Internet Responds to Britt McHenry’s Bullying … With More Bullying

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“I’m on television and you’re in a fucking trailer, honey.”

By now, you’ve probably seen the viral video of ESPN reporter Britt McHenry coldly ripping apart a towing garage attendant.

Apparently upset over the fact that her car was towed and she was forced to pay for it, McHenry insulted the anonymous worker’s job, education level and appearance, telling her “I will fucking sue this place,” “Makes my skin crawl even being here,” and, “So I could be a college dropout and do the same thing?” McHenry’s final words in the video: “Lose some weight, baby girl.”

It’s a very disturbing scene, the kind that can instantaneously vaporize your faith in humanity. And yet ESPN has only suspended McHenry for a week. Many on social media are saying that isn’t good enough, and are calling for the network to terminate McHenry (hashtag #firebrittmchenry). Read more »

The Sixers Did Their Part and Lost Last Night. It Didn’t Matter.

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Photo illustration | Alyse Moyer; Photo credits, from left: Nerlens Noel (Bill Streicher, USA Today Sports), Franklin (David Dow, NBA Photos ), Brett Brown (Jason Getz, USA Today Sports) and Joel Embiid (Bill Streicher, USA Today Sports).

The Philadelphia 76ers will likely have just one first-round draft pick this year.

That wouldn’t be an issue for many teams — after all, you originally just have one — but the Sixers were in line to have as many as four. And now they’ll probably have just their own pick, currently slotted as the No. 3 selection going into the draft lottery.  Read more »

I Went to the Mets Opener in Phillies Gear — and I Wasn’t Even Heckled

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Phillies pitcher Aaron Harang attempts a sacrifice bunt in the third inning of Monday’s Phillies-Mets game. It was successful! (Photo: Dan McQuade)

I last attended a Mets game in New York in 2006. It was an 88-degree Saturday in August. A Jon Lieber error led to three Mets runs in the sixth, giving New York a 4-3 win. Tom Glavine got the win. Billy Wagner got the save. The Phillies scored all their runs in the first-inning on a three-run Ryan Howard homer.

I wore my Phillies Randy Wolf jersey and was taunted by fans throughout the game. Quite a few fans of the Mets — who were, at the time, a dozen games up in the NL East — were heavily invested in making sure I knew they didn’t like the Phillies. I was shouted at. I learned I sucked. I was called an asshole. It was nothing major. Much of it was good-natured. But it was there.

On Monday, I went to the Mets home opener at shiny new Citi Field wearing a bright red Phillies vest and red pinstripe Philadelphia sneakers. It was a record crowd for a Mets game: 43,947. And yet I heard nary a peep. The Mets haven’t made the playoffs since 2006. The Phillies haven’t been to the postseason since 2011 — and they aren’t getting back there anytime soon, either. Phillies fans have realized this. Mets fans have some hope for this year — Monday was a huge crowd, and the game last night drew a huge TV audience — but they’re certainly not worried about the Phillies. Read more »

Good Fans Boo Bad Teams

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A snarky tweet to my Twitter account the other day make me think hard on the subject of what makes a good sports fan. And I have come to the conclusion that the more we bitch and moan about the state of our teams, the better the fan we are.

If you live in the Midwest and just read that line, you most likely are rolling your eyes and dismissing the Philadelphia sports fan, as per usual, as rude, crude and miserable, the type of person who would – dare I drag this tired, worn cliché out again for the millionth time – yes, boo Santa Claus. But I can’t help it if we view our sports world through second level thinking and a bigger prism.

The tweet said the following: “Yeah, @mikemiss975 likes to rip all the Philly sports teams. But when they win, he’ll be right back on the bandwagon.”

But isn’t that the way it’s supposed to be? Read more »

Jonathan Papelbon Doesn’t “Feel Much Like a Phillie” — But Why Would He?

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Philadelphia Phillies pitcher Jonathan Papelbon argues with Umpire Joe West after being ejected from the game against the Miami Marlins in the ninth inning of a baseball game Sunday, Sept. 14th, 2014.

Jonathan Papelbon does not feel all that much like a Phillie.

The Phillies closer told the Boston Globe this before yesterday’s game against the Red Sox. “The Red Sox are a part of who I am, man,” he told the paper. “I don’t really feel much like a Phillie. … Boston’s where I was born and raised. It’s kind of like that, you know. It’s the city you were born and raised in.” He also said “that time has come and gone” for him to be embraced by the Phillies fanbase.

After he picked up a four-out save in the Phillies 4-2 win last night, Papelbon gave an excellent, somewhat bizarre postgame interview where he talked about horses and money. Read more »

Union Just Benched $400K Goalkeeper

Apr 5, 2015; Kansas City, KS, USA; Confetti falls as Philadelphia Union goalkeeper Rais Mbolhi (92) reacts after allowing the game winning goal to Sporting KC forward Krisztian Nemeth (not pictured) during the second half at Sporting Park. Sporting KC defeats Philadelphia Union 3-2

Apr 5, 2015; Kansas City, KS, USA; Confetti falls as Philadelphia Union goalkeeper Rais Mbolhi (92) reacts after allowing the game winning goal to Sporting KC forward Krisztian Nemeth (not pictured) during the second half at Sporting Park. Sporting KC defeats Philadelphia Union 3-2

Last summer, the Philadelphia Union made a big deal for a goalkeeper: The team spent $400,000 in transfer fees to sign Raïs M’Bolhi, a goalie who made a big splash at the 2014 World Cup. Thanks to M’Bolhi’s efforts, eventual champions Germany needed extra time to beat Algeria.

The Union signed M’Bolhi to a three-year deal. Now, having played just nine games for the Union, M’Bolhi has been benched. Coach Jim Curtin wouldn’t say if M’Bolhi would ever return to the club, but it didn’t sound like it from his comments at the press conference today. John McCarthy will be the Union’s new starter in net.  Read more »

You’re Gonna Need Hard Liquor to Watch This Phillies Team

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The Phillies announced this week that they will now sell wine and hard liquor at home games this season, and not just at McFadden’s at the park. In related news, I don’t have enough column space to write the jokes flowing from that announcement.

You will need to drink early and often this season to stomach a Phillies team that could be as bad as any we’ve seen in these parts. With a lineup bereft of power and defense, and — after Cole Hamels — a pitching rotation that is feeble and the definition of journeyman-like, these Fightin’ Phils could lose as many as 100 games. Read more »

One Philly College Basketball Team Is Still Playing

Miami Hurricanes guard Davon Reed (5) keeps Temple Owls guard Quenton DeCosey (25) from the net during the second half n the semifinals of the 2015 NIT college basketball tournament at Madison Square Garden. Miami Hurricanes won 60-57.

Miami Hurricanes guard Davon Reed (5) keeps Temple Owls guard Quenton DeCosey (25) from the net during the second half n the semifinals of the 2015 NIT college basketball tournament at Madison Square Garden. Miami Hurricanes won 60-57.

Quenton DeCosey got a pretty good look.

Trailing Miami by three in the closing seconds, Temple passed the ball around the perimeter looking for a good shot. DeCosey fired off a shot at the buzzer. It clanked off the back iron.

That’s how the season ended for the Temple men’s basketball team, which finished 26-11. It’s a pretty good turnaround — even though the team did not make the NCAA tournament — considering last year’s team finished 9-22. The 26 wins is the most for Temple since 2011, when it also won 26. Read more »

Philly Players All Over This Map of America’s Most Popular Retro Jerseys

Top-Selling Mitchell & Ness Jerseys in 2014

The top-selling Mitchell & Ness jerseys in 2014 (Graphic via Mitchell & Ness)

Mitchell & Ness recently released the top-selling retro jerseys in each state from 2014. And a man from Lower Merion has the best-selling jersey in seven different states: Albert C. Barnes, founder of the Barnes Foundation!

Okay, okay, it’s actually Kobe Bryant, NBA superstar and Philadelphia native with the tumultuous relationship with the City of Brotherly Love. His 1996-97 Lakers jersey — from his rookie year — is the top-seller in Delaware, Minnesota, Nevada, Ohio, Oregon, Tennessee and Wisconsin. Read more »

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