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Hey Look, A Joe Frazier Statue Is Really (Finally!) Coming To Philly

08/20/2014
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Hey Look, A Joe Frazier Statue Is Really (Finally!) Coming To Philly

Like the moment it indelibly captures, the gargantuan clay, foam and metal figure in a second-floor Frankford Avenue art studio gives off a larger-than-life air. There, sculptor Stephen Layne toils to put the finishing touches on a nine-foot, 400-pound version of the late, great Philadelphia boxer Smokin’ Joe Frazier. Its pose is inspired by the…

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What Bothers Me Most About Messi Not Winning The World Cup

07/15/2014
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What Bothers Me Most About Messi Not Winning The World Cup

This is really selfish, I know, but here’s why I felt gutted after Germany beat Argentina on Sunday: I wanted a moment that, for the rest of my life, I could say to Louden, “Remember watching Lionel Messi lift the World Cup Trophy when you were four? That was so great, wasn’t it?” Now I’ll…

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My Essay On The World Cup, Parenthood, Vision Quest And Lionel Messi

06/17/2014
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My Essay On The World Cup, Parenthood, Vision Quest And Lionel Messi

“Access to soccer in one’s formative years may bring about an appreciation. Yet, it might not. Which is to say indoctrination is futile. Hardcore-coach dads and pageant moms, that’s a dynamic in which I’ll never reside. What I’m trying to say is this: I love watching soccer nearly as much as I love watching my…

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Here’s The Police Report About Marvin Harrison Getting Shot At In Philly

06/15/2014
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Here’s The Police Report About Marvin Harrison Getting Shot At In Philly

Former Indianapolis Colt (and noteworthy Strawberry Mansion figure) Marvin Harrison got shot at in Philly the other night. You can read about it in David Gambacorta’s piece in the Daily News (linked here). For more specifics, you can read the Philadelphia Police report on Saturday morning’s incident below: On 6/14/14 approximately 3:27 am, 19th District…

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RIP Pukemon, Gone But Never Forgotten [Updated]

06/11/2014
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RIP Pukemon, Gone But Never Forgotten [Updated]

From the moment Matthew Clemmens intentionally puked on an off-duty cop and 11-year-old daughter at a Phillies game, his was a quintessentially Philly-area life. So when @FanSince09 shared word that Clemmens, aka Pukemon, escaped the clutches of a world’s mortal embrace this week, the Delaware Valley shook in a way not felt since Kenneth Keith…

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A Great Shot From The East Falls Bike-Race Block Party

06/02/2014
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A Great Shot From The East Falls Bike-Race Block Party

So much going on in this photo I snapped of Louden along Kelly Drive during Sunday’s East Falls block party for the Parx Casino Philly Cycling Classic. Except, of course, bicycle racers and the big inflatables for which he donned that green bracelet. So that’s what Vine is for …

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A Postcard From Josh Beckett’s No-Hitter Against The Phillies

05/25/2014
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A Postcard From Josh Beckett’s No-Hitter Against The Phillies

“Yeah, I was at the game when Josh Beckett no-hit the Phillies, but I was watching it on my phone.”

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Comparing How The New York Times And Philadelphia Inquirer Covered The Champions League Final

05/25/2014
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Comparing How The New York Times And Philadelphia Inquirer Covered The Champions League Final

Listen, I get it: Some people in ‘Murica don’t like soccer and never will. Pray for them. But on the eve-ish of the World Cup, I reckoned the biggest club match of the year — that being Real Madrid’s 4-1 victory over crosstown rival Atletico Madrid in the UEFA Champions League Final — warranted major…

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The Floyd Mayweather Vs. Marcos Maidana Fight, As Told By Two Vines

05/11/2014
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The Floyd Mayweather Vs. Marcos Maidana Fight, As Told By Two Vines

Finally had a chance to watch the Mayweather/Maidana fight from somewhere other than Section 219 of the MGM Grand Garden Arena. When I walked out of the arena last Saturday, I scored it a draw. When I watched it on Showtime last night, I agreed with a Mayweather win, but not by as big a…

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Here’s A Preview Of The Mayweather/Maidana All-Access Finale

05/09/2014
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Here’s A Preview Of The Mayweather/Maidana All-Access Finale

I’ve written a bunch about the Floyd Mayweather/Marcos Maidana fight already, what with being there and all. But it’s going to be nice to see it on Showtime tomorrow night, as opposed to Section 219 at the MGM Grand Garden Arena. And this preview of tomorrow night’s All Access offers a flavor of what to…

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