These High Schoolers are Doing Things the Right Way

Is there ever a time when Eagles gear is inappropriate? No, there isn't. Shout out to Alexa Johnson from Ocean City and her date, who were, in my opinion, the best dressed couple at their prom: Just excellent craftsmanship here, better than anything I saw at the Royal Wedding.

Sixers Season Review: Amir Johnson

This is part five of a season-ending series looking back at each player’s 2017-2018 campaign. Part one – Jerryd Bayless Part two – Timothe Luwawu-Cabarrot Part three – Justin Anderson Part four - Richaun Holmes I won't spend a ton of time on Amir Johnson since he's moving on, but I'll start with his exit interview since veteran words usually carry a little more weight. [ 995 more words ]

The Philadelphia Union Are Doing What They Normally Do

It feels like the 2018 Union season is a carbon copy of 2017, which went something like this: horrible start fans become disinterested make a few changes to the starting XI win some games in late May and early June head above water, treading the playoff line ultimately fall apart in September and October Right now we're at bullet point #4, with the Union winning in Montreal and blasting Real Salt Lake in consecutive weeks. [ 1,244 more word ]

Report: Fox Reaches Billion Dollar Deal with WWE for SmackDown Live

I don't think I've watched wrestling since Razor Ramon and Shawn Michaels did that ladder match back in 1994, but my Twitter timeline ALWAYS has people talking about WWE. Considering that the sports/entertainment product continues to massively popular, I'm not surprised by this Hollywood Reporter story explaining that Fox and WWE are closing in on a SmackDown broadcast deal worth one billion dollars: [ 266 more words ]

NBA Draft Prospect has an Interesting Take on the Planet Earth

Lonnie Walker is a local kid, went to Reading High School up in the GREAT Berks County. He spoke with the ESPN crew at the combine and had some... interesting things to say about the planet we're currently living on: Earth is an illusion. Or is it an allusion? Is this planet a false idea? Or is it an indirect reference to something else? [ 100 more words ]

How in the World is Vegas’ Success “Bad” for the NHL?

I was browsing Twitter dot com this morning when I came across Anthony Gargano's opinion on the Las Vegas Golden Knights: "It's about real fandom." Hmm, alright, I disagree, but I'll play along. Sure, it's not like Las Vegas hockey fans are desperate for the Stanley Cup. They haven't been waiting since 1967, like Toronto fans. They aren't St. Louis, Vancouver, Buffalo, or Washington, who have never won a title. [ 1,117 more word ]

Tom Brady is Apparently Skipping Out on OTAs

Looks like Tom won't be present for organized team activities in New England today: Can you blame him? I wouldn't wanna be there if I was a 40-year-old legend with five rings. I don't need OTAs. The reason this is a story is because Tom Brady always goes to the voluntary portion of OTAs. He never skips out. But after the Pats' Super Bowl loss to the Eagles and some of the grumbling coming out of camp regarding fractures within the Brady/Bill Belichick/organizational structure, this makes it seem like those grumbles are truths, as… [ 75 more words ]

The Phillies Need To Punch Back Against The Braves

Last month, after Atlanta polished off its third series win over the Phillies in as many tries, I wrote: The bottom line is this: The Phillies, if nothing else, have made themselves relevant after one month of baseball, but if they wish to remain that way beyond the Sixers’ playoff run and into the summer months, the offense needs to wake up and they need to start handling their shit against teams like the Braves. [ 647 more words ]

Your Monday Morning Roundup

It was a rough weekend for the Phillies. After a 1:35 rain delay, the St. Louis Cardinals exploded for a season-high 15 hits against Jake Arrieta on Friday, including five RBIs from Jose Martinez, en route to a 12-4 dominant win. Arrieta only went three innings, giving up four runs on five hits and two walks to go with a lone strikeout. [ 1,158 more word ]

Snow the Goalie: Future Flyers, Sports Betting and the NHL, Long Odds

Anthony and Russ cover: It’s been two weeks! (0:00) Stanley Cup Playoffs thus far (3:00) Phantoms ECF run (7:00) Oskar Lindblom’s play (8:30) *Anthony’s clock (12:00)* Phil Myers’ ascent (12:30) Phantoms’ top 3 defensemen (15:30) Building the Flyers’ 2018-19 defense (17:30) Where does Sam Morin go from here? (24:30)? Top 5 trade pieces (29:00) Carter Hart (33:00) LV Phantoms on NBCSN Philadelphia (43:00) [ 123 more words ]

Crossing Broadcast: Meet the President, Draft Prospects, Sports Betting

Kyle and Russ talk about: Russ getting interviewed on Cheddar Network (0:30) Eagles to the White House? (4:00) Covington has surgery (9:00) Donte DiVincenzo (10:30) Omari Spellman’s draft prospect (14:00) Drafting for high ceiling vs. sound prospect (23:00) How streaming delays could affect placing bets (27:00) Could live sports betting bring younger fans to baseball? (34:00) Audio after the jump: [ 94 more words ]

Terrell Owens Says What We’re All Thinking

Jason Garrett really has put together a great body of work. In seven full years as the Dallas Cowboys' coach, he's compiled 62 wins, 50 losses, and a 1-2 playoff record. That's slightly better than a Buddy Ryan or Richie Kotite resume. Maybe... he's not that good? Former Bird and Cowboy Terrell Owens said as much during an appearance on Dallas radio station 105.3 The Fan: [ 240 more words ]

Sixers Season Review: Richaun Holmes

This is part four of a season-ending series looking back at each player’s 2017-2018 campaign. Part one – Jerryd Bayless Part two – Timothe Luwawu-Cabarrot Part three - Justin Anderson _________________ In the could have/should have department, the plight of Richaun Holmes resonated loudly from Camden to South Philadelphia. It was clear that the Sixers' third-year center had more offensive ability than Amir Johnson. [ 1,046 more word ]

The Secondary Market For Eagles Tickets is Heating Up, Let TicketIQ Save You Money

This post is brought to you by our friends at TicketIQ. Those of you who have been loyal readers of Crossing Broad know that we've been partnered for quite some time with TicketIQ. They're the best secondary ticket vendor on the market with an incomparable "Low Price Guarantee. Back in 2011, a ticket to an Eagles game at the Linc ran you $177 on average. [ 120 more words ]

A Phillies Trade For Manny Machado Makes No Sense

The Inquirer's Bob Brookover explored the possibility of the Phillies adding Manny Machado in a piece published Thursday. My reaction? Manny Machado... Phillies... Stimulation... It’s hard not to get worked up over the thought of the Phillies adding Machado, who has a 1.079 OPS with 14 homers and 40 RBI, to replace the crop of current shortstops who have collectively posted a .690 OPS with only four homers and 12 RBI. [ 701 more words ]

Were the 2009 Yankees Filthy Cheaters? – Part Two

I wrote earlier this week about Robinson Cano's 80-game suspension and the group of 2009 Yankees that were linked to banned substances. "There are new developments" with this story, as they like to say on television. Cano's ex-teammate Mark Teixeira was a guest on the Michael Kay Show on 98.7 ESPN New York on Thursday. He said he wasn't surprised to hear about the suspension: [ 199 more words ]

Reporter Says “Video Game Addiction” is Killing NHL Prospect’s Career

There's a picture of me from college where I'm playing guitar while watching Big East basketball and I've got Diablo 2 on the computer behind me. That was pretty much life, ya know? Instead of sex, drugs, and rock and roll, it was sports, video games, and rock and roll. Although I guess Diablo 2 could have been labeled a "drug" back then, since I put days of my life into it. [ 561 more words ]

Your Friday Morning Roundup

Make it three straight wins for the Phillies, and seven of their last eight. The Phils took the first of their four-game series with a 6-2 win over the Cardinals at Busch Stadium, thanks to another strong outing by Vince Velasquez. The righty went 6 1/3 innings, allowing only five hits and two walks with five strikeouts on 96 pitches. [ 561 more words ]

So Donte DiVincenzo Murdered The NBA Draft Combine

Jarred pasta sauces can jump. Here's but just a sampling of the Twitter hype wafting off Donte's smoldering NBA Draft Combine performance: [ 235 more words ]

Sixers Season Review: Justin Anderson

This is part three of a season-ending series looking back at each player’s 2017-2018 campaign. Part One - Jerryd Bayless Part Two - Timothe Luwawu-Cabarrot ---------------- Justin Anderson is one of the better quotes on the team, so it wasn't surprising that his exit interview was thoughtful, candid, and introspective. He didn't dodge when asked if he was disappointed not to have played a bigger role in the Boston playoff series. [ 1,326 more word ]

Report: Eagles Invited to Visit White House in June

The big story on Action News: This has been in the works for some time, we just never had a target date. The real question is how many Birds actually accept the invitation. Some are Donald Trump fans and some aren't. Malcolm Jenkins spoke in the past about not being interested in a "photo op" but also didn't want to scold teammates who were interested in going. [ 32 more words ]

Robert Covington Has Offseason Surgery

It was the left middle finger that was giving him some issues. Per Sixers PR: STATEMENT FROM PHILADELPHIA 76ERS VICE PRESIDENT OF ATHLETE CARE DR. DANIEL MEDINA: Robert Covington today underwent successful surgery to repair the extensor tendon in his left middle finger. He first suffered the injury on Dec. 28 at Portland. The procedure was performed by Asif M. Ilyas, M.D., a Rothman Institute hand surgeon and Professor of Orthopedic Surgery at Thomas Jefferson University. [ 45 more words ]

The History of the #10 Pick

"With the tenth pick in the 2018 NBA draft, the Philadelphia 76ers select, Mikal Bridges, Villanova." I think that's probably what happens. Mikal is just too good of a fit for a Sixers team that needs wing depth and values defensive flexibility and mettle. Bridges provides both. Whatever happens at #10 overall, it's hard to get it wrong. Most experts see this draft tailing off a bit around pick 11 or 12, so whether it's Mikal Bridges, Miles Bridges, Trae Young, or even Lonnie Walker or a backup big man for Joel Embiid - should one of the centers slide down the board - I think you end up with a first-year contributor somewhere. [ 1,200 more word ]

Hey, Let’s Complain About How The Phillies Won Yesterday!

Let’s briefly revisit the ninth inning of yesterday’s game between the Phillies and Orioles. With the Phillies holding a 4-1 lead, Gabe Kapler handed the ball to Edubray Ramos to record the game’s final three outs and nail down a win. Or so we thought. Ramos threw six pitches, all strikes, to record punch outs of both Jonathan Schoop and Mark Trumbo. [ 785 more words ]

Your Thursday Morning Roundup

Midway through May, the Phillies are eight games above .500. Did any of us expect this kind of start? Did anyone even think the Phillies would be a game behind Atlanta for not only the lead in the NL East, but also the top spot in the entire National League? This team took another step forward with a 4-1 win over the Orioles… [ 739 more words ]

Crossing Broad FC: Clinching the League, Moving On, Getting Relegated

Phil and Russ discuss: Manchester City clinches a 100 point season (0:00) Barcelona’s unbeaten streak ends (2:30) El Clásico (10:00) Gareth Bale’s resurgence (14:30) Neymar to Real Madrid? (18:30) Ronaldo’s ego (24:00) Juventus clinches their 7th straight Scudetto (28:00) European Super League? (30:00) City and United finish Top 2 (35:00) EPL roundup (38:30) Managerial questions (40:00) English Championship playoffs (43:00) [ 119 more words ]

Thoughts On The Phillies At The Quarter-Season Mark

The Phillies entered this afternoon's rain-soaked matinee with the Baltimore Orioles with an impressive 23-16 record and only one game out of first place behind the upstart Braves. Along the way, there have been some pleasant surprises, underwhelming disappointments and glimmers of hope. Some pretty crazy shit has gone down, too. With the team set to close in on the 40-game milestone, and thus bringing a welcomed end to the "small sample size" qualifier, let us use this otherwise arbitrary schedule landmark to reflect upon and assess what has gone down over the season's first seven weeks. [ 1,400 more word ]

Sixers Season Review: Timothe Luwawu-Cabarrot

This is part two of a season-ending series looking back at each player’s 2017-2018 campaign. Did Timothe Luwawu-Cabarrot take a step forward this year? Was it a step back? Or was the difference between his rookie and sophomore seasons ultimately negligible? I'd probably go with the third option here, if we're simply running down the numbers. Statistically speaking, the Sixers' 23-year-old French wing slightly regressed in almost every category, including points, minutes, and field goal percentage: [ 634 more words ]

Dez Bryant Apparently Turned Down a Multi-Year Deal

Dez is still a free agent after being released by the Cowboys last month. He apparently turned down a multi-year contract offer from the Ravens and seeks a one-year "prove it" deal somewhere else, similar to what Alshon Jeffery did with the Birds last year. Baltimore ended up signing ex-Saint Willie Snead to round out a new receiving corps that includes John Brown and Michael Crabtree. [ 135 more words ]

Yanny or Laurel?

Ok, I'll bite. The internet is up in arms today over a four second audio clip that apparently results in some listeners hearing the word "yanny" and some hearing "laurel." BWanks and I hear yanny, but Coggin and Investor Jeff hear laurel: This is kind of like the "what color is the dress?" thing from a few years ago. Some people thought the dress was black and blue and others thought it was white and gold. [ 155 more words ]

Were the 2009 Yankees Filthy Cheaters?

Robinson Cano was suspended 80 games by Major League Baseball this week after testing positive for a banned substance called "furosemide." It's not a performance-enhancing drug, but a water-pill, a diuretic that helps to dilute and mask urine samples. Per ESPN: Under MLB's drug policy, a player is not automatically suspended for use of a diuretic unless MLB can prove he intended to use it as a masking agent. [ 404 more words ]

Your Wednesday Morning Roundup

There was a 1.1% chance the Sixers would have received the #1 overall pick in last night's NBA Draft Lottery. The 98.9% happened, and the Sixers ended up with the 10th overall pick, as expected. The ONE HOUR show was boring, and I'm not sure why it was an hour long. The Sixers will have six picks in this year's draft: 10 and 26 in the first round, and picks 38, 39, 56, and 60 in the second round. [ 462 more words ]

Crossing Broadcast: Adding a Star, Video Games in MLB, Sports Gambling

Kyle and Russ discuss: Sixers thoughts (1:00) Lottery results and looking forward (2:30) Mikal Bridges at #10? (3:30) Sixers/Celtics future (5:30) Adding LeBron/Kawhi/PG13 (10:00) Fortnite and MLB (19:00) Sports gambling (25:00) Audio after the jump: [ 94 more words ]

The Sixers are Picking 10th in the Draft

What an exhilarating broadcast, all 60 minutes of it. I especially loved the part where they put Elton Brand and Rich Gotham at the same desk. That wasn't awkward at all. Anyway, the Sixers are picking tenth. The 1.1% chance of getting the #1 overall pick did not materialize. The Celtics now get the better of the Kings/Sixers first round pick in 2019, top-one protected. [ 72 more words ]

Patriots Fan Tries to Slide Into Lane Johnson’s DMs, Gets Obliterated

A Patriots fan tried to send Lane Johnson a direct message on Instagram, calling him a "fat bitch" and telling him to "shut the fuck up." It went about as well as you could expect: "I'm not fat, I'm big boned." Looks like Johnson took the Twitter link down, but the Instagram post is still up. Not sure why I edited her name out, guess I felt bad for the poor woman.

Sixers Season Review: Jerryd Bayless

This is part one of a season-ending series looking back at each player's 2017-2018 campaign. You're probably wondering why we'd write about Jerryd Bayless, a 29-year-old veteran on a bad contract who is due to return next season for a little more than $8.5 million. I guess that would be the answer right there, the fact that his cap hit going into the final year of a three-year deal is going to throw a wrench into the Sixers' ability to flesh out an exciting young roster. [ 594 more words ]

Jay Ajayi Rep: Eagles RB Didn’t Trash a Mansion and Shove a Guy

TMZ reported Monday that Birds running back Jay Ajayi was being sued for $25,000 after allegedly trashing a Los Angeles house after the Super Bowl. The alleged incident(s) happened back in February, when Ajayi rented the property for a five-day stay. In the lawsuit, the owner claims Ajayi and a friend threw multiple parties at the house despite being told not to. [ 187 more words ]

So You’re Telling Me There’s a Chance?

"With the first pick in the 2018 NBA Draft, the Philadelphia 76ers select Luka Doncic, from Slovenia." I mean, no, it's not gonna happen, but technically it could, and it's better than the one-in-a-million chance that Lloyd Christmas had of getting together with Mary Swanson. That's my lede. That's how we're starting this story, with a Dumb and Dumber… [ 294 more words ]

David Murphy’s Reaffirmation of My Kawhi/PG13 Dream Has Given Me New Life

On Monday, the often long-winded David Murphy penned a piece that has given me new life. Rather than writing the same LeBron-to-Philly article that every reporter and blog boy (hey, KD) has put out over the last few months, Murphy outlined the hypothetical I talked about on Crossing Broadcast in February : trading for Spurs' superstar Kawhi Leonard. Murphy on the cap flexibility of trading for Kawhi vs. [ 364 more words ]

The Draft Lottery Participants are Boring

As usual, a mundane mix of owners, co-owners, executives, and other various suits will represent their respective NBA teams at tonight's draft lottery. Here's the exciting list: The Sixers are sending Blue Coats general manager Elton Brand out to Chicago, which is okay I guess, but I would have sent Nick Foles out there with the Lombardi trophy. Kevin Hart is off the table because he needs to lay low for a little bit. [ 298 more words ]

Your Tuesday Morning Roundup

Tonight marks the first step in what could be a historic offseason for the Sixers. The NBA Draft Lottery tonight still involves Phila, even though they made the playoffs this year. They'll have at least five picks (26, 38, 39, 56, 60), and will very much likely have a first round via the Lakers if everything goes to plan. And everything should go to plan, if you look at the… [ 711 more words ]

How Big Is The Betting Market?

The Philly Voice published an article from The Conversation written by Jay Zagorsky, an economist from Ohio State. He argues that the ostensible $150 billion market in America for sports gambling is not nearly that large: The U.K.’s Gambling Commission tracks betting statistics and issues an annual report. The one released in January shows that Brits placed about 10 billion pounds in bets in the latest fiscal year. [ 186 more words ]

Crossed Up: Blowing It And Bouncing Back

Anthony and Bob discuss: 3:15 Hey Philly, Do You Like Odubel Herrera Now? 14:17 Discussing the Phillies’ Resiliency and Ability to Sustain Their Start 23:40 How Big Of A Problem Is The Phillies’ Bullpen Right Now? 29:35 How Did The Phillies’ Not Score In The First Inning on Sunday? 33:25 Offensive Inconsistencies 37:43 Why Is Nick Williams Still Buried On The Bench? [ 106 more words ]

Nobody Wins – On the Racial Incident at Haddonfield Memorial High School

Not sure how many of you are following this story, since it broke late Friday and nothing new happened until this afternoon. Long story short, Haddonfield High School cancelled the remainder of the boy's lacrosse season amid allegations that a white player used a racial slur against a black athlete from another school. Per - The incident occurred May 1 during a girls’ track meet at Haddonfield involving teams from Sterling High School in Somerdale, Haddon Heights High School, and Haddonfield, according to Lloyd D. [ 634 more words ]

The “Other Side” of Sports Gambling Has Always Existed

Match fixing, bribery, extortion! Corruption! Has the Supreme Court opened Pandora's Box of illicit activity with Monday's historic ruling? In case you're living under a rock, SCOTUS decided that the 1992 federal anti-sports gambling law is unconstitutional, which now gives individual states the right to allow sports betting. That's a win for the 10th Amendment type who wants the independence to spend his or her own money as they see fit, while the federal government focuses on more important things, like governing the country. [ 1,190 more word ]

Draft Kings Appears Ready, Willing and Able To Accept Bets

Me, on April 2, 2015: Not just posting this because we work with Draft Kings – use our link! – but because, I’m telling you, when online sports gambling becomes legalized in the US, which it will, and someone asks, “But who will handle all the transactions?!” it will be Draft Kings and FanDuel who step forward and raise their hands and point out that they already have millions of credit cards securely on file. [ 226 more words ]

Gambling Could Change Sports Viewing As You Know It

From We’re still somewhere between very, very far off and never from a world where I can wager on whether Chris Paul will punch someone in the testicles should Rockets/Warriors get to at least a 6 game series. But if I use that as the “anything goes!” extreme, it’s not hard to imagine both the gambling hauls and TV viewership (and not just for the games) changing dramatically to the upside. [ 334 more words ]

The Most Important Man In Philadelphia Sports

It's Bryan Colangelo, at least for the next few months. This is the biggest offseason he'll ever have as a player-personnel executive. There will be no time to go down to the Jersey shore and drink like a fish, which is what I soon hope to do. Instead, he'll be tasked with figuring out how to use significant salary cap space and movable trade pieces to improve a 52-win team that features two young superstars. [ 1,508 more word ]

Sports Betting Just Got Legalized in New Jersey

Big news. We wrote all about this case in December and what the implications of this ruling in favor of legalized sports gambling could mean. The short version: New Jersey had moved to overturn a 1992 law that effectively banned sports betting (directing states not to permit it without making sports gambling itself illegal) everywhere but Nevada, which had been grandfathered in. [ 155 more words ]

The Phillies are Showing an Important Ability to Overcome Adversity

What will ultimately become of the Phillies as spring turns to summer nobody yet knows, but with the first quarter of the season nearly in the books, there is one truth that has revealed itself through their first 39 games - this team is pretty damn resilient. Are they inconsistent? Sure. Are they, at times, frustrating to watch? Sunday’s first inning that featured 45 pitches from Jacob DeGrom that, somehow, failed to yield a run should answer that question. [ 671 more words ]

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