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  1. 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…

  2. 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…

  3. 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…

  4. Ilya Bryzgalov Hasn’t Forgotten About That Time the Press Wrote About His Thoughts on Monkeys in Space

    Dec 11, 2012, 3:09 PM EDT

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    Quote Taylor Swift: “This is exhausting.”The last time we addressed Ilya Bryzgalov’s dealings with the KHL media, I suggested we send Tim Panaccio to Russia and told Michael Leighton to put his pads on. Well, the Flyers’ franchise goaltender — not Leighton — is back in the news for his latest exchange with the Russian…

  5. Big East Basketball’s ‘Shot to Nothing’ Remains the Wise Play

    Dec 11, 2012, 1:51 PM EDT

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    It’s called the Holy War, but as long as we’re getting religious, maybe it’s time to talk about Reconciliation. They’re small. They’re private. They’re Catholic. They’re known primarily for the success of their basketball programs. And they have absolutely no influence whatsoever in modern college athletics. That’s what happens when you don’t have an FBS…

  6. No NBA Team Relies on One Player More Than the Sixers on Jrue Holiday

    Dec 7, 2012, 1:31 PM EDT

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    Jrue Holiday leads your Philadelphia 76ers in points (18.2), assists (9.3), minutes (38.1), field goals made (7.1), field goals attempted (15.6), free throws made (2.9) and free throws attempted (3.8) per game. He also leads the Sixers in turnovers with 4.1 a night, but balances that out with the team’s best assist-to-turnover ratio (2.3) for…

  7. Temple’s Fran Dunphy Probably Wouldn’t Have Been Happy with This Haircut Had Anthony Lee Not Dropped 16 Last Night

    Dec 6, 2012, 11:02 AM EDT

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    My first thought: What did Anthony Lee do to his hair? My second thought, following Temple’s 76-61 win over Villanova at the Pavilion last night: Yo, Ant — can I get a shot of your head? Lee, a 6-foot-9 redshirt sophomore who wears No. 3 and had “TU3″ shaved into the side of his head,…

  8. 15 Things Boston College Fans Should Expect from Steve Addazio

    Dec 5, 2012, 1:19 PM EDT

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    In honor of our Fearless Leader’s alma mater, it’s been requested that I put together a list of what BC students, alums and fans should expect from their new head coach. In 15 easy bullet points, a quick getting-to-know Steve Addazio: • He will be loud. His press conferences will frequently be loud. • He…

  9. Scott Hartnell and James van Riemsdyk Are Staging an Amusing Fundraiser to Their Own Potential Embarrassment

    Dec 4, 2012, 2:46 PM EDT

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    The NHL Lockout doesn’t seem to have slowed down Scott Hartnell. First, he put together Operation Hat Trick in Atlantic City, and now he’s doing this nice bit of charity work with former Flyer James van Riemsdyk. From their Power of 2 page: Power of 2 is a Public Inc. initiative aimed at unlocking the power…

  10. The Sixers’ Offense May Look a Little Different from Last Year, But It Isn’t

    Dec 4, 2012, 1:14 PM EDT

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    Yesterday, AU went over the ways in which this Sixers team is different from last year’s. All of his points were right — they don’t run as much, actually win close games, shoot more from three, get greater production from their starters and have room to improve. That last one is the real key. All…

  11. Phantoms Formally Break Ground on New Allentown Arena with Use of Ceremonial Shovels

    Nov 30, 2012, 12:38 PM EDT

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    The Phantoms, Flyers, state and local officials staged the formal groundbreaking ceremony for  Lehigh Valley’s new minor league hockey arena in Allentown on Thursday. Of course, as The Morning Call points out in the first two graphs of its writeup: In reality, ground was broken for the Lehigh Valley Phantoms’ new hockey arena months ago.…

  12. Until It Secures a TV Deal, Reserve Your Judgment on the New Big East

    Nov 29, 2012, 10:25 AM EDT

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    Bill Bradshaw is seeing green, even if plenty of others can’t see past the Green Wave. The Big East has faced a firestorm of criticism since it announced on Tuesday the additions of Tulane and East Carolina to the conference. Those adds came one week after it lost Rutgers to the Big Ten and one…

  13. Dikembe Mutombo and This Talking Bear Are Going to Save You from the End of the Mayan Calendar

    Nov 28, 2012, 1:52 PM EDT

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    That’s it. Old Spice wins the internet for the rest of the year. Or at least until the end of the world … whichever comes first. Old Spice has launched the online game, “Dikembe Mutombo’s 4 1/2 Weeks to Save the World,” offering this description, as narrated by Dikembe himself, in its introduction: “A kabillion…

  14. Jason Babin Laughed When Andy Reid Told Him He Was Released, Then Laughed Some More When He Shared the Story

    Nov 27, 2012, 7:46 PM EDT

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    In case you were worried, Jason Babin is taking his release from the Eagles just fine. Really, he’s probably in better spirits than you are right now. Following his release, Babin hit the media circuit Tuesday afternoon, with his best quotes coming in an interview with Jonathan Coachman (“The Coach!”) on ESPN Radio, which we’ve…

  15. Bryce Brown’s Valiant Effort Couldn’t Save the Eagles from Their Seventh Straight Loss

    Nov 26, 2012, 11:50 PM EDT

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    Panthers 30, Eagles 22. That’s seven straight losses. On the plus side: Bryce Brown. The rookie rushed for 178 yards and two touchdowns on 19 carries for an average of 9.4 yards per attempt. He also fumbled twice, but considering everything else he did to keep the Eagles afloat and the scene in the stands…

  16. Bear in Mind: This Picture Was Taken Before the Eagles’ Game Even Started

    Nov 26, 2012, 9:25 PM EDT

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    Well before Brent Celek got blown up not once, but twice… Well before Cam Newton hit not, but two wide-open receivers for TDs… And well before Alex Henery once again proved himself the most valuable player on the roster… These Eagles fans took time to pose for the Associated Press. As I type this, the…

  17. Any Interest in Trading Your Eagles-Panthers Tickets for 28 Fun-Size Snickers and a Bag of Blow Pops?

    Nov 21, 2012, 7:08 PM EDT

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    While out shopping for additional stuffing mix and a Belgian sampler, I received the following e-mail from Level reader “Jeff” … Hi, I’m willing to trade my leftover Halloween candy for tickets to the Eagles – Panthers game. Below that graph, he was nice enough to leave a link to his Craigslist ad, which further…

  18. DeSean Jackson Gets Semi-Heckled in the Most Awesome Way While Doing a Very Good Deed

    Nov 21, 2012, 11:27 AM EDT

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    Each year, DeSean Jackson makes a point to find a family in need and provide them with Thanksgiving dinner. Although, by the looks of that shopping cart, that food is going to last Jackson’s newest family well-beyond Thanksgiving. This year, Jackson took a grandmother and her two grandchildren on the trip. The children’s mother was…

  19. Claude Giroux Is Flying to Atlanta to Meet with a Concussion Specialist

    Nov 20, 2012, 1:02 PM EDT

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    At first, Claude Giroux’s injury wasn’t serious. Well — it still isn’t serious. But it might be. So he’s coming back to the U.S. for tests to make sure it isn’t. In case it is. Here’s what’s certain: Claude Giroux was diagnosed with a minor neck injury while playing for his German club over the…

  20. Temple’s Montel Harris Breaks Two School Records, Rushes for 351 Yards and 7 Touchdowns

    Nov 17, 2012, 5:23 PM EDT

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    Army came into its Saturday game with Temple allowing 208 yards on the ground per game. It’s allowing a lot more now. Temple’s Matt Brown scored the Owls’ first two touchdowns before departing with an injury, allowing Montel Harris to rip off seven of his own in a 63-32 win at West Point. Harris’ seven…

  21. Still Want to See Temple in a Bowl Game? Root Against These 34 Teams

    Nov 16, 2012, 1:44 PM EDT

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    After Temple lost to Cincinnati last weekend, and announced this past Tuesday that it would not be scheduling a 12th opponent this season, all hope officially ended for the Owls to get bowl eligible for the fourth season in a row. But is there a chance they could still play in a bowl game? The…

  22. Ex-Eagle Winston Justice: ‘There Is Always Some Type of Drama with Philly’

    Nov 15, 2012, 4:11 PM EDT

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    The Eagles are 3-6 and losers of five in a row for a whole host of reasons. The offensive line, the quarterback play, the defensive line, the secondary, the head coach, the offensive coordinator — pretty much everyone not named LeSean McCoy and Alex Henery, really. Why is the team that appeared so strong on…

  23. The Perfect Storm: Quantifying Mike Vick’s Penchant for Getting Hit

    Nov 14, 2012, 2:12 PM EDT

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    I’m not typically one for defending Mike Vick. With the Nick Foles era appearing set to begin, it’s unclear that Mike is the Eagles’ concern for much, if any longer. But we just sat through nine weeks of 3-6 football led by No. 7, so we might as well do some number crunching. In short,…

  24. ESPN Radio Is in Possession of Villanova and La Salle Football Helmets, Has Put Them on Camera

    Nov 13, 2012, 3:26 PM EDT

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    On Tuesday afternoon, Ryen Russillo was discussing the Phil Jackson-Mike D’Antoni-Lakers love triangle with guest host Bill Simmons on SVP & Russillo Show on ESPN Radio. They were doing so with Villanova and La Salle football helmets on the table, in the studio, in front of Russillo. ‘Nova has one of the premiere FCS teams…

  25. Roob Stats: Jim Johnson vs. Todd Bowles

    Nov 12, 2012, 3:31 PM EDT

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    By now we’re all fully aware of the talking point that new passing records are suspicious given how the rules have changed with regard to what defenses can and can’t do to quarterbacks and receivers. But Jim Johnson’s last year in football was only in 2008. And this is pretty astounding. Todd Bowles has allowed…