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Phillies Nation Fantasy Game: $1,000 NFL Contest on Draftstreet

Posted by Brian Michael, Tue, September 10, 2013 04:40 PM Comments: 0

Play Fantasy Football

In our tradition of hosting fun fantasy sports games, we have a Week 2 Fantasy Football league exclusively for Phillies Nation readers. It’s free to enter and there is $1,000 in prize money to be won this week!

1. Sign up at Draftstreet for your FREE Entry into a $1,000 NFL contest
2. Pick your favorite NFL players
3. Get Paid $$$$


There’s a new way to play fantasy football that turns the season long grind into quick hitting one week leagues. The best part is that you can win cash every single week. You draft a team for one week and get paid out when the Monday Night Football game ends. DraftStreet.com is at the forefront of this new trend in the fantasy world and is giving us a great promotion to kick off the season: a FREE one-week fantasy league with $1,000 in prizes. You can adjust your roster up until the contest starts on Sunday September 15th at 1:00 ET at which time your rosters will lock and the Live Scoreboard will be available.

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Join Ian Riccaboni for Pro Wrestling at the Monster Factory!

Posted by Ian Riccaboni, Sat, August 24, 2013 08:00 AM Comments: 6

1185628_454983904598967_2040957604_nLooking for a night of fun and family-friendly entertainment? Join our Ian Riccaboni tonight at 7:00 PM at the World Famous Monster Factory as he interviews the roughest and toughest pro wrestling stars of today and tomorrow including ECW legends the Blue Meanie and Pitbull Gary Wolf, Ring of Honor stars Rhett Titus and QT Marshall, and Monster Factory champion “Trademark” Tommy Maclin! Tickets are just $12!

Ian is no stranger to the world of pro wrestling, interviewing the Blue Meanie and Danny Cage for Phillies Nation TV on the Comcast Network!

For the full card details and directions, please click here.

The World Famous Monster Factory has produced WWE champions The Big Show and Sheamus as well as Bam Bam Bigelow, The Godfather, the Headbangers, D’Lo Brown, Tatanka, and Cliff Compton – you don’t know which athlete you see today will be an international star of tomorrow!



Phillies Nation’s Ayres Wins Harry Kalas Award

Posted by Pat Gallen, Fri, August 23, 2013 08:14 AM Comments: 0

Kenny in the booth at CBP.

Kenny in the booth at CBP.

We’re all extremely proud to announce one of our own has received a tremendous award.

Kenny Ayres, one of Phillies Nation’s fine contributors, was presented with the 2013 Harry Kalas Award by the Phillies broadcasters. Here is the press release.


The Philadelphia Broadcasters Foundation is pleased to announce Kenneth Ayres as the winner of the 2013 Kalas Award, given annually to a Philadelphia-area college student wanting to follow in the footsteps of the late Phillies broadcaster, Harry Kalas.

Ayres, a native of Ambler, PA, is beginning his senior year at West Chester University. He is a communication studies major with a minor in journalism, and has been extremely active in both student and commercial media while making Dean’s list in four straight semesters. He is currently completing his second summer with the Lehigh valley IronPigs broadcasting and media relations departments. He has worked on air for WBCB 1490 in Levittown, providing live sports updates and play-by-play of local American Legion baseball broadcasts. For three years he has worked for the West Chester University student station, WCUR 91.7 The Curve. Ayres lists Harry Kalas ‘ description of Ryan Howard’s third deck home run off Mike Mussina on June 20, 2006 as one of his favorite Kalas calls.

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Come Party with Charlie Manuel this Friday

Posted by Brian Michael, Wed, August 21, 2013 02:28 PM Comments: 3

World Series Trophy

Charlie will be there!

Ladies and gentlemen, due to the outpouring of support for Charlie Manuel, we’ve decided to host a party in his honor.  And best of all, Charlie has graciously agreed to attend.

The party is free to attend and will be held this Friday, August 23 starting at 5pm at The Field House at 1150 Filbert Street (next to Reading Terminal).

There will be food and drink specials throughout the evening as well as a ceremony honoring the man who brought a World Series to Philadelphia.  We’ll relive Game 5 of the 2008 World Series, get Charlie’s thoughts on us fans, present him with some mementos, and hold free raffles trivia contests for guests to win Phillies swag.

Before you head down the shore this weekend or go out for a Friday night on the town, be sure to stop by the Fieldhouse and pay your respects to a man who has given this city so much joy.

Don’t forget to leave your best wishes for Charlie so we can present them to him during the party.


How Other Recent Phils Managers Won Their First Game

Posted by Ian Riccaboni, Sun, August 18, 2013 09:02 PM Comments: 0

Ryne Sandberg won his first game today as Phillies manager on a pretty forgettable error by the shortstop with the bases loaded in the ninth inning. Here is how some of the other recent Phils managers picked up their first wins.


Charlie Manuel

Charlie won the first game he managed, an 8-4 romp over the Washington Nationals on April 4, 2005 behind Jon Lieber. Lieber gave up ten hits and one walk in five and two thirds pitched but bested Livan Hernandez for the win, who got chased after four and two thirds after he gave up seven earned. Manuel finished with a 780-638 mark as the Phillies skipper, guiding the club to their first postseason since 1993 in 2007. Manuel finished his run with the Phils as the all-time winningest manager in club history and one of two to win a World Series title.

Box Score

Starting Line-Up: Rollins, Polanco, Abreu, Thome, Burrell, Lofton, Bell, Lieberthal, Lieber

Pitchers Used: Lieber, Cormier, Madson, Worrell, Wagner Continue reading How Other Recent Phils Managers Won Their First Game


Tired of the Phillies? Build your own team

Posted by Brian Michael, Tue, August 06, 2013 10:43 AM Comments: 5

Let’s face it, the Fightins aren’t exactly clicking on all cylinders and trade deadline came and went. If you could blow up the team and build one from scratch who would you take?

Play our 1-day free Fantasy Baseball league and compete against other Phillies Nation GMs. Sign up today and select your roster before 7pm on Friday (it only takes a few minutes) and you’ll have a chance to win cash prizes! Thanks to DraftStreet.com, we have $300 to give away to players in this week’s competition and the top 15 participants win money. Build your team now. >

Play Fantasy Baseball and win 300 dollars this weekend


Happy 9th Birthday Phillies Nation!

Posted by Brian Michael, Wed, July 24, 2013 08:22 PM Comments: 7

Phillies birthday cake

Cake from sweetnesscake.com

On this day nine years ago, Phillies Nation was born.

I was living in Washington, DC (then a baseball wasteland) and had no quality Phillies news readily available.  I decided to take it upon myself to start something I would enjoy reading.  Thankfully, nine years later Phillies Nation is still my go-to source for news and analysis on the Phils.

Here is our first post:

Milton Perfect though 8 1/3

What a game! Supurb pitching by Eric Milton, and Doug Glanville won’t have anything funny to say about this nailbiter. Phils funnyman nearly cost his team the win, which brings the unoffical total of 5 defensive mistakes in centerfield in the past week.

It was nice to see the Phillies’ young stars, Ryan Madson and Chase Utley, perform well today. Utley had the Phils first two RBIs including a HR. Smoltz just got the save up in New York, that means the Fightins’ are still a half game out.

Everyone, thank you for all your support over the past nine years. Phillies Nation has grown and thrived because of people like you who are dedicated not just to winning a World Series, but to enjoying the journey with fellow fans. Go Phils!


Win an MLB Bloopers DVD

Posted by Brian Michael, Mon, July 22, 2013 02:01 PM Comments: 0

Howdy sports fans! What is more fun to watch than a blooper reel? Whether it’s the Not Top 10 or TWIB’s weekly lowlights, there’s nothing like watching professional athletes fail miserably.

The folks at MLB have graciously sent us a copy of MLB Bloopers: Deluxe Doubleheader DVD to give away to our loyal readers. Complete the form below to enter to win the DVD. We’ll select a random entry as the winner on Tuesday, July 30th.

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Aside from MLB Bloopers and Prime 9: MLB Heroics, available programming includes The Best of the Home Run Derby and “Prime 9: All-Star Moments;” Official World Series Films dating back to 1947, including the 1969 and 1986 films; the first season of “This Week In Baseball,” which originally aired in 1977; a documentary offering a fresh perspective on Jackie Robinson’s life and career; recent productions including a comprehensive film chronicling every era of World Series play and documentaries created to celebrate notable anniversaries for the Mets, Astros and Red Sox; bloopers titles highlighting the funniest MLB moments; and many other titles. Any of these films can now be downloaded from the iTunes store. Prices range from $1.99 for individual episodes of “Prime 9″ and “This Week in Baseball” to $19.99 for the Official 2012 World Series Film in HD.


My Day at ESPN Headquarters

Posted by Brian Michael, Mon, July 22, 2013 08:30 AM Comments: 2

Last Wednesday, I had the great fortune of visiting the sports fan’s version of Disneyland, also known as ESPN headquarters.  It’s a wonderful place filled with celebrities, athletes, and people that care a lot about broadcasting sports to fans like us.  A big thanks goes out to Kristen Hudak, Senior Publicist at ESPN and displaced Nationals fan who organized the day for me.  Besides seeing the sights, I wanted to meet some of the Philadelphia-area natives that make the magic happen in Bristol, CT.

Kevin Negandhi

Kevin Negandhi and Brian

Upon entering the ESPN campus, I was immediately impressed by the sheer size the place – dozens buildings, miles of roads, and more satellite dishes than NASA.  My first visit of the day was with SportsCenter anchor Kevin Negandhi at the on-site Starbucks.  Kevin’s enthusiasm for Philly sports is infectious.  As I came to discover throughout day, whenever I told someone that I was from Philly, the first thing they replied was, “have you talked to Negandhi yet?”  It’s that obvious.  As a West Philly native and Temple grad, Negandhi is constantly talking Philly sports.  I spoke with him on camera for a few minutes for this week’s episode of Phillies Nation TV but probably could have continued for hours.

The next stop was a behind-the-scenes viewing of a Baseball Tonight taping.  First off, the studio is incredible, every bit as cool as it looks on TV.  Adnan Virk was moderating a “baseball’s best lineups” segment with Tim Kurkjian and Curt Schilling.  After the taping, I spoke with Adnan and Tim about the NL East race and what kind of roster moves the Phils will make this month.  Tim thinks they’ll be buyers – at least as of the All-Star break. Continue reading My Day at ESPN Headquarters


Phillies Nation TV: 3 Keys to the Second Half and Parking Lot Challenge Returns

Posted by Brian Michael, Thu, July 18, 2013 04:18 PM Comments: 0

On this week’s episode, Pat and Corey discuss trade options for the bullpen and centerfield, preview the second half schedule and give their 3 keys to making it a successful one.

Ryann has reader questions including one asking, “How many wins do Phillies need to make the playoffs?”

Plus, Johnny Goodtimes returns for another edition of Parking Lot Challenge. Watching things go wrong for one tailgating couple!

In cased you missed this week’s show on TV, you can still catch it on Thursday at 4:30 pm on TCN and Friday at midnight on CSN.

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