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  1. You Could Fill An Entire Arena with All This Old Andrew Bynum Gear (And Some $2 Toasters)

    Jul 26, 2013, 4:27 PM EDT

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    Want a $2 dollar toaster that will print the Phillies’ logo on your bread? Of course, you do. [UPDATE: THE TOASTERS ARE ALREADY GONE. ONE GUY BOUGHT THREE.] Welcome to the annual Wells Fargo Center blowout sale. This is the event when all the dated merchandise leftover from last year — or even years prior…

  2. Ilya Bryzgalov Has an Offer to Play for a KHL Expansion Team on the North Korean border

    Jul 26, 2013, 11:44 AM EDT

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    Ilya Bryzgalov remains a free agent, so might he find a new home in his native Russia? ProHockeyTalk has translated this report from Sport Express in Russia in which former NHL All-Star Alexander Mogilny claims he has made an offer to Bryzgalov. Mogilny is heading up a new KHL expansion team, Admiral Vlaidvostok, and is…

  3. Crazy Michael Irvin Says Chip Kelly Would Be ‘Crazy’ Not to Start Mike Vick

    Jul 25, 2013, 12:41 PM EDT

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    The first 60 seconds of this video on NFL.com are borderline incomprehensible. Michael Irvin, in assessing the Eagles’ quarterback battle– Hey, you know what? I’m just going to type his words verbatim. You see if you can make heads or tails of this. Question posed: Michael, is it an upset here if Nick Foles wins…

  4. The Next Step in Human Achievement: Frozen Beer Foam

    Jul 24, 2013, 3:57 PM EDT

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    Fire, the wheel, indoor plumbing, the telephone, electricity, the microchip … Frozen beer foam. The fine people at Kirin — a Japanese beer-maker you may or may not know thanks to its product Kirin Ichiban — have come up with the Kirin Ichiban Frozen Draft machine. Once the beer is poured, the frozen foam, which…

  5. NCAA 14 Predicts Temple vs. Johnny Manziel in Sugar Bowl

    Jul 23, 2013, 11:38 AM EDT

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    Summer blows. It consists of Rick Reilly using a 17-year-old’s Twitter account to semi-accuse Chris Davis of using PEDs … and, you know, Ryan Braun actually using PEDs. Thankfully, we’re only five weeks away from getting another sport back into our lives — one defined almost entirely by cheating the system! North and South Carolina…

  6. Ben Revere Seems to Have Just Learned of Andrew Bynum’s Contract, And He’s Not Happy

    Jul 20, 2013, 9:16 PM EDT

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    Ben Revere feels your pain, Philly fans. He’s also probably still feeling some of his own pain, with a broken foot that’s expected to keep him out for the next six to eight weeks. His use of “this dude” and not “mah dude” is a clear sign of judgment, one made all the better by…

  7. Tonight’s Mets Starter, Jeremy Hefner, Spent the All-Star Break in His Tornado-Ravaged Hometown

    Jul 19, 2013, 4:00 PM EDT

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    The All-Star Game is welcome break for some, and a dream-come-true for others who get to participate in the game or home-run derby. But for Mets starting pitcher Jeremy Hefner, it was neither. Hefner (4-6, 3.33), who starts for the Mets tonight against the Phillies in the first game back from the break, spent his…

  8. In Case You Were Curious, Charles Barkley’s Thoughts on the George Zimmerman Trial…

    Jul 19, 2013, 1:30 PM EDT

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    I have no interest in using this post to debate the merits of the George Zimmerman trial, but Sir Charles’ take is worth mention. Barkley was on CNBC’s Closing Bell on Thursday and in a one-on-one interview with host Maria Bartiromo was asked if he “had any thoughts on the George Zimmerman verdict.” Without any…

  9. For Wrestling’s Uninitiated: 5 Things You Need to Know about Tonight’s ‘Money in the Bank’ PPV

    Jul 14, 2013, 10:00 AM EDT

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    The Money in the Bank pay-per-view pre-show kicks off at 7:30 p.m. inside the Wells Fargo Center with the full show getting underway at 8 p.m. Tonight’s show will be Philadelphia’s first WWE PPV since 2009 and comes just days after reports that Lincoln Financial Field could be a candidate for an upcoming WrestleMania. If…

  10. Day-Night Doubleheader: Pettibone, Then Lannan, Then Fireworks

    Jul 13, 2013, 2:15 PM EDT

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    Jonathan Pettibone is your Dayman and John Lannan your Nightman when the Phillies face the White Sox at 3:05 and then again at 8:15. Friday night’s game, postponed due to rain, is the 8:15′er so that those who had tickets for last night will still be able to see the postgame fireworks display tonight. And…

  11. Another Former Phillies Reliever Is Suggesting Rich Dubee Be Replaced

    Jul 12, 2013, 12:00 PM EDT

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    Remember Scott Mathieson, the Canadian reliever who made 15 total appearances with the Phillies over three seasons (2006; 2010-11) for a 6.75 major-league ERA? He otherwise spent nine seasons in the Phillies’ farm system before being released in 2011 and is now pitching in Japan? Why are we talking about Scott Mathieson on a Friday…

  12. How to Make the Vet Look Pretty: Fireworks + a Really Good Photographer

    Jul 11, 2013, 2:23 PM EDT

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    We all kind of “miss” the Vet, but no one really misses the Vet. Over at the new digs — which we all continue to enjoy — the Phillies are promoting postgame fireworks on Thursday and Friday and dug up this old shot of the place whose bases now decorate the parking lot. Admit it,…

  13. Photo: Take a Look at Temple Football’s New Indoor Practice Facility

    Jul 10, 2013, 3:45 PM EDT

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    If you’re a Temple grad, and currently thinking to yourself — “Where the hell did they build this thing on top of every other thing they’re building down there!??!” — you’re looking at the old student recreation pavilion at Broad & Berks, where you used to play intramural ball. It’s Temple’s new indoor practice facility…

  14. Friend of The Level, President Thomas J. Whitmore, Wishes You a Happy 4th of July

    Jul 4, 2013, 10:26 AM EDT

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    Good morning, Cole Hamels and the Phillies square off against Gerrit Cole and the Pirates at 1:35 p.m. in the rubber match of a three-game set. And perhaps it’s fate that today is the Fourth of July, and that the Phillies will once again be fighting for their freedom. Not from tyranny or oppression or…

  15. DUDE: Steve Addazio Discovered Vine, And It’s Insufferable

    Jul 1, 2013, 1:55 PM EDT

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    I saw these Vines on the OwlScoop football message board over the weekend. I would have posted them sooner, but it took me two days to put my face back on. Now I sort of look like this. Anyway, this “dude” thing is some sort of recruiting mantra. Boston College recruits “dudes” and then they…

  16. Khalif Wyatt Will Play with the Sixers in Orlando This Summer

    Jun 28, 2013, 4:05 PM EDT

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    He didn’t get drafted Thursday night, but he did say last week that “June 27 won’t be the end of the world no matter which way it goes.” Well, it’s June 28, and Khalif Wyatt will play for the Sixers’ summer league team in Orlando, a source confirmed Friday. He is also expected to play…

  17. Jrue Holiday addresses Philadelphia and New Orleans fans on Facebook

    Jun 28, 2013, 11:38 AM EDT

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    Thaddeus Young tweeted: OMG …. — Thad Young (@yungsmoove21) June 28, 2013 Congrats to all the draftees tonight…. Sad to see @jrue_holiday11 go… Welcome @nerlensnoel3 and @mcw1… #sixernation goodnight — Thad Young (@yungsmoove21) June 28, 2013 Andre Iguodala tweeted: You next??? “@yungsmoove21: OMG ….” — Andre Iguodala (@andre) June 28, 2013 Evan Turner tweeted: Wait,…

  18. Quotable: Sam Hinkie on the Sixers’ ‘Big Moment’ and ‘One Gut-Wrenching Phone Call’

    Jun 28, 2013, 2:14 AM EDT

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    After a pre-draft media blackout and one hell of a shakeup on Thursday night, Sixers GM Sam Hinkie finally sat down to address the media a little after 1 a.m. on Friday. Hinkie prefaced by saying that he could not discuss certain specifics — like the one topic everyone wants to talk about, the trade…

  19. Spencer Hawes Is Not Happy with This Morning’s Ruling, Calls it ‘a Joke’

    Jun 26, 2013, 12:45 PM EDT

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    That’s right, Oregon will lose three total scholarships over the next three years and Chip Kelly was hit with a show-cause penalty, which semi-bans him — but only kind of — from college football for the next 18 months. It’s serious stuff. Geoff Mosher has more on the sanctions here, and according to the Oregonian…

  20. Ilya Bryzgalov Issues Statement on His Exit from the Flyers

    Jun 26, 2013, 10:59 AM EDT

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    USA Today Images After hanging up on reporters on Tuesday, Ilya Bryzgalov issued this surprisingly pleasant statement on Wednesday… via CSNPhilly: “As my family and I move forward to meet the new challenges ahead, I could not leave Philadelphia without publicly thanking Mr. Snider for the faith he showed in me when he committed to…

  21. 5 Points You Shouldn’t Ignore about the Flyers’ Ilya Bryzgalov Debacle

    Jun 26, 2013, 10:00 AM EDT

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    Two years and two days after signing Ilya Bryzgalov to a nine-year, $51 million deal, the Flyers on Tuesday admitted they made a mistake. Bryzgalov — defiant, moody and accusatory right up to the end — naturally blamed the media. There’s little arguing that getting rid of him wasn’t the right move — it was…

  22. Why Is Allen Iverson Talking about How He’s ‘Ready’ to Play Russian Roulette?

    Jun 25, 2013, 2:39 PM EDT

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    I don’t know what’s going on with Allen Iverson. One minute, he’s broke. The next, he’s got plenty of money stashed away. Later, he’s kidnapped his own kids, except he didn’t kidnap his own kids. All this is sandwiched around a profile from the Washington Post that should have just about anyone concerned for the…

  23. Temple Basketball Is Going to Play on This “Blacktop” Floor Down at UCF

    Jun 24, 2013, 2:50 PM EDT

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    If you have no idea who’s in the American Athletic Conference, no one blames you. But to make a long conference realignment recap short, Temple and UCF are in the same conference now. Well, alright, they’ll be in the same conference this time next week — Monday, July 1. And at some point next season,…

  24. These Stats Indicate the 2013 Phillies Are Pretty Much Done

    Jun 24, 2013, 1:58 PM EDT

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    Charlie Manuel admitted after Sunday’s 8-0 loss to the Mets that even he’s now “wondering” whether or not his team can turn things around and make the playoffs. Well, if history is to be believed, there isn’t much to wonder about — other than who Ruben Amaro might be able to unload at the deadline.…

  25. DeSean Jackson Jumps off Balcony into a Pool, Because That’s Not a Bad Idea

    Jun 20, 2013, 11:26 PM EDT

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    I’m generally of the opinion that arguments starting with “Athletes shouldn’t do X” (flamenco dancing, for example) are a little overblown. But when you’re DeSean Jackson, and your entire career is built on your raw athleticism, maybe…just maybe…jumping off a balcony and into a pool is a bad idea. Because maybe…just maybe…it’s a bad idea for…