and WFAN… after the jump.

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Videos: Phillies Fan Chanting USA, USA

Kyle Scott - May 2, 2011

                H/T to Alexander for the second video Longer video from ESPN broadcast after the jump.

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Andre Iguodala Makes Team USA, We Celebrate

Kyle Scott - August 24, 2010

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No we don't.

Andre Iguodala made the final cut for Team USA at the FIBA World Championships.  Phew, I was waiting with bated breath for that decision.  He will be the 12th man on the team only because Rajon Rondo left for personal reasons.

Beware of articles that pump this up as a great accomplishment.  Yeah it's cool that Iguodala made the team, but celebrating it is like Peter Brady displaying his bronze medal from a three-person swim meet.  What other sports team in this city would be content with their superstar barely defaulting his way onto a national team?  A team that doesn't include stars like LeBron, Wade, and Kobe.  To be clear, that's an indictment of the Sixers, not Iguodala.

Good for Iggy, but name me a quality NBA team that would be excited about this news.  I'll wait.

Coverage FAIL: England Misses World Cup Goal

Kyle Scott - June 14, 2010

It's not entirely Philly sports related, but we hate to miss a coverage FAIL.  In keeping with the theme of Brits screwing up (ya know, that whole Gulf thing), here is video of British broadcaster ITV cutting to commercial during England's only goal in their 1-1 tie with the United States.  Does anyone else find it ironic that the drivers in the commercial littered by throwing orange peels on the ground?

So not only did their goalie pull a Leighton and let in a softy, many fans also missed the club's (soccer for team) only goal.

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