Brewers Bullpen Catcher Eats 18 Cheesesteaks in 3 Days

When opponents come to play the Philadelphia Phillies, they eat cheesesteaks.

It’s a pretty good deal: Teams that come to play the Phillies get as many cheesesteaks as they want, free of charge. And they take advantage of the deal. Opponents eat so many cheesesteaks there are records for cheesesteak consumption at Citizens Bank Park posted on the wall of the visiting clubhouse.

In April of last year, the Mets shattered the team record when they ate 103 steaks in one day at the ballpark (10 hours). The previous record was in the 80s. A delightful story about the feat by Mike Vorkunov at NJ.com notes bullpen catcher Eric Langill set the three-day record (17) the previous season. Fellow bullpen catcher Dave Racaniello set the single-day record with 7 1/2 — only to see White Sox bullpen coach Bobby Thigpen top his record later in the year.

This weekend, another historic cheesesteak record fell: Langill’s record was topped by bullpen catcher Marcus Hanel. Read more »

Sixers Land 3 Players, Draft Pick in Trade With Kings

The Philadelphia 76ers acquired three players, as well as a future first-round pick and other draft considerations, in a trade with the Sacramento Kings last night. The trade can not be made official until July 9th. Yahoo! Sports’ Adrian Wojnarowski first reported the deal.

The Sixers sent a second-round pick and two European players drafted late in the second round of last month’s draft to the Kings, Arturas Gudaitis (47th pick) and Luka Mitrovic (60th pick). In return, the 76ers got a first-round pick in 2018, Nik Stauskas (the 8th overall pick in 2014) and veteran big men Cary Landry and Jason Thompson. The Sixers also got the right to swap first-rounders with the Kings in 2016 and 2017.

This is quite a haul for the Sixers for two players who were just picked late in the second round last month. The Sixers were rumored to have liked Stauskas back in the 2014 draft, but he was taken before the Sixers made their second first-round pick. (They previously took Joel Embiid third overall that year.) The Kings were willing to part with Stauskas (and draft considerations) in order to cut the salaries of Landry ($6.5 million) and Thompson ($6.4 million).

Stauskas was a high pick last year, but struggled to get on the court on a bad Kings team (just 15 minutes a game) and scored only 4.4 points a game — low numbers, especially for a guy expected to be a shooter. Still, he might instantly be the best shooter the Sixers have. (The previous best shooter was, um, Robert Covington.) Read more »

Obama to Address NAACP in Philadelphia

Photo | Jeff Fusco

Photo | Jeff Fusco

The NAACP announced Wednesday President Barack Obama will address the group’s annual conference, which is being held in Philadelphia later this month.

“We are honored to welcome President Obama back to our NAACP national convention,” NAACP Chairman Roslyn M. Brock said in a release. “Our members are looking forward to President Obama delivering a powerful message that reinforces our commitment to being champions for civil and human rights in the 21st century.”

Obama has addressed the NAACP once before, in 2009 in New York. Read more »

Trump: Univision Dropping Pageant Is Pro-Hillary Plot

Developer Donald Trump displays a copy of his net worth during his announcement that he will seek the Republican nomination for president, Tuesday, June 16, 2015, in the lobby of Trump Tower in New York. (AP Photo/Richard Drew)

Developer Donald Trump displays a copy of his net worth during his announcement that he will seek the Republican nomination for president, Tuesday, June 16, 2015, in the lobby of Trump Tower in New York. (AP Photo/Richard Drew)

Donald Trump’s presidential campaign has been going pretty much as you’d expect so far. At the speech introducing his run for president, he said Mexico was “sending people that have lots of problems… They’re bringing drugs. They’re bringing crime. They’re rapists. And some, I assume, are good people.”

That last sentence — well, some maybe are good people — didn’t do much to assuage Trump’s critics. Macy’s will stop selling his ties. NBC dumped his Miss Universe and Miss USA pageants, which were a joint production of the station and Trump’s Miss Universe company.

Univision — a competitor to NBC’s Telemundo — said it was dropping the Spanish-language broadcasts of Trump’s two pageants.

Today, Trump and the Miss Universe Organization filed a $500 million lawsuit against Univision, alleging breach of contract and defamation. Read more »

Rocky Spinoff Finally Extinguishes Italian Market Flaming Barrel

Rocky vs. Creed - Flaming Barrel

Adonis Creed, son of Apollo, re-traces Rocky’s famous Italian Market run in a new spinoff film. The flaming barrel in the Italian Market has finally been extinguished!

The trailer for Rocky spinoff Creed has debuted, and people in Philadelphia are excited. For one, the trailer is fantastic. You can cut a crappy movie into a good trailer, but it gives us hope this will be a solid sports movie. And second, it contains a lot of great shots of Philly!

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Look how recent that skyline shot is! It doesn’t even have the PNB letters on One South Broad, and they were just removed in November. This is one up-to-date movie.

Another bonus: After nearly 40 years, the flaming barrel in the Italian Market from the original Rocky has been extinguished. Recently, too, if the smoke emanating from it in the Creed trailer is an indication.

Another teaser for the movie, posted online by boxer Tony Bellew, contains a scene of Adonis Creed — Apollo’s son — running on the Schuylkill Banks boardwalk.

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Report: Ex-Flyers Captain in Drug Drama at Canadian Border

Marian Gaborik, Mike Richards and Jeff Carter at LA Kings 2014 Stanley Cup Victory Parade. Joseph Sohm / Shutterstock.com

Marian Gaborik, Mike Richards and Jeff Carter at LA Kings 2014 Stanley Cup Victory Parade. Joseph Sohm / Shutterstock.com

According to multiple reports, former Flyers captain Mike Richards, who recently had his contract terminated by the Los Angeles Kings, was questioned about oxycodone by the Royal Canadian Mounted Police at the U.S.-Canada border.

The Winnipeg Sun says Richards was detained for four hours at a Manitoba border crossing July 17th after he was found to be in possession of OxyContin. The Manitoba RCMP is investigating, but no charges have been filed. Read more »

C+C Music Factory Rapper, Rob Base Holding ’90s Dance Party

Harrah's Concert Do you like the 90s? Specifically: Do you like the really, really early 90s, perhaps even going so far back as to hit the late 80s? Then Harrah’s Philadelphia, the casino on the waterfront in Chester, has a concert for you: This Friday, July 3rd, DJ Rob Base and Freedom Williams of C+C Music Factory will be performing at a 90s party at the casino’s new Block Entertainment Center.

Rob Base is best known for his 1988 top-40 hit “It Takes Two” with DJ EZ Rock, who died in April of 2014. No other Base song cracked that high on the charts, though Base’s second album went gold. “There are many critics and listeners who claim that Rob Base & DJ EZ Rock’s ‘It Takes Two’ is the greatest hip-hop single ever cut. It’s hard to disagree with them,” Stephen Thomas Erlewine wrote at All Music Guide, though I wouldn’t go that far myself.

C+C Music Factory was founded in 1989 by David Cole and Robert Clivillés. Freedom Williams came on as the rapper for the group’s first album, Gonna Make You Sweat. That 1990 release went five-times platinum and spawned three top-5 hits, including chart topper “Gonna Make You Sweat (Everybody Dance Now).” Read more »

The Far Northeast No Longer Smells Like Cookies

The Northeast Philly Nabisco building

(Image via Google Street View)

I grew up off Chalfont Drive in Far Northeast Philadelphia. It’s not a part of the city many of my friends now have ever heard of. Even growing up, no one knew the name of my section. Even I’m not sure of the name. It shows up in real estate sections as things like Pennswood Park, but growing up I’d have to say, “Near Modena Park, but definitely not Modena Park.” Google now lists the section as Modena Park, and I simply say I grew up “near what was then called Franklin Mills.”

I liked where I grew up. It was certainly suburban-style living — I grew up on a loop street, and there were several cul-de-sacs in my neighborhood — but I lived near a playground and could walk to the strip mall or Franklin Mills. There were always plenty of kids around. And there was one thing that brought all of us in Northeast Philly, from Parkwood to Somerton to to Normandy to Modena Park to Pennswood Park (or whatever), together: The Far Northeast often smelled like cookies.

You’d walk out your door in the morning and it’d smell like chocolate. Or Oreos. Or just the delicious smell of cookie batter. It came from the Nabisco building at 12000 Roosevelt Boulevard. Last week, the plant — now owned by Mondelēz International — ceased making cookies. Read more »

PREIT Signs Up AT&T for Revamped 15th and Walnut Corner

Future AT&T Store at 1501 Walnut Street

A rendering of the renovations at 1501 Walnut Street. The corner will contain an AT&T Store. (Photo: PREIT)

Perhaps we can start calling the intersection of 15th and Walnut “Cell Phone Alley.”

A T-Mobile store already sits next to Butcher & Singer just down Walnut from 15th. The building containing a new Cheesecake Factory at 15th and Walnut has a Verizon Innovation store going in. And, today, PREIT announced it had signed AT&T Mobility for the 1501 Walnut Street location. That’s three cell phone stores at one intersection, pretty much. All that’s missing of the major carriers is Sprint!

1501 Walnut Street was previously the Walnut Mini Mart, a tiny convenience store. Read more »

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