Last night, John Oliver did a long segment on how the media often misreports scientific studies. In it, he referenced p-hacking — a way of data mining that uncovers patterns that can be shared as statistically significant, without developing an underlying hypothesis first. This increases the chance that the results are falsely statistically significant.
Anyway, Oliver truncated p-hacking to “phacking,” then described it as “a euphemism for fucking the Phillie Phanatic.” Read more »
This Saturday, thousands of Comcast employees across the country will, alongside their family and friends, take part in Comcast Cares Day, which is the a community service project that is the largest single-day volunteer event in the country. This year, 100,000 people are expected to take part across the country, with around 6,000 in the greater Philadelphia region alone. Read more »
The Phillies won on a walk-off single by Freddy Galvis in the 10th inning yesterday, beating former closer Jonathan Papelbon. The 3-2 win over the Nationals was exciting, for sure, but up to that point the highlight of the Phillies’ game yesterday was the team’s annual promotion celebrating the Phillie Phanatic’s birthday.
Before the game, the Phillies trotted out a murderer’s row of mascots, including Swoop from the Eagles, Franklin from the Sixers, a bunch of college mascots (Hooter the Owl, the Hawk, Will D. Cat, the Quaker, the La Salle Explorer, et cetera), a few minor league affiliates, the ZOOperstars (a bunch of inflatable mascots that parody famous athletes, such as Stallion Iverson) and the Galapagos Gang (four inflatable mascots that often join the Phanatic at the ballpark nowadays). Read more »
Instead of holding an inaugural black-tie gala Monday night, Mayor Jim Kenney stayed true to his rowhome roots and threw a block party — that is, if you can call a indoor bash at the Convention Center attended by Philadelphia’s political elites a “block party.” Read more »
According to the Pennsylvania Lottery, it was popular demand that brought the state’s “second most famous groundhog” back just in time for the holidays.
“Gus went into semi-retirement in early 2012 after a nearly eight-year run as our instant game ad mascot,” said Lottery Executive Director Drew Svitko of the beloved critter in the only press release worth reading. “In the years since, we have continued to hear from players who told us how much they missed Gus and wanted him to return. Simply stated, Gus is a Pennsylvania Lottery institution.”
The World Series begins tonight, and the Phillies aren’t in it.
You know that, of course. The Phillies lost 99 games this year, worst in the major leagues, and they haven’t even been to the playoffs since 2011. The Royals (yay!) face the Mets (boo!) starting tonight, and you have former Phillie/current Royal Ryan Madson to root for. Also, you should just root against the Mets as a matter of principle.
Despite their struggles the last few years, the Phillies still picked up an award today. Good Morning America named the Phillie Phanatic the best mascot ever!
The runner-up was … who cares! The Phillie Phanatic won, and that’s all that matters. To celebrate, here are eight of my favorite GIFs of the furry green monster from the Galapagos who cheers for the Phillies for some reason. Read more »