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Nick Menta

  1. Charlie Shuffles Lineup as the DH Is No More and Michael Young Is Bereaved

    May 29, 2013, 5:00 PM EDT


    This is where I write about how ridiculous it is that the NL and AL have different rules, and that the DH is stupid, but I’d be totally fine with it if it existed in both leagues, but baseball is archaic and ridiculous, and that it was the pitcher who actually caught that double-play relay…

  2. The Incredible Hulk, Lou Ferrigno, Will Be at Citizens Bank Park on Thursday Night

    May 28, 2013, 4:00 PM EDT


    In by far the most exciting news of the Phillies’ season, the Incredible Hulk, Lou Ferrigno, will be throwing out the first pitch at Citizens Bank Park on Thursday night when the Phillies meet the Red Sox at 7:05. Ferrigno will be in town as part of the Philadelphia Comic Con from Thursday, May 30…

  3. Marlins Pitcher Alex Sanabia: ‘I Didn’t Know’ You Couldn’t Spit on the Ball

    May 26, 2013, 9:28 PM EDT


    Remember Marlins pitcher Alex Sanabia, who last Monday night did his best impression of Leo and Kate on the Titanic? Immediately after giving up a home run to Dom Brown, Sanabia very clearly spit on the baseball, which you can see above and in this three-image gallery: And that, as we all know, is plainly…

  4. Phils Win: Your Latest Picture of Jonathan Papelbon Screaming, an Encouraging Jonathan Pettibone Stat, and Some Dom Brown

    May 25, 2013, 11:48 PM EDT


    The Philadelphia Phillies are now just one game below .500 following a 5-3 win over the Nationals on Saturday night. And for three hours, they even resembled a functional ball club. Jonathan Pettibone lasted six innings, the offense didn’t strand runners, scoring five runs on only six hits, and the bullpen got through two innings…

  5. Photo: Check Out What Appear to Be Penn State’s 2013 Home Uniforms

    May 24, 2013, 2:08 PM EDT


    There was an uproar last year when then-first-year head coach Bill O’Brien decided Penn State players’ names would be put on the backs of their jerseys as a way to honor those who remained with the program following the horrors of the Jerry Sandusky scandal. The jerseys looked fine, Penn State won eight of its…

  6. Super Early Premature 2013 Draft Evaluation: The Sixers Will Take ______ at No. 11

    May 22, 2013, 1:26 PM EDT


    The Sixers had a very small chance of winning one of the top three picks last night and, of course, they didn’t. The No. 1 overall pick went to Nick Gilbert again (insert preferred conspiracy theory about the NBA still making The Decision up to Cleveland), and the Sixers stayed in their expected draft position…

  7. For What It’s Worth: Jrue Holiday Seemed to Really Like Andrew Bynum

    May 20, 2013, 3:00 PM EDT


    You can say it’s just Jrue being nice in case the Sixers decide to bring back the tall kid with the funny hair, but there’s some detail in these comments. And it’s surprising. As we all know, Andrew Bynum did not play a single second of basketball in a Sixers uniform. But according to the…

  8. Videos: New Temple Owl Jaylen Bond Throws Down over Kids at Plymouth Whitemarsh

    May 17, 2013, 4:15 PM EDT

    Bond vs. Temple back in Dec. 2011. Hey, Aaron Brown. (USA Today Images)

    Some college basketball news here heading into the weekend: Plymouth Whitemarsh product Jaylen Bond tweeted Friday that he’ll be transferring to Temple. The 6-foot-7 forward spent two years at Texas but was granted his release back in March after he didn’t get the kind of run he wanted in head coach Rick Barnes’ rotation. For…

  9. Evan Mathis Possibly Pees on IRS Sign, Gets Indignant about Third-Party Picture Citation

    May 15, 2013, 6:10 PM EDT

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    Tough days for the Internal Revenue Service. The picture to the right is from Evan Mathis’ Instragram and features what is presumably him peeing. Mathis tweeted the picture Wednesday with the caption, “Audit this.” SI’s Extra Mustard blog then linked to it via a website called Black Sports Online who got it from the Bleacher…

  10. TMZ: Cops Dismissed Rape Allegations from Woman Suing Nick Young

    May 15, 2013, 5:22 PM EDT

    USA Today Images

    Tuesday was a popular day for local athletes to be sued for assaulting a woman. Shady McCoy may or may not have partied too hard on a bus, but it was Nick Young who was being taken to court over an alleged date rape from 2011. Now, a report from TMZ is calling the accuser’s…

  11. Phillies Lose to Indians, Cole Hamels Now Leads the NL in Walks

    May 15, 2013, 4:30 PM EDT

    USA Today Images

    The Phillies wrapped up their four-game season series against the Indians Wednesday afternoon, losing the game, 10-4, and the series, 32-12. Matt drew attention to Cole Hamels’ 2013 command issues in the pregamer and another unpleasant outing followed. In 106 pitches over five innings, Hamels threw 64 strikes and allowed five earned on six hits.…

  12. Korean Batter Crushes Ball, Flips Bat, Things Don’t Work Out

    May 15, 2013, 2:30 PM EDT

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    “Talk about your all-time backfires.” A brief diversion from the local sports scene. Can’t claim to know much about the situation, so here’s a short intro via Deadspin: The Korean league’s Lotte Giants fell 6-4 to the last-place NC Dinos today, capped off by an embarrassing at-bat for outfielder Jeon Jun-woo. In the ninth inning,…

  13. Michael Vick Ignored Prison Warnings: ‘I thought money could get me out of any situation’

    May 15, 2013, 1:15 PM EDT

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    For the most part, it seems like Michael Vick has tried to turn his life around since being released from federal prison — speaking out against animal cruelty, paying his creditors, getting married, taking care of a family dog. Of course, the reason he was in federal prison is the same reason many will be…

  14. ‘Ridiculously Premature’ or Carlos Zambrano vs. Umpire vs. Gatorade Machine

    May 15, 2013, 12:45 PM EDT

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    General manager Ruben Amaro on Saturday night denied a report that the Phillies had signed Carlos Zambrano, calling it “ridiculously premature.” It was premature, but ridiculously now governs a time span of about four days. The Phils signed Zambrano on Wednesday to a minor-league deal. Per Corey Seidman: Zambrano was 7-10 with a 4.49 ERA…

  15. Cartoon Wilt Chamberlain Pets a Cat

    May 14, 2013, 5:18 PM EDT


    Sort of like the Dock Ellis-LSD-No-Hitter video but with less drugs and more animals. PBS Digital Studios, as part of its Blank on Blank series, has set a 1992 interview with Wilt Chamberlain to animation. Beyond the images — which are worth watching at least once without much consideration as to the content of the…

  16. Watch Eagles Draft Pick Earl Wolff Jump onto a 5-foot-8 Shelf

    May 9, 2013, 1:00 PM EDT


    This is not not impressive. The Eagles selected safety Earl Wolf out of N.C. State in fifth round at 136th overall. Wolf’s mother was actually raised in North Philly, prompting him to say: “So, basically, I’m coming back home.” Wolff stands 6-foot tall. That’s 72 inches. This shelf he’s about to jump onto is allegedly…

  17. Ilya Bryzgalov Is Playing Angry Birds While His Russian National Team Is Playing Hockey

    May 9, 2013, 10:35 AM EDT


    The Russian national team is currently playing France in the IIHF World Championships. And Ilya Bryzgalov is playing Angry Birds: Star Wars edition. Bryzgalov is one of three goalies on the Russian roster, alongside Semyon Varlamnov of the Colorado Avalanche and Vasili Kosechkin, who is currently in net. [RELATED: Ilya Bryzgalov’s chat with the Russian…

  18. Sergei Bobrovsky Is Now a Vezina Finalist

    May 8, 2013, 1:00 PM EDT

    USA Today Images

    The NHL announced Wednesday that Henrik Lundqvist, Antti Niemi and Sergei Bobrovsky are your three finalists for the Vezina Trophy. Lundqvist you know as the guy who routinely stonewalls the Flyers, Niemi you know as the guy who was in net for the Chicago Blackhawks during their 2010 Stanley Cup win over the Flyers, and…

  19. Check Out This Absurd Title to Sports Illustrated’s 1974 Article on Wayne Hardin’s Temple Owls

    May 7, 2013, 1:42 PM EDT


    Former Temple coach Wayne Hardin was named to the College Football Hall of Fame on Tuesday. Hardin is the winningest coach in program history, with an 80-50-3 record. His 1979 team, which finished 10-2, was the first in Owls history to win a bowl game and the only to finish a season ranked (No. 17).…

  20. The Sixers Aren’t the Only Team Looking for a New Head Coach

    May 7, 2013, 11:29 AM EDT

    P.J. Carlesimo, Jim Boylan, Larry Drew (AP)

    The way it’s been talked about so far, it’s almost as if the Sixers’ search for a new head coach exists in a vacuum. Brian Shaw and Mike Brown are at the top of the Sixers’ list. The Sixers are really high on Shaw and Mike Malone. The Sixers have officially reached out to Shaw.…

  21. Temple Asks Canadian High School to Change Blatantly Ripped-Off Owl Logo

    May 2, 2013, 5:24 PM EDT

    The only noticeable difference — other than the color — is the addition of ears. Canadians, man. [logos inside]

  22. So What’s the Deal with Jordan Poyer?

    May 2, 2013, 2:28 PM EDT

    The Oregon State corner was a consensus All-American in 2012 and finished second in the nation with seven interceptions. He was mostly projected as a Day 2 or very early Day 3 pick. So how did he manage to fall to the Eagles in the seventh round. We’re now four days after the NFL Draft and that’s still a fascinating question.

  23. Andy Reid Is Back to His Old Antics of Fat Jokes

    May 1, 2013, 1:28 PM EDT

    New secret to life: have your team quit on you, and then move to Kansas City.

  24. I was a Pseudo-Member at Merion for a Day, Here’s What I Saw

    Apr 30, 2013, 1:57 PM EDT

    Welcome to Merion Golf Club, site of the 2013 U.S. Open (June 13-16), where there’s a decent chance the caddies make more than you do.

  25. PHOTO: Donovan McNabb Finally Hoists Championship Trophy, Ryan Lochte Is Involved

    Apr 26, 2013, 2:29 PM EDT

    The years it took. The criticism he endured. Donovan McNabb has won the big one.