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A brief history of NFL playoff almost-blackouts

Us writers need material to write about, which is why many of us are currently writing about the struggles of the Packers, Bengals and Colts to sell playoff tickets. Everybody has a theory on WHAT IT MEANS. It's the weather. … Continue reading

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Reliving 2013 in Philadelphia through the writing that mattered most to me

Many folks will spend some of the waning days of 2013 reflecting on the year that was. A writer is assisted in this endeavor by the paper trail he leaves in the archives of his various platforms. It's a peculiar … Continue reading

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The most illuminating moment of the Megyn Kelly video isn’t white Santa

The pretty anchor lady dipped her chin toward the camera and pierced the lens with her glare as the temperature on set appeared to drop by 10 degrees. The topic in question was a column by a writer named Aisha … Continue reading

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Tackling the philosophy of compulsive insurance

It has come to my attention that an acceptable way to discuss a controversial topic without alienating a significant chunk of your target audience is to introduce said topic under the auspices of a “thought exercise.” Rather than committing to … Continue reading

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It costs $16,300 per month to house one family displaced by Hurricane Sandy

The city estimated that each of about 165 households that were scattered in 29 hotels last week cost about $16,300 a month in hotel room charges and city social services. Hard to process this bit of information from a New … Continue reading

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On Roy Halladay’s frustrations with the public sphere

First, read this. Now, humor me for a few minutes with a game of make-believe. Let’s say you are a typical middle class Phillies fan who wants to take your son or daughter to a game. Let’s say you target … Continue reading

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The United States of Fear

Four days before the President of the United States climbed behind his pulpit and stated his case for military intervention, Nerrek Galley heard a noise. This was Friday, in Longmont, Colo., in a house that Galley had been watching over … Continue reading

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Power running games: the new market inefficiency in the NFL?

They tell us that it is a passing league, and they are right. For every running play that NFL coordinators called last year, they dialed up 1.28 passing plays. Twenty years earlier, that ratio was 1.14. But the NFL’s shift … Continue reading

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Baseball, writing, numbers, and my newfound desire to learn Calc

Growing up, I hated math. I can’t pinpoint when the hatred started, only that it was there through the majority of my formative years. As the years passed, the hatred morphed into scorn: not only do I not like you, … Continue reading

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On Chris Broussard, Jason Collins and 30-second theology

You can argue about Jason Collins stature in the NBA (HE’S A JOURNEYMAN!), you can argue about his status as an active player (HE’S A FREE AGENT!), you can argue about whatever you think there is to argue about a … Continue reading

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