Ersan Returns to (Ph)Ilyasova

Huge news coming out of Atlanta! The Sixers have acquired yet another Hawks player off waivers , this time in the form of Ersan Ilyasova. With Philadelphia's roster already at the league max with 15 players, there's an important question to debate: Who goes? Let's get something clear right now: The Sixers cannot just assign TLC or Fultz to the 87ers, since neither is on a two-way deal. [ 442 more words ]

Bill Simmons Fears the Sixers and Thinks LeBron Should Sign in Philly

While in the midst of my daily media consumption, I came across some interesting notes from noted Boston super fan Bill Simmons. Near the end of a rather lengthy post on The Ringer, Simmons cited recent buzz of LeBron coming to the Sixers: "The Sixers have enough cap space and trade assets to accommodate LeBron and the likes of, say, PAUL GEORGE; Ben Simmons and Joel Embiid are two of the league’s best under-25 blue-chippers (young legs!); Klutch represents LeBron and Simmons (hmmmmm); and NBA insiders have been gossiping about an increasingly cozy Philly–LeBron’s circle connection since November." [ 479 more words ]

Carson Wentz Will Ring The Bell At The Sixers Game Tomorrow Night

The Sixers are 31-25, are in the midst of their longest winning streak since January of 2012, and haven’t lost at the Wells Fargo Center in over two calendar months. In fact, Philly sports teams are straight up kicking ass right now. Check out this neat little factoid, courtesy of Crossing Broad’s own Anthony SanFilippo: If all that wasn’t enough of a reason to make you feel, uh, … [ 213 more words ]

Phillies Plan To Refurbish And Display Veterans Stadium Liberty Bell At CBP By 2019

Back in 2012, I sent an email to a contact I had within the Phillies organization that included an odd request. Could he get me more information, and possibly the location, of the old Veterans Stadium Liberty Bell? Six years later, after countless emails, dead ends, contradicting accounts, and one extraordinarily helpful South Philadelphia food distributing company president, I’ve learned the Veterans Stadium Liberty Bell has found a permanent home back with the Philadelphia Phillies. [ 594 more words ]

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Markelle Fultz Named In NCAA Corruption Probe For Allegedly Taking Money

If Sixers rookie Markelle Fultz was hoping that we would stop talking about his broken jumper (and psyche), I think, and this is just a hunch, that he’s about to get his wish. An explosive(!) report dropped this morning by Yahoo! Sports cites hundreds of pages of FBI documents in detailing wide-ranging potential rules violations committed by some of college basketball’s biggest names and programs. [ 736 more words ]

Your Friday Morning Roundup

The Sixers were real damn close to ending their five-game winning streak against the Chicago Bulls. But thanks to some late heroics and two clutch free throws from Ben Simmons, they began the unofficial second half of the regular season, one of the easier remaining second halves in the league, with a one-point win over the Bulls, 116-115. [ 1,525 more word ]

Crossing Broadcast: The Shuffle, The Process, The Future

Adam and Russ discuss the Eagles' coaching shuffle, rehashing the Process, and acquiring an MVP candidate. The guys also answer off-the-wall questions about hoagies and creating the ultimate 4-man-bobsled team of Philly athletes. We recommend subscribing in Overcast, the best iOS podcast player, and using the Voice Boost and Smart Speed functions, which improve sound quality (for all shows) and speed up small gaps in the conversation. [ 44 more words ]

Revisiting the Antiquated/Wrong/Dumb Things I Wrote About the Eagles in the Fall

It's so fashionable in 2018 to say "I told you so!" There's always some creep on Twitter, lurking in the shadows, waiting for you to be wrong about something, just so they can flag down the "old takes exposed" guy and let you know just how big of an idiot you really are. I'm not sure when it happened, but it seems like every opinion or every paragraph is viewed as a "hot take" these days. [ 2,003 more words ]

Lane Johnson Isn’t Having Any Of The Yankees’ Underdog Talk

The New York Yankees have already won 27 World Series, sport a payroll that sits just north of $160 million, will pay four players more than $20 million each this season, and added another who mashed 59 homers in 2017 to an already potent lineup. They are the odds-on favorite in Las Vegas to win the AL East for the first time since the - gasp - 2012 season. [ 271 more words ]

A New Danny Briere Emerging on the Flyers While the Original is Coming into his Own in a New Career

All eyes will be on Travis Konecny tonight when the Flyers take on the Columbus Blue Jackets. After taking a shot off his foot that limited him for some of the game against Montreal Tuesday, and completely missing practice Wednesday, fans will hold their collective breath to see if: Konecny actually plays tonight (he is probable). There are any noticeable effects of the injury. [ 2,383 more words ]

The Sixers’ Remaining Schedule is Incredibly Soft

Thankfully we're done with the All-Star break and we can now transition from Fergie and Kevin Hart to meaningful basketball. Before the season, I had the Sixers going 41-41 and nabbing the 8th seed in the east. A lot of that was predicated on thinking that Joel Embiid would miss a bunch of games, but that the team would have enough talent to turn the corner and sniff the playoffs for the first time in years. [ 956 more words ]

A New Set Of Challenges Is Rapidly Developing For The Eagles

As most of us continue to revel in the afterglow of the Eagles’ first Super Bowl victory (I tingle every time I write that), relentlessly watching full-game replays and eagerly throwing all of our money towards championship gear, the NFL calendar moves forward and the turbulence of a new season draws near. As we let linger that triumph and still marvel at the Eagles' remarkable ability to overcome perceived limitations and outside doubt caused by a litany of what could have been catastrophic injuries to key players, soon the angst prompted by an entirely new set of obstacles and challenges will set in. [ 329 more words ]

Mike Francesa went on 94 WIP to Address his Jason Kelce Comments

Retired New York radio host Mike Francesa course corrected on Thursday morning during an appearance on the 94 WIP morning show. You might recall the longtime WFAN host calling Jason Kelce a "moron" for his "profanity-laced" diatribe at the Eagles' Super Bowl parade. Francesa said he'd cut Kelce from the team if he was Jeffrey Lurie. He talked about that and more in a 15 minute interview with Angelo Cataldi. [ 578 more words ]

Your Thursday Morning Roundup

The Sixers return after the eight-day All-Star break as they travel to Chicago for an 8 p.m. matchup tonight. Brett Brown's team has 27 games left in the regular season and currently sits in 7th place in the Eastern Conference. Here's the rest of the schedule: Eight of their first 10 games are on the road. Five of those road games are against current playoff teams (Washington, Cleveland, Milwaukee, and Miami twice). [ 1,007 more word ]

Taking on the “Stick to Sports” Myth

Note: Kevin wrote about this topic on Tuesday from a media/fan standpoint. Tim approaches it from another angle. On Saturday night, Washington Capitals forward Devante Smith-Pelly skated toward the penalty box after a brief scrap with Chicago Blackhawks defenseman Connor Murphy. By NHL standards, it wasn't a particularly strange scene. Smith-Pelly's team was getting hammered by a score of 7-1, and T.J. [ 1,036 more word ]

“Escape from China” – Union Reportedly Looking to Add Czech Playmaker

One thing I've learned in the last 48 hours is that the Czech language is incredibly difficult. Jon Tannenwald over at the Inquirer shared a newspaper front page this morning regarding the Union's pursuit of midfielder Bořek Dočkal, and since I couldn't copy/paste into Google translate, I typed out this blurb manually: This is what was spit out: "Escape from China" [ 923 more words ]

Sixers Notes: Let’s Start Playing Basketball Again

If we're being honest, there really wasn't much to report from Sixers practice today. The All-Star Break is over, there really aren't any pertinent questions to ask, and I think media and fans alike just want to get on with the Sixers' first postseason push of the Brett Brown era. But first - let's start with Markelle Fultz. He didn't do anything differently out there today, working with Billy Lange on a far court. [ 619 more words ]

Report: Alshon Jeffery Played the Entire Season With a Torn Rotator Cuff

Remember how Alshon Jeffery wasn't really making a ton of contested catches at the beginning of the season? "That's what he was brought here to do!" everyone shouted in unison. Opinions varied. Was he not that great? Was he not on the same page as Carson Wentz? Was he not a bona fide WR1? Well, Jeffery apparently played hurt all year long, according to Ian Rapopopoport: [ 95 more words ]

Not a Great Week for Mark Cuban

By now you've probably seen the Sports Illustrated story that alleges all sorts of misconduct inside the Dallas Mavericks organization. It's titled, "Exclusive: Inside the Corrosive Workplace Culture of the Dallas Mavericks," and highlights former President and CEO Terdema Ussery as just one of many wrongdoers: Ussery, who left the Mavericks in 2015, was hardly alone. Interviews with more than a dozen former and current Mavericks employees in different departments, conducted during a months-long SPORTS ILLUSTRATED investigation, paint a picture of a corporate culture rife with misogyny and predatory sexual behavior: alleged public fondling by the team president; outright domestic assault by a high-profile member of the staff; unsupportive or even intimidating responses from superiors who heard complaints of inappropriate behavior from their employees; even an employee who openly watched pornography at his desk. [ 603 more words ]

The Minnesota Vikings Foundation Sent Eagle Fans a Gift

Looks like the bad blood between Minnesota and Philadelphia is starting to subside. Over on Eagles Reddit, there's a post from a fan named 'EYEsoar' who says he/she received this in the mail from the Vikings Foundation: The message reads: Congratulations on your Super Bowl win Eagles fans! To show our appreciation of your donation to the Minnesota Vikings Foundation we are excited to present you with this jar of authentic Eagle's (sic) confetti from Super Bowl 52. [ 99 more words ]

Crossing Broadcasts – Everything You Might Have Missed

It's been a somewhat hectic week as Kyle tries to get shirt orders in the mail and Russ assumes lead podcast duties. We did three of 'em in the past few days, but didn't get them up on the website until... right now. Enjoy: February 21st - ACLs, Bucher the Butcher, Flyers Win (Russ) February 20th - All-Stars, Tongue-Twisters, Flyin' & Fightin' (Russ/Kevin/Bwanks/Anthony) [ 25 more words ]

Your Wednesday Morning Roundup

You'd think that one Philly team would begin to struggle after the Eagles' Super Bowl victory. It looked like the Flyers were going to be that team after both of their starting goalies as well as Wayne Simmonds got injured. Petr Mrazek, who was acquired from the Detroit Red Wings on Monday, could help ease the pain, but he didn't play against Montreal on Tuesday. [ 1,068 more word ]

Report: Mike Groh Promoted to Eagles’ Offensive Coordinator

With Frank Reich taking the Colts' head coaching job, Doug Pederson needed to find a new offensive coordinator this offseason. It looks like wide receivers coach Mike Groh will get the gig, according to ESPN's Tim McManus: T-Mac reports that Duce Staley, who was also considered for the job, will remain in his position as the Birds' running backs coach. [ 201 more words ]

Why the “Stick to Sports” Argument is not that Complicated

The backbone of any good business is believing that the customer is always right. You could be the best car salesman in the world, and you're sitting there trying to sell someone a badass, affordable, brand new 2018 Ford F150 with four-wheel drive, an EcoBoost V6 engine, and 10 free years of Sirius satellite radio. You're 100% convinced that it's the best deal out there, but the family at your dealership wants to buy a PT Cruiser instead, so you sell the family a PT Cruiser. [ 930 more words ]

The LeBron James/Malvern Prep Thing Was Never a Thing

I don't know a ton about Barstool Sports, but apparently one of their guys, "Smitty," posted last night that LeBron James visited Malvern Preparatory School in advance of perhaps, possibly, maybe taking his talents to South Philadelphia next season: Hmm.. interesting. Smitty followed up 26 minutes later: [ 161 more words ]

Report: The Phillies Are Having Discussions With Jake Arrieta

The Phillies' starting rotation is littered with several question marks, but they're reportedly having discussions that could lead to one emphatic answer: Do. The. Deal. This isn't a signing that should be made at all costs, but if the market comes back to the Phillies and presents a pitching-needy team with an opportunity to snag Arrieta, who will turn 32 in early March, then they HAVE to do it. [ 272 more words ]

Wayne Simmonds Ruled Out 2-3 Weeks

Anthony wrote about the Flyers this morning and alluded to a forthcoming injury for a top-six forward. Sure enough, Wayne Simmonds is now ruled out 2-3 weeks with an upper body injury, while goaltender Michal Neuvirth will miss 4-6 weeks with a lower body. Brian Elliott is already about 5-6 weeks after underdoing core muscle surgery. Ron Hextall went out and traded for Red Wings' goaltender Petr Mrazek last night to plug the gap in net. Oskar Lindblom was called up to replace Simmonds for the time being. "Simmer" has 20 goals and 17 assists this season.

Was Fergie Trying to Channel Marvin Gaye the Other Night?

Fergie's national anthem performance didn't go so well at the NBA All-Star Game. She tried to pull off a slower, bluesy, sexy and seductive Fiona Apple/Amy Winehouse crossover of sorts. Or was this a failed tribute to Marvin Gaye? Monday, she released a statement addressing the avalanche of criticism: "I've always been honored and proud to perform the National Anthem and last night I wanted to try something special for the NBA. [ 429 more words ]

Flyers Trade for Mrazek, Recall Lindblom, but are Suddenly Being Bit by the Injury Bug

So Ron Hextall bit the bullet and made the trade with Detroit anyway. He really had no choice. The Flyers acquired Red Wings goalie Petr Mrazek for two conditional draft picks (which I'll break down in a minute). In essence, what they did late last night (Hextall's conference call with reporters was at 11 p.m. - right in the middle of me recording my segment for today's Crossing Broadcast, which, if you listen, makes me sound pretty prescient! [ 1,208 more word ]

The Best Individual Performances from the Eagles’ Super Bowl Season

We're still basking in it. I'm in a self-imposed moratorium on "looking ahead" pieces about the NFL draft, Nick Foles trade scenarios, and whatever other crapola people wanna talk about, less than two weeks after the Eagles' first Super Bowl parade in franchise history. This installment of our season review takes a look at the best individual performances of the year, of which there were many. [ 1,549 more word ]

Jason Kelce Stopped By Phillies Camp To Address The Team

Jason Kelce was not dressed like a mummer when he spoke to the Phillies today: The Eagles center stopped by spring training this morning and addressed the team. I’m sure faces were melted. While there’s no audio for us to sample of Kelce’s wisdom, I would be both stunned and disappointed if it didn’t go something like this: "Odubel Herrera can’t think. [ 223 more words ]

The NBA Dunk Contest is Garbage, But Here’s How it can be Turned into Gold

If the NBA dunk contest was judged by who dressed up in the "coolest" costume while they dunked, the 2018 event would get a 50 score. No doubt. Since it's about dunking and not wardrobe changes, I think it's fair to say that the latest dunk contest officially sucked. On a night where three competitors changed into different uniforms (and promptly missed their dunks), it's now more than clear that the dunk contest is in danger of dying a slow, mediocre death in front of bored fans half-heartedly holding up "10" signs. [ 551 more words ]

Gabe Kapler Wants His Phillies To Be Bold; Is Matt Klentak Listening?

On the eve of the Phillies’ first full-squad workout, new manager Gabe Kapler had a simple, but stern message for his team: Be Bold. NBCSPhilly’s John Clark: What? No video of Kapler’s speech? I would pay good money to see that speech split-screened with the players’ reactions. It’s the first time that Kapler, who’s shown a propensity to speak openly and with great energy, had the attention of his entire team. [ 330 more words ]

Are the Flyers the Next Philly Team to Make an Unexpected Run? Thoughts After Another Successful Weekend

Sometimes there are warning signs in sports. They aren't always negative either. Take Jake Elliott's 61-yard field goal. At the time, we were all talking about how lucky the Eagles were to win a game and that their coach was a buffoon. But we should have taken it instead as a warning sign to the stars aligning for the Eagles in what will go down as the greatest season in Philadelphia sports history. [ 1,560 more word ]

JJ Redick Addresses Allegations of Slur Usage in Video

If you missed it this weekend, a video was published online in which Sixers' guard JJ Redick appears to voice an Asian racial slur. The clip in question features NBA athletes wishing Chinese fans a happy new year, and Redick's greeting takes place about midway through: Redick seems to stumble a bit while speaking to the camera: "I just wanted to wish all of the NBA ***** fans in China... [ 222 more words ]

The NBA All-Star Game Went From Hot Mess to Somewhat Entertaining

Let's start President's Day the right way, with a recap of the NBA All-Star Game, a perennially useless exercise that we always try to talk ourselves into enjoying. Last night was no different, but with a low bar to clear and a ghastly start to the broadcast, it finished with at least a modicum of entertainment. It began with a bogus, mildly uncomfortable 30-minute introduction that invoked the Miss America pageant, with players standing atop a stage featuring curved staircases on either side, flanked by dancers and introduced by Kevin Hart. [ 707 more words ]

LeBron to Philly (not really) Confirmed

Stop the presses! While Sixers fans were prepping themselves for Joel Embiid's start in tonight's All-Star game, Ben Simmons - an All-Star in our hearts - stole some social media headlines when he took to Instagram and posted a picture of himself with LeBron James, John Wall, and Tristan Thompson. In the hours that have followed, many (or just me) have called this image of greatness the newest incarnation of the infamous Banana Boat photo of LeBron James, Chris Paul, and Dwane Wade. [ 974 more words ]

World Domination: NBA Rising Stars Challenge

NBA All-Star Weekend got off to a great start Friday night, as the World defeated the USA 155-124 in the 2018 NBA Rising Stars Challenge. In a game that eventually devolved into an impromptu dunk contest (see videos below), the World team - led by Ben Simmons, Dario Saric, and Joel Embiid - showed out. Let's start with this year's frontrunner for Rookie of the Year: Ben Simmons. [ 286 more words ]

Stefen Wisniewski Missed A $250,000 Bonus, But The Eagles Paid Him Anyway

It seems almost impossible to imagine that any member of the 2017 Eagles could go overlooked in the wake of the team’s first Super Bowl win. The entire team will forever be adored, and fans are paying tribute to various players by writing sentimental tributes on social media, buying jerseys, and getting tattoos. Personally, I’m in the midst of a strategic plan to incorporate the Fatheads of the entire 53-man active roster and injured reserve throughout my house. [ 141 more words ]

Video: Nick Foles Talks Fame And The Future With Jimmy Kimmel

Nick Foles continued his press tour last night, this time stopping by Jimmy Kimmel Live! to talk about the Super Bowl and his newfound fame. The Super Bowl MVP quarterback told Kimmel one of the biggest changes he's experienced is that he no longer goes unrecognized at Whole Foods. He also described his recent standard interactions with Eagles fans. It starts off as a normal conversation and then it turns into tears. [ 233 more words ]

Your Friday Morning Roundup

With the Flyers and Sixers off, let's check in with some of the college hoops teams around the area. Villanova was off, but they have a big test on Saturday when they visit No. 4 Xavier at 4:30 PM on Fox. Temple could be the region's other tournament team, but they suffered a setback to 16th ranked Wichita State, 93-86… [ 1,310 more word ]

Mike Francesa Says Jason Kelce Should be “Cut” After Parade Speech

Recently retired New York blowhard Mike Francesa wasn't a fan of Jason Kelce's Super Bowl parade speech. I missed it earlier this week, but apparently Francesa, with that repulsive accent of his, went on the "WOR Sports Zone" with some guy named "Sal Licata" (a real person) to discuss Kelce's address. Listen after the jump: [ 283 more words ]

Is Matt Klentak Calculating? Or Just Creatively Inept?

With spring workouts officially underway in Clearwater and the Phillies’ roster an imperfect mesh of presumed youthful talent, question marks, and weaknesses, now is a good time to take a deeper look at its architect, general manager Matt Klentak. There are varying assessments on his performance to this point. An optimist views Klentak as a patient and calculated man, one who has a firm grasp of the market and a shrewd plan that will maximize the return of his investments whenever he finally strikes. [ 750 more words ]

Even With a Change in Scenery, Jahlil Okafor is Still an Affront to Everything Good and Pure About Basketball

Things were supposed to be different in the past two months for Jahlil Okafor and the Brooklyn Nets. You remember all the reasons why he would turns things around with the Nets, don't you? He was the #2 pick in the draft for a reason, right? He changed his diet this year, he's a vegetarian now! He's in great shape this year, but the 76ers weren't giving him a chance to play! [ 459 more words ]

On Ben Simmons, His Shooting, and Annoying Media Questions

I get the sense that Ben Simmons doesn't like talking to the media. Why would he? Most of the time he's mobbed by 15+ people and five video cameras, answering dumb questions with justifiably short answers. That's the post-game locker room scene, where some folks can't go five seconds without hearing the sound of their own voice. So I understand why Ben is the way he is. [ 1,167 more word ]

A Valentine’s Day to Remember – Observations from Sixers 104, Heat 102

Down 23 at halftime, there was grumbling about the Sixers in the media room. "They just don't have it tonight." "They need Joel Embiid." "These refs are horrendous." "I'd rather poke my eyes out than watch a replay of this game." Paraphrasing there, but that's the sort of stuff we were talking about it. I figured I'd come up with a crappy lede about Valentine's Day, then try to wrap up the story quickly since we didn't need to spend too much time on what looked like a 30-point blowout loss. [ 1,427 more word ]

Your Thursday Morning Roundup

The Sixers have been known for blowing big leads late in their games. But this time around, they were the ones making the comeback, in a big way. Down 24 to the Miami Heat without the services of Joel Embiid, the Sixers capped off their five-game home stand with a thrilling 104-102 win. And it was an important victory… [ 809 more words ]

A Look At The Phillies’ Starting Pitching As Pitchers and Catchers Report

The most pressing issue facing the Phillies as the team’s first workouts for pitchers and catchers got underway this morning is the club's irrefutable lack of difference-making talent in the starting rotation. The team hasn't generated much buzz this winter—partly because of the Eagles’ Super Bowl run, partly because it has been a relatively quiet winter for Matt Klentak’s front office—but the little attention they have received has centered around this glaring deficiency. [ 1,211 more word ]

A Crossing Broad Conversation: Discussing Flyers prospects with assistant GM Chris Pryor

The Flyers coughed up another two-goal lead last night, losing to the New Jersey Devils in a shootout. It didn't affect their position in the standings, as the Flyers got a point and stayed in third place in the Metropolitan Division, but the Devils are on their heels, and rather than send the Devils home with nothing, they allowed them to get two critical points in the standings. [ 3,537 more words ]

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