Cool New Map Shows Where Phillies Fans Live by ZIP Code

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Upshot, a new data-driven journalism site from the New York Times with a cringe-worthy name, released a really cool map detailing the preponderance of baseball fans by ZIP code. It’s based on data from Facebook. The Times has helpfully colored the Yankees areas an evil, dark gray.

The site also released draw-down maps based on some of baseball’s biggest rivalries. Say, Phillies and Mets!

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Flyers Lose, Fans Flip Off Former Flyer

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My grade school was terrible at basketball. The St. Martha’s teams I played for did not win a game in either 7th or 8th grade. I was not yet five feet tall and not very good, so I didn’t play much. One night we were losing big to St. Dominic’s; I remember it well because it was played in a gym where some parts of the sideline were concurrent with a radiator. There was not much to be excited about. On the bench I asked a teammate what he was doing after the game. “We’re going to Joe’s house,” he said, “to make fun of the other team until we feel like we’ve won.”

When your team loses, moral victories are important. It’s good to have a coping strategy. The Philadelphia Flyers have not won the Stanley Cup since 1975 — a drought so long even St. Martha’s has won a title in that timeframe. Last night, the Flyers lost to the New York Rangers, 4-1, in Game 3 of the first round of the Stanley Cup playoffs. The Rangers lead the best-of-seven series, two games to one, and they’ve outplayed the Flyers for most of it. Last night’s 4-1 Flyers loss was the best the team’s played all series! If you handle Philadelphia’s perennial sports failures by giving up as soon as you just know, now’s a good time to start giving up.

But, oh, what a moral victory Flyers fans had Tuesday night.

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Keith Olbermann Won’t Stop Trolling Flyers Fans

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To be clear, Keith Olbermann fired first.

No, he wasn’t fired (although who would be surprised) — he took a shot at Philadelphia Flyers fans by calling them illiterate.

One day later he was back at it on Twitter, taking another cheap shot at us after we shared the story:

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Donovan McNabb Served One Day in an Arizona Jail

mcnabb-mugshotUPDATE, 6:45 p.m.: This statement has just been released by the office of Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio: Donovan McNabb was booked in the Maricopa County Sheriff’s Office Detention facility on 4-16-2014 by order of the West Mesa Justice Court. McNabb was released from county jail after serving one day for a misdemeanor DUI charge. Sheriff Arpaio says “I have had other high-profile athletes who have been incarcerated with no problems and this latest athlete follows that same pattern.”

UPDATE, 6 p.m.: TMZ is reporting that the arrest was for DUI on December 15, 2013. As part of a deal, he pleaded guilty on March 27th and was ordered to serve one day in jail.

ORIGINAL: On Thursday, Maricopa County, Arizona, released a mugshot of former Eagles quarterback Donovan McNabb. The mugshot, which was released without any information on the charges McNabb faced, was first posted to Twitter by KTVK-TV. Pro Football Talk noted that it is extraordinarily rare for a mugshot to be released without any information on the arrest.

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The Four Worst Philly Sports Teams

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In the end, the Sixers even sucked at sucking.

They ended their season Wednesday night just as they started it: with a victory over the defending NBA champion Miami Heat. Given that everybody knew going into the season that the plan was to stink up the joint as much as possible, those two wins are … unforgivable? Because they helped give the Sixers only the second-worst record in the NBA this season — which means the even more putrid Milwaukee Bucks now have the best chance of capturing the top pick — and, with it, perhaps a semblance of a future in professional basketball.

Blech.

Still, we’re not sure this is the worst season in Philly sports history. Yes, it was bad, but everybody knew to expect it. It’s the stomach-punch seasons — where expectations and achievement misalign badly — that should count. And there are lots of contenders for that prize. Here’s a nominee from each of the city’s major remaining pro teams:

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6 GIFs That Prove the Phillie Phanatic Is the Best Mascot Ever

Though I think it would be obvious to all right-thinking people, not everyone believes the Phillie Phanatic is the best mascot in all of recorded history. Allow me to disabuse you of your ignorance by making a simple case in six GIFs from last night’s cold Phillies loss.

The particular Phanatic bit I’ll be focusing on happened in the third inning.

As you can see, the Phanatic was harassing a fan in the stands, as he is wont to do. This is my favorite part about the Phanatic: Its whole shtick is to be jerks to fans of the team he is supposedly a phanatic of. This is the kind of irony kids should be learning in school, alongside Shakespeare.

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Phillies Lose to Braves, Are Incredibly Cold in Process



Cliff Lee pitched a complete game, struck out 13 batters and gave up just 1 run on Wednesday night at Citizens Bank Park, but the Phillies were shut out in a 1-0 loss to the Braves. They’re now 6-8, four games back of division-leading Atlanta.

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Sixers Finally Admit They Killed Rabbit Mascot Hip-Hop

nas-hiphop Thanks to The 700 Level’s Nick Menta for watching the last Sixers home game of the season and getting important mascot news: The 76ers are promising fans the team will have a mascot next year! Sixers CEO Scott O’Neil says the team is considering “five or six designs.”

Yes, after several years without a mascot, the team will be adding one sometime next season. Or maybe even before! O’Neil added that finding a mascot is a challenging endeavor. The Sixers have an uphill battle: There’s no “easy” solution as the team name is more of an abstract concept — or, really, just a clever-sounding name — rather than a person. I wish him the best.

But, there’s more! O’Neil also added this key fact:

“Sadly, Hip Hop is dead and buried and will not be coming back.”

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