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  1. Watch American Surfer and Crazy Man Garrett McNamara Ride a 100-Foot Wave, Not Kill Himself

    Feb 1, 2013, 1:05 PM EDT

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    Every now and then you see some guys trying to surf the Jersey Shore pretending that they’re riding a 100-foot, record-breaking wave. Well, a guy named Garrett McNamara actually is.

    Separately, is this McNamara, a Boston native, any relation to the kid from the Little League game in Good Will Hunting? Point Break and Along Came Polly also inside. Kill some time.

  2. Forbes Study Finds Fran Dunphy the Second-Best College Basketball Coach in the Country ‘for the Money’

    Jan 28, 2013, 2:28 PM EDT

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    Over the summer, a CBS Sports poll named Temple’s Fran Dunphy the most underrated coach in the nation. Well, Forbes has now broken the argument into monetary terms and compiled a list of the best coaches in the country “for the money.”

  3. For an Encore, Villanova Upsets No. 3 Syracuse Updated with Court-Storm Video

    Jan 26, 2013, 2:06 PM EDT

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    Back-to-back wins over Louisville and Syracuse make Villanova the first program since Ball State in 2001 to defeat two Top 5 teams in the same week as an unranked opponent.

  4. Wasting No Time, 37-Year-Old Temple Football Coach Matt Rhule Is Making ‘Before I Die’ Promises

    Jan 24, 2013, 2:59 AM EDT

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    Is new Temple football coach Matt Rhule the kind of guy who’s going to invoke his mortality in his first public address since his introductory press conference? You’re goddamn right he is.

  5. VIDEO: Drexel’s Frantz Massenat Hits the Shot of the College Basketball Season, Wins Game

    Jan 24, 2013, 2:07 AM EDT

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    Sincere congratulations are in order for the Villanova Wildcats and La Salle Explorers, who, on back-to-back nights, took down the No. 5 and No. 9 teams in the nation in Louisville and Butler. Both wins included a court-storming, but neither included a buzzer-beating 50-footer. And that, ladies and gentlemen, is why we’re here.

    Behold what’s very possibly the shot of the college basketball season [video inside].

  6. VIDEO: Charles Barkley Cannot Tie His Own Tie, So Dei Lynam Does It for Him

    Jan 21, 2013, 7:52 PM EDT

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    In the latest edition of Charles being Charles, we now know that 11-time NBA All-Star and one-time NBA MVP Charles Barkley does not know how to tie a tie. So obviously TNT cameras caught Sixers’ beat writer Dei Lynam tying it for him prior to the Sixers’ nationally televised game with the Spurs on Monday night. Underrated portion of the clip sees Neil Hartman just watching in amusement as Charles tries and fails. [video inside]

  7. Please Enjoy These Quotes from the Penguins on Their ‘Mental Collapse’ in Last Year’s Playoffs

    Jan 18, 2013, 3:07 PM EDT

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    The 2012 quarterfinals were about as good as it gets for Flyers fans (minus a Stanley Cup). As for the Penguins, well, they’re still trying to figure out what the hell happened.

  8. Photo: Adidas’ 2013 NBA All-Star Jerseys Are ‘Aeronautical’

    Jan 16, 2013, 10:21 AM EDT

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    Based only on what we can see, well done. Certainly an improvement from last year, where the semi-muted, dark-light-color pattern from top-to-bottom was just drab and runny. The colors on the 2013 jerseys are brighter and the design sharper. UniWatch published some full-length video game stills back in October that show how the shorts might…

  9. Photo: Adidas’ 2013 NBA All-Star Jerseys Are ‘Aeronautical’

    Jan 16, 2013, 10:14 AM EDT

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    You know — well done. Certainly an improvement from last year, where the semi-muted, dark-light-color pattern from top-to-bottom was just drab and runny. The colors on the 2013 jerseys are brighter and the design sharper. Some good work out of Adidas, who was apparently concerned with being appropriately Houston-y, so obviously planes. From NBA.com (via…

  10. Photos: Scott Hartnell Shaves His Lockout Beard

    Jan 12, 2013, 12:41 PM EDT

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    The practice of hockey players growing playoff beards is well-known, but Scott Hartnell — who’s no stranger to growing hair for particular causes, like Locks of Love — opted to stop shaving until the NHL Lockout reached its end. These before, during and after photos of the #HartnellBeardDown courtesy the Flyers’ Zack Hill: I mean,…

  11. Watch the Trailer for Executive Producer Jeffrey Lurie’s Latest Oscar-Nominated Doc, ‘Inocente’

    Jan 11, 2013, 3:42 PM EDT

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    In addition to his responsibilities as owner of the Philadelphia Eagles, which include his ongoing search for a new head coach, you may remember Jeffrey Lurie moonlights as a film producer. In 2010, the Lurie produced Inside Job — concerned with the events surrounding 2008 financial crisis — took home the Academy Award for Best…

  12. Give Us Your Best @TheFakeMarcusHayes Material and Watch Michael Barkann Relive the Adam Aron Twitter Saga

    Jan 11, 2013, 12:34 PM EDT

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    On the surface, it’s four old guys talking about Twitter. Once you dig a little deeper, it’s still four old guys talking about Twitter, which, really, is the selling point anyway. On Thursday’s DNL, Marcus Hayes, Derrick Gunn, Mike Kern and Michael Barkann got sidetracked into a conversation about fake Twitter accounts, during which Marcus…

  13. Photos: You Can Look at the Flyers’ Ice and Not Have to Feel Disappointed

    Jan 9, 2013, 12:33 PM EDT

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    A couple months back, we posted a video of a zomboni cleaning the Flyers’ unused ice to the sounds of elevator music. It was horribly depressing, save for the elevator music. But with the puck set to drop on the regular season in as little as 10 days (more than likely), there’s a reason to…

  14. Video: Temple Owl Outwits Boston College Eagle in New ‘This Is SportsCenter’ Commercial

    Jan 8, 2013, 1:59 PM EDT

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    In advertising meant to immediately appeal to Enrico and I, Temple University’s Hooter the Owl and Boston College’s Baldwin the Eagle have made their way into the latest “This is SportsCenter” commercial. We’ve embedded the video above. Granted, they both went beak-first into the glass, but at least one learned from the lesson, which is,…

  15. Brooklyn Nets’ Andray Blatche Taken into Custody, Questioned in Philadelphia

    Jan 8, 2013, 1:38 PM EDT

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    Some ugly news out of the Four Seasons Hotel on the parkway, as the Brooklyn Nets’ Andray Blatche was one of three men taken into custody overnight and questioned by police in connection with a possible sexual assault, according to a report from NBC10. Per the report: Police tell NBC10 that a 21-year-old woman was…

  16. Hockey Came Back Yesterday, So How Long Will It Take for the Flyers to Be Short on Defensemen?

    Jan 7, 2013, 1:47 PM EDT

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    There are three certainties in life: 1) Death 2) Taxes 3) The Flyers will always be short on quality defensemen Andrej Meszaros underwent surgery in early August to repair a torn right Achilles tendon. He injured himself while training in Slovakia and did so just weeks after getting over a back issue that allowed him…

  17. Family Photo a Reminder of Nick Young’s Sad Past and the Good He’s Doing Now

    Jan 4, 2013, 10:34 AM EDT

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    Los Angeles native Nick Young had a chance to spend some time at home during the Sixers’ West Coast road trip. Born in Reseda, Young played his college ball at USC and spent 22 games with the Clippers at the end of last season. We typically joke around about Swaggy’s playing style, but if you’ve…

  18. If ‘Hockey is Ours,’ Is Nike Part of ‘Us?’

    Jan 3, 2013, 11:38 AM EDT

    Launched on Dec. 19 to coincide with IIHF World Junior Championship, Nike’s “Hockey is Ours” ad features prominent pros like Alex Ovechkin, P.K. Subban and Steven Stamkos voicing their displeasure with the ongoing NHL lockout. The upshot of the ad is that hockey can’t be taken away from us by Gary Bettman or the owners…

  19. The 12 Best Shots of Andrew Bynum in Street Clothes

    Dec 27, 2012, 10:22 AM EDT

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    It’s been exactly one week since the Sixers announced that Andrew Bynum was cleared to increase his rehabilitation activities by riding a bike and doing selected anti-gravity workouts. It’s also been a week since we discovered he put his hair in French braids (RIP fro). Whether Bynum receives permission to further push himself will depend…

  20. Temple’s Anthony Lee Did Not Know Syracuse Was the No. 3 Team in the Country

    Dec 22, 2012, 6:27 PM EDT

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    NEW YORK — It wasn’t until about 30 minutes after Temple had upset No. 3 Syracuse at Madison Square Garden on Saturday that Anthony Lee fully realized what he and his teammates had done. Lee knew he had set a new career high with 21 points. He knew how key his 11 of 14 makes…

  21. Photo: Andrew Bynum’s Hair Is in Cornrows, and He’s Been Cleared to Ride a Bike

    Dec 21, 2012, 6:19 PM EDT

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    About the biggest update to come out of Friday night was that Andrew Bynum has taken his awesome afro and put it in cornrows. He’s also been cleared for an increase in activity, meaning he’ll be allowed to ride a bike and do some anti-gravity workouts. How his knees react to the increased activity will…

  22. With This Absurd Life Choice as Inspiration, Which Philly Athlete is Most Likely to Shave a Logo into His Own Head?

    Dec 21, 2012, 12:31 PM EDT

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    Behold Amir Johnson’s head. (And his back. And that bar code he’s rocking.) The 6-foot-9 Toronto forward thought it a good idea to shave the Raptors’ logo into the back of his skull and get it appropriately colored. Two things race to mind: 1. David Puddy 2. The scene where Heath Ledger is threatening Maggie…

  23. John Chaney Came up with Temple ‘TUFF,’ Meaning It Probably Contains an Obscenity

    Dec 19, 2012, 1:13 PM EDT

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    You heard Steve Addazio use “Temple TUFF” more often than you needed to over the last two years. Got old. Thankfully, now that we’re pretty F—ing certain it’s an acronym that contains a F—ing obscenity, we can start F—ing using it properly. Introduced as the new head coach of Temple football at press conference on…

  24. Lockout-Related Tweets Land Former Flyers Scottie Upshall and Matt Carle in NHL’s Lawsuit

    Dec 16, 2012, 2:31 PM EDT

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    You’ve been told at least once for each and every one of your friends and followers on Facebook and Twitter: Be careful what you write on social media. Maybe it will get you turned down for a future job, maybe it will get you fired, or maybe it will get you sued you in a…

  25. St. Joe’s Halil Kanacevic Flipped off the Pavilion Crowd, Then Gave Away the Game

    Dec 11, 2012, 10:11 PM EDT

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    It’s the cardinal rule of college basketball: If you’re going to flip off an opposing student section, be sure to hit your free throws. It’s a rule St. Joseph’s junior forward Halil Kanacevic learned the hard way Tuesday night. Kanacevic, who had been struggling for the first 30 minutes of his team’s 65-61 loss to…