The Sixers Donated $20,000 in Food to a Camden Kitchen

The Sixers do a dinner event every season for VIP season ticket holders. That event was supposed to take place tonight at the team's training facility, but it was postponed due to the Nor'easter, leaving the franchise with about $20,000 in leftover food. So they donated it to Camden charity "Cathedral Kitchen" instead: Cathedral Kitchen has been serving up meals in Camden since 1976. [ 39 more words ]

March Madness: The Worst of Philadelphia

I'm a big fan of Brian Haddad's "Piece of Garbage Madness," an annual celebration of America's worst offerings. Sludge rolls out his POG bracket every March to coincide with the NCAA tournament. Last year's winner was ex-New Jersey Governor Chris Christie, who triumphed over President Donald Trump in the Final Four before defeating Chip Kelly to become the biggest piece of garbage on this side of the Mississippi, or the other side, too, if you count his visits to Dallas to slink around in Jerry Jones' luxury box. [ 874 more words ]

Petr Mrazek Is a Perfect Fit for the Inconsistent Flyers

In the sports world, there are few narratives more well-traveled than the "revenge game." It adds some much-needed spice to otherwise dull contests, especially when they involve a team that has lost ten in a row. When the Flyers head to Detroit tonight to face a rebuilding Red Wings squad that has not won a game this month, sports writers and television analysts in search of an intriguing storyline will offer the revenge angle for general consumption. [ 868 more words ]

Eagles’ Worley Seeks Consistency in First Season with Hometown Team

I remember shooting video of Daryl Worley during his high school days at William Penn Charter School. It was something like 2011 or 2012, and I recall rolling up to their field during a series in which the Quakers were on defense. One kid looked bigger, faster, and stronger than the rest, by a country mile. "He's got a bunch of college offers," said a random guy who was standing next to me, a school employee I think. [ 653 more words ]

Injuries to Starting Pitchers Have the Phillies in a Difficult Spot

When the news broke late last week of Jerad Eickhoff’s lat strain that will reportedly keep him sidelined for the season’s first two months, I wrote: As for his replacement, the door now opens for the slew of young arms who were competing for the final spot in the rotation prior to the Arrieta signing. Ben Lively, Mark Leiter Jr., Zach Eflin, and Tom Eshelman are the candidates. [ 607 more words ]

11 Points, 12 Rebounds, 15 Assists, 0 Turnovers – Observations from Sixers 108, Hornets 94

When life gives you three-point looks, you must shoot them. At least I think that's how it goes. To that end, the Sixers looked more like the Rockets last night, chucking the ball 44 times from deep and hitting 18 of 'em in a 14-point win against the Charlotte Hornets. Brett Brown's team improved to 17-0 when holding opponents to under 94 points, something they've been able to do just three times since mid-February. [ 1,481 more word ]

“I Know Eli Manning is Probably Watching This” – Michael Bennett Introduced in Philly

"It's a place I wanted to be. This is a football city. This is a sports city." Words from Michael Bennett's opening statement during his first media availability in Philadelphia. The defensive end/tackle hybrid spoke for more than 20 minutes this afternoon, touching on a variety of topics from his trade (he was in Japan when he got the news), to playing in the Eagles' defensive scheme, to whether or not he'll bring his social justice activism from Seattle to Philly. [ 1,390 more word ]

Making Sense of the Sweet 16

Loyola-Chicago is in. Virginia is out. Just like we all drew it up, right? No lack of excitement on the first weekend of March Madness. We witnessed history when UMBC became the first 16-seed to dispatch a one seed. We had a pair of 11/3 upsets and the defending champions were clobbered by 21 points. The only true letdown was that Grayson Allen and Duke found a way to advance. [ 1,423 more word ]

Carson Wentz is Throwing Footballs

I don't really "get" the no sleeves/hood combination, but that's not important. What's important is that Carson Wentz is throwing a football again, and putting some weight on that surgically repaired left knee: That's from an Instagram story he posted this morning. Looks good. BUT - if he can't go for the season opener, the Birds will just have to fall back on Super Bowl MVP Nick Foles. That's the worst case scenario.

Charlie Manuel Might be the Best Guy Ever

There are lots of reasons to love former Phillies manager Charlie Manuel. He guided the team to two National League pennants and a World Series win in nine seasons and won more games (780) than any other manager in franchise history. I also love him for the crazy stuff that he would say as he stumbled and bumbled his way through media sessions. [ 475 more words ]

Back on Track: Takeaways from a Fruitful Flyers Weekend

All it took was a little psychology. That's how Shayne Gostisbehere described it to me following the Flyers impressive 6-3 win over the Washington Capitals yesterday that capped off a perfect - and much-needed - four-point weekend. Here's what he said: "We were talking about it and we realized, we're not chasing anybody. We realized, we're still in the driver's seat. [ 1,953 more word ]

Report: Eagles to Host Vikings in Season Opener

That's the word, according to the King: Let's give "Kurt" Cousins and Skol nation a warm Philadelphia welcome. Seriously though, how awful is this for Viking fans? They lost 38-7 at the Linc in the NFC Championship Game, then had to watch the Eagles win the Super Bowl in their home stadium. Now they get to watch the Birds raise the Super Bowl banner to kick off the 2018 season. [ 101 more words ]

Crossing Broadcast: Madness, Turning it Around, Betting on Meatballs

Kyle and Russ discuss Villanova's NCAA run thus far, UMBC's upset of UVA (6:30), Nova's Big East Tournament run (8:30), the Big East (11:00), future draft potential (14:00), Ryan Arcidiacono vs. Donte DiVincenzo (18:30), previewing the rest of the tournament (26:30), a recap of the Sixers, Flyers, and Union (28:00), and Joel Embiid throwing down money on meatballs (31:00). Please subscribe to Crossing Broadcast, leave a 5 star review, and follow us on Twitter: @CrossingBroad @JoyOnBroad… [ 81 more words ]

Bud Light Gave Lane Johnson More Beer

Lane Johnson loves beer. That's obvious. At the beginning of the season, he offered to buy the entire city beer for a Super Bowl parade if the Eagles won the big game (which they did). Bud Light later came in and said they would pick up the tab. You know the rest. They won the Super Bowl, we had a parade, and… [ 107 more words ]

Executing When It Matters – Observations from Sixers 120, Nets 116

I don't really have a clever opening paragraph because it's the weekend and I'm totally fried. Later this afternoon, hoards of drunken white folks will descend on Philadelphia as they celebrate their Irish roots, or as the liberals would say, "appropriate" other cultures in tasteless fashion. We'll leave it to Philly Mag to cover Saint Patrick's Day. As for the Sixers, they got the job done last night, the second night of a back-to-back against a surprisingly feisty Brooklyn squad that they just had trouble defending. [ 903 more words ]

The Eagles Released Vinny Curry

So it did happen. From the press release: The Philadelphia Eagles announced they have released DE Vinny Curry. Originally a second-round draft pick of the Eagles in 2012, Curry played in 84 regular-season games during his six years with Philadelphia and appeared in every contest dating back to Week 3 of the 2013 season. Curry totaled 147 tackles, including 27.5 TFL, 22 sacks, five forced fumbles and one fumble recovery in the regular season, while adding 13 tackles in four postseason appearances. [ 358 more words ]

Are Patriots Players Miserable?

This is a very loose rumor, but I think it's our duty to share it anyway. Because it's about giving you, the reader, all of the information we can find. We report, you decide, just like FOX News. This is not an attempt to frame a narrative about the contemptible and scandalous New England Patriots. This is fair and balanced journalism, free of bias. [ 257 more words ]

Jerad Eickhoff’s Injury Might Open the Door for Spring Standout Mark Leiter Jr.

It appeared the Phillies had their starting rotation set when they went out and signed prized free agent pitcher Jake Arrieta earlier this week. So much for that, with reports emerging from Clearwater this morning that Jerad Eickhoff is set to miss 6-8 weeks with a lat strain. Not ideal. The injury news makes the former Cy Young Award winner’s arrival all the more important as a rotation already filled with question marks takes a significant hit. [ 338 more words ]

Corey Nelson Says He’s Competing for the Linebacker Spot That Mychal Kendricks Currently Occupies

Lost in the shuffle of Thursday's Nigel Bradham and Haloti Ngata news was the introduction of linebacker Corey Nelson, probably the most curious and low-key of the Eagles' early offseason additions. The former Bronco joins on a one-year deal and was a key special teamer in Denver, appearing in 53 regular season and 4 playoff games. He recorded three special teams tackles in the 2015 Super Bowl win. [ 295 more words ]

The Free Fall Continues: Some Very Revealing Takeaways from Blue Jackets 5, Flyers 3

Claude Giroux stood there. His mouth throbbing. His lip swollen. The dried blood changing the red in his beard to a different shade. Take a puck to the face, and these things happen. But there he was, trying to talk through the swelling, and explain what is wrong with his team - a team that just 19 days earlier was in first place in the division - but now, after losing to Columbus 5-3 and dropping their seventh game in the last eight contests - finds itself no longer in control of its own destiny and in need of help from around the league. [ 2,033 more words ]

Your Friday Morning Roundup

It looked like the Sixers' woes would continue on the road against a struggling New York team Thursday night. But then, they woke up. Threes from Robert Covington, JJ Redick, and Dario Saric helped the Sixers beat the Knicks 118-110: For the second straight game, Ben Simmons recorded a triple-double with 13 points, 12 assists, and 10 rebounds. He also became the third rookie to tally 1,000 points, 500 assists, and 500 rebounds in a season, joining Magic Johnson and Oscar Robertson. [ 1,317 more word ]

Turning Garbage Into Gold – Observations from Sixers 118, Knicks 110

It felt like we were in for one of those nights. A loooooong night. A night where Michael Beasley was hitting one-footed baseline fadeaways. A night more frustrating than the stretch of the Schuylkill Expressway that spans Manayunk to Conshohocken. I was waiting for the "fire Brett Brown," crowd to rise from the murk and spew their vile untruths, though they might have had a point last night, because the Sixers were… [ 1,040 more word ]

Crossing Broadcast: The Tale of Two Teams

Russ is joined by Sixers beat writer Kevin Kinkead and Flyers beat writer Anthony SanFilippo to discuss: the Sixers' late win agains the Knicks (1:00), reality vs. preseason expectations (3:00), Ben Simmons' fourth quarter (6:00), RoCo and Saric's clutch shooting in the fourth quarter (8:00), the team's outlook going forward (12:00), Kevin and Anthony discuss the opposite trends of the Sixers and Flyers (17:30), the Crossing Broad Podcast Network (21:00), the Flyers' free fall (25:00), analyzing the Flyers long-forgotten win streak (26:30), and Dave Hakstol's line decisions and coaching philosophy. [ 100 more words ]

Haloti Ngata Deal is Done

One year, three million dollars is the word from Mike Garafolo and others. Seems a bit steep for a 34-year-old defensive tackle coming off an injury-shortened season, but the Birds are going for it, replacing Beau Allen with 12-year veteran Haloti Ngata. Ngata met the media today and was asked how much he has left in the tank: "I feel like I have a lot. [ 211 more words ]

“When He Tells You Something, He Means It” – Nigel Bradham on Howie Roseman and His New Contract

On a Super Bowl team that featured a lot of great players, Nigel Bradham was among the best. The Eagles linebacker is coming back for another go-round after signing a five year, $40m deal. He was a free agent heading into the offseason but says he had hoped to stay in Philadelphia despite receiving interest from other teams. Bradham spoke to the media on Thursday, 24 hours after the Birds made his new deal public. [ 1,129 more word ]

Penn Lost

It was fun while it lasted. And it was close, too, a lot closer than the 76 to 60 scoreline indicates. Penn came out flying in Wichita, building a 10-point lead against a sleepy Kansas. The Jayhawks eventually woke up and used a 22 to 5 run and a bullshit foul call to take a 33-26 halftime lead. Big 12 player of the year Devonte' Graham poured in 19 in the first and finished with 29 points to lead all scorers. [ 160 more words ]

Ngata Done Deal, Yet

All but one reported Eagle move was confirmed by the team. From Wednesday's press release: Acquired DE Michael Bennett and a 2018 seventh-round pick from Seattle in exchange for WR Marcus Johnson and a 2018 fifth-round pick Acquired CB Daryl Worley from Carolina in exchange for WR Torrey Smith Agreed to terms on a one-year contract with LB Corey Nelson… [ 196 more words ]

Malcolm Butler Still Doesn’t Know Why He was Benched in the Super Bowl

Former Patriots cornerback Malcolm Butler signed a 5 year, $61 million contract with the Tennessee Titans in free agency. You'd think a guy with that kind of market value would have played in the Super Bowl, but no, he didn't. Butler didn't feature against the Eagles in SB 52 and never got an explanation why. Butler spoke to the Boston Herald recently… [ 240 more words ]

The NFL’s Ridiculous Quarterback Market

If I had to pick a winner in the 2018 NFL free agency sweepstakes, I'd have to go with Sam Bradford's agent, Tom Condon. Sammy B signed a one, year, $20 million deal with the Arizona Cardinals, with $15 million guaranteed. This is for a 30-year-old quarterback who appeared in just two games this season before going on injured reserve. Bradford has played eight NFL seasons but has never won more than seven games and has never made a playoff appearance, yet he's earned the following dollar amounts since entering the league in 2010: [ 519 more words ]

Your Thursday Morning Roundup

With the new NFL league year beginning at 4 PM yesterday, the Eagles are officially the defending Super Bowl champions. That still feels weird to say. The Birds were relatively quiet with the exception of re-signing Nigel Bradham to a five-year, $40 million deal. The team also pushed back Michael Bennett's roster bonus. Just this morning, they restructured Zach Ertz's contract. [ 1,577 more word ]

Report: The Eagles Have Restructured Zach Ertz’s Deal to Free Up Cap Space

It continues to be a whirlwind of an offseason for the Eagles and things don't appear to be slowing down anytime soon. Blink and you'll miss something. The latest news comes this morning from ESPN's Field Yates who reports the Eagles have re-worked the contract of tight end Zach Ertz: The Eagles also restructured Ertz's deal last March--the same day that they signed Super Bowl MVP Nick Foles to a two-year contract. [ 168 more words ]

Is Robert Covington Good at Defense?

I promised this story last week, so here goes. The premise is this: We know that Robert Covington is a streaky shooter, a "3 and D" guy who sometimes drops fireballs from deep, but goes cold more often than not. When he's on, he's really on. And when he's off, he's really off. That stuff is easy to identify. It's easy for us to sit here and say, "well, Cov had 5 points last night after putting up 22 the previous night." People bitch and whine and say he's not performing to the level of his new contract, which results in we, the media, usually justifying his minutes with something like this: [ 1,723 more word ]

Early Impressions of the New Food Items Available at Citizens Bank Park

The baseball should be better at Citizens Bank Park this season and the food might be, too. Aramark, the food and beverage supplier of eight MLB teams, released today its newest menu items that can be found at its partner venues in 2018. From the company’s press release: ‘Food has become a major player in the fan experience and that increased role is a motivating factor for us to continue to enhance our menu offerings each season,” said Carl Mittleman, President of Aramark’s Sports and Entertainment.’ [ 377 more words ]

Report: New York Giants Trying to Keep Eli Manning Upright

If you watched the New York football Giants for even two minutes last season, you know their offensive line was pretty bad. After losing out to the Jaguars on highly-rated guard Andrew Norwell, they directed their attention, and money, elsewhere: A big get indeed, and a lot of money to pay a lineman. But starting-quality left tackles are hard to find, so can you really put a price tag on keeping your quarterback upright while giving your running game some push? [ 185 more words ]

Report: Beau Allen Headed to Tampa

Beau Allen said his goodbyes to Philadelphia yesterday and now looks set to sign for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers: Allen was a free agent, having completed his rookie deal with the Birds. He served as a key piece on an Eagles defensive line that rotated fluidly and saw little drop off with different personnel groupings. For instance, and I don't think this gets talked about enough, but Allen actually played 422 snaps last year while Tim Jernigan played 492. [ 83 more words ]

UFC Fighters Lee and Barboza Talk Atlantic City, Eddie Alvarez, and Basketball

Imagine traveling around town with a guy who you're going to punch in the face in five weeks. Sounds odd, but that was the case on Tuesday, when UFC fighters Kevin Lee and Edson Barboza hit a bunch of Philly spots to talk about their April 21st headlining bout at Atlantic City's Boardwalk Hall. Maybe the art of promotion in combat sports isn't dead after all. [ 975 more words ]

Shooting Yourself in Both Feet – Observations from Pacers 101, Sixers 98

That's a bad loss, first one at the Wells Fargo Center since December 21st, if you can believe it. It was a combination of the same things we've seen in other losses - turnovers, second chance points, bone-headed plays, and a lack of fourth-quarter execution. Take all of that, wrap it up into a nice package, and you get a three-point home defeat to a good Indiana team that played a somewhat mediocre game. [ 1,264 more word ]

Your Wednesday Morning Roundup

With the playoffs quickly approaching, the Sixers find themselves in a unique situation. They're pretty much a lock to make the postseason. That means the team won't be playing against below average squads such as Brooklyn or Atlanta, but top-half teams like Toronto or, in last night's case, Indiana. If the playoffs began today, the Sixers would face the Pacers in the first round. [ 684 more words ]

Crossing Broadcast: Allergic to the Rock, Arrivals and Departures

Kyle and Russ recap the Sixers' loss to Indiana, sliding scales and getting overreacting (5:10), how Markelle Fultz could change everything (12:00), making a deep playoff run (16:00), the Eagles' addition of Haloti Ngata and the departures of Brent Celek, Trey Burton, and Beau Allen (21:15), why Jason Peters hasn't been released (27:45), beat writer gripes (38:30), site analytics (44:00), Phillies owner John Middleton flying with Jake Arrieta (46:50), takeaways from the Arrieta press conference (49:50), Scott Boras and metaphors (52:00), the Crossing Broad March Madness Bracket (58:20), and a review of a one-star reviewer's reviews. [ 98 more words ]

Trey Burton Says He Feels ‘Disappointed’ and ‘Hurt’ by Eagles

Today was a busy day for former Eagles tight end Trey Burton. Earlier, he reportedly agreed to a four-year deal worth $32 million with the Chicago Bears before executing the "Philly Special" one last time ahead of Phillies exhibition game with the Rays. Here is hitting color analyst Ben Davis: That's fun. He also made time to join 94WIP's afternoon show hosted by Jon Marks and Ike Reese to discuss his big day. [ 322 more words ]

Dario Saric is Shooting the Lights Out in March

I wrote most of this story before Dario Saric was listed as "questionable" tonight with "gastroenteritis," so go figure. It seems kind of redundant to do another Dario article just a month after the last one, but it kind of needed to happen. It would be gross negligence not to pen as much as possible about the leaps and bounds he's grown in 2018. [ 555 more words ]

Report: Eagles Adding Former Denver Linebacker

More news. More more more. Josina Anderson says the Eagles are adding a linebacker: Looks like this might be a special teams/depth signing. That's the role Nelson played for the Broncos this year before going on IR with a season-ending elbow injury. He played five games and made four tackles in 44 defensive snaps. He played more than 100 special teams snaps. [ 82 more words ]

The Eagles Released Brent Celek

The email hit the inbox at 2:04 p.m. Brent Celek is no longer an Eagle. The Birds released Philadelphia's longest-tenured athlete after 11 years at Lincoln Financial Field, a run that culminated with the franchise's first Super Bowl win. The 33-year-old tight end joined the franchise in 2007 and played in 175 regular season games, plus 9 playoff matchups. He missed just one game EVER, finishing his Eagles career with the fourth most total appearances behind only David Akers (188), Brian Dawkins (183) and Harold Carmichael (180). [ 180 more words ]

Rolling Snake Eyes – What the Latest Loss Means for the Flyers’ Playoff Chances

The NHL rules require teams to open their locker room to the media five minutes after the last player leaves the ice at the conclusion of the game. The Flyers are usually very good at this. Their media relations guru, Zack Hill, can often be found standing outside the locker room with the timer on his phone running so we all know when it's going to open up. [ 2,123 more words ]

Looking Like the Brawny Man, Jake Arrieta Says he Plans to be Ready for Start of Season

“My body is in tremendous shape.” And thus Jake Arrieta has arrived with his luxuriant beard to take baseball games from opponents with brute force and a virility that quietly but emphatically states, “I’m more of a man than you are, and I know it.” I foresee the consumption of many smoked meats, many power lifting sessions and plenty of visceral grunting taking place in the Phillies clubhouse this season. [ 365 more words ]

Reports: Trey Burton Out, Gargantuan Run-Stuffer In

Trey Burton's free agency departure seemed inevitable. Looks like the Birds' backup tight end is heading to Chicago, per Mike Garafolo: It's not a bad landing spot for Burton, who will make a deserved $32 million over 4 years, according to Ian Rapopppppppport. He'll join an offense featuring a young quarterback in Mitch Trubisky and a pair of good backs in Jordan Howard and Tarik Cohen. [ 277 more words ]

Report: Eagles Restructure Lane Johnson’s Contract

Howie Roseman does it again. With the Eagles needing to shed nearly $10m in salary to get under the cap, they made big strides on Tuesday, according to ESPN's Field Yates: Right, so Lane isn't taking a pay cut, the Eagles are just moving money around to negotiate the salary cap. Shout out to him for being a team player and helping the organization. [ 81 more words ]

John Middleton Personally Escorted Jake Arrieta to Florida

The Phillies don't have a team plane. They fly Delta charters. But, as you can see, they do own a small, P-branded jet, presumably used to shuffle John Middleton from private island to the Super Bowl and onward to Clearwater. We first wrote about this Bombardier, delivered in 2005 and registered under SOP Equipment in West Trenton, in 2013 when it was spotted in Augusta, Georgia… [ 226 more words ]

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