Hallelujah! Center City Is Getting New Trash Cans… And They’re Free

Photo by Peter Tobia/EPA

Philadelphia City Council approved a tentative deal to bring 275 new trash compactors to Center City on Thursday and all we can say is it’s about damn time.

Outfitted with foot pedals, the new garbage cans will be provided to the city free of charge in exchange for advertising rights under the yet-to-be-finalized contract, the Inquirer reports. The agreement also calls for the restoration of 125 existing solar-powered trash compactors already in place. Read more »

Sea Isle–Avalon Bridge Reopens Following Emergency Repairs

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Shore-goers rejoice! The Townsends Inlet bridge finally reopened today after undergoing emergency repairs on its foundation, the Press of Atlantic City reports.

Connecting Sea Isle to Avalon via Ocean Drive, the 77-year-old span was closed indefinitely in April after divers discovered a crack in a support piling while performing a routine inspection ahead of future substructure repairs. Cape May County Engineer Dale Foster said at the time that he hoped to have the bridge open prior to the July 4 weekend. Read more »

Stop What You’re Doing and Play This Sam Hinkie-Inspired 8-Bit Video Game

The folks over at sports columnist Bill Simmons’ site, The Ringer, gave Sixers fans the greatest gift ahead of tonight’s NBA Draft: this amazing 8-bit video game featuring former general manager Sam Hinkie as its hero. Trust me when I say you’ll want to stop what you’re doing and play this thing right now.

With a click of the mouse you’ll be transported back to childhood by this game’s scaled back graphics, goofy sound effects and terrifically-techno soundtrack. (Missed opportunity not having “1, 2, 3, 4, 5 6ers” as the song, though). Read more »

Bar Fight Over the Eagles Key in Latest Push for N.J. Bail Reform

Photo illustration by Joe Trinacria.

The story of the latest fight for bail reform in New Jersey begins in a bar in Sicklerville, where an argument between two Eagles fans and a father-son tandem that cheers for the Dallas Cowboys and Pittsburgh Steelers (don’t ask us how) sparked the literal tossing of fists back in April. It was a beat down really, and the Birds fans were unfortunately on the receiving end.

According to NJ.com, Winslow Township police officers arrived at Joe’s Tavern on Williamstown Road on the night of April 6 to find a 36-year-old man unconscious and suffering from a head injury in the parking lot. Inside, the son of the bar’s owner was treating a broken nose. Read more »

Flyers Host Disabled Man Assaulted In Viral Video

Photo by Zack Hill/Flyers.

I was so distraught the first time I saw the video of those awful kids sucker punching Mark Smith, an intellectually disabled Cheltenham man. The smiling and carefree 38-year-old was completely blindsided by the youths’ act of cowardice on Memorial Day, and their betrayal of his innocence truly broke my heart.

My immediate thoughts after viewing the footage of course centered on Smith himself. Was he hurt? Is he getting the type of help he needs? What I really felt was that somebody ought to do something nice to help boost Smith’s spirits after going through such a traumatic event. Read more »

Man With “Warning: Loco” Tattooed on His Throat Arrested in Bucks County

Photo courtesy of the Penndel Borough Police Department.

Throat tattoos are never a good look, however they do serve as a handy tool for use in identifying people whom we should likely keep our distance. With a purple mohawk and his neck inked with the threat “Warning: Loco,” Martin T. Muller seems exactly like someone who causes fellow travelers to cross to the other side of the street. (Loco, of course, means “crazy” in Spanish).

Muller – not to be confused with ‘90s “That Guy” Martin Mull of Hollywood Squares fame – was arrested in the Bucks County borough of Penndel on Monday after police say he was caught blowing a stop sign at the intersection of Neshaminy Street and Dehaven Avenue around 9:30 p.m.

The 45-year-old was taken into custody when he was discovered to have active warrants for his arrest in Philadelphia. He was later turned over to the Philadelphia Police Department and he remains behind bars.

PPD Officer Troy Brown tells Philly Mag that Muller was wanted in Philly for simple assault and violation of a protection from abuse order, which was likely issued after some type of domestic dispute.

It’s unclear if Muller has an attorney who can comment on the charges.

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What We Learned From Dario Saric’s Epic Twitter Takeover

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When thinking about personality and the 76ers, the first player to immediately come to mind is center Joel Embiid. With the big man’s exploits already legendary, that’s natural. But Croatian sensation Dario Saric is right there with his fellow finalist for the 2017 Rookie of the Year award, endearing himself to the Philadelphia faithful with his own unique brand of humor and zest for the game. Read more »

WATCH: Eagles Running Back Darren Sproles’s Awesome Pop Warner Highlights

A young Darren Sproles before feasting on an outmatched Pop Warner defense.

If you think Eagles running back Darren Sproles still has all the right moves at the ripe old age of 34, you should see how he embarrassed kids while playing Pop Warner in Olathe, Kansas way back when.

To celebrate the NFL’s active leader in all-purpose yards, the Birds posted a hysterical video on Twitter of young Sproles breaking ankles and making plays out of nothing, per usual: Read more »

Sorry, New Fans – the Sixers Bandwagon Is Full

Photo courtesy of the 76ers.

I’ve paid my dues as a 76ers fan these past few years, and I know I wasn’t alone. We might not have met personally, but I know you were there in the nosebleeds too. I saw you sitting among the sea of empty red seats, wearing an Andrew Bynum t-shirt both out of spite for that hack and for the humor in how he came to usher in a new era of Sixers basketball without ever stepping on the floor.

I was just a section over in my Jerry Stackhouse jersey, hopelessly cheering on the likes of K.J. McDaniels, JaKarr Sampson and Royal Ivey. (If you haven’t heard of them, it’s because you probably shouldn’t). The atmosphere at Wells Fargo Center during those tanking seasons that followed Bynum’s medical redshirt year was still full of passion, even at times bordering on electric. This is still Philadelphia, after all. Read more »

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