It’s Official: The Philadelphia Union Is a Legit Philly Sports Team. (Because They Stink.)

Sébastien Le Toux after a missed goal earlier this year. Photo by Drew Hallowell/Getty

Sébastien Le Toux after a missed goal earlier this year. Photo by Drew Hallowell/Getty

The funeral begins at parking lot C, marching slowly past the team’s corporate offices and into the plaza, where kids kick soccer balls on a grassy expanse and folks line up for fast-food giveaways. It’s a gorgeous spring evening in Chester, at the city’s biggest attraction — PPL Park, the waterfront coliseum that’s home to Philadelphia’s pro soccer team, the Union. The stadium is also the rallying point for the most dedicated fan base in town, the Sons of Ben. Before tonight’s match against rival D.C. United, they’re marching in unison to protest the team’s front office. Loudly. “We’ve had enough!” they chant while carrying a massive banner that reads UNION FANS DESERVE BETTER. They’re also carrying a coffin for the team’s CEO, whose photograph is labeled “Serial Franchise Killer.” Read more »

Comcast Launches X1 Sports App with Help From Local Tech Co.

Get your sports geek on with the Comcast X1 Sports app.

Get your sports geek on with the Comcast X1 Sports app.

With the help of a 5-year-old Philly tech company, Comcast is launching the Xfinity Sports App for the X1 platform.

It provides a plethora of visual sports info along the right side of the screen to help fans follow along with each game. Let’s take baseball for example. The app not only features the pitching match-ups and box scores casual fans are used to, but also strike-out percentages, hit zones and spray charts for the stat geeks. It kind of feels like ESPN’s GameCast but on your TV. Read more »

What They’re Saying About Cornelius Randolph

The surely-they’re-rebuilding-now Phillies picked 10th in the MLB draft Monday night and came away with Cornelius Randolph, said to be the best high school hitter in the country. Here’s what else they’re saying about him. Read more »

Sports blogger wins The Hookup

Kyle Scott (left) of CrossingBroad.com has won The Hookup, a mentorship talk from Mad Money's Jim Cramer.

Kyle Scott (left) of CrossingBroad.com has won The Hookup, a mentorship talk from Mad Money’s Jim Cramer.

Philly sports fans know CrossingBroad.com for its hilarious yet insightful blog posts. They speak to the 20- and 30-something Philadelphia fan: jaded, critical and super-into-it.

It’s run by Kyle Scott, a guy who spent time in marketing before diving head-first into his own sports blog. Almost six years later, the 31-year-old has a serious following with 300,000 monthly unique visitors, 1.4 million impressions and more than 27,000 Twitter followers. In a media landscape where so many sports blogs come and go, Scott is a legitimate success. Read more »

The Best Thing That Happened This Week: Loretta Lynch Took on FIFA

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Sepp Blatter at a reception for members of the FIFA in the Chanclery in Berlin in 2007. 360b / Shutterstock.com

He sounds like the abbreviation for a painful urological condition. Most Americans think she’s a country singer. That’s only part of why it was so improbable that new U.S. Attorney General Loretta Lynch took on president Sepp Blatter’s FIFA this week, indicting nine current and former high-ranking officials of international soccer’s governing body for dirty dealing and bribery. Blatter, who’s been with FIFA since 1975, is known worldwide as the most powerful man in sports; he wasn’t named in Wednesday’s indictments, and he was actually reelected to a fifth term on Friday, giving him the opportunity to say in a speech, “I am the president of everybody.”

Except Loretta. Read more »

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